Scraps

Today I just have a question. I have been sewing a lot. Which means I have a LOT of fabric scraps. What do you do with them all? Of course the ones that are at least 1/4 of a yard I put back on the shelf but all the other little bits. Tell me what you do.

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Zipper Installation

When I took a sewing class in high school there were no zippers. And it's funny that even though my mom sewed for other people my whole life I never paid attention to her zipper installation. When I went to Pennsylvania in January I asked her to walk me through how...

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Night and Day Dress of the Month

I made a big plan for this year for my own wardrobe. I am going to make a version of the Night and Day Dress from Charm Patterns designed by Gretchen Hirsch. The pattern has the opportunity to make 72 different dresses by combining the different sleeve, bodice, collar...

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Will Washing Hurt it?

It's funny that this is a question I get asked no matter what kind of textiles I'm working with. Not usually in those words but people are often worried about how best to wash their clothing or other fabrics they have in their home so let's talk about different fibers...

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Using a Border Print for a Circle Skirt

I bought some spectacular fabric that was a border print. I automatically thought of making a lovely gathered skirt with the border at the hem and I was very happy with how it turned out. A little casual. Going out. You can see that it's beautiful and versatile. The...

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Details

It's the last day of February. On the first day of February I launched my new business of selling custom, hand made skirts on Etsy as well as custom sewing for people who are more local to me. Over the last 4 weeks I have made a lot of skirts - 8 of them - both...

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Project of the Year

Last year I watched a fabulous sewer named Leanne Barlow make a gown each month. She designed and draped and sewed them all. She bought accessories and gorgeous shoes to go with all of them. You can check it all out on her blog and follow her on Instagram if you love...

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DressMaker

I come from a long line of textile people. In the most recent past both my mother's mother and my mom were dressmakers. My grandmother worked in a dress factory until she retires. My mom made custom formal gowns and bridal as long as I can remember. She also made...

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A Look Back – Favorite Posts of 2018

In December of 2017 I wrote about what blog posts of mine were the ones most visited over the year. Some were surprises and others were not. I thought it would be fun to look at that again for 2018. So here are the top ten most visited posts of 2018. 10. Looking to...

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