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Last chance to win!

Tomorrow marks the last chance to win a Bernina machine with the scarf dress challenge! For more details visit the contest website.

Tomorrow also marks the last chance to enter the SewStylish Fall Fashion Challenge. Prizes include a Baby Lock embroidery machine, an OTT Lite and Threads DVDs. To enter, simply upload a picture of a designer-inspired project you’ve made to the SewStylish website along with a picture or link to your inspiration by tomorrow at midnight.

Sewing Republic and Burda Scarf Dress Challenge!
Burda and the Sewing Republic have teamed up to make a challenge out of my scarf dress project! The winner gets an Bernina Activa 210 sewing machine–a very nice prize, indeed! To enter the challenge, sew up your version of my scarf dress project. For full instructions visit the Sewing... Continue Reading
How to make a dress with shirring
My next Sewing Republic project is live on the site now. To get the look I used a technique called shirring, which is super easy to do and makes for some really great texture and easy fit.  Check it out for instructions on how to create your own dress using two scarves... Continue Reading
Project Runway, Ep. 3 on SewStylish
Over on the SewStylish website today is my recap for last night’s episode of Project Runway. Head on over to vote on your favorites and comment on the designs. I also included images of all the designs along with the designer’s sketches and exclusive behind-the-scenes photos from Brother Sewing Machines.... Permalink
Back to School with Chronicle Books
On the Chronicle Books blog today there’s a wrap up of a few wish list items that I and a few other Chronicle authors would love for their back-to-school supplies. My pick was the bag above from Yellow Wallpaper that would make a perfect bookbag. Check out the post at Chronicle... Continue Reading
The Nana Cometh…
Nana turns 80 this November. To celebrate this momentous occasion, my mother has planned a trip for her, Nana, and Nana’s sister (my Great Aunt Mary) to visit me in New York City. Nana has never been to NYC, so I’m trying to come up with things that these women... Continue Reading
Sewing Republic Sneak Peak
When I’m at flea markets or designer discount stores, there always seems to be something that has a forceful gravitational pull to my psyche…that horribly unorganized bin of handkerchiefs. I have to scour through them and hold up each one to analyze it like a scientist. Handkerchiefs always have the... Continue Reading
More stitches for the wee one
I have been a gift-making machine lately. Above and below are the latest gifts that are going into the mail tomorrow for baby Daniel. I made this diaper bag without a pattern, however it was rather easy to complete since it was basically a series of rectangles sewn together. There... Continue Reading
Artist Yu Yu Art and her tiny creations
Despite my Southern upbringing, I don’t have any plans to get married any time soon. Although if I did, I would most definitely get my cake toppers from Yu Yu Art who makes delightfully intricate characters from roving. Check out their flickr for more photos of their work, including adorable... Continue Reading
Project Runway, Ep. 2
Oh, Project Runway. Is there any other show that I will subject myself to slowly downloading on my computer to watch during my day off? Venture Bros. aside, most likely not. Last night’s episode wasn’t drenched in the tears of the contestants, but it was entertaining nonetheless. In the end... Continue Reading
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