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Cold Weather Calls for Comfy Robes

I've been watching The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and when I'm not grinning ear to ear at the excellent writing and great performances, I'm swooning over the clothes all the characters wear. Have you found yourself doing this: looking at someone's outfit and thinking, "How is that put together? How could I make that myself?"?  One of the the things that I'm ogling is the dressing gown. It's one of those pieces that has gotten lost to history a little bit. People don't spend the morning in their dressing gowns any more. I myself am a T-shirt and flannel pants lounger myself. But I want to change that. And this month's theme is an attempt to do just that. This month,...

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New Year, New You, New Jeans

I can't believe it's almost the end of the year. Right now, I'm planning my Thanksgiving menu and thinking about Christmas presents. Crazy, right? This year has been one of excitement and disappointment, both professionally and personally, but I can't help being someone who thinks of the end of the year and the beginning of the new one as a fresh start. January comes around and anything is possible. I know I'm not alone in this thinking. And that's why we've chosen the new January box to be something that we think will start your sewing year off with a bang. Say hello to our make your own jeans box! Because why not, as we head towards a season that abounds with resolutions,...

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'Tis the Season for Sewing Party Dresses

Over here at Needle Sharp, I'm living a retail schedule. For those of you who have not had the pleasure of working in a retail store, let me explain: Everything you do is roughly two to three months ahead of schedule. Back to School starts in June (a thought that makes the kid in me cry just a little bit). Valentine's Day kicks off on January 2. And, I guarantee you that at Walmarts, Targets, Best Buys and Barnes and Nobles across the country, they are frantically preparing to switch over to Christmas right now.  I know, I know, that's crazy! It's not even Halloween yet!! But, then again, the Halloween candy went out in grocery stores in mid-August, so that...

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Back to School Flashbacks with Button Up Shirts

There's something about a button-up shirt that is the epitome of sewing to me. Or perhaps tailoring. When I think of shirt-making, I think of Thomas Pink and Saville Row. A custom-made shirt is a luxury that is limited to the higher class... Um, wrong! As home-sewers, we can reclaim the custom-made shirt as our right and privilege! Okay, okay, sewing your own shirt may not be that dramatic, but it is often something that home sewers either embrace or eschew. There's a challenge to shirt-making that, in my opinion, make it one of the best things to tackle in order to improve your sewing skills.  With the three boxes, you get to flex your sewing muscles, perhaps learn some new...

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Getting Cozy with Our First Fall Sewing Box

Okay, I realize that it's still summer. In fact, where you are might be sweltering. You might be reading this while planted in front of your AC because the heat outside is just too much. Or hey, you might be on the beach, soaking up all the summer weather you can get before it's gone. And, sadly (or happily, depending on your view of heat), the summer weather will soon fade back into cool nights and eventually cool days. And all those wonderfully light summer dresses, shorts and tanks will have to be traded in for warmer fare.  But fret not! Seasonal changes mean more chances to sew awesome things!! This month, we've got the ultimate in cozy, autumnal sewing...

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