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When to Underline your Sewing

Adding an underlining is one of my favorite tools in my sewing arsenal.  It’s so simple to do  - just cut all your pieces out of two different fabrics and use them wrong sides together as one. Easy as pie (which is a phrase I’ve never quite understood because baking a good pie isn’t actually […]

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Pink and Green and Floral and Sexy Ceylon

The sexiest attribute that I can imagine? Self confidence. Forget body shape, size, height, musculature, eyes, lips, whatever. If I can see that someone feels confident in their own skin, I am attracted to them. This dress is my Sew Sexy Sewalong dress because I feel hot in it therefore I am hot in it. […]

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Ava Blouse. Meh.

Spring really needs to hit. Because I seem to be filling my wardrobe up with black and neutral pieces. Which is fine. They’re interesting and wearable and all that. And very appropriate for dreary winter weather. But I just dug through my whole closet and man is it gray! {Major note to self: Add some […]

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Laptop and Bamboo Tablet Cases Quilted from Jacket Scraps

Having nice things means taking care of nice things. Not only am I a klutz, I also have a penchant for cramming way too many things into my shoulder bags. That means that things in my life get dropped and smushed. Since I like my nice things to stay nice, I decided to make cases […]

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The Wedding Jacket Chronicle Part 2: Muslin Fitting 1

Making muslins is always a good idea, but the more complex your pattern is, the more precise the fit required, and the more expensive your material is, the more important it is to make a muslin. Since my wedding jacket will be an enormous investment of time (as I hand tailor it) and money (luscious […]

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Hand Embroidered Rigel Bomber Jacket

I dreamt of a peacock. Floating feathers, cascading flowers. Striking stitching on a simple jacket making it unique and wonderful and one-of-a-kind. (I already detailed the process of the embroidery, if you’re interested.) I love that the Rigel Bomber jacket is fairly simple, making it wearable with so many outfits, day after day. But my […]

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Hot American Summer Concert Tee

This Summer Concert Tee by Dixie DIY may be the most aptly named sewing project I’ve ever made. The moment I finished it I wanted to put on some daisy dukes, salt water sandals, and get silly, dancing in a grassy field to some booty-shakin’ music. Since it’s winter and I’m in the middle of […]

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Embroidering My Bomber Jacket

Ideas, stemming from unknown places, out of my control, seem to be taking over my head. My last project, a jacket and backpack, came from a fabric obsession that took over my waking and sleeping thoughts. This project grew from a desire, nay, a need to embroider a piece of clothing.  I have plenty of handwork […]

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10 Tips for Sewing With Leather

Leather is the oldest material used for clothing and yet is always au currant. It can seem like such an exotic material to work with, and while it certainly can bring its own challenges, those challenges can be overcome. Here I share some tips that I have learned through my experiences in sewing with leather […]

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Graphic Neutral Jacket and Cooper Backpack

I grew obsessed with this fabric. I didn’t order it in my first 3 months of blogging for Minerva and it haunted me. I’d wake up in the middle of the night and look for it in their store, making sure that it was still there. I’d have dreams where the black squiggles squiggled their […]

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The Wedding Jacket Chronicle Part 1: Pattern and Fabric

Stop what you’re doing and look at this fabric. Off-white wool brocade with delicate gold flowers. Yes, I said wool brocade. Go ahead, stare. But you might want to catch that drool before it hits your lap. Really, you’re not drooling yet? Okay, I’ll chalk it up to the fact that a picture hardly does this […]

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Refashioned Wedding Dress turned Cocktail Dress

This saucy little cocktail dress was once Ellen’s wedding dress. Can you believe it? Together we cut and pasted and dipped and dyed and gave her dress a brand new life. While chopping apart your wedding dress isn’t for the faint of heart or the even the heartily sentimental, Ellen was thrilled about the project […]

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Presidio Purse Sewalong: Shrunken Purse

So, you like the Presidio Purse but don’t feel the need to carry the kitchen sink around with you? Have a petite frame and worry about being overwhelmed by your purse? How about following the example of the creative Kelly of Flowercat Designs and Erin of F is for Flamingo and shrinking your purse? The […]

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Plantain Maxi Dress with Braided Collars

I’ve never been one to gracefully back down from a challenge. I’m stubborn. Really stubborn. I come by it honestly from both sides of my family. My Great Grandma Roseada and my Grandma Jimee were probably two of the most stubborn women to ever grace this planet. (And oh my goodness my someday children are […]

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Presidio Purse Sewalong: Handles

Drumroll please….. This is the last step of construction for the Presidio Purse! There are still a few posts to come on different customization options, but this is the last post you’ll need to sew your own, from start to finish. So, let’s get going! If you’re using hardware on your handles, follow along. If […]

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Presidio Purse Sewalong: Inserting the Zipper

If you want to insert piping at the edges of the zipper tape, sew it on now, following the “how to add piping” part of the sewalong. The way that this zipper is inserted, part of the zipper tape is visible, so your piping won’t show up much if it is the same color (like […]

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Grey Plantain with Distressed Binding

While most American sewing bloggers seem to be caught in an arctic chill, preventing them from wearing anything but the most warmest of outerwear for blog photos, I’m over here in sunny (northern) California, where I’m dreaming of snow, and puffy coats, and thick wool sweaters, and warm boots and stuck in 70F weather that […]

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Presidio Purse Sewalong: Front Insets and Body Construction

Insets, here we come! There are three options in the pattern for customizing the front of your Presidio Purse – plain (ungathered) inserts, gathered inserts, or leave them off. Either gathered or ungathered insets can be piped and they can be cut from the main or a contrast fabric. A note: the pattern testers (shown […]

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Presidio Purse Sewalong: Adding Piping

Adding piping is a fun way to add a pop of color or a bit of definition to your purse. Dangerously Alice added a couple of different colors to hers and they sure make an otherwise plain bag pop (along with that great topstitching!)! Ellen put piping in just around the front inset to really […]

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Presidio Purse Variation: External Pockets

This customization option was the brainchild of Tia Cuervito. She wanted her cell phone and keys to be even more readily accessible than using pockets inside the purse and decided to add an additional pocket to the outside. One way to add an extra pocket on the outside of your purse is to exactly follow […]

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Presidio Purse Sewalong: Pockets (Simple and Finished Edge Variation)

We get to start sewing our purse. Hooray! Before doing anything, run a line of stay stitching along the top curved edge of the Front, Back, Front Lining, and Back Lining. Stay stitching is a straight line of stitching that goes just inside of the seam allowance to help prevent curved fabric from stretching as […]

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Presidio Purse Sewalong: Marking the Fabric

There are several different places to mark on this pattern to help you get everything lined up perfectly and several different ways that you can make those marks. First, we need to mark the cut line for the insets on the Front (NOT on the Back, Front Lining, or Back Lining). [If you are interfacing […]

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Presidio Purse Sewalong: Cutting the Pattern and Fabric

The Presidio Purse comes with two different options for printing – at home or at a copyshop. The copyshop version is 30″ by 36″ (76cm by 91cm) and should be easily printed at any copyshop that offers large format printing. Ask for architecture or engineering prints for the best price. The home print version prints […]

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Presidio Purse Sewalong: Hardware and Zippers

The Presidio Purse has two purse handle options – one is all fabric and one has a rectangular ring on each strap. Sourcing these 2″ rectangular rings isn’t easy, unfortunately. When I designed the purse, I had them in my stash and had kinda forgotten that I had cut them off of an old RTW […]

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Presidio Purse Sewalong: Choosing Fabric

Let’s get this sewalong started! [If, during this post or any other in the sewalong, I don't cover your specific question, just ask! I'm happy to continue updating these posts as I go so they are as comprehensive as possible.] The first step is choosing fabric. In this post, I’ll talk through fabric choices for […]

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Presidio Purse Pattern Release

Let’s start this year off with a bang! My Presidio Purse pattern is live! Find it in my pattern store and keep an eye on the Presidio Purse page on my website for a summary of all things Presidio Purse as they are posted. There’s so much in store for this coming year – I’ll […]

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Announcing the Presidio Purse!

For my December Minerva Crafts Network Project, I’m thrilled to show off my Presidio Purse. I was carrying my purse for the first time yesterday and plopped it down on the counter of a craft supply store while I dug out my wallet to pay for some last minute stocking stuffers. The gal behind the […]

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Handmade Scarves for Christmas Presents

I’m feeling guilty. You see, every year I spend a lot of time and energy making Christmas gifts (and often at the last minute!). It’s important to me to be able to show my love for my friends and family through the gift of handmade goods. But this year, I’m not going to. I don’t […]

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Bow Neck Blouse Sewalong Roundup

Thanks for reading (and sewing!) along with me over the last month as I daily professed my love for Bow Neck Blouses. Here I’ve rounded up the bow neck blouses and dresses made as part of the sewalong! Click on any of the photos to be taken to their full post. For those of you […]

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1959 Bow Neck Thanksgiving Dress

Well, I’m a day late to my own party with this dress. But I think I have a pretty good reason. You see, I sat down to write this post, showing pictures of my Bow Neck Thanksgiving Dress (for my final contribution to my Bow Neck Blouse Sewalong), on the day after Thanksgiving. I found […]

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