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Must. Sew. Purple.

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Clearance. DSW . Any other questions?

Sisterhood Award!

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I probably shouldn't get excited by these blog awards, but I'll admit it. I do. So thanks Lori for sending it my way! (If you don't know, Lori's blog is Girls in the Garden and she also hosts the Sew Forth Now podcast. ) Now for the rules and then the nominations: 1. Put the logo on your blog or post 2. Nominate at least 10 blogs which show great Attitude and/or Gratitude! 3. Be sure to link to your nominees within your post. 4. Let them know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog. 5. Share the love and link to the person from whom you received your award. Just as Lori did, I'm not listing these in any particular order. And I also would like to nominate all my Blogline feeds - but I just checked and I have over 300! So that won't work. Lizz from Back to Sewing Mary from Mary is Sewfast Alicia from AliciaJeanae Becky from Sew and so Renee from Candy Stick Lane Beth from Life is a Musical Heather from Blue Bird Studio Dana from

Sewing tutorial: Sew a 90 minute beach cover up

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(Warning: Lengthy post with many photos follows) Ditch the t-shirt this summer in favor of a bit of glamour with this oversized beach cover-up. The inspiration for this cover up came from a Neiman Marcus mailing. When I saw this black polyester caftan my first thought was “oh, how cute ” followed by “ I can sew that for a lot less than $120! ” You can too. Why spend big bucks when you can sew one that's unique to you in 90 minutes or less? Sizing: One size fits most. The length of the cover up is approximately 36". The width of the cover up is approximately 78" at the bust and 58" at the hem. Pattern can easily be made larger or smaller. Materials: 2 yards fabric. Choose a lightweight fabric that drapes well. This sample was sewn using a lightweight semi-sheer knit with a hint of sparkle sprinkled throughout. (From a Fabric Mart Fabrics mystery bundle.) 1/2 yard stay-tape thread Ruler Chalk or marking pencil The pattern: You can draw the pattern on pa

Red, White and Blue ...

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... and black for good measure Vogue 2925. So incredibly simple you just can't stop at one.

Kwik Sew 3419 - A broken promise

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It sure looked promising. Kwik -Sew pattern - check. Always a good choice for basic t-shirts. Royal blue knit - check. Always makes me happy to see this color back in vogue. Plus it coordinates with the summer skirt I recently sewed ( Simplicity 2655 ). V-neckline - check. Always a good look on me. Close-fitting design - check. Always like to have a close-fitting tee for tucking into summer skirts. Fullness at bust - check. Always like the ability to easily do an FBA So what's the problem? The finished t-shirt is too large. The shape is more boxy than close-fitting and for this style to be flattering it needs to be close-fitting. The neckline is too high. Too much fabric from the empire waist to the bottom of the neck vee gives an optical illusion of a larger bustline . So what went wrong? Cut and sewed a size M without measuring the flat pattern. Made an assumption I would need additional length added to the upper bodice. Added 1" to the bottom of the upper bodice