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Organza and Leather Cielo Top: Adding Leather Details to a Shirt.

If you're like me, you find a pattern you love, and you make it over and over. This would be my 4th Cielo Top by Closet Case Patterns. I love the boxy body and big sleeves, so why not have a bunch in my closet out of all different fabrics? I have made the Cielo dress and top in linen, the top in boiled wool, and now this -- the fancy schmancy organza version! This floral satin organza brocade is dreamy on...

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Striped, Puffy Sleeved Shirts Aren’t Just For Pirates: Simplicity S8839 Pattern Review and Hack!

This Simplicity Pattern has been sitting in my cabinet since I bought it last spring. I've been DYING to sew it up, but by the time I had the chance, it was too warm outside to really be wearable. A few weeks ago I noticed this gorgeous striped linen on Measure Fabric's Instagram and asked Maria if this could be the fabric we used for our monthly Measure Maker post! She was initially surprised since it wasn't screaming with bright colors, but I assured her that I do in fact also...

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Fabric Painting and Design, Sewing, Uncategorized

Gettin’ Fancy This Holiday Season with Spoonflower Fabric!

Rainbow Stripes by Katie Kortman Okay, Okay so maybe not everyone wants to look like they just went to Mardi Gras or stepped off of a parade float when they go to a party. Not everyone does.... But I DO! I remember thinking holiday dresses needed to look a certain way, once upon a time. No MORE! I have freed myself from all the social norms and I am living my most authentic life, which means lots of color and crazy pipe cleaner crowns okay?? And look! I'm not...

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My Super Scuba Bomber Jacket (say that 10 times)

If you have been on my Instagram lately then you know I've been down and out with a pinched nerve and muscles spasms the past week. I was stuck in bed in pain for a solid week and I am thankfully starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel! In the later part of the week I started this Pattern Scout Lulu Cardigan (View A) jacket. It could've been sewn entirely in one night on my serger, but because of my limited time...

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Living That 8-Bit Life In My Pixelated Dress and Perler Bead Accessories.

When I saw that Measure Fabrics had this pixelated fabric I knew it had to be mine. I mean.... I'd already made a crown that went with it, so it deserved to be worn on MY body, and live in MY home. See??? They were meant to be together!! ......But then I realized that I actually wanted glasses!!!! I wanted them to be a little closer in color scheme, so I got to work with...

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I Sewed a Leather Bag! (Plus a Book Review)

Have you all heard about this new book "SEW BAGS?" It has just been released and it can be found at Joann's (in store), Barnes and Noble , Amazon, and other book sellers! My friend Hilarie Dayton wrote it and she did an amazing job!! The beginning of the book covers color theory, design, construction tips and concepts that can be used for more than just making bags (stop it Hilarie! I need to put that stuff in my future book!! haha). The rest of...

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The Lena Horne Dress by Tabitha Sewer!!!

When Tabitha asked me to be on her blogger tour for her "Secret Project" I was OVER THE MOON. Anything that Tabitha touches is gold, because she does hard work and has a great eye! Her first pattern is no exception. The Lena Horne makes you want to run and frolic on a summer day, and you feel so feminine and pretty wearing it. Because I keep my shoulders covered during normal activities (aside from swimming and sports), I chose to draft a little top to go underneath...

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The Long-Awaited Philippa Pants!!

When Anna started posting photos of a new, high-waisted non-stretch denim pants pattern, I about freaked. I immediately messaged her (okay maybe it was after she'd posted a couple times) and asked if she could please hurry up and get it to the masses because I NEEDED THOSE PANTS IN MY LIFE!! You probably know about the famous "Persephone Pants" she released last year that quickly became a cult favorite (is there such a thing in the sewing world? Because I think those pants fit the bill)....... But today I introduce you to Persephone's...

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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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