» sew TREEFROG 4 days ago
Trialling Unicose Patterns

» Diary of a Sewing Fanatic 4 days ago
The Border Print Shirt Series

Shirts are my jam. I REALLY love sewing and wearing them. They've become my new "dress" and since I run a pattern into the ground...you know I'm sewing shirts with my TNT shirt pattern. Backstory ~ I've been on a fabric buying binge. I've been using fabric to self medicate against the cares of the world. To slow down my fabric buying tendencies, I'd set myself monthly yardage limitages. Well in the last couple of weeks, I've purchased my fabric limit for October and November. The only good th...

» sew TREEFROG 5 days ago
McCall’s 7446 Tank Top and Self Drafted Cycling...

» sewmanju 6 days ago
DSC_3134 Pauline Alice Reina Blouse: DIY Lilac Crepe But...

Pauline Alice Reina Blouse in lilac crepe Hi Everyone, More than 2 years ago (wow! Time really is flying by), I pattern tested the Reina blouse for Pauline Alice – you can see that version here . That blouse has been worn to death. Untucked over skinny jeans and layered with a long line cardigan, and tucked into culottes. I think it’s the easy to wear shape and the flowy fabric in a neutral print which made it a winner. Pauline Alice Reina Blouse in lilac crepe So this is version ...

» Diary of a Sewing Fanatic 8 days ago
The First Shirt of the Fall Season

It's October and while the month kicked off with some warm late summer type weather, we all know the dark days of winter are coming. Now while I'm no longer wearing my lightweight summer clothing, it's not yet time to bundle up in the wool and cashmere. It is shirt wearing season though...so this is my first fall shirt.  I used the close fitting version of my TNT pattern. Some stats ~ Fabric: 100% cotton from Zooks in Lancaster, PA Notions: Rick Rack from Home Sew via the collection 12 4...

» trish stitched 9 days ago
Pine Crest Fabric: Floral Workout Gear - Trish Stitched Pine Crest Fabrics: Floral Workout Gear!

Happy Friday! Long time, no blog, I know! It’s been crazy the past few weeks – so much sewing but not a lot of sharing! I had a craft show a few weeks ago that had me in a sewing frenzy! To top that off, two of my machines were down and I had to get them serviced. But lucky for me, the sewing repair store had my dream machine on sale and I got my first “industrial” machine! It is the Janome 1600P , Janome’s version of an industrial machine, and I LOVE it. I was s...

» Curvy Sewing Collective 9 days ago
#CSCMAKES September Instagram Roundup

Hello CSC! September’s roundup was a little late this time due to my health. These posts are always a lot of work and require quite a few hours to put together and with the huge amount of migraines I’ve had lately well…. screens were not my friend. I hope you are all well! If I can judge your state of being at all by what you make, you are all doing fantastic! Even though I haven’t been up for sewing lately, it’s been so wonderful following the hashtag and seeing...

» Diary of a Sewing Fanatic 12 days ago
Vogue 7448 - Out of Print Blouse - Wearable Muslin

I found this blouse pattern in one of the online vintage pattern shops a few years ago. I was looking for a soft 80's type blouse and this one fit the bill.  I bought it for my old corporate lifestyle to go over a skirt or pair of trousers and under a cardigan. While I liked the pattern, once that lifestyle disappeared I wasn't sure I would be able to use it. Though I wasn't ready to part with it. Background Information ~ First a little about the pattern ~ the copyright date is 2001. The...

» Sigrid - sewing projects 13 days ago
A knitted sweater

At the beginning of August I showed you a knitted sweater in progress. I finished it a couple of weeks ago and I’m ever so pleased with it. The base was a pattern by Asa Tricosa , but my version doesn’t resemble the original much. It’s mainly used for the general shape, number of stitches, increases/decreases etc. Center front I added a cable from the book Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible: 260 Exquisite Patterns by Hitomi Shida. At the sides I repeated the small cable at the edge. I love the te...

» Curvy Sewing Collective 13 days ago
Pattern Review: DIBY Julianne Shirt & Dress

It’s almost the end of the CSC shirt / shirt dress season and today I’m introducing another to the mix with the DIBY.club Julianne Women’s Button Up Shirt & Dress . The Julianne has approximately eleventy billion options {no, really!} – 8 bodice styles (Shirt, Tunic, Mid-Thigh, Knee length – each with a straight or curved hem) – 4 Sleeve Options (Short Hemmed, Elbow Hemmed, ¾ Cuffed, Long Cuffed) – 2 necklines (Mandarin collar and Hood with a 3rd, free add-on, for a stan...

» Diary of a Sewing Fanatic 15 days ago
A Katie for Late Summer

Or as a subtext, "Its all about the fabric!"   Now I know...I know I'm running this pattern into the ground. Seriously though it is one of the most comfortable garments I've made this season. I love it's flexibility. How it can be a top, tunic or a dress. I LOVE how it wears. It's comfortable yet stylish. I can use a variety of fabrics to make it, as evidenced by the Telio pebble crepe for this version. Here is the latest one... ...and there will be one more made from some denim I picked...

» Diary of a Sewing Fanatic 16 days ago
Final Gift Card Winner & Some Thank Yous

Even though it's October and National Sewing Month is over, I would like to thank all of the online fabric stores for supplying the gift cards this month! I'm  truly grateful that you were willing to participate in the giveaways.  I'd also like to thank everyone who left a comment for each of the giveaways. Every comment was read and noted and I'm appreciative that you took the time to leave them. One more note before announcing the last winner... CarlaF from Atlanta I still haven't...

» sew TREEFROG 18 days ago
Sewing in 2018: 3rd Quarter Wrap-up

Yikes! Where has the year gone! Spring is in the air and the birds have been very active in garden. It’s exciting to see new species, such as an Eastern Yellow Robin who shadowed me when I was weeding the other day. Had a hard time resisting jumping up and down with excitement in case I scared it off! Eastern Yellow Robin Image Credit: Julian Robinson But back to the topic in hand – catching up on what I’ve been sewing over the last quarter and taking a quick look at my sewi...

» Diary of a Sewing Fanatic 19 days ago
It's Fall Y'all

I borrowed that title from a Draper James ad - my new RTW obsession! See I've been thinking about what I want to sew for fall because it is getting chillier here. In the last couple of years, I've bought about 15 pairs of jeans and another 10 pairs of leggings in ponte, pleather and a thicker knit.  So my bottom situation is solved...and no I probably won't be making jeans this fall/winter. However, I'm still fascinated with shirts and blouses so I know I will be adding more of them to m...

» Curvy Sewing Collective 21 days ago
8_big_e556af88-1b6a-43ba-9d5f-d51703ff8632_1050x Pattern Review: Ottobre Norma Blouse

We’re halfway through the Shirts and Shirtdresses theme. How are your projects coming along? I’m here to share a shirt from the magazine Ottobre, a Finnish sewing magazine. The Spring/Summer 2018 edition featured a whole section of vintage themed patterns. Vintage-ish is totally my jam, so I decided to try one of the patterns and see how hard it would be to use a magazine sewing pattern. Ottobre Norma Blouse (Pattern #10) The pattern is described as feminine with a gathered yoke, ...

» Diary of a Sewing Fanatic 22 days ago
NSM: Fabric Gift Card Giveaway from Fabric Mart

The final gift card giveaway for this month is from Fabric Mart... I don't even have to tell y'all how much I love Fabric Mart...it would just be redundant. Honestly about 90% of my fabric collection is from Fabric Mart - so that's shelves and shelves of fabric I've purchased from them. Why you may ask?  Let me count the reasons for you: First - reasonable prices Second - amazing sales Third - awesome selection of high quality fabrics Fourth - fantastic customer service both online and i...

» Diary of a Sewing Fanatic 22 days ago
Winner of The Smugglers Daughter Gift Card

Folks I'm up relatively early this morning cause I have a hot project on the sewing machine!  I've pulled a winner for The Smuggler's Daughter $100 gift card. BTW, you had a one in 116 chance of winning...and that winner is: #7 - CarlaF in Atlanta Carla - Congratulations!  Please send me your email address or DM it to me on Instagram and I will get it to Susan at The Smuggler's Daughter. There is one more gift card giveaway tomorrow from Fabric Mart! So check back then because the g...

» Diary of a Sewing Fanatic 23 days ago
NSM: Fabric Gift Card Giveaway from Smugglers ...

I've been buying fabric from Susan at Smugglers Daughter since 2014. My first experience was with a piece she generously gave me and I made this dress... I met her in person at Sew Expo in 2016.  It was great to spend some time with her.  My next garment was this skirt... I've bought fabric from Smugglers Daughter that I used to make scarves for Christmas gifts. I've bought denim and this amazing cut out pleather that's back on my to sew list this fall. Susan has such interesting fa...

» Diary of a Sewing Fanatic 24 days ago
Tomorrow is the Deadline

If you haven't entered the giveaway for the $100 gift card from Smugglers Daughter - you have one more day!  The drawing closes at 11:59pm EST tomorrow evening. As a reminder here are the rules... 1. You must leave a comment on the original post ONLY . Remember only comments left on that post on blogger will be acceptable for the giveaway. Comments left anywhere else, such as bloglovin' will NOT be eligible. 2. You must tell me in the comments about one fabric you saw on Susan's site tha...

» sewmanju 27 days ago
DSC_2868 Butterick 6182 and New Look 6374: DIY Tan Colou...

Butterick 6182 tan coloured A-line corduroy skirt and New Look 6374 floral viscose tunic top Hey All, As I mentioned in my last post, I have really been trying to add to the “tops” section of my wardrobe: ideally, a mixture of tops which are suitable for both work, smart and casual wear. One of the tops which I have made in the past and have enjoyed wearing is my New Look 6374 . I have worn this top such a lot thrown over skinny jeans and layered with a long line cardigan. But, th...

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