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Shades of Olive Jacket Kit

I was fortunate enough to spend a few days with my mom at the Sewing and Stitchery Expo in Puyallup, Washington last year at about this time (Feb/Mar), and I’m a little sad I didn’t go this year. It was my first sewing expo out of Arizona and I wanted to share one aspect in […]

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Sewing Bee Coming to the U.S.!

If you are not familiar with the Great British Sewing Bee, it is time to go onto YouTube and check it out to get ready for the U.S. version.   I wrote about it in a previous post here. Those I know in the garment sewing world, are thrilled we are now going to have […]

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5 Tips For Wearing Stripes

I saw this Valentine card and thought is was provocative, but in a good way. The zebras caught my eye and I had to look inside. The caption made me smile but it also conjured up all of the fashion back-and-forth we read and hear about stripes.(Card is from a series called “Party Animals” by […]

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Vogue 8819 Boucle Sweater

This was an impulse fabric purchase (not unlike many of mine) but this was a little different. I was walking out of my local mill end fabric store and spotted this on the top of a pile. I had not seen it the day before (yes, I am on a first name basis with the […]

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Vogue 8952 Tops

Well, I’m back posting after the holidays. Hosting family, being sick, shopping, working pooped me out and all I could do to get back on track was to sew! Here are two tops from the same pattern that I made quickly to satisfy my instant gratification craving. The first top is View A from Vogue […]

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Santa’s Words To Sewists

Merry Christmas to all of you who may be celebrating in the next few days. I have a little sewing poem to share that came from Judy Kessinger of FitNice Sew Slim, a personalized pattern system. I was able to attend one of Judy’s 2-day seminars when she visited the American Sewing Guild Tucson Chapter […]

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Santa Pillow Cover

There is no snow here in the desert, at least not yet, but the holiday season is upon us and I am busy making things, as I always do during this time of year. As you may have noticed, I haven’t posted much since before Thanksgiving. It would be smarter to plan all year for […]

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Loes Hinse Sewing Seminar

I debated back and forth with myself about writing this post because although I had a great time with my mom at this seminar, my little point-and-shoot camera was new to me and I wasn’t in the habit of taking commemorative photos of the event.   I hope the photos are enough to give you […]

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McCalls 6398 Cream and Gray Knit Tunic

I read an article some time ago that addressed how to stay looking stylish without succumbing to every new fad. It was addressing the contentment that comes with accepting the styles that work for your body proportions and lifestyle. Having just crossed the 50-year old threshold, I want to dress my age, be appropriate, and […]

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Snap Bag Tutorial

What you can’t see here is that this bag stays closed by recycling a used tape measure from a home improvement center. Fortunately, my husband had one he was happy to donate. The measurements are 8″ Width x 6″ Height x 2″ Depth. As with any sewing project, there is room to personalize and modify […]

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Make Do and Mend-Then and Now

This thimble is commemorative of Clothes Rationing; a time hard to imagine by today’s standards. My mom found this thimble years ago while in Australia at the Imperial War Museum. In the early 1940’s, “Make Do and Mend” was a WW2 wartime slogan to encourage everyone to not waste anything. It was so extreme, clothing […]

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6 Ways to Sew Affordably

A question I get often is “Why bother sewing when fabric/patterns is/are so expensive?” or “Clothing is so cheap now so why would I bother taking the time to make something if I can just go buy it?” The pressure to answer this question convincingly is strong; I’m about to attempt to sell the positives […]

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