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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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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Day 1: The Hack-A-Top Dress

It all started quite innocently last year. It was summer, I wanted a dress, but I wasn’t feeling any of my dress patterns. I was feeling my TNT, McCall’s M6078, because it’s the easiest, most fabric economical pattern ever. Dead easy. No zippers, buttons, nada. So I pulled it out. Normally, when you think of […]

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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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Sew With Your Feet Challenge!

<a href=”https://makingtheflame.wordpress.com/2015/07/13/sew-with-your-feet-challenge/” title=”Sew With Your Feet Challenge”><img src=”https://makingtheflame.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/swyfc400px.jpg”> You all know how I geek out about tools and techniques and other such small things, so this should come as no surprise: I’m hosting a sewing challenge for … presser feet! It all started when I bought a few presser feet on my recent trip, then […]

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The Pajama Dress

It seems like all I do is sew TNTs, but with patterns like Butterick B6041, can you blame me? In one year, I’ve sewn this dress up five times and I’m planning at least one more for this summer. This pattern is great because it goes up to the larger plus sizes sizes, it makes […]

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The Not-So-Simple T-Shirt

Back in March, a model I know brought her t-shirt designer friend to meet with me. He had some designs he wanted made for a fashion show in May, would I be able to make them for him? Sure, I said! (How often do I say no?) My first thought was that I could cobble […]

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