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  • Pattern of the month: Get the Florence Bra for $5

    Dorothy Parker once said “Brevity is the soul of lingerie” I have to be honest, most days my under-things consist of a nude or black bra that is strong enough to muzzle a shark, plus a pair of underwear that are more simple than they are exciting. I hardly consider these items lingerie, they are …

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  • Are you really a beginner?

    The first time I decided to survey readers and customers several years ago, I got a bit of a shock. I realized, I really had no idea anymore what "beginner" truly meant. I knew what it meant to me. But it clearly meant something different to my readers and customers. The many meanings of "beginner" …

  • How to Prevent DIY Anxiety

    Whether you are a seasoned sewist or still learning, you may experience something I call DIY Anxiety from time to time. Symptoms of DIY Anxiety include, but are not limited to: cold sweats, yelling at inanimate objects, reverting to childhood behaviors, and fabric-related nightmares. Loved ones may become concerned when you are found crying on …

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  • Pattern of the Month: Cinnamon is 20% off

    It’s time for our next pattern of the month! This month, we’re featuring Cinnamon, our sweet slip dress or camisole pattern. We have a few modification ideas to share all throughout February, one of which I’ve been saving up for MONTHS. As a child of the 90s, I love a good slip dress. They’re so …

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  • Weekend Reading: Pearls, cheap travel, and evil evil glitter

    Maybe it’s the unusually dry, sunny weather we’re having. Maybe it’s that our office is full of flowers at the moment. Maybe it’s the new issue of Seamwork that I am over-the-moon excited to put out on Sunday (the lingerie issue!). Or maybe it’s our lovely and talented new art director who began with us …

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  • Giveaway: Win a copy of 110 Creations: A Sewist’s Notebook

    To go along with our new Wardrobe Architect challenge this year, Beth of 110 Creations has kindly offered to give away a free copy of her wonderful planning notebook! 110 Creations: A Sewist’s Notebook is a lovely little planner that you can use to sketch, scheme, and dream. Use the croquis and accompanying notes to …

  • Weekend Reading: Having it all, speeding up intimacy, and tech…

    I’m having an amazing time in the studio these days. It’s insanely busy as we work to create each new issue of Seamwork, looking for the millions of ways we can make it better and expand, while also taking care of the main pattern line. I’ve been writing, editing, playing with fabric, photographing, fabric shopping, …

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  • Weekend Reading: Joan Didion, Eileen Fisher, and How to Read…

    At the dentist this week, the hygienist asked me if I’d made any resolutions (why do they always ask so many questions with their hands in your mouth?). “Not really,” I shrugged. “Me neither,” he said. “I’m a driven person, so I don’t really feel the need just because it’s a new year.” I wouldn’t …

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  • Weekend Reading: mammoths, going braless, and female friendship

    Just a few links for you this week, but I highly recommend the first one, especially if you’re having a bad day, are feeling self-doubt, or are getting pressured by your family this time of year for whatever reason. Weekend Reading: Why you should stop caring what other people think. You must read this. It …

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  • Top 9 sewing books for beginners (according to you)

    A long time ago, I asked for your recommendations on books for true beginners. I thought it was high time I rounded up the top choices. I’m going to start with the standouts, the books that by far got the most mentions from you all. Then I’ll list some of the other books people feel …

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  • Weekend Reading: Self-care, disney, and Tim Gunn’s vocabulary lessons

    Every winter, I buy paperwhite bulbs in bulk and force them indoors. They’re such a pretty treat and a little reminder of spring as things turn bare and stark outside. These guys are currently sitting on our big work table and perfuming the studio. What are your winter self-care rituals? Weekend Reading: Women talk about …

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  • What trips you up every single time?

    I have a sewing achilles heel. What about you? I don’t know why, but the same blind spot pops up over and over. It seems to be some sort of mental block that I just can’t overcome: I keep cutting things upside down. See, I’m a fast cutter. It’s never been my favorite part of …

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  • Weekend Reading: Beauty, aging, and power dressing

    Happy Halloween, all. I’m just back this week from an amazing camping trip in Yosemite, where I snapped a photo of this lovely creature and his family. It was so refreshing, after weeks of staring at a computer screen, to take in all that glorious fresh air and scenery. I have some big stuff to …

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  • Weekend Reading + new pattern on Tuesday!

    I hope you guys are looking forward to the new pattern next week. We’ve been working on it so long, I feel disconcerted about actually releasing it! I can’t believe it’s time to let it go off into the world. Don’t forget to get on the sneak peek list if you want an early preview …

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  • Do you have any sewing rituals?

    I love rituals. They shape my life and make me a happier, more centered person. For example, every weekday starts the same way for me. I wake up early, turn on the coffee, and meditate for 10-15 minutes while it brews. I drink my coffee and go through a list of quick tasks I call …

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  • Weekend Reading: Brand nostalgia, accepting criticism, and the fashion of…

    We’re working hard on getting things set up over here. Well, Meg and Kenn are working hard. I’m basically doing the same kind of work I always do. Today’s an especially big day because we’re getting all of our inventory delivered, so that we can bring our shipping back in house after years of having …

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  • Have you ever impressed yourself?

    I’ve noticed that many women, myself included, struggle with the concept of pride. We are, by and large, uncomfortable with holding up our accomplishments. This is true in personal situations, it’s certainly observable in work environments, and I even see it on sewing blogs as we downplay our achievements and point out all the flaws. …

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  • Weekend Reading: Goodbye Worn, Wonder Woman, and the Bechdel test

    It’s been an exciting week. As you read this, we’re likely packing up the last of our studio in preparation for the big move on Monday! Even more exciting, we have a new team member this week! Meg has joined us as our new inventory and office manager, so the next time you buy a …

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