My Sewing Projects

A collection of my sewing makes.


M6696 update: Worshipping at the altar of Nancy Zieman

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After my last post on working with McCall’s M6696 shirtdress, I checked out some books on pattern fitting. One of my library books is “Pattern Fitting with Confidence” by longtime public television sewing educator, Nancy Zieman. I just happened to start with her book first, and I haven’t looked back. Her fitting technique made a world of sense to me, and I don’t understand why I haven’t seen it in other places. […]

Mom status: Effortlessly cool in a Megan Nielsen Briar top

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I wore my new Megan Nielsen Briar top to drop off my son at summer school this week, and I felt like I was nailing that “effortlessly cool mom” look. My clothes said, “Oh hey, I know all the best playgrounds AND hip local coffee shops.” I was winning at style for the day. I wasn’t wearing workout clothes OR a graphic T-shirt AND I was still comfortable. […]

How I sew a muslin + Sew Caroline Larchmont T

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Instead of a straight-ahead sewing pattern review, I thought I’d walk through my process for making a muslin. I stitched the Sew Caroline Larchmont T that appears in the new “Weekend Style” sewing book. It’s a simple woven T-shirt pattern that was a freebie in the spring issue 2017 of Sew News magazine. Because it’s only three […]

Bridgetown backless, the forever dress

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This week’s post is all about the April pattern for Project #SewMyStyle: the Bridgetown backless dress and tunic from Sew House Seven. Guys, this dress took me forever to sew. It was just one thing after another. This dress isn’t composed of a ton of pattern pieces, nor is it a beast to fit. On the surface, it seems like a straight-forward sew. […]

Becoming a (Manila) leggings person for Project #SewMyStyle

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I’m a little behind on my March participation in Project #SewMyStyle. But, as they say, better late than never! For this installment of the yearlong sewing challenge, we were tasked with sewing leggings. My relationship with leggings is complicated (and sewing these leggings actually further complicated things). Strap yourself in for an epic post about leggings, pajamas, BurdaStyle, crotch flowers, Instagram, mullets, and more. I’m playing things fast and loose. Giddy-up! […]

Sew House Seven Toaster Sweater #1: The girly sweatshirt

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Isn’t “sweatshirt” a gross word? Really, why would you want to wear something with “sweat” in its name? Nevertheless, I’m so gung-ho about the Sew House Seven Toaster Sweater #1, which is a lean and ladylike sweatshirt. (Well, it’s as ladylike as a sweatshirt gets, let’s say.) Keep reading for construction details, all the ways I love this sweatshirt, and tips for sewing your own Sew House Seven Toaster Sweater #1. […]

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