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Like so many of you, sewing face mask patterns has taken up much of my creative time lately. I’m thankful to be able to make masks for my family and friends during this pandemic, although I’ll be glad to get back to “routine” sewing soon! Face Mask Sewing Supplies After a lot of research on […]

Masking Up Face Mask Patterns to Sew

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My Blue Boylston Bra is finished and I’m thrilled to share all the details with you! I hinted on IG that I was making the blue Boylston bra as a partner to these Grace Hipster Panties I made some time ago, and I’m finally getting the blog posted published. The Supplies Like always, I started […]

Finished Blue Bra

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Winter knitting in Michigan continues, this time with the quick knitting Fretwork Cowl Pattern by Brooklyn Tweed. Pattern After I completed my Skiff Hat, I knew I wanted to tackle another woolen project that would not only keep me warm but also coordinate well together. What intrigued me about this pattern was the “mock cables” […]

Fretwork Cowl Pattern Sewing is Required

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Time to Knit It’s officially knitting season in Michigan, and my first make is this functional and fun Skiff Hat pattern by Brooklyn Tweed. Knitting the Skiff Hat Pattern is not difficult- I completed mine in less than a week- and makes a lovely, satisfying project. The Perfect Hat Pattern Finding the perfect hat pattern […]

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If you’re like me, you have a lot of sewing machine needles around that may (or may not) need a good home. But why is it that every time I start a new project, I have to hunt and hunt for the right needle? After organizing my sewing space for the hundredth time this year, […]

Studio Sewing Space

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I’m off to violin camp with my youngest and just realized that I didn’t have any pajama pants to wear. And since we are sharing a bathroom with other families, I thought I should get these done before we leave. Fortunately for me, I already have a custom pants block to work from, making this […]

Pineapple Pajama Pants by Sewing is Required

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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 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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