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Show Off Saturday… Announcing a Free Video Course for Designer Zipper Bags! I'm so excited to share with you something that I have been working on all year… a video course! I get 'sew' annoyed at most zipper bag tutorials because I end up with pinched corners at the top that never look right. I have to admit that it bothered me so much I couldn't sleep one night.

Beginner Sewing patterns for dressmakers Are you looking for beginner sewing patterns? We've brought together a list of tried and tested patterns by the sewing community that are easy to make.

New Pattern Roundup-Spring Edition! Well apparently, the thought of losing out on the monthly pattern roundups was just too difficult to bear! I quickly volunteered, and found out Debbie had as well. So we've agreed to be pattern roundup cohorts. I have to admit, I haven't had a great pulse on the Indie pattern community and I wanted to be as thorough as possible with the roundup.

Friday Favorites - Caroline Hulse Blog I hope you all had a fabulous Valentine's Day yesterday. I spent the evening with Tinsley + some of my friends for an adorable sip n see for my friend and her twins. David's been out of town and we are sooo ready for him to get home! Here are a few of my Friday favorites!

Hot Air Balloon Quilt Block - Blocks 2 Quilt Hot Air Balloon Quilt Block patchwork construction available in 2 sizes. Download today, grab your scraps and get ready to stitch!

Friday Spotlight: Daryl's Southwest Style Basket Tote! This bag is so roomy, it really has space for anything and everything you could need for on the go with the kids, or a quick weekend getaway for two!

More Information about Mod Bee - with Class Descriptions! Here's the registration link.

Peppermint Magazine Wide Leg Pants: DIY High Waisted Wide Legged Pants Trousers I am back today sharing my second make using a pattern from Peppermint Magazine. You can see my first make using one of their patterns here. Like the first, this pattern is also a completely FREE pattern to download, and comes in a decent size range. Again, this pattern is beautifully drafted by In the Folds.

Two Projects I have been creating, using my smocking skills for this first project. I have found those skills to be quite rusty but I am keeping at it and it is coming back to me slowly but surely. Above is a beautiful length of ribbon I recently purchased with the intent of smocking it into a piece of jewelry.

But it's not Moneta, it's… Myrtle Dress by Colette Patterns! Yes I finally cracked my Moneta obsession, don't worry there's plenty more of them coming with hacks but for the moment I'm trying out different patterns and I have a few exciting things that are happening but I can't tell quite yet!

Decades of Style Ophelia Overalls Today I am sharing my Ophelia Overalls from Decades of Style. Usual disclaimer: I was given the pattern for free to test it out and share on social media. All opinions are my own. I've been wanting to make overalls for a while now. Overalls were my favourite thing to wear in the 90s.

More Chunky Knit Sweaters: the Strathcona from Good Night Day You may have noticed I have a thing for chunky knits these days. I find them extremely satisfying to knit and I love the texture. Something about those big, exaggerated stitches is very visually satisfying. Like my last chunky knitting project, this sweater is a pattern from the latest collection by Good Night Day.

Embroider-Along: Part 11 How to Embroider on Cuddle Luxe Welcome back to my Embroider-Along: Part 11. Hi, my name is Sue O'Very, BERNINA Ambassador and machine embroidery expert. Today I'm going to show you how to embroider on one of my favorite fabrics, Cuddle Luxe. Read more about embroidering napped fabrics in Part 7.

Happy Galentine's Giveaway 2019 It's my birthday and I'll cry if I want to… Flipping heck, I'm 49. I'll be 50 next year. I should do a really big party next year. In the meantime, I thought we could celebrate the day of love, romance and friendship with another Galentine Giveaway.

Completed: Charm Patterns Rita Blouse I don't think I need to introduce anyone to the sewing superstar Gertie, right? The sewing blogger, pattern writer, fabric designer, and workshop leader WHO LOOKS LIKE A LITERAL PORCELAIN DOLL ? Yes. That one. If you don't know who she is - well, welcome to the online sewing community!

The Great British Sewing Bee 2019 Episode 1 - sewing patterns and sewing tips How to sew darts with Tilly and the Buttons. How to sew French Darts. Megan Nielsen shares a tutorial on sewing French darts as part of her sew-along for the Dove blouse. Sewing an invisible zip. Let Colette take you through the trials of adding an invisible zipper with this definitive tutorial and video!

The day I stopped taking OXY Warning sewing fans - this is a serious post. I'm sure tomorrow I'll share more crafty love. But I feel compelled to talk about something else today. On the day that I stopped taking OXY - all according to my well-laid plans - I was almost eaten alive by a monster of depression, rage, and anxiety.

The Little Book Of Sewing - First Glimpse I have written a book, it's super cute, it's publishing on 4 April and it's available to pre order here! Pre orders are really important to a book's launch and they're loved by Amazon, publishers and humble authors alike. It helps the industry judge appetite for the book - and I'm hoping there's plenty of appetite for this!

What is Differential Feed? Have you ever been sewing with knits and completed your seam only to notice that edge is now longer than when you started? And perhaps it has a funny waviness that wasn't there before… well, you are not alone. Most overlockers today have a feature called differential feed and this simple setting is there to help you perfect your seam finish.

10 Practical Ways to Practice Self Love - Caroline Hulse Blog Self care/self love doesn't have to be all bubble baths and champagne I have found that loving myself means, saying "no" more often and prioritizing the important things in my life before the things I "should" do. In honor of Valentine's Day tomorrow, here are 10 ways to practice self love.

Your Makes! Ready for a spot of dressmaking inspo? It's Margot here today - I've been interning at Tilly HQ since the beginning of the year and have been loving scrolling through your fabulous makes on Insta and Pinterest.

Neighborhood sew-along schedule We're hosting a Neighborhood Sweatshirt + Hoodie sew-along and hope you will join us. We will be kicking it off on Monday, February 18th, and it will run through the first week of March. Learn more about this style by visiting Liesl's post introducing the pattern.

Sew Sweet Sewing Set - Video Class The Sew Sweet Sewing Set pattern includes a pincushion, needle book and scissors holder which are embellished with colorful yo-yos. In this Learn, Make and Create class, I'll show you how to make the scissors holder step by step. From the sweet yo-yo details to the applique leaves, we will cover it all!

Christian Dior - Designer of Dreams // V&A exhibit If you're planning to go to this exhibition and don't want any spoilers, look away now! The exhibition at the V&A museum features the history of Christian Dior himself and impact of the brand from the origins of the fashion house up to the modern day collections.

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