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Pattern Hacking 101- Week Two- Merging Patterns

This week I’m going to merge 3 patterns to copy a knit top I’ve seen and liked at J.  Jill. There may be a pattern for sale that’s exactly this top, but I already own patterns with all of the … Continue reading

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Pattern Hacking 101- Week One

This week we’re going to assemble the tools we need to hack a pattern. The first thing you need is a target garment. Maybe it’s something you saw in a store, or it could be a pattern you’ve seen, but … Continue reading

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A Spring Capsule Wardrobe Begins

Patterns for Pirates and Made for Mermaids are having a Mini-Spring Capsule Wardrobe  contest. The prizes are huge. You should check it out! As the contest progresses, I’ll be filling in my Mini-Capsule with the P4P and M4M  garments I’ve … Continue reading

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Completing Your Bag

Cutting out the Lining When you have the two quilt panels completed, you’re ready to assemble the bag. Trim the edges of your panels and measure them. Cut two pieces of lining fabric and two pieces of interfacing the same … Continue reading

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Choosing Your Size

I know it’s cliche, but size is just a number. You can walk into store A,  try on pants, and find you’re a size 8. You go to store B next door, try on a similar pair of pants, and … Continue reading

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Choosing a Fabric

Sometimes we find a fabric we love and go in search of the perfect pattern. Other times we find a pattern we know will look fabulous on us and go shopping for fabric that will be perfect for the style. … Continue reading

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Making a Victorian Crazy Quilt Tote

  Crazy quilting became “all the rage” in the US after people saw something similar done in the Japanese Pavilion at the Philadelphia Exposition in 1876. While traditional quilting is usually done with regular shapes, crazy quilting is done with bits … Continue reading

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