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  • New Pattern July 15! Here’s how to learn more.

    We’re hard at work getting everything ready for the launch of our newest pattern on July 15th. A little about our last pre-order With our last patterns, we had a special mailing list just for those who wanted to pre-order and be first in line. Those on the list had an opportunity to order the …

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  • The 3 biggest reasons I sew – what are yours?

    Today, clothing can be purchased for pennies, almost literally. The expansion of the fast fashion industry has made clothing an almost disposable commodity, and a highly addictive one at that. In that landscape, the idea of sewing your own clothing seems quaint to most people. After all, why spend your precious time and money creating …

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  • Weekend Reading: learning new crafts, travel wardrobes, and a new…

    I’m taking a ceramics class right now. Exploring a new craft is always an adventure. I love trying new things, but no matter how much I enjoy the experience, they really have to be pretty special to make their way into my list of hobbies. Not because I don’t like them or want to keep …

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  • I am a selfish sewer (and why that’s ok)

    When I started learning to sew, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Let’s go on a trip in the way-back machine. It’s the mid-90s, and I’m in high school. About 90% of my clothes are black, as is my waist-length dyed hair. When I’m not doing homework or listening to Bauhaus …

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  • 2 skirts in one: a reversible Mabel

    One of the coolest things about double knit fabric is that it can actually be made reversible. Because there are two right sides to the fabric, you can sometimes find double knits that have patterns on each side. I bought this reversible striped double knit while shopping with Christine at Mood in LA. One side …

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  • Weekend reading: Pre-spring, Hedy Lamarr, and basket weave insets

    I’m getting pretty excited about this new pattern we’ve got lined up for you in July. I’ve just finished editing all the photos (we shot them in Palm Springs along with Mabel and Moneta, so you’ll recognize the gorgeous models). I’ve also been working on some tutorials to go along with it, but I don’t …

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  • Inspiration: Vintage Travel Photography

    Today, Kristen is chiming in to give us a little inspiration for the Knitcation contest we’re currently running. Remember to enter your travel wardrobes by the end of the month! Now, here’s Kristen with some fun vintage photos for us. -Sarai [A flight attendant aboard a Boeing 707-121. PanAm Historical Society] I have a terrible …

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  • Channeling desire into creativity

    Maybe I’m weird, but shopping stresses me out. Yet, I seem to love window shopping. In part, this is why sewing is such an appealing hobby for me. I love clothes. I love the colors and textures, the creative possibilities in building a particular look, the small details that make seemingly similar pieces really interesting …

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  • Weekend reading: vintage sewing, painting your upholstery, and the Chanel…

    The other day, I shared this gorgeous spread from a French pattern catalog from 1956 on Instagram. It made me realize that Instagram is the perfect place to share some of the gorgeous vintage patterns, books, and illustrations that I’ve collected over the years. This catalog in itself is absolutely stunning and brimming with inspiration. …

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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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  • Do you wear more dresses or separates?

    I wear dresses because I am lazy. As much as I love clothes, putting together complicated outfits has never really been my thing. I like things that are comfortable and easy, both physically and mentally. I keep it simple. Dresses are a godsend for a lazy dresser, because they’re basically an entire outfit in one …

  • Giveaway: Sewing Fashion Knits with Linda Lee at Craftsy

    Craftsy has chosen a winner! Congratulations to David, who has been notified privately. Obviously, we’re all about knits right now. I’ve extolled their virtues left and right lately, and if you’ve been following my Me Made May posts this month on Instagram, you might notice that I’ve been wearing them just about every day. If …

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  • Weekend reading: Ballet, wildflowers, and lovely US-made clothing

    Last weekend, I took an amazing class on natural dyeing at Wildcraft Studio. If you are in the Portland or Hood River areas, I highly recommend taking one of Chelsea’s incredible classes. I also took a textile design class with her a couple years ago, and she is a phenomenal, inspiring woman. In this class, …

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  • 5 lessons and goals I took from Me Made May

    {days 1-8 via instagram} I love a creative challenge, especially when it can be done in a group. That’s one reason we’re so invested in doing sewalongs. There’s something so motivating about taking on a project with other people. I also really enjoy challenges that constrain me in some way. As any designer will tell …

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  • Join the Moneta Sewalong!

    A quick announcement today: we’re going to be starting the Moneta Sewalong soon, so head over now and sign up! It’s a totally free class that you can get delivered right to your inbox. Yes, we’re still in the midst of the Mabel Sewalong right now, but that will be completely finished by Friday, and …

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  • Weekend Reading: Tim Gunn, writer’s block, and what to do…

    I’m super excited for our party this weekend! If you’re in Portland, please do stop by to hang out with Alyson and me, both at Modern Domestic and for sewing-theme cocktails and chit chat at Radio Room. Modern Domestic is also having a sale on sergers and knit fabrics to celebrate. RSVP here. The gorgeous …

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  • Enter the Knitcation contest & build your own travel wardrobe!

    Recently, I took a trip to Austin. On the plane, I wore my white Mabel pencil skirt, a simple black t-shirt from Everlane, and a scarf. When I posted the photo to Instagram for Me Made May, I got a comment from Denise saying I wore my #moneta on the plane today–it’s the perfect travel …

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  • How to organize a mountain of sewing patterns with your…

    I used to have a manageable stash of vintage patterns. I’d collected them over many years, and only really bought ones that I absolutely loved. I used nearly all of them, and kept them in four small Ikea boxes, labeled by time period. Life was simple. But when people find out you are in the …

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  • A simple white Mabel (and we’re starting the Mabel Sewalong!…

    This is me, going to the grocery store. La la la. I’m buying bananas and tempeh. I now have four different Mabels. I’ve been making so many, it’s been hard to keep up with showing them off here on the blog. The black mini Mabel is the one that gets the most wear, since it …

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  • A tie dye Moneta & fixing fabric woes

    You know how sometimes you’ll make a dress even though it’s completely out of season, and then spend months just waiting and waiting for the chance to wear it? This is one of those dresses. I picked out the fabric on a rare warm early Spring day and was too excited to wait. Luckily, this …

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