Wardrobe Architect Part 2: My silhouettes, colors, and beauty

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In Part 1 of my Wardrobe Architect series, I explored my style story — personal history, values, lifestyle, and core style. Part 2 is fashion-y part of planning a wardrobe — exploring specific silhouettes, colors, and beauty. This is the window shopping, where I gawk at pretty things and imagine how they’d work in my life. Price is no object as I kick around reasoned hypotheticals. This is thought-exercise time for me as a wardrobe curator. […]


How to press scuba knit and more: Tips for working with scuba fabric

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Scuba knit fabric is having a moment. It’s showing up at my local Jo-Ann, and Threads magazine ran a big scuba knit article in late 2016. I used scuba knit to sew the Victory Patterns Jackie dress. I’d never worked with scuba, and it took some research to figure out best pressing practices. That’s when I decided to write all MY tips for working with scuba fabric. So, dear sewing friends, keep reading to learn scuba knit basics, how to press scuba knit, and more tips for working with scuba fabric. […]

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. […]

Wardrobe Architect Part 1: Getting personal about wardrobe planning

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One of my sewing goals for 2017 is to complete Colette’s Wardrobe Architect. Too often I look in my closet and say, “Uuuuhhhh…. Question mark.” I literally say, “Question mark.” Some days picking my clothes feels like pop quiz I’m not prepared for. As someone who sews many of her clothes, you’d think I’d have a consistent […]

Seamwork Olso review: At ease in a classic cardigan

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I’m late to the party with a Seamwork Olso review. The pattern was one of the first featured in Seamwork magazine, which launched in December 2014. (It doesn’t feel that long ago!) The thing is, with a classic cardigan sweater sewing pattern like Olso, it’s never to late to stitch one up! Classics are classics for a reason — especially when they’re as easy to wear as the Olso. […]

Sew House Seven Toaster Sweater #2: The stylish sweatshirt

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Could you promise to sew one pattern a month for an entire year? That’s what I’ve committed to as a participant in Project #SewMyStyle. January’s #SewMyStyle pattern is the Sew House Seven Toaster Sweater #2, and it’s got style to burn. Keep reading for a Toaster #2 sewing pattern review, including tips! […]

Mermaid blanket sewing pattern review: Boyz II Mermen

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Did you know that when you Google “merman tail blanket,” you get a boatload of results for MERMAID tail blanket? True fact. Where is the gender equity? Or can we at least call them fishtail blankets? OK, I’m joking — not about the importance of gender equity, but about being worked up about a blanket […]

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