Fabric Face-Off

Before I got hip-deep in the online sewing community, the only site I knew of to buy fabric was Fabric.com (for obvious reasons). Well, I suppose I knew of a few others, though I’d never been brave enough to try them. After reading blogs and seeing what other sewers were getting, I’ve hopped on the […]

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Dreading the Big 1-0-0

I’ve been a really bad blogger lately, posting after the fact and now missing several days. Naughty! But I’m the confessing type, so here’s my soul bared: I get really, really nervous when I know I’m about to do something good, and I’ll do whatever it takes to prevent me from achieving that success, or […]

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Don’t Fear the Numbers

It’s amazing what you can forget when you’re in a hurry, isn’t it? I know I have to grade (enlarge) 99% of all sewing patterns, so normally I pull them out and get right to grading. What I forget every time, in my eagerness to make a new garment, is that I need to carefully […]

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Window Stashing

I’ve been quite good about not buying fabric without a garment or pattern in mind, which has resulted in more appropriate fabrics coming home, but not necessarily fewer of them. That being said, I am slowly getting hip to the vast universe of online window shopping, thanks to the sewing bloggers I follow. Today the Clothing […]

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I’ve Got Double Muslins

I muslined some Lekala patterns! It’s ironic that I feel I have to muslin custom sized patterns, but that’s what happen when you fudge numbers *and* gain weight all at once. Oops … First up is the Three-seam Skirt, Pattern #5088. Before I made this muslin, I drafted my own pencil skirt pattern from measurements, […]

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Pulling the Trigger

I online-fabric shop much like I used to bid on eBay: find something I like, decide if it’s worth the price, then spring into action once someone else is close to getting it. Fabric Mart had this enticing wool blend suiting, and for days I couldn’t stop thinking about it. The price was high (for me) and […]

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Haulin’ … Fabric.

I am a spoiled, spoiled sewer — I live within walking distance of two discount fabric stores. What does that mean? It means lovely silk remnants for $6, ITY remnants for $2, half off ‘big 4’ patterns, and 100% wool on the bolt for $8 or so a yard. Spoiled. In addition to these two […]

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