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We ❤️ Layers: Three-Season Sewing with Lovely Blazers

I don't know about you, but the weather around me has taken a turn towards the cooler side of things. To some of you, that may be sad news, but I truly enjoy the fall weather: leaves changing, cooler but not cold days, warm apple cider... Okay, that last one isn't weather related, but still worth mentioning. The problem with autumn days is that it can be quite cool in the morning then, when the sun comes out, almost summer like by mid-afternooon. I've been caught quite a few times wearing a nice, cozy sweater to work only to be sweating through it by lunch. So what to do? Dress in layers!! That's why this month we've chosen blazers and...

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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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Feel Ten Feet Tall in Your Me-Made Maxi Dress

  Hey there, everybody. It's the ides of another month, which means that there's a brand new theme for our boxes! Excited? I'm right there with you. By now, summer is in full swing (or it officially be next Thursday, but who's counting). And, you want to know what I wear all summer? Not shorts, not skirts. I wear maxi dresses. They are the ultimate lazy-girl's clothing. One simple piece makes an outfit (Score!); it offer's great sun-protection for your legs (Hi, I'm super pale); AND, you don't have to shave your legs if you don't want to! (Just me loving that part? It's okay, I'll take it.) Even without the shaving part, maxi dresses are an awesome piece of clothing...

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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 didn't...

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