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Seasonal Sew 3 Check in and October Plans

Time for a #seasonalsew3 check in and progress update!  Thank you to everyone who has shared their plans and tagged us -- we love to see what everyone is working on! What We've Done As for the two of us, we are working away on our Seasonal Sew 3 makes.  We each finished our Persephone Pants during ... READ the POST

Orchid Midi & Tips for Gathering Delicate Fabrics

The Orchid Midi by Chalk & Notch released today so I finally get to show off my tester version! This pattern was done as a collaboration between Chalk & Notch and Ensemble patterns.  Celina released the Parasol Jumpsuit & Trousers, which can mix and match with the Orchid to make a ... READ the POST

Top Photo Tips to Create a Beautiful Sewing Portfolio

Time for Part 3 of our pattern testing series (and the one everyone's been waiting for) -- photo tips to create your own beautiful sewing portfolio! (Subscribe to our newsletter for a handy-dandy cheat sheet :) ). Some of you may be surprised by what's in this post.  I imagine that many of you ... READ the POST

Eight Good Reasons to Test Sewing Patterns (and a Couple Bad Ones)

Do you ever wonder what happens during the sewing pattern testing process?  Katie and I have both had the opportunity to test for multiple designers and wanted to kick off this three-part series on a behind the scenes look at the pattern testing and fabric promotion process. Good reasons to ... READ the POST

4 Sewing Patterns to Jump Start Your SewJo

Ah summer...filled lazy days and opportunities for adventures.  But summer is over (at least in the northern hemisphere) and fall is upon us.  For many of us that means diving back into sewing projects after a summer hiatus.  I don't know about you, but after a long break, I often need a quick ... READ the POST

Four tips for sewing faux (fake) leather

With the temperatures beginning to cool - it is time that I break out my faux (fake) leather jacket!  I sewed this one up just about a year ago, using McCalls M6844 - and made quite a few serendipitous newbie mistakes (namely selecting a woven for a knit sewing pattern - HA - live and learn, folks), ... READ the POST

Mac of Sew Altered Style shares 4 tips on sewing faux (fake) leather using McCalls M6844

How to Turn a Straight Waistband into a Curved Waistband

Not to be outdone by Mac, I also finished a pair of Persephone Pants!  In addition to lowering the rise (see how to do that here), I also desperately needed a curved waistband instead of the straight one in the pattern.  So I will show you how to do that today! But first let's take a few moments ... READ the POST