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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Back To School Colors

The Ella Top by Making the Flame. Body positive sewing and style.

Boston area schools are back in session today, so it’s fitting to share a project in my high school’s colors — black and silver. Go Falcons! This is my second go ’round with the Ella Top by Liola Patterns. I wasn’t crazy about the wearable muslin, to the extent that I gifted the fabric to […]

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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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Maroon Melinda Is a Winner!

Making the Flame in the Melinda Knit Tunic by Style Arc.

She’s perfect! This is my third attempt at the Melinda Knit Tunic by Style Arc, and it’s definitely the charm. When I bought this pattern I thought it had potential, and over a year later I can now say with confidence it’s absolutely TNT material. It may be surprising to call a garment with “so […]

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It’s Ironic, So it’s OK

"It’s Ironic, So it’s OK" Burda 6789 pants, a plus size pattern – Making the Flame | Body Positive Sewing & Style

In a bid to sew down my stash, I’m making every piece “work”. Before I knew enough to know better, I bought 2 1/4 yards of red velour fabric intended for a sexy, self-designed Christmas dress. Mind you, VELOUR, and the fact that I don’t celebrate Christmas. But do you remember when velour tracksuits were […]

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Day 7: The Sweet Pink Gemini Dress

Last but not least is Sweet Pink: the cutesy, girlish version of McCall’s M6744 + McCall’s M6966 view A. For SP I went with bodice A, the standard back view, because I hadn’t used it on any of my previous versions. I think it fits pretty perfectly, don’t you? :) Let’s see, what does Miss […]

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Day 6: The Sporty Blue Gemini Dress

We’re near the end! The last two McCall’s M6744 dresses I have for you are both mashups with McCall’s M6966–M6744 on top, M6966 view A on the bottom. For this dress, I used bodice B of M6744. Before I made these, I lengthened the front bodice by about 2″ and shortened the back bodice by […]

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