» Curvy Sewing Collective 6 hours ago
PATTERN REVIEW: TAKE THE PLUNGE SWIMSUIT

Swimsuit shopping is one of those universally hated things. Making your own suit is the answer! Never struggle in a sweaty dressing room! Don’t be limited to solid colors. Swimsuit fabrics come in every conceivable pattern and color. Since suits only take a yard or two, you can splash out on anything that catches your eye.  Pattern name: Patterns for Pirates Take the Plunge Swimsuit The P4P website describes this suit as “This intermediate knit pattern is a traditional, tight fittin...

» Diary of a Sewing Fanatic 2 days ago
Border Prints - Why I Love Them

I've written about my love of border prints and how to sew them before.  You can read those posts here and here . This post is about how they've made an impactful appearance in my wardrobe lately. My latest garments made using border prints As you can see, I've been on a border print roll lately. Why do I love border prints so much?  Because of the challenge they present when using them...because of the possibility of making something different and unusual...and because they dare me...

» sewmanju 3 days ago
Named Clothing Reeta Shirt and Peppermint Magaz...

Named Clothing Reeta Shirt in tropical print viscose crepe and camel coloured Peppermint Magazine Wide Leg Pants Hi Everyone! Hope you’re well. First a quick life update: I had a follow up appointment with my consultant following on from my brain haemorrhage some four months ago , and all is good. I am back to normal with assurances that it should not reoccur. I am very fortunate and very grateful to all of you who have been so supportive. Thank you! Named Clothing Reeta Shirt in tropic...

» Curvy Sewing Collective 5 days ago
Make Nine 2019 Challenge: Halfway Point Update

I’m amazed that the first half of 2019 is already over! If you’ll recall, back in January, several of us posted our plans to take part in the #MakeNine challenge for 2019 .  As we mentioned in our original post, we’re checking in at the halfway point to talk about our progress (or lack thereof) with our planned sewing for the year. Andie The #makenine challenge to me is just a sort of guideline. I’ve been bad at making all the projects in past years but getting better ...

» Diary of a Sewing Fanatic 6 days ago
Vogue 9371 in a Border Print

This fabric  purchased in October 2018 plus a newly issued Vogue Pattern made this dress ~ The Vogue 9371 pattern is in the Summer 2019 release from Vogue Patterns.  I loved the idea of the shirtdress unbelted and floating free. Just the kind of look I'm desiring this summer. My fabric is a border print that I purchased from Fabric Mart. Originally bought to make a shirt. However, it didn't work with my pattern pieces so I put it back on the shelf. I pulled it out again when I saw t...

» Diary of a Sewing Fanatic 9 days ago
A Thirty Year Old Holyoke

After seeing some of the other versions of this skirt, I really wanted one of those soft swingy ones. So I pulled out a challis and cut out another Holyoke skirt...however, this post isn't about that skirt because it's only halfway done. While I was looking for a nice soft rayon challis to make version two, my hand touched the fabric I used for what's technically my third Holyoke. This fabric has a back story... I purchased this fabric in 1989 from Cloth World, the precursor to JoAnns. I reme...

» Diary of a Sewing Fanatic 13 days ago
A Dover Maxidress

I've been stating since my fourth make of the Dover Jacket that I really wanted a maxi dress from this pattern.  I bought this embroidered gingham border print from Chic Fabrics last November. One day at work I was doodling during a meeting, combining this fabric and the Dover Jacket and dreamed up what I thought would be an amazing maxi dress. I have to admit that the final dress is somewhat different than what I imagined.  The dress I'd imagined had scallops at the hemlines of the...

» Curvy Sewing Collective 15 days ago
Same Pattern, Different Bodies: Bootstrap Custo...

Online custom patternmaking company Bootstrap has had their custom dress form pattern around for a couple of years. At the CSC, we’ve gotten a lot of questions about how easy it is to construct the dressform, how accurate the form is, and how useful it ends up being. Three of our readers–Heidi, Shirin, and Roschelle–decided to take the plunge to make their own Bootstrap custom dress forms and share their experiences with us. Heidi Measurements: H eight and body type Bust 43”...

» Diary of a Sewing Fanatic 15 days ago
Just like that six months have passed...

It's the last day of June and so the first six months of 2019 is officially in the books. I didn't do a recap of May's sewing because it primarily consisted of The Event Sewing. Since I was neck deep in it, I passed knowing the info could be put into this post. So this is a recap post of the last six months... First: Items Made ~ 4 Dover Jackets 5 Cashmerette Pembroke Tunics 4 Shirts from my TNT pattern 2 Vests (one TNT & one Sew Your View) 1 Cardigan 1 Cashmerette Holyoke Skirt 1 pair of...

» sewmanju 16 days ago
Paper Theory Patterns Zadie Jumpsuit: DIY Wrap ...

Paper Theory Patterns Zadie Jumpsuit in black wool crepe Hi Everyone, Has it already been 3 months since I made my first Zadie ? It was the annual PTA ball at my daughters school, and this year I really wanted to accomplish two things: Make something using fabric from my stash and Make something which stood a chance of being worn again! Paper Theory Patterns Zadie Jumpsuit in black wool crepe After much dithering, I decided to make a Zadie jumpsuit using some black wool crepe I had hanging ar...

» Diary of a Sewing Fanatic 18 days ago
A Spring Brocade Dover Jacket

I honestly thought I wouldn't be making another Dover Jacket until summer when I would be trying a Dover Dress.  However, this fabric I purchased from Metro Textiles had different ideas! I also thought that by June I wouldn't be able to wear it out and about but we shot these photos in mid-June on a 70 degree day. It was just fine. Supplies ~ 3 panels of border print brocade from Metro Textiles Tie fabric for bias binding Interfacing from Steinlauf & Stoeller 5 - 7/8" Covered buttons...

» trish stitched 19 days ago
DSC_3199 Lander Shorts & Ebony Tee with Measure Fabric

It has been a while since my last post, but I’m back today with a fun project I’ve been wanting to make! Today I’m sharing my third post with Measure Fabric and I’m so in love with this outfit! A few years ago I got rid of all my high school shorts that were just too short to wear, but have been very slow to replace them in my wardrobe. I’ve been getting picky about the pieces I bring in my closet, but shorts is an area I was getting desperate in. So when I spott...

» Diary of a Sewing Fanatic 20 days ago
Sew Camp Summer 2019

I know y'all must be tired of reading about my Sew Camp adventures BUT y'all these are some of the best sewing weekends.  Not only do I get to go to Fabric Mart's brick n mortar store, I get to spend time with sewists who love this artform as much as I do. With that introduction, I'm giving an overview of my five days at the Carriage Corner Sew Camp but this post IS picture heavy.  Suffice it to say that I had a good time and that I bought a lot of fabric ( not as much as last time ...

» Curvy Sewing Collective 22 days ago
Same Pattern, Different Bodies: Tania “Curve” C...

I have had my eye on the Tania Culottes for ages. They’ve looked great on most women, and I loved the idea of work-appropriate shorts that can masquerade as a skirt. However, with Megan Nielsen’s previously limited size range, I didn’t want to grade up the pattern nor support a pattern maker with a non-inclusive size range. When Megan announced the expansion of her size range a few months ago, I ecstatically snapped up a copy of the Tania Curve Culottes almost immediately. G...

» Curvy Sewing Collective 26 days ago
CashmeretteEllisTechDraw_95fec551-8a22-4ccc-a959-d9a114c6bf6d_550x Same Pattern, Different Bodies: Cashmerette Ell...

The Ellis Skirt pattern from Cashmerette was released a couple of months ago and it is a real wardrobe workhorse. Its designed as a classic jean skirt, but there are so many opportunities to customize it with different fabrics, lengths, pocket combinations, and topstitching choices that we think you could get away with multiple version of this in your closet without anyone wondering why you were wearing the same skirt every day. You can see that all of our versions are quite different! Of cou...

» Diary of a Sewing Fanatic 27 days ago
A Pair of Border Print Wide Legged Pants

I've been seeing wide legged border print pants on line at some of the RTW sites I visit...and I lodged the look in the back of my mind. When I received this rayon border print from StyleMaker Fabrics , bought with no garment in mind just because it was pretty, these pants came to mind when I unpacked the fabric. I made a pair of wide legged pants in 2017 using my TNT pants pattern.  At the time to get the wider legs I wanted I added the extra width by free handing it.  This time I ...

» sew TREEFROG 28 days ago
Butterick 5988 Revisited

Floral Top Last year I made a rayon top using Butterick 5988 . I loved the design as it is a nice alternative to a fitted woven T. The waist darts release into a box pleat which gives a slight peplum look. It was a very wearable muslin, but I had taken the side seams in quite a lot during fitting but the shoulders still felt very big. Butterick 5988 Print Top (view B with view A length) As I’d been working on a personal sloper over the summer, I’d decided to use it to remake the t...

» sewmanju 28 days ago
Schnittchen Patterns Chari Dress: DIY Pull on F...

Schnittchen patterns Chari dress Hi Everyone, today’s post was sponsored by Makerist . They got in touch and asked if I would like to select a pattern from their website and also give me a small cash payment with which to buy fabric to make the pattern up. All of the opinions expressed in this blog post are my own honest ones. Schnittchen patterns Chari dress Makerist is a website which offers hundreds of PDF patterns from independent pattern designers (indie designers; you can also sel...

» Curvy Sewing Collective 28 days ago
Same Pattern Different Bodies: Ione shirt

Hi! Today we are talking about our experiences with the Ione shirt from Workhorse Patterns. The pattern is described as a “high-volume shirt made with woven fabric” that is meant to be a scrapbuster. The unique thing about this pattern is how the measurements are given. There are only finished garment measurements, which allow the sewist to choose their size based on the amount of desired ease and overall shape of the garment. Sierra Your Measurements: 53 inch bust, 44 inch waist,...

» Diary of a Sewing Fanatic 29 days ago
Cashmerette's Holyoke Skirt

Y'all when Jenny sent the email out to test this garment I jumped on it!  For two reasons - one I want a great new sundress and two I've been longing for a longer length button front skirt. Pattern Description: View A - Maxi length dress, princess seamed bodice and skirt, elastic back waist, bra-friendly straps View B - Maxi length, princess seam seamed skirt, elastic back waist This is my test version but there are two more skirts laid out on the cutting table waiting to be made. Howeve...

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