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Adding the Lining Back in December of last year, I made up my first version of Simplicity 8509. It was really a test run for this wool swing coat. The successful wearable muslin just confirmed that I should move forward with the wool.

Fabric shopping in barcelona You can also buy all kind of stuff which is typical from this area: clothing, tools, toys, things you don't even know what they are. Fabrics are mainly on the upper level. They are cheap, very cheap. Sometimes the quality is not that good, but prices are so tempting.

Coco the Squirrel Baby Quilt Tutorial Tis the Season for making and giving, and this baby quilt featuring Coco the squirrel is a quick and easy gift to make for the holiday season.

Doodle Quilt Another new thing I learned this year was how to make a Doodle Quilt. My friend Annabel Wrigley, whom I first met at a Heather Ross Design workshop in NYC years ago, came to Michigan in September to teach two Doodle Quilt workshops with the Detroit Area Modern Quilt Guild and the Ann Arbor Modern Quilt Guild.

Same Pattern, Different Bodies: Ottobre Autumn Warmer Hoodie When the most recent Ottobre Magazine shipped out, the "Autumn Warmer" hoodie stood out to all three of us as a "must make" for fall. There is something about the style that just about manages to make a hoodie into something chic!

John Kaldor Silk Rayon Product Testing On MinervaCrafts blog today I talk about my latest product review for the John Kaldor Silk and Rayon Fabric. The colours of the fabric are so beautiful. And the fabric itself is the softest I've touched in a long time. No wonder I was afraid at first to cut into it.

It's time to Reveal our U-Pick Sewing Tutorial for December! I thought I picked 3 really amazing projects to choose from this month and that the voting would be tight among all three. But I was wrong…

Coral Reef Quilt Are you on Santa's nice list? If so, we hope he leaves a Shark Applicutter under your tree this year! That pint-sized rotary cutter navigates curves and tight corners with ease. This week Rob used it to fussy cut dozens of little fish for his freestyle applique Coral Reef quilt.

Catch Up And Cushions It's been crazy busy at Did You Make That Towers with a trip to New York and THEN a trip to North Devon. It's a tough call to say which was best. Not much to choose between them… I've had no time to sew. Now, I'm easing myself back in with a super-cute project.

The Sew Reporter - 9th December This week on the blog we’re giving you a beginner’s guide to measuring yourself – including a review of the ZoZo measuring suit! Come join our Facebook group where we are chatting about new patterns, what we are planning to make and helping each other out with our projects.

A Pretty in Peplum Christmas Dress This girls' Peplum Dress Pattern makes the perfect Christmas dress pattern! Sewn out of comfortable knits, the Pretty in Peplum will be loved by all!

Ainsley Pinafore Dress Pattern The pink top Lola is wearing underneath is a hack of my Pretty in Peplum Top pattern. I omitted the peplum, keeping the side seams quite straight so they'd be close fitting. The fabric has really good stretch recovery and is quite heavy - almost like a scuba knit but I don't believe it's actually scuba.

Schoolboy Boy's Vest Pattern + Everyday Boy's Necktie Pattern I made Weston my favorite boys vest pattern, a Schoolboy Vest, and Wyatt an Everyday Necktie for Christmas this year, and as usual, Weston made sure we didn't have a dull moment in our photoshoot. He's also the reason we literally got one good family photo out of hundreds, lol.

The Lander pants from True Bias For this month's Minerva Crafts make, I've made the Lander pants! I've always loved the True Bias Lander pants on other people but I never thought they'd look good on me. I think I just didn't relate body shape wise to the people and the versions I was seeing on social media.

The Sewing Pattern Tutorials 9: Measuring yourself The Sewing Pattern Tutorials are a series of blog posts about demystifying sewing patterns and how to sew with them. Here we talk about measuring yourself.

Show off Saturday… a Gnome Quilt for the Holidays! I'm using it as a wall hanging, but this is a great size for a small baby quilt too if I wanted to gift it. Do you want to make gnome quilt like mine? Well, get ready because I'm going to share the pattern. Next week I will share a tutorial for the 12'' gnome block.

Tolt River Cowl This year I picked up knitting with a zeal I've not experienced before; it's normal for me to consider the odd knitting project around September and maybe make a baby sweater or cowl by March. But this past July, I went on a Maker+Stitch hiking and knitting retreat in Colorado that jump-started my annual knitting early.

DIY Monogram Wood Slice Coasters Today's project, DIY Wood Slice Coasters with your Cricut Maker or Explore Air 2, fits the bill perfectly if you're looking for a fun, simple DIY gift idea that can be customized for the recipient. With a cute monogram, these wood slice coasters are a quick and rewarding project, that pretty much anyone would love to receive!

How to Add a Pocket to the Side of Leggings Adding a pocket onto the side of a pair of leggings is a great way to make them more functional. Stick your house key, a cell phone, and some cash in and you're good to go whether it's for a jog or for a night out on the town. The Citrus Leggings are a great pattern for adding in an extra pocket because they have a side panel.

Make a Danish Star Ornament With Fabric Make folded Danish stars from fabric to decorate for the holidays! With just one straight seam, even the kids can get in on this holiday project.

Denim McCalls 7330 Jumpsuit The story of this project begins with a utility style jumpsuit I spotted on the high street when I was shopping for a show a couple of months back. It is quite unusual nowadays for a RTW garment to catch my eye in the way this did but I just knew it was the kind of clothing I would wear day in, day out.

Friday Spotlight: Stephanie's Adorable Jean Pocket Christmas Ornaments! We’ve all got an old pair of jeans hanging around…go grab them and give this fun nr=ew project a try!

Announcing the #SewFrosting Challenge Winners!! This #sewfrosting challenge has been a wild ride! I never expected it would take off quite as it has, and Kelli and I were positively overwhelmed when it came time to pick our winners. At last glance, our hashtag had reached over 1900 entries, and we were completely blown away by your creativity and skill.

Handmade Gifts for Friends That Sew + Giveaway! From simple to sew pretty pincushions to over-sized project tote bags we've gathered together our favorite handmade gift ideas for sewists right here. As a special treat we've got a fun giveaway for you at the end of the post! These adorable little Christmas ornament pincushions are a great gift for any sewing friend!

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