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The Seamwork Aberdeen Shirt Pattern is an easy to construct top that has several design options, making it my new favorite knit piece to sew this summer. This pattern is a great place to start if you are new to sewing with knit fabrics or if you are coming back to knits after primarily sewing […]

Seamwork Aberdeen T-Shirt Pattern by Sewing is Required

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After starting to sew the majority of my clothes the past year, I have come to appreciate all the great Tank Top Patterns! For me, these basic shirts have become the mainstay of my closet since they pair well with my work wardrobe of dress pants and jackets. In this post, I describe my three […]

Favorite Tank Tops to Sew

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In my quest to poses a clean & inviting maker space, I am continuing my recent organization efforts- this time focusing on the growing piles of embroidery floss that have taken over my sewing space. In this post, I provide some traditional floss organizing resources and the method that works best for me. The Problem […]


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The mark of any modern sewist is the proliferation of PDF printed sewing patterns. And while I love to support indie pattern designers, I don’t like the way the piles of printed papter seem to multiply in my workroom. In this post, I describe how I store PDF sewing patterns, so they don’t take over […]

How to Store PDF Patterns Sewing is Required

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I’m frequently on the road for work, and to be honest, I don’t always love it. The glamour of road life has far from vanished, and I usually find myself missing my family and the creative comforts of home. On this trip; however, I was able to connect with a fabulous shop The Paper & […]

Learning Hand Embroidery with Sarah K Benning Sewing is Required

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I sewed up the Berkeley Bra Pattern by Orange Lingerie this week. I wasn’t planning on getting this done. I wasn’t even planning on being able to get any sewing done this week; however, when Orange Lingerie dropped this new pattern, I knew I would have to drop everything else and make this bra! The […]

Berkeley Bra Pattern by Orange Lingerie

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Making the Suki Kimono Pattern by Helen’s Closet was a satisfying sewing experience with a much needed final result. My First Kimono! It is true, my list of sewed garments did not include anything that resembled a kimono or robe, until today. I’m not sure why but suspect it has something to do with perception. […]

Suki Kimono Pattern by Helen's Closet

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I sewed the Grace Hipster Panties pattern since I’m participating in #BRAugust2017 and need to make some panties to match all the fabulous bras I’ve been sewing! I have tried several pantie patterns over the past year, but my go-to favorite is the Grace Hipster Pattern from Ohhh LuLu. Since this is an interesting pattern, […]

Grace Hipster Pantie

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My day job frequently keeps me on the road, and whenever possible, I take along a sewing machine. Here is my process of keeping my sewing machine companion safe en route. The Process Sewing Machine Since I travel a lot, I don’t pack up my main workroom machine for each trip. While you certainly could, […]

How to Travel with a Sewing Machine

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This summer I’m discovering sewing podcasts and while this might sound like a trip to the dentist to some- it’s pure joy to my earbuds. Where else can you swipe your finger and conjure up a deliberate conversation with interesting people who speak your sewing vernacular? Listening, laughing, and learning with these sewing podcasts has […]

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