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Adding a pocket onto the side of a pair of leggings is a great way to make them more functional. Stick your house key, a cell phone, and some cash in and you’re good to go whether it’s for a jog or for a night out on the town. The Citrus Leggings are a great pattern for adding in an extra pocket because they have a side panel. You can extend your pocket sides into the side panel seams making them extra sturdy.

Rather than making a pattern piece, you can cut a rectangle the height you want your finished pocket to be + 1/2″ for seam allowances and wider than the width of View C side where you will be placing the pockets (since you can trim it down after basting it in place). If you’re making Views A or B, you’ll want to sew your Side Front to Side Back and then add the pocket before sewing that side to the Front and Back. You can still measure on Side C... [read more]

There seems to be quite a divide on this in the sewing community in recent years. Fabric stashes were the subject of one of the first episodes of the Love To Sew podcast (and Sewcialists was the topic of Episode 11, back when we had just relaunched in 2017)! 

Some people track their stashes online, set goals to buy less, and try to have very little fabric on hand. Others, like me, can never have enough on hand — after all, you never know when you’ll find that great print or bargain price again! 

We’d love to hear from you in the comments! Are you a fabric collector who loves having every type of fabric on hand, or does unused fabric make you feel stressed and guilty? 

Gillian cofounded the Sewcialists in 2013. She lives in Canada and loves cats, bright colours and sewing! She blogs at www.craftingarainbow.wordpress.com .

a festive note and christmas opening times at William Gee UK

Dear customers, suppliers & friends,

As we come to the end of the year, all that remains is to thank you for your support and custom throughout the year.
Here’s a run down of what went on at William Gee HQ in 2018…
This year, we added many new sewing products to our range, both online and in-store, and we hope that we can continue to supply fantastic products for you at competitive prices in 2019. New products included rolls of calico, buttons and cotton cords, as well as branded products from the likes of Prym’s haberdashery range, Vilene’s interfacing selection and Fiskar’s cutting equipment.
Having listened to what our customers wanted, we introduced lower shipping rates in the spring. Customers now have a choice of delivery options starting as low as £2.95 – not bad for a wholesaler! We knew this was something you wanted for a while, so we thank you for your patience.... [read more]
Diary of a Chain Stitcher: McCalls 7330 Jumpsuit in Indigo Denim from Fabric Godmother

The story of this project begins with a utility style jumpsuit I spotted on the high street when I was shopping for a show a couple of months back. It is quite unusual nowadays for a RTW garment to catch my eye in the way this did but I just knew it was the kind of clothing I would wear day in, day out. I did consider buying it but when I tried it on didn't love the fit and there were a couple of things I wanted to change about it; namely the lack of hip pockets (my hands felt like they had nowhere to go!) and the elasticated waist which I never find very comfortable in a woven garment. If I didn't sew I might have bought it anyway but luckily I do and I knew I could make myself a version I loved even more!

Diary of a Chain Stitcher: McCalls 7330 Jumpsuit in Indigo Denim from Fabric Godmother

I spent quite a lot of time looking for a similar pattern and put out a poll on Instagram for ideas before settling on McCalls 7330. Jasika Nicole... [read more]
I know.  I completely stole the image and the quote.  Thank you White Rabbit for helping me illustrate my panic!  LOL  (illustration by Sir John Tenniel and written by Lewis Carroll) NO, NO it isn’t too late!  Chill!  It’s not too late to start … keep working on it … and finish!  I am myself just finishing off […]

This pattern photo from the latest Butterick collection stopped me in my tracks.

Now I know that a lot of indie patterns have already been actively moving towards more inclusion with the models they choose, using a range of sizes, body types, ages, ethnicities, abilities, and gender identities.

But you know we’re in the throes of positive change when one of the big commercial companies has started to figure out that diversity and inclusion is good for business.

Three cheers for progressive change!

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What do you think? Do you generally see yourself represented in sewing photos or not? Do you think this is an indicator of change?

Thanks for stopping by.

— Lori

 

Dear readers,

One of the issues of blogging only sporadically is to remember to give some contexts to whatever I’m about to say. Over the last few months, I have mentally wrote several posts so I feel like you are up to date with my train of thoughts when in fact, not at all! So let’s recap a little.

Since moving back to Haiti exactly a year ago, I  have moved from one challenging and time-consuming job to another  even more challenging and time-consuming one. Who would have thought that was possible?? But possible it was, and this is the situation now… In parallel, I also found that if I thought that being the single working mom of an infant was not an easy job, being the single working mom of a toddler is a completely different game. Basically, I have two very tiring jobs….

So where has my sewing time gone? Well, it’s not entirely gone, the proof is that... [read more]

This is always the easiest of the categories for me to write – I mean, I love most of the clothes I make, but when I think back, there are always some favourites! 

In no particular order: 

My angles dress! This was a RTW knock off, mashing up two TNT patterns, and I love it. If I had to sum up my dream aesthetic for 2018, this would be it: fun, professional, and just a bit weird! 

This dress fill the opposite role in my wardrobe: pretty, flattering, and doesn’t demand any attention. I’ve worn it a lot! 

Because everyone needs to shake it up from time to time, I’m including my Closet Case Patterns Fiona in my Top 5! It’s not as worn as the other dresses, but it makes me feel great and I’m proud that I made a fitted woven dress with all those buttons! 

I should chose at least one thing that isn’t a dress, right? I made a few Tessuti... [read more]

This is an awesome pattern, if I might say so myself, since it is my own design.  Plus, I am still totally in love with the neckline!!!  I cant believe it has been over 18 months since I rolled out the Misty Knit Top pattern.  You all have been wonderful and very supportive of my efforts in providing sewing patterns to the community.  For that, I thank you!.  Let's get started: 

This version is the main version of the pattern with a sleeve hack and sash upgrade. I detailed this hack on my last "Sew & Chat" on my youtube channel.  Instead of sewing the sleeve as the two piece with the split as drafted with the tie ends, I changed it up a bit.  The original pattern, as with this version, is well fitted at the bust-line and softly drapes out at the waist for comfort with a shirt-tail hem in the front and back.  The ties were added to the waistline so... [read more]
This is an awesome pattern, if I might say so myself, since it is my own design.  Plus, I am still totally in love with the neckline!!!  I cant believe it has been over 18 months since I rolled out the Misty Knit Top pattern.  You all have been wonderful and very supportive of my efforts in providing sewing patterns to the community.  For that, I thank you!.  Let's get started: 

This version is the main version of the pattern with a sleeve hack and sash upgrade. I detailed this hack on my last "Sew & Chat" on my youtube channel.  Instead of sewing the sleeve as the two piece with the split as drafted with the tie ends, I changed it up a bit.  The original pattern, as with this version, is well fitted at the bust-line and softly drapes out at the waist for comfort with a shirt-tail hem in the front and back.  The ties were added to the waistline so that... [read more]

Hello…I feel like I’ve been mentally writing this post for sooo long, having sewn up four pairs of these Eleanore Jeans by Jalie since the earlier part of this year; a pair for my young daughter and three pairs for myself. If you’re looking for an intro to sewing trousers, or jeans specifically, I think this faux fly pattern is a really good place to start. The pattern has a lot of standard jean details, like the yokes and the finish of the inside leg seam. If you’re simply looking for a quick sew that results in a pair of pants you’ll wear constantly – if you’re anything like me – then you’ll also find this pattern a winner!

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The pattern size range is extensive – starting at a child’s size 2 up to a women’s size W 44″ H 53″ – and calls for a denim or twill with 20% cross stretch. I’m quite sure I will make many more of these just as... [read more]

Remember those rust pants from a previous post that I was trying to find tops for?  Well here is the second instalment : a casual summer blouse using Lekala 4420   Fabric : A rayon print in a Jacobean style print.  The red is a little brighter than the colour of the pants but blends ...


 I've always considered taking pictures to be the bottleneck when it came to creating new blog posts. Apparently that's not entirely true, as I've had these pictures waiting for ages. So, what kept me from blogging for so long? Honestly? I sewed myself to sleep!

It's not that I didn't sew at all in recent months. But my choices were boring, like I was sewing on automatic pilot. Once I realised what was happening I made a few changes that will have a positive impact on my sewing for the coming years, but that's a subject for another post. For now I do have a few of those boring things to share. After all I use this blog to keep track of what I made, and when, and for the sake of keeping it real I think it's best to document less inspired moments as well.

So let's get this out of the way!

In June I made a Deer and Doe Plantain, a t-shirt that is fitted... [read more]
Just in time for the holidays I have a super easy project that is perfect to gift--assembled or as a kit! The Woodland Dopp Kit comes as a kit from Klum House and since I admired their tote bag kits on instagram they offered to send me a review copy. I made it in a couple hours before leaving for Thanksgiving at my parents' and gifted it to Alex to use while traveling. I'm happy to report it fits all his toiletries--not just his aesthetically pleasing ones as seen here--and is long enough for a full tube of toothpaste and toothbrush!

One suggestion I have for new sewers--or "new to _____" sewers--is that a kit can make alllll the difference! Trying jeans for the first time? Get the kit. Bras? Get the kit, the one that matches your pattern. First time sewing a bag? Kit! I just think it's such a relief to know with absolute surety that the bits and... [read more]

Have you ever participated in the #SewingTop5 roundups? I’ve been running this series since 2012 on my blog, and I thought it would be fun to participate on the Sewcialists! We’ll be covering hits, highlights and goals over the next few weeks. 

But how on earth could I look at our 150+ posts from 2018 and choose just 5 favourites? I’m being sneaky instead, and inviting each of the Editors to contribute their favourites. Get a cup of tea, settle in, and get ready to click through to some of our most memorable posts from the year! 

Gillian 

Some of my favourite posts are when I convince my friends to write frank, sassy posts. For example, Tanya and Michelle both wrote about sizism in sewing, and Nettie and Ebi wrote about being black women who sew. I also treasure posts where the author opens up about something personal, like Emma’s post about... [read more]

It’s been a tough year folksies. We need a pretty palate cleanser.

Is like an homage to joy- or a lacy version of my favorite popsicle.

Hey, Duchess MegSter! You love a trench style! This can be unbuttoned as you gestate! When I looked quickly- I thought of Pac-Man. I want to see someone fabulous in this. Cary Mulligan, do you need a suit? maybe I’m light headed, but I’m loving a lot of these- pretty, not too strange- Ok, don’t make me reassess this, Posey crotch!credits: Vogue.com

I had previously relegated Infinity Dresses to the category of “bridesmaid dress” in my mental catalog, but I’ve definitely changed my own mind about that with this dress! The pattern is the Knit Infinity Dress that I just launched with Lisa Kievits on Maternity Sewing. We developed it because we wanted a dress that could be worn pregnant or not pregnant (I am most decidedly NOT pregnant, guys) and in the process of developing the pattern I’ve totally become a convert. Go check out our blog post about the release for all of the details on what makes our pattern unique and worth buying, even though there are other infinity dress patterns and tutorials out there (we put a lot of thought into how to make it as awesome as possible).

I’m really digging that I can style this dress anywhere from sexy to vintage elegant depending upon how I wrap it. (Though I am thinking... [read more]

All the sewing in this post!

I still have a backlog of projects to share with you but I thought I would share some things that I recently sewed where I have used the pattern before or, in the case of bra sewing, am using an updated pattern.

Bra Sewing

I’m super pleased with my alterations on my bra pattern. This is definitely a better fit than the last bra I sewed. The last bra fit well but throughout the day my cup would spill over. This bra does that on the 3rd day of wear after washing.

After the last bra, I incorporated more volume in the lower center cup, split the bottom cup into three to better distribute the volume and give a nicer shape, shifted the straps in by 1/4 inch, and scooped out the underarm by about a half inch graded to a 1/4 inch at the top.

It’s really difficult to tell the difference between the two since the... [read more]

 

The trench coat 103 in the February issue of Burdstyle 2017 has been on my “to sew” list since it came out.  There was just something about the style, length and simplicity of the design that appeals.  Daughter No1 was very keen on having it, and I really wanted to make it in one of her fabric designs, but the price of doing so was just too much.  I still hope that one day I will be able to do that, but in the mean time she has her coat, and she’s still happy with it.  And so is Daughter No 2….

 

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The spy coat!

I guess I’d better explain!  🙂  Both girls liked the coat, and both wanted a version.  So I went looking online for suitable fabric and found a rather nice pink/copper cotton twill at Croft Mill Fabrics for just £5/m.  I bought 5m, which was a real bargain.  I wasn’t sure whether the girls would like the colour, but as it was cotton, I was quite... [read more]

A new blog post over on the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network about writing, making, and feeling all the things.

The Assembly Line Apron Dress The Assembly Line Apron Dress

The ability to load a previous version of a page or post is invaluable when you need to make a quick correction or compare your current revision to earlier ones. What about viewing your content’s revision history on the go? This can be a real life-saver, as we’re not always at our desktops. Well, we’re thrilled to announce that you can now review your content’s history and load revisions for both pages and posts directly from the WordPress mobile apps.

View History

The revision history of every page or post you’ve worked on is available right from the editor. Just tap My SitesSite Pages or Blog Posts → any page or post → three-dots button → History.

View History

The history list shows you the time each revision was created (organized by date), the author of the revision, as well as the number of additions and deletions for each... [read more]

The ability to load a previous version of a page or post is invaluable when you need to make a quick correction or compare your current revision to earlier ones. What about viewing your content’s revision history on the go? This can be a real life-saver, as we’re not always at our desktops. Well, we’re thrilled to announce that you can now review your content’s history and load revisions for both pages and posts directly from the WordPress mobile apps.

View History

The revision history of every page or post you’ve worked on is available right from the editor. Just tap My SitesSite Pages or Blog Posts → any page or post → three-dots button → History.

View History

The history list shows you the time each revision was created (organized by date), the author of the revision, as well as the number of additions and deletions... [read more]

Hey CSC!  It’s Meg of Cookin’ and Craftin’, and it’s been a while!

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I’m back in action with a pattern review for y’all, in honor of the Curvy Year of Sewing Kimonos and Cardigans theme. I’ve made two versions of the Style Arc Estelle Ponte Jacket (more here and here), and I’ve got things to say about it! Here’s my review.

Pattern name: Style Arc Estelle Ponte Jacket… I’d argue that it’s more cardigan than jacket, but you decide for yourself. Style Arc describes Estelle as  follows: “This fabulous jacket is not just easy to wear but it is very easy to make. The knee length and the gorgeous waterfall collar makes this jacket a great trans seasonal addition to your wardrobe. A project you can complete in an afternoon.” You all know how I feel about waterfall collar coats and cardigans (see my review of the Itch to Stitch Hvar jacket).

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Size range:... [read more]

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