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Featured Member: molly-sews

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Where are you from and where do you live now?
I am from Oregon, but have lived in New Orleans for the last 9 years. I teach middle school social studies/history. I am moving to Chicago this summer!

How did you start sewing?
My mom always sewed for us, so she taught me as a child. I starting sewing more after college, around 2007. My favorite project is my Cape of Awesomeness. It was made from a 1940s pattern. It took me a long time to make it and it forced me to learn new techniques and improve my skills.

Take On the "Show Your Support" Bra Challenge!

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Yep, it’s a bra challenge, and it’s for an amazing cause.

Fashion That Rocks: 4 Musicians with Serious Style

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When I was younger I dreamed about being a rock star. To me it seemed as if they lived entirely by their own set of rules; they could get away with anything – fashionably speaking and otherwise. I loved and was inspired by women like Debbie Harry, Patti Smith, Shirley Manson and Kim Gordon, who were each beautiful in their own way – they didn’t need to rely on the stereotypes of over-sexed, under-dressed airheads in order to be considered attractive or desirable. I also loved how each of these women cultivated their own personal style.

Pre-Shrinking Interfacing -- Do You or Don't You?

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Readers, you know that saying that goes “the more you know, the more you realize you don’t know”?

A while back, I was interfacing the collar and cuffs of a cotton shirt I was making, using a hot iron at a medium-low setting, no steam, and pressing for 10 seconds. (The way I’d always done it, which I’d learned…I can’t remember where!) The results were not encouraging.

Meet the Designer: Reese Juel

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Reese is another talented designer we met during our fashion show adventures in Austin, TX during SxSW. She puts her spin on found objects – reconstructing clothing and creating mixed media projects, and spends her days immersed in fashion, music and art.

What is your name and where are you from?

Reese Juel, Philadelphia, PA – USA

What is your design medium of choice?

Accessories and reconstructed clothing, using found objects and mixed media.

Hunting for Vintage Fabrics with Sandy Stone

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Was I born too late? My love of all things vintage makes me wonder sometimes if I was really meant to live in a different time period….and I sew! Who does that anymore?

For many years I have been collecting and tinkering around with vintage fabrics and furnishings in a way that has recently been labeled “upcycling” and you can see many of my (mostly) home-dec creations in my first book, Fabric Remix.

Learn How to Sew Like a Pro With eSewingWorkshop.com

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If you’re anything like me, you’ve told yourself week after week, month after month, that you are finally going to get around to signing up for that sewing class. Whether you want to learn the basics, or (again, like me) you need to sharpen up your rusty machine skills but can’t seem to find the time, then eSewing Workshop is what you’ve been looking for.

Très Chic: 7 Glamorous New Dress Sewing Patterns

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Many of us who sew often look to the past for inspiration and love vintage— we muse over old Hollywood glamour and the uber-feminine silhouettes of the 40s and 50s. If you’ve got a bit of silver screen siren in you, be sure to check out these new patterns!

Featured Member: aniomatronika

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Where are you from and where do you live now?
I live in Lodz, it’s a large city in the center of Poland. I have love and hate relationship with this place, it’s depressing and inspiring at the same time. I am currently attending University majoring in Psychology.

How did you start sewing?
My mum can sew (she is really good!) and growing up in my home we always had a sewing machine. She stayed at home when my brother and I were younger and she was making a lot of clothes for us. The sound of a sewing machine is one of my childhood memories. My first “creation” was a dress for my plush elephant. I was about seven when I made it. I distinctly remember sewing way too fast, neglecting every rule and braking many needles.

Links We Love: The Mullet Dress, A Perfect Summer Skirt Tutorial, Kanye Makes Clothes + More!

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Catch up on our favorites stories, projects and general goings-on from around the web this week!

DIY We Tried: Eco Dyeing

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A few weeks ago Jamie, Martyna and I decided to try a little DIY project of our own. Inspired by a book we recently received in the office, India Flint’s Eco Colour, we embarked on a eco dyeing adventure in my tiny apartment in Brooklyn. For our project we decided to focus on three different types of dyeing: fruit-based, onion skin and flower smashing. These are three of the easiest techniques and a good starting point to try your hand at eco-conscious dyeing.

Guy-Cons, or 10 Famous Men with Style for the Ages

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Readers, today I want to discuss male style icons, or what I call guy-cons.

Coming up with the names of ten people I wouldn’t mind dressing/looking like wasn’t hard. I’ll be honest though: I added some of them not because they’ve influenced me personally, but because I think they’ve achieved guy-conic status in the wider world.

Best Books for Couture Enthusiasts

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Actually, it’s top nine, readers! The first one doesn’t count – it is, in fact, a 1959 Soviet book with a title “Conversations About Housekeeping”. Forgive me, as it was my first and most precious sewing reference, inherited from my Siberian grandmother!

Photos: Chance or coincidence? My first sewing reference was printed in 1959, when USSR sanctioned the first ever couture show in the country’s capital Moscow. Yes, it’s Dior!

Do Your Clothes Fit You?

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Whether homemade or store bought, do clothes tend to fit you well? If you’re like me, chances are you’ve had countless occasions in life where you’ve fallen in love with a gorgeous dress only to find that the fit is totally off. Or you’ve excitedly cut into your precious cloth with a sewing pattern you adore only to find there’s no way in the world the design is ever going to fit. That’s why we sew, I gather, to try to achieve perfection in fit and style, but there will always be those alterations which need to be done in order to achieve that close-to-perfect (if not flawless) fit. But there’s hope! Read on…

Style vs. Comfort: 9 New Women's Sewing Patterns

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This week we have proof that in addition to looking stylish— you can be comfortable as well. Check out these new luxe looks made from jersey and soft fibers. Read on to get the patterns and judge the looks for yourself…

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