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Join the Irregulars, Become an Occasional Blogger!

"What are the Irregulars?" I hear you ask. Well, it's someone who likes to post the occasional blog, without having to commit to a regular one, because I read this:

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Added by Karen on April 28, 2015 at 2:30am — No Comments

I've Finally Completed My Sewing PhD - The Pink Tulle Petticoat Project - Butterick 4788

Last year I had six Projects Half Done, and made a resolution to finish them all within the year.  I failed.  I only finished five of them,…

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Added by Karen on April 21, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Summer Sewing for Sunny (and rainy) Days

Okay, it's Saturday, and that summer beach bonfire is not going to happen unless you can find something besides fleece and rubber boots to wear. Sound familiar?



Living in Southeast can be a big wardrobe hassle when the sun sneaks up on us. We love the weather, but our closets don't! So, why not do like our mothers taught us, and create or…

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Added by Susan on April 16, 2015 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

Notepad Organizers Sewing Project (PDF Pattern from DogUnderMyDesk)

I don't know about you, but I seem to have collected a vast selection of sewing patterns, both paper and in PDF formats.  Some of them I confess I don't know why I bought them, or when (if ever) I will get to use them. Others eventually come into use, when I suddenly decide I need something and have that light bulb moment "I've got a pattern for that!" and dig it out.…

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Added by Karen on April 12, 2015 at 11:30am — 3 Comments

Trapeze Blouse Sewing Project - McCalls Pattern #5881

I bought this used pattern in a charity shop, as it reminds me of my favourite summer top. It's for a 'trapeze shaped blouse' in two lengths with front button fastening, five different neckline and collar variations and patch…

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Added by Karen on April 5, 2015 at 4:00pm — 9 Comments

Embroidered 'Summer Gypsy' Cushion from Bustle and Sew

My MIL will be 87 this birthday, and I decided to embroider her a cushion.  I had already bought this "Summer Gypsy Cushion" pattern…

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Added by Karen on March 22, 2015 at 3:30pm — No Comments

My Rustic Heirloom Embroidered Waistcoat

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Last year when I was learning about all the different kinds of sewing machine needles available, I came across the Wing or Hemstitch needle.  Never having heard of it, I did some research and found out this is used for Heirloom embroidery.  I also read that 'Machine Embroidery' means the computerised designs done by the specialist machines, but embroidery using a normal sewing machine is referred to…

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Added by Karen on March 15, 2015 at 5:30pm — 5 Comments

Sewing Garments with Knit Fabrics - Yoga Pants

I thought I would have a go at making Meg's Yoga Pants from her "Sewing with Knits - 5 Wardrobe Essential" Course.  I have had RTW knit pants in the past, and the…

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Added by Karen on March 8, 2015 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

Circle Maxi from a Flat Sheet



I got it in to my head the other day that I would love a long circle skirt. I blame YouTube for their "recommended" section that often lures me in to wasting hours on videos that I didn't plan to watch. It's shameful how much time I lose on that site.... 

Anyway, there was a lady that demonstrated how to turn a…

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Added by Angela L on March 2, 2015 at 11:35am — 1 Comment

The City Slicker Bag by ChrisWDesigns - Advanced Sewing Pattern

The last pattern released for the 2014 Bag of the Month Club last June was…

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Added by Karen on March 2, 2015 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

Seamstress/Inventor: Help Kick Start "BONUS HAND"

Help build US Factory and make something useful better.  BONUS HAND is a start-up manufacturer who wants to produce Sewgrip® using the highest quality materials for a more durable and longer lasting craft glove.…

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Added by Gail Romiti on February 26, 2015 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Sewing Garments with Knit Fabrics - Tunic Top

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Added by Karen on February 22, 2015 at 3:00pm — 6 Comments

Fast & Easy Fabric Bins



I promise that this is the final project that I'm doing for my sewing class! At the last minute, I decided that I needed some fabric bins to hold shears, rulers, fabric markers, etc.. that go on the sewing tables. After several hours of searching sewing sites for a good tutorial, I came across some simple instructions…

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Added by Angela L on February 17, 2015 at 10:19pm — No Comments

Wrist Pin Cushions



Once I finished my pressing boards from earlier this week, I decided that the kids in my sewing classes needed pin cushions. After scouring the internet for fun ideas that I could sew in bulk, I eventually realized…

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Added by Angela L on February 16, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

Sewing Machine Needle Organiser - Update!

Back in April 2014 I made my final version of the Sewing Machine Needle Organizer, and posted it  I included all the…

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Added by Karen on February 12, 2015 at 2:00am — 1 Comment

DIY Press/Ironing Boards - Stashbusting!

Thanks to the children's sewing class that I instruct, there has been a lot of stash-busting going on this week! The class will be contributing to the 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge this month, and I have been doing crazy prep work…

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Added by Angela L on February 11, 2015 at 12:54pm — 2 Comments

Elastic Thread Techniques: Bobbin and Chain Looper

Preparing for both my new DVD set on sewing knits, ‘STRETCHING YOUR KNIT SEWING KNOW-HOW‘ AND a new episode for It’s Sew Easy Series 900 on Elastic Thread, I’ve learned even MORE since my last post!  Below is a chambray (woven) peasant-type top I designed.  It features cover hems…

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Added by Londa Rohlfing on February 11, 2015 at 10:16am — No Comments

Valentine's Day - Love Ewe Cushion!

It's Valentines Day soon, and I thought I would make a little something to mark the occasion this year.  I remembered downloading this pattern for the "Love Ewe" cushion from Helen at Bustle…

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Added by Karen on February 8, 2015 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Bag of the Month Club - January - The Companion Carpet Bag

I joined the Bag of the Month Club back in December, for the bargain price of $35, and looked forward to having 6 bag patterns to try out over the next 6 months. …

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Added by Karen on January 28, 2015 at 6:00pm — 5 Comments

Sewing Garments with Knit Fabrics - The Surplice Dress

I was pleased with the results of my first experience sewing with knits, so I decided to get straight on with my next project,…

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Added by Karen on January 26, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

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