Do Capsule Wardrobes Kill Your Creativity?

There seems to be a big trend today in sewing ‘capsule wardrobes’ of basic everyday wear. I have never been a planner when it comes to my sewing. Over the years I have collected patterns and random fabrics bought in the downtown LA fabric district or the various estate sales I would go to. I’ve […]

The Phantom Thread. A Sewist’s Review

Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, and starring Daniel day Lewis in what he claims to be his last performance on film, The Phantom thread is part love story, and part portrayal of the obsessions that drive an artistic genius of  the world of post WWII Haute Couture. The Phantom Thread is a feast for the […]

Comic strip print Jalie Cora running shorts and tank

The nice thing about Jalie patterns is because they come in so many sizes I can try them out for my kids first. That way I can make the inevitable mistakes on their clothes, not mine! Stuff looks cute on an eight year old, even when it’s not perfect. Making the shorts was surprisingly easy […]

Another go at Butterick 6464

Last time I made Lisette for Butterick’s 6464 halter top straight out of the envelope, and it was really short! For this version I added three inches to the pattern to the size 12 I made an FBA to last time. I also forgot to cut the front in two pieces and cut it on […]

Sewing Spring Fever

I went downstairs this morning to try to finally finish the Liesl & Co Soho shorts I’ve been sloooowly working on all month. I spent about five minutes cutting and realized I’d rather write about sewing than actually sew. Here we are well into May and I have yet to finish any projects and most […]

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

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

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 […]