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Clare Coat Sew Along Starts Now! Choosing Your Fabrics

Clare Coat Sew Along, Week 1: Choosing Wool Coating This month, we welcome Heather Lou of Closet Case Files to the Sew News blog for the Clare Coat sew along! You may recognize this coat from the cover of our new issue…we kind of love it! And everything Heather makes for that matter. The coat is figure-friendly…

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Learning To Sew *Slow* For 2017!

The Learning Never Stops I have been working on a wool cape going on two years now. Last weekend I made a date with Marni, my sewing buddy. She is an excellent seamstress and knows the ‘old school’ sewing tricks. I brought my cape over with the full intention of me doing all the work.…

Easy Holiday Sewing

Open Now For Easy Holiday Sewing!

December Sewing December and the holidays are here. Are you ready? I know I’m not. I would love to keep my sanity in tact this year by keeping it low key.  Do you have a favorite holiday project that is a good, old reliable stand-by for family or friends? I collect easy projects and put…

Easy Holiday Sewing

Open Now for Easy Holiday Sewing!

December Sewing December and the holidays are here. Are you ready? I know I’m not. I would love to keep my sanity in tact this year by keeping it low key.  Do you have a favorite holiday project that is a good, old reliable stand-by for family or friends? I collect easy projects and put…

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Ready For A Sewing Challenge?

Couture Techniques  for Everyday I like to sew with silk, but, as you can imagine, such a fussy fabric can be a bear to work with. Every type of silk can behave differently. Some silks I have no problem with, others like silk crepe de chine and silk twill can give me nightmares. I made…

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September Sewing! We Have New Inspiration For You!

Sewing & The Pursuit Of Inspiration By now you’ve probably learned that September is National Sewing Month. September for me is a time when I turn my attentions to fall sewing. I love to look through pattern books, magazines and sewing blogs for inspiration. This year there is plenty of it. From top indie designers,…

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Snap Out Of A Sewing Slump

The Sewing Doldrums I’m afraid I’ve hit a bit of a low-pressure zone in my sewing. My sewing super powers are being weakened by humidity, heat and end of summer busyness. And, did I mention the heat? When there is a bit of time to sew, all I want to do is find a cool…

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A Sewing Vacation or A Vacation From Sewing

Dog Days of Summer Are Coming It’s not even July and already this summer looks to be a long, hot one. The other day I had to hem yards and yards of satin and cotton for a dress and a skirt. Sitting upstairs in a hot stuffy room I felt a bit like Mr. Rochester’s…

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Thursday Sewing Inspiration: Spring!

April is one of my favorite months. Mainly because some very special people are born on this month (me!) and spring is here (or will be soon). In Colorado spring can be tempestuous at best. Just last week we had the year’s biggest snowstorm. Schools were closed, our office closed, power outages everywhere, city was…

True Collar

True Collars – FREE Sewing Patterns

Sew better collars and collar stands by trying three different methods with practice pattern pieces. These collar pattern pieces can be sewn up and attached to other blouse patterns. Switch up collar designs to give new life to old blouse patterns. Find the collar sewing pattern here.