Articles in Inspiration

  • Creative ways to sew stripes and plaids

    Stripes and plaids are iconic pattern designs that have the magic ability to bring a tinge of class to any outfit. When using striped or plaid fabrics for Rue, there are almost endless possibilities for playing with the direction of the design and the drape of the dress. I thought I’d invite you all to …

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  • Rue and Style Icons

    Rue is all we are talking about here at HQ and it’s got a lot of us thinking about our own versions and how we can make them personalized to our style. As you have seen, Rue and her interesting style lines are inspired by vintage garments we’ve seen in the past. We thought it …

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  • Vintage Detail: Yokes

    We’ve been talking quite a bit about yokes around the office as of late. Which got me thinking about how I don’t really wear a lot of garments with yokes and how I should make some plans to sew some up. I decided instead of looking through my pinterest board of patterns I wanted to …

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  • Sewing Chatter: What’s your trick for sewing challenging fabrics?

    I faced my first fabric challenge sewing a waffle cloth robe for my mom. I used her trusty old Bernina, and the many layers of thick knit fabric fought me like a wild beast. I stuffed it under the presser foot, plugging my ears to avoid the crunching noise the needle made. Only after arming …

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  • S***suit Inspiration

    Swimsuit. That word has always been a dirty word to me. That is, until this past year where I’ve learned quite a bit about sewing and realized I could make my own swimming suit (mind blown). I’ve always had a very short list of must haves in mind when buying a swimsuit as an adult. …

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  • What We Learned from Me-Made May

    Me-Made-May has become a sewing community holiday. Every May, my Instagram feed (and I’m sure yours as well) is jam packed with me-made after me-made. This year we decided to participate as an office, posting our makes on the Colette and Seamwork Instagram daily, but five of us pledged to wear me-mades every day of …

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  • Sewing Chatter: What’s your sewing superpower?

    When you were little, did you ever wish for a superpower? I wished to be able to time travel. I still haven’t really let go of the idea of superpowers, so I like to recognize my every day superpowers, many of which pop up while sewing. Just being able to dream of a garment and …

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