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Luck O’ The Irish

You know I can’t resist a good raglan (see my comparison post here), so when Kennis of Itch to Stitch revealed her plans for a raglan to add to her own pattern line-up, I couldn’t take a back seat. Kennis is know for her excellent drafting and attention to detail, and I was really looking…

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Instant luxury: Velvet Bellavista Top

I hope you had a fantastic New Year’s! As you know, I celebrated in my pajamas (see my last post for an explanation), but that doesn’t mean I don’t need something fancier to wear now and again- and the new Bellavista pattern from Itch to Stitch, made up in a stretch velvet from Style Maker…

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2017: Hits, Misses and Lessons Learned!

I’ve always enjoyed reading as other bloggers reflect on their “hits and misses” – in fact, its one of my favorite times of the year to read blogs, because it encourages me to reflect on my own sewing projects, and it always inspires me to add a few of their “hits” to my sewing list.…

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The Elusive Boatneck!

  I love a good boatneck top, and I’ve been eyeing a few of my ready to wear versions lately, thinking about replacing them with handmade as preparation for my ready to wear fast of 2018 (more on that later). However, finding a good boatneck pattern has proved more of a challenge than I anticipated- it…

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Fall Textures!

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Itch to Stitch Patterns– they’re well designed, practical (read: mom friendly and no crazy styles that make me raise my eyebrows!), and the instructions are top notch: three of my biggest criteria when choosing a pattern company to sew from. On top of all that, the…

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Never fear the geometric prints!

I’ve always been a little hesitant to sew with large scale boho, paisley, or geometric prints- what if I end up with huge mandalas on my boobs? – But they keep popping up in my feed, and in a moment of weakness, I ordered this paisley-ish single brushed poly print in royal from Sly Fox…

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(Tested!) Brasov Crossover Top

I recently took a trip to San Francisco and found THE BEST fabric warehouse store (Discount Fabrics, in San Francisco, if you’re ever nearby!) and hit the motherlode in sweater knits, jerseys, and winter weight pontes. As I brought up roll after roll to the checkout counter, the lady in charge became more and more…

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My Favorite things in (sewing) life are FREE!

There are a number of sayings in our culture cautioning people not to trust a free product- and while sewing is far from being an economical hobby (at least for me!), I’ve actaully found the opposite to be true with regard to patterns: many of my favorites are FREE! In fact, a designer’s free pattern…

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Tutorial: Gathered Back Lago Tank

The whole time I was testing the Lago tank (here), I knew I wanted to hack it, and had a specific style I wanted to recreate based off a favorite ready to wear top that has a knit front and back yoke with a gathered woven lower back. While testing isn’t the best time for…

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Lago my Tank!

I have something very exciting to share with you today- A FREE PATTERN! Everyone loves free, right?! Sometimes, free patterns skimp on quality, but that is definitely not the case here- the Lago Tank from Itch to Stitch is a summer staple, with impeccable drafting, excellent instructions (I would even say this would be good for…

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