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Saturday, 26 August


Birthday Surprise Giveaway! Please help me celebrate. $6.95 wallet pattern FREE. So Sew Easy

Today is a very special day for me, so I wanted to do something very special for you to help me celebrate.  My daughter, Samantha, just turned 16.  For everyone who's been there themselves when they turned 16 or had a daughter who did, I'm sure you know how important that is.

So, we're going to do something special and make one of our popular paid patterns free for this weekend only.  Yes, that's right, FREE.  As long as you download it on Craftsy this weekend, it will be free for you forever.  After this weekend, the pattern will go back on sale at $6.95.

Many readers would be sort of familiar with Samantha as she's kind enough to do most of the modeling for me.  (I find it hard to take pictures of myself.)  You may recall this popular design and free sewing pattern for the Bell Sleeve Top.

bell sleeve top


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Friday, 25 August


sewing: heritage rivercane rayon trevi top imagine gnats

This post is written by Heidi of Handmade Frenzy.

Hi everyone! What a fantastic week it has been here on the blog, reading all about one of my very favorite substrates. RAYON.

I have been using rayon since very early on in my handmade wardrobe journey. After realizing the flattering garments I could achieve by using this drapey and flowy fabric, I was sold. Not to mention how comfortable it is to wear in hot weather. I mean, just check out this rayon Trevi top! So comfy.

This Trevi Top, (pattern by Hey June Handmade and available in the shop here) for example, is the perfect hot-summer-day top. While I was taking these pictures, the weather was hot and humid, with a hot breeze blowing. The movement of this swing top, combined with the fluid fabric, kept me cool and comfortable!

The rayon fabric I used here is from the Heritage collection by April Rhodes. This one is called Rivercane (available in the shop here), and it is 100% rayon, dreamy and the perfect weight. It is lightweight while remaining opaque, so its perfect for anything from tops, to dresses, to skirts, to shorts, and even flowy pants!

Basically anything youd like to clothe your body in, this fabric will work for it!

This print is not what I would typically gravitate towards, but the entire Heritage collection has me totally smitten, and Ive snatched up a piece of all the Heritage rayons available in the shop for myself!

I am so so SO happy that I took a leap out of my comfort zone on this fabric because I absolutely love it. I obsessed (for a very long time) over the right pattern to pair with it. I wanted...


Craftsy SALE: Snag classes for under $15! So Sew Easy

Our regular readers would know we occasionally highlight interesting sales for our readers.  Craftsy just launched a new sale with 50+ classes, including some terrific sewing classes, under $15.

Craftsy is very, very popular in our community, so if you haven't tried them, now would be a good time. If you're familiar with Craftsy, now's the time to save some big bucks.

Craftsy is taking the savings and making them even sweeter! Now through Sunday, shop hundreds of classes for only $19.99, plus 50+ of our favorites for under $15.

This link should automatically take you to the sale add the sale coupon to your shopping cart.

Classes Under $15 Sale

One of the classes that is currently on sale for only $14.99 really stood out to me.  I think I may grab it since it's now more than 60% off!

Sew Better, Sew Faster: Advanced Industry Techniques with Janet Pray seems like a fantastic way for the intermediate to advanced sewist to pick up some extra sewing industry skills.  I worked for some years in the fashion design industry as well as garment manufacturing, but I'm sure times have changed and there is always new stuff to learn.


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Thursday, 24 August


sewing: rayon sway dress by papercut imagine gnats

This post was written by Alli of MorePleaseThankYou.

The thing I love about my rayon clothes is how easy they are to wear and care for. I never iron my brussels linen skirts because the wrinkles just fall out, and wrinkles in my rayon challis tops seem to relax out during the day good enough for me! I was hoping this rayon sway dress would follow the same pattern!

After trying this new-to-me Art Gallery rayon, Ive found that this fabric responds wonderfully to an iron: creases are easy to put in, and wrinkles are just as easy to get out.

My dresss hem is cut about halfway between the short and long versions so it lands just above my knee. Since the Art Gallery rayon is about 58 wide, I was able to cut both the front and back on the fold. I really didnt want to have to pattern-match a large print on fabric with such a liquid drape!

At first, it was a little difficult to fold the fabric on grain, but after I firmed it up with gelatin (courtesy of a Threads tutorial and...


The Ideal WWI era figure: Part I The Dreamstress

As a celebration (slightly belatedly) of the release of the Scroop Rilla Corset, over the next few weeks Ill be doing a series post about the ideal figure from 1913 to 1921 the period covered by the Rilla corset.

The Scroop Rilla Corset Pattern

Ill be covering how the figure ideal changed from 1914 to 1921, how corsets and other undergarments were used to achieve the ideal figure and correct the less than ideal figure, and how to wear a 1910s corset if you are large above the waist, and how to fit the Rilla to your figure.

Of course, in any era, beauty is in the eye of the beholder: what the ideal figure is depends on who is describing it, so there are lots of variations.  Part of the reason I really love the 1914-1921 period is that it covers a vast range of fashionable silhouettes within that 7 year range, even within a single year, and with so many different waistlines, necklines, skirt silhouettes and overall looks, there is a mid-teens style for every body.

To start off with, a look at the range of ideal bodies from a Gossards Corset advertisement from The Designer magazine, October 1916.  Gossards was an American corset manufacturer that heavily marketed their range of corsets for specific individual figures, with each different style of corset being designed to mould your particular type of figure into the fashionable ideal.

Ive got quite a few Gossards advertisements in my magazine collection, but this one is particularly interesting as being an early example of the use of Hollywood stars to market fashion and beauty.



The real garden shed and fence gets cleaned up part 1 Funky Junk Interiors

As most of you already know, this little rustic shed I often feature out back isnt a real garden shed at all. It morphed from a greenhouse, and today houses firewood, while becoming a cute focal point to the backyard through a sawhorse potting bench, added shutters, and so forth. What I HAVENT really shown you []

The post The real garden shed and fence gets cleaned up part 1 appeared first on Funky Junk Interiors.


How to Read Crochet Charts: A Flower Motif Little Treasures

A new how to read crochet charts guys! This one's taken from pinterest. Sharpen your hooks!
For the motif I used sport yarn (5 colors) and 1.9mm hook.
Pattern reads as follows:
Ch 4 and sl st in 1st ch to make a ring.
Round 1: Sc 8 in ring. Ch5 (3 as the 1st dc and 2 for the chain), dc1, ch2. Repeat the pattern in bold 6 times.



Simple Leggings Tour with Falafel and the Bee Simple Simon and Company

Today joining us on The Simple Leggings Pattern tour is Michelle from falafel and the bee. We love Michelle (she helps so much over at Project Run and Play) and although weve never met, we feel like she is one of our really good friends. And her sewing? The bomb. For real. She makes custom []

The post Simple Leggings Tour with Falafel and the Bee appeared first on Simple Simon and Company.

Wednesday, 23 August


New Sewing and Embroidery Machine Emporia Fabric & Crafts

Since January this year weve been stocking the super amazing range of Brother sewing and embroidery machines, and its fair to say that you have been won over by them just as much as we have. Weve all got our favourite machines to use for various different things, and have got to spend lots of []

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