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Oh, Rayon . . . how we love thee! Our recent sewing with Crystal Manning’s Botanica Rayon reminded us of all the wonders of this amazing fabric. Man-made from natural cellulose fiber, often harvested from wood pulp, Rayon incorporates the best of all worlds. Easy and beautiful to wear, but breathable for all seasons. It’s stunning on Crystal in our Easy Top & Tunic! We’re so in love with Crystal’s Moda Botanica Rayon that we’re having a second Botanica Giveaway...
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The temperatures are rising, time to sew up some light and breezy summer tops! The Everyday Tank The Everyday Tank can be made in two lengths and features wider straps (no bra strap issues!) and a cute curved hemline. When you spot a bold fabric that you love think Everyday Tank! We used a rich, colorful, Free Spirit's Kaffe Fassett floral print for this version.     Try making a tank in a batik like this Indah Batik from Hoffman.  The neckline features small pleats...
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  Spring feels like the perfect time to wear a floral print and with so many fabric options, you are bound to find the perfect pattern! Bold, muted, bright, pastel, there is a floral for just about every taste!   Small Scale Florals  The Turn About Tank is a great choice for now. It is lovely under a sweater or denim jacket and it's a great top in the summer heat. The tank has two neckline finishing options, a ruffle or a...
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Earth Day and Arbor Day, both in April, and the freshly budding Spring remind us to conserve resources and to reuse and repurpose what we own!  Denim is such a tough fabric and seems to be almost  indestructible! Take those jeans that are no longer worn and give them a new life.  Our patterns suggest two methods for utilizing upcycled denim.  One way is to deconstruct the garment and cut pattern pieces from the fabric. The Second is to use the pockets, buttons,...
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One of our favorite ways to customize our apparel is with the reverse appliqué technique popularized by Alabama Chanin. Our Kansas City creative friend Jan Durham shared this Warm & Cozy Wrap that she made. The wrap was made using two colors of Alison Glass for Andover knit fabric.  This cape like cardigan with simple construction provides lots of opportunity for this type of handwork. Jan reports that using two layers of knit makes a wrap that feels like the coziest sweatshirt...
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Hoffman’s new line, “A Little Retro Vibe” is a collection of mid century modern prints on cotton and bark cloth-like canvas.  All of the prints in this line are ideal for bags and apparel. We started with a few of our most popular purses. The retro prints also match many Me + You Indah Batiks line, so finding coordinating lining fabric was a breeze!   Petite Stitched Purse First, we made one of our favorite purses the Petite Stitched Purse in...
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Clearly Cute Beauty Cases   I can see clearly now! Those are the words from one of my favorite songs!  Listen to it while you read this post!! So let's talk about our clear storage and give you a few tips for making these practical accessories. The cases are the best of both worlds--being able to see what you're searching for in your bag, and also featuring a favorite fabric across the top! Keep your bathroom essentials (or your sewing essentials) organized...
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Art Gallery produces beautiful prints on fabrics ranging from quilting cotton, voile, rayon, denim and more. We have tried almost all their substrates and love every one of them! Art Gallery Denim Art Gallery's Denim Studio line has both solids and prints. Their prints are mostly on 4.5 oz denim that is barely thicker than a regular quilting cotton but with a bit more body. The extra structure in the fabric makes it great for dresses and pants. We have made...
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  Moda has been designing wonderful fabrics for years and we continue to be inspired by the Moda wide range of prints they offer-from traditional to modern and everything in between. We fell in love with their new Morris Holiday Metallics inspired by the William Morris art collection exclusively from the V&A Archives (The Victoria and Albert Museum). We created Fabriflair® stars in the indigo blue palette as well as the crimson & pine colorway.    Embellish your star with beads,...
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Riley Blake produces beautiful prints on fabrics ranging from cottons, linens, knits, wool and more. We have been working with their knit basics, as well as their yarn-dyed gingham and their new line, Kiss Me, Kate. Travel with Riley Blake  Using Kiss Me, Kate we made our Clearly Cute Beauty Cases which are a perfect travel accessory. This daring line with makeup motifs by designer/blogger See Kate Sew is perfect for these cases. Working with vinyl can seem daunting, but we compiled...
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