Autumn Coats: What are you wearing?

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The last days of summer are among us in New York city. Fashion week has come to the big apple and has migrated to other parts of the world. Now it’s time to make a list of what you’re going to sew for yourself this Autumn. Most particularly, a coat! Have you decided on a Autumn/Winter coat yet?

Jackie O-La La

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Jackie-O has been influencing the world of fashion for years. Her iconic style will, for many years to come, be adored by people all over the world, and is regularly referenced and reinterpreted in fashion.

Exposed Zippers: In or Out

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Exposed zippers have been seen on the international runways for the last few seasons, but I have more recently begun to contemplate their role in fashion. Zippers are not only a functional closure— today they are being used more widely as accessories (necklaces, bracelets, embellishments) and can be super-exposed (on the outside of silk satin or down the front of a dress). What do you think about this exposure?

En Plus

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Four cool patterns for Fall and how you could style them— for sizes 44-52 (US 12- 20)!

Style for Less

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You could pay $60 (or more, depending on where you shop) for a cute cotton dress which resembles a German Wiesn Dirndl— or you could make your own, like Grosgrain did. Can you guess which dress was made by Kathleen from Grosgrain and which one was made for ready-to-wear? Want to make your own modern Wiesn Dirndl? Check out this tutorial.

Skirts-- How Do You Style Skirts?

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Do you ever peer into your closet and say “I have absolutely nothing to wear!”? Skirts are one staple in my wardrobe I couldn’t live without. They are also the easiest garment to make when you’re desperate for a new look! I’ve gotten it down to a science where I can make a simple, high-waist skirt from 1 yard of fabric in one hour. I use my own pattern which has been perfected for my curves and I’ll add slight alterations for the style I’m going for— it’s a pattern that translates easily into many different fabrics so I know I’ll be happy with the outcome.

How do you wear skirts?

Romantic Notions: 4 Lovely Patterns

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This week’s mood board features fairy tale fashions for those with a romantic side— flounces, layers, ruffles, godets! Try one of these four patterns and share with us your project!

Washed Out Colors: 4 Edgy Sewing Patterns

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I LOVE washed out colors. The collections I design for my clothing line usually consist exclusively of black, white, grey, dusty rose, sage green— any color one may see a few moments after the sun has set, at dusk, when they sky is awash in washed out pastels. These washed out looks are super cool silhouettes for a muted color palate.

How Do You Rock Gingham?

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Gingham has crept into all different types of fashion style— from hippy-chic, to rockabilly, to the pages of Vogue magazine. Do you do gingham?

A Rainbow of Gem Tones

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Sometimes a fabric choice can really make a simple dress just POP— sometimes a dress pattern alone is just intricate enough for one solid color of fabric. This week I have both options; from a simple tunic top in an opal palate, to a flowing evening gown in solid, glowing Amethyst…

Editor's Pick: Blouses

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Blouses can be worn all year round— but the summertime is the most fun time to wear blouses, as they can really make the entire outfit.

Editor's Pick: Prairie Girls

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A white top or dress makes for the perfect summer outfit. It’s up to you how you will embellish these patterns, whether with crochet or jewelry, but the Prairie Girl look is in…

She's A Rainbow

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These 5 looks would be perfect for a summer music festival like Coachella or SXSW… or for a ride in the country listening to the Rolling Stones (i.e. “She’s a Rainbow”)…

La Bohème: 6 Boho Chic Patterns

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It is officially summer time here in New York city and this week I am so inspired by the bohemian fashion trends of the 70s and want to make some bright, flowing clothes!

5 Edgy Trouser Patterns

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Seldom do we find amazing patterns for our bottom halves- so here’s a treat I’ve put together for you this week, 5 patterns for your lovely legs.

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