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Let’s Make Pants THAT FIT!

I remember the first time I made a pair of structured shorts for myself. Alina had asked me to help test her first pattern-- the Chi-town Chinos. I had never sewn something like that before. I usually strayed from anything that looked hard, and didn't do zippers very often either. I couldn't pass up the opportunity to try it out though, especially knowing I'd have Alina to help me out if I stumbled through any of the directions! (By the way her directions are STELLAR and help newbies out so much!!) I am A member of...

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Let’s Make Pants: Fabric choices

I want to talk today about making fabric choices when making pants. I've learned a lot over the past year (yes I've only been sewing pants for a year--but I've made 16 pairs!) about how fabric choices can affect the way a pant pattern fits. Same pattern, cut at the same size, can fit very differently based on the weight of the fabric and the amount of stretch it has. I will show you an example with the Persephone Pant pattern by Anna Allen: This was the first pair I...

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PANTS PANTS PANTS!

When Nicole first contacted me about doing a big Fancy Pants Instagram party (complete with a Dance-off at the end of course) I told her I was on board! I figured since I'd sewn 16 pairs of pants in the past year (my first year ever making pants!!), I could figure out how to make a "Fancy" pair as well. It wasn't until we (joined by LONI and JENNIFER) got chatting that I decided to make a pair of pants unlike any of the ones I'd made before. I was going to venture into CULOTTES. I...

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The Cheyenne Tunic Sleeve Hack

I'm an artist and while I love dancing around wearing bananas, putting on a tutu and exploring another country, or wearing the brightest of colors, I'm also preppy at heart. Weird right? I am also an expressive artist who is a type-A, straight "A" (when in school) student. I don't always make sense.  I have at least 6 button-up collared shirts in my closet (and I've majorly paired down) because they are honestly my favorite kind of shirt. See, preppy. When I got this union chambray from Maker Mountain...

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B.A.N.A.N.A. PANTS!!

THESE PANTS ARE BANANAS......... B- A- N- A- N- A- S! Have you all seen the new Palisade Pants by Papercut Patterns? When their new Geo collection dropped I was immediately drawn to the fun pockets and casual cool styling of this pant.  I got the pattern and then went straight to Indy Bindy Co. because I envisioned them in some fun Japanese patterned fabric! This Banana stand print by Mannine is everything. I love the more subtle yellow bananas in the background and then...

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The Hand-painted Dress

For years I've been wanting to translate my paintings into fabric. After I finished my BFA in Painting and Drawing at BYU, I filled out applications to all the coolest MFA textile design programs  in NYC (a place I'd always dreamed of living).  I had a blip in that application process that turned into me not actually submitting any of them, and instead going on to work as a display artist for an Anthropologie store outside Chicago. Life takes on different paths and I firmly believe that God...

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The Jade/Isla Mashup

Made by Rae has been on my radar since my early years of sewing. I remember when I had my first daughter and sewed up a free shirt pattern (it wasn't a pattern, more like step-by-step instructions) from her site. Its been fun to watch how her blog turned into a business and gave her so many different opportunities!  For Round 5 of #thehandmadehustle on my Instagram account, I sewed up this combo of patterns from Mrs. Rae herself. I was excited bc I've been needing a dress like...

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The Brunswick Pullover

Are you looking for a super comfortable pullover sweatshirt that also has fun details? Then I think you're looking for this pattern. Hey June Handmade constantly pumps out such great wardrobe staples! I love a good "pop" and also happened to have a bunch of navy striped fabric scraps in my stash. I lined my hood with a polyester knit striped fabric, and then used a woven (quilting cotton) for the side plackets, button covers (I used a dritz button kit) and...

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The Wiksten Kimono Review

I don't know if you saw my dance on Instagram recently, but if you haven't you need to head on over and watch how the Wiksten Kimono jacket can MOVE! Ha!  I bought a fog machine you guys.  JUST FOR THIS DANCE. That is how nuts I really am;) I am head over heels in love with this jacket. I had been eyeing the pattern for awhile, especially after seeing this one.  One day I was at Joann's JUST for some twill (like you can ever leave with one thing) when I saw that fabric above and knew it was destined...

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The Salida Skirt

Oh hello beautiful lines! Hello skirt that fits like a pair of jeans but looks like a million bucks.  I was so lucky to test the Salida Skirt by True Bias a couple months ago and I have been dying to share these photos!  (But if you want to really see this thing in action head to my instagram to watch my dance video!) I made three versions of this skirt and I want to share what I learned that might be of help to you, you sewing maven you. *Paired here with my hacked Grainline Studio Morris Blazer (I changed...

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