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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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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#TBT: The Forgotten Rainbow

Body positive TNT sewing with Making the Flame. Gotta love those quick and easy wins!

One day, I was digging through my closet and saw a peek of rainbow. Intrigued, I pulled it out — and saw this fabulous top! I’ve made about a million McCall’s M6078 tops — it was my first successful garment pattern, and my first TNT (tried ‘n’ true) pattern. I usually sew view B, the […]

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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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250 Posts and a Fabric Clean-Out

"Punk Rock Moving Truck" Photograph by Ebi Poweigha. All rights reserved.

Guess who’s moving? :-O Me! I don’t yet know exactly where and the when is roughly between July and September (so if you have a lead on an apartment in Cambridge for $1100 per person or less, please email me!!!!), but I am for sure leaving my current residence. Sewing-wise, I’m terrified of what’s in […]

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It Glitters and It Fits

When a creative fabric choice...actually works out well! Body positive sewing and style with Making the Flame.

Welcome to McCall’s M6792, take two! Before tackling this pattern a second time, I made further small tweaks to the pattern. On my first go, I didn’t like the baggy, extra long sleeves. I tested out slimmer sleeves on the actual garment, then transferred the adjustment to the pattern. I took about 1″ off both […]

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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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