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Pattern Review: Ottobre 3/2009 #5 Dress for Baby

Pattern Review: Ottobre 3/2009 #5 Dress for Baby

I haven’t sewn for babies in a while. When the opportunity presented itself, I realized how much I love it (and miss it). I spent way longer than I needed to browsing my Ottobre magazines. It was fun to see all the patterns that I […]

A Little Something to Sew

A Little Something to Sew

It’s been a very busy week with the kids being on spring break. My son and I painted his room, Manchester United Blue (away jerseys).  I spent several days helping with our 4-H group. Those girls are amazing. Flap zippers, princess seams, and one student […]

Valentine’s Day Top Ottobre 2/2013

Valentine’s Day Top Ottobre 2/2013

I love the simplicity of this pattern from Ottobre magazine, spring/summer issue 2013. I made the version #16 with the color blocking, using pink and white. I thought it would look great running around doing my mom thing today. I loved how it went together […]

Ottobre 3/2007 T-shirt #33

Ottobre 3/2007 T-shirt #33

This Ottobre T-shirt sewing pattern, from their summer issue 2007 (3/2007),  has been my daughter’s favorite style for a few years now. She requests this style more than any other T-shirt. This issue has a lot of really cute styles. But for my tween, it’s […]

Sewing a T-shirt or Two

Sewing a T-shirt or Two

Yes, I sew my own t-shirts. Sewing T-shirts is actually one of the fastest projects I regularly do. It’s no secret around here that I live in t-shirts and jeans (and shorts during our few warm months). Recently, I lamented that I have too much […]

A New Kid: Young Image Sewing Magazine

A New Kid: Young Image Sewing Magazine

Not exactly new, but relatively new: Young Image pattern magazine focuses on girls, sizes 80-164 cm. I had been tempted to buy an issue for a while, but there’s not much in the way of  peer reviews online about the patterns. I have a tween […]

The Burgundy Coat, finished

The Burgundy Coat, finished

The wool coat has been finished. The bound buttonholes are in and I’m pretty happy with them. Putting all the pieces together, I find that I must line the coat.  I really do not like the exposed seams as they look now. I regret not […]

Jeans Sew Along part 3: the waistband

Jeans Sew Along part 3: the waistband

So you’ve got your front and back side sewn together (parts 1 and 2), and you need a waistband to hold ’em on your hips. Here are the other sew along posts: Part 1 Part 2 Part 2 and 3/4 To get started on part […]

Jeans Part Two and Three Quarters: Sew part 1 and part 2 together, before doing part 3

Jeans Part Two and Three Quarters: Sew part 1 and part 2 together, before doing part 3

This is part 2 3/4, as part 3 will come next 🙂 Part 2 3/4 is where you will need to sew parts 1 and 2 together, in order to add part 3 later. Makes perfect sense, huh? For the complete jeans sew along: part […]

Jeans: a 3 part construction, Part One

Jeans: a 3 part construction, Part One

Well, they’re corduroy jean, actually. Day one of a sewing skinny jeans tutorial (or sew along?). I’m using an Ottobre pattern and stretch corduroy. It is an overwhelming idea, as with most unfamiliar things. Pattern and fabric are the first to conquer.  Finding a good […]



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