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Pattern: Nevertheless, She Persisted Cross-Stitch Sampler

Pattern: Nevertheless, She Persisted Cross-Stitch Sampler

As a pro crafter and cross-stitch pattern designer, I was pretty much required to design a "Nevertheless, she persisted." cross-stitch sampler, right?

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A-Line Skirts: 5 Tips for a Flattering Fit

A-Line Skirts: 5 Tips for a Flattering Fit | The Zen of Making

A-Line Skirts: 5 Tips for a Flattering Fit | The Zen of Making

After spending the summer living in my perfect summer skirt, I decided that it was time to tackle a go-to pattern for a fitted a-line skirt with a zipper closure. Because, elastic waistbands are great and all, but some fabrics and occasions call for a cleaner silhouette and a bit more structure. So, not happy with any of the patterns that I’d tried, I decided to draft a simple a-line skirt pattern that I could use as my winter uniform, and I was determined to get the fit just right. And, while I was working on my skirt, I put together this 5-step fitting guide to help you sew the fabulous a-line skirt of your dreams too! So, grab an a-line skirt pattern in your size—or draft your own, if you’re so inclined—and let’s make some fit magic happen!

A-Line Skirts: 5 Tips for a Flattering Fit | The Zen of Making

A-Line Skirts: 5 Tips for a Flattering Fit | The Zen of Making

Note: This is by no means a comprehensive skirt fitting guide, but these 5 simple tips can help you give your a-line skirts a more flattering fit with minimal futzing.

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Colette Patterns Clover Trouser Sewalong: The Muslin


Over the past few days, I pushed aside my firm belief that sewing pants is a TERRIFYING idea, and made my muslin for the first step of the Colette Patterns Clover Trouser Sewalong. And, wouldn’t you know, it wasn’t actually that bad! The pants themselves are very simple to construct; there are only four pattern pieces, not including the optional pockets. I’m hoping that making such a simple pair of pants the first time around will allow me to learn the basics of pants fitting without feeling overwhelmed, as I’ll only need to change a few pieces with each adjustment.

Though I might be feeling pretty optimistic right now, basking in the afterglow of a successful muslin construction, the hardest part is still very much ahead of me. As the photos above no doubt illustrate, I’m not a fits-off-the-rack kind of girl. As I lamented when I was sewing my Emmy dress, I’m a very petite lady, but I’ve got curves. And, in the same way that being petite doesn’t make me skinny, having curves doesn’t make me chubby. It does, however, make me hard to fit. I’ve got a small waist and narrow hips, but I also have muscular thighs (thanks, years of gymnastics!) and a sizable backside. Did I mention that I’m also 5’2″ and 110lbs? If I sized up to fit my butt, I’d drown in fabric everywhere else! So, as suggested in the pattern instructions, I took my measurements and chose the closest size, erring on the side of too big rather than too small, so I would have some room to work when I was fitting. My end results were not unexpected: the legs fit fine, but the waist was too big and the butt was too small.

According to the Colette Patterns Pants Fitting Cheat Sheet, I will need to make the following adjustments to my pattern during the sewalong to ensure a good fit:

• Smaller waist adjustment
• Shorter torso adjustment
• Full butt adjustment

Hold me, I’m afraid!

Clover Trouser Sewalong

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My Colette Patterns are Here!


My husband just walked in with a package, and I nearly tackled him trying to get it out of his hands so I could see what it was. And, just as I’d hoped, it was my fancy new Colette patterns!!

I’m super-geeked, not only because everything Colette makes is beautiful and awesome, but also because I’ll be participating in my very first sew-along this October, which will be using the (perfect and amazing) clover pants pattern.

Now, why is this a big deal? Well, because they’re PANTS, and I am totally afraid of making pants! I’ll make an evening gown, sure, but not pants. Pants need to fit in places like thighs and waists and backsides. Even worse, they need to fit in all of those places AT THE SAME TIME. (Enter classic horror movie scream here.) But, come October, I’m going to be brave. I’m know I’m in good hands with the folks at the Coletterie, so everything will be a-okay. Right? Right?!

Have you ever participated in a sew-along and/or survived making a pair of pants? How’d it go? I’m a little nervous, and I definitely need some crafty moral support.

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