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March Means the Marvelous Midi Skirt

  I think I've already used this blog to wax poetic about the versatility of a skirt. But if you didn't catch it, let me tell you why I love them: they're versatile, they're easy to dress up or down, and they easy to make and fit! I'll admit right now that I was not always a skirt person. For my high school, you had to wear skirts, and to me, this was the worst thing that could've happened to me (Ah, the melodrama of 14 year olds, right?). Skirts were too girly, too frilly, too impractical. Pants were wear it was at.  But after four years of forced, then not forced, skirt-wearing, I was converted. A short skirt was...

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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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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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Shorts: When It's Too Hot to Wear Anything Else

I don't know about people in other parts of the world, but for North America, it certainly felt like winter lasted extra long this year. At my house, we had snow on the last weekend in April, and I honestly can't remember the last time that happened. So, coming off this marathon cold weather, it may feel like it will never be hot enough for summer clothes. But I'm pretty sure we'll be singing a different tune in July. That's why for our next month's theme, which ships on July 1st, I've chosen shorts. Now, in some ways, I feel like this may be a controversial choice. I know that for years I stubbornly wore long pants all summer because I...

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