My body type analysis (aka, me in my underwear)

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I’ve been interested in body type analysis recently because of my fitting drama with the M6696 shirtdress. You can’t talk about fitting without talking about unique features of your body โ€” short waistedness, sloping shoulders, swayback, etc. Body type analysis lets you identify unique figure features and sew clothes that better fit everything you’ve got going on between your chin and ankles. […]

M6696 update: Worshipping at the altar of Nancy Zieman

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After my last postย 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”ย 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 aย muslin. I stitched the Sew Caroline Larchmont T that appears in the newย “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 […]

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