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  • 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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  • Free pattern hack: Violet sans facing

    I don’t know about you, but I’m not always crazy about facings. Sure, they’re easy to sew, and there are certainly times where a facing is the best option for finishing a neckline. There are even times when it’s really the only option. But with a little more work, you can often change out facings …

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  • Giveaway: Sewing Bras class from Craftsy

    Years ago, I made my first bra. Walking me through that process was Beverly Johnson, who created the pattern and book (The Bra-Makers Manual) I used to better understand the construction of this highly specialized sort of garment. It was one of those experiences where you realize just how much there is to learn, but …

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  • Tutorial: Add a keyhole and ties to the Violet blouse…

    One way to make the Violet Blouse your own is to play with the sleeves, which are the perfect blank canvas for a bit of customization. Adding a keyhole and ties is a fun and feminine detail that doesn’t take very much extra time or pattern alteration. To do this modification, you’ll need the sleeve …

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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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  • Wardrobe Architect 2015

    Last year, I created a little experiment on the blog called Wardrobe Architect that many of you followed along with. This year, Kristen has decided to use the principles to help her design a personal wardrobe throughout 2015. Now you have a chance to follow along on her journey and try it yourself in 2015. …

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  • Tutorial: Add pockets to the Violet Blouse (with free pocket…

    Whether it’s a snazzy style statement or a place to stash your pen collection, adding pockets to the Violet blouse (or any other blouse) is a fun and easy way to switch things up. Below are the instructions for adding a basic rectangular pocket. At the end of the post is a free pattern download …

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  • Seamwork Issue 02 is here!

    The January issue of Seamwork is up and ready for you to read! We’ve added a new feature this month called Swatch Service. I’m interested to know what you guys think. We frequently get questions about where to buy fabric for our patterns, so we actually went off and ordered a whole bunch of swatches …

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  • Pattern of the Month: Violet

    We’re starting a new feature on the blog this year: Pattern of the Month Each month, we’ll choose one pattern from our catalog to focus on, offering tutorials, tips, and free downloads to go along with it. Plus, each pattern will be discounted for the month it’s featured. I figured it would be a fun …

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  • Now Hiring: Assistant Art Director

    Popping in from our holiday break to let you know that we’re currently looking for an assistant art director in Portland, OR. This is a full time position involving photography, design, planning, and a whole lot of creative thinking. For more information and how to apply, see our jobs page.

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  • Happy holidays!

    Happy holidays to all of you. I’ll be taking a week off from the blog to finish up the next issue of Seamwork and set some plans in motion for 2015. I have some really fun things planned for the blog next year, so I will see you here in January. Cheers!

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  • Last minute digital pattern sale + A0 formats and new…

    We’ve just finished updating our full line of digital pattens so that all now contain a wide format “copy shop” version, suitable for printing on any wide format printer. Most of our patterns have included these for a while but we’ve gone back and updated all our older designs as well. And for all of …

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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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  • Free pattern roundup: Quick gifts for your fellow sewists

    As part of our partnership this month, the folks over at Craftsy asked me to round up some free patterns for you guys. These patterns are from their marketplace, where people can submit their own projects and patterns. Some of them cost money (and the designer gets all of the sale, which is really cool), …

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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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  • Our most popular posts, topics, freebies, and patterns in 2014

    It’s December, the perfect time to start looking back at what you’ve gone through in the last year: the things you’ve put out into the world, the trials you’ve lived through, the people you’ve met or become closer to. Today, I thought I’d take a look at all the things we’ve done this year. At …

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  • We’re Hiring! Part time sample sewer (Portland)

    We have a new job listing up on our jobs page. If you are an experienced sewist in Portland seeking flexible part-time work, please take a look! We’re looking for someone with strong sewing skills and the ability to work quickly with tight turnarounds. You’ll have the freedom to work from home, with some meetings …

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  • Weekend Reading: Tall women, secret diets, and ugly clothes

    Seamwork is out in the world now, so yay for that! The response has been absolutely fantastic, and I am so happy for each person that has subscribed, downloaded, or just read online. I also really want to thank our contributors to the magazine. Don’t forget that you can submit your writing too. I still …

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  • Seamwork is here! Get these 3 patterns for just $6…

    It’s time for all of us here at CPHQ to let out a collective deep breath as we release one of our biggest projects ever into the world: Seamwork magazine. Those of you who signed up to our preview mailing list have heard a lot about the design process and thinking around Seamwork. Today, I’ll …

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  • Black Friday Sale: 30% off all patterns!

    It’s time for our big annual black friday sale! As long-time customers and readers know, this is our biggest sale of the year, with 30% off ALL patterns – today only! Ends at midnight PST, and discount will be applied automatically at checkout. PS: If you’ve noticed the radio silence this week, it’s because (along …

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