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A sparkles and tassels reticule

November’s Historical Sew Fortnightly challenge was Purses & Bags – and, despite everything else that was going on, I managed to make a thing!   It did take me more than a month though.  I started it at our Historical Retreat (we tried to cram reticule making and bonnet making into one weekend – and of course finished neither), and didn’t get it done until the first Wednesday in December. I was inspired by the shape of this reticule from LACMA: And the decorations of this bag from MFA Boston: I used my gilt linen of doom: the stuff I used for these stays, and this pair of bodies (which were one of my entires for the very first Historical Sew Fortnightly – back when it was still fortnightly!) – and I still have a couple more metres of it to go! Because I was sewing sequins as decoration, I decided to line the reticule, to keep the knots and thread from catching on whatever I put in the bag.   I used a blonde habotai …

The 2018 Dreamstress Guide to Indie Pattern Black Friday & Cyber Monday Sales

Here is your 2018 guide to every Indie Pattern Sale happening between 22-30 November 2018, when the sale is, what the sale is, and how to take advantage of it! I have no affiliation with any of these companies, except, of course, Scroop Patterns and Wearing History, which sells the paper versions of Scroop Patterns. The 2018 Dreamstress Indie Pattern Black Friday & Cyber Monday Sale Guide! Pattern companies are listed  in reverse alphabetical order Spaces with a pattern company name, but no details, are where a pattern company has indicated they will be doing a sale but hasn’t yet announced the details. This list is divided into the following sections: Vintage/Historical Modern – Women’s Modern – Men’s Enjoy! Vintage & Historical Indie Pattern Companies: Wearing History:  Get 30% off of all  e-patterns with the code FRIYAY2018 from the 23rd until the 26th. Scroop Patterns: Get 25% off all patterns with the code PieYay from the 23th-27th, New Zealand time (so, the 22nd-26th in the US) Romantic Recollections: Get 25% off all designs with code Holiday18 through Monday the 26th. …

The Otari Hoodie Sew-Along #8: The Zip

We’ve come to the tricky bit in the Otari Hoodie Sew-Along: zips.  (oooh!)  I’ll be showing you the zip interfacing step (and explaining why it’s so important), and how to install your zip. To keep the post from getting too long, I’ll do the finishing bits, with ribbons/tape and topstitching in tomorrow’s post. Buy the Otari Hoodie Pattern Here In the previous Otari Hoodie Sew Along posts I covered: #1 Choosing fabric #2 Pattern alterations to get the perfect fit, & cutting out #3 Sewing Preparation: interfacing & choosing stitches  #4 View A Pockets #5 View B Pockets – including a hack to add binding to them #6 Sleeves & Side Seams  #7: Hem & Sleeve Bands  For this part of the Sew Along I’m going to be using images taken when making the original sample Otari Hoodies for the pattern launch, AND images from the hoodies I’m sewing along, because there are different ways to do some steps, and I want to show you the options! The numbering of the instructions in this post corresponds …