The Wearing Of the Green (Sleeves)

"The Wearing Of the Green (Sleeves)" Simplicity 2406 Cynthia Rowley dress – Making the Flame | Body Positive Sewing & Style

I’m back in action and wearing green! I’ll speak more about my absence at the end of this month, in the roundup post. In the meantime, let’s get back to the good stuff on Making the Flame – new garments! Simplicity 2406 Have you ever come across a pattern you just had to master? That […]

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Every Color Under the Sun

Wearing a dress of many colors with Making the Flame. Body positive sewing.

So. Many. Colors. This is my fifth time sewing McCall’s M5971, but three of those versions are pre-blog (version four will be on the blog in a few weeks). I really like this pattern! What I like most about it is the wiggle silhouette, because fitted dresses are rare in my RTW size. It’s nice […]

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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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Marfy, Cheetham, and Hughes

Marfy released their Fall/Winter 2016 patterns yesterday, and it’s a grey and rainy morning — perfect for browsing patterns with a critical eye (mwahaha). Some general thoughts: -I liked way more of these than I thought I would. The selling point is reading the descriptions and suggested fabrics. -Speaking of descriptions, this Italian company has […]

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Very Cherry Non-Progress

As I write this, I’m on break* from working on the pattern pieces for Bruyère — making them bigger, that is. I (foolishly) thought that using my version of Butterick B6042 as a guideline would make sizing Bruyère up easy, but whew! Holy technical mental work, Batman. Here are my fixes so far: front bodice […]

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Called Up from the Minor Leagues

If you follow me on Instagram (I wish you would, Instagram is fun fun fun), you’ve seen my #livesewing posts. I never really elaborated on Instagram, but the idea behind #livesewing is to make social what is otherwise a very solitary activity. Personally, when I sew for more than a few hours, I get intensely […]

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