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    Sewing with Cotton Lawn: Colette ♥ Cotton+Steel

    Colette is excited to be partnering with our BFF, Cotton+Steel for a fun and informative Substrate series. Devon, who you might recognize from our Sewalongs, will be teaching you all about how these fabrics are made and what’s so great about them over at the Cotton+Steel Blog. On the Colette side of things, we will …

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    Sewing with Rayon Challis: Colette ♥ Cotton+Steel

    Colette is excited to be partnering with our BFF, Cotton+Steel for a fun and informative Substrate series. Devon, who you might recognize from our Sewalongs, will be teaching you all about how these fabrics are made and what’s so great about them over at the Cotton+Steel Blog. On the Colette side of things, we will …

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    Sewing with Cotton/Linen Canvas: Colette ♥ Cotton+Steel

    Colette is excited to be partnering with our BFF, Cotton+Steel for a fun and informative Substrate series. Devon, who you might recognize from our Sewalongs, will be teaching you all about how these fabrics are made and what’s so great about them over at the Cotton+Steel Blog. On the Colette side of things, we will …

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    Sewing with Double Cotton Gauze: Colette ♥ Cotton+Steel

    We are excited to be partnering with our BFF, Cotton+Steel for a fun and informative Substrate Series. Devon, who you might recognize from our Sewalongs, will be teaching you all about how these fabrics are made and what’s so great about them over at the Cotton+Steel Blog. On the Colette side of things, we will …

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    Colette ♥ Cotton+Steel

    Just how much do we love Cotton+Steel fabrics? SO MUCH! For the next two weeks, we’re collaborating with the team over at Cotton+Steel to teach you about their fabric and inspire you to stitch up your new favorite outfit. Here are the details Over the course of the next 2 weeks, we’ll feature 4 different …

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    Sewing with Eyelet Fabric

    Eyelet is a classic summer fabric that is breezy, romantic, and delicate. Its name comes from the small patterned cut-outs that are typically finished with embroidered stitches throughout the body of the fabric. Eyelet is a broad term and describes the design of the fabric rather than its fiber content or weave. Traditionally, eyelet is …

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    Phoebe Fabric Recommendations: Win Fabric!

    Finding the perfect fabric for a project can be a challenge. Sometimes it is even harder than sewing the garment itself. We worked with two great stores to make up the samples for Phoebe: Dragonfly Fabrics over in the UK, and Silk Road Textiles in Cincinnati, Ohio. We asked both shops to share some additional …

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    Wren fabric suggestions

    Picking just the right fabric can be a challenge, especially when it comes to knits. Wren offers two distinctly different views that require two very different fabrics. Version 1 necessitates a knit with ample body and good recovery for its fitted silhouette, while version 2 requires a knit with more drape but ample recovery. Here …

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    Pattern of the Month: Get Dahlia for 20% Off

    Our Pattern of the Month for November is Dahlia! Dahlia is a flattering and feminine dress that offers two distinctly different versions. Version 1 features a raglan sleeve and is perfect for stitching up in a wool plaid or tweed. Version 2 is sleeveless with a bias finished neckline and underarm. Though these two dresses …

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    How to sew sweater knits

    When I taught sewing classes, I loved teaching knitters. They were some of my favorite student because they were always so thrilled with how fast sewing is in contrast to knitting. I was always envious of these people. I learned to sew before learning to knit. I have since found it so hard to knit …

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    Pattern of the Month: Oslo + A Sweater Knit Roundup

    I love any garment that feels like pajamas, but who doesn’t? There is a reason that the phrase “secret pajamas” freckles most sewing blogs. Fall is my favorite season. That may be because I can parade around in chunky cardigans that look stylish, but feel like a hug from a snuggly kitten. Oslo is just …

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    How I organize my fabric stash + free downloadable stash…

    You’ve seen how I organize my enormous stash of patterns. But what about fabric? I will admit, my stash is bigger than I’d like it to be. In spite of fabric swaps, donations, and finally getting rid of a lot of the useless leftover scraps I’d been holding onto, I have a lot of fabric. …

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    Sewing activewear with Melissa Fehr, part 1: Fabric and patterns

    Recently, I was chatting with fellow blogger Melissa of Fehr Trade about sewing activewear, a subject I’m keenly interested in. Melissa is also a runner and even has her own patterns available for workout gear! Since knits are a huge subject around here lately, I asked Melissa if she’d be willing to give us a …

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    5 tips for sewing waxed canvas

    We’ve been working with waxed canvas a lot lately. Personally, I love the stuff. Since we live in a rainy climate, it’s a natural way to repel moisture without the ultra-sporty look of a fabric like nylon cordura. It has a beautifully aged look, almost like leather, and has great body for making things like …