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ArtBarn Team Sew-Along With NEW Japanese Cottons & Linens

All of us in the ArtBarn team have been oohing and aaahing over the latest collection of Japanese cottons and linens. In a spur of the moment sew-along, we each chose a cut of a favorite fabric, then over the past week, whipped up a garment to show our customers. Here are the results with sewing/tweaking notes, pattern photos, line drawings and links...

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Paris Windows Photo Report: Eyelet, Lace & Embroideries


On a hunch last fall and winter I was attracted to eyelets, laces and embroidered summer fabrics, picking them up here and there. All of a sudden they seemed fresh and new and I had fun hunting them down. When I hit Paris at the end of April, I started seeing lots of these kinds of fabrics in shop windows and displays as shown in these photos. Read more...

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Paris Windows

Darting down the streets of Paris, running errands, on the way to and from meeting friends, dinner, shopping and dodging around streets that are closed because they are shooting a Tom Cruise movie, I take quick photos of clothes in the shop windows that catch my eye. I don't always 'like' what I see, but...

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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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VIDEO: Silk Velvet Pleated Pants

'Sewing Silk Velvet Can Be A Beast!'

Secrets to sewing on silk velvet...

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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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Nancy Murakami Is My Sewing Guru

Nancy Murakami's clothes are practical but always with a twist, she tweaks and adapts as she goes and the results are always interesting. She tosses the fabric in the washing machine and dryer, puts things in the dye pot, cuts up the fabric and puts it back together again, cuts holes in it and...

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Gwen Spencer's 2 Dresses

I want to sew more like Nancy Murakami and Gwen Spencer. Their projects never cease to inspire me, each with a distinct sewing style. You may know them from our booth at the Puyallup Sewing Expo. Summer is still percolating along and I must share these inspiring summer dresses from this talented duo....

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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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