How I design a simple clutch…

Handmade pleated clutch purse with zipper.

I thought I would show the process of how I design and create a simple pleated zipper clutch…it’s not really a tutorial (though you can find my basic pouch tutorial here,) but a look at how I make the pattern and finish the piece. What would you like to see me design next?! I do […]

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7 Sewing Tips for Beginners…

7 tips for beginning sewists! Yep, I made another awkward video. (Hey, you gotta start somewhere!) And the information itself isn’t that bad, though…I hope you find this informative!! Do you have any special advice or tips for sewists, beginning or otherwise? I’d love to hear them!

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One week until VIBRATION Community Fashion Show!

Do you have plans next Saturday? Because I am super, super excited to be part of Vibration Community Fashion Show at TISSU, and I hope you’ll be there too!! This show is sponsored by TISSU and Finishing School for Modern Women, and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Camp Destination Innovation, a STEM […]

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Creatively Sourcing Fabric

In some areas, sourcing good fabric can be…difficult. Outside of big box stores, I don’t have much to choose from locally (with the exception of Needle Nook, a great little fabric shop in East Wichita, and a couple quilt shops.) I’m pretty happy living here in Middle America, but fabric shopping is one of the […]

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DIY Fungi: Sew your own Mushroom

Finally, I’ve posted a tutorial video on how to make your own mushroom. (I’ve been meaning to do this for some time…) This is an absolutely fantastic way to use little scrap bits of cloth, and they’re just so cute. These little mushrooms are perfect as a child’s toy, an art doll, in a fairy […]

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A Grand Affair: TISSU’s New Location!

Less than two months until Craftacular, three months until another special event (more info to come on that), and so…what am I doing here?!  I know I should be getting to work, but before I do, I absolutely must share these photos from TISSU Sewing Studio’s Grand Re-Opening! On July 27, TISSU hosted special guest […]

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Guess What?

HA!  Sorry, I couldn’t resist… But guess what else?  There are new items in the shop! The Rustique linen tunic is a comfy, versatile top made to your measurements from a lovely, (lovely!) linen. It’s truly one of my favorite go-to wardrobe pieces.  It’s available in two colors, and can read more about it here. […]

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The Season of Green // Studio (and Garden) Update

After all of April’s cold, it’s suddenly summer! Between gardening, other side jobs, and–yes!–some actual creating, I haven’t spent any time keeping things updated on the shop. However, I hope to be adding some things next week.  (I’m always hoping, aren’t I?!?)  It’s my goal, anyway… But that garden…it’s finally looking great.  We had a […]

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Slow Fashion Revolution // Part 3 of 3

To some, Slow Fashion might look like just another trendy gimmick to market to consumers; indeed, there are companies who, quite predictably, use the “green” label to persuade people to buy items that may not, in reality, be all that green.  And yes, ethical, sustainable, and artisan brands of clothing typically do cost the consumer more […]

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Totes Totes: Free Market Bag Tutorials & Patterns

Farmer’s Market season is nearly upon us!  This is something I just realized the other day…I also realized that I’ve been really bad about remembering to bring my totes to the grocery store.  Market totes are the kind of thing you can’t have too many of….(especially when you’re forgetful.) I thought this might be a […]

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Favorite Fabrics: The Feedsack Dress

There is something so appealing to me about the feedsack dress.  Though sometimes viewed as a symbol of the necessary frugality (or, poverty,) of the Depression era, it was also a way to “[give] rural women a sense of fashion.”  I’d love to see this type of practical reuse come back (though granted, less people […]

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Breton / French Sailor Top! (Free Sewing Pattern.)

{This pattern was originally published July 2016 on my now defunct blog, Prairiesque.} I’ve been wanting to make my own striped blouse/Breton top/French sailor shirt for a long time.   I had made the pattern, but it was surprisingly difficult to find just the right fabric.  I finally found a great fabric at Needle Nook Fabrics here […]

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Gypsy Belle Jacket

This is just a little project/prototype I made for myself, and I wanted to share it…it was somewhat inspired by the lovely jacket Belle (Emma Watson) wears in the live action version of Beauty and the Beast.  (#nerdalert) This was my first version of the jacket from the pattern I came up with.  There are quite a […]

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