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Easy Fat Quarter Tea Towels: New Tutorial! Can you use it in your messy real life kitchen? I think you should be able to. So last year I made my own version using some of my favorite fat quarters and I love them! The two layers of cotton are not too thick, which I reall.

The VEST of Everything Readers, until last week I had only ever sewn one men's vest, which I created as part of a men's pattern drafting class I took at FIT three years ago. For some reason vests have never been part of my wardrobe. By the time I started buying suits, they didn't come with vests the way they did many years before.

National Second Hand Wardrobe Week With WeAllSew It's National Second Hand Wardrobe Week! Celebrate this week by pulling out items from your wardrobe that you no longer wear, and use our tips and tutorials to give your old wardrobe items a second chance. Turn an old knit top or tee into something new by adding an easy pocket with the Hemstitched Pocket tutorial here.

The Dartmouth Top, Now Available in Sizes 12-32 Already own the Dartmouth Top? If you have previously purchased a PDF copy of the Dartmouth directly from us, you'll receive the updated pattern automatically to your inbox. If you purchased a printed copy directly from us, you can email us at [email protected] with your order number and we'll send you the updated PDF files.

Same Pattern, Different Bodies: Seamwork Mel Seamwork Magazine has been one of the few indie companies who has gone up to a 58 inch hip for a while. They have received some criticism in the past but I have been pretty impressed since they redid their block. One of the pattern gaps I have noticed for size inclusive patterns in the indie world is the classic jogger.

Saint-germain wrap dress sew-along Welcome to the Saint-Germain Wrap Dress sew-along! We're so happy you'll be sewing along with us to make the perfect wrap dress for spring. If you're not quite read to sew, you can come back any time to reference all of the sew-along posts. They'll be here waiting for you, on your schedule.

Make It Simple: Say Hello to the Tabitha T-Shirt and Dress! A classic t-shirt is the kind of sewing pattern you'll return to again and again. It's speedy to make, easy to wear and oh-so versatile. Over the next few days I'm taking you through the patterns in my new book Make It Simple. The second pattern is the Tabitha T-shirt, which you can also make as a drawstring dress.

How to Stabilise Shoulder Seams on Knit Tops Learn how to stabilize shoulder seams in this tutorial. Learn tips and tricks in reinforcing the shoulder seam of your shirt or blouse or dress.

U-Pick Sewing Project Success - my Lay Flat Storage Bag! My lay flat bag is a success! It took a few tries before I got the proportions right but now I am so happy with it.

Sew Reporter - 16th February How is your weekend going so far? Do you have any sewing plans? Your Sunday's sewing newspaper has arrived and we are here to provide you with some sewspiration to get your creative juices flowing.

The Drop Sleeve Top When I was asked to test a white linen viscose fabric for the lovely people at Minerva I chose to give The Drop Sleeve Top from The AvidSeamstress a go. I got the fabric for free when I subscribed to their newsletter. I considered for a very short while, whether or not I would wear any bottoms that are white, and the answer was a definite NO.

Mini Jarrah tester roundup At last it's time for us to show off the Mini Jarrah tester makes with you!! We're constantly amazed and filled with joy seeing our testers sew up mini patterns for their children.

Make It Simple: Meet the Safiya Trousers, Dungarees and Playsuit! I have been positively itching to share all the deets about the sewing patterns in my new book Make It Simple - and with the book now officially published and out in the world, I finally can - woohoo! The book features six main patterns, each with four variations.

All hearts for Shelby Do you ever have an idea for a dress and then find the exact pattern for it? It's a rare thing but it happened! I was channeling all the 90s vibes when I stumbled across the Shelby Dress from True Bias. It's a dress/ romper pattern with a button front, V neck and short sleeves - it's very 90s tea dress if you know what I mean.

Here Comes the Bride It's so nice to be writing a blog post again! So many big things have happened in my life over the last couple of years since my last post here - I graduated from my degree, moved out of home, started my first full time job, moved house again…and, two months ago, married my best friend.

Make It Simple book review from Tillly and the Buttons I'm sure you are all as excited as we are about the new Tilly and the Buttons book Make It Simple. We were lucky enough to head over to Tilly Towers to to chat with Tilly about the book, what inspired it and what you can expect to see inside. She also shares her favourite patterns from the book and let's us look at some of the samples too.

Sew a Hanging Organizer The organizer is made up of 'pocket units' that are each 10'' tall and 12'' wide. You can also choose to add a grommet panel to the top or bottom of the organizer. There is also a hanging strap option. If you want a car organizer like mine, make 2 pocket units.

Embroidered Bench Pillow Plus Free Embroidery Design for Download Life is Rosey Bench Pillow. This adorable Bench Pillow is the perfect accessory to bright any indoor or outdoor space. The addition of "Welcome Home" from built-in lettering on the embroidery machine is the perfect complement to the rose design from the BERNINA Exclusive Design Collection #82024 Life is Rosey.

How Should the Fuller Cardigan Fit? Sewing your first Fuller Cardigan? Here's a helpful guide to know how it should fit. Cashmerette makes sewing patterns in sizes 12-32 and cup sizes C-H.

Sewist Spotlight: Meet Sylvia! I can't remember exactly when we first noticed Sylvia in our Instagram feed. All I know is a fun, colourful version of Cielo would show up and I would say, "she's done it again!" about some little tweak or hack that made it all her own.

DIY Woven Basket - with optional handles! Sure, you can sew, but did you know that you can make amazing baskets too using your sewing machine, some fabric and the same materials that you use for your other projects?

Friday Spotlight: Svetlana Pretty Patchwork Scissors Cozy! If you’re like me…you have a very special pair of sewing scissors that no one is allowed to use except you…:) Today’s Friday Spotlight is a clever little zipper pouch to protect your favorite pair or sewing or crafting or any kind of scissors that you treasure.

Round up of unposted projects from 2019 I recently redid my website. It's not 100% finished but getting there and unless you look back in my archives, you can't really tell the unfinished bits. When I went through all my past posts, it turns out that I didn't share everything I made in 2019.

Longarm Quilting for Beginners: Part 1 Advantages of Quilting on a Frame This is the first of a five-part series of blogs about longarm quilting machines for the beginner. This first blog will give you some things to think about if you decide to purchase a longarm on a frame. The next blog will go into loading the frame and the options for doing that.

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