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New Marcy Skirt and Pant Patterns for Holiday:

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ArtBarn Team Sews The Pocket Tunic, Butterick 6492

At one of our informal Tuesday ArtBarn team lunch meetings, we got excited about doing another team sew-along using Katherine's new pocket tunic...

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New Marcy Vogue Pattern For Fall: The Godet Swing Tunic

I'm excited to share this new Vogue Pattern for fall, a fun flattering top/tunic. Designed for knits - you could use almost any weight from a light jersey to ponte....

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On The Road Again

While one of my life goals is to master the art of carry on, for a week in NYC, I'll take a 'short trip' suitcase in addition to the trusty carry-on combo. My travel strategy is...

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Summery Mesh Knits and Laces

Meshes and laces make ideal summer layering pieces. These are such fun fabrics to play with, use in a single or double layer or layer over an opaque solid or print. I've got a cardi on my design table right now...

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Vogue 9254 The Swirl Dress

Easy to make, fun to wear and flattering to many figures, the studio name for Vogue 9254 is The Swirl Dress...

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The Hoodie: Hiding in Plain Sight

Worn by men, women and children, beloved by skateboarders, athletes, students, the uniform of tech geeks, the hoodie is a garment so universal it can almost render a person invisible....

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Holiday Twin Set

A Little Last Minute Holiday Sewing

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Two New Vogue Patterns for Winter and Holiday

Asymmetrical 'Ruffle' Jacket and Slim Lined Soft Pants with Origami Hem Detail

The new Winter/Holiday Vogue pattern release caught me by surprise, a reminder that fall is moving along fast and winter and the holidays not far behind. I'd love to make a version of this jacket and pants to take to Paris in a few weeks, (well, maybe). In the meantime, here are some insights into these two new patterns...

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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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