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 […]

Sewing and standing up for your body

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The Everywhereist, aka travel blogger Geraldine, recently wrote a post that disturbed me. It was a good post and a necessary post, but it disturbed me nonetheless. In a nutshell, she was bullied to the point of an anxiety attack during a trans-Atlantic flight. The man sitting behind her threatened to shake her seat if […]

Swimwear sewing tips: 8 can’t-miss resources in one place

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1: Helen’s Closet 2: 101 Creations 3: Helen’s Closet 4: Seamwork 5: SeamstressErin Designs 6: Indiesew Line swimsuit illustration: Closet Case Files I recently wrapped on the Reno halter swim top and high-waisted Dakota swim bottoms from Seamwork magazine. As I sewed, I wished there were a single place to check out lots of different […]

Quilt love at the Wisconsin State Fair

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One of my favorite events, the Wisconsin State Fair, wrapped this weekend. It sounds corny, but it’s a great time for the whole family — good eats, animals of all shapes and sizes, and the best people watching of the year. I love to poke around the 4-H exhibits, and I was especially hot on […]

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 […]

How to survive a long-term sewing project

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This is how I feel when I’m in the middle of a long-term sewing project. I’m proud of how Epic Project is coming together, and I’m excited to share it with its future owner (and with you guys, natch). But, it has been challenging — not throw-in-the-towel challenging, but huh-I-should-have-done-that-differently challenging.I’m sewing something extra special […]

Sewing tips: 12 sewing truths for rookie sewists

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I’m mostly a self-taught sewist. I took one two-hour class at a sewing machine store when I lived in Madison, and that’s been it for formal training. This means I’ve mostly learned by trial and error, online tutorials, and books and magazines. I’ve missed having a seasoned sewist looking over my shoulder. I imagine she […]

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