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M6696 update: Worshipping at the altar of Nancy Zieman

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After my last post 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” 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. […]

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 a muslin. I stitched the Sew Caroline Larchmont T that appears in the new “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 […]

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 […]

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