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February Sewing: Hinterland Dress by Sew Liberated

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Are you a more pattern-driven or fabric-driven sewist? I’m definitely more inspired by patterns and then seek out the right fabric after I’ve purchased a pattern. As you can probably tell by the few posts on my blog, I have a pretty neutral wardrobe palette so it isn’t uncommon for me to be underwhelmed by fabric. For whatever reason though, I’m really drawn to bolder prints and colors when I make dresses. Continue reading

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Orchid Midi Dress by Chalk + Notch

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Last month I got to experience a first for me as a sewist: testing a new pattern! I occasionally see calls for pattern testers on Instagram and the timing hadn’t ever really been right for me to delve in to sewing something with a deadline. After summer wound down and I saw that Gabriela from Chalk + Notch was releasing a new dress pattern, I decided to apply to be a tester, and now here we are… standing in front of an ivy wall with a beautiful new dress. Continue reading

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Persephone Pants by Anna Allen

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It was extremely difficult to ignore the Persephone Pants when they first popped up on Instagram earlier this year. I think they look good on EVERYONE. Probably because you’ve got to have a lot of confidence to wear ultra high-waisted pants, and the sewing community is nothing if not full of confident folks. (It’s the best.) Also, no side seam. It’s magic! Lots of comparisons have been made to the $395 Sailor Pants by Jesse Kamm but how would we know how they look on someone that isn’t a slender model and posing… super awkwardly? To be fair to the model it is kind of hard to show off the silhouette of the pants if you aren’t doing something weird. Like this: Continue reading

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Fringe Dress by Chalk and Notch

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There is something about sewing that makes me attracted to certain fabrics or patterns that I wouldn’t rush to buy if they were RTW. Maybe it’s because the price point for a really well-made fun print is higher than I want to spend? Or that I feel like I need to unleash some creative energy on a project? Whatever it is, that desire led me to finally buy this fabric from the Loominous line by Anna Maria Horner last month after coveting it for years. The problem was that I had no idea what I was going to make out of it that would do the print justice. Once I saw some cool striped dresses after stalking #fringedresspattern on Instagram I knew that I had found The One. Continue reading

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