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Wool Jersey Union St Tee // HeatherHandmade.com

Sometimes the basics are the ones that get the most worn. But I often feel like basics are too basic to share. Who would be interested in a solid tee shirt? I don’t feel like they are interesting enough and nobody would really want to read about them. But I know that I always enjoy reading about everyone else’s basics. As stunning as the showstoppers are, the basics are the workhorses and it helps me know what to make when I see real-life basics.

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Refashioned Wool Pepernoot Coat // heatherhandmade.com

I am so proud of this refashioned coat. It’s the first coat I’ve made in years, and it’s really special because of where I got the fabric. My grandmother recently went to a care center and doesn’t need a wool coat anymore. She gave it to me to see if I could do something with it. The hems and edges were pretty worn out and the lining was falling apart, but the main parts of the coat were in really good condition.

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  • Ways to Assemble PDF Patterns // heatherhandmade.com

Over the past couple of months I’ve watched and asked how other sewists assemble PDF patterns. For years I’ve been trimming and taping and had no idea there was multiple ways to assemble PDF patterns until I started asking. It turns out everyone has their own way of assembling patterns, and each way has two steps no matter what you choose. You can try a different way to see which is easiest and fastest for you!

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Three Ways to Seam Rip // heatherhandmade.comOh,  undoing a seam. It’s such a sad realization when you have to pick out a seam (or seams!) that you’ve already sewn. It’s so hard to remove the work you’ve done and do it again! But it’s worth it to fix your work or make it better. It’s always worth the time to fix it. And isn’t sewing great that you have a second, third, or fourth chance at sewing something?

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Me Made: Striped Boucle Farrow Dress // heatherhandmade.comFor the past several winters I’ve been either pregnant or nursing meaning I have a lot of wardrobe holes in my winter wardrobe. I’ve been good at filling in sweatshirts, cardigans, and jeans, but not my winter dresses and skirts. It has been awhile since I made a dress or a skirt for myself and my winter dressy wardrobe was lacking. I got some striped fabric from Sewing Studio and knew it would make the perfect warm,

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How to Sew Curves: Clipping v Notching // heatherhandmade.comI remember learning about how to sew curves in one of my first sewing college sewing classes. Up until then I had never learned how to make a sewn curve lie flat or look smooth. Since I didn’t understand the difference between an outside curve and an inside curve I definitely didn’t understand where I needed to clip and where I needed to notch.

Now that I’ve sewn lots of insides curves and lots of outside curves,

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One of my favorite things to do at the end of the year is to look past at all my sewing projects from the past year. I love the reflection and learning I get from retrospectively studying my handmades. I put together lists of my most worn handmade items, the items I could’ve done better on, my sewing goals, and the best sewing posts that were your favorite of 2017. What was your favorite sewn item of 2017?

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How to Add a Lace Overlay - Halifax Hoodie // Heather HandmadeThe holidays always brings crazy schedules, gift sewing, and holiday decor sewing. It always feels busy and rushed. This year I decided to not make any handmade gifts because it takes away from my enjoyment of the holidays. I did make stockings and holiday tees, and I’m planning to make a fabric Christmas tree box/basket for one of our trees. I know I sew a lot of things for myself which is how I take care of myself,

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How to Sew a Split Hem with Mitered Corners - Heather Handmade

I’ve been on a cozy, winter sewing streak lately. I just want lots of cozy, warm, and comfortable clothes right now. I got this great mystery “quilted” knit this summer and knew it would make the perfect sweatshirt. When I got it out to work with I realized it was only half the width as regular knits so probably only 30″ wide. I knew I wouldn’t have enough of the fabric to make cuffs and bands so I looked in my ribbing stash to find a coordinating fabric.

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A couple of years ago I made some sweater stockings from thrifted sweaters, and I loved them. I loved the look and the colors, but I didn’t stabilize the sweater knit while I was sewing. They were stretched out and wonky, and I felt like I needed to put pieces of cardboard inside to make them look good.

I kept using those sweater stockings for a couple of years because I was having more kids and wasn’t ready to invest a lot of time into making new stockings yet.

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