In pursuit of the perfect pencil skirt: Simple Sews Wiggle Skirt

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In the second installment of my quest for the perfect pencil skirt, I’ve gone back to a classic. This is the wiggle skirt from the Two-in-One Skirt Collection by Simple Sews. I’ve made this pattern up twice before: a floral stretch cotton sateen version in May 2015, and a goldenrod version out of upholstery fabric in October 2015. The floral version is still in my closet, but I broke the zipper on the second version an decided that it wasn’t worth fixing. Both of these skirts are fine, but the fit wasn’t perfect so I wanted to see if I could improve on it.

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In pursuit of the perfect pencil skirt: Simplicity 1559

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This seems crazy, but I’ve only made one skirt in the past two years. 2016 and 2017 were all about pants: Itch to Stitch North Point Trousers, Hudson Sweatpants, Style Arc Sadie Pants, Ginger Jeans, and Colette Clovers. This year, though, I’m going to get back into skirts. I want to find the perfect pencil skirt pattern and sew up a work wardrobe full of them. Continue reading

Holiday Hollyburn

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This is one of those projects that wasn’t planned, but just sort of happened. I finished my existing project and was ready for a new one, but didn’t feel the need to go shopping (gasp). I had this red upholstery fabric in my stash (probably from Hancock Fabrics’ going-out-of-business sale, but I can’t be sure), and thought it would make a nice skirt. I already had the Sewaholic Hollyburn pattern cut out, and knew it worked with stiffer fabrics. So, one night I found myself cutting a Hollyburn out of this mystery upholstery fabric. Continue reading

Just add onesie…baby gift set

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I promise this is not turning into a home sewing and baby blog. Pinky swear! I’ve been trying my best to use up scraps, and adult clothes take real amounts of fabric. So, I put together this compilation of baby items as a newborn gift package. I didn’t make all of these items at once, but over a couple of months.  They just happened to go together, so I put them together as a gift basket of sorts, made up of: Continue reading