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Hand or Machine Finishes?

How do you choose the final finishes on each sewing project?  Utilitarian clothes are often finished by machine, but pretty clothes feel special when finished by hand. Hand Finishes for the Blouse Early this spring, I made a tunic length blouse using my Tabula Rasa Jacket pattern modified with the… 

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A Virtual Retreat!

Let’s sew together December 5-6 using the zoom format!  We miss seeing our sewing friends, so Carrie and I have partnered with the Original Sewing and Quilt Expo and SewBatik to sew with you for a weekend.  The Luscious Rayon Tabula Rasa Retreat is going to be such fun (even… 

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Imagining a “Spectacle” Jacket

Its a Spectacle

A colorful bundle of Echino fat quarters came to me as a gift from my daughter several years ago, and I immediately wanted to make them into a Tabula Rasa Jacket (TRJ).  But, fat quarters (18” by 22 1/2 “) are challenging when designing garments, especially if you want to…