The Long Goodbye Roundup: Time For Fall

And with that, summer is no more. McCall’s M6744, and supplementary pattern M6966 also by McCalls, were a joy to sew, pure and simple. And in the process of sewing such similar dresses, I got pretty good at making waist casings, binding raw edges with FOE, hacking patterns together, and a two-step process for stitching […]

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Ebi’s Malcolm: The Basics

Hello! Welcome to Ebi’s Malcolm, the newest feature on Making the Flame. Ebi’s Malcolm is a column where I (Ebi) discuss two of my favorite topics: patterns and fit. These are topics dear to my heart because I truly believe a great deal of negative body image comes from not fitting into mass-produced garments. Sewing […]

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Part the Second: Jetty

Here’s the second look, as promised — this day my family went down to the beach, in Connecticut, for a graduation party. The party itself was set back from the beach, next to some pretty typical Connecticut marshes. Being a water baby, I stayed with the waves. (Plus, those nasty nasty marshes were full of […]

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Part the First: Horns

We all have those makes that take awhile  to grow on us, or that we ‘meh’ on, but actually wear a lot. These leggings are one of those sneaky makes! They’re McCall’s M6173, altered to fit me to a T. Now, I love my customized M6173 pattern and the leggings I make from it, but […]

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Fashion Sewing

Blog leads to blog, and someone’s blog led me to Pretty Grievances — lucky for me! The tagline for my blog is: ‘sewing/style/fashion’, but it’s rare I blog about fashion. Somehow, I’ve never found the right formula … but PG has! Every Wednesday, she features (or roasts) a different high end fashion designer. Even if […]

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