January 2017 makes

January 2017 makes sew country chick

This year I made a promise to myself to make all of my clothes. That means making a lot more basics like jeans and T shirts, since I used to be lazy and just buy those. Last month, I learned a lot about fitting pattern sleeves and how to make button fly jeans. I had […]

Making gifts! the reusable grocery bag See & Sew B5635

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It’s gift sewing time here at the ranch again! I’ve been working on several projects, most of which I can’t show. But there is one. And I really wanted to share it because it turned out much better than I expected! A reusable fabric shopping bag that folds up into a little pouch. I’ve made […]

Sewing shearling. Exposed lap seam tutorial

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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

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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 […]

Faux Shearling Coat New Look 6416 pattern hack

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First post of 2016! Happy 2016, readers! I made this faux shearling coat last week and gave it to my stepdaughter for Christmas. I’d love to make myself one, too, but doubt I’ll get around to it anytime soon. That’s the best kind of gift, isn’t it? Something you love,too. This is the second version […]

My favorite week.

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One of my favorite weeks of the year is the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day. And this year was no exception.After all the running around between Thanksgiving and Christmas I was soooo tired. It was so nice to just chill. For me the busy-ness starts on Thanksgiving. Every year I have the whole […]