Another Woman’s Treasure

Guess who made a Butterick 5249 skirt - for someone else? Body positive sewing & style on Making the Flame. For every body!

If there’s selfish sewing and unselfish sewing, what do you call it when selfish sewing turns into unselfish sewing? Before it became unselfish selfish sewing, this skirt was simply the desire to try a new style of garment: the pencil skirt. Pencil skirts represented polished professionalism and casual wearability, both with a touch of sensuality. […]

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Vintage Peach

Creative vintage style on Making the Flame! Body positive sewing.

I sewed my very first vintage pattern! My style rarely veers toward vintage, but I had to have Simplicity 1590 as soon as I saw it. Both views of this pattern are so cute! For my first go ’round with it, I made view A. Sizing on 1590 goes up to a 46″ bust, with […]

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Guts-y Sewing

Sewing a dress the right way with Making the Flame!

Ah, the joys of sewing cotton! Returning to the world of sewing wovens in order to improve my zipper installation technique, I made McCall’s M5971. It’s an OOP pencil dress with a sweetheart neckline, princess seam bodice, front and back waistband, and box pleats in the front skirt instead of darts. Sounds complicated, right? Happily, […]

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Enter, Bond Girl (Butterick B6258)

You know how you finish something, and kinda fall in love with it? That’s how I feel about this skirt. :)  Originating from fairly humble origins, it turned into something better than I could have imagined! I wore it to my friend’s semi-dressy James Bond-themed birthday party at a posh Boston hotel bar (like, $400+ […]

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Cherry Bruyère

Today marks the beginning of the Bruyère sewalong, hosted by By Sandra’s Hand. Our first step is to pick our fabric, so I did a little stash diving and came up with these three beauties: The purple herringbone weave fabric has great drape, but I’m not sure it won’t be too serious for such a […]

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Oonapalooza Gone By

I just heard about Oonapalooza on notes from a mad housewife today — what an awesome concept! I had a blast scrolling through all the contributions to the Flickr group. I wish I’d known, and had time to participate, but maybe it will come around again next year! Did you participate? I don’t believe I’ve […]

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But It Doesn’t Match!

Moving forward, I’m going to be better about sharing awesomeness I find on other sewers’ blogs. Sharing is caring! :) Yesterday’s post on Clothing Engineer showcased yet another sold out item from MatchesFashion.com. The garment in question was a dress, which — thankfully — appears to be more thoughtfully constructed than the other MF garment […]

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