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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 […]

Sewing Podcasts

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Constructing the Watson Bra by Cloth Habit was wonderful! The ease of use and construction of this pattern makes the sewing fun and satisfying. I have made several now and have included some of the key steps of the construction process in this post. Pattern Preparations Once I downloaded and printed the PDF pattern, I […]

Making the Watson Bra Attaching the Straps

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I’m a maker, and I’m proud of it! One way I show my pride is by adding my own custom tag to my finished garment. Adding Tag The definition of completion is the act of finishing something. In my work life, I finish lots of everyday tasks but rarely do I take the time to […]

Adding Tag to the Completed Hand Sewn Garment

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When Orange Lingerie announced the release of a new bra pattern, The Fenway Bra, I knew I had to drop everything and get it made! This post describes the process as well as my thoughts on the first frameless bra I’ve made. The Fenway Bra While the Tigers and Red Sox battled it out in […]

Making the Fenway Bra for Jennifer Sews Blog by Sewing is Required

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Sewing the Virginia Leggings Pattern, was a big step in the right direction toward creating a me-made wardrobe. The pattern is simple to make and incorporates great style details like a slouchy ankle hem and an attractive overall silhouette. This was my first time sewing leggings, but it won’t be the last time I make […]

Virginia Leggins #Sewmystyle by Sewing is Required

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I recently discovered (and devoured) the Merchant & Mills Workbook. After putting my eyes back in my head, I set out to make a few items from this gorgeous book. My first garment was the Curlew T Shirt which you can read about here. Continuing through the Workbook, this post describes my making of the […]

Heron Wrap Top by Merchant & Mills sewn by Sewing is Required

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I recently acquired the Merchant & Mills Workbook and have been devouring the content. My first make from this collection is the Curlew T Shirt which is a bias cut top whose elegant lines can be either dressed up or down. I’ve described the making process in this post as well as my thoughts on […]

Making rhe Curlew T-Shirt French Seams Sewing is Required

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