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Know Thy Machine

Know Thy Machine

Thanks to Shruti for putting on this little blog tour of sewing machines. It’s been quite fun following along to see all the variety of machines and, especially for me, what makes them special for the owner. Thanks to Shruti for inviting me and thank YOU for coming along! Now to the questions… What machine(s)…

Product Review: Clover Clamshell

Product Review: Clover Clamshell

I got the Clover Clam Shell Accessories Case months ago and its just hung out in my sewing box, waiting for the perfect time. I’d thought the perfect time was a week or so ago when I started sewing together hexies in the new “Simply Color” fabric by Vanessa Christenson. Well, despite all that work,…

Vogue dress

Vogue dress

What started as a comment on a friend’s Facebook page: “Hey, I have that pattern, too!” ended up with three of us making the same dress over a weekend. Jen over at BettyCrockerAss made hers using a shirting fabric, I used Robert Kaufman’s Essex yarn-dyed linen and Kim from Go-Go Kim picked a knit fabric…

How to: Make Popover’s bias straps and hem
How to Make: Popover’s bias straps and hem

How to Make: Popover’s bias straps and hem

So we got the Oliver + S Popover Sundress side seams finished and added the yoke, now we get to finish it off. Now time to do the bias straps. You can do them with self-fabric or be justifiably lazy and use 1/2″ double-old bias tape. I bought a bias tape maker not too long…

It’s a bed. For a tiny dog.

It’s a bed. For a tiny dog.

I know a lot of folks love animals, adore their pets like they are their children. I’m not one of them. I tolerate animals at best and only on rare occasions enjoy being in the same room as a dog or cat. So, letting my daughter get a pet dog was a huuuuuge deal for…

Savannah Swing Coat — in progress

Savannah Swing Coat — in progress

While at Quilt Market last October, I bought Kay Whitt’s lovely Savannah Swing Coat ($11 by Sew Serendipity). I love the vintage styling and the variations she included (cropped vs. hip-length, shortened sleeves vs. long sleeves, collar modifications). I’ve been holding onto it for months now, but finally got to making it last weekend. I’d…

American Girl Doll Clothes–a handful is all

American Girl Doll Clothes–a handful is all

I was able to make a few little outfits for the friend’s daughter, too. Well, for her American Girl doll, to be honest. The pattern, Simplicity 4654 was easy to use and pieces were simple to put together. I like that there are facings and double-turned hems that make the clothes look more finished. Simplicity…

Remember that Rooibos Sewalong?

Remember that Rooibos Sewalong?

I barely do and I’m the one who was so gung-ho about it. Of course, that was two months ago and everyone else has long ago finished their dress. I just started on my muslin version of the Rooibos pattern last Saturday morning. The kids weren’t up yet so I had time to lay out…

(Sew Darn) Cute Crochet Cozy

(Sew Darn) Cute Crochet Cozy

You may be familiar with Jenny Ryan’s name if you read CRAFTzine.com. She wrote the book Sew Darn Cute back in 2009, but the date isn’t so important, the projects are still absolutely adorable.They are quick and easy (great for beginners!) and I really, really wanted to try out the crochet hook cozy.

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