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Assemble PDF Patterns with Contact Paper

IMG_9087Today I’d like to share a trick for making PDF pattern assembly easier. Two words: contact paper. Instead of laying out pages and taping them together, worrying that you’ve made the pieces crooked, try lining up and sticking your pieces to contact paper.

I’m sure there are some of you out there who already use this method, but I thought I’d share it anyway.

Something I really like about this method is that you can peel and re-stick if you make a mistake. An added bonus to the use of contact paper is that your patterns are more durable. I would advise using pattern weights when cutting fabric out, as putting pins through the contact paper will cause them to be sticky.

Here are some ways that you can go about assembling a PDF pattern with contact paper. Continue reading

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Verity Pattern Coming Soon

envelopefrontVerityfinalI know it’s been quiet around these parts recently, but I hope you’ll forgive me when I tell you why. I have some exciting news! Next week, I plan to offer a PDF pattern of my own design. Verity will be the first pattern from Moxie Patterns.

This is one of the super secret projects (which I referenced in my beginning of the year goals post) I’ve been working on this year. This summer I’ve shared several dress variations of my favorite self-drafted design. The reason you’ve seen so many variations of this pattern (see this post for the different variations that I’ve made over the years) is because I’ve been in the process of making Verity a combination dress-shirt pattern, with several different neckline and sleeve options. I tried to hold out until the pattern was completed to make this announcement, but I can’t keep it in anymore. I was hoping to have it ready to release on my birthday (this past Thursday), but I didn’t quite finish in time. I plan to release the PDF pattern within the next week. Continue reading

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Spring Cleaning Giveaway Winners

100_2992Friday evening was the deadline for entries in the Spring Cleaning Giveaway. Thank you to everyone who was interested in the patterns and dresses! Today, I’m announcing the winners. I’ll make this short and sweet.

The winner of the bell-skirted evening dress pattern is… Continue reading

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Spring Cleaning Giveaway

100_3334To start off my first Me-Made-May I’ve got a giveaway for ya’, and it’s a big un’! This giveaway has something for sewers and non-sewers alike.

First, I have some patterns to give away. I will mail these to fellow sewers anywhere around the world…

As I was going through my wardrobe and making my plans for Me-Made-May, I realized that there are several items that I made over the past few years and rarely wore or only wore once or twice. These dresses deserve to be worn and loved. I can’t bear to give them to a thrift shop, so I thought I’d see if anyone out there might be interested in them… Continue reading

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Self-Drafted Sweater Shirt and Skirt

When I was in California, I didn’t have any of my pattern drafting tools with me but I decided to try to draft a few patterns anyway.

When I found the sweater material above in my $2 bag from Loft, I wanted to make a shirt to go with the skirt I bought while at the thrift store with my sister. . . . Continue reading

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Recent adventures in thriftiness

I just wanted to share a few of my favorite, recent finds…Vintage Lounge Chairs…Free Sewing Patterns…Free Bushel Basket…Estate Sale Sewing Goodies…Vintage spice cabinet… Continue reading

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Two Retro Swimsuits

The past few weeks have been busier than I expected. As I mentioned in my previous post, I am teaching a few classes at a community college. This is my first time teaching, and preparations have been taking up most of my time.

Before the craziness ensued, I did make a few things. So, I’m going to start sharing pictures of some of those items with you.

Today’s post is about two swimsuits that I made in August. Continue reading

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A Wall of Vintage Patterns

While thrifting in Idaho, I found an unbelievable amount of vintage patterns. Continue reading

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The Last Few Weeks

What an eventful few weeks it has been. My hubby returned. I wrote quite a bit. I finished some custom items, and finished several other projects. We ventured to Washington D.C. to see the cherry blossoms, when my sister-in-law visited … Continue reading

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Make-Up Pouch Tutorial and Vintage Patterns

Here is the process for the make-up pouch I made for Christmas gifts. Materials: fabric, lining, 6” zipper Create a pattern according to the measurements you’d like. I wanted these pouches to be wider on the bottom than on the … Continue reading

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