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London Calling! Pink and Orange Blouse – Simplicity 8454

I just finished making another modified version of Simplicity 8454, this time using a Robert Kaufman fabric called London Calling Lawn Stem Pink.  It is a perfect summer-weight lawn cotton with just the right drape for this pattern.  I purchased this fabric at the Fabric Outlet in San Francisco. This blouse has the same bodice as… Continue reading London Calling! Pink and Orange Blouse – Simplicity 8454

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Gingham Ruffled Sleeve Blouse – Modification of Simplicity 8454

After months of wearing sweaters and knit tops, I wanted a comfortable and stylish top for the warmer spring weather. I knew this new top had to have ruffled or flounce sleeve. Pattern I had a couple of patterns in my collection for tops with flounce sleeves, but I wanted a ruffled sleeve like this… Continue reading Gingham Ruffled Sleeve Blouse – Modification of Simplicity 8454

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Black Velvet Bralette and Panties

I recently purchased this lovely stretch velvet in black and burgundy and on the same day, I discovered a new bralette pattern by Madalynne, called the Barrett bralette.  You can find this free (yes, I said free!) Barrett bralette pattern here. If you've been following my blog, you know I am a big fan of… Continue reading Black Velvet Bralette and Panties

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Bonne Nuit Mon Cheri! Men’s Pajamas using McCall’s Pattern 4244

I recently made two sets of pajamas for my husband as gifts and I am really happy with the results. These two sewing projects were very satisfying; my husband loves his new pajamas, and the fact that I made them for him, and he wears them every night. I don't know of any other garment that I've made that gets so much wear.

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Base Layer Bodysuit – Simplicity Pattern 8435

Viola!  I just finished making my third bodysuit!  I've been wanting a bodysuit for a long time, ever since I grew out of my last one when I was 10 years old!  Bodysuits are making a comeback after taking a long hiatus.  There are many patterns for bodysuits available for the home sewer and also many bodysuits ready-to-wear on-line and in brick-and-mortar stores.

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Learning to Knit Cables – Wool Cabled Hat, Scarf and Mittens

One of my goals for 2018 is to knit more and learn new techniques.  Most of my knitting  has been focused on using the stockinette stitch, a row of knit and then a row of purl.  Recently I taught myself how to knit cable patterns.  This scarf, hat and mittens were my first foray into… Continue reading Learning to Knit Cables – Wool Cabled Hat, Scarf and Mittens

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Knitted Wool Vest – Splitstone Vest Pattern

I recently finished knitting this brown wool vest.  The pattern, called Splitstone by designer Alicia Plummer. is available on Ravelry.   I used Rowan's pure worsted wool made in England that I purchased at Fibre Space - a Yarn Universe in Alexandria, Virginia.  If you haven't been to this wonderful indie store yet, you need to… Continue reading Knitted Wool Vest – Splitstone Vest Pattern

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A Tailored Shirt for the Fall from Simplicity 1538

I just finished sewing this tailored shirt using Simplicity 1538, view B. This was the first time that I've made a shirt from this pattern and I am so pleased with the results...

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Black and Pink Lace Bra and Panties – Bra from Pin-up Girls Patterns and Panties from Kwik Sew K2325

Hot off my sewing machine!  I just finished a partial-band bra and pantie set made from black stretch galloon lace and fushia powernet...

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Butterick #6446 – Blue Gingham Dress

After a summer of sewing for other people and for our new home, I decided it was time to make a dress for myself.  I love gingham and...