Week 2 of the Clover Pant Sew Along – Fitting Issues

Glad you are joining us for the Clover Pant Sew Along week 2!

Anyone who has tackled making pants knows first hand the difficulty lies in fitting. It will be most helpful to make a fitting sample of the Clover pant pattern first.

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Departure Shift Dress Hack

20161010 112901 e1477346403645 576x1024 Departure Shift Dress HackThis year, I’ve been keeping close tabs on my fabric and sewing pattern spending habits. Other than noticing that I spend A LOT (!!!!) on my hobby/habit, I’ve been trying to make smarter decisions about both: buying fabric prints and colors that I’ll actually wear (rather than novelty prints of parrots just because – though I do love parrots!) and patterns that will be good for everyday wear…and that I’m willing to commit to making three of. I’ve been sewing lots of basics this year, and I’m kind of hooked. Though I’ve been focused largely on separates, I love a simple shift dress – enter the Departure Shift Dress by Christine Haynes. Effortless shaping, a boxy silhouette and a simple zipper closure – this dress is right up my don’t-usually-wear-dresses alley.

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Sewing Room Nightmares: What’s Your Space Look Like? + Enter Into A Giveaway!

Sewing Room Nightmares

My sewing room looks like a battle zone or a hoarder’s nightmare on a good day. Over the weekend I did manage to tidy it up, but it still looks like Godzilla went through it. I hear other sewists say they can’t sew in a disorganized space and I have to agree. I find I can’t sew unless my room is somewhat cleaned up. Are you like me where having disorder ruins the creative process?

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Jennifer Paganelli’s lovely studio.

My space is small, but I sure can cram a lot in there. A lot. The trouble is, if I can’t see the fabric, notions or other items, I won’t use it. There is no way I can remember all that I have, let alone where it is. If it’s out and visible, there’s a far greater chance I’ll be using it. So, the solution is that I need a bigger space to hold my hobby, right? Continue reading

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Week 1 of the Clover Pant Sew Along – Pattern Prep & Fabric Choices

PatternCover 5001 Week 1 of the Clover Pant Sew Along   Pattern Prep & Fabric ChoicesThe Clover Slim Pants from Colette Patterns are an easy-to-make pant designed for the beginner. Join Rhonda Buss for the next few weeks as we work on this versatile pattern together. Even if you’ve never made a pair of pants, you know from buying them that the real issue with pants is the fit. Continue reading

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Ginger Jeans Sew Along Starts Now! Shopping List & Prep Work

 

Exciting to announce our Ginger Jean Sew Along. This has been one of our more anticipated sew alongs. I have trouble just trying jeans on, such a hassle. Making them can be a bit intimidating and that’s why we have Rhonda here to guide you along the way. Be sure to leave any comments if you’re having any trouble. This sew along first appeared in the Oct/Nov 2016 issue of Sew News and we love the styling that was done for it. So, let’s get started!

Jeans have become a staple of almost everyone’s wardrobe. Be it young, old, male or female, we love to wear jeans. They can be dressed up or down depending on the style and wash of the fabric. But, and there is a very big but…shopping for jeans can be a nightmare!!! A great alternative to wasting countless hours shopping and trying on jeans is to make your own, and the perfect pattern is the Ginger Jeans pattern from Closet Case Files.

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 Ginger Jeans Sew Along Starts Now! Shopping List & Prep WorkThe pattern includes 2 styles, a comfortable low-rise with a straight leg, and a high-waisted version with skinny legs. With the low-rise version, the emphasis is truly on comfortable as this is not a jean that you will be tugging at because it sits too low on your hips. Continue reading

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How To Sew Leggings

Leggings have been a trend for a while, but it’s one I hadn’t really gotten into. But when I saw the article in the Feb/Mar 2016 issue of Sew News about making your own leggings, I decided to give it a try. Fall seemed like a good time—leggings are great for cooler weather. Continue reading

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Today’s To-Do: Resurrect Those Sewing Resolutions!

Hey, what about those New Year resolutions?

It’s been ten months but does anyone remember what your New Year’s resolutions were? I vaguely recall “train for a 5k, eat more fiber and sew a ball gown. Well, to be honest, I haven’t gotten up from the proverbial couch on any of those.

resolution 500 Todays To Do: Resurrect Those Sewing Resolutions!I had high hopes for the ball gown back in the early days of January.  Then February came and I got involved in some other project. In March I looked at prices for fabric for a ball gown, that was about it. Summer I told myself I was practicing for the gown by making a dress for a vintage ball I attended. All that hand sewing gave me pause. Did I really know what I was getting into? No, to be honest, I didn’t. Without any more thought on it or anyone really holding my feet to the fire to push on, I quietly let the ball gown idea fade away. Continue reading

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