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  • Reminder: 15% off Myrtle ends today (+ weekend reading)

    Just a quick reminder that the 15% off on Myrtle ends tonight! Pick up your copy here. And thank you to everyone who ordered the pattern, especially to those of you who opted to get an early peek and managed to keep it under your hats. I’m amazed at how well it all worked, and …

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  • How to sew Myrtle in a woven fabric

    If there’s one thing I like best about Myrtle, it’s that it is one of those rare patterns that can be sewn in either knit or a woven fabric. The reason for this is the ease and drapey fit. Myrtle is designed so that shaping comes from the comfortable and stretchy elastic waistband, rather than …

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  • Introducting Myrtle, a knit dress with a fun twist!

    In the summer, there’s one difference between a pretty dress that gets worn constantly, and one that languishes in my closet: comfort. We can plan all the structured, tight, bombshell-y dresses we want, but when it comes time to actually leave the house, who wants to feel constricted? I’d rather look beautiful with as little …

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  • New pattern tomorrow!

    Just a quick reminder… tomorrow, we’ll have a brand new pattern for you for the summer! I am super excited about all the possibilities for this one. Comfort, elegance, and ease all in one pretty package. Check in again at 10AM Pacific for all the details!

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  • Weekend reading: body ethics, vintage pattern rage, and a great…

    I’m in California this weekend celebrating my dad’s retirement (!) and getting ready for our next pattern launch on Tuesday. So between writing newsletters, making some new graphics for the shop, and writing blog posts, I’m going for runs on the beach with my sister, eating homemade pizza, and listening to loud Italian music. Here …

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  • New pattern pre-sale starts Friday!

    One more quick reminder, friends: We’re offering a special discount and sneak peek for those who wish to pre-order the new upcoming pattern! Secret details and the discount will be mailed out this Friday, so be sure to join the list before then for access: Get first access To get on the sneak peek list, …

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  • You’ve gato make your own clothes when you run a…

    When Kristen and I decided to run a half marathon together, we knew it would be the perfect opportunity to make our own running gear. And what’s better than handmade running gear? Cat-themed handmade running gear. The patterns My top was made with the Fehr Trade XYT top pattern, which Melissa kindly let me try …

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  • Weekend Reading: bias tape tips, breaks, and learning from failure

    Just a quick roundup for you guys today, as Kristen and I are running a half marathon together this morning… in handmade and rather amusing activewear! I’ll be posting our finished garments on the blog next week, but if you want a sneak peek, I’m sure something will turn up on Instagram. I snapped this …

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  • 12 beautiful travel wardrobes: Check out the Knitcation contest winners!

    Going through all the entries into our Knitcation contest was like a quick trip around the world right at my desk. To recap, this contest invited you to create a 7 day travel wardrobe using our two latest patterns for knits, the Mabel skirt and Moneta dress. Thanks once again to our beloved prize sponsors, …

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  • Giveaway: Win 64 colors of cotton thread from Craftsy!

    Today, we’ve got a fun giveaway from our friends at Craftsy! They’re giving away a set of 64 spools of heavy weight thread (worth about $366). Read on for more info on both the thread and the giveaway. How to use cotton thread As a garment sewist, you’re likely familiar with the old standby thread: …

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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 …

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