Project Runway All Stars S6 E7 Recap

Project Runway All Stars Season 6 Episode 7 Recap: A Kick in the Astros

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After a week hiatus, we’re back with Project Runway All-Stars! I’m not sure why they took a week off, but they sure turned up the volume this week with the avant garde challenge.

The designers were taken to a planetarium and viewed a film about the universe and all its glory. They were to take inspiration from that to create an avant garde look with $350 and two days. Now was the time to go big.

Screen Shot 2018 02 23 at 12.39.51 PM Project Runway All Stars S6 E7 RecapJoshua started out with a strong idea and an innovative technique. He used Pluto for his inspiration, choosing a color palette quite literally, and decided to make a cape/overlay/vest out of…hot glue. Seriously. Continue reading

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Luzerne Trench Sew Along, Week 3: Bound Buttonhole Tutorial

Are you looking for tips and tricks on sewing a bound buttonhole; the Cadillac of buttonholes? Lucky you have the team from Deer & Doe showing you how, step-by-step to sew these beautiful bound buttonholes. Let’s get to it!

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These buttons need to be bound!

Welcome to week 3 of the Luzerne Trench sew along! Again today, we’re joined by the lovely team from Deer & Doe for their tips for sewing expert bound buttonholes, just one of the many details that make the Luzerne Trench special. You can find the original post here. And if you still need the pattern, we still have some copies available! Continue reading

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2018 Figure Skating Costumes

2018 Winter Games–Costumes & Revelry

 We’re in the throes of Olympics fever with ever-present goosebumps as we watch the events unfold each day. The athletes’ backstories, the extravagant costumes, the audience reactions, the celebrations–it’s awe-inspiring. The hope, pride, joy (and sometimes disappointment) are palpable.GettyImages 918119240 2018 Figure Skating Costumes Valentina Marchei & Ondrej Hotarek of Italy Continue reading

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Sewing Makes You Love Yourself – Lumps And All!

Happy Valentines, Galentines, chocolates and wine/fancy fabric day, friends! We’re taking today to celebrate one of our favorite kinds of love: self-love. We’ve been so inspired by the Sewing Makes You Love Yourself challenge on Instagram (#smyly2018), we thought we’d chime in with our thoughts on how sewing has transformed, inspired and impacted our lives and our relationships…with ourselves. Join the conversation! Let us know in the comments if sewing has positively impacted your relationship with yourself and your body.

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Luzerne Trench Sew Along Week 2: Trench Coat Fabric Recommendations

Welcome to week 2 of the Luzerne Trench sew along! Again today, we’re joined by the lovely team from Deer & Doe for their fabric recommendations (and a few of our top picks). 

Check out last week’s post for more on the inspiration behind this design. And join us next week for a bound buttonhole tutorial, plus some special topics along the way. And don’t forget: there’s still time to join! Grab the pattern here and get started with us!

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For Luzerne, we recommend light- to mediumweight twill or gabardine. The fabric must have enough body: avoid wools and rayon blends, or you’ll lose the structure of the jacket. At the same time, the fabric has to have some flexibility to ensure comfort. Stay away from anything too stiff and rigid. Finally, pick something with 100% cotton rather than an elastane blend, which would disrupt the fit and make you have to go down at least half a size. And if you’d like, you could also go for a waxed twill Continue reading

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Project Runway All Stars Recap: S6, E6

Project Runway All Stars Recap: Season 6, Episode 6: Thrown for a Loop by Betty Boop

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This week, Betty Boop was the special guest. The designers were challenged by her to create a youthful, fashion-foward look that she’d love to wear. (The animators did an especially lovely job with her shadow on the catwalk.) Continue reading

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Meet the Maker: Sara Johansen

Sara Johansen is a wife, mom to two little ones, BERNINA Ambassador, and creative innovator in-between. Basically, fashion forward sewing is her thing. Learn more about Sara at TheSaraProject.com or @thesaraproject_.

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Winter Games Opening Ceremony Fashions

Winter Games–Snowsuit Fashion at its Finest

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I’m excited about the opening ceremony this Friday. I love watching as the teams from each country file into the stadium and fill it with color and personality. Usually the opening ceremony looks are glorified snowsuits–oversized coats with snowpants and perhaps some sort of accessory that unifies the group–a scarf, hat or statement shoe (or all of the above). Here’s a look at the 2014 looks to get you amped for what’s to come in a few days. Continue reading

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Take the 10×10 Wardrobe Fashion Challenge

Do you want to get more wear out of your handmade garments? Do you feel lost or bored with what hangs in your closet? The 10×10 wardrobe challenge might be just the thing to re-inspire your wardrobe.

By Delphine Colbeau of Sewing Tidbits

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Whether you’re a devotee of the capsule wardrobe or you just want to make the most out of your closet, you will benefit from pushing your style boundaries. The 10×10 challenge is extremely simple: Choose 10 garments in your closet and wear them exclusively for 10 days. Prepare for it in less than an hour and garner valuable lessons about your style that will transform the way you approach sewing for yourself. Continue reading

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Luzerne Trench Sew Along, Week 1: Inspiration Behind the Design

Welcome to our first sew along of 2018, friends! We’re starting off with a bang, with the amazing Luzerne Trench by Deer & Doe. If you’re not sure you need a trench in your life, let us convince you otherwise. Last week we shared some trench-spiration and this year, we’ve got more from the Deer & Doe team on the inspiration behind this particular design. And join us next week for more on fabric recommendations. Screen Shot 2018 02 02 at 9.34.53 AM Luzerne Trench Sew Along, Week 1: Inspiration Behind the Design

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When we decided to stop selling our Pavot jacket, we promised we would add a new spring jacket to take its place in our pattern catalogue. However, copy-pasting was out of question! We took some elements of Pavot’s delicate style and imagined a feminine and urban trench coat, with lots of details and a timeless silhouette. Continue reading

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Sports And Crafts: How To Do Both At The Same Time

For me personally, February being National Embroidery Month is incredibly appropriate. There are a lot of things happening this month that I associate embroidery with. For example, when I was a kid, my parents watched the local team’s football game every weekend (I think they still do). My mom, who was perhaps a little less into football than my dad, often used the time to work on a cross stitch project. Because she only worked on it during the games, it was slow going — I think it took about eight years to finish!

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How to Pick the Perfect Jacket for Your Body Shape

Spring is a great time to stitch up a new jacket or two, because the fabrics are fun and they don’t need heavy linings or insulation.

Consider four body types, labeled for convenience with geometric shape names, and some fashion-forward jacket shapes that are flattering to each type. As you choose favorite styles remember that it’s best to pick shapes that draw attention to your best feature. A jacket should always fit smoothly over your curves with room for clothing underneath. Try to avoid over-fitting your smallest features. These jacket shape suggestions will work if you are curvy, thin or somewhere between.

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Project Runway All Stars S6, E5 Recap

Project Runway All Stars S6, E5: Fashion’s New Superheroes

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On this week’s Project Runway All-Stars, the designers had to celebrate woman’s inner superhero using words featured in Rodial’s HERO products as “super power” inspiration.

Let me start by saying I didn’t agree with the judges on who won OR who went home. What a disappointing episode in that regard. Usually I agree on some level, even if it’s just with one comment. But nope. Everyone who was safe should have been up for critique, and everyone up for critique should have gone to the lounge, IMO.

Let’s start with Char. That outfit was stunning. Her word was “bee venom.” And her gal looked fierce. You cannot see the yellow heels the model is wearing, but it really pulled the look together. She should have been in the top, but was only “safe.” Continue reading

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Look Like Gisele for the Big Game

Hosting the big game this weekend? What’s a girl to wear?

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Master The Fly Front Zipper- A Tutorial

Take the Fear out of Sewing Fly-Front Zippers

by Linda Reynolds

Sewing a fly-front zipper seems intimidating. But, it’s actually one of the easiest zipper applications to sew, largely because much of the structural sewing is done behind the scenes on the inside of the garment. The key to a well-sewn fly-front zipper is in the preparation done before any sewing begins.

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To ensure a fast and easy application, apply the zipper before the front and back sections are joined, while the fabric pieces are still flat. Also take care to properly mark the critical areas of the fly front, and use a zipper that’s longer than the opening to avoid having to sew around the slider mechanism. Continue reading

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Project Runway All Stars S6, E4 Recap

Project Runway All Stars Season 6, Episode 4 Recap: Balls Out!

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Yay for unconventional challenges! They certainly make for entertaining television. Continue reading

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Trench-spiration: Inspiring Trench Coat Trends to Sew

We’re so excited to continue our Sew Along series in the new year. First up is the Luzerne Trench by Deer & Doe. I’m a long-time fan of Deer & Doe Patterns: I find that their patterns offer interesting details, basic looks with a modern yet feminine upgrade and a great mix of classic and statement pieces. And the Luzerne Trench is no exception! trenchspiration Trench spiration: Inspiring Trench Coat Trends to Sew Continue reading

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