Blackout curtains

Curtains are a divisive subject in the sewing realm. Do you bother to make them or are they too dull a project? Apparently I'm a glutton for boring sewing, because I'm gonna make blackout curtains for every room of my home. Here's the scope: I have 9 windows to cover. About half of them get... Continue Reading →

Field Trip!

I took Eugenia (my machine) on a little field trip back to my suburban homeland. The Quest: to make a dog-proof banner for my mother in-law (MIL). To set the scene: They have a staircase bordering their living room, with a wooden railing on either side so it's not a human deathtrap. However, the gaps... Continue Reading →

Bleuet Duet

Ode to my favorite dress pattern: the Deer&Doe Bleuet. I've made four of them, making it the most-used (purchased) pattern in my library, second only to my self-drafted fitted shirt, of which I have 6. Oh, Bleuet, you gown among dresses, Queen of Princess seams, sweet and sharp, feminine and tailored, how do I love... Continue Reading →

Self drafted wrap top

I've always been wary of peplums and wraps, despite all fashion advice to the contrary. They're flattering, aligned to my style preferences and yet...I've never worn either. So why not draft one? Woot! I used my basic bodice sloper and circle skirt patterns as the block base. The back is the back sloper unaltered. The... Continue Reading →

There are some sewing tricks that sound too good to be true, like steaming a curved hem to make it press neatly. But, soft! A steamed hem! The ripples are the steam's effect on this linen. I hovered the iron slightly above the fabric with the steam full blast and it worked like a charm.... Continue Reading →

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