All posts by Amanda Carestio

Are You Sewing Pants? Join Us for Pants Month 2018!

It wouldn’t be October without delving into our favorite sewing subject of all time: sewing pants! Whether you’re a seasoned pro, totally intimidated or lost somewhere in between in crotch-curve mystery land, we’ve got something for you this month. Join us for pants fitting tips, a terrific hack for one of this season’s hottest indie…

quilting tips

6 Quilting Tips for Beginners PLUS 5 Projects to Sew

If you’re looking to dip your toe into piecing and quilting, Sew It All 12 is a great starting place. These projects were hand-picked to be beginner friendly and sew up quickly, while also making the most of your scraps and stash fabrics. Even better: this issue of Sew It All includes a reference section…

Shirtdress Sewing Pattern Round Up – Our Top Pattern Picks

Every fall and spring, we go a little shirtdress pattern crazy around here! These days, there are so many design and silhouette options to consider – the right shirtdress pattern can be a workhorse in your handmade wardrobe. And we’re pretty sure you need more than one! Here are our top shirtdress sewing pattern picks.…

Tank Top Sewing Pattern Review: Ogden Cami by True Bias

Pattern: Ogden Cami by True Bias Figure Type: Any (pattern goes up to size 18) Fabric: Lightweight wovens, including linen, rayon, crepe, challis, voile Amanda’s Review: I sewed mine up in a straight size 14 and needed no fit adjustments, though I did slightly widen the straps (by 1/2″). I wasn’t sure I’d like this…

Pattern Roundup: Tie Front Blouse Sewing Patterns

Give your basic look an update with a tie-front blouse! We’re loving this trend for summer: carefree & playful, flattering & interesting and the perfect way to lighten up your look. These tops wok especially well with high-waist pants and skirts, another one of our favorite summer trends. Here are a few of our top tie-front…

National Bikini Day

National Bikini Day: Show Off Your Curves!

Happy National Bikini Day! When it comes to bikini body, we’re team put your body in a bikini. And team sew your own – along with 45% of our Facebook community! Whether you’ve sewn 1 swimsuit or 10 two pieces, the swimsuit making – and wearing – experience can be transformative. We spoke to several members…

Summer Pant Sewing Pattern Hack

Summer Pant Sewing Pattern Hack

Wrap pants are a must-have this summer. We’ve only found one thing better: faux wrap pants (as in, sans the exposure risk). Follow these sewing instructions to hack a favorite pants pattern into a high-end faux wrap pant that’s easy to style and wear. by Ana Jankovic (originally appeared in Sew News, April/May 2017) SUPPLIES…