Jun 16, 2014

Matinee + Jumpsuit = Love (a pattern mashup)

Every once in a while a new sewing pattern will be released that becomes an instant "must-sew" and for me, the new Matinee Dress by A Jennuine Life is one such pattern.

May 7, 2014


Do you like camping? My husband is an outdoorsy kind of guy and used to love to take nothing but a backpack into the wilderness for days at a time. Me? I'd rather not sleep on the ground and eat dehydrated food.

But glamping (aka 'glamorous camping') is more my style. The Wanderlust collection by Willow & Co is full of PDF sewing patterns inspired by glamping. (You can read more about the patterns and glamping story in the Lookbook.)

Today, on the Willow & Co blog, I'm introducing two amazing looks from friends I'd love to go glamping with in real life. Here's a peek:
Be sure to visit The Sewing Rabbit to read all about Jess' fantastic Ash Jumpsuit, and to Mingo & Grace to read about this gorgeous Persimmon dress Farrah made.

And in the next week or two you'll see lots more inspiring outfits in the Glamping Tour.

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Now I'm curious...would you rather go camping, or glamping? 

Apr 28, 2014

my favorite pants pattern ever

Have you seen the new Kudzu Cargo Pants & Shorts pattern at Willow & Co?? Well...in my opinion it's the best PDF pattern for pants ever! Although I may be just a teeny bit biased.

I've been working hard on writing the Kudzu Cargo pattern since last November. My son is actually wearing one of the first versions of the pants in these pictures. Since then, I've made about 20 pairs as the pattern has been refined. It's been fun making them with all kinds of different options. Skinny legs, straight legs, shorts, diagonal seams, knee pleats, contrasting fabrics, etc, etc. The pattern has SO many options!
You can get all the details about the Kudzu Cargos on the Willow & Co blog as well as see lots of great versions sewn by pattern testers. Like these shorts made yesterday by Shelly from Sew Shelly Sew. Aren't they fun?
Be sure to get your copy of the pattern!! I'd love to see YOUR Kudzus soon!
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