Month: September 2016

Seamwork shorts sewing pattern: These ain’t Nantucket Reds

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This is a story about why it’s important to make a muslin in fabric similar to/the same as your final garment. I made a muslin for the Seamwork shorts sewing pattern, Nantucket, with cotton seersucker. It was lightweight and somewhat stretchy. My final garment, an olive poly-cotton poplin blendΒ (link is to same fabric, different color)Β has […]


5 Sew Pro convention takeaways for every sewist

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Online sewing star Mimi G. pulls up some floor during a session with fabric designer Tula Pink. I returned from Sew Pro, the convention for sewing-business owners, filled with drive and inspiration! It was a fabulous gathering of fabulous creatives who were generous with their knowledge and enthusiasm. I feel connected to the sewing community, […]

So you want to be a sewing professional…

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If you had told me a year ago that I’d be looking at sewing as a profession, I would have said something snarky in the manner of Wayne Campbell. A year ago, I had just started a new gig as a marketing consultant, and I was excited to show off my mad skilz. Fast forward […]

Prefontaine shorts: A shorts story made long

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Summer stylin’ in Madras Prefontaine shorts. As I write this post, it’s about 90 degrees with icky-sticky humidity in Milwaukee County. Welcome to September in Wisconsin! Lots of people start freaking out about fall as soon as we hit the ninth month of the year, but I know the truth. September, for the most part, […]

Revealed: Retro Reno and Dakota swimsuit

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Chilling in our mid-century cabin. So. Much. Paneling. These curtains featured a rainbow trout pattern that vaguely matched my suit. I’m proud to report that I met my swimsuit deadline! I had a new suit to wear for our weeklong vacation in the North Woods of Wisconsin. I originally wrote about this suit being a […]

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