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The Sewing Movement

Finding Your Vacation Wardrobe...

Capsule Wardrobe Handmade Garments

...Sorry if you've made your way here to get the low down on figuring what to take on your next vacation.  I recently did the exact same thing, I searched the internet for capsule wardrobes, vacation/resort wear suggestions, and the one thing that stuck out was that none of the wardrobes were for me, surprise, surprise!    Everyone is different so of course someone else's advice will only take you so far.   There is some great advice out there and you do get inspired by seeing what other people have in their suitcase. But the main thing that all...

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Pattern drafting and Sewing tools...

dressmaking Pattern drafting pattern making pattern making course scissors sewing tools

...I started a pattern drafting course tonight, at a local community college.  It is a very basic draft blocks and fit to your own body type course, which will be very helpful to me as my drafting experience is fairly minimal.   The tutor is a woman who has been in the professional dressmaking arena for years, she knows her stuff, not only for the sewer at home, but also how to get that professional finish to garments.  She sewed mainly wedding dresses and such like.  So really we are lucky to have someone who is as talented and experienced...

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The challenge for 2014...

Goals Sewalongs

...One goal I have this year is to actually complete a sewing challenge I enter!  I was reading a blog, Lucky Lucille, and the author has set herself a challenge to limit herself to only 12 patterns for the entire year.  You can read her basic rules on her site here.  I thought this was a great idea, so I'm going to try something similar.  I do have a wardrobe dilemma, there I've said it, I love to sew, but I just can't decide on what, out of all the patterns available to me, I should sew!  I am hoping...

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The interesting things you find...Lots of pics

Handmade Garments

...So the middle of the year got rather busy, not that the end has eased up, but I have now finished studying so I can do more blogging. I did sew various things during the year, not alot, but things I've really wanted to tackle, I sewed my first lot of knits then went knit wild and promptly broke my twin needle in the Bernina, I think injuring the bobbin thing that goes round and catches the thread?  I haven't yet got around to getting the service guy to take a look so have been using the Singer. I have...

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Children's sewing: Knits from a beginner

New Techniques

I have finally taken the next step in my sewing, I've tackled knits and won hehe! Now I have sewn some 'hard' to work with materials and techniques, silk, taffeta, many of meters of satin, lace, handsewing millions of beads, denim, etc.  but knit fabric always scared me!  I have tried,  halfheartedly, to manage knits, I always stretched them too much, the thread would snap, it was wrinkly or the needle wouldn't sew through the fabric properly.  Those with knit experience would be able to pick up straight away the mistakes I was making. not using the right needle or...

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