Sienna Sewalong is Now Live!

Hello all! Good news for those of you making our Sienna Maker Jacket: our sew-along is now live! If you

Our Kelly Anorak Sewalong is Now Live!

Hey y’all! We pride ourselves on giving you all the resources you need to achieve absolute sewing success, so I’m

Kalle Shirt & Shirtdress Pattern Roundup

Our sewalong for the Kalle Shirt & Shirtdress pattern is now complete (you can see all the posts in the

Sewing the Sleeve Cuffs // Kalle Sewalong

We’ve finally reached the end of our Kalle Sewalong! If you’d like to see all the posts in one place,

Sewing a Band Collar // Kalle Sewalong

Our sewalong for the Kalle Shirt & Shirtdress pattern is drawing to a close. Later this week we will cover

Traditional Method for Sewing a Shirt Collar // Closet Case Patterns

Yesterday I showed you a slightly unconventional method for sewing a collar for the Kalle Shirt & Shirtdress. While this is

An Alternative Method for Sewing A Shirt Collar // Kalle Sewalong

We’re rounding the finish line in our Kalle Shirt & Shirtdress sewalong! Over the next couple of days, I am going

Sewing Super Sharp Collar Points // Kalle Sewalong

This week we are talking about installing the collar for our Kalle Shirt & Shirtdress. I am going to show you

Sewing the Hem Facing for View A // Kalle Sewalong

Earlier this week we covered sewing finishing our curvy hems with bias tape. For the cropped variation of the Kalle

Finishing Curved Hem with Bias Tape & Sewing Side Seams // Kalle Sewalong

Ready for the next step in our Kalle Shirtdress sewalong? Last week we used the Burrito Method to neatly encase

Sewing a Shirt Yoke – the Burrito Method // Kalle Sewalong

Today we are going to actually see our Kalle shirt & Shirtdresses coming together. Next week we’ll be focusing on sewing

Sewing a Curved Shirt Patch Pocket // Kalle Sewalong

Last week we covered how to sew a standard placket, hidden placket and tunic or popover placket for our Kalle

Sewing a Tunic or Popover Placket // Kalle Sewalong

Today’s post is all about installing a tunic or popover placket in your Kalle Shirt & Shirtdress (or any shirt

How to Sew A Hidden Button Placket // Kalle Sewalong

Placket Week continues! One of the things you guys suggested for the Kalle Shirtdress pattern was some more advanced shirt-making

Sewing a Standard Button Placket // Kalle Sewalong

Today is the first day we actually start sewing our Kalle Shirt & Shirtdresses! This sewalong is skipping the cutting

Choosing a Size + Pattern Modifications + Full Bust Adjustment // Kalle Sewalong

Hello all! Today’s post is all about choosing the right size and making any needed pattern modifications before you cut

Choosing Shirtmaking Fabric // Kalle Sewalong

The first step with any great sewing project is choosing the perfect fabric. Thankfully our Kalle Shirt & Shirtdress works

Shirtdress Inspiration & Styling // Kalle Sewalong

Welcome to the first day of the Kalle Shirt + Shirtdress Sewalong! We’ll be covering construction of the Kalle pattern

Clare Coat Sewalong part 14 // Bagging a Coat Lining

Can you believe it? This is the very last post in the Clare Coat sewalong and after today you will

Clare Coat Sewalong part 13 // Sewing the Lining & Facing

Ah, we’re almost at the finish line for our Clare Coats! Today we’ll be assembling our linings and later this

Clare Coat Sewalong part 11 // Installing the Zipper Placket

We’re nearing the finish line! Next week we’ll be lining our Clare Coats and finishing up, but today we need to

Clare Coat Sewalong part 11 // Attaching the Collars

Now that you’ve assembled the body of your Clare Coat, it’s time to attach the collars. I am going to cover both View

CLARE SEWALONG PT 10 // SEWING RAGLAN SLEEVES

Alright Clare makers, today is the day your coat starts to look like an actual coat! We will be attaching

CLARE SEWALONG PT 9 // VIEW A SIDE SEAMS

Earlier this week we assembled our front piece for the Clare Coat by sewing the darts and installing the welt

CLARE SEWALONG PT 8 // ASSEMBLING VIEW B

Hey View B-ers! I haven’t forgotten about you. Let’s start sewing these babies up! The first step is to sew

CLARE SEWALONG PT 7 // ASSEMBLING VIEW A BODY

Whoop! Time to start putting these Clare Coats together. Today we will be focusing on assembling the front panel of

CLARE SEWALONG PT 6 // CUTTING & INTERFACING

Today we will be prepping and cutting all of our pattern pieces so we’re ready to start sewing later in

CLARE SEWALONG PT 5 // FULL BUST ADJUSTMENT & ADJUSTING LENGTH

W ith the A-line silhouette of the Clare Coat, it’s important to get the fit right through the bust. I highly

CLARE SEWALONG PT 4 // RAGLAN SLEEVE FIT ADJUSTMENTS

Our sewalong marches onward; so far we’ve covered fabric coatings and tailoring supplies, and today we’ll be talking about fitting

CLARE SEWALONG PT 3 // COAT-MAKING SUPPLIES & TAILORING INTERFACING

In addition to the coating fabrics and lining we discussed yesterday, you’ll need to gather a few additional supplies to make your

CLARE COAT SEWALONG PT 2 // WOOL COATING FABRIC (AND WOOL ALTERNATIVES)

Choosing the best wool coating & wool alternatives for winter coats.

CLARE COAT SEWALONG PT 1 // STYLE INSPIRATION

Style inspiration for the Clare Coat: neutrals, bright colours or bold prints.

CLARE COAT: TESTER VERSIONS

Curious about what the Clare Coat looks like on a variety of bodies besides mine? After a few requests I

TUTORIAL: SEWING A NOTCHED COLLAR

Happy Friday everyone! Today we’re going to cover the trickiest bit of sewing for the Carolyn Pajama pattern. Notched collars

GINGER JEANS ROUNDUP

A round-up of all the beautiful Ginger Jeans our customers have made!

GINGER SEWALONG PT 14: INSTALLING DENIM RIVETS & BUTTONS

Professional looking hardware on your handmade jeans – how to install denim rivets & jeans buttons at home with just a hammer and awl.

GINGER SEWALONG PT 13: BELT LOOPS, HEMS & BUTTONHOLE

Finish up sewing your Ginger jeans by installing jean belt loops, sewing the buttonhole and hemming jeans.

GINGER SEWALONG PT 12: BACK POCKET PLACEMENT

Back pocket location makes a huge difference in jean fit; how to place jean pockets for your best butt.

GINGER SEWALONG PT 11: SEWING THE WAISTBAND

Installing Ginger Jeans waistband and getting perfect topstitching.

GINGER SEWALONG PT 10: SEWING SIDE SEAMS & BACK POCKETS

Assembling jeans; sewing the inseam, side seams, and topstitching back pockets.

GINGER SEWALONG PT 9: ASSEMBLING THE BACK

Assembling the back yokes, sewing the legs together along the center back seam and topstitching.

GINGER SEWALONG PT 8: SEWING A FLY FRONT ZIPPER

The best and easiest way to install a fly front zipper (it’s not as hard as you think!)

GINGER SEWALONG PT 7: ASSEMBLING POCKETS

Sewing front jeans pockets – how to sew pocket bag, pocket stay and topstitch coin pocket.

GINGER SEWALONG PT 6: CUTTING AND PREPPING

Cutting denim, finding grainline, cutting denim to prevent leg twist, applying fusible interfacing.

GINGER SEWALONG PT 5: FITTING

Jeans and pants fitting adjustments. Fix gaping waist, crotch curve adjustments, full and flat seat adjustment, etc.

GINGER SEWALONG PT 4: SEAM FINISHES FOR JEANS

How to sew flat fell and faux flat fell seams and tips for perfect, even topstitching.

GINGER SEWALONG PT 3 – PERSONALIZING YOUR JEANS

Suggestions for ways to personalize DIY jeans: distressing, waxing, adding ankle zippers, pocket designs.

GINGER SEWALONG PT 2 – JEAN MAKING SUPPLIES & JEANS HARDWARE

Sourcing jeans hardware, topstitching thread, tools, jean zippers, rivets & jeans buttons.

GINGER SEWALONG PT 1: SOURCING DENIM

The best online sources for stretch denim, understanding denim weave, what is twill.

NETTIE SEWALONG WINNERS

Thanks to everyone for taking a moment to enter and vote in the Nettie Sewalong contest. I was inspired by

NETTIE SEWALONG CONTEST – YOUR TURN TO VOTE

Hi everyone! I’m about to take off for a much needed mini-vacation in Maine, so I thought I’d get the

NETTIE SEWALONG PT 10: HACKING A SWIMSUIT

I know we technically finished our sewalong last week, but I was fussing around with a quick and dirty Nettie-to-bikini

NETTIE SEWALONG PT 9 – FINISHING THE BODYSUIT

Alright! Back to work! Today all you bodysuit baberonis will actually be COMPLETING your Netties. Bust out the firecrackers. This

NETTIE SEWALONG PT 8 – ATTACHING SLEEVES

I finally took a much needed day off yesterday so I’m sorry if you’ve been waiting for this post. I’ve

NETTIE SEWALONG PT 7: ADDING A SHELF BRA AND FOAM CUPS

Before I get into today’s tutorial, Mari from Seamster Patterns just posted a conversation we had for Sewing Indie Month

NETTIE SEWALONG PT 6: ATTACHING NECK BINDING

Today is the day. Pop a fresh stretch needle in that machine, do a couple of deep knee bends and

NETTIE SEWALONG PT 5: CUTTING YOUR FABRIC

Hi gang! Hope you had a lovely weekend! I had the supreme pleasure of meeting Ginger for brunch yesterday; she

NETTIE SEWALONG PT 4: PREPPING YOUR PATTERN PIECES

Hi Nettie Betties! Today we are getting started on the actual nitty-gritty making of this baby. Just a reminder about

NETTIE SEWALONG PT 3: OUTFIT INSPIRATION & PATTERN HACKING

How to wear a bodysuit? Children of the 90’s will remember pairing them with overalls (one strap undone, natch) or

NETTIE SEWALONG PT 2 – SUPPLIES

Hi everyone! I hope Sunday’s post on the best fabric for your Nettie was helpful. Sewing with knits is a

NETTIE SEWALONG PT 1 – FABRIC!

Hi folks! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. Today I want to talk in depth about fabric choices for

SHARE YOUR BOMBSHELLS

Happy weekend friends! It’s another long weekend in Canada and I’m looking forward to a few days of swimming, sleeping

BOMBSHELL SEWALONG PT 9: FINISHING VIEW B

This is the final post in the Bombshell Sewalong. I am a little sad to be finished, but excited to

BOMBSHELL SEWALONG PT 8: FINISHING VIEW A

Happy Monday Sewalongers! We had a provincial holiday today and I just spent the weekend splashing in the lakes and

BOMBSHELL SEWALONG PT 7: MAKING A BIKINI TOP TO WEAR WITH VIEW C

I‘ll be honest… I feel like a bit of a schmuck for not including a bikini top in the Bombshell

BOMBSHELL SEWALONG PT 6: INSERTING ELASTIC INTO LEG OPENINGS & FINISHING VIEW C

Sewalongers! Bombshellists! Bathing beauties! Today is the day we insert our elastic into our leg openings. If you are making

BOMBSHELL SEWALONG PT 5: GATHERING YOUR FRONT FABRIC, ASSEMBLING THE FRONT & BACK

Today we will be gathering our front fabric piece and attaching it to the front lining and back ruched pieces.

BOMBSHELL SEWALONG PT 4: PREPARING THE FRONT LINING & BUST RUCHING FOR VIEW A

Hello again Bombshell baberonis. By now we have cut our fabric and assembled our back pieces. Some of us have

BOMBSHELL SEWALONG PT 3: CUTTING FABRIC & GATHERING BACK PIECES

Hey pals. Now that you have your pattern cut, graded and/or adjusted to fit your hot bod as required, we

BOMBSHELL SEWALONG PT 2: PREPPING PATTERN PIECES

Hello Sewalongers! Firstly, congrats to Meredith who the random number generator chose as the lucky recipient for the By Hand

BOMBSHELL SEWALONG PT 1 – MATERIAL REQUIREMENTS

Hey guys? Quit being amazing. Last night I posted the Bombshell Swimsuit on Etsy and the avalanche of orders and