Coats & Clark

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31 Dec It Was a Very Good Year……..

Several years ago I asked a woman at a tradeshow about when her business started to become successful. “When I decided to get serious about it." she replied. I believe there is a lot of truth in that statement with intention and commitment playing primary roles in our successes and failures, no matter how large or small the undertaking. While all years seem to have their share of ups and downs some are certainly better than others. Fortunately, things seemed to click this year. After taking time off to promote The Tunic Bible, a return to sewing and blogging in January was refreshing and relaxing. I...

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27 Dec McCall’s 6886 Kelly Green

Dear Readers, I hope you are all enjoying this holiday season! Below is my Christmas dress and the last project of 2017. The pattern, McCall's 6886 is a classic that's been around for awhile, and has received nearly 200 reviews on the Pattern Review website. Believe it or not, this is the first time I've sewn the simple pattern. While sewing the dress was simple, taking photographs was not...

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17 Jul All Things Bright and Beautiful

I've been practicing my embroidery. After trying out two designs on muslin with no purpose other than to serve as practice examples, I went in to 'Just Do It' mode. I grabbed a very old denim jacket out of a closet and began to explore with the Pfaff embroidery designs which came with my machine. My plan was to sew whatever struck my fancy...

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08 Jul Soulmate/Sleepmate/Secura

Such a good feeling waking up in a lovely pair of PJs! Greetings from the gazebo, a colorful escape and peaceful refuge to start my day. In April, I borrowed a pair of Julie's Carolyn Pajamas by Closet Case Patterns. (She's sewn seven pairs - seriously). At last I have my own. If you're a Bedhead fan then you'll love this pattern! (Check out Bedhead's Liberty PJs here.) I sewed the pajamas in Amy Butler's latest fabric design, Soulmate (Free Spirit Fabrics).  Amy's latest collection features 24 designs in 3 color ways of garment-friendly poplin!  Since Amy's fabrics are color co-ordinated companion fabrics, I used...

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