Capsule Wardrobe Sewing

{Sew the Trend} Bell Sleeves

{Sew the Trend} Bell Sleeves

My most recent project is the new bell sleeve blouse from Megan Nielsen, the Dove. View 1 is a super wearable shirt - great for casual wear in fabrics like flannel or chambray, or office attire in lawn, voile, or rayon challis. Views 2 and 3 have a little extra drama in flared sleeves that make great statement pieces - perfect for my "I never wear dresses, but I'd like to feel extra dressed up for Easter" sewing purposes. 

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{Wardrobe Planning} My Custom Color Palette

{Wardrobe Planning} My Custom Color Palette

I've long believed "Custom Color Palettes" are sort of like horoscopes. They're fun to read about, fun to know, easy to "believe" if you want to - easy to discredit if you don't. I've even rolled my eyes in the past hearing people cry "I can't wear ___! I'm a cool autum!" NONSENSE. The only reason you can't wear that could would be if your hands fell off when you tried to put it on, and nobody was around you to finish dressing you. (That's a really weird image to start a blog post. Your welcome for that!)

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Pairing Fabrics with Patterns - Easy Tools For Successful Sewing!

Pairing Fabrics with Patterns - Easy Tools For Successful Sewing!

You've measured your PDF pattern's 1 inch square. And you've prewashed your fabrics. You used a new needle, and even bothered to change your serger thread (go you!) to match your fabric choice. You iron every seam down and back. You meticulously clip every stray thread, and pluck every basting stitch... 

But in the end, none of it mattered. Because THAT fabric with THAT pattern is a hot mess. And had you known you'd be doomed from the start, that crinkled up garment on the floor would still be uncut yardage full of potential. If only there was a way to make sure your pairings would always work out! Some magical tool that would guarantee your success!

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{Spring Capsule Sewalong} Fabric Selection

{Spring Capsule Sewalong} Fabric Selection

Hi friends!! This is the second time I'll be talking about fabric selection during the capsule series, so apologies in advance for any duplicate information you're about to endure. I have improved upon my skills since last year, so I figured an update was in order.

THESE TIPS HOLD TRUE REGARDLESS THE SEASON YOU'RE SEWING FOR. Though, if you're sewing for Fall (Aussies) or perpetual winter (Canadians. Just kidding. Kinda.) - follow the sudoku tips/free printable from Fall planning and substitute all the jewelry you will see below with layering pieces.

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{Holiday Mini-Capsule} The Anthro Hack Jacket

{Holiday Mini-Capsule} The Anthro Hack Jacket

Holiday season is upon us! But really, most of what I've made for Fall is pretty weather-appropriate still. So rather than craft a whole new wardrobemy friend Kelly and I thought it'd be a fun departure from super-versatile capsule norms to mix in a few holiday pieces. Dressier items that can vamp up our everyday stuff to take us through our company-party needs, all the way through our new year soirees.  After all, our socially-acceptable opportunities to wear fur, pleather and sequins are rather limited each year (unless you're my daughter...), we've got to plan now to make the most of them!

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{Sewing Fall Layers} Tips & Tricks! + The New LLK Ladies' Library Cardigan

{Sewing Fall Layers} Tips & Tricks! + The New LLK Ladies' Library Cardigan

Everyone's talking about Fall Layers this week! After the inspiring sews on the Fall Pattern Showcase, and three newly released cardigan patterns, you may be itching to try your hand at sewing your own. But how do you choose the right materials for the job? And what do you need to know about the benefits - and limitations - of working with certain patterns and fabrics? Read on my friends! I learned the hard way so you don't have to ;)

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