» trish stitched 5 days ago
Mustard Ebony Tee - Trish Stitched Mustard Ebony Tee

Do you ever get cravings? Usually the kind of cravings I get are food related and involve diet coke or french fries. But for the last few months I’ve had a craving to make an Ebony Tee by Closet Case Patterns. It’s a pretty peculiar craving for me, because usually I find a pattern I want to make and just make it. But I could not find the right fabric to make my Ebony. After multiple trips to JoAnn’s, and constantly looking in my own stash, I thought I would come across somet...

» Diary of a Sewing Fanatic 5 days ago
McCalls 7481 ~ An Embroidered Denim Vest Hack

I decided that I wanted a couple of casual unlined jackets to wear this winter. I started with the ponte and lace version using McCalls 7481 and moved onto the Dover Jackets. I wanted to make another M7481 because I like the silhouette of this pattern and it's very hackable.  So for this hack I've added the inseam pockets to the front. In my mind I call them the Rachel Comey pockets which makes it reminiscent of this Jacquard & Ponte Jacket . The thing that challenged me about that j...

» Curvy Sewing Collective 7 days ago
Lessons Learned from the CSC

Hello, dear Curvy Sewing Collective readers! It’s been about two years since I wrapped up my time as an editor here and relaunched the Sewcialists … and lately I’ve been thinking about everything I learned here. CSC really has changed a lot of things, from my personal self-image to my role in the sewing community! 1. I’m happy in my skin. When I started sewing clothes in 2011, I wore about a US size 14… then 16… and now 18 or 20! It’s thanks to the CS...

» Diary of a Sewing Fanatic 7 days ago
The Dover Jacket in Flocked Glen Plaid

I knew right after I'd finished my first Dover Jacket that I would be adding more of them to my wardrobe. It's exactly the type of topper that I need and want as a layering piece. All I had to do was figure out what the next fabric should be. I settled on a flocked glen plaid suiting and an embroidered denim. One piece is deep stash and the other is new to the collection.  At first I was going to put both jackets in the same post but there is so much detail to each one they deserved sepa...

» trish stitched 9 days ago
#RefashionFriday Blazer to Moto Jacket - Trish Stitched #RefashionFriday Blazer to Moto Jacket Refashion

Happy Friday! The refashioning world has been on fire for some time and it is so awesome to see other people taking clothing and making it into something new! I am so happy to see other people watching their apparel intake and re-using things they already own, or buying second hand instead of new! I have a few links from around the web to share: 1. A mall in Sweden is 100% committed to recycled and upcycled goods. A small mall featuring 14 specialty shops sell their goods, and teach others to...

» Curvy Sewing Collective 10 days ago
#CSCMakes: January Instagram Highlights

Hello CSC. It’s so difficult to choose from the amazing creations by the CSC community. There are some truly wonderful garments this month and far too many I loved! Check out the hashtag to see everyone’s creations! @_stylesbyemily_ made a gorgeous Cashmerette Upton dress @divinedita made Butterick 6621 and is making me dream of summer beaches @anakiequilter made a Decades of Style Given a Chance dress @jess.sewing.clothes made an In the Folds Rushcutter dress @kimloves2sew made a Helen...

» Diary of a Sewing Fanatic 12 days ago
Sewing while black, plus size and over 50

There have been quite a few conversations in Instagram land and social media regarding inclusivity in our sewing community.  Conversations regarding POC ( People of Color ), Plus size sewists and #sewover50. For many sewists, they hit one maybe two of these categories.  I, however, find myself in the unenviable position of falling into all three categories.   I am a Black American, who is 60 years old, and plus size.  Personally I don't see any of these as negatives.&...

» Curvy Sewing Collective 12 days ago
Why Size-Inclusive Language Matters in the Sewi...

Content warning: within this post, I discuss both dismissive messages written in the sewing community around size inclusion and common, harmful diet-culture narratives regarding fat bodies, as well as include links to examples.  In this post, I also excerpt comments made within public Instagram conversations on the topic. I have made these deliberately anonymous in order to use them as teaching moments rather than opportunities to single out particular ...

» sew TREEFROG 12 days ago
Capris – A bit of fun

» Curvy Sewing Collective 14 days ago
The Beginners’ Guide: How to order large-format...

We get it. You took advantage of the Black Friday and Boxing Day sales, and now you have hundreds of pages of new PDF patterns sitting on your laptop. And now you’re facing the daunting task of trimming and taping those hundreds of pages together before getting a usable pattern. Like the rest of us, you’d really rather be sewing, wouldn’t you? We see this question come up in the CSC Facebook all the time: Is there an easy way to print out  PDF pattern files so that you don&#...

» Diary of a Sewing Fanatic 15 days ago
Stripes can be border prints too!

Well at least in the Fabric Mart universe they can be! I bought this fabric from FM after #carriagecornersewcamp last March. It wasn't on the site when we were there but it caught the eagle eye of Nakisha from Dressmaking Debacles at the time and she let us know when it appeared on the site. She made an amazing shirt from it .  I bought some too but it sat during the summer while I made other things. For some reason I didn't take a picture of this fabric before I washed or cut it apart t...

» sewmanju 17 days ago
Closet Case Ginger Jeans and Jalie Eleonore Leg...

Jalie Eleonore pull on faux leather leggings Hi Everyone, At the beginning of January I decided I was going to spend the rest of the month making items which I needed to make, rather than wanted too. Items which I needed either in my wardrobe (like jeans!) or in my home (like curtains…still not done). Anyway, in the month of January I managed to make four pairs of jeans/ leggings/ pants, and here I am sharing two of them. I will say from the outset that one of the pairs of (Jalie Eleono...

» Diary of a Sewing Fanatic 18 days ago
January 2019 Round Up

Being true to my 2019 goals, this is the first end of month recap for the year. This month's recap will not only track my fabric in & out progress, garments sewn, where I'm going with my sewing next month, but also a discussion of some of the issues going on in the sewing community. Let's start with garments made first ~ My sewing mojo did go missing during my Christmas holiday break which also encompassed the beginning of this month. When it came roaring back, I did get quite a bit accom...

» Curvy Sewing Collective 19 days ago
Same Pattern, Different Bodies: Cashmerette Pem...

Cashmerette Patterns released a new pattern–the Pembroke dress and Tunic at the end of 2018, and it’s already been a big hit with curvy sewists. I can’t remember the last pattern where so many CSC regulars had already made their versions within a month or so of the initial release. The versatile Pembroke has a lot of reasons to be popular, including options for a midi dress or tunic, with or without ties, three neckline options, and three sleeve options. The Pembroke is avai...

» sew TREEFROG 19 days ago
Yellow Shirt – Drafted from scratch

» Curvy Sewing Collective 21 days ago
Inclusive Sizing, Independent Patterns, and the...

Over the past week, the sewing community has buzzed with the discussion of inclusive sizing in sewing patterns. Or, rather, a continued lack of inclusive sizing. This conversation was kicked off by a public comment trail filled with designers explaining why they don’t offer more comprehensive size ranges. We won’t link to the post here, because there is no need. These are the same excuses we’ve all heard for years—lack of demand, complicated fitting needs, too much of a learning curve. They a...

» Diary of a Sewing Fanatic 21 days ago
A Circle Border Print Shirt

Back in December, I wanted to use an older piece of fabric for my next shirt in The Border Print Series . I've been collecting border prints for years and knew there were some buried deep in the collection. I just needed to dig them out. After  rummaging around in it I touched this piece... ...which was purchased in 2010. Yes, I'm taking it way back. At that time I blogged every fabric purchase, so here's the post regarding the border print. However, this fabric doesn't count towards my ...

» Diary of a Sewing Fanatic 24 days ago
Why Support a Pattern Designer Who Doesn't Supp...

There is a discussion happening in the Plus Size Community that started on Instagram after a blog post was published about why RTW and some indie pattern designers won't design for the plus size market. I've waited to speak on this because I'm not surprised. This is just par for the course from some of these designers. I raised these very same objections when these indie designers first came on the scene years ago. They used the very same excuses and wording then as they have in this IG post....

» Diary of a Sewing Fanatic 25 days ago
One, Two, Three Pembrokes all in a Row

It's January and cold here in the Tri-State Area.  I hate being cold and I've wanted to sew my own turtleneck type sweater for awhile. Because of that, I was especially grateful when Jenny released the Pembroke Tunic for Cashmerette Patterns .  My  first one  was from a wool knit that I've worn quite a bit since making it.   During the MLK Holiday Weekend,  I made three more of them . Grab a cup of your favorite beverage and settle in. I've included them all in t...

» sew TREEFROG 26 days ago
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