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July 3, 2020
Allegro Pants - Lessons Learned from Dizzy Quilts

I haven't really ventured much into pants sewing (I only tried one pair and although it was somewhat successful, the fit was far from perfect). Pants are hard to fit due to tummies, bums and thighs, but I really want to nail the fit on some comfy pants - I mean, I'll be working from home for the foreseeable future, might as well have some cute comfy pants!


The Allegro Bottoms pattern by Love Notions was completely re-drafted and was on sale a little while ago. It comes with two lengths for shorts and pants as well as two ...

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June 19, 2020
Vivace Dolman from Dizzy Quilts

With the need to work from home for the past 3 months, it feels as though I'm sitting at my computer for 15 hours every day and I move a lot less than I used to. I'm not blaming anything or anyone other than myself for that - I could go for walks or bike rides during the day. I also should have a lot more time to cook healthy meals now that I don't have to commute back and forth to work, but I have found myself feeling lazy at the end of the day so we ...

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May 22, 2020
Rhapsody Blouse in Crinkle Rayon from Dizzy Quilts

The Love Notions Rhapsody blouse has been on my To Do List for about a year now. I even had the pattern printed and traced, but Love Notions re-designed the blouse recently and seeing all the beautiful versions on Instagram just pushed it all the way to the top of the list!


And I couldn't be happier with my new blouse!


I made a size XL based on the finished garment measurements and it fit me without any modifications at all. The pattern is very well written, simple to follow, with lots of step-by-step guidance and pictures. The pattern ...

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May 20, 2020
Dress Form: Unvarnished Truth and a Game Changer from Art and Quilting in Camden

Two years ago I made my DIL Ashley a linen jacket for job interviews. It was a revelation! Working on another body (not mine) was SO EASY–I could see what needed fitting, figure out how to make changes, assess fit and lines. So I vowed to get a dress form. KaCHING! What I wanted was over $400! Nope. So I cast about for something less expensive. A local quilty friend had a friend with one to sell…done for $75. And it still mostly adjusted and wasn’t musty!

For your listening pleasure (you’ll need to read to ...

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May 8, 2020
New Comfy PJs Using M7515 from Dizzy Quilts

I made myself some new comfy PJs!


I've had this fabric in my stash for a long time and I was planning on making clothes for the grand-kids with it, but I had a lot of it and figured I could make myself some pyjamas and still have big enough pieces left to make something for them. This is a Cloud 9 cotton knit called Sidewalk by Rae Hoekstra. It is super soft!


The pattern I used is McCall's M7515. It is really easy and quick to make.


The shorts are only two pieces - the elastic casing is ...

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April 24, 2020
Art Gallery Blackwood Cardigan from Dizzy Quilts

Now that the weather is starting to get nicer and warmer, I realized that my wardrobe is in dire need of lighter cardigans. I have some ready-to-wear cardigans I purchased last year, but after only one season of wear, they are looking pretty sad.

I made a Blackwood Cardigan for myself last year and I just love it so decided to make another one with a couple of yards of gorgeous Art Gallery cotton knit from Fabric.com I've had sitting in my stash for a while now. Sadly, this specific print isn't available anymore, but they have ...

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April 18, 2020
Irons: from tiny to dragon! from Art and Quilting in Camden

For a while now I’ve wanted to blog about irons, and why I love the ones I have. Yes, plural…..I have SIX! Three are “small” size, two are regular, and one is Sirius the Black Dragon. Yes, my Janome M7 sewing machine is named Albus (the second, he had a predecessor named Albus). There’s even a video at the end of this post about all these irons!

From left to right: the CHI, my beloved Panasonic Titanium Nonstick, the little mushroom style, the (SOB no longer made SOB) Clover, and Sirius, a LauraStar steam generator. I have ...

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March 27, 2020
A New Top! Finished McCall's M7331 Tee from Dizzy Quilts

Now that the weather is about to change and that I won't be wearing thick sweaters and cardigans for much longer (one can hope!), I started looking through my stash of knit fabric for stuff I could use to make some cute tees.

I bought a bunch of McCall's patterns a while ago when they were on sale for $3.99 and included in the stack was M7331 which is basically a really cool module with four different patterns.


I made view B (the top with the elbow length sleeves) with scraps from my Blackwood cardigan.


This was ...

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March 13, 2020
My Practice Version of the Pona Jacket from Dizzy Quilts

When Helen's Closet published its Pona Jacket pattern a few months ago, I wasn't sure I wanted to make it - wasn't sure the really boxy shape of the jacket would suit me. But then I started seeing versions pop up on Instagram and some of them were so nice, I just had to try it.

I didn't really have anything in my stash that would have been perfect for this, but I found a Cotton & Steel quilting cotton I purchased for a quilt back so decided to make a practice version with that. (It's an ...

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February 23, 2020
Rockin’ Retro Apron, Part 3 from Art and Quilting in Camden

Today we’ll wrap up the last steps in this fun apron. Get ready to make a Kitschy Cocktail wearing the cutest apron ever to cover a frock. Enjoy a nice sip, preferably with a little paper umbrella! Make mine a pina colada, please!
For the blogpost for Part 1 of this pattern, click here.
For the blogpost for Part 2 of this pattern, click here.
To download a Free-in-2020 PDF pattern with ALL the instructions and images, click here.

The Rockin’ Retro Apron in Kitschy Couture by #MichaelMiller Fabrics. The fabric was provided as part of the Michael Miller ...

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February 21, 2020
Cielo Dress ... and Top! from Dizzy Quilts

Back in September, I purchased the Rome pattern collection from Closet Case Patterns and then in October, I got to work sewing the Pietra pants from the collection. They were super easy to sew but they had some really interesting details to them so I was anxious to sew another pattern from the collection.

In November, I made a muslin of the Cielo top (view B). Although I really liked the results, I wanted to try making view A with the short sleeves with a flowy fabric. I also wanted to try to dress.

I started with the dress. Based ...

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Rockin’ Retro Apron in Kitschy Cocktails, Part 2 from Art and Quilting in Camden

For Part 1, go here.

Today we’ll continue constructing your fun and funky Rockin’ Retro Apron. Fabric requirements, layout/cutting instructions and making the apron skirt are all in Part 1, here. You can download a formatted and numbered pattern–free in 2020!–with ALL the instructions and requirements at Rockin’ Retro Apron in Kitschy Couture. The fabric was provided as part of the Michael Miller Brand Ambassador 2020 program, and my brilliant Janome M7 Continental is provided to me as a Janome Artisan. Thank you!

Make the Apron Ties and Neck Strap

  • Spray starch the bias-cut plaid for ...

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February 19, 2020
Rockin’ Retro Apron in Kitschy Cocktails, free pattern! from Art and Quilting in Camden

Welcome to my first Brand Ambassador project for Michael Miller Fabrics, a fun and funky Retro Apron featuring Kitschy Cocktails and Mad About Plaid in blue (available starting February 2020). For all of 2020 this will be a FREE pattern available using this link and in a link on my Resources page titled Retro Apron. The plaid fabric just grabbed my attention and demanded I use it, on the bias…total fun! In this and a subsequent blogpost or two I will share the entire pattern and the included images. But you can download and print the illustrated pattern at ...

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February 7, 2020
Elsa Sweater Finish from Dizzy Quilts

During the long winter months, I love to wear snuggly sweaters with leggings on the weekend. So I've been on the look-out for a sweater pattern along with a good sweater knit to go along with it. I can't remember where I found it or even when I found it, but I eventually came across the Elsa Sweater by DG Patterns.


The sweater came together fairly easily but I did struggle a little bit with the cuffs. Not sure if it was my fault (if I made a mistake when I printed the pattern), but I couldn't ...

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January 31, 2020
Same Pattern and Fabric, Different Bodies: The Seamwork Clarke from Dizzy Quilts

I love the "Same Pattern, Different Bodies" posts the Curvy Sewing Collective puts out there on a regular basis. I really like to see how a garment looks on different body types and what adjustments were made before I attempt a new pattern.

Today, I thought it would be fun to do something very similar but on two bodies that are vastly different: mine and my daughter's.


Mine

I blogged about my ITY Clarke here, but here's a picture and a few details:



  • Size: 14
  • Adjustments: none
  • Measurements: 43 - 36 - 46


My daughter's

I made my daughter ...

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January 14, 2020
A donut shirt for Joshua, the M7 Continental dream from Art and Quilting in Camden

As soon as it came out of the box it went on…fit perfectly (thanks to borrowing one of his existing shirts!)

The first thing I made on the splendid new M7 Continental from Janome was something I haven’t made in decades: a button down tailored shirt! Anyone who knows Joshua knows that he is all about good food, perhaps starting with donuts. In fact, Joshua and Ashley’s wedding cake was a tower Joshua made of donut holes from Willow Bakery in Rockport! He also loves shirts with a sense of humor: sushi rolls, watermelon, lobsters. So I ...

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January 3, 2020
A New Grey Seamwork Clarke from Dizzy Quilts

A few weeks ago, I wrote about a new Elliot Tee I had made with a grey jersey I purchased from Fabric.com which unfortunately is no longer available. Well, when I finished cutting that Elliot Tee, I noticed my Seamwork Clarke pattern still on my cutting table (I made my first Clarke back in November). I had more than enough of that grey jersey so I decided to cut myself a new Clarke!


This new version was a definite success! The fabric is much more fluid than my last one so I don't have that tent look. But ...

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December 23, 2019
The BRILLIANT new Janome M7Continental produces A York Pinafore for Christmas from Art and Quilting in Camden

Sewing machine companies are always coming out with new models, most of which are incrementally different from before. But every 10-15 years, Janome re-thinks the machine from all angles and comes up with something that is a major leap–and worth considering adding to your studio. The Janome 6600 was such a machine (circa 2004/5), and the new M7 Continental may well go down as one of The Best Sewing Machines Ever (in any brand!), and given the quality of Janome’s machines that is a high standard.

The Janome M7 Continental is a quantum leap in a sewing ...

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December 13, 2019
My Grey Elliot Tee by Helen's Closet from Dizzy Quilts

One of the very first garments I made for myself was a Helen's Closet pattern - the York Pinafore. You can read all about it here. Since that first pinafore, I purchased many of Helen's patterns. They are extremely well drafted, well written and they are classic, basic pieces we all need in our closets.

In addition to the York Pinafore, I also made a Blackwood Cardigan (blogged here) and a practice Elliot Tee.

A couple of weeks ago, I thought it was time to make my "real" Elliot Tee. I've had 3 yards of a stretchy fabric ...

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December 5, 2019
NEW Knits Spotted! from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

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Welcome, fabric lovers! 

Happy to say that temperatures are going down in south Florida, which just calls for the coziest of clothes! Although each collection that AGF comes out with is exciting, today this is a very special occasion because we are releasing more prints to our KNITS substrate. You might've seen our knits in solid and striped, but by popular demand, KNIT SPOTTED has been added! Coming in two different types of polka dots- ranging in a softer pastel palette to classic black and white. There are options for any age! 

If you've sewn with our fabrics ...

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