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It's Never Too Early to Sew Sundresses!

To some, the first sign of Spring is the sight of a robin. Or snow-drops blooming. Perhaps tulips blooming. But to me, the first sign of spring is the desire to make sundresses.  This desire probably stems from years of shopping for pastel-colored Easter dresses when there was still snow on the ground. Now that I sew, instead of shopping, I'm making (which we all know is so much more fun!) So for our May Boxes, we're getting in the warm weather spirit with light, airy, ready for summer dresses. And we hope that by the time these arrive on your doorstep, Spring will be in full bloom too! Lightweight Box: Kew Dress by Nina Lee Nina Lee's website describes...

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This April, We're All About Knitwear

Towards the end of last year, we began planning the themes that we wanted to use in the upcoming twelve months. To help us, we sent out a survey, and oh boy, was it helpful. And one thing that you overwhelmingly told us was that you wanted to see more knitwear.  In the realm of sewing, there are people who love sewing knits and those who are afraid of them. But there's no need for fear! Sewing knits can be a wonderfully satisfying experience: they tend to be easier to fit; they sew up very quickly; and (score!) you don't have to worry about seam finishes! With all that in mind, we decided to make April the month to sew...

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Tips and Tricks for Kimonos and Robes

Last month, we gave you an extensive blog post about jeans-making and it was quite a hit. This month, we're going to continue offering helpful links for our Kimono/Robe Boxes because we want you to be able to make the most out of your sewing kit! Truth upfront: robe-making is not nearly as technical as jeans-making. Phew, right! After hours spent top-stitching and flat-felling, it's nice to have a little bit of a sewing breather. Robe-making is pretty straight-forward, and, I don't know about you, but I'm pretty thankful for that.  We do have some helpful tips for you though. And that starts with two full tutorials, one for the Kochi Kimono from Papercut Patterns and one for the Suki...

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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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