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Today's Outfit: Get the Look

Today's Outfit: Get the Look

Briana sent over one of her recent projects and we. love. it. and think you will, too. Be inspired and get this look today. 


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Memory Vest Project

Memory Vest Project
Years ago, my friend Susan asked me to accompany her to help select a mother-of-the-groom ensemble. We drove to Kansas City where she chose a vintage kimono fabric which was custom-made into a beautiful jacket.She wore the jacket to her son's wedding and to other occasions as well. The custom house had used the wrong side of the kimono fabric for i...
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San Diego Neckline Tips

San Diego Neckline Tips

The San Diego pattern has a very unique way of making the facing and collar. The process isn't difficult but requires precise stitching to get a clean, sharp look. We have made a lot of San Diego samples and have found, through trial and error, several tricks for more accurate stitching. To help you make your best San Diego, we have put together a little tutorial on sewing the neckline, complete with tips that we have found make the process easier. Enjoy!

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Chateau Kits Now Available!

Chateau Kits Now Available!

We are so appreciative of the amazing reception you have given the Chateau Coat since its release earlier this week! One of the things we like most about the Chateau is how adaptable it is – you can make it in many different fabrications, which give the same garment so many looks. Inspired by the Chateau's versatility, we have designed a number of kits to coordinate with the coat. From a tech fabric to a classic wool, there is an option for everyone!

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Introducing: The Chateau Coat!

Introducing: The Chateau Coat!

Simple and elegant. A dash of Audrey Hepburn with a sprinkle of Jackie O. – that is the Chateau Coat. Whether you make it in a bold Missoni knit or classic black Scuba, this is the jacket that people will stop you on the street to ask about. "Where did you get that fabulous coat?" The answer? "Well, I made it of course!"

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January Sew Confident! The San Diego Bomber

January Sew Confident! The San Diego Bomber

​It's here! The first Sew Confident! tutorial of 2017, the San Diego Bomber. If you haven't used our Sew Confident! tutorials before, they are our monthly digital tutorials that can be subscribed to by the year, or bought individually as they are released (a first for 2017!). This year our theme is Variations With Verve and each month we will be sharing techniques for customizing patterns for your unique style, To kick off the year, Erin demonstrates how she transformed our San Diego pattern into this on-trend bomber jacket. 

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Join Us For A Weekend of Sewing In Arkansas!

Join Us For A Weekend of Sewing In Arkansas!

Do you ever feel like you just want to get away for a few days to focus on your sewing and make a pattern plan? Well, that is just what we do every year in Eureka Springs, Arkansas – and, of course, you can join us. So pick up that sewing machine and pack your bags, let's get sewing!

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Shop new Ivy Kits!

Shop new Ivy Kits!

​The Ivy top is made for mixing and matching fabrics. With so many great knit prints out there, why not play with colors and prints to create a unique design? We used our new knit line from Girl Charlee to create this fabulous floral top  – and like it so much we decided to offer it as a kit!

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A #2017MakeNine Conversation with Alex

A #2017MakeNine Conversation with Alex

Alex here, joining the blog-o-sphere today presenting the ever-popular hashtag #2017MakeNine. Have you seen this hashtag floating around? It's considered the maker version of the 'Best Nine' tagline where you choose your top nine Instagram posts for the year. The idea is simple really: you choose nine projects or patterns you'd like to sew during the year. Seems simple enough, right? Now the hope is that these aren't the only projects you do during the year, but it's more of a guideline to build from. 

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Feeling Sewcial?

Feeling Sewcial?

This February Linda will be appearing as a guest instructor at Sewcial in Novi, Michigan. She will be teaching techniques for making our best-selling Tremont jacket pattern. Don't miss out on this great opportunity to learn from the master! 

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Fashion Fabric Facts: Sewing with Scuba

Fashion Fabric Facts: Sewing with Scuba

It seems like everyone in the sewing world is talking about scuba - and I don't mean the kind with the snorkel. Scuba fabric, a stretchy double knit that is similar to a ponte, has been making its way onto runways for years and now fashion sewers are starting to experiment with this fun fabric.

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Sew Confident 2017: Variations with Verve!

Sew Confident 2017: Variations with Verve!

A new year is right around the corner and the world is busy making resolutions. What will my resolution be? Well, I'm giving up all those fanciful notions of learning a new language or going to the gym everyday. Instead, my resolutions will all revolve around my favorite thing — sewing! This year I will finish all those UFOs, I will clean out my fabric stash and I will take the time to learn how to perfect my sewing skills, specifically those that involve altering or personalizing patterns. Luckily, everyone at The Sewing Workshop is feeling the same way, and we have developed our Sew Confident! 2017 program around that very idea, which we are calling Variations with Verve!

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Sequin Skirt Inspiration

Sequin Skirt Inspiration

Sequins. It's the perfect festive addition to your wardrobe and we've got the perfect pairing for you!


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Cyber Monday Sale!

Cyber Monday Sale!
Did you know that we have a great selection of digital patterns? These styles are easy to make and even easier to wear. Whether you need a classic eTee or light eJacket, we have you covered. Our digital patterns also include a few reissues of Sewing Workshop favorites like the Era Jacket, Fuji Mt. Top and Peony Vest. Plus, if you are thin...
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Sewing with Velvet

Sewing with Velvet
​Velvet is the ultimate luxury fabric. For many, the deep, rich qualities of velvet bring to mind everything from sumptuous royal gowns to memories of special occasion holiday dresses worn as a child. As this holiday season approaches – and the holiday party invitations start trickling in – I have found myself thinking of creating new vel...
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Introducing the San Diego!

Introducing the San Diego!
We are so excited about our new San Diego pattern. We love the flattering style -  this loose-fitting tunic has a faced overlapping front placket that extends into a deep front pleat, forward shoulders, angled hem and elbow-length sleeves with deep stitched hems. This tunic is perfect for wearing with a slim pant ...
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The Sewing Workshop Celebrates 25 Years

The Sewing Workshop Celebrates 25 Years
In 1991, I purchased The Sewing Workshop sewing school in San Francisco. Little did I know that 25 years later, we would still be going strong.It took the entire 25th year to realize we had actually been in business that long. So here it is, the end of our anniversary year, and I am in a reflective mood.When I bought the school, I assumed that enti...
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An Unexpected & Essential Sewing Tool

An Unexpected & Essential Sewing Tool
Sometimes the simplest tools can be the best. Take the humble tweezer. Sure, it has been stereotyped as a bathroom-only apparatus used only for splinters and the stray eyebrow hair. But the tweezer is more than that, it is an apparatus that can be used in the most delicate of sewing situations. For instance, have you ever had the dre...
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Sewing with Faux Fashion Leather

Sewing with Faux Fashion Leather
Fall fashion trends come and go, but few have the staying power of leather. The leather motorcycle jacket became a classic look the instant Marlon Brando roared into movie theaters on his motorcycle in The Wild One in 1953. Nothing says sleek, sexy – and rebellious – like leather. Whether you are wearing a full jacket or just a pop of lea...
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Eileen Fisher Inspired Ikina Jacket

Eileen Fisher Inspired Ikina Jacket

Have you seen a version of a beautiful oversized red jacket flying around the inter-webs? Well, according to Melissa Greene and friends, it's all over the place and she just had to make a version of it, and, well . . . we love it.

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eTee Conversion to Cap Sleeve

eTee Conversion to Cap Sleeve

Carol Scott attended Sew Kansas this summer and wore a really cute variation of the eTee that resulted from her running out of fabric! We asked her to share her process.

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Welcome Alex and Betsy!

Welcome Alex and Betsy!

You may have noticed some new names popping up on threadWEAR 301 and our Facebook page. Join us in welcoming Alex and Betsy to the team!

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End of Summer Fabric Sale!

End of Summer Fabric Sale!
Labor Day may be the unofficial end of summer, but the hot sun and warm days will be sticking around for a while. Why not make yourself an end-of-season transition garment? Breezy fabrics like cotton and linen keep you cool on hot days and are perfect for layering as cooler weather approaches. With our End Of Summer Fabric Sale you can sa...
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Linen Gauze Bristol Top

Linen Gauze Bristol Top

​This is the perfect look to transition from summer to fall weather. I'm starting to layer, but still want lightweight options. This has quickly become one of my favorite ensembles!

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Liberty Shirt Garment Measurements

Liberty Shirt Garment Measurements

​We get a lot of questions regarding the finished garment measurements for the Liberty Shirt. Here is the chart for easy reference.

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Eureka Top Variation

Eureka Top Variation

Here's a take on a pieced variation of the staple pattern, the Eureka Top.

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Introducing the Madrid Top & Pants!

Introducing the Madrid Top & Pants!
We are so excited to debut our newest pattern...the Madrid! This relaxed fit, hip-length top has a unique diagonal button front, which curves into a funnel collar. The flattering tapered sleeves and Asymmetric hemlines will look great on many body types and, depending on your fabric choice, the Madrid top can be worn as a shirt or a jacket. Th...
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Stripe Inspiration from Sonia Rykiel

Stripe Inspiration from Sonia Rykiel

The fashion world was saddened when legendary designer Sonia Rykiel passed away this week. Rykiel, who unknowingly got her start as a designer when she started sewing maternity clothing for herself, was known as The Queen of Knits for her fashion-forward work with knit design. As I thumbed through Pinterest, looking at Rykiel designs, I noticed that she not only loved knits, but also loved a knit stripe (though, who doesn't?). In honor of this great designer, I've put together a few Sonia Rykiel inspiration boards, pairing our knit stripes with her design inspiration. 

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Long Mimosa Vest

Long Mimosa Vest

I love the look of long vests and sleeveless blazers. Our Mimosa Top has a lovely shape and crossover neckline that gives it that perfect structured look. 

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Tremont Vest Variations

Tremont Vest Variations

Our customer Nancy Means has used the Tremont Jacket pattern to make some fantastic vests. She is our guest blogger for this post. Whether you like sleeveless for summer, or layering vests for the cooler months ahead, we think you'll like these ideas.

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Add Walking Ease to Jackets and Coats

Add Walking Ease to Jackets and Coats

In the December 16, 2015 blog post called French Terry Topper, I described the process of lengthening the Chicago Jacket to make a longer version in French terry. The coat looks and feels great, but I noticed after it was made that it wants to fly open at the bottom a bit, even when just hanging on a hanger.

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Japanese Painted Grass Liberty Shirt

Japanese Painted Grass Liberty Shirt

At our latest Sew Kansas workshop, Jan selected this stunning Japanese print cotton to make a Liberty Shirt.

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Leopard Spot eTee

Leopard Spot eTee

​Here's a different take on Leopard Print! 

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Sew Kansas July 2016 Round 2

Sew Kansas July 2016 Round 2

Another week, another great workshop!

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Sew Kansas July 2016 Round 1

Sew Kansas July 2016 Round 1

Round One of Sew Kansas July is just wrapping up. I think everyone had a good time!

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Crinkled Cotton Barcelona Top

Crinkled Cotton Barcelona Top

I love crinkled fabrics. Not only are they interesting, but they hide a lot of things that you don't want to show, including your stitches!

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Short Sleeve Barcelona Top

Short Sleeve Barcelona Top

​Have you seen the Barcelona Top? Our brand new pattern is perfect for summer with one easy modification - shorten the sleeves. See how easy it is to make your Barcelona comfortable for the heat wave! 

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Introducing the Barcelona Top!

Introducing the Barcelona Top!
​We love pattern debuts around here at the Sewing Workshop! We finally get to spread the love about what we've been working on over recent weeks or months. The Barcelona Top has had many forms during it's design process. Through trial and tribulations, we're so happy with the result. A year round garment, depending on your fabric choice, the B...
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A Tremont for the Stars and Stripes

A Tremont for the Stars and Stripes

Enjoy celebrating the 4th of July this weekend! 

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Evolving Peony with Hand Stitch

Evolving Peony with Hand Stitch

Martha Myers is a wonderful customer and Sew Kansas participant. She writes about many of her projects on her own blog. She made this amazing variation of a Peony Vest so we asked her to share the story as our guest blogger for this post. Enjoy and prepare to be inspired!

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Lantern-Leg Trio Pants

Lantern-Leg Trio Pants

Pants silhouettes are ever-changing, but one constant in the last few seasons is that pants tend to have interesting shapes and details on the lower portion of the legs.

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Denim Chicago Jacket Kits

Denim Chicago Jacket Kits

​If you've had your eyes on the Sew Confident! tutorial called Denim Chicago Jacket, you'll be happy to see we are offering kits with all you need to make your own pieced Chicago Jacket!

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Soaring Print Florence

Soaring Print Florence

This Japanese print caught my eye as soon as it came in - the graphic black and white pattern, the little pops of metallic gold and especially the play on scale of the triangles. I knew it would be perfect for a Florence Shirt.

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Sew Confident! May 2016

Sew Confident! May 2016

​Some of you have been anxiously awaiting this month's Sew Confident! tutorial. It's finally here!

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New Combo Eureka Top Kits!

New Combo Eureka Top Kits!

Our Knit Woven Combo Eureka Top tutorial and kits were a hit! We sold out of the first kits and have decided to offer six more fantastic combinations. 

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Eureka Springs Retreat 2016

Eureka Springs Retreat 2016

Our 2016 Sew Arkansas retreat is happening now in beautiful Eureka Springs. These three ladies are wearing unique versions of the Peony Vest. Read the full post to enjoy more pictures from the event.

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Knit Woven Combo Eureka Top

Knit Woven Combo Eureka Top

For the last few seasons, I have been noticing ready-to-wear garments made using both woven fabrics and knits. The idea is appealing, but I have often wondered if marrying these two types of fabrics is difficult to sew. So I decided to find out.

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3 Spring Tops in our Sewing Queue

3 Spring Tops in our Sewing Queue

​Kathy is busy testing our next pattern using this Japanese Double Gauze. It's going to be a fantastic look, but we can't ruin the surprise! In the meantime, here is some inspiration from around the shop. We all have spring (tops) on our minds!

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Plaza Vest

Plaza Vest

Every time I fly to Chicago, I always make time to walk through Neiman Marcus on Michigan Avenue to see the Eskandar line of clothing.The pieces are simple. The designer basically turns out the same designs every season and simply changes up the fabrications and perhaps a length or two.

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Easy Wrap Skirt

Easy Wrap Skirt

I've known Ellen March, editor of Sew News magazine, for a long time. I wrote articles for her and even fielded questions in the Q&A department for years. When she called me and asked if I would be a guest on her Sew It All TV show, I couldn't resist an opportunity to work with her in another format — on camera!

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Stretch Denim Bristol Top and my Inspiration Emancipation

Stretch Denim Bristol Top and my Inspiration Emancipation

So, I had this brilliant idea for a stretch denim top that ended up looking awful...

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Sew Confident! March 2016

Sew Confident! March 2016

In our latest installment of Sew Confident! 2016, guest artist Barbara Williams makes upcycling TRULY upscale.

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Introducing the Fillmore Duster!

Introducing the Fillmore Duster!

We are excited to launch our new pattern, the Fillmore Duster! 

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Sew Stitch Expo 2016 Day 4 Looks

Sew Stitch Expo 2016 Day 4 Looks

The last day of #SewStitchExpo2016 in Puyallup! 

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Sew Stitch Expo 2016 Day 3 Looks

Sew Stitch Expo 2016 Day 3 Looks

Day 3 of #SewStitchExpo2016 in Puyallup! 

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Sew Stitch Expo 2016 Day 2 Looks

Sew Stitch Expo 2016 Day 2 Looks

Day 2 of #SewStitchExpo2016 in Puyallup!

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Sew Stitch Expo 2016 Day 1 Looks

Sew Stitch Expo 2016 Day 1 Looks

Even if you can't make it to #SewStitchExpo2016 this year in Puyallup, you can enjoy seeing some of the fashion!

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Zona Jacket Adaptation

Zona Jacket Adaptation

The inspiration for this jacket came from an OSKA advertisement. It was a yellow felled-wool jacket that had all the "bones" of our Zona Jacket. I love to create garments with boucle nylon and wool fabric using lapped seams and raw edge techniques.

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Sew Confident! Starting the Year Off Right!

Sew Confident! Starting the Year Off Right!
What a great start to our Year of Inspiration for Sew Confident! 2016. With a variety of topics, the inspiration will be limitless. From double-layer coats, to a curvy woman's wardrobe. Let's get started!

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Everyday Sequins

Everyday Sequins

I love fabrics with sequins, but I don't have tons of opportunities to dress up and wear them for evening. So the idea of pairing a stretch sequin knit fabric with denim to wear to work or a casual event seemed like a natural for me.

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Working Wall

Working Wall

Our biggest show of the year is fast approaching: Sewing and Stitchery Expo 2016 in Puyallup, Washington!

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Party eJacket

Party eJacket

I can attribute my re-entry into sewing in 1986 to my friend and tennis partner, Hildegard McManus.

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Plaid Flannel Florence Shirt

Plaid Flannel Florence Shirt

One of the pleasures of having my daughter home for Christmas is to get to sew for her. This year's request was for a plaid shirt.

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Not Too Floral Ivy

Not Too Floral Ivy

When my sister wanted a tunic to match her new leggings, I chose a combo with a floral print. Since some people really dislike florals, I made sure to check with her first. She agreed it would be acceptable in small doses and not near her face!

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Introducing threadWEAR 301

Introducing threadWEAR 301

We have posted blog articles for a few years now, but a true blog is interactive. We love our customers and we want to connect with you. New for 2016, introducing threadWEAR 301!

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French Terry Topper

French Terry Topper

French terry is a type of jersey knit fabric that has vertical ribs on one side of the fabric and fine loops on the other side, unlike terrycloth, which has loops on both sides. It has entered the fashion scene once again and is used by designers for all kinds of ready-to-wear including coats and toppers.

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Sew Confident! 2016

Sew Confident! 2016

Inspiration The process of being mentally stimulated to do, feel or imagine something, especially to do something creative.

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Stripe Sale

Stripe Sale

​Whether your next project is a nautical eTee or a graphic pieced Ivy tunic, you will want to stock up on our fantastic stripes!

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Metallic Bristol Dress

Metallic Bristol Dress

This Black Metallic Knit is quite stunning. The subtle amount of shimmer in the sequins, paired with black ponte knit makes this a relaxed, yet elegant look. Create your own Bristol with a fabric kit! Pattern is also on sale through Friday, December 11, 2015 for only $18.

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Metallic Terry Vest

Metallic Terry Vest

This Metallic Terry Knit is very unique. Soft and warm with the perfect amount of sparkle. A traditional sweatshirt or jacket just wouldn't do. The new Tremont Jacket pattern has a great fit. So why not try a vest?

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Liberty Shirt Class Favorite

Liberty Shirt Class Favorite

The Liberty Shirt pattern is among our favorites here at the studio. And apparently we're not the only ones!

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eJacket Pattern Debut

eJacket Pattern Debut

The eJacket is here! Introducing our new pattern download, the eJacket

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Sew Confident! September 2015

Sew Confident! September 2015

Sew Confident! is filled with a variety of tutorials. Throughout the year you will learn techniques, fabric & sewing inspiration, fabric tips, step-by-step pattern work and beautiful photography that will help explain each process.

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New Craftsy Course: Fitting Solo!

New Craftsy Course: Fitting Solo!

After years of traveling and fitting every shape and size of body possible, I have come to a the conclusion that almost every sewer, no matter how long we have sewn or our skill level, fails to do three essential things when preparing a pattern.

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Pattern Debut - Tremont Jacket

Pattern Debut - Tremont Jacket

Introducing the New Pattern TREMONT JACKET only $18. Loose-fitting, a-line jacket with one-button closure, asymmetric, angled front hemline with side vents. Three-quarter sleeves with soft-fold cuff detail.

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Hand-Stitched Wrap Skirt

Hand-Stitched Wrap Skirt

Who says faster is always better? Reviving my love of hand sewing, one stitch at a time.

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Hand-Stitched Leaf Stencil eTee

eTee ACMusclesWEB, Alabama Chanin, eTee, handstitching

After my wonderful retreats at Alabama Chanin in Florence, Alabama last summer and again this summer, my obsession with AC-style stitching is unrelenting—not driven, but truly relaxing and satisfying.

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Mood Boards

Mood Boards

There's definitely something in the air. At the same time that I was producing the June Sew Confident! tutorial about using photos and magazine images as inspirations to build mood boards for wardrobe and sewing concepts, my daughter, Alex, was doing a similar thing in her fashion design class at ESMOD design school in Paris, France.

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Pattern Debut - Florence Shirt

FlorenceShirt BWDotWEB

Introducing the New Pattern FLORENCE SHIRT only $18. Long sleeve, button front tunic has back yoke with mock button band, collar and stand. Pleated left breast pocket, deep center front tucks create lantern shape, soft hem.

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Random Ruffle eTee

Random Ruffle eTee

And the stitching goes on! Using the new eTee download pattern and the Alabama Chanin organic cotton knit in Dark Grey, Kathy created this darling t-shirt that she claims is "girly", but we love it anyway for its creativity and charm.

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Modern Piecing

Modern Piecing

Modern Piecing Using Japanese Quilt Fabrics

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Pleated Riviera

Pleated Riviera


Riviera Pleated Top, Japanese Printed Cottons

The Sewing Workshop was lucky enough to host a great group of garment sewers in Eureka Springs in April for a fun three-day workshop. Several of the participants wanted more detailed instructions on how the pleating was done on left front of this Riveria Shirt made from Japanese cotton.
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Sew Confident! as a Gift

F Gift of SC

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