My Sewing Projects

A collection of my sewing makes.

Shorts pattern review: High-waisted Seamwork Weston

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I’ve got seasonal whiplash. It’s not even Halloween, but we’re seeing Christmas stuff. It gets dark so early and I want to drink my annual pumpkin spice latte, but it’s 70-some degrees and I’m wearing shorts — my new Weston shorts from Seamwork mag. I’m so confused. I’m getting through it, thanks to the Weston shorts pattern, […]

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 blend (link is to same fabric, different color) has […]

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 […]

Slicing a Swimsuit: Underway on Reno and Dakota

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See what I was talking about with the Barbie ’57 Chevy vibe? Mint green and hot pink. It feels so much like ’50s nostalgia in the ’80s. And I love it. As you can see, I cut the pieces for the Reno bikini top and high-waisted Dakota bottoms. Just how high are the bottoms? Check […]

The latest: Ready, set, swimsuit!

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I wrapped on Epic Project on Sunday, and I’ve moved to my next sewing mission: a swimsuit. I’m fixing to make the retro-inspired two piece from Seamwork magazine: the Reno bikini top and high-waisted Dakota bottoms. I want to make a new suit for our Northwoods Wisconsin cabin vacation. I’ve got about two weeks until I’m […]

Choosing fabric for the Bowie pillow

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Quick update, y’all. I picked fabric for the Bowie flying geese pillow. The little lines (scratch marks?) have an industrial feel, which is appropriate for “Station to Station.” The black will be in the middle, then navy, then white. To refresh your memory, here’s the design: I looked for a navy print, but I couldn’t […]

A Bowie pillow

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I mentioned in this post that I got a graph paper notebook. This is what I’ve been working on: a David Bowie-inspired flying geese quilt pillow. My love of Bowie is well documented on this blog. In 2013, hubs MVH and I traveled to London, in large part to see the “David Bowie Is” exhibit […]

Cat plush or plush cat? Yeah, it’s a cat pillow.

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Cat plush for my office. These days, I’m all about pillows. Don’t know why. Maybe I have a subliminal need to get comfortable. Maybe there are too many sharp edges in my life. I think my pillow spree is about building sewing mojo. Lately I’ve approached creative endeavors with lightness, humor and openness to learning. […]

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