Category Archives: Fabrics

Pattern Review: McCalls 6839 Top

Pattern Description: Close-fitting, pullover tops and tunic have back neckline variations and stitched hems. A: Back pleated drape, cut on crosswise grain. B: Back yoke. C: Draped back. D: Shaped hemline (wrong side show) and narrow hem. C, D: Back … Continue reading

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Pattern Review: Butterick 6243 Dress and Jacket

Pattern Description: Semi-fitted, unlined jacket has collar, side-front and side-back seams, and back button closing. Dress has fitted, lined bodice and midriff, semi-fitted skirt, and back zipper and vent. Sizing: 6-22. I made a 14. Available as a PDF? No … Continue reading

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Tips and Hints for Working with Sequins

One of the dresses I just completed is made with our Sequined Designer Mesh – Gunmetal. I don’t work too often with sequined fabrics; my lifestyle doesn’t call for them with any regularity. But I do love them so! The bling … Continue reading

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Pattern Review: McCalls 6074 Maxi Dress

When I went to save the pictures of this project, my computer reminded me that I had Already Made This Dress. The pattern is nowhere in my stash, so it probably got recycled at some point in the last 5+ years. … Continue reading

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1/2 Yard Increments are Now Available at Gorgeous Fabrics!!!

This. Is. HUGE!!! Yes, that’s right – you can now purchase Gorgeous Fabrics in half-yard increments! People have been asking for this, and believe it or not it was a thornier problem than we first anticipated. But my most excellent … Continue reading

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Pattern Review: StyleArc Alannah Tee Shirt

Pattern Description: (from StyleArc’s website) This is the T-shirt everyone is looking for, not too tight no [sic] too loose. A great basic to wear will [sic] all outfits. Sizing: 4-30. I made a 10 Available as a PDF? Yes, … Continue reading

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Getting Rid of My Burda World of Fashions

I just put 16 issues of Burda World of Fashion up for sale on the site. These are mostly from 2007 and 2008, which were (IMO, and I’m not the only one) the best years, with great designs and classic … Continue reading

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New Year Pattern/Fabric Picks

Happy New Year! I took December off from doing a fabric/pattern pairings, but now that the holidays are over, let’s start up again! We have some great new fabrics for your late winter/early spring wardrobing (and summer into fall if … Continue reading

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New Year, New StyleArc Ann Tee Top

I decided to make yet another Ann Tee Top from StyleArc. This is the pattern that I pull out when I have a yard of fabric and a couple of hours to myself. I made a Gray Version a while back … Continue reading

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Favorite Garments of 2015

I’m Not Generally One for Looking Back on the year past, but 2015 was a good year for things in my wardrobe that I just love, so here are my top 6. Yeah, I know – “What? Top 6? I … Continue reading

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