In my informal research on sewing with stripes, I’ve seen one concern pop up over & over again: people are nervous about how to style stripes. It’s easy enough to throw on a Breton stripe knit tee & a pair of jeans, but some people shy away from incorporating others kinds of stripes into other types of garments for fear of creating closet orphans.

Lucky for me, I have a five-year-old, & she fancies herself a bit of a style icon.


She told me recently, “Stripes go with everything, but they go especially well with other stripes.” That inspired me to create a full stripes-on-stripes outfit, & to also style the pieces with some other self-sewn garments in my closet, including other prints! Like a lot of sewing people, I gravitate toward prints when I am at the fabric store, but I also want to create a wardrobe full of me-mades that will get worn... [read more]

I remember getting asked a lot if I would be sewing lots of baby things when I was pregnant, after some thought it was a big fat NO. Too tiny, too fiddly and they grow out of things too quickly. I think that was a fair point for the first year, but now I feel like what I make could actually be worn for longer than a few weeks and baby is now toddler and wears clothes a bit bigger so not so fiddly! 

I love buying Ted clothes, like LOVE it a lot. There's such cute stuff out there and it's relatively cheap, well compared to adult clothing anyway but I recently started to think how simple his little trousers are and how surely I should be able to put those together myself and lo and behold I can.....

Go check out their selection of patterns for kids, theres load of them. Who knew there were so many styles of trousers out... [read more]

The Ruby Dress Bodice Constructions includes: Sewing the darts Sewing the shoulder seams Sewing the side seams Lining the bodice Step 1: Sewing the Front Darts RST (right sides together), pin the front dart in place. For accuracy, use tailor’s chalk … Read More

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December brought us the next episode of Star Wars - The Last Jedi.
Last year Spotlight was getting rid of this classic Star Wars print.
I made this dress to watch the movie. We saw the movie before Christmas and we stayed in town that night.
I like wearing this dress because it has shape without feeling tight.
I used Burda 7111 that I picked up from a visit to Pitt Trading.
This pattern is designed for softer woven fabrics so using this Star Wars cotton fabric wasn't the best choice for testing but I used it anyway.
As you can see here, I've since made this dress in a softer digital print remnant bought from Pitt Trading.
The dress sits much better with this softer fabric.
I washed my Star Wars dress and the colour from the neckline trim ran, so I made it again after also pre-washing the petersham tape. I no longer have this print in my stash and I'm happy with that outcome.
Now that I know my Secret Valentine Exchange gift has arrived safely at its destination, I wanted to share it here!

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So recently Leisl & Co sent out an ad asking for people to apply to be part of their advisors circle. Here’s what they said about the advisors circle:

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As part of our advisors circle you’ll be able contribute your ideas to our pattern development process, and you’ll have the opportunity to sew special projects that will expand your horizons and deepen your skills. You’ll also get an insider’s perspective on our business.

What does that mean? First of all, occasionally I will reach out to Advisors Circle members with ideas for special, custom sewing projects that make use of our patterns. If you sign up to sew one of the project ideas for yourself or a child (depending on the pattern and your interests) you’ll get personal instruction and consulting from me to help you to make the project. In the process you’ll make something personal and unique and... [read more]

I'm a big fan of Style Arc, I love their trendy styles and their monthly releases. And everyone can appreciate their freebies with purchase! This month, one of their free pattern options is the Eden Knit Dress. I instantly was drawn to the simplicity of the dress, and, of course, POCKETS!

The pattern is a freebie or available for purchase separately. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that promotion applied even with pdfs. I quickly checked through the SA website and found the Laura Knit Leggings pattern was inexpensive (and I could probably use a new leggings pattern anyway). I added that to my cart, then added the Eden, and the Eden was then discounted down to free! In retrospect, the leggings would actually work well with the Eden.

The Eden clocked in at around 30 some pages, which is about my limit on pdfs. Cutting was also a pain as I opted to do it single... [read more]

Hello Sewcialists! Are you ready for some #sewstripes inspiration? Becky here, of @sewbeckyjo, with your first Stripes Month Challenge round-up, and we ALL love round-ups, amirite? It’s like a fashion inspiration magazine of all your virtual sewing BFFs in one place. LOVE IT.

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As usual: if we missed you, it may be because your Instagram profile is private, it wasn’t clearly marked as a new make for #sewstripes, or maybe Becky didn’t have enough coffee. If you feel your make was missed for February 1-10, please feel free to leave it in the comments.


I don’t know about you, but I LOVE the mixing of stripes and florals like this Cleo dress:

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Ruth has a fun directional mix-up dress that really works.

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Love Dana’s style! For instant office attire, add amazing moto-jacket:

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Color-blocking is always a win.

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Jennifer looks amazing at... [read more]

Velvet Appleton

There have been a bunch of gorgeous velvet Appleton wrap dresses in the last year, like Jodi’s and Mary Alice’s versions. I wanted in on the fun, so I sewed one for myself!

In fact, this was meant to be my holiday dress… but then I ended up going with something more casual on the day. I did have a delightfully girly moment of having my sister and our friend both try it on during family Christmas, and now we know it fits us all!

Velvet Appleton

To be honest, I’m torn about this dress. I made it two months ago and haven’t worn it yet! Here’s why:

  • CON: The fabric was quite stable, which resulted in a neckband that doesn’t hug the body as nicely as my jersey versions.
  • PRO: I can always wear a camisole underneath!

Velvet Appleton

  • CON: The print ends up making it feel less va-va-voom than my inspiration dresses, but because it’s a fitted velvet dress, it feels a bit over the top for a... [read more]
Hello Lovelies! I’m wondering should I mention my absence and apologise for it?  Or do I just crack on and bombard you with lots of photos of some of my goings on over the last few weeks?  Yea, I think I’ll just do that. I picked up a leather skirt from a charity shop, it was either £5 or £10.  It needed shortening and taking in at the hips – I forgot I had done this, I must dig it out of the wardrobe! My birthday lunch back in October! Cyber mum….not looking to impressed but looking very slim! Girlie night out – the same place I went for my birthday but it’s totally different on a Friday night, when there is usually a band on. The food is always great – here’s the link if you live over this way and fancy going – Jeremy’s at The Boathouse More eating out!  Not wonder I’ve put on 1/2 stone (or more!) since I reached my target back in May last year!  This time for my …

It didn't take me long to make a dress based on a previously posted top pattern.. My original idea was to make a dress with kimono sleeves, but I didn't have any clear idea about all the details.. I knew only the type of sleeves, that it should have a gathered skirt and a waistband.. For my first try I picked this black & white brush stroke print viscose I had in my stash.. Maybe it wasn't the best choice for this romantic dress, but I like it.. Important thing for this model is that the fabric drapes nicely.. Also, I had the right amount of fabric to make this dress with a midi length skirt..

There were couple of changes I had to make to the original pattern for a top with kimono sleeves to get the bodice I needed for my dress.. Top pattern is #108 from Burda 02/2018.. If you ignore details that are added to the original version, like I... [read more]
One of my sewing goals for 2018 is to try out some new independent sewing pattern companies. Its very easy when you find a company you get along with, both in terms of fit and instructions, to stick with them. When you've got limited sewing time you don't want to risk wasting any of it on a project which might not turn out so well. Or have to spend precious hours fiddling with fit and new construction methods when you can fall back on the familiar, and the security of sizing you already have confidence in. But I'm keen to push my skills this year and try some new techniques and styles. The first of these ventures into the unknown is the Boat Neck Anegada Top from Halfmoon Atelier which Meghann very kindly sent me a copy of to review.

Diary of a Chain Stitcher: Halfmoon Atelier Boat Neck Anegada Top in Bamboo Jersey from Offset Warehouse

I have actually tried out a Halfmoon pattern previously (the Ballet Top Delpy) but I made a terrible fabric... [read more]
When I was asked to take part in Melissa Fehr’s blog hop to celebrate her new book release, I was a little taken aback. Activewear. Me. Active....
Where has the week gone!  We had a holiday on Monday (“Family Day”), which I spent watching movies and sewing … then it was back to work and not knowing what day it was – pure chaos! But I have finished 1/2 of my Day and Night Dress Challenge – the “Day” part – it’s […]
Elizabeth (Elizabeth made this) has set up this year's #daynightdress challenge with coffee and cocktails theme.
The Day and Night Dress Challenge 2018
The challenge team supporting the #daynightdress challenge is huge.

The sponsors supporting this year's challenge are very generous.

Thinking of joining The Day and Night Dress Challenge 2018?  Here’s how to do it:


    1. Sew some dresses!
    2. Let other people know about it.  Use #dayandnightdresschallenge on Twitter and Instagram and follow the Day and Night Dress Challenge Facebook group.
    3. Keep reading here to find out the latest.  Follow Elizabeth Made This on Instagram and Facebook.
    4. Post a picture of your day look (coffee) and your night look (cocktail) to Instagram to enter yourself.  Don’t forget to tag me @elizabethmadethis and use the #dayandnightdresschallenge.
    5. Grab a graphic and post it on your... [read more]

If you haven’t figured out I’m obsessed with Raspberry Creek Fabrics then you haven’t been reading my blog or following me on instagram for very long. Well, they launched a super awesome Valentine’s club line and I knew I needed it.

I don’t frequently sew for people outside our family, but this time I made an exception. My bestie, Tara, has been super busy lately. She has two wonderful girls, a husband who is a nurse with a crazy hospital schedule, a demanding job kicking ass for Cincinnati, she’s a Junior League Queen, and she just moved houses! She sews (see previous post, this is basically all her fault), but she’s been so busy I knew she wasn’t going to get around to sewing for her girls for Valentine’s day. Sadly, I was only able to sew something up for Elliot, her oldest, but baby Norah won’t remember.

I chose a FeeFee Filou because Tara is scared of German... [read more]


The blue top is a bit of a blast from the past, made maybe three years ago when I was up to my neck in making Tessuti Fave Tops. I have moved on now sewing-wise, but only after, it has to be said, upwards of 20 versions of that pattern in every conceivable fabric. There are still plenty of them populating my wardrobe.

This is one I had not been wearing much, as it felt a bit plain. It had also got shorter than I like with washing, one of the rare times when not prewashing a fabric before sewing it up has come back to bite me. Normally, with the loose styles I prefer, it is not a problem. This one not only got shorter and wider after the first wash, but kept going for quite a few subsequent ones. Other than that the fabric was great, a substantial linen jersey, whose quality I got to appreciate after buying some rather lousy thin ones, and so I was... [read more]

We’re happy to announce the addition of a frequently requested feature in the WordPress mobile apps: plugin management! With the 9.1 update for the iOS and Android apps, Business plan sites with plugins and self-hosted WordPress sites with Jetpack can now manage their plugins right in the app.

Instead of going to your dashboard in a web browser for every little plugin change, you can now browse your site’s plugins in the WordPress mobile apps, and activate, deactivate, and update plugins right from your phone. You can also manage auto-updates, remove most plugins, and find a link to the plugin’s page on for quick reference.

Try It Out

To find plugins in your app, make sure you’ve updated to version 9.1+ and have the Jetpack plugin (version 5.6+ required). Once you’re updated, you’ll see a new “Plugins” area under... [read more]

Itch to Stitch’s latest pattern is the Visby top. This is a super versatile pattern that has options for a quick-to-make raglan top, a henley, or a hooded henley.  Plus it’s on sale for launch week! As a pattern tester for Visby, I made View B the raglan top.

I have had this striped double knit fabric from Hart’s Fabric in my stash since the fall, but I hadn’t found the right project for it until Visby! This denim-y blue fabric has wide stripes one side and fine stripes on the other that are also toned due to the large stripes. So it was perfect to make a raglan top! I used the fine striped side for the body and neckline and the wide striped side for the sleeves and cuffs.

With just 4 pattern pieces, View B is a quick make. I think it was about 3 hours from when I clicked print to when I finished the hem. A few notes on this pattern… First check the sleeve length. It’s... [read more]


การพิมพ์กล่อง บรรจุภัณฑ์จำเป็นต้องคำนึงถึงความสำคัญอะไรบ้างกล่องบรรจุภัณฑ์เป็นส่วนสำคัญในการเก็บรักษาผลิตภัณฑ์หรือสินค้าที่อยู่ภายในให้อยู่ในสภาพดีป้องกันสิ่งสกปรกและฝุ่นละอองจากภายนอกที่จะปนเปื้อนเข้าไปสู่ตัวสินค้าด้านในและสิ่งที่สำคัญมากอีกอย่างหนึ่งของสั่งโรงงานรับทำกล่องบรรจุภัณฑ์ก็คือช่วยเพิ่มมูลค่าของสินค้าและสร้างความน่าสนใจของสินค้าให้แก่ผู้บริโภคมากยิ่งขึ้นใน การพิมพ์กล่องบรรจุภัณฑ์ นั้นๆ... [read more]


No- I said I like HIPPOs!

Glue fumes cause rare Psychotic toddler attack at local daycare- story at 11.

With only a few minutes until Jeff picked her up from her job at the coffin factory, Enid whipped up a dandy date night frock-

Andrea was given her final verbal notice- stop editing your Midevil Times uniform or you’re out!

I likes it better on Jimi Hendrix.

I liked it better on Dr Teeth. I concur. Photo credits:

This year, in addition to not purchasing any podcast hoodies, Quidditch jerseys, boring white tee shirts, etc., etc., as part of my RTW Fast, I have also made a personal pledge to make, not buy, any and all lingerie. Although the official RTW fast does not technically include lingerie, my ever-increasing stash of lingerie supplies begged and begged me to include bras and underwear in my personal pledge, and who was I to deny it? Luckily, my friend Erin asked me to test a few patterns for her very first pattern launch, so I had a great excuse--and a motivational deadline!--to get started right away. The patterns are launching today in honor of Valentine's Day and I hope you'll take a look here!

If you aren't familiar with Emerald Studios, Erin has been on the forefront of the lingerie sewing scene since, like, before sewing lingerie was cool. She... [read more]

Since the Raglan Tee design from my “Sew Your Own Activewear” book is a particularly quick one to sew up AND it works well for activewear and casualwear, I ended up making three for myself over the past year (though I had even more planned in my head!!)

I kinda jumped the gun and showed you my kitties & bunnies version last year because I was too in love with this Stoff & Stil fabric to wait for the book to come out!

And the absolute earliest sneak peek of the book designs came last April when I ran London marathon in a modified version of the Raglan Tee, which I converted into a vest after shifting the side seams. I technically ran the race the day before I handed in the first draft of the book, so this was really too early to even tell you what the designs were called!

I made another version early last year using some fabric I’d bought when I was in Buenos... [read more]

Hello fellow Sewcialists. I am Jamie, a stay-at-home dad of 2 little boys and you can find my blog at Male Devon Sewing. Some of you may remember me from series 4 of the Great British Sewing Bee where my first make was a bias-cut striped georgette top?

I was delighted to be asked to contribute here for the #sewstripes theme. Now those who follow me on social media probably know I specialise in tailored garments for men and women; jackets, blazers, suits, coats (you get the picture) and over the years have been honing my tailoring skills and stripes often feature in my tailored makes. As we all know, stripes really add to the aesthetic of a make and can totally transform what a garment looks like. This is particularly true with a tailored jacket/blazer where careful placement of the stripes can really make the difference.

The make I want to talk about... [read more]

This big tote bag was made with leftover scraps of different materials. Upcycled denim, of course, a dark red leather from a jacket and thrifted cotton fabric and clothing. I went for a basketweave type of design for the patchwork since a lot of the remnants were small.

There was still some red leather leftover so I made a matching tassel to go with the bag.

There are two pockets inside and a zippered pocket on the outer back. There is also a magnetic snap to keep the bag shut. This is a very spacious bag and quite the statement piece with all its colors.

You check out the bag in the shop, here.

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