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Spooky Granville Shirt, Part 1

I bought the Granville shirt pattern by Sewaholic eons ago. I love the look of button-up shirts, but I am afraid of almost everything that goes into sewing one: collar, collar stand, buttonholes, buttons, sleeve…

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Do You Really Need a Serger/Overlocker?

A few weeks ago, a co-worker who knows that I sew approached me to ask me if I have a serger. She wanted to know what a serger is, and if it was something that…

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Fabric Shopping in Rio

You may have noticed that things were very quiet here on the blog. A month ago, my stepfather passed away. His death was a huge, awful surprise. Even though he had many health issues, he…

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Los Angeles, 85° Winter: Seamwork Benning

I always sing the praises of winter in Los Angeles. The air gets crisp, temperatures range between the 50s and low 70s, and the sun shines. I love Los Angeles winters because they are the…

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Goth Valentine: Portia Dress

My partner and I have been together for 19 ½ years—we are celebrating our 20th anniversary this June!—and we decided long ago that Valentine’s Day is not a date we worry about too much. There…

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