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Draped silk blouse

I'm about halfway through my last semester at WVC and I am loving my draping class!  I've taken two flat pattern drafting courses, which were amazing too, but draping to create garment designs is just a whole different skill.   So much fun!Since I work on a dress form that has a similar bust size… Continue reading Draped silk blouse

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Stretch lace tee tutorial

Did you ever consider that stretch lace could be used to sew up a simple tee shirt?  It just takes the right pattern and a few small sewing modifications!   Here, I've used this lovely stretch lace in "Naughty Navy".When choosing a pattern for a stretch lace tee, here are a few guidelines:Keep the number… Continue reading Stretch lace tee tutorial

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Self-drafted pin-tuck blouse, two ways

Pin-tuck blouse muslin (left) and revised version (right)This blouse. I've had plans to make an official pattern for that top since I first made it. I even bought fabric (years ago) for the job, as encouragement. Ha.  In cleaning out my sewing room this weekend, I found a partial pattern of the blouse--just the back--and… Continue reading Self-drafted pin-tuck blouse, two ways

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Granville shirt in Liberty lawn

I'm pleased to say that I have now, officially, sewn a garment with Liberty lawn! Woohoo!  The price has deterred me for my previous multiple decades of sewing, but a tried-and-true pattern +  20% off at Britex = it was finally time. I have to say, I surprised myself picking this print.  I had a… Continue reading Granville shirt in Liberty lawn

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Stella blouse in stretch silk

This Brilliant Abstract stretch silk charmeuse was seriously calling to me from the Britex website, so I chose it without a clear plan or pattern in mind.  Which, if we're being honest, pretty much describes 95% of my fabric acquisitions. In the hunt for a fabulous top pattern to go with it, I kept coming back… Continue reading Stella blouse in stretch silk

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Collar Confection blouse in dotted silk

For my last-of-the-year Britex blogger project, I chose the pattern first: the unusual and lovely design from Decades of Style, the Collar Confection blouse.  The blouse design is interesting and a bit more challenging than a basic top, but still very doable!  The blouse style dictates a fabric with drape, but it also must be… Continue reading Collar Confection blouse in dotted silk

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Final project: silk blouse and skirt

Here, fellow sewists, is the culmination of my semester-long pattern making class!  Throughout the semester, we did a few guided full-scale garments (such as my button-down shirt and an unblogged bias-cut skirt).  For our big final project, we were instructed to draft a garment of our own design, then sew it in fashion fabric.  We were… Continue reading Final project: silk blouse and skirt