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The Selfish Seamstress (blog)

October 16, 2012 2 comments

I don’t remember how I found The Selfish Seamstress, but it’s one of my favorite blogs. She hasn’t updated it in a long while, unfortunately, but I still recommend it! She is a very good, very funny writer, plus she offers some free patterns (generally in her size, which is small). And did I mention she makes gorgeous clothes?! Anyhoo, I think everyone should know about her, so I’m going to wave my little internet banner on her behalf. Go, Elaine, go!

Because I only want to sew stuff if it’s for me.
~The Selfish Seamstress

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Free Episodes of The Quilt Show

March 10, 2012 Leave a comment

Big news here! In honor of International Quilt Day (March 17, 2012), The Quilt Show (www.thequiltshow.com), the web TV show hosted by Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims, will “open” all of its shows from the first nine series—that is, from show 100 through show 913—for the entire weekend of March 16–18. This means that for three special days, everyone will have the chance to view these 117 shows, featuring some of the quilting world’s leading artists, for FREE.

—From the Sewing Friends group on Facebook

I know, this is a Wearables blog, so why am I posting about a quilting show? Well, I thought some of you might make quilts as well as garments and would therefore be interested. I had also spied their Quilting for Garments episode and thought “Ah ha! Wearable!” but alas, that show is from series 10 (which is not included in the free episode bonanza). 😦

The Quilt Show

Photo: The Quilt Show’s hosts, Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims. Click the image to go to the show’s episode list.

By the way, Sewing Friends is maintained by Phyllis (she’s our chapter secretary, but the group isn’t officially related to ASG Houston), and she posts various tips, sales notices, links to tutorials, etc. Group members are welcome to share their projects and ask sewing questions, too. It’s a closed Facebook group, but you can request to join it.

Free Download of “Modern Pattern Design”

October 17, 2011 2 comments

Update: Many thanks to Kathy, who found another copy of the book! I’ve updated the links below per her info.


Are you interested in designing your own patterns? I found a free download of Modern Pattern Design: The Complete Guide to the Creation of Patterns as a Means of Designing Smart Wearing Apparel, by Harriet Pepin (1942). The PDF does not include the children’s section and “four instructions to be missing pants skirts, and even on each side” (?!). The last bit is Google’s less-than-clear translation from German.

By the way, I found out about the download from Off the Cuff. It’s a nice blog from the owner of Fashion Sewing Supply, and it has various sewing tips, techniques, tutorials, etc.

Modern Pattern Design book cover

(Actually, the PDF has a different cover design, but I thought this one was prettier. ;-))

Download a Chapter for Free

August 28, 2011 2 comments

If you haven’t bought 1,000 Clever Sewing Shortcuts & Tips (compiled by PatternReview.com) and would like a sneak peek, you can download a chapter of the book for free!

Chapter 2: Set Up Your Sewing Room (PDF)

Free book chapter

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