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What is the Difference Between Cotton Voile and Cotton Lawn?

Recently, I noticed I had been calling Voile Lawn, and almost made the mistake of re-ordering the wrong fabric! So what is the difference? Blog posts can be wonderful, but sometimes a bit wordy to read. I have kept this one short and sweet. Cotton Lawn is a fine shirting, a bit more firm than voile, and opaque. Popular companies such as Liberty of London release many of their florals in a Cotton Lawn. Usually preferable for garment sewing and good for dresses, shirts, and skirts. Cotton Voile is sheer, soft to the touch, and has a looser weave. It...

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Things I Miss: Reflecting on One Year in a New Pandemic World

Things I Miss: Reflecting on One Year in a New Pandemic World

As we are approaching the one year mark of shelter in place and the start of a very new world atop of a new moon weekend I am feeling a need to grieve. This week was hard, really hard, and I have had to think long and hard on what I want my new future to look like. I am getting to the point where I am really starting to miss things. Mind you, I am naturally a very impatient person, but since shelter in place, I have been very patient. Norway was canceled My live shows were canceled Mendocino was...

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Me Made May Planning + A Free Planning Guide

The planning phase is in motion for Me Made May and I have decided to focus primarily on sewing for others as gifts. As I have had and enjoyed a lot of sewing personal projects, I am going to encourage myself to use May as a selfless sewing month. With this, I am allowed to pivot and shift as needed. My current goal is to compile all projects and make sure I have everything I need to get sewing and not be stuck on a step waiting on something to arrive in the mail. Next is to refine and shorten...

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Peignoirs and Practicality

Peignoirs and Practicality

In thinking of peignoirs, there is one word that I tend to leave out: practical. Is it sensible to sew only what your heart desires? Where does this leave practicality? Last summer, I collected some Muu muu patterns as they were at a vintage shop. They are not really my personal taste, but I realized that I lacked nice flowy house clothes that are loose around the crotch as I prefer, so maybe sewing one up would be both a practical and sensible option.First on my list to sew was this Vintage McCalls 3902 as it is the correct size...

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Five Tips for Successful Project Completion (That Have Worked for Me)

Five Tips for Successful Project Completion (That Have Worked for Me)

3. I sew for the process but I consider the outcome.

Recently, I started a lovely and very sheer top. After taking over 2 hours to prepare the fabric and thread mark the pieces, I realized I should underline the top. My stitch markers all needed to be removed (about 60 of them), but it was well worth it as I got to practice my running stitches and will appreciate the outcome even more!

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Summer Dresses

Summer Dresses

2020/02/09 黄鶯睍睆 Kōō kenkan su⁠ Dormant creatures start to twitch. Birds start singing in the mountains⁠. Last night, I had a dream that I had the most beautiful clothing to wear and it was the peak of Summer. I was full of joy and so happy to finally feel like I was in my own skin, enjoying my summer makes. ⁠⁠Today, I realized I have been having this same dream for the past 10 years. This year, I have committed to creating beautiful pieces for my closet, that I can enjoy when California reaches its peak, my favorite season to...

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