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Tomorrow is my wedding anniversary. My partner and I are pretty low key people, we always say we should plan something, but we usually wind up just hanging out and enjoying company with each other and our cats. Any other low key folks out there? 😽🎮📚
And this seems like a good time to remind myself that since it has been 4 years now, I really should do my grand plan of hemming my handmade wedding dress, and possibly dying it to bring it new life! It was the first big knit fabric project I made (what was I thinking...) but it was lusciously comfortable and it's pretty forgiving on my married for four years body, so I can still wear it! I suppose I was thinking pretty smartly back then
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#handmadewedding #handmadeweddingdress #sewingwithknits #millenialsewing #memade #handmadewardrobe #chicagosews #illinoissews #isew #makersgonnamake #sewist #sewcialist #sewistsofinstagram
Tomorrow is my wedding anniversary. My partner and I are pretty low key people, we always say we should plan something, but we usually wind up just hanging out and enjoying company with each other and our cats. Any other low key folks out there? 😽🎮📚 And this seems like a good time to remind myself that since it has been 4 years now, I really should do my grand plan of hemming my handmade wedding dress, and possibly dying it to bring it new life! It was the first big knit fabric project I made (what was I thinking...) but it was lusciously comfortable and it's pretty forgiving on my married for four years body, so I can still wear it! I suppose I was thinking pretty smartly back then . . . . . . . #handmadewedding  #handmadeweddingdress  #sewingwithknits  #millenialsewing  #memade  #handmadewardrobe  #chicagosews  #illinoissews  #isew  #makersgonnamake  #sewist  #sewcialist  #sewistsofinstagram 
Just made these jeans I'm wearing. No big deal. .
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Just kidding, it was a huge deal. These still have some issues but it's a solid first attempt! Thanks @sewnorth and @wzrdreams for the fitting help. 
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have y’all seen the new #alisweatshirt from @sewdiyblog yet??? I got to pattern test it, and DUH of course it’s another winner from Beth! all the details are up on the blog today!
have y’all seen the new #alisweatshirt  from @sewdiyblog yet??? I got to pattern test it, and DUH of course it’s another winner from Beth! all the details are up on the blog today!
LOL to this whole project 😂 *also aren’t these just the best photos ever 😂🤷🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️* I bought this pattern several years ago as a kit when I was just quilting. I was curious about garment sewing and must have came to it somehow but I don’t remember the purchase! The first instruction was to finish the seams. In my many years of sage garment sewing expertise (🤷🏻‍♀️) I thought that didn’t make sense and skipped it. Sooo then I realized that the way it comes together doesn’t allow you to serge all the seams. Duh. Then I realized halfway through construction I was STILL using my basting stitch. Oy. BUT! I learned A LOT so I’m good with it! It was way too big so I added a box pleat in center back and I like the way it shapes the front. It’s also comfy and very soft! So she’s my little problem child but I’m going to welcome her into the family anyway ❤️ #chicagosews #blackbirdfabrics 
Pattern: #esmetop by @sewliberated 
Fabric: tencel denim from @blackbirdfabrics
LOL to this whole project 😂 *also aren’t these just the best photos ever 😂🤷🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️* I bought this pattern several years ago as a kit when I was just quilting. I was curious about garment sewing and must have came to it somehow but I don’t remember the purchase! The first instruction was to finish the seams. In my many years of sage garment sewing expertise (🤷🏻‍♀️) I thought that didn’t make sense and skipped it. Sooo then I realized that the way it comes together doesn’t allow you to serge all the seams. Duh. Then I realized halfway through construction I was STILL using my basting stitch. Oy. BUT! I learned A LOT so I’m good with it! It was way too big so I added a box pleat in center back and I like the way it shapes the front. It’s also comfy and very soft! So she’s my little problem child but I’m going to welcome her into the family anyway ❤️ #chicagosews  #blackbirdfabrics  Pattern: #esmetop  by @sewliberated Fabric: tencel denim from @blackbirdfabrics
throwing it waaaaaaaay back with this photo to remind y’all that I have a post on the #fringedresspattern in case you’re curious about this month’s #sewmystyle2018 make! direct link in profile!
throwing it waaaaaaaay back with this photo to remind y’all that I have a post on the #fringedresspattern  in case you’re curious about this month’s #sewmystyle2018  make! direct link in profile!
These are #gingerjeans by @closetcase.patterns flip through the photos for closeups. Worn by my sister. Denim is from @moodfabrics
These are #gingerjeans  by @closetcase.patterns flip through the photos for closeups. Worn by my sister. Denim is from @moodfabrics
Here is a pre pregnant photo of me wearing the #minttutop by @namedclothing. It really is a perfect top!
Here is a pre pregnant photo of me wearing the #minttutop  by @namedclothing. It really is a perfect top!
I only wore my #landerpants by @truebias for a short while. I didn’t know it then, but I was pregnant! I modified the pattern by shortening the waist and making a skinny leg instead of wide. Can’t wait until I fit into these again.
I only wore my #landerpants  by @truebias for a short while. I didn’t know it then, but I was pregnant! I modified the pattern by shortening the waist and making a skinny leg instead of wide. Can’t wait until I fit into these again.
prepping for november’s #sewmystyle2018 over here - y’all, if someone told me how easy self drafting underwear was, I woulda been doing this a looooooong time ago! bralette is a #jordybralette kit, and undies are self drafted 👙
prepping for november’s #sewmystyle2018  over here - y’all, if someone told me how easy self drafting underwear was, I woulda been doing this a looooooong time ago! bralette is a #jordybralette  kit, and undies are self drafted 👙
Hot off the sewing machine! The #burnsidebibs by @sewhouse7 What a great feeling of accomplishment to actually finish a project that fits fantastically! I graded a size 16 at the hip to a 14 at the waist. I bought the wrong kind of zipper and ended up doing a lapped zip. I scooped out the back crotch for my low butt, my typical adjustment. The fabric is a slight stretch mystery fabric from @voguefabrics My sister loves them so much she requested I make her the exact pair.
Hot off the sewing machine! The #burnsidebibs  by @sewhouse7 What a great feeling of accomplishment to actually finish a project that fits fantastically! I graded a size 16 at the hip to a 14 at the waist. I bought the wrong kind of zipper and ended up doing a lapped zip. I scooped out the back crotch for my low butt, my typical adjustment. The fabric is a slight stretch mystery fabric from @voguefabrics My sister loves them so much she requested I make her the exact pair.
#sewphotohop Day 16: Sewcial Friends I've made. I can't resist sharing more pictures from Costume College, it's one of the best examples of all of the new sewing friends I've made, all meeting in person! I have to thank @gwendolyngrey for helping  expand my sewing circle and opening my eyes to all sorts of possibilities. Through Instagram, I've connected with such wonderful people who are kind, so skilled and knowledgeable. I think I'll feature a few more of my favorite people in my stories. 💗 spread the love, folks! .
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#sewphotohop2018 #CostumeCollege #coco2018 #Moanacosplay #moanadisneybound #millenialsewing #memade #chicagosews #isew #makersgonnamake #sewist #sewcialist #sewistsofinstagram
#sewphotohop  Day 16: Sewcial Friends I've made. I can't resist sharing more pictures from Costume College, it's one of the best examples of all of the new sewing friends I've made, all meeting in person! I have to thank @gwendolyngrey for helping expand my sewing circle and opening my eyes to all sorts of possibilities. Through Instagram, I've connected with such wonderful people who are kind, so skilled and knowledgeable. I think I'll feature a few more of my favorite people in my stories. 💗 spread the love, folks! . . . . #sewphotohop2018  #CostumeCollege  #coco2018  #Moanacosplay  #moanadisneybound  #millenialsewing  #memade  #chicagosews  #isew  #makersgonnamake  #sewist  #sewcialist  #sewistsofinstagram 
Work in progress! Trying to decide on piping or no piping.... thoughts?
#wip  #sewing #design #designing #piping #chicagosews #fallsewing #autumnsewing #fallchallenge
HEEEY YOOOOU GUUUYS! (Goonies? Anyone? 😂) My first pair of jeans are in the history books! I learned a lot from this pair! Silly me didn’t realize I needed to do the baste fit before the zipper insertion but I think the adjustments are suitable enough for my first pair! I LOVE the top stitching thread from @blackbirdfabrics (Guttermann Jeans Thread color 448) it is exactly what I was looking for to go with my jeans kit from @closetcasepatterns! I did get the Sew Your Dream Jeans e-course and HIGHLY recommend it! It’s worth every penny and then some! Heather did an incredible job with the course! 
Pattern: #gingerjeans from @closetcase.patterns 
Fabric: denim blend from @joann_stores 
Hardware Kit: @closetcase.patterns 
Topstitching thread: @blackbirdfabrics  #chicagosews #isewmyclothes
HEEEY YOOOOU GUUUYS! (Goonies? Anyone? 😂) My first pair of jeans are in the history books! I learned a lot from this pair! Silly me didn’t realize I needed to do the baste fit before the zipper insertion but I think the adjustments are suitable enough for my first pair! I LOVE the top stitching thread from @blackbirdfabrics (Guttermann Jeans Thread color 448) it is exactly what I was looking for to go with my jeans kit from @closetcasepatterns! I did get the Sew Your Dream Jeans e-course and HIGHLY recommend it! It’s worth every penny and then some! Heather did an incredible job with the course! Pattern: #gingerjeans  from @closetcase.patterns Fabric: denim blend from @joann_stores Hardware Kit: @closetcase.patterns Topstitching thread: @blackbirdfabrics #chicagosews  #isewmyclothes 
#sewphotohop Day 14 - Wardrobe Essentials: I know I have posted several times now about my fall collection  so I wanted to change it up a bit. I want to share about the essentials that I am wanting to make for Eric this fall.  It is a whole lot of @threadtheorydesigns! Their mens patterns are amazing! I don't want to sew underwear for myself let along Eric, but their Comox Trunks make me want to. .
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#sewing #isew #sewingblogger #sewcialist #sewistsofinstagram #instasew #isewmyownclothes #create #maker #diyfashion #diy #memade #memadeeverday #handmadewardrobe #chicagosews #sewistsoftheworld #sewaddicted #sewingforspouse
#sewphotohop  Day 14 - Wardrobe Essentials: I know I have posted several times now about my fall collection so I wanted to change it up a bit. I want to share about the essentials that I am wanting to make for Eric this fall. It is a whole lot of @threadtheorydesigns! Their mens patterns are amazing! I don't want to sew underwear for myself let along Eric, but their Comox Trunks make me want to. . . . . . #sewing  #isew  #sewingblogger  #sewcialist  #sewistsofinstagram  #instasew  #isewmyownclothes  #create  #maker  #diyfashion  #diy  #memade  #memadeeverday  #handmadewardrobe  #chicagosews  #sewistsoftheworld  #sewaddicted  #sewingforspouse 
#sewphotohop Day 15: What was I Thinking?? Meet one of my greatest makes that never was. I inherited some scraps and fabric cutoffs from my theater and made a little self drafted dress. It fits me well, and while I think it's cute, I have literally never worn it out of my house. For 3 years. 😅 I didn't have enough fabric for any sleeves, and I think the combination of a high collar (which I don't normally reach for) and sleeveless look really confuses my body. I also don't have a cardigan that I think would go well with it. So mostly this is "a dress that never was" because of my incision and lack of styling. 🙈 What do you think? Should I cut down the neckline for something lower? Is there a cardigan pairing that would save me from myself? Should I just give it away?
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#sewphotohop2018 #peterpancollar #peterpancollardress #selfdrafted #upcycle #scrapfabric #costumerlife #lifeasacostumer #theaterlife #costumeshop #millenialsewing #memade #chicagosews #isew #makersgonnamake #sewist #sewcialist #sewistsofinstagram
#sewphotohop  Day 15: What was I Thinking?? Meet one of my greatest makes that never was. I inherited some scraps and fabric cutoffs from my theater and made a little self drafted dress. It fits me well, and while I think it's cute, I have literally never worn it out of my house. For 3 years. 😅 I didn't have enough fabric for any sleeves, and I think the combination of a high collar (which I don't normally reach for) and sleeveless look really confuses my body. I also don't have a cardigan that I think would go well with it. So mostly this is "a dress that never was" because of my incision and lack of styling. 🙈 What do you think? Should I cut down the neckline for something lower? Is there a cardigan pairing that would save me from myself? Should I just give it away? . . . . . . #sewphotohop2018  #peterpancollar  #peterpancollardress  #selfdrafted  #upcycle  #scrapfabric  #costumerlife  #lifeasacostumer  #theaterlife  #costumeshop  #millenialsewing  #memade  #chicagosews  #isew  #makersgonnamake  #sewist  #sewcialist  #sewistsofinstagram 
fall is in the air, and I’m ready for cooler nights in my amazing DIY faux fur vest! head over to the blog to read all about how I made this vest with materials from @joann_stores, and get my instructions for making one of your own. (hint: it’s super easy!) #sponsored #handmadewithjoann
fall is in the air, and I’m ready for cooler nights in my amazing DIY faux fur vest! head over to the blog to read all about how I made this vest with materials from @joann_stores, and get my instructions for making one of your own. (hint: it’s super easy!) #sponsored  #handmadewithjoann 
#sewphotohop Day 13 - Game Changer: Upgrading my camera from a point and shoot to a DSLR was amazing for me. Looking at photos of my makes from a few years ago you can see a huge difference. You can see more details in my garments now than you could with my old camera. 
One another note, chopping off my hair was also a game changer for life. My photos are so much more fun now and I think it has a lot to do with being less self conscience about my hair.

This is my first #yorkpinafore from @helenscloset. Check out my review for the #sewlongsumerblogtour on the blog today. Link in my bio.
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#sewing #isew #sewingblogger #sewcialist #sewistsofinstagram #instasew #isewmyownclothes #create #maker #diyfashion #diy #memade #memadeeverday #handmadewardrobe #chicagosews #sewistsoftheworld #sewaddicted #curvysewing #plussizefashion #stashbusting #musingsofaseamstress
#sewphotohop  Day 13 - Game Changer: Upgrading my camera from a point and shoot to a DSLR was amazing for me. Looking at photos of my makes from a few years ago you can see a huge difference. You can see more details in my garments now than you could with my old camera. One another note, chopping off my hair was also a game changer for life. My photos are so much more fun now and I think it has a lot to do with being less self conscience about my hair. This is my first #yorkpinafore  from @helenscloset. Check out my review for the #sewlongsumerblogtour  on the blog today. Link in my bio. . . . . . #sewing  #isew  #sewingblogger  #sewcialist  #sewistsofinstagram  #instasew  #isewmyownclothes  #create  #maker  #diyfashion  #diy  #memade  #memadeeverday  #handmadewardrobe  #chicagosews  #sewistsoftheworld  #sewaddicted  #curvysewing  #plussizefashion  #stashbusting  #musingsofaseamstress 
#drapingtechniques
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#sewphotohop2018 Day 8: Specially made for... In my profession in theater, most of the sewing I do is specially made for others. It's always a unique challenge to cloth so many different bodies, but I learn so much! I draped a lot of bodices to look like modern Greek Goddesses and I thought I would share the process. I get a lot of feedback of how draping seems intimidating, and hopefully my videos will show that it's just a matter of practice and both easing fabric into what it wants to do as well as what you would like it to look like. And it's pretty fun to watch it transform! Enjoy! .
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#sewphotohop2018 #draping #drapingtechniques #sewingtechniques #timelapse #sewingprocess #sewingwip #costumerlife #lifeasacostumer #theaterlife #costumeshop #millenialsewing #memade #chicagosews #isew #makersgonnamake #sewist #sewcialist #sewistsofinstagram
#drapingtechniques  #drapaj  #drapajtekniği  #sewphotohop2018  Day 8: Specially made for... In my profession in theater, most of the sewing I do is specially made for others. It's always a unique challenge to cloth so many different bodies, but I learn so much! I draped a lot of bodices to look like modern Greek Goddesses and I thought I would share the process. I get a lot of feedback of how draping seems intimidating, and hopefully my videos will show that it's just a matter of practice and both easing fabric into what it wants to do as well as what you would like it to look like. And it's pretty fun to watch it transform! Enjoy! . . . . . . . #sewphotohop2018  #draping  #drapingtechniques  #sewingtechniques  #timelapse  #sewingprocess  #sewingwip  #costumerlife  #lifeasacostumer  #theaterlife  #costumeshop  #millenialsewing  #memade  #chicagosews  #isew  #makersgonnamake  #sewist  #sewcialist  #sewistsofinstagram 
#sewphotohop Day 12 - Tip/Technique: Based on @knitnbee FB status earlier today, make sure you interface properly. It helps to provide structure and stability to your garment. Just do it when the pattern calls for it. I promise it makes a huge difference in making your garments look more professional  and less "Becky Home-ecky".
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#justdoit #sewingtip #sewing #isew #sewingblogger #sewcialist #sewistsofinstagram #instasew #isewmyownclothes #create #maker #diyfashion #diy #memade #memadeeverday #handmadewardrobe #chicagosews #sewistsoftheworld #sewaddicted
#sewphotohop  Day 12 - Tip/Technique: Based on @knitnbee FB status earlier today, make sure you interface properly. It helps to provide structure and stability to your garment. Just do it when the pattern calls for it. I promise it makes a huge difference in making your garments look more professional and less "Becky Home-ecky". . . . . . . #justdoit  #sewingtip  #sewing  #isew  #sewingblogger  #sewcialist  #sewistsofinstagram  #instasew  #isewmyownclothes  #create  #maker  #diyfashion  #diy  #memade  #memadeeverday  #handmadewardrobe  #chicagosews  #sewistsoftheworld  #sewaddicted 
TODAY IS THE DAY! I’m starting sewing my first #gingerjeans tonight! Got my hardware kit from @closetcase.patterns and love the copper thread I found from @blackbirdfabrics 😍 I’m equal parts terrified and thrilled 😂 #chicagosews
TODAY IS THE DAY! I’m starting sewing my first #gingerjeans  tonight! Got my hardware kit from @closetcase.patterns and love the copper thread I found from @blackbirdfabrics 😍 I’m equal parts terrified and thrilled 😂 #chicagosews 
I had such a great time having the Princess for an entire week for Grandma Camp! This year she asked for dresses! And she helped make them. Check out my blog post for more pics :) link in bio. #sewingblogger #chicagosews #grandmacamp #princessvictoria #newdress #sewing #blogging
#sewphotohop Day 11 - Creative Process: I don't know if I would call what I do a process. My inspiration comes from pretty much everywhere. Sometimes it starts with the pattern. Sometimes it starts with the fabric. Sometimes it starts with experiences. Sometimes it starts with sneaky shopping at the store. Wherever whenever the inspiration strikes I tend to think it through completely before starting. I plan the pattern, fabric including how it will sew up, notions, and how I will wear/style it. Sometimes I sketch it out, most times I don't. Then it goes on my mental list of projects to make.
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#sewing #isew #sewingblogger #sewcialist #sewistsofinstagram #instasew #isewmyownclothes #create #maker #diyfashion #diy #memade #memadeeverday #handmadewardrobe #chicagosews #sewistsoftheworld #sewaddicted #curvysewing #plussizefashion #stashbusting #musingsofaseamstress
#sewphotohop  Day 11 - Creative Process: I don't know if I would call what I do a process. My inspiration comes from pretty much everywhere. Sometimes it starts with the pattern. Sometimes it starts with the fabric. Sometimes it starts with experiences. Sometimes it starts with sneaky shopping at the store. Wherever whenever the inspiration strikes I tend to think it through completely before starting. I plan the pattern, fabric including how it will sew up, notions, and how I will wear/style it. Sometimes I sketch it out, most times I don't. Then it goes on my mental list of projects to make. . . . . . . #sewing  #isew  #sewingblogger  #sewcialist  #sewistsofinstagram  #instasew  #isewmyownclothes  #create  #maker  #diyfashion  #diy  #memade  #memadeeverday  #handmadewardrobe  #chicagosews  #sewistsoftheworld  #sewaddicted  #curvysewing  #plussizefashion  #stashbusting  #musingsofaseamstress 
#sewphotohop Day 10 - Fresh Out of the Machine: I can't share my last finished projects just yet since they are for the Cali blog later this week. Instead, here is a sneak peak at what I was hoping to have finished today. I am working on the #yorkpinafore  and realized I don't have bias tape that looks good with this rusty coral color of twill. Guess, I will have to go pick some up from @joann_stores tomorrow.
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#smellslikefallspiritcollection #sewing #isew #sewingblogger #sewcialist #sewistsofinstagram #instasew #isewmyownclothes #create #maker #diyfashion #diy #memade #memadeeverday #handmadewardrobe #chicagosews #sewistsoftheworld #sewaddicted #curvysewing #plussizefashion #stashbusting #musingsofaseamstress
#sewphotohop  Day 10 - Fresh Out of the Machine: I can't share my last finished projects just yet since they are for the Cali blog later this week. Instead, here is a sneak peak at what I was hoping to have finished today. I am working on the #yorkpinafore  and realized I don't have bias tape that looks good with this rusty coral color of twill. Guess, I will have to go pick some up from @joann_stores tomorrow. . . . . . #smellslikefallspiritcollection  #sewing  #isew  #sewingblogger  #sewcialist  #sewistsofinstagram  #instasew  #isewmyownclothes  #create  #maker  #diyfashion  #diy  #memade  #memadeeverday  #handmadewardrobe  #chicagosews  #sewistsoftheworld  #sewaddicted  #curvysewing  #plussizefashion  #stashbusting  #musingsofaseamstress 
#sewphotohop Day 10: Hot off the Sewing Machine. I can't share too much about my newest project, so here is a sneak peak! I love little details that set patterns apart from the rest of the pack; and these little lacing tabs do exactly that! A lacing detail seems like it bridges a gap of my historical sewing and handmade wardrobe quite well. Keep your eyes open for the #HughesDress from @fridaypatterncompany, coming soon!
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#sewingwip #sewphotohop2018 #handmadewardrobe #indiesewing #indiepattern #patterntester #millenialsewing #memade #chicagosews #isew #makersgonnamake #sewist #sewcialist #sewistsofinstagram
#sewphotohop  Day 10: Hot off the Sewing Machine. I can't share too much about my newest project, so here is a sneak peak! I love little details that set patterns apart from the rest of the pack; and these little lacing tabs do exactly that! A lacing detail seems like it bridges a gap of my historical sewing and handmade wardrobe quite well. Keep your eyes open for the #HughesDress  from @fridaypatterncompany, coming soon! . . . . . . #sewingwip  #sewphotohop2018  #handmadewardrobe  #indiesewing  #indiepattern  #patterntester  #millenialsewing  #memade  #chicagosews  #isew  #makersgonnamake  #sewist  #sewcialist  #sewistsofinstagram 
I took my #joyjacketpattern to Palo Alto today! it was a beautiful day there, full of coffee and pizza and a good friend. the next few days will be busy busy busy, so it was great to have a relaxing afternoon before everything kicks off 🥂
I took my #joyjacketpattern  to Palo Alto today! it was a beautiful day there, full of coffee and pizza and a good friend. the next few days will be busy busy busy, so it was great to have a relaxing afternoon before everything kicks off 🥂
#sewphotohop Day 9 - Lightbulb Moment: Mine was when I was listening to episode 23 of @lovetosew.podcast with @heatherlou. The episode was about facing your fears and boy, did it smack me upside the head. She gave a great pep talk to sewists and this quote just stood out to me. So I made a print to hang in my sewing space as a reminder to get over my sewing fears. Mine are mostly about starting my own indie pattern company. I am in my own way. Have you listened to this episode? What fears do you have?
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#sewingpodcast #podcastaddict #sewing #isew #sewingblogger #sewcialist #sewistsofinstagram #instasew #isewmyownclothes #create #maker #diyfashion #diy #memade #memadeeverday #handmadewardrobe #chicagosews #sewistsoftheworld #sewaddicted #stashbusting #musingsofaseamstress
#sewphotohop  Day 9 - Lightbulb Moment: Mine was when I was listening to episode 23 of @lovetosew.podcast with @heatherlou. The episode was about facing your fears and boy, did it smack me upside the head. She gave a great pep talk to sewists and this quote just stood out to me. So I made a print to hang in my sewing space as a reminder to get over my sewing fears. Mine are mostly about starting my own indie pattern company. I am in my own way. Have you listened to this episode? What fears do you have? . . . . . . #sewingpodcast  #podcastaddict  #sewing  #isew  #sewingblogger  #sewcialist  #sewistsofinstagram  #instasew  #isewmyownclothes  #create  #maker  #diyfashion  #diy  #memade  #memadeeverday  #handmadewardrobe  #chicagosews  #sewistsoftheworld  #sewaddicted  #stashbusting  #musingsofaseamstress 
#sewphotohop Day 9: Lightbulb moment. Because of conversations with @gwendolyngrey, I had decided to start sharing more of my sewing journey on Instagram. Which helped nudge me to create more outside of work and realize how much I enjoyed learning and guiding with the all sorts of sewing communities here. This is less of a lightbulb moment and more of a dimmer lightbulb journey. 🤣 swipe to watch some of our #CostumeCollege antics and basically some great representation of our friendship! 💞💞💞
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#sewphotohop2018 #costumecollege2018 #coco2018 #sewingcommunity #historicalcostuming #historicalcostumer #19teens #italianrenaissance #millenialsewing #chicagosews #isew #makersgonnamake #sewist #sewcialist #sewistsofinstagram
#sewphotohop  Day 9: Lightbulb moment. Because of conversations with @gwendolyngrey, I had decided to start sharing more of my sewing journey on Instagram. Which helped nudge me to create more outside of work and realize how much I enjoyed learning and guiding with the all sorts of sewing communities here. This is less of a lightbulb moment and more of a dimmer lightbulb journey. 🤣 swipe to watch some of our #CostumeCollege  antics and basically some great representation of our friendship! 💞💞💞 . . . . . . #sewphotohop2018  #costumecollege2018  #coco2018  #sewingcommunity  #historicalcostuming  #historicalcostumer  #19teens  #italianrenaissance  #millenialsewing  #chicagosews  #isew  #makersgonnamake  #sewist  #sewcialist  #sewistsofinstagram 
The morning was spent doing chores and the afternoon is spent SEWING!! Pairing up these 2 amazing Fabrics. The yellow is an Ungaro mohair and the bottom is a digitally printed wool/viscose challis. Both so lovely and so much fun! #sewing #designing #ungaro #michaelsfabrics #afabricplace #emmaonesock #couture #chicagosews #fun #sundayfunday
#sewphotohop Day 8 - Specially Made For: At the end of last month I made a new ren faire costume for my nephew. He requested a black and gray doublet and Cape. Unfortunately, I got sick and they got sick so we didn't end up going to the last weekend of the @bristolrenaissance. Hopefully we will be able to make it go the @ohiorenfest instead.
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#costumesewing #costume #renaissancefestival #renny #orf #ohiorenaissancefestival #bristolrenfaire #sewing #isew #sewingblogger #sewcialist #sewistsofinstagram #instasew  #create #maker #diyfashion #diy #memade #memadeeverday  #chicagosews #sewistsoftheworld #sewaddicted #stashbusting #musingsofaseamstress
#sewphotohop  Day 8 - Specially Made For: At the end of last month I made a new ren faire costume for my nephew. He requested a black and gray doublet and Cape. Unfortunately, I got sick and they got sick so we didn't end up going to the last weekend of the @bristolrenaissance. Hopefully we will be able to make it go the @ohiorenfest instead. . . . . . #costumesewing  #costume  #renaissancefestival  #renny  #orf  #ohiorenaissancefestival  #bristolrenfaire  #sewing  #isew  #sewingblogger  #sewcialist  #sewistsofinstagram  #instasew  #create  #maker  #diyfashion  #diy  #memade  #memadeeverday  #chicagosews  #sewistsoftheworld  #sewaddicted  #stashbusting  #musingsofaseamstress 
#sewphotohop2018 Day 8: Specially made for... In my profession in theater, most of the sewing I do is specially made for others. It's always a unique challenge to cloth so many different bodies, but I learn so much! I draped a lot of bodices to look like modern Greek Goddesses and I thought I would share the process. I get a lot of feedback of how draping seems intimidating, and hopefully my videos will show that it's just a matter of practice and both easing fabric into what it wants to do as well as what you would like it to look like. And it's pretty fun to watch it transform! Enjoy! .
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#sewphotohop2018 #draping #drapingtechniques #sewingtechniques #timelapse #sewingprocess #sewingwip #costumerlife #lifeasacostumer #theaterlife #costumeshop #millenialsewing #memade #chicagosews #isew #makersgonnamake #sewist #sewcialist #sewistsofinstagram
#sewphotohop2018  Day 8: Specially made for... In my profession in theater, most of the sewing I do is specially made for others. It's always a unique challenge to cloth so many different bodies, but I learn so much! I draped a lot of bodices to look like modern Greek Goddesses and I thought I would share the process. I get a lot of feedback of how draping seems intimidating, and hopefully my videos will show that it's just a matter of practice and both easing fabric into what it wants to do as well as what you would like it to look like. And it's pretty fun to watch it transform! Enjoy! . . . . . . . #sewphotohop2018  #draping  #drapingtechniques  #sewingtechniques  #timelapse  #sewingprocess  #sewingwip  #costumerlife  #lifeasacostumer  #theaterlife  #costumeshop  #millenialsewing  #memade  #chicagosews  #isew  #makersgonnamake  #sewist  #sewcialist  #sewistsofinstagram 
#Sewphotohop Day 7: Color and/or Texture. I am a sucker for creating my own texture with fabric. Give me some pleats, gathers, tucks, applique, all sorts of fabric manipulation! I love so much of it and I want to keep challenging myself with new skills and techniques. (...smocking is on my long list of things to incorporate, yes) This skirt actually has a full 4.5 yards of fabric in it, most of which is in the back bustle that I gathered up and affixed with several pieces of twill tape on the inside of the skirt. I'm not sure I know the historical name of this technique... if there is one. Honestly, I made this skirt at least 7 years ago, I made a lot of stuff up then! .
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#sewphotohop2018 #fabricmanipulation #historicalfantasy #sewingtechniques #texture #smocking #knifepleats #steampunkfashion #costumerlife #millenialsewing #memade #chicagosews #isew #makersgonnamake #sewist #sewcialist #sewistsofinstagram
#Sewphotohop  Day 7: Color and/or Texture. I am a sucker for creating my own texture with fabric. Give me some pleats, gathers, tucks, applique, all sorts of fabric manipulation! I love so much of it and I want to keep challenging myself with new skills and techniques. (...smocking is on my long list of things to incorporate, yes) This skirt actually has a full 4.5 yards of fabric in it, most of which is in the back bustle that I gathered up and affixed with several pieces of twill tape on the inside of the skirt. I'm not sure I know the historical name of this technique... if there is one. Honestly, I made this skirt at least 7 years ago, I made a lot of stuff up then! . . . . . . #sewphotohop2018  #fabricmanipulation  #historicalfantasy  #sewingtechniques  #texture  #smocking  #knifepleats  #steampunkfashion  #costumerlife  #millenialsewing  #memade  #chicagosews  #isew  #makersgonnamake  #sewist  #sewcialist  #sewistsofinstagram 
#sewphotohop Day 7 - Texture/Color: Here are a few of the pieces from my #smellslikefallspiritcollection I am working on right now. It is full of darker colors and lots of textures. That herringbone is the one I am currently seeing for my @grainlinestudio #CascadeDuffleCoat. Fall is my favorite for the darker colors and woolen fabrics. What about you, what are your favorites? .
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#sewing #isew #sewingblogger #sewcialist #sewistsofinstagram #instasew #isewmyownclothes #create #maker #diyfashion #diy #memade #memadeeverday #handmadewardrobe #chicagosews #sewistsoftheworld #sewaddicted #curvysewing #plussizefashion #stashbusting #musingsofaseamstress
#sewphotohop  Day 7 - Texture/Color: Here are a few of the pieces from my #smellslikefallspiritcollection  I am working on right now. It is full of darker colors and lots of textures. That herringbone is the one I am currently seeing for my @grainlinestudio #CascadeDuffleCoat . Fall is my favorite for the darker colors and woolen fabrics. What about you, what are your favorites? . . . . . . #sewing  #isew  #sewingblogger  #sewcialist  #sewistsofinstagram  #instasew  #isewmyownclothes  #create  #maker  #diyfashion  #diy  #memade  #memadeeverday  #handmadewardrobe  #chicagosews  #sewistsoftheworld  #sewaddicted  #curvysewing  #plussizefashion  #stashbusting  #musingsofaseamstress 
who else is so excited to make a #fringedresspattern for #sewmystyle2018 ?! I’m a longtime Fringe lover, and last year I wrote a post comparing two blouse views - a direct link is in my bio!
who else is so excited to make a #fringedresspattern  for #sewmystyle2018  ?! I’m a longtime Fringe lover, and last year I wrote a post comparing two blouse views - a direct link is in my bio!
#sewphotohop Day 6 - Seasonal Favorite: I love coats! This one is @mccallpatterncompany 6442 that I made back in 2013 and is one of my all time favorite makes. It has held up really well and is still in my winter coat rotation. I am so pumped about the coat I am working on now though. I think it is going to be my new favorite. Have you sewn a winter coat before?
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#tbt #sewing #isew #sewingblogger #sewcialist #sewistsofinstagram #instasew #isewmyownclothes #create #maker #diyfashion #diy #memade #memadeeverday #handmadewardrobe #chicagosews #sewistsoftheworld #sewaddicted #curvysewing #plussizefashion #stashbusting #musingsofaseamstress
#sewphotohop  Day 6 - Seasonal Favorite: I love coats! This one is @mccallpatterncompany 6442 that I made back in 2013 and is one of my all time favorite makes. It has held up really well and is still in my winter coat rotation. I am so pumped about the coat I am working on now though. I think it is going to be my new favorite. Have you sewn a winter coat before? . . . . . . #tbt  #sewing  #isew  #sewingblogger  #sewcialist  #sewistsofinstagram  #instasew  #isewmyownclothes  #create  #maker  #diyfashion  #diy  #memade  #memadeeverday  #handmadewardrobe  #chicagosews  #sewistsoftheworld  #sewaddicted  #curvysewing  #plussizefashion  #stashbusting  #musingsofaseamstress 
Ok sewing friends, I need some help. I am working on my @grainlinestudio #CascadeDuffleCoat. My shell is the red, black, and cream herringbone and the lining is the leopard. I thought I wanted to add piping in a jelly green contrast color but now I am not sure after testing it out. What do you think? Is it to Christmassy? Should I toss it or keep it?
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#sewinghelp #slowsewing #sewing #isew #sewingblogger #sewcialist #sewistsofinstagram #instasew #isewmyownclothes #create #maker #diyfashion #diy #memade #memadeeverday #handmadewardrobe #chicagosews #sewistsoftheworld #sewaddicted #curvysewing #plussizefashion #stashbusting #musingsofaseamstress
Ok sewing friends, I need some help. I am working on my @grainlinestudio #CascadeDuffleCoat . My shell is the red, black, and cream herringbone and the lining is the leopard. I thought I wanted to add piping in a jelly green contrast color but now I am not sure after testing it out. What do you think? Is it to Christmassy? Should I toss it or keep it? . . . . . #sewinghelp  #slowsewing  #sewing  #isew  #sewingblogger  #sewcialist  #sewistsofinstagram  #instasew  #isewmyownclothes  #create  #maker  #diyfashion  #diy  #memade  #memadeeverday  #handmadewardrobe  #chicagosews  #sewistsoftheworld  #sewaddicted  #curvysewing  #plussizefashion  #stashbusting  #musingsofaseamstress 
#sewphotohop Day 5: Sewing corner. A while back, I worked on my Isabella cosplay, I took this time lapse of me cutting her skirt. I'm so lucky to have a job that gives me access to big cutting tables, and I do most of my cutting, patterning and fitting in this space. It's so nice to have a dedicated area to work, all you makers out there know what I mean! What's your sewing space like? I'm always curious to know how others create their lovely costumes and clothes!
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#sewphotohop2018 #sewingwip #costumerlife #lifeasacostumer #theaterlife #costumeshop #cosplay #cosplaywip #cosprogress #drapingtechniques #sewingtechniques #millenialsewing #memade #chicagosews #isew #makersgonnamake #sewist #sewcialist #sewistsofinstagram
#sewphotohop  Day 5: Sewing corner. A while back, I worked on my Isabella cosplay, I took this time lapse of me cutting her skirt. I'm so lucky to have a job that gives me access to big cutting tables, and I do most of my cutting, patterning and fitting in this space. It's so nice to have a dedicated area to work, all you makers out there know what I mean! What's your sewing space like? I'm always curious to know how others create their lovely costumes and clothes! . . . . . . . #sewphotohop2018  #sewingwip  #costumerlife  #lifeasacostumer  #theaterlife  #costumeshop  #cosplay  #cosplaywip  #cosprogress  #drapingtechniques  #sewingtechniques  #millenialsewing  #memade  #chicagosews  #isew  #makersgonnamake  #sewist  #sewcialist  #sewistsofinstagram 
#sewphotohop Day 5 - Sewing Corner: I am lucky enough to have a husband who also insists on me having a sewing room. Chalk that up to him stepping on pins one to many times. Currently on the machine is my @grainlinestudio #CascadeDuffleCoat. I am underlining my shell pieces with left over flannel from previous pj pants. The other pics are a few months old now and I have cleaned those spaces up a bit more. I still have some pictures and artwork to hang on the walls and I want to build a better cutting table once I get all the boxes of fabric headers out of here.
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#sewingspace #sewingroom #creativespace #sewing #isew #sewingblogger #sewcialist #sewistsofinstagram #instasew #isewmyownclothes #create #maker #diyfashion #diy #memade #memadeeverday #handmadewardrobe #chicagosews #sewistsoftheworld #sewaddicted #curvysewing  #stashbusting #fabricstash #musingsofaseamstress
#sewphotohop  Day 5 - Sewing Corner: I am lucky enough to have a husband who also insists on me having a sewing room. Chalk that up to him stepping on pins one to many times. Currently on the machine is my @grainlinestudio #CascadeDuffleCoat . I am underlining my shell pieces with left over flannel from previous pj pants. The other pics are a few months old now and I have cleaned those spaces up a bit more. I still have some pictures and artwork to hang on the walls and I want to build a better cutting table once I get all the boxes of fabric headers out of here. . . . . . . #sewingspace  #sewingroom  #creativespace  #sewing  #isew  #sewingblogger  #sewcialist  #sewistsofinstagram  #instasew  #isewmyownclothes  #create  #maker  #diyfashion  #diy  #memade  #memadeeverday  #handmadewardrobe  #chicagosews  #sewistsoftheworld  #sewaddicted  #curvysewing  #stashbusting  #fabricstash  #musingsofaseamstress 
I didn’t bring any handmade jeans on this trip and I’m really missing them! 😢 these #gingerjeans haven’t made it to the blog yet... I should probably do that before I make another pair, right? 🤔
I didn’t bring any handmade jeans on this trip and I’m really missing them! 😢 these #gingerjeans  haven’t made it to the blog yet... I should probably do that before I make another pair, right? 🤔
Getting back into sewing, just in time to make something for my kindergartner’s (!!) first day of school. In love with this beautiful fabric from @hawthornesupplyco 
#sewing #sewingforkids #sewinglove #makersgonnamake #instasew #makeallthethings #hawthornesupplyco #livecreatively #happierhandmade #diyfashion #sewcialists #ilovesewing #chicagosews
#Sewphotohop, Day 4: Signature look. You usually can find me in some kind of dress or skirt, and a flowy cardigan. That has been my go to look the last few years; pretty much all comfy knits in my every day. Which is why I am determined to get more used to sewing with knits and making my own stuff! I have noticed a huge growth in red/maroon/burgundy in my wardrobe along with my signature black... I am slowly embracing the more villainous side my myself. 😈 My dress is a me made Sweetheart dress designed by @kmakesthings, fabric is a calico cotton by @joann_stores
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#sewphotohop2018 #ljsweetheartdress #villian #handmadewardrobe #indiesewing #indiepattern #patterntester #millenialsewing #memade #chicagosews #isew #makersgonnamake #sewist #sewcialist #sewistsofinstagram
#Sewphotohop , Day 4: Signature look. You usually can find me in some kind of dress or skirt, and a flowy cardigan. That has been my go to look the last few years; pretty much all comfy knits in my every day. Which is why I am determined to get more used to sewing with knits and making my own stuff! I have noticed a huge growth in red/maroon/burgundy in my wardrobe along with my signature black... I am slowly embracing the more villainous side my myself. 😈 My dress is a me made Sweetheart dress designed by @kmakesthings, fabric is a calico cotton by @joann_stores . . . . . . . #sewphotohop2018  #ljsweetheartdress  #villian  #handmadewardrobe  #indiesewing  #indiepattern  #patterntester  #millenialsewing  #memade  #chicagosews  #isew  #makersgonnamake  #sewist  #sewcialist  #sewistsofinstagram 
#sewphotohop Day 4 - Signature Style: My style is pretty casual, t-shirts and jeans most days. I still like to make dresses and dress up, but that doesn't fit my everyday life anymore. I will at least continue to make shirts in fun prints using interesting patterns though.
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#sewing #isew #sewingblogger #sewcialist #sewistsofinstagram #instasew #isewmyownclothes #create #maker #diyfashion #diy #memade #memadeeverday #handmadewardrobe #chicagosews #sewistsoftheworld #sewaddicted #curvysewing #plussizefashion #stashbusting #musingsofaseamstress
#sewphotohop  Day 4 - Signature Style: My style is pretty casual, t-shirts and jeans most days. I still like to make dresses and dress up, but that doesn't fit my everyday life anymore. I will at least continue to make shirts in fun prints using interesting patterns though. . . . . . #sewing  #isew  #sewingblogger  #sewcialist  #sewistsofinstagram  #instasew  #isewmyownclothes  #create  #maker  #diyfashion  #diy  #memade  #memadeeverday  #handmadewardrobe  #chicagosews  #sewistsoftheworld  #sewaddicted  #curvysewing  #plussizefashion  #stashbusting  #musingsofaseamstress 
woo hoo! I got to kick off #syhos18 with a post on my amazing new #joyjacketpattern. head over to @harts_fabric to get all the deets - I’ll put a link in my bio!
woo hoo! I got to kick off #syhos18  with a post on my amazing new #joyjacketpattern . head over to @harts_fabric to get all the deets - I’ll put a link in my bio!
You are really in for a treat!  This “Up & Out” creation by @lilluxecollection will have you sewing your hearts out!  See what all the designers created and VOTE 👉🏼 @projectrunandplay .
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#projectrunandplay #projectrunandplayseason17 #sewingcompetition #sewingcontest #sewing #sewersgonnasew #lilluxecollection #willywonka #sewingforgirls #sewingforchildren #sewingforkids #sewingchallenge #sewinginspiration #sewtalented #sewingtalent #momswhosew #searstower #chicagosews #pdfpatterns #pdfpatterndesigner
You are really in for a treat! This “Up & Out” creation by @lilluxecollection will have you sewing your hearts out! See what all the designers created and VOTE 👉🏼 @projectrunandplay . . #projectrunandplay  #projectrunandplayseason17  #sewingcompetition  #sewingcontest  #sewing  #sewersgonnasew  #lilluxecollection  #willywonka  #sewingforgirls  #sewingforchildren  #sewingforkids  #sewingchallenge  #sewinginspiration  #sewtalented  #sewingtalent  #momswhosew  #searstower  #chicagosews  #pdfpatterns  #pdfpatterndesigner 
Any pun fans out there? 😅 So I'm presenting you with some Avant Garde dress designs. Dramatically large, edgy, odd... and then there's this brand called Avant Gauze. Someone please tell me that someone in the corporate medical supply marketing got a good giggle out of their brand. 😁 Sometimes I hate puns, sometimes I love them, but this one I thought was worth sharing!
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#highfashion #avantgarde #avantgauze #puns #badpuns #dadjokes #millenialsewing #chicagosews #isew #makersgonnamake #sewist #sewcialist #sewistsofinstagram
Any pun fans out there? 😅 So I'm presenting you with some Avant Garde dress designs. Dramatically large, edgy, odd... and then there's this brand called Avant Gauze. Someone please tell me that someone in the corporate medical supply marketing got a good giggle out of their brand. 😁 Sometimes I hate puns, sometimes I love them, but this one I thought was worth sharing! . . . . . . #highfashion  #avantgarde  #avantgauze  #puns  #badpuns  #dadjokes  #millenialsewing  #chicagosews  #isew  #makersgonnamake  #sewist  #sewcialist  #sewistsofinstagram 
#sewphotohop Day 3 - All in one or separates: I am definitely tend to sew  more separates. I do enjoy sewing dresses, but for my everyday wear I am a jeans and t-shirt kinda girl. This is my TNT Simplicity 1317. I have made this so many times I lost count. Every version is always slightly different from the rest too. In the fall/winter, these are my go to everyday tops. @houseofpinheiro @simplicity_creative_group
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#s1317 #simplicitypatterns #sewing #isew #sewingblogger #sewcialist #sewistsofinstagram #instasew #isewmyownclothes #create #maker #diyfashion #diy #memade #memadeeverday #handmadewardrobe #chicagosews #sewistsoftheworld #sewaddicted #curvysewing #plussizefashion #stashbusting #musingsofaseamstress
#sewphotohop  Day 3 - All in one or separates: I am definitely tend to sew more separates. I do enjoy sewing dresses, but for my everyday wear I am a jeans and t-shirt kinda girl. This is my TNT Simplicity 1317. I have made this so many times I lost count. Every version is always slightly different from the rest too. In the fall/winter, these are my go to everyday tops. @houseofpinheiro @simplicity_creative_group . . . . . #s1317  #simplicitypatterns  #sewing  #isew  #sewingblogger  #sewcialist  #sewistsofinstagram  #instasew  #isewmyownclothes  #create  #maker  #diyfashion  #diy  #memade  #memadeeverday  #handmadewardrobe  #chicagosews  #sewistsoftheworld  #sewaddicted  #curvysewing  #plussizefashion  #stashbusting  #musingsofaseamstress 
#sewphotohop day 3...all in ones or separates, hmm? DRESSES. And apparently I've never met a print I didn't like. 
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not too many handmades going to Cali with me - a combo of needing to do laundry and needing to bring clothes that can get very dirty! but the few that are coming are all-time faves I can’t wait to wear ❤️
not too many handmades going to Cali with me - a combo of needing to do laundry and needing to bring clothes that can get very dirty! but the few that are coming are all-time faves I can’t wait to wear ❤️
today’s #wip: a few more zippered bags for packing up crafts, and bunny ear hair ties that are most definitely inspired by To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, my new fave Netflix movie. have you seen it yet? I’m totally obsessed! #sewphotohop
today’s #wip : a few more zippered bags for packing up crafts, and bunny ear hair ties that are most definitely inspired by To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, my new fave Netflix movie. have you seen it yet? I’m totally obsessed! #sewphotohop 
#sewphotohop Day 2 - Currently Sewing: Well, this is my Cascade Duffle...all cut and ready to sew just waiting. I am making this as part of my Smells Like Fall Spirit collection and signed up to blog about it in a couple of weeks. I guess I better get on this. Good thing I am taking tomorrow off for Labor Day. .
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#sewphotohop  Day 2 - Currently Sewing: Well, this is my Cascade Duffle...all cut and ready to sew just waiting. I am making this as part of my Smells Like Fall Spirit collection and signed up to blog about it in a couple of weeks. I guess I better get on this. Good thing I am taking tomorrow off for Labor Day. . . . . . #smellslikefallspirit  #sewing  #isew  #sewingblogger  #sewcialist  #isewmyownclothes  #create  #maker  #diyfashion  #diy  #memade  #memadeeverday  #handmadewardrobe  #chicagosews  #sewistsoftheworld  #sewaddicted  #curvysewing  #plussizefashion  #stashbusting  #musingsofaseamstress 
Joining in for #sewphotohop a bit late, because I love connecting all all sorts of sewists! My name is Anne and I was drawn to costumes almost 20 years ago with Lord of the Rings (which is what started my path as a huge geek!) And I started sewing nearly 12 years ago when I studied Theater in college. By day I help create/sew costumes for a regional theater, and by night I create historical(ish) costumes for myself, I sometimes create cosplays (costume/play) and sometimes make my own handmade wardrobe. I don't always stick to one type of sewing, I mostly like learning it all and passing on as much knowledge and encouragement as I can! Come join me if you wish, I love adventuring with more sewing friends!
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#sewphotohop2018 #cosplayersofinstagram #cosplaywip #poccosplayer #handmadewardrobe #sewingwip #costumerlife #lifeasacostumer #theaterlife #costumeshop #millenialsewing #memade #chicagosews #isew #makersgonnamake #sewist #sewcialist #sewistsofinstagram
Joining in for #sewphotohop  a bit late, because I love connecting all all sorts of sewists! My name is Anne and I was drawn to costumes almost 20 years ago with Lord of the Rings (which is what started my path as a huge geek!) And I started sewing nearly 12 years ago when I studied Theater in college. By day I help create/sew costumes for a regional theater, and by night I create historical(ish) costumes for myself, I sometimes create cosplays (costume/play) and sometimes make my own handmade wardrobe. I don't always stick to one type of sewing, I mostly like learning it all and passing on as much knowledge and encouragement as I can! Come join me if you wish, I love adventuring with more sewing friends! . . . . . #sewphotohop2018  #cosplayersofinstagram  #cosplaywip  #poccosplayer  #handmadewardrobe  #sewingwip  #costumerlife  #lifeasacostumer  #theaterlife  #costumeshop  #millenialsewing  #memade  #chicagosews  #isew  #makersgonnamake  #sewist  #sewcialist  #sewistsofinstagram 
#sewphotohop Day 2: Currently working on— these Morgan jean shorts I started a couple of weeks ago are my only WIP at the moment. I had to set them aside and make a sample for Indiesew and then I switched my machines to jersey needles to make Durango tanks. These keep getting pushed aside. I am going to do a couple more knit projects and then try to get these finished while we still have weather to wear them! (The idea for the first photo came from @jenheartssewing who always takes cool photos of her in-process pants/jeans.).
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#morganjeans #closetcasepatterns #chicagosews #wip
#sewphotohop  Day 2: Currently working on— these Morgan jean shorts I started a couple of weeks ago are my only WIP at the moment. I had to set them aside and make a sample for Indiesew and then I switched my machines to jersey needles to make Durango tanks. These keep getting pushed aside. I am going to do a couple more knit projects and then try to get these finished while we still have weather to wear them! (The idea for the first photo came from @jenheartssewing who always takes cool photos of her in-process pants/jeans.). . . . #morganjeans  #closetcasepatterns  #chicagosews  #wip 
Ok, this is fun! Hi! I'm Beth and this is my first #sewphotohop. I live in Chicago and I learned to sew as a child but also studied fashion design in college. After college I wrote #crochet patterns for a living and wrote Modern Bohemian Crochet in 2015. I have two children, Malcolm (5) and Thora (3) but I started getting back into sewing garments for myself after my third miscarriage in January. I needed a project, an outlet for my grief, and a solution to my fast fashion addiction. I'm working to build a wardrobe of well-fitting, quality garments that I've made myself, but I've found no shortage of missteps along the way. I'm also 6'1" and I love to see what my #sewingtall ladies come up with! The Instagram sewing community has given me life this year and it's such a pleasure to be a part of. 
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#sewcialists #sewistsofinstagram #memadeeveryday #handmadewardrobe #diywardrobe #diyfashion #sewingtall #miscarriage #recurrentmiscarriage #secondaryinfertility 
#chicagosews
Ok, this is fun! Hi! I'm Beth and this is my first #sewphotohop . I live in Chicago and I learned to sew as a child but also studied fashion design in college. After college I wrote #crochet  patterns for a living and wrote Modern Bohemian Crochet in 2015. I have two children, Malcolm (5) and Thora (3) but I started getting back into sewing garments for myself after my third miscarriage in January. I needed a project, an outlet for my grief, and a solution to my fast fashion addiction. I'm working to build a wardrobe of well-fitting, quality garments that I've made myself, but I've found no shortage of missteps along the way. I'm also 6'1" and I love to see what my #sewingtall  ladies come up with! The Instagram sewing community has given me life this year and it's such a pleasure to be a part of. _____________________ #sewcialists  #sewistsofinstagram  #memadeeveryday  #handmadewardrobe  #diywardrobe  #diyfashion  #sewingtall  #miscarriage  #recurrentmiscarriage  #secondaryinfertility  #chicagosews 
I want this capelet in my life now!! It actually is a lovely skirt flounce, and as I finished lining it, I wanted it to hang on something rather than lay it on a table; to see if the lining poked out and to see how it hung. Then I saw the drama of this shape as a capelet! 😍 It must be the weather changing, I want to wrap myself it blankets and dramatic shapes. I'm getting @elisalex vibes from it, since she had blogged about capelet hack/addition to her dress pattern recently. There are a few differences, though! This shape has a slight high-low hem, and it has four pieces to it, so it is able to be more full than just one circle (and you can tell the fullness is concentrated on the back for extra flounce) Patterned by @gwendolyngrey
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#flounce #capelet #sewingwip #costumerlife #lifeasacostumer #theaterlife #costumeshop #millenialsewing #memade #chicagosews #isew #makersgonnamake #sewist #sewcialist #sewistsofinstagram
I want this capelet in my life now!! It actually is a lovely skirt flounce, and as I finished lining it, I wanted it to hang on something rather than lay it on a table; to see if the lining poked out and to see how it hung. Then I saw the drama of this shape as a capelet! 😍 It must be the weather changing, I want to wrap myself it blankets and dramatic shapes. I'm getting @elisalex vibes from it, since she had blogged about capelet hack/addition to her dress pattern recently. There are a few differences, though! This shape has a slight high-low hem, and it has four pieces to it, so it is able to be more full than just one circle (and you can tell the fullness is concentrated on the back for extra flounce) Patterned by @gwendolyngrey . . . . . . #flounce  #capelet  #sewingwip  #costumerlife  #lifeasacostumer  #theaterlife  #costumeshop  #millenialsewing  #memade  #chicagosews  #isew  #makersgonnamake  #sewist  #sewcialist  #sewistsofinstagram 
hey friends and happy first day of #sewphotohop! there’s no way I’ll keep up all month, but I’ll love following along with you guys! I did a lil #fridayintroductions on my last post, so hop over there to learn a few fun facts about me and to give me the title of the last good book you read 📚 // #jeannereadytosew in fabric from @shoplamercerie .
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#sewcialists #makersgonnamake #ilovesewing #makeitsewcial #sewist #memade #memadeeveryday #millennialsewing #maddiemadethis #tallstyle #tallblogger #sewing #isew #sewingblogger #instasew #sewersofinstagram #sewistsofinstagram #stlouissews #chicagosews #sewingtall
hey friends and happy first day of #sewphotohop ! there’s no way I’ll keep up all month, but I’ll love following along with you guys! I did a lil #fridayintroductions  on my last post, so hop over there to learn a few fun facts about me and to give me the title of the last good book you read 📚 // #jeannereadytosew  in fabric from @shoplamercerie . . . . . . . #sewcialists  #makersgonnamake  #ilovesewing  #makeitsewcial  #sewist  #memade  #memadeeveryday  #millennialsewing  #maddiemadethis  #tallstyle  #tallblogger  #sewing  #isew  #sewingblogger  #instasew  #sewersofinstagram  #sewistsofinstagram  #stlouissews  #chicagosews  #sewingtall 
now seems like a good time for a quickie #fridayintroductions ! hey 👋🏻 I’m maddie, 24 year old archivist, sewist, and bookworm. you can find all my book recs in my bio, but tell me the best thing you’ve read recently! this is me in my fave #ashjeans. 
my blog type is coffee positive. I like sushi, northern Michigan, and slippers year-round. I’ll be in San Jose for two weeks(!) starting on Monday for work, and I’m looking forward to some time in California! I’m packing alllll the handcrafts to keep me occupied ✈️
now seems like a good time for a quickie #fridayintroductions  ! hey 👋🏻 I’m maddie, 24 year old archivist, sewist, and bookworm. you can find all my book recs in my bio, but tell me the best thing you’ve read recently! this is me in my fave #ashjeans . my blog type is coffee positive. I like sushi, northern Michigan, and slippers year-round. I’ll be in San Jose for two weeks(!) starting on Monday for work, and I’m looking forward to some time in California! I’m packing alllll the handcrafts to keep me occupied ✈️
details on my #halifaxhoodie for august’s #sewmystyle2018 are up on the blog now! and now I’m wishing I had brought this cozy sweatshirt to work...
details on my #halifaxhoodie  for august’s #sewmystyle2018  are up on the blog now! and now I’m wishing I had brought this cozy sweatshirt to work...
Have you ever used a fork to pleat? I had seen it on a random video ages ago, and last year I tried it out for my steampunk petticoat ruffle, with great results!! I hadn't taken any video of the process (perhaps in the near future!) but it is a very fast and low tech way to get uniform pleats without doing any measuring! Because of the fork I used, the pleats are quite wide, and a bit stiff because of the waxed cotton I had used, which I loved the result! It was bold and a bit cartoonish, and I could see myself using this technique again for skirt pleats, any number of anime cosplays, petticoats, all sort of things. Would you want to see this process?
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Petticoat pattern by Laughing Moon
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#steampunk #steampunkfashion #underpinnings #petticoats #historicalfantasy #sewingpleats #pleats #waxedcotton #africanwaxedfabric #sewingtechniques #sewingtechnique #millenialsewing #chicagosews #isew #sewist #sewcialist #sewistsofinstagram
Have you ever used a fork to pleat? I had seen it on a random video ages ago, and last year I tried it out for my steampunk petticoat ruffle, with great results!! I hadn't taken any video of the process (perhaps in the near future!) but it is a very fast and low tech way to get uniform pleats without doing any measuring! Because of the fork I used, the pleats are quite wide, and a bit stiff because of the waxed cotton I had used, which I loved the result! It was bold and a bit cartoonish, and I could see myself using this technique again for skirt pleats, any number of anime cosplays, petticoats, all sort of things. Would you want to see this process? . . Petticoat pattern by Laughing Moon . . . #steampunk  #steampunkfashion  #underpinnings  #petticoats  #historicalfantasy  #sewingpleats  #pleats  #waxedcotton  #africanwaxedfabric  #sewingtechniques  #sewingtechnique  #millenialsewing  #chicagosews  #isew  #sewist  #sewcialist  #sewistsofinstagram 
coming next week to a blog near you 👀👀 #joyjacketpattern #sewyourhartoutseptember
white jeans at work... must mean I’m only pretending to do my job, since they’d usually get destroyed by dust and red rot! I wore my new #ashjeans to film some clips about my job last week, so they were safe from harm!
white jeans at work... must mean I’m only pretending to do my job, since they’d usually get destroyed by dust and red rot! I wore my new #ashjeans  to film some clips about my job last week, so they were safe from harm!
Normally, I'm sad to say goodbye to summer, but I've been gathering some fall inspiration. None of this is my work (yet) but I fell in love with this Cape sweater and all of the drapey hoods/assymetrical details and cozy knits... perhaps it's time to get comfortable with sewing with knits, huh? Since this is such new territory, I'm in need of your help!! What are your favorite knit fabrics? Where do you get them all and how on the world does one figure out what the best fabric is for what project? Any pattern suggestions? 😶 I only kind of know where to start..
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#sewingwithknits #millenialsewing #memade #handmadewardrobe #chicagosews #memadeeveryday #isew #makersgonnamake #sewist #sewcialist #sewistsofinstagram
Normally, I'm sad to say goodbye to summer, but I've been gathering some fall inspiration. None of this is my work (yet) but I fell in love with this Cape sweater and all of the drapey hoods/assymetrical details and cozy knits... perhaps it's time to get comfortable with sewing with knits, huh? Since this is such new territory, I'm in need of your help!! What are your favorite knit fabrics? Where do you get them all and how on the world does one figure out what the best fabric is for what project? Any pattern suggestions? 😶 I only kind of know where to start.. . . . . . #sewingwithknits  #millenialsewing  #memade  #handmadewardrobe  #chicagosews  #memadeeveryday  #isew  #makersgonnamake  #sewist  #sewcialist  #sewistsofinstagram 
y’all, when I say it has been a WEEK... but I survived and I made it back just in time for #sewmystyle2018 reveal day! to say I’ve been living in this #halifaxhoodie hack would be an understatement!
y’all, when I say it has been a WEEK... but I survived and I made it back just in time for #sewmystyle2018  reveal day! to say I’ve been living in this #halifaxhoodie  hack would be an understatement!
Some of you know how much I dislike handsewing. I rarely use a thimble, it goes too slowly for this impatient sewist, apparently I hold everything incorrectly, all of that! (Pictured: a frustrated, bad decision in the form of hours of handsewn tab binding...) I'm hoping that in the near future, I can rid myself of my distaste and the amazing people I've met on this platform is helping me do so!!! @bernadettebanner is so knowledgeable and she recently posted a YouTube video demonstrating 3 historical handsewing stitches. Folks. It is amazing. Anyone who needs to handsew anything must watch this video. So what say you? Handsewing; relaxing? Annoying? Satisfying? .
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#handsewing #sewingtechniques #millennialsewing #chicagosews #illinoissews #isew #sewist
Some of you know how much I dislike handsewing. I rarely use a thimble, it goes too slowly for this impatient sewist, apparently I hold everything incorrectly, all of that! (Pictured: a frustrated, bad decision in the form of hours of handsewn tab binding...) I'm hoping that in the near future, I can rid myself of my distaste and the amazing people I've met on this platform is helping me do so!!! @bernadettebanner is so knowledgeable and she recently posted a YouTube video demonstrating 3 historical handsewing stitches. Folks. It is amazing. Anyone who needs to handsew anything must watch this video. So what say you? Handsewing; relaxing? Annoying? Satisfying? . . . . . #handsewing  #sewingtechniques  #millennialsewing  #chicagosews  #illinoissews  #isew  #sewist 
if I look tired or dead inside it's because I can't sleep in until 10am anymore #byesummer
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#matchatop #matchatoppattern by @sewliberated in linen/rayon voile from @blackbirdfabrics
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#sewing #sewersofinstagram #chicagosews
This jacket is one of my absolute favorite makes. Every time I bring it out again I remember how much I love it. I always get compliments on it when I wear it 🙏 I loved this gorgeous laser-cut fabric from the first time I saw it and kept going back to it,  then finally decided to just buy it! It's paired with vegan leather for the sleeves. Best combo! Guess what? I loved mine so much I made 3 more! They are available for purchase, will be in my etsy shop soon but DM me if you just can't wait  till then!
📷: @ldugglebyphoto
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#whomakesyourclothes #imadeit #madeintheus #madeinindiana #shopsmall #designer #makersofinstagram #slowfashion #wiw #ootd #fallfashion #womensfashion @joann_stores #handmadewithjoann #chicagosews #219 #vegan #jacket #etsy
This jacket is one of my absolute favorite makes. Every time I bring it out again I remember how much I love it. I always get compliments on it when I wear it 🙏 I loved this gorgeous laser-cut fabric from the first time I saw it and kept going back to it, then finally decided to just buy it! It's paired with vegan leather for the sleeves. Best combo! Guess what? I loved mine so much I made 3 more! They are available for purchase, will be in my etsy shop soon but DM me if you just can't wait till then! 📷: @ldugglebyphoto . . . #whomakesyourclothes  #imadeit  #madeintheus  #madeinindiana  #shopsmall  #designer  #makersofinstagram  #slowfashion  #wiw  #ootd  #fallfashion  #womensfashion  @joann_stores #handmadewithjoann  #chicagosews  #219  #vegan  #jacket  #etsy 
I am FINALLY sharing my 4th of July quilt on the blog today. This truly is one of my stand out makes of 2018!
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#sewing #isew #sewingblogger #sewcialist #create #maker #diy #memade #handmadehome #chicagosews #stashbusting #sewisstsoftheworld #quilt #quiltersofinstagram #quiltmaker #sewaddicted #sewamericana #4thofjuly #musingsofaseamstress
It's a shame that details like this disappear on stage! The stitching gods have been smiling on me throughout this show, I've been very pleased! Also, this fabric is a ridiculously luxurious silk/wool satin and it was such a pleasure to work with... I think I'm pretty fabric spoiled, now!!
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#silksatin #corset #corsetry #sewingporn #woolsatin #sewingtechnique #lifeasacostumer #costumerlife #theaterlife #costumeshop#millenialsewing #chicagosews #illinoissews #isew #makersgonnamake #sewist
It's a shame that details like this disappear on stage! The stitching gods have been smiling on me throughout this show, I've been very pleased! Also, this fabric is a ridiculously luxurious silk/wool satin and it was such a pleasure to work with... I think I'm pretty fabric spoiled, now!! . . . . . . #silksatin  #corset  #corsetry  #sewingporn  #woolsatin  #sewingtechnique  #lifeasacostumer  #costumerlife  #theaterlife  #costumeshop #millenialsewing  #chicagosews  #illinoissews  #isew  #makersgonnamake  #sewist 
After many weeks of organizing and filling out paperwork, my husband and I are finally able to say we are moving to Chicago this October. After almost 13 years in Texas I am finally excited to experience seasons again. #moving #chicagosews
After many weeks of organizing and filling out paperwork, my husband and I are finally able to say we are moving to Chicago this October. After almost 13 years in Texas I am finally excited to experience seasons again. #moving  #chicagosews 
I think costumers are the only ones who understand the importance of capturing the backside of oneself. 😋 This was one of the first times I had created a train for myself and I still have a lot to learn about perfecting it! And the back of this ballgown shows off some of my pattern matching skills, which I'm quite fond of. For my next big historical build, whenever that might be, I'll have to focus on another sewing challenge! I'm eyeing some fabric manipulation and millinery, currently...
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#costumecollege #costumecollege2018 #coco2018 #historicalsewing #historicalcostuming #historicalcostumer #everydayimbustling #1880s #victoriandress #millenialsewing #chicagosews #illinoissews #isew #makersgonnamake #sewist
I think costumers are the only ones who understand the importance of capturing the backside of oneself. 😋 This was one of the first times I had created a train for myself and I still have a lot to learn about perfecting it! And the back of this ballgown shows off some of my pattern matching skills, which I'm quite fond of. For my next big historical build, whenever that might be, I'll have to focus on another sewing challenge! I'm eyeing some fabric manipulation and millinery, currently... . . . . . . #costumecollege  #costumecollege2018  #coco2018  #historicalsewing  #historicalcostuming  #historicalcostumer  #everydayimbustling  #1880s  #victoriandress  #millenialsewing  #chicagosews  #illinoissews  #isew  #makersgonnamake  #sewist 
These free open sessions the past few weeks have been fun, and feel like a Summertime sew-down (heh) but wow. .
No more than 6 people in a regular class. .
#sewingtchad #sewing #nähen #шитье #coudre #sewingblogger #uptown  #uptownchicago #uptownproud #sewingclass #sewingclasschicago #sewingclasseschicago #workroom #sewingstudio #chicagosewing #chicagosews
Really, really, really want there to be a series of these as the owner cleans it off... PLEATS... FOLDS... HEMS... CUFFS... COLLARS... &c &c
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#darts #grafitti #urbantexture #sewingtchad #sewing #nähen #шитье #uptown  #uptownchicago #uptownproud #sewingclass #sewingclasschicago #sewingclasseschicago #workroom #sewingstudio #chicagosewing #chicagosews
I've done a lot of furious draping and sewing at work lately; so I'll just leave you with this thought; draping might seem intimidating to some. It was very daunting to me until recently. Once I was tasked to do it, I had no choice but dive in. And it's actually super fun and you just get to play with the fabric. It takes a bit of listening to what the fabric wants to do, but just try it out. See what you can create! That's why we do this right? .
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#draping #sewingtechniques #lifeasacostumer #costumerlife #millenialsewing #memade #chicagosews #illinoissews #isew #makersgonnamake #sewist #sewcialist #sewistsofinstagram
I've done a lot of furious draping and sewing at work lately; so I'll just leave you with this thought; draping might seem intimidating to some. It was very daunting to me until recently. Once I was tasked to do it, I had no choice but dive in. And it's actually super fun and you just get to play with the fabric. It takes a bit of listening to what the fabric wants to do, but just try it out. See what you can create! That's why we do this right? . . . . . . #draping  #sewingtechniques  #lifeasacostumer  #costumerlife  #millenialsewing  #memade  #chicagosews  #illinoissews  #isew  #makersgonnamake  #sewist  #sewcialist  #sewistsofinstagram 
“Can I come up and work on my dress ?”
“I’m doing the floors in the offices and main classroom; do you mind using the back of the other?”
“Newp”
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@tweedgreed takes advantage of the back of one of the workrooms to start the first fitting of her overlay. 3 more days and this little number will be done!
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#bridal #diyweddingdress #weddingdress #biascut #sewingtchad #sewing #nähen #шитье #coudre #uptown  #uptownchicago #uptownproud #sewingclass #sewingclasschicago #sewingclasseschicago #workroom #sewingstudio #chicagosewing #chicagosews
“Can I come up and work on my dress ?” “I’m doing the floors in the offices and main classroom; do you mind using the back of the other?” “Newp” . @tweedgreed takes advantage of the back of one of the workrooms to start the first fitting of her overlay. 3 more days and this little number will be done! . . . #bridal  #diyweddingdress  #weddingdress  #biascut  #sewingtchad  #sewing  #nähen  #шитье  #coudre  #uptown  #uptownchicago  #uptownproud  #sewingclass  #sewingclasschicago  #sewingclasseschicago  #workroom  #sewingstudio  #chicagosewing  #chicagosews 
Leather braiding without open ends on the handle of this little guy. Cutting into a piece so both ends are closed gives you a flatter finish than trying to tie off the ends...
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Most folks don’t realize you can braid with each end closed and no loose tails. You can. She did.
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#leathercraft #closedbraid #closedplait #unstructured #handbag #purse #diypurse #sewingtchad #sewing #nähen #шитье #uptown  #uptownchicago #uptownproud #sewingclass #sewingclasschicago #sewingclasseschicago #workroom #sewingstudio #chicagosewing #chicagosews
Leather braiding without open ends on the handle of this little guy. Cutting into a piece so both ends are closed gives you a flatter finish than trying to tie off the ends... . Most folks don’t realize you can braid with each end closed and no loose tails. You can. She did. . #leathercraft  #closedbraid  #closedplait  #unstructured  #handbag  #purse  #diypurse  #sewingtchad  #sewing  #nähen  #шитье  #uptown  #uptownchicago  #uptownproud  #sewingclass  #sewingclasschicago  #sewingclasseschicago  #workroom  #sewingstudio  #chicagosewing  #chicagosews 
Very slowly, moderately surely .
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#diyweddingdress #weddingdress #sewchicago #chicagosews #sewingchicago