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How We Wash Our Clothes Can Help Reduce Microfiber Pollution In Our Waters

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How We Wash Our Clothes Can Help Reduce Microfiber Pollution In Our Waters

           You may or may not have heard the term "microfiber pollution", but it's something very real and I suspect that you will be hearing more and more about it if you haven't already.  I was vaguely aware of it, however, the extent and severity was recently brought to my attention by a close friend whose work is related to water issues.  Microfiber pollution means that every time you wash your synthetic fiber clothing or fabrics (nylon, polyester, spandex, fleece, acrylic and some say even rayon), millions of tiny microfiber particles (plastics) are being washed into our waterways. The microfiber particles...

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Montavilla Muumuu Sew-Along

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Montavilla Muumuu Sew-Along

The lovely Astrid modeling the Montavilla Muumuu - full muumuu version #3.       After I released the Montavilla Muumuu pattern in late August, Kelly Hogaboom (aka the Vegan Tailor), emailed me and let me know she wanted to make one and offered to write a sew along for me. Of course I agreed. Kelly has written sew alongs for my Toaster Sweaters and Tea House Dress and she is a phenomenal seamstress with loads of tips and knowledge about sewing. I am so thankful for all of her help and I am thrilled that she wanted to do this for...

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A Tip For No-Roll Toaster Sweater #2 Neck Facings

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A Tip For No-Roll Toaster Sweater #2 Neck Facings

    Now that the rain and cooler weather has set in here in Oregon, I have been in the mood to sew up some Toaster Sweaters.  What you see in the photo above is actually a pattern hack - a mash-up using the neck of the Toaster #2 with the cropped body of the Tabor V-neck with an added bottom band. While in the process of making this, I thought I would try out some double sided fusible tape at the neckline to see if it would work to keep the neck facings in place.      When I first drafted the pattern for the...

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Introducing The Merlo Field Tee PDF Pattern!

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Introducing The Merlo Field Tee PDF Pattern!

     Happy Fall everyone! I'm here again talking about my latest pattern that I released today - The Merlo Field Tee. Autumn is my favorite time of year and I've been saving this pattern all the hot summer long - just waiting for the perfect time to release it during the cooler fall weather.       The Merlo Field Tee is the opitome of fall attire in my opinion, however, it really can be worn year round. The pattern has short sleeve and long or three-quarter length sleeve versions to accomodate the warm and cool, transitional fall weather. It also offers a...

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Inroducing The Montavilla Muumuu PDF Pattern!

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Inroducing The Montavilla Muumuu PDF Pattern!

Photo by Molly Quan (Robert Kaufman fabrics).           Hello fellow sewists! Summer seems to be closing in on us in my neck of the woods, but the heat continues. Once again, I come a little seasonally late with my newest pattern but like I said - the heat continues. Meet the Montavilla Muumuu sewing pattern (#Montamuumuu). The long version of this dress was inspired by the Hawaiin muumuu however, I added a mini dress and top for some versatility and options.      I first designed the long dress with the idea that the front vents/slits at the hem and the long...

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