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Vintage Simplicity 9722 Toddler Jumper When you ask my toddler to smile, this is what you get. I have no idea why she thinks this is smiling, but we're just gonna run with it because, while it may not be smiling, it's certainly cute. I also have no idea why she thinks a dryer ball makes a good photoshoot prop, but she insisted on it being included.

Why I sought professional help for my anxiety and depression Here we go… it's been 4 years since I shared with you my thoughts about creativity, depression, and how I manage them both. I have been amazed by the response to that article. You have been 100% supportive of me and have also shared heart wrenching experiences.

Save the Date: Beaded Lanterns Quilt Along Begins September 10 Want to practice your piecing and quilting skills? Join BERNINA ambassador and domestic machine quilting expert Christa Watson as she walks you step-by-step through the process of making a quilt from start to finish. The quilt along kicks off September 10, 2018 and will feature a fun, free pattern Christa designed called Beaded Lanterns.

Tania Sewalong // sewing the inseam and hem We're in the homestretch! Only two more construction steps left in our Tania culottes, and we're going to cover both of them in this post today. First, we need to get the inseam sewn up quick - thats what makes these sneaky pants, well, pants! And then all that's left is the hem.

Ikat Goodness: My Latest Kalle I was editing some photos last week and realized I had imported the pics of this make and then totally forgot to schedule a post on the blog. Sometimes that happens because I'm not so excited about the finished object, but this black ikat Kalle tunic is 100% awesome and 100% deserving of a little discussion.

Is it just too Simple - icity? I have two evening weddings to attend this fall. I am considering something along these lines. What I really like about these two outfits are the tops. I cannot find anything in patterns with the extended scooped out neckline like the red one above.

DIY Embroidered Merit Patch Add custom flair to your jean jackets and backpacks! Patches are a fun way to put your embroidery skills to a fun and modern use-they're just a simple applique created in the hoop! Combine designs with lettering and you can even create custom merit badges for your friends.

Tania Sewalong // BONUS: how to sew a lapped zipper with a facing We have a really cool bonus post for you today! So as you know, the Tania culottes include instructions for installing an invisible zipper, which does work well with the pattern. But who here wants to see a different option? How about a lapped zipper!

Fourteen tutorials for sleeves Today the focus is on sleeves. These tutorials will help inspire you to change things up a bit and have fun with sleeves. Let me introduce you to fourteen sleeve tutorials that have appeared on the blog in the past. You're sure to find some inspiration here today!

Modified Lander Shorts, Lark tee, and a Suki kimono We are at the start of our last week of Summer before the kids go back to school, which I totally can't believe! The Summer has gone so quickly. I made myself a Summer Sewing Bucket List when the kids were getting out of school and I knew I wasn't going to get to most of it - and it turns out I barely got to any of it at all.

Where is my waist?! How to find your waist for garment sewing Taking accurate measurements of your body is crucial when you're picking which size of sewing pattern to use - get it wrong, and there's a really high chance your garment won't fit! I always recommend taking measurements before every project - it only takes a minute, and you'll be surprised by how often you fluctuate.

Same Pattern, Different Bodies: Jalie Gigi Bikini Inspired by the "Curvy Year of Sewing" theme of swimwear, two CSC contributors Jessica and Jennifer decided to try the Jalie Gigi Bikini and compare their results. Would we dare to bare it all by wearing a bikini in public? The Pattern. The Jalie Gigi Bikini has several different options in one making this a great mix and match pattern.

It's time to Reveal our U-Pick Sewing Tutorial for August! I'm sure that my sewing machine would do fine sewing a single layer of leather onto a bag and that would make a sturdy strap. You can now buy leather pieces at most big-box craft stores as well as online. But cork would be a great option too. What materials would you like to see for a strap?

Mariner's Compass Quilt! Rob's Mariner's Compass Quilt may look like a doozy, but he's got a secret weapon: The Quiltsmart paper piecing pattern with printed interfacing. This genius product will guide you every step of the way with sea-worthy accuracy - just like a real compass!

Lazy days of summer - Deer & Doe Myosotis dress Welcome to my very first Deer and Doe Myosotis dress - I have already made two more and have another in progress so I think it is safe to say this has been my favourite dress of the summer! I loved all the new Deer and Doe patterns when they were released a few months ago and I bought the Myosotis dress and Nenuphar jacket almost immediately.

MPB DAY 2018 - Wet, Wild, and Wonderful! Friends, I won't lie: when I saw that the forecast for yesterday's MPB Day festivities called for scattered thundershowers, I was worried. Wisely, I had preemptively identified indoor backups for our outdoor activities in case of rain.

Tania Sewalong // how to sew the waistband facing, two different ways As far as the main construction of the Tania culottes, the only other thing that changed is how we attach the waistband facing. The new method is very similar to the method used in the old instructions, but it now reduces the amount of hand sewing needed.

The Sew Reporter - 12th August These luxurious jewel-coloured crepes from Cotton Reel Studio are currently on sale - perfect for adding a dramatic pop of colour to your wardrobe!

Tania Sewalong // sewing the invisible zipper So today in our Tania culotte construction, we are going to tackle the zipper closure in the left side seam. If you've never sewn a zipper before, don't worry - an invisible zipper is one of the easiest ones to do, and is what is used in the Tania instructions.

A hacked McCalls 7543 dress Today I'm bringing you my latest Minerva Crafts project! This make is ALL about the fabric. I picked out the gorgeous Lady McElroy Cobra Corsage print in the cotton lawn. I love the print on this fabric - that juxtaposition of those beautiful flowers intertwined with beetles and snakes.

Fun Wearable Muslin Trousers A few weeks ago I showed you the trousers I made for August for MinervaCraft Blogger Network using the Simplicity #8264 and mentioned that I made a wearable toile. In this post, I'll show you the muslin / toile, which I made using a stretch cotton from Abakhan Fabrics.

Show Off Saturday… My 1st Fabric Unbundling Video! I owe a big 'Thank You' to Blend Fabrics for sending me a surprise box of fabric for my first Unbundling Video! If you like this, you'll love my 3 Ways to Organize and Store Fabric video. So what have you been sewing up this week? We want you to show off what you've been making.

Hugo's backpack Since it's Back To School time again, adorable backpacks made with my Toddler Backpack Pattern have been popping up in my feed, so I thought I'd share these photos of Hugo with the original backpack I designed the pattern from. I took these over a year ago but he still LOVES putting it on his back and parading around.

Completed: Popover Tank & Lander Pants Before I dive into garment details, I want to congratulate our OAL 2018 Winners! Dizzy Erica made a Lady Skater dress + Hetty Cardigan! Interestingly, I was just rediscovering my love for both these patterns the other day!

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