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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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