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The Sew Reporter - 24th June Sew Hayley Jane's sewing subscription boxes don't just land on your doorstep and leave it at that - she also blogs about the contents with all sorts of great ideas for pattern matches and makes! Fabrics Galore are now stocking four luscious colourways of a fabulous cupro viscose blend - a perfect combination of drape and feel!

Fabric shopping in Kigali, Rwanda The last time I was in Africa was June 2015. Thats a whole 3 freaking years without a trip to Africa. For some that may seem perfectly ok but given my work is on development projects in Africa its been rather a long frustrating time for me as I was desperate to get back.

On the path to the perfect t-shirt… The Basic InstincT Tee A t-shirt seems like such a simple thing. But a perfectly fitted one? Now that's a more elusive thing to find. I've realised recently that I've never really had a t-shirt that I've loved - that's including both shop bought ones and hand made. There's always something a little off, from being too tight or loose, a wrong neckline or body shape.

The Sewing Weekender 2018 - Sewing speakers and workshops! Title of talk: "Bagging A Sewing Book Deal" Ever fancied turning your blog, vlog, feed or podcast into a book? Find out the mechanics of writing a non fiction book proposal, how to talk publisher, understand contracts and manage the writing process for a commercial non fiction book.

Mad as a hatter It's coming up to a year since I last managed to post here - last year was my most academically demanding year of university, and took up pretty much all my time and energy up to November. Then it was Christmas a frenzy of sewing ensued; on Boxing Day I left for an overseas holiday + university placement in the UK.

Liquorice All Sorts Artemis - A Fun Jacket In the middle of the summer, I'm blogging about a jacket. Ups! I'll try to used in my defence the fact that I did make it at the beginning of the year when the weather was still jacket appropriate. Ever since I made my first I AM Artemis Jacket by I AM patterns, I knew I'll be making a lined version of it.

Show Off Saturday: a strappy water bottle harness This week my oldest daughter asked me to sew her a water bottle holder to take to girls' camp. I thought about it a bit. And then I wanted to try something different. I might have seen something like this somewhere, but I couldn't remember where so I just decided to wing it!

Friday Spotlight: Julie's Sweet Cork & Fabric Key Chain! A third-party website called aboutcookies.org has been setup to help you with instructions how you can do that on various browsers.We use cookies to:: 1) Identify you as a returning user and to count your visits in our traffic statistics analysis; 2) remember your custom display preferences; 3) Suggest any recent searches youíve made on our...

Best Feet for Patchwork and Quilting Today we're taking a closer look at the best presser feet for patchwork and quilting. While there are actually many feet you can use when sewing patchwork and quilting, we're sharing the feet most-used when creating patchwork and quilting stitches.

Friendship Quilt Along - Dependable Quilt Block Wow, it's already week 4 in the Friendship Quilt Along and I am sharing my finished Dependable quilt block. This little block is so simple to make and perfect for personalizing! Many readers have written in throughout the years, asking for advice on how to start quilting.

Women's Romper Sewing Pattern - New Look 6489 Women's Romper Sewing Pattern, New Look 6489. As you probably know, several months ago I shared with you my thoughts and feelings on transitioning away from sewing, my pattern business and everything that goes with that to a more all-encompassing, lifestyle-focused blog.

Mila Overalls in Railroad Stripe Some people, when they have kids, dress their children to look like them. I've always kind of dressed myself like an overgrown toddler so instead, now that I have a kid, I get to dress myself to look like her. She's had this adorable little pair of OshKosh B'Gosh railroad stripe overalls for quite a while.

Pattern Review: Cashmerette Montrose I'll admit, when Cashmerette came out with the Montrose Top, I skipped it. It's a fairly simple silhouette, and I tend to reach for more complex style lines when picking out things to add to my pattern library.

Crocheted Edges Along with my hexi quilt, my rag rugs, and a couple of knitted rugs, I have been busy making this crocheted throw. I am definitely one of those people who prefer knitting to crochet, but I thought a change of pace would be a good thing. After searching the Ravelry database for something suitable, I settled on this pattern.

Sneak Peak! A little preview of the next project….Bunny.

Jess makes: Lawn Washi with a Bow It's been a good long while since we shared any Washi Dresses here on the blog! I made this summery Expansion Pack version out of Heather Ross's collection for Windham Fabrics, Sleeping Porch. Printed on a lawn substrate, this is the perfect fabric for a summer dress because it's so lightweight and soft.

Meeting Makers - Louise Of Sew Over It, PLUS 20% Discount Can't Beat A Sew Over It Vintage Shirt Dress. Ever heard that William Shakespeare quote? "Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them." Shakespeare must have had Louise in mind. She was definitely born great. Just look at that winning smile, positive personality and incredible sewing!

Tool Caddy Thread Catcher Tutorial Set up your sewing machine and get ready to sew. Use a zigzag foot for this project to accommodate moving the needle position later in the tutorial. If you are using Reverse pattern foot #1D, be sure to engage your Dual Feed! Begin with the outside 17″ x 7.5″ piece for the thread catcher.

Summer Pattern Round-Up The summer is only officially beginning this week here in Montreal but already we have had plenty of hot weather. By the looks of things we are not alone!

Yet Another Ogden Cami What can I say, Ogden Cami by True Bias is perfect for using up leftover fabrics. For more details please check out my first versions of this pattern here and here. For this version, I used a leftover fabric I got in a swap at Sew UP North last year, if I remember correctly.

Sewing Space Tours… Evie la Lùve's Pastel Daydream! For today's sewing space tour, where we peek behind the closed doors at a crafter's inspiring sewing room, we're in the Derbyshire countryside with Hannah the pastel queen and sewing pattern designer behind Evie La Lùve.

The Aspen polo shirt It tends to be a forgotten about part of dressmaking in my world. Let's face it - why would we bother making stuff for our partners/ dads/ brothers/ friends when we could be making lots of pretty dresses for ourselves!!! 🤣.

Baby Heart Log Cabin Quilt - Free Quilt Pattern ️ You'll also need to make 5 all-neutral log cabin blocks to use for setting the other blocks. As you can see, you don't have to make the hearts blue - any deeply saturated color that will contrast well with the neutral fabrics will look amazing.

Unconventional Design Challenge with bernette 38 For my final class project at the University of Nebraska for my major in Fashion Design and Textiles, I had to create a garment using unconventional materials. Me and my project partner, Abbie Adams, decided to use inspiration from the 2018 Chanel Spring Collection.

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