Saturday, December 9, 2017

A Little Black Velvet Dress [Vogue 9253 & Simplicity 1559 Mash-Up]


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Sweater Weather a Cover Story [Sew What Series McCall's 7539]


Saturday, November 18, 2017

It Has Arrived! Our first Issue of Sewn Magazine is Real!!!

Thank you for all your support & Enjoy! 
Tag us on social media when you get your copy #teamsewn


Friday, November 3, 2017

Nov 17th Sewn Magazine is coming!!


Friday, October 20, 2017

REMIX! Denim Jacket & Faux Fur, Refashion

Denim is my happy fabric and when you mix it with Faux Fur it's just FUN!  This project for for BERNINA USA and if you want to know how I did it, hop on over the and check out the process!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Got a sewing question that you want published?

We are looking for interesting sewing questions that "Ask Carolyn" can explore and educate. 
So if you have a question bring it on!


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Plaid, Stripes and Flower mixing if you dare! [Sew What? McCall's 7537]

[This dress was made for and modeled by my daughter Mori]

Hello All, it's good to be back. How about the competition? The ladies all did a great job and I want to welcome Marcia to the team! So I am getting back in the mix with a few pieces of plaid and a few other prints. Now you guys know how I am with the mixing of the prints and with is s wild one right here. I mixed the two plaids with a stripe and a little flower power. [Flower print not from Fabric mart and I couldn't find the stripe fabric online]

Now I'm going to let you guys in on my thought process with this dress.  I ordered two prints that could go together and then I ordered two prints that you would never think to put with these plaid prints. I did not let myself think about how they did not match I was just going to use all four  prints.
I had already chosen the pattern for the project McCall's 7537, which was a few different views but I was going with view  B. Once I nailed down the prints for each part, there was no turning back.

That's the thing when mixing prints, you have to commit and stay on course, it works out most of the time and some times it doesn't. I like this crazy little dress, it reminds me of an old fashioned barmaid's dress, it just doesn't have the corset. 

My changes or additions:

  • I added bias tape to the collar facing and to the  neck ruffles, which makes them stand out as opposed to laying down. I like the way they stand up  but Mori, not so much, she said it reminds her of a clown. [She said I need to remove the ruffles.] 
  • I did not add the loops for the lace -up front because the ruffles was enough, so it's pretty low cut. 
  • I removed 3 inches from the skirt and added a little ruffle at the bottom, so it's a little shorter that the original length. 

Also getting into the dress was a little on the tight side, it has no zipper in the back but on the left side under the arm. We had to get one shoulder in and finagle to get the other. Mori had broad shoulders but I thought with the open neckline that would make it easier. That's one thing that I do not like about a fitted dress with a zipper under the arm, you may have trouble getting it over your head and shoulders.



Please leave a comment and let me know what you think about mixing  these prints!
Also my magazine that I am publishing " Sewn Magazine" will be released on Nov 6th and we are taking orders now! This is a physical magazine. Make sure you get your copy today!

Order a copy HERE

Thanks for watching! Michelle @


Monday, October 2, 2017

The Magazine is on Sale Now!

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Heeeeeeyyyyyyy, I'm back! "Sew News" Redux DIY Denim and Ankara Jacket

Hey my Peeps! What's up? I know I've been gone for a minute, getting this magazine together, I want it to be as EPIC as the image inside my head. I'm still on track to the November release and updates will be coming in the next few days.

Meanwhile, we took a few pictures for the magazine and I also took the time to photograph the jacket which was my first published piece with Sew News magazine's April/May issue. This was a denim jacket refashion with a little bit of Ankara fabric sleeves. This is a super way to give that old denim jacket a new lease on life!

Stay tuned for the magazine updates & have a great weekend!



Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Sure There's Time For One More Summer Jumpsuit!

[DIY jumpsuit was made for and modeled by my daughter Mori]

Monday, July 31, 2017

Sew What? Series [ DIY Jumpsuit MimiG Style Simplicity 8426]


Sunday, July 16, 2017

Sew What? Series [DIY Top & Skirt MimiG Style Simplicity 8394]


Sunday, July 9, 2017

Ruffles and Gingham, What a Perfect Match! [Sew What? Series DIY Top McCall's M7602]

[This DIY top was made for and modeled by my daughter Mori]

Friday, July 7, 2017

Bohemian, meets Royalty in this DIY Dress: A Tutorial using Trims [Sew What? Series Vogue 9253]

[DIY Dress Vogue 9253 was made for and modeled by my daughter Mori]

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Who is that Black Chic? [Pod cast interview with Clothes Making Mavens]


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

All good things come in 3's! [Another DIY Dress Butterick 6453]

[DIY Dress made for and modeled by my daughter Mori]

Thursday, June 1, 2017

A little flounce never hurt nobody! [Sew What? Series DIY Dress Butterick 6453]

[DIY Dress made for and modeled by my daughter Mori]

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Coming to America with Gertie [Sew What? Series Butterick 6453 DIY Dress]

[Butterick 6453 DIY Dress was made for and modeled by my daughter Mori]

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Stripes TwoTimes [DIY Dress Simplicity 8379 and DIY Jumpsuit Style Sew Me Patterns Anitra]

[My daughter Mori  wearing the Simplicity dress and my sister Cap wearing the Anitra Jumpsuit]

Saturday, April 29, 2017

1 Piece Of Gold! [DIY Anitra jumpsuit]

[Mori wearing a DIY Jumpsuit "Anitra" by Style Sew Me Patterns]

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Rain, Rain, Don't Go Away, Because I Have This Awesome DIY Raincoat!


Monday, April 24, 2017

Just Call me Michelle Warhol! [DIY Bomber jacket Butterick B6181]


Monday, April 17, 2017

And the name of my NEW Sewing Magazine will be...............


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Metallic coated Vintage! [Sew What? Series Simplicity 1278]


Friday, April 7, 2017

Print Overload for this Cynthia Rowley DIY Dress [Sew What Series Simplicity 1802]


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Snazzy DIY Pockets With Piping [Tutorial]


Monday, April 3, 2017

Go Out and Buy the March/April Issue of Sew News Magazine!


Saturday, March 25, 2017

DIY Moto Jacket [Sew What? Series Simplicity Mimi G 8174]

DIY Moto Jacket & Jeans [made for and modeled by my daughter Mori]
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