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Men's zippered hoodie jacket in maroon sweater knit and ribbing

Posted by Beata Khaidurova on

Men's zippered hoodie jacket in maroon sweater knit and ribbing

This post is written by Beata Khaidurova. Despite the fact that I sew almost exclusively for myself, on some special occasions I do sew garments for the more special people in my life. This year I offered to sew my partner a casual hooded jacket for his birthday, and this was the result, which he has worn almost every day since. I am calling that a win! The jacket wasn't to be a surprise, so I was able to work with him to choose the pattern and fabric. The pattern is from an old issue of Burda magazine from October 2008...

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15 Sewing Pattern For Your Kids (and a few for mum too!)

Posted by Maaike Baudry on

15 Sewing Pattern For Your Kids (and a few for mum too!)

Do you love sewing for kids? Today I'm sharing some of my favourite sewing patterns for kids clothing, for both boys and girls. Fortunately, many of these patterns come in adult sizes too! I've tried to pull together a list of well known and lesser known patterns, so hopefully, you'll discover something new here. All patterns listed are by independent pattern designers, by mums who have turned their passion for handmade fashion into designing sewing patterns for modern clothes. Enjoy!   Tops/ T-shirts: 1. Waterfall Raglan This wonderful pattern by Chalk and Notch will not only help you sew beautiful tops for girls,...

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Named Gemma Sweater in French Terry

Posted by Jenya Thompson on

Named Gemma Sweater in French Terry

 Do you have a favourite season? Mine are spring and summer. I find I slow down once temperatures start to drop and days get shorter. My solution to get on top of winter blues are soft fabrics and colour. And chocolate.  I have been dreaming of making the Gemma sweater by Named clothing for a very long time. Every time I saw someone post their version of this pattern I asked myself how come I haven't made it yet. Well, now I have!   This is such a clever pattern. It is practically an open invitation to have a go at...

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The Year of the Sleeve

Posted by Kate Brookes on

The Year of the Sleeve

Hello, I'm Kate of Sewing with Kate and today I am guest blogging here for MaaiDesign.  Did you know, this year has been deemed, 'The Year of the Sleeve’?  There has been some amazingly inspirational pieces on Instagram this year, especially in our sewing community.  The Year of the Sleeve was initially instigated by Ryliss Bod of the Sewing and Design School in Washington. She started collecting and posting some sleeve designs earlier this year. Here are some of my favourites, all massively OTT and wonderful. With sleeve inspiration in abundance, I thought this could be a good opportunity to show how to...

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How a jersey dress became a jersey jumper

Posted by Maaike van Besien on

How a jersey dress became a jersey jumper

  This is a story of indecisiveness... When it comes to clothes, I suffer badly from this "ailment". Having a large variety of fabrics at my disposal probably doesn't help either, but at least it allows me to try a few different things. So last week I decided to finally make the jersey dress designed by Emily from In the Folds for Peppermint Magazine. It's a free pattern, and I had spotted some great examples on other blogs like this one from Sewing with Kate. I've used a number of sewing patterns designed by Emily before (they are always great)...

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