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  • How to sew a couched edge finish

    The other day, I was perusing the Bernina blog and came across a tutorial for an edge finish technique I’d never tried before – a couched edge using cord. Susan over at We All Sew demonstrates this technique for craft and decorative projects such as book covers and wall hangings, but I wondered how it …

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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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  • Free class: Bag Making Basics with Kristin Link on Craftsy

    I’ve often heard the advice that when you’re shopping for clothes, you should evaluate purchases in terms of cost-per-wear. I try to take the same approach with sewing. Instead of thinking about the monetary cost, I think about the time I’ll spend. That’s what makes challenging projects like tailored coats worthwhile in the end, but …

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  • Call for submissions!

    Thanks everyone for your amazing support (and feedback, thoughts, and questions) on our new venture announced yesterday. I know some folks were asking about the price, and I’ll be announcing those kinds of details closer to the actual launch on December 1. Again, hop on the preview list if you want more details and behind …

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  • What we’ve been working on for the last year

    For the last year, we’ve been putting together something very new and very special. It’s an online pattern magazine – we’re calling it Seamwork. What is Seamwork? Ok, I’m going to back up. Let me start by telling you how I like to sew. I love the occasional really juicy, challenging project like a coat …

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  • Join the Dahlia Sewalong!

    Just a quick note to let you know that the Dahlia sewalong is just getting started over at our Sewalongs site! Don’t worry if you’re not quite ready yet. This is just the introduction, and you’ll have two weeks before we even start sewing. In the meantime, Devon will begin talking about fabric and pattern …

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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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  • Free download: How to match plaids and stripes

    I wrote these instructions for making Dahlia or other garments in plaid or stripes for this blog post before deciding to also create the free download. If you don’t have them already, click the button at the end of this post to get the download. They’re helpful for all kinds of plaid and stripe situations. …

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  • How to sew bias tape straps

    Today, we’re going to go step by step through the process of sewing the bias tape straps for Version 2 of the Dahlia dress. We’ll be using bias tape to both finish the raw edges of the neckline and create the straps. As stated in the pattern, you’ll need 3 yards of ¼” double fold …

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  • Thanks (+15% off ends tonight)

    Thank you! Thank you to everyone who made Dahlia such an incredible success! I would in particular like to thank: Kristen, who put the most work into this pattern of anyone. Seriously, all compliments can be passed along right to her. She worked HARD on this one. Kenn and Meg, for getting things running so …

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  • Where to buy Dahlia outside the US

    So many of you inquired about where to get Dahlia if you aren’t in the US and don’t want to deal with international shipping. I thought I’d post a rundown of retailers who may have it first in your area. This isn’t an exhaustive list since there are many more who are still in the …

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  • Introducing Dahlia! 15% off this week

    Here is how I knew we had a good thing going with our new pattern, Dahlia. After taking a slew of pictures in the studio with our beautiful model Amie a few weeks ago, we stepped outside to capture a few outdoor shots before the sun went down. As we were walking around for about …

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  • New pattern Tuesday!

    Just a quick reminder that our new pattern is being released on Tuesday! There’s still time to get on the secret preview list to be first to see it and order on Monday at noon Pacific instead. We just ask that you keep it a secret until the official release at 10am Tuesday. You’ll also …

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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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  • New lower shipping prices!

    As I mentioned on Friday, we’ve made some big changes along with our move into a new studio. The most important one is overhauling the way we do shipping. Working with an outside fulfillment warehouse has been vital to our ability to grow. I really can’t imagine how different things would be if we hadn’t …

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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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  • New pattern coming soon! Get on the preview list here.

    In addition to our recent move, we’ve been busy working on our latest pattern for Fall. We recently finished up the photo shoot, where I snapped this picture. In the last year or so, we’ve experimented with some new kinds of garments, to great success. We’ve done menswear, we’ve done knits, we’ve done cat sweaters …

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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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  • Transitions

    I don’t have the usual bundle of links for you today, because we’ve been moving into our new studio all week, giving me zero time to read. Instead, I thought I’d share some photos of the new digs. I thought about waiting until everything was set up and looking good, but it’s a lot more …

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  • Free class: Machine Basics with Amy Alan on Craftsy

    I often meet people who say “I want to learn to sew, but I can’t even thread my sewing machine!” My answer is always the same: “But that’s the hardest part! It’s all downhill from there.” What I mean by that isn’t that threading a sewing machine is soooo incredibly difficult. We all know it’s …

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