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Betsy is a new member to The Sewing Workshop team. Previously the co-owner of bon bon atelier, a fabric and craft store, she left retail ownership to work on the marketing and production side of the sewing industry. Betsy is also the host of the craft and indie design podcast Hello Atelier where she interviews designers and artists.

The #TSWxMunuo Instagram Challenge Recap

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Thanks to everyone who entered our #TSWxMunuo Instagram challenge! We loved seeing all of your interpretations of Naomi Munuo's paintings. It has been a big inspiration for us to see your creations. We want to say a big thanks to Naomi Munuo for letting us share her beautiful artwork. We also want to say a hearty congratulations to Ruth, who won a Sewing Workshop gift certificate for her beautiful ensemble! Take a look at all of the wonderful entries below.  

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The Sewing Workshop X Munuo Instagram Challenge!

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We are so excited to announce a new Instagram challenge! We find sewing inspiration everywhere, particularly in art. We recently discovered artist Naomi Munuo and think her work is full of inspirational color and patterns. So, we want to see how her work inspires you! Using our patterns, sew a garment (or a whole outfit) inspired by Munuo's paintings and post it on Instagram with your inspiration story. Everyone who participates will get a special discount code and will be entered to win a $100 gift certificate. 

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Cityscapes Dress Variations

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The Cityscapes Dress is a semi-fitted, long-sleeve dress that has extended darts that create a bell shape and a tapered midi length hemline. The Cityscapes is also a great canvas for variations. Check out the following Cityscapes styles to see how small tweaks can make big design changes. To see more about these fun looks, watch our video!

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How to Use Ready-to-Wear Inspiration in Sewing

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This week, Linda and Betsy shared their process for deciding what patterns to use when taking inspiration from ready-to-wear garments. Watch the video and get the details here, and then look at the following pictures for inspiration! 

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Underlining/Lining the Tremont Jacket

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 In this hybrid underlining/lining method, the jacket is first constructed without completing the mitered corners, hems and neck facing. The underlining pieces are constructed separately in the same manner without edge finishing.

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Make This With That! Ready-To-Wear Inspiration for your Sewing Projects

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Looking to shake up your sewing? In this post, we look at ready-to-wear garments as inspiration for our own projects. Looking at shapes, fabrication, and details can give you ideas to create the same look, but styled by you.  

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Sew an Easy Tyvek Tote

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If you caught this week's Facebook Live (watch on our Videos page), you saw Linda's Tyvek Tote bag. She created it for Threads Magazine - click here to get the pattern.

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Eureka Tee Patchwork Map

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​If you caught Linda and Kathy's video on making a pieced Eureka Top and want to make one for yourself, we've uploaded Kathy's "map" of the patchwork size piece she made for her top. Happy sewing!

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Sewing With Friends Over Zoom

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For many of us, sewing is a solitary sport practiced at home in pockets of time that we manage to carve out of our busy lives. That is what makes sewing retreats so special – uninterrupted swathes of time dedicated to the project of your choice. And when you get stuck? You have a whole host of sewing minds to help you out. Unfortunately, many of us haven't had the opportunity to sew with friends over the last year. However, Linda recently got the chance to check in on an online sewing get-together over Zoom with some longtime Sewing Workshop friends. 

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Making a Marceau Dress

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The Marceau is a knit top featuring an asymmetrical collar and hem, as well as a statement sleeve with pleated detail. It's a great top for everyday casual wear, but I wondered, can it be transformed into a dress? Of course! Read on to see how I transformed the Marceau Top into a full-length dress. 

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Inserting Pockets - Get our Pocket Template!

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In this week's Facebook Live, Linda demonstrated how to add a pocket to the Picasso, Hudson and Mimosa Pants. Here is the pocket template guide that you can use to add pockets to any of your favorite patterns! Click here to watch Linda's presentation on insert in-seam and patch pockets

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Style Inspiration for the Hollywood Pants

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Pants silhouettes may come and go, but a classic trouser is always in style. Our Hollywood Pants pattern has a vintage vibe that wouldn't have been out of place in Katharine Hepburn's wardrobe. However, this double-pleated trouser look is also found today on designer runways and in the closets of the most fashionable women around. Read on for more style inspiration for the Hollywood Pants. 

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Adjusting the volume for Facebook Live

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We know that some of you are having trouble adjusting the volume on our Facebook Live broadcasts. Here are some tips to help you get ready for our next broadcast...

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Make This With That Roundup Three

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​Need more inspiration? Check out this roundup of #makethiswiththat inspiration. You'll see ideas for everything from Tahoe Pants to the Berwick St. Tunic. 

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Make This With That Roundup Two

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 Here are more great ready-to-wear inspiration posts from our #MakeThisWithThat series on Instagram. Read on to see some great ideas for the Whistles Shirt, Stafford Jacket, Picasso Pants and more!

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Make This With That! Roundup One

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Over the last year we have been featuring #makethiswiththat posts on The Sewing Workshop Instagram page. In this series we feature ready-to-wear clothes as inspiration for using Sewing Workshop garments. Here is the first roundup of our posts from 2019. 

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Add design details to the Splice Top

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I love finding ways to incorporate small pieces of fabric in garments as added design details. As soon as I saw the Splice Top, I knew I wanted to make a feature of the side insert panel and also highlight the bateau neckline. Read on to learn how I did it!

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Berwick St. Tunic Sew Along Part Six: Finishing the Berwick!

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Welcome back to the Berwick St. Tunic Sew Along. Today is the day when we finish the project! If you have been sewing along with us, we would love to see the photos of your Berwick. Share them on Instagram with the hashtag #berwicksewalong. Now, let's get sewing...

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Berwick St. Tunic Sew Along Part Five: Attaching the Sleeves

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Welcome back to the Berwick St. Tunic Sew Along. Today we are going to create and attach the sleeves. Let's get sewing!

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The Berwick St. Tunic Sew Along Part Four: The Lower Front

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​Welcome back to the Berwick St. Tunic Sew Along! Today we are going create and attach the pleated lower front. Let's get sewing!

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Berwick St. Tunic Sew Along Part Three: The Collar

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Welcome back to the Berwick St. Tunic Sew Along! Today we are going to construct the Band Collar. We have a bonus for you today, the collar instructions are from the 2019 Sew Confident! 1st quarter edition which features the Berwick St. Tunic. You get a free preview of the kind of tips and techniques that are featured in Sew Confident! Let's get sewing... 

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Berwick St. Tunic Sew Along Part Two: Preparing the Front and Back

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​Welcome back to the Berwick St. Tunic Sew Along. Today we will begin by working with the Right and Left Front and the Back pieces. During this process we will create one of the distinguishing design features of the Berwick, the concealed placket. Let's get sewing! 

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Berwick St. Tunic Sew Along Part One: Getting Started

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Welcome to the Berwick St. Tunic Sew Along. We will be making a fun summer version using a lightweight rayon challis in a fun Lemon Print. The Berwick can be made in many different fabric substrates but I love how it looks in a drapey rayon. Check out our collection of rayon prints and get ready to sew!

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Embroidered Liberty/MixIt Pattern

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 Our good friend Samantha Ploch from South Carolina recently attended a class Linda taught at Mulberry Silks in Carrboro, North Carolina, and Linda was floored by her fabulous Liberty/MixIt combination jacket. Samantha had created a similar jacket after working on the pattern variations at a Sew Kansas workshop in our studio in Topeka. She was inspired by an Alexander McQueen garment, and put two and two together to make this fab jacket. We've asked her to share her creative process. Read on and enjoy!

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Slice and Insert Picasso Pants

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 Last February we hosted an Open House to celebrate the launch of the 2019 Sew Confident! collection. Each guest received a goodie bag full of fabulous prizes, including some fun pre-cut Australian Aboriginal fabrics. The pre-cuts are 5" square, which is great for quilting but trickier to use if you are a garment sewist. Or is it? I love incorporating small pops of color as a design element within a larger garment. Sometimes I will use a small piece of fabric as an under collar or pieced along a front placket. For this project, I pieced the fabric together and sliced and inserted them into the lantern leg of my Picasso Pants.

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A Fuchsia Faux Jumpsuit

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 Jumpsuits are all the rage these days. From classic denim overalls to light floral rayon rompers, women everywhere are taking advantage of the ease of dressing in a jumpsuit. However, there are some downsides to dressing in a onesie, namely the gymnastics sometimes involved in taking the whole thing on and off. I realized that I could easily create the look of a jumpsuit using two separate garments tied together with a simple belt. For the bottom, I chose the West End Pants, and I paired them with the MixIt Top

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Sewing Workshop Open House

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Last month we hosted two workshops in one week! At the beginning of the week we held our first-ever Fractured Jacket workshop where participants created a reverse applique Chicago Jacket. At the end of the week we held a Berwick St. Tunic class, where we saw some fun variations on our newest pattern. To mark the occasion, we decided to host another first: a Sewing Workshop Open House! Despite the terrible weather, our workshop guests, friends and neighbors all made it out for a fun night in the studio. Many of our guests were dressed in their favorite Sewing Workshop garments, which we captured in our photo booth, and everyone enjoyed a trunk show led by Linda. Click through to see pictures from this fabulous night!

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Flatiron Coat Sew Along Part Four: Sleeves, Side Hem and Finishing

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Welcome back to the Flatiron Coat Sew Along! This is our fourth and final post of the Sew Along. Today we will attach the sleeves and side hems, finish the raw edges and sew on the snaps. Let's get sewing! 

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Flatiron Coat Sew Along Part Three: Sewing the Front & Back

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Welcome back to the Flatiron Coat Sew Along! In our last post, we made and attached the front pockets. Today we are going to construct the front and back. Let's get sewing! 

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Flatiron Coat Sew Along Part Two: Making the pocket

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Today we will begin the actual construction of the Flatiron Coat. We are using the conventional seams construction method, so our instructions start on the bottom of page two, if you are using the printed pattern. If you are using the digital pattern, instructions start on page 6. Let's get sewing! 

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Flatiron Coat Sew Along Part One: Getting Started

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Welcome to the Flatiron Coat Sew Along! We will be making the coat length using the conventional seam method. I will be using a knit fabric, this Black Speck Fleece. The "right" side of this fabric is a soft, smooth black knit with tiny natural white specks. The "wrong" side of the fabric features a natural white terry. This fabric is also available in Cream and Grey

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Turning your sewing pattern collection into a searchable database

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As sewists there are two big things we collect patterns and fabric. I mean, we just can't help it, right? Now, how often do you buy a new pattern or fabric only to put it away when you get home and forget about it? I do that all the time. But I've discovered an easy way to put my sewing patterns and fabric collection in a database so I can easily see what I have and what I need. 

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The Chateau Velvet Reverse Appliqué Jacket

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​Increasingly, Pinterest is my go-to place for fashion inspiration. You can search decades, genres, or designers and thousands of pictures come up – you may end up looking at designers you've never even heard of. I've had a gorgeous coat, designed by Eloise Ptito-Echeverria, pinned to the top of my fashion inspiration page for months. I kept going back to it and one day it hit me - I could do something similar with the Chateau Coat! When a gorgeous cranberry Wool Melton arrived at our door I knew it was time to bring my idea to life. Read on to learn how I created my version of a Chateau reverse appliqué jacket. 

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Picasso Top & Pants Sew Along Part Five: Finishing the Pant

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Welcome to the final post of the Picasso Sew Along! Last week we created the Picasso Top and this week we started the Pants, which we will finish today. I'm eager to see how the outfit looks together, so let's get sewing!

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Picasso Top & Pants Sew Along Part Four: Starting the Pants

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Welcome back to the Picasso Sew Along! Last week we finished the Picasso Top and today we will start on the Picasso Pants. Let's get started!

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Picasso Top & Pants Sew Along Part Three: Neck Binding, Sleeves and Hem

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Welcome to the Picasso Sew Along Part Three. In this post we will finish the Picasso Top by constructing and adhering the neck binding, sleeves and finishing the hem. Let's get started!

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Picasso Top & Pants Sew Along Part Two: Front and Back

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 Welcome back to the Picasso Sew Along! Today we are going to construct the Front and Back of the shirt and join them together. You may want to review the overlapping seam method that we described in the Picasso Sew Along Part One – we are going to use it a lot today. Let's get sewing!

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Picasso Top & Pants Sew Along Part 1: Materials and Overlapping Seam Preparation

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Welcome to the Picasso Sew Along! We will be working on both the shirt and the pants in this sew along. To start, we will make the shirt, which is designed to be worn oversized and has a generous amount of ease. Today we are going to discuss tips for getting started on your sewing journey.

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Three Alabama Chanin-Inspired Tutorials

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In 2013, Linda took her first workshop with Alabama Chanin down in Florence, Alabama. It was a weekend that would change her sewing forever as she started incorporating Alabama Chanin's signature intricate embroidery and appliqué techniques into her own garments. It also introduced her to the beautiful American-made, organic cotton knits manufactured and used by Natalie Chanin in her designs. Today we are one of the few places where you can buy the full range (25 colors) of Alabama Chanin knit! But, what if you don't want to spend all that time hand stitching, beading or appliquéing? What if you just want to add a little detail to a simple garment? Well, we have three ideas for you.

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The London Shirt Sew Along Part Four: Hems and Buttons

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Welcome back to the final post of the London Sew Along! Today we are going to finish the project by focusing on the hems and making buttonholes. Let's get sewing! 

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The London Shirt Sew Along Part Three: Collars and Sleeves

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Welcome back to the London Shirt Sew Along! Today we are focused on constructing the collar, sleeves and side seams of the garment. Grab your materials and let's get sewing!

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The London Shirt Sew Along Part Two: Front and Back

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​Welcome to the first sewing day of the London Shirt Sew Along. Today we are going to tackle the Front and Back of the shirt. This involves staystitching the necklines, creating the center front hems and sewing the front to the back at the shoulder seams. Let's get sewing! 

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London Shirt Sew Along Part One: Getting Started

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 Welcome to the London Shirt Sew Along! This new shirt pattern is designed to be worn oversized and has a generous amount of ease. Today we are going to discuss tips for getting started on your sewing journey. Let's get sewing!

On the back of the pattern envelope you will see a chart that has size measurements (these are your body measurements), as well as one that has finished measurements. After taking your own full bust measurement, compare that to the size measurement to see where you fall. For instance, my bust is 34ʺ, which puts me at a small. However, the London has a very loose silhouette and includes a lot of design ease. Design ease is the extra fullness added to a garment to create the silhouette. To calculate design ease, take the finished measurement and subtract your actual bust measurement. You may want less design ease and choose to make one size smaller. If you prefer even more ease, you can make a larger size. Looking at the finished measurements and calculating design ease can really help you understand how a garment is going to fit you. 

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Creating a Scallop-Back MixIt Tank

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 At our Sewing Workshop at the Sew Arkansas retreat last April we hand-dyed silk to use as linings in the Tremont or San Diego jackets. I decided to use some of my silk to create a scalloped-back MixIt Tank. I mixed the pink silk with our a stripe ponte knit. The process is simple, and I love how the addition of the scallop hem adds a little surprise to the MixIt.

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Matching prints in the Cottage Shirt

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​Those of you who followed along our Cottage Shirt Sew-Along may have wondered why I didn't show my finished Cottage. Well, there I was, getting ready to sew the buttonholes when I realized that the fabric design didn't match in front. And I knew that I just couldn't wear the shirt with a non-matching front.

I rarely use a print that is as grid-like as this one, so mostly I don't worry about matching prints. In fact, the prints not matching on the side didn't bother me at all, but something about that center front being off was just too much for me. So I took the almost-finished Cottage apart and started again.

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The Cottage Sew Along Part Six: Buttons and Buttonholes

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Welcome back to the final post of the Cottage Sew Along! Today we will finish off the garment with tips about making perfect buttons and buttonholes. When you finish your Cottage, be sure to send us photos, we would love to see it! 

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The Cottage Shirt Sew Along Part Five: Side Seams and Vents

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​Welcome back to the Cottage Sew Along! Today we are going to sew up the sides, create the 6ʺ hem and add the armhole bands. Let's get sewing! 

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The Cottage Shirt Sew Along Part Four: Sewing the Collar and Stand

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Before you begin the process to sew the collar, begin by making a marking template for the collar stand. Use a seam gauge to mark the seam allowance on the front curve of the collar stand.  

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Cottage Shirt Sew Along Part Three: Sewing the Back, Yoke, & Shoulder Seams

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​Welcome back to the Cottage Shirt Sew Along! Today we are going to tackle sewing the back, yoke and shoulder seams using the "burrito" method. Why is it called the burrito you ask? Well, there is a lot of rolling involved in this fun technique that creates a perfectly enclosed back yoke. And when you are finished, you might find yourself so satisfied with how your shirt is looking that you can treat yourself to a real burrito! (Extra guacamole, please!)

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The Cottage Shirt Sew Along Part Two: Sewing the Front

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As we begin construction of the Cottage Shirt, I wanted to point out that you will see images of different fabrics throughout the process.  I am using this Dollface cotton to make my shirt, and you will see images of many of the construction steps using this fabric. However, some of the steps or techniques used in making the Cottage have been highlighted in our Sew Confident! tutorials. In these instances, I will be using images from the Sew Confident!, as they have been carefully photographed to be as clear as possible. Now, let's get sewing!

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The Cottage Sew Along Part One - Getting Started

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 Welcome to the Cottage Shirt Sew Along! This new shirt pattern is designed to be worn oversized and has a generous amount of ease. The shirt is somewhat cropped and can be worn over another layer such as a tank or tee, or it can be lengthened using the printed lengthen and shorten line. Today we are going to discuss tips for getting started on your sewing journey. Let's get sewing!

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Fabric dyeing with Nancy Shriber

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​Sew Arkansas is our annual sewing retreat held in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. We look forward to this special event every year as a chance to put ourselves into a new environment where we can focus solely on sewing. This year we added a new dimension to the retreat – fabric dyeing with guest teacher Nancy Shriber!

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Stitched Damask Tremont Jacket

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Every time I go to teach at Mulberry Silks in Carrboro, North Carolina, I come home with more inspiration than I can possibly give to my students. The work of Nancy Quaintance never fails to just bowl me over.

Nancy was a guest contributor for Sew Confident! 2016. Her tutorial called Artistic Piecing shows her range of artistic talents. I love how she has an eye for using elegant fabrics and combining them with ease. I have never seen Nancy look anything but totally put together, and she is a person who wears what she sews and is not afraid to experiment.

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The Hoodless West End

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I've always liked the look of the West End Jacket. It is a great looking, casual jacket that can be thrown over anything. However, I am not a fan of a hood, so I have avoided making it. But when I was thinking about making a garment using our fabulous Palm Tree fabric, I decided that it was time to tackle a woven, hoodless version of the West End. Creating the jacket without the hood was incredibly simple, involving just a few tweaks to the pattern. Read along to see how I did it and make your own!

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Textile Collage with Mandy Patullo

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Somewhere along the line, I became interested in making small fabric collages using scraps of fabrics left over from my days as an interior designer and also incorporating vintage textiles collected along the way. This has now become such a passion for me that I am willing to travel a very long way to take classes from expert artists in this field. My favorite is Mandy Pattullo, who lives and works in the UK.

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Stafford Jacket Sew Along Part 8: Hems and Snaps!

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 Welcome to the FINAL post of the Stafford Sew Along! Today we are going to finish the garment by hemming, adding buttons to the Flaps and sewing on the snaps. We thank everyone who has joined us through this Stafford Sew Along, and remember, if you didn't have the time to actually sew along with us, you can go back and reference these posts whenever you are ready to make your own Stafford. Let's get sewing! 

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Stafford Jacket Sew Along Part Seven: Sewing the Sleeves

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 Welcome to the Stafford Sew Along part seven - today we are going to attach the sleeves. If you are just joining us, be sure to look back to the previous the Stafford Sew Along posts. If you have been sewing with us this whole time, then you are almost finished! We will have one more post, and then you can wear your fabulous new spring jacket. Let's get sewing!

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Stafford Jacket Sew Along Part Six: Sewing the Collar

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Welcome back to the Stafford Sew Along! In this post we will walk through how to attach the collar. If you are just joining us, be sure to check out Part One: Cutting and Marking, Part Two: Topstitching Tips, Part Three: Sewing the Front, Part Four: Sewing the Pocket, and Part Five: Sewing the Back. Now let's get sewing! 

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Stafford Jacket Sew Along Part Five: Sewing the Back

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​Welcome to the Stafford Sew Along Part Five. Today we will be working on sewing with the Back, Side Back and Back Yoke pieces. If you are just joining us, be sure to read through Part One: Cutting and Marking, Part Two: Topstitching Tips, Part Three: Sewing the Front, and Part 4: Sewing the Pockets. Let's get sewing!

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Stafford Sew Along Part 4: Sewing the Pocket

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Welcome to the Stafford Sew Along Part 4. Today we will be inserting the pockets. If you are just joining us, be sure to checkout Part 1: Cutting and Marking, Part 2: Topstitching Techniques, and Part 3: Sewing the Front. Let's start sewing!

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Stafford Sew Along Part Three: Sewing the Front

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Welcome to the Stafford Sew Along Part Three! Today we will be sewing the front of the jacket. Be sure to read through parts one and two of the Sew Along, where we discuss cutting and marking, as well as topstitching tips. If you have already done so, then let's get sewing!  

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Stafford Sew Along Part Two: Topstitching Tips

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​Today on the Stafford Sew Along we want to discuss tips for topstitching success. The Stafford Jacket features decorative topstitching along most of the seams. It is important to spend time before you start on your project testing your fabric and perfecting your topstitching. Not only does this make your garment look more professional, but it will also save you the time of seam ripping. Let's get started. 

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Stafford Sew Along Part One: Cutting and Marking

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 Welcome to the Stafford Sew Along. Today we are going to discuss the materials you will need for this project, as well as cutting, marking and some of our signature techniques. Let's get sewing! 

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Topstitching Tips for the Stafford Jacket

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Our new Stafford Jacket was inspired by that most classic of garments, the jean jacket. Who doesn't have a jean jacket (even I have one and I don't own any actual jeans!). There is just something so right about the slouchy denim jacket. It is comfortable, functional and always looks good. Thinking about the Stafford, we combined the archetypal jean jacket with a cropped swing shape. The most unique feature of a jean jacket is the wonderful topstitching featured on the front, a detail we incorporated into the Stafford. Good topstitching is the hallmark of a professional looking garment, but can be tricky to perfect. Read on for some suggestions on making your topstitching clean and professional.

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Frankie Shirt Sew Along Part Seven: Hems & Buttonholes

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Welcome back to the Frankie Sew Along. Today we finish the Frankie by hemming the bottom and adding the buttonholes and buttons. Soon you'll be able to pop on your Frankie and wear it about town. Let's get started! 

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Frankie Shirt Sew Along Part Six: Sleeves

Frankie Shirt Sew Along Part Six: Sleeves

Welcome back to the Frankie Sew Along. In this post we are going to tackle the sleeves, which feature an asymmetrical vent. Let's get going!

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Frankie Shirt Sew Along Part Five: Shoulders and Collar

Frankie Shirt Sew Along Part Five: Shoulders and Collar

Welcome back to the Frankie Sew Along. In our last post we constructed the back of the garment and started attaching the back to the Front/Side. Today we will finish connecting the two pieces and attach the Collar. 

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Frankie Shirt Sew Along Part Four: Sewing the Back

Frankie Shirt Sew Along Part Four: Sewing the Back

Welcome back to the Frankie Sew Along. Today we are going to create the pleat in the back of the garment and attach the Back to the Side/Front pieces. Let's get started! 

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The Frankie Sew Along Part Three: Sewing the Front

The Frankie Sew Along Part Three: Sewing the Front

​Today we start sewing the Frankie Shirt! If you are just joining in on the Sew Along, check out our previous post with cutting, marking and technique tips for the project. If you have already read through the post, let's get started by making the front of the shirt. 

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Frankie Shirt Sew Along Part Two: Cutting and Marking

Frankie Shirt Sew Along Part Two: Cutting and Marking

​Welcome to the Frankie Sew Along! Today we are going to cover all the prep work you need to do before you can start sewing. Cutting, marking, gathering your notions, and perfecting your finishing techniques. Taking a little time up front to start your project the right way will pay off in the end. Let's get sewing!

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Frankie Shirt Sew Along Part One: Measuring and Adjustments

Frankie Shirt Sew Along Part One: Measuring and Adjustments

Before you cut into your pattern, it is important to determine your correct size, and make any needed adjustments. In this post you will learn how to measure, how to make a narrow shoulder adjustment, and how to lengthen and shorten the sleeve. 

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Sewing Coated Fabrics

Sewing Coated Fabrics

We've created limited edition Boulder Duffle kits in luxe gold and silver metallic fabric. And while we are all in agreement that the bags are fabulous (who doesn't want bling-y bag?), we are also in agreement that sewing fabrics that have a coating on them such as faux leather, oilcloth, and laminated fabrics can be tricky. Sometimes the fabric doesn't move through the sewing machine well because the fabric is sticky so the stitch lengths are uneven and skipped. Most times, they are almost impossible to press without melting or crinkling the surface. And if you make a mistake and need to remove stitches, holes appear, so you want to try to get it right the first time. Because we want you to have your kit and make it too, we've pulled some of our fabric sewing tricks from our Sewing Faux Fashion Leather Sew Confident! tutorial to help you create your own metallic Boulder Duffle

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The secret to overlapping seams + the Chateau Popover tutorial

The secret to overlapping seams + the Chateau Popover tutorial

​Overlapping seams are a wonderful finishing technique to use on fabrics that won't fray. Many of you were introduced to the technique with our Chateau Coat, where we integrated overlapping seams into the construction method. In this month's Sew Confident! Linda creates a variation on the Chateau Coat, using wool jersey. Today we want to share with you her tips for creating overlapping seams with wool jersey, as well as give you a peak at the Chateau Popover tutorial. Enjoy!

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The Frankie Shirt Sew-Along

The Frankie Shirt Sew-Along

​With the release of our newest pattern, the Frankie Shirt, we felt like it was a perfect time to start another sew-along. Join us here on the blog starting November 12th for a series of posts that will take you through the Frankie construction process step-by-step. I will also share with you our favorite tips and techniques that aren't included in the pattern! We hope you join us on our sewing journey as we work our way through this fun shirt. 

If you can't sew-along with us right now, no worries. The posts will live on the blog forever, so you can always come back to them when you are ready to make the Frankie. We have created a special Sew-Along Facebook Group which I hope you will join, where you can share questions and project pictures as we work together. It is a perfect place to share your progress and get to know one another. Join the Facebook group here.

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Introducing the Frankie Shirt!

Introducing the Frankie Shirt!

​We would like you to meet our newest pattern, Frankie – we think you two are really going to hit it off. Whether you are going to the office or out for the night, Frankie will make sure that you are dressed just right. Her simple style will make sure you are seen in the most flattering light, and her uncomplicated construction process makes it easy to add to your wardrobe in no time!

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The Bells & Whistles Shirt pattern is back!

The Bells & Whistles Shirt pattern is back!

We are so excited to welcome back an old friend, the Bells & Whistles pattern, to our collection. Over the years, we have had many requests to bring this style back. Finally, this summer after seeing a customer wear her Bells Shirt at a Sew Kansas event, we realized that the design is timeless. Bells & Whistles is not just a duo of boring old button-down shirts. For this pattern we have taken classic designs and redefined them with a twist. Both shirts feature unusual closure bands that add an avant garde look to a archetypal shape. The architectural elements add sophistication to the design. Dress them up with silk or go casual with cotton. Either way, Bells & Whistles will become a staple in your closet and your pattern collection.

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Zayn Shirt Sew-Along Recap!

Zayn Shirt Sew-Along Recap!

This summer we hosted our very first Sew-Along for our newest pattern, the Zayn Top. Our goal was to break down the instructions with step-by-step photographs to make sewing the Zayn even easier. We also wanted to include some of our favorite techniques – things that we can't fit in our regular pattern instructions. The best part, by far, has been our Sew-Along Facebook Group where everyone who is making a Zayn can ask questions and share their projects. We have had a few finished Zayn's pop-up on Facebook so far, which we wanted to share with you. We hope you keep the pictures coming. We want to see your finished projects! 

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Sew Kansas Summer 2017

Sew Kansas Summer 2017

​For some, July in Kansas may not be something to look forward too – after all, it tends to be quite warm. However, we always look forward to July, because that is summer Sew Kansas time! This year we hosted two groups of sewists who traveled to Topeka from near and far to join us for three days of stitching, pattern fitting, learning new techniques, and well, playing with fabric, prints, buttons and everything that makes sewing fun. Let's face it, this is just summer camp for people who love to sew. 

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Zayn Shirt Sew-Along Part 7

Zayn Shirt Sew-Along Part 7

​One of the great things about our Sew-Along Facebook Group is that we are able to hear your questions about the pattern. We noticed that many of you wanted to adjust the dropped shoulder that we have designed into the Zayn, and were unsure of how to go about it. So before we attach the sleeve, we are going to share with you our technique for armscye adjustment to use on your next Zayn – or any other pattern! Then we will go through the process of actually attaching the sleeve and you will have a finished top. So let's get started!

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The Little White eTee

The Little White eTee

What is the one wardrobe staple that you should have hanging in your closet, right next to your little black dress? The little white t-shirt of course! Or might we suggest adding the little white eTee to your closet? Ever since Marlon Brando donned a fitted white t-shirt in The Wild One, this unassuming garment has become a mainstay in both men and women's wardrobes. As the heat of the summer kicks in, nothing feels or looks cooler than a simple tee paired with a flowing skirt or cropped jeans. This is why the eTee is our featured pattern kit for July. 

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Zayn Shirt Sew-Along Part 6

Zayn Shirt Sew-Along Part 6

​The neck binding is really the only part of the Zayn instructions that are radically different for the woven and the knit versions. I'm going to show the woven steps first. If you are making a knit, scroll down to that section. 

WOVEN Step 23: Press your Neck Binding piece lengthwise with the wrong sides together. Before you start pinning, we recommend you prepare your neck binding. Start by laying the folded strip in a curve (with the folded edge on the outside) on a pressing surface. Then, preshape the strip by steaming the curved bias. This reduces some of the extra fullness along the raw edges, and allows the bias to lie flatter.

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Zayn Shirt Sew-Along Part 5

Zayn Shirt Sew-Along Part 5

Welcome back to the Zayn Sew-Along! I hope you are all ready for today, we are sewing our sides together and hemming the bottom edge! Get ready to sew...

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Get the Look: Sew a Barn Jacket using the Chicago pattern

Get the Look: Sew a Barn Jacket using the Chicago pattern
Living in the Midwest, it isn't unusual to see men and women dressed in what are historically agricultural work clothes. Brands like Carhartt and LL Bean are ubiquitous, their boxy canvas shapes echoing the farms that dot the landscape. Today, bib overalls and fleece-lined barn jackets have walked off the fields and into high fashion. Starting in the mid-1990's, the workwear look started to infiltrate street fashion, and today, proletarian style abandoned the farms and factories to move to New York's 5th Avenue.
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The barn jacket is a classic style whose relaxed lines and comfortable shape have made it a favorite for decades. Our Chicago Jacket has a similar stylistic feel though we have incorporated a number of refined details, including a curved waist seam and diagonal darted seams that continue into the pockets. The minutiae of design elements work together to create a truly sophisticated style.

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Making the Florence Tunic in a knit.

Making the Florence Tunic in a knit.

We love the look of our Florence Shirt. It combines all the classic elements of a button-down shirt with unexpected twists like a draped front tuck and a back band with button details. Though not hard to make, a garment pattern this detailed does take some time. And sometimes, you just want to knock out a new project. Something simple that you can cut, sew and wear in just a day. With that in mind, Erin came up with a variation on the Florence. It has the same great look, but made from a knit and it goes together in no time!

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Zayn Shirt Sew-Along Part 4

Zayn Shirt Sew-Along Part 4

Welcome back to the Zayn Sew-Along! Today we will be finishing the side and bottom of the drape and making mitered corners. That may sound intimidating to some of you newer sewists, but once you get the hang of it, it is pretty simple. Let's get sewing...

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Zayn Shirt Sew-Along Part 3

Zayn Shirt Sew-Along Part 3

​Are you ready for the next phase of the Zayn Sew-Along? Remember, you can join any time – these posts won't be taken down, so even if you are just following along now, you can sew when it is over. Also, have you joined our Sew-Along Facebook Group? It is a great place to meet new online sewing friends and get help when you need it. And we would love to see photos of your Zayn progress, so don't be shy, post them on the group!

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Zayn Shirt Sew-Along Part 2

Zayn Shirt Sew-Along Part 2

​Are you ready to start sewing your Zayn top? Hopefully you have already downloaded and assembled the pattern, and cut out the fabric. Now we are ready to breeze through steps 1-5 of the pattern! A few notes: I will be making the Zayn in both a woven and a knit version. Most of the instructions are applicable for both substrates so the bulk of my images will be using woven material. However, if there is a step that is knit-only or woven-only then I will show images of the knit. Look for Woven or Knit in front of specific instructions. Also, don't forget to join us on our Sew-Along Facebook Group. It is a great place to share your project, ask questions and keep up with what everyone else is working on. 

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Zayn Shirt Sew-Along Part 1

Zayn Shirt Sew-Along Part 1

​Welcome back to the Zayn Sew-Along! The last time we met I told you how to assemble your digital pattern. Now we need to talk about preparing your fabric, cutting out the pattern and marking. Now, for many this is the most dreaded part of any project. I must admit, it's not my favorite part but it can make or break a project. A well cut out pattern is key to a successful garment. 

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Zayn Sew-Along! Constructing Your Digital Pattern

Zayn Sew-Along! Constructing Your Digital Pattern

Welcome to our first ever Sewing Workshop Sew-Along – I'm so excited to sew with you! Through the next few weeks I'll be sharing our favorite tips and tricks for making both the woven and knit versions of our Zayn Shirt. Before we can start sewing, however, we need to make the actual pattern. For those of you who have never used a digital pattern before, read along for instructions on how to use a download pattern. 

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A weekend at Mulberry Silks

A weekend at Mulberry Silks

Last weekend Linda traveled to Mulberry Silks to teach a workshop. Mulberry Silks & Fine Fabrics is an independent fabric store and sewing studio in North Carolina. This beautiful store, which is located in an old mill in downtown Carrboro, has been in business for 35 years, which is certainly a milestone in this day and age. Linda spent two days there working with sewists on fitting and wardrobe inspiration, and came back with inspiration of her own. We love seeing how our customers make our patterns, it always gives us a fresh perspective on our designs. We want to share with you some of the gorgeous garments Linda saw during the workshop, in hopes that it will inspire you as well!

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Breton Stripe eTee Dress

Breton Stripe eTee Dress

Since being introduced by Coco Chanel in her 1917 Nautical Collection, the Breton striped shirt – originally designed as a French naval uniform – has held a firm place in fashion's favor. The jaunty stripe is casual yet chic and gives its wearer a splash of insta-cool. You can find the Breton in shirts, dresses, scarfs and sweaters. This ubiquitous stripe has found itself made into every garment under the sun, though it is most popular in a classic t-shirt. 

As the days are getting warmer, I've been thinking about easy summer clothes that take no time to make, but are stylish enough to wear for work or play. Inspired by some dresses I saw online, I decided to make myself a Breton stripe t-shirt dress. Luckily, I had our classic eTee pattern at hand...

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Sew Confident – Cotton Sateen Zona Jacket

Sew Confident – Cotton Sateen Zona Jacket

​As a garment sewist, have you ever found yourself flipping through magazines, or walking through a retail store mentally constructing the garments you are seeing? I thought so. We do it, too. We see a shirt and think "I bet I could tweak the Florence Shirt pattern to make that top" or "That top is just like the Eureka Top pattern, if I made these changes". In fact, that is exactly what we did with this Sew Confident! Zona Jacket. We saw a designer jacket we loved and decided to make it using our own Zona Jacket pattern. 

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Rain Rain Go Away - The Soho Raincoat

Rain Rain Go Away - The Soho Raincoat

​A good raincoat can go a long way to brightening a gloomy day. It has been raining cats and dogs here all month, but that doesn't bother me! I just gear up in my Soho raincoat and head out to weather the storm. We know we aren't the only ones getting drenched this month, and that is why the Soho is our featured pattern for April.

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Introducing The Memphis Dress!

Introducing The Memphis Dress!

You may have noticed that our last few patterns have been named after some of our favorite cities – San Diego, Madrid and Barcelona. Well, today we want to introduce you to the Memphis Dress. And, like it's namesake city, the dress is cool, comfortable and just a bit quirky. 

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Meet Zayn

Meet Zayn

Here it is, the one you've been waiting for...The Zayn Shirt. This split personality top is perfect for those who want to be classic and modern, all in the same garment. The short sleeve garment drapes from its flattering high, curved neckline and plunges into a gorgeous drape on the left side. And, this is a garment you don't have to take sides on  – it is suited for both wovens and knits!

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Spring Trends: Wide-Leg Cropped Pants

Spring Trends: Wide-Leg Cropped Pants

Recently, while watching the utterly magnificent Christian Dior Spring/Summer 2017 Couture show (which you can see here, and which I highly recommend watching), I realized something – the models were wearing our West End Pants! Well, the Dior version anyway. Later that same day I received an email from Anthropologie and their models were also wearing our West End style. It was official: wide-leg cropped pants are the pant for this spring. Luckily, I have just the pattern to make them. 

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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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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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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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