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Linen Burda 6815 – Pattern Review

BurdaStyle 6815, or simply Burda 6815, is a slim-fit chino style pant with a Bermuda shorts option. I made these for my dad for Father’s Day since it was on his list. Yes, I MADE PANTS! And not just ANY pants. BURDA PANTS! With a ZIPPER! And WELT POCKETS! That’s …
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Packing for Puerto Rico

This weekend I’m heading to Puerto Rico for a week so of course, I have to put together a capsule wardrobe. Here’s what I’m packing for Puerto Rico, La Isla del Encanto! It’s going to be my first time ever on the island. So I might as well tell you …
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Best Patterns for Quilting Cotton

This post was updated on April 14, 2020. Among some of the best patterns for quilting cotton are actual wearable garments. Wait, sewing clothes with quilting cotton?! Is that allowed??? Uh, yes! Yes! YES! Quilting cotton isn’t usually what people consider for making clothes. It’s stiffer than typical garment fabric. …
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Seamwork Loretta Pattern Review

I’ve made this top 3 times now, so I thought it was time to properly give the Seamwork Loretta a pattern review. The type of fabric you use for this top can greatly impact how it looks. In the drapey poly chiffon, it flutters around me. In my mom’s floral …
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2019 Best Summer Dress Patterns for Knit Fabric

Earlier this week I listed my favorite woven dress patterns. Now, here’s the best summer dress patterns for knit fabric! Are knit dresses better than woven dresses? Not necessarily. They’re sometimes more comfortable. Their stretchy factor can make them secret pajamas. Which is just a funny way of saying that …
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2019 Best Summer Dress Patterns for Woven Fabric

The best summer dresses are light and airy. That means that the best summer dress patterns for wovens are made with lightweight and airy fabrics. The summer heat is definitely upon us. Despite living in Southern California and growing up in the infamous San Fernando Valley, I hate heat. This …
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Hacking the Pattern – McCall’s 6744, Part 2

A year ago I posted about a McCall’s 6744 hack that in itself was already 8 months old at the time. It was a racerback tank top hack of View A/B I’d made in early 2017. It’s now summer 2019. And I just remembered I never posted Part 2 of …
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Chalk & Notch Orchid Midi Dress Pattern Review

The Chalk & Notch Orchid is a midi dress, which is why its full name is the Orchid Midi. But I didn’t actually make a midi dress, cuz I’m short! What is a midi dress? According to Wikipedia, it’s a dress that hits around the calf. It’s also called “tea” …
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New Look 6414 Pattern Review

New Look 6414 was part of my mom’s wish list from 2018. So for her birthday, I sewed up View D in floral quilting cotton. Unlike most Big 4 patterns, this one has a beefy description (relatively speaking): Misses’ loose fitting blouse has V-neck with bell or short sleeves with …
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How to Create a Back Slit on the Orchid Midi Skirt

Today’s hack is on how to create a back slit on the Orchid Midi. Spoiler alert: it’s SUPER easy. If you read Tuesday’s post, you already know how to shorten the skirt and also make the A-line slightly more narrow. Aside from the midi-length, the other defining feature of the …