Making a strapless bodice pattern: part one

I thought it would be interesting to document a project I’m working on from start to finish. I bought some lovely periwinkle blue lace at The Fabric Store recently, and some navy silk lining. Lily wants me to make her a lace dress with a lace overlay for the school dance. I’ve decided to make […]

Sewing shearling. Exposed lap seam tutorial

I love the look when a faux or real shearling coat has the fuzzy wool inside parts exposed on the outside. Those fuzzy seams make a nice design element on this little coat I made. Today I’m sharing how I made these seams. They’re quite simple, yet make a nice impact. I’ve sewn the seams […]

Draft and sew a pleated flap safari pocket

I’ve been sewing quite a few flapped pockets lately and have experimented with my favorite way to sew them. Here’s how to transform a basic pocket into a pleated safari pocket with buttoned flaps. Or just draw one up yourself. This is the simpler version of the two pockets I made on my DIY Safari […]

Top stitching knits tip: Oliver’s rock climbing sweater

Three words: Tear Away Stabilizer I’m sewing a Merino Stretch Knit Wool zip up sports top for my son to wear rock climbing. The pattern I’m using is Jalie 2212, and I’m really loving all the seams and design details. The directions have you top stitch the seams which is a great idea to keep […]

Make a Cozy Duvet Cover from flannel sheets

Flannel duvet covers are soooo cozy! But it’s hard to find cute designs for kids rooms and when I have found them, they’re a lot more expensive than sheets, which doesn’t really make sense, because a duvet cover is really just two sheets sewn together. And it’s hard to find cute designs for kids rooms. […]