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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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Early Fall Marcy Pattern: A Top For All Seasons

Two new Marcy Tilton patterns are in the just released fall Vogue pattern collection. Vogue 9216 features a slim lined vest with tucked away darted pockets and a narrow ponte jean. The second design, Vogue 9207, features a top/t-shirt that combines knit and woven. A big plus is that the vest, pant and top all work and layer together. This blog highlights the top with another blog to follow on the vest and pant combination. I'm working on a version of the vest right now and want to share that with you as soon as it is done...

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Two New Summer Marcy Patterns

New Vogue Summer patterns are due out on the Vogue Patterns Website any day. Here is a preview peek at two new Marcy Vogue patterns for summer.

Pattern #1: Two cardi-shrugs to make in knits or knits + woven

Pattern #2: Drop pocket pant and tunic to make in drapey wovens or knits.

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Marcy's Craftsy Artful T-Shirts

Last summer as I prepared for the Tilton Sisters new Craftsy Class, The Artful T-Shirt, I made a series of tunic/top/t-shirts for myself using Vogue 9057, the pattern we used as the basic for all our class projects. Detailed instructions for neck, sleeve, cuff and design ideas are contained in the online class itself. Here is a closer look at the garments.

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Ponte Primer

What exactly IS ponte? Why is it desirable? What about pilling issues? I've been getting this question in my newest Craftsy Class and on internet sewing forums.

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French Apron Dress

Vogue 9108: The French Apron Dress

The French Apron Dress is our working title for this dress + T-shirt + leggings pattern.

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