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Bells & Whistles

Bells & Whistles
We are so excited to welcome back an old friend back to the fold – our Bells & Whistles pattern! Over the years we have had many requests to bring back this style. Finally this summer, after seeing a customer wear her Bells Shirt at a Sew Kansas event, we realized that the design is timeless. Bells & Whistles is not just a pa...
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Denim 4 Ways

Denim 4 Ways

​Though originally invented in France, denim fabric has become an American fashion staple. When you think of denim, the first thing that is likely to pop into your mind is blue jeans. But there is so much more to denim fabric than that – today you can find denim in an almost infinite variety of colors and prints. Inspired by some new floral denims that we received we have put together four different denim looks for fun fall looks. Read on for more inspiration!

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Underlining the Valencia Pants + Fabric Discount!

Underlining the Valencia Pants + Fabric Discount!

When you love a fabric, but it's not quite the right weight for the piece that you want to make, what do you do? This is what happened to me recently. I fell in love with this printed handkerchief linen fabric and couldn't get past the idea of making pants. But the fabric was too sheer for a bottom weight.

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A Summer Chateau Jacket

A Summer Chateau Jacket

A few weeks ago our friend Sally sent us a picture of a wonderful version of the Chateau Coat pattern that she had made. Sally made her shortened version using a soft knit stripe, which she bound around the edges. It's such a lovely, casual summer jacket. Of course, we now wanted to create a version of our own. I decided to take it a step farther though, and use black and white stripe rayon crepe which I lined with a zingy hot pink polyester.

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Get the Look: Barn Jacket

Get the Look: Barn Jacket
Living in the Midwest, it isn't unusual to see men and women dressed in what are historically agricultural work clothes. Brands like Carhartt and LL Bean are ubiquitous, their boxy canvas shapes echoing the farms that dot the landscape. Today, bib overalls and fleece-lined barn jackets have walked off the fields and into high fashion. Starting in the mid-1990's, the workwear look started to infiltrate street fashion, and today, proletarian style abandoned the farms and factories to move to New York's 5th Avenue.

The barn jacket is a classic style whose relaxed lines and comfortable shape have made it a favorite for decades. Our Chicago Jacket has a similar stylistic feel though we have incorporated a number of refined details, including a curved waist seam and diagonal darted seams that continue into the pockets. The minutiae of design elements work together to create a truly sophisticated style.

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