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Pretty on the Inside: How to Finish Your Seams without a Serger

When I started sewing, I had no idea that I was supposed to be finishing the raw edges of my seams. I would read commercial patterns, and some of them would tell me to finish…

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Sewing Mise en Place: The Practice of Each Thing in Its Place

Remember when The Food Network still had cooking shows, the kind in which someone teaches you how to cook? I do. I love cooking shows. I love the cooking part, but what really makes me…

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More Goth/Alt Sewing Pattern Designers

A question I get often is, “Where can I find alt/goth patterns?” With so many pattern designers, you would imagine that this is an easy question to answer. It is not. Two years ago, I…

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Tips for Sewing and Wearing an All-Black Wardrobe

I have an Apple Music  playlist in which I collected the best songs with favorite color in the title: If you open my closet, it will be a visual representation of this playlist: Lots and…

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Changes that Extend the Life of Your Pattern (aka Hacking)

Imagine that you are a chef. You spend hours getting a certain recipe just right. You play around with ingredients, ratios, and temperatures. It is hours, days, sometimes weeks until you get to the perfect…

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