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Summer Sewing With Eyelet, Embroidery & Lace

I’ve been gathering a collection of eyelets, embroideries and lace for the website for months, so when the warm weather hit last week, I hit the studio. Last summer I made black eyelet pants and loved them. This season I'm coveting a loose floaty top, combining a current Marcy pattern with a fabric from our new Eyelet Collection.

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The True Cost of Fabric & Fashion

Lets chat a bit about the fabrics that find the way into your stash...

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Sewing Geek Weekend

When it is time to get down to business and sew the final-final prototypes for a future Vogue pattern, Gwen Spencer puts a closed sign on the door of her studio and makes the 5 hour drive from Corvallis to my studio...

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Holiday Twin Set

A Little Last Minute Holiday Sewing

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VIDEO: Silk Velvet Pleated Pants

'Sewing Silk Velvet Can Be A Beast!'

Secrets to sewing on silk velvet...

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Playing it Forward: Checking In and Catching Up


Playing it forward... Over the past month I’ve been getting the website ready for the time I’ll be in Paris, which translates to a steady daily routine of photographing and posting ahead. While I'm out galavanting around Paris, new fabrics will post every day during the 3 weeks while I’m away. Our fabulous ArtBarn team is holding down the fabric home front to keep your orders coming and handle customer calls and service. Nearly 100 new fabrics are in the lineup!

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Black Tie Suggested - Sewing Required

Hard to believe that I have closets full of clothes and 3 barns full of fabric, but when the wedding invitation from my niece Marissa arrived, it dawned on me that I had nothing to wear....

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New Favorite: a little bit funky


The ONE item I know I will aways wear is a black cardigan, collect them in different weights for all seasons. This summer weight little black cardi is the result of my resolve to sew things I wear in everyday life (as opposed to too fancy-schmancy). After the last closet clearing frenzy, realized once again that I have far too many 'special' garments in the closet that are much too 'good' to wear for my daily working life at home. Three trends I saw in Paris that I wanted to incorporate in this piece are...

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Easy Peasy Soft Summer Pants

Loving summer at home where my wardrobe needs are basic, but I still like to play at creative dressing. One summer design focus is ‘work’ clothes, a relatively unexplored category, for me as I tend to make things that are too precious or too dressy. It promises to be hot, and I’ve been craving soft light yet clothes with pockets in fabrics that make me feel good and at the same time that can stand up to daily home/work life in the country, where I cook, clean, sit at the computer, take photos, play with animals, and sometimes sew. First on the studio list is to make soft, light weight, flattering AND comfortable pants...

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Linen Season

The linens are pouring in, my new Bernina 570 QE is set to go, and Paris is on the horizon, so I kicked off a linen sewing weekend and Vasco keeps me company....

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