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Citronille Pattern Challenge

Michelle Morris of That Black Chic, Diane Reafsnyder from Gator Bunny and Sherri Sylvester of thread riding hood are our first featured sewists in the Citronille Pattern Challenge! They each sewed one of the Citronille women’s clothing patterns from this French designer, with patterns now translated into English! We also have a giveaway…

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Super Online Sewing Match Round FIVE: Duffle Coat

Round Five is the FINAL round in our Super Online Sewing Match II! Although the kids put their hands over their ears and say, “La, La, La!” if we mention it, fall is right around the corner. We’re looking forward to welcoming some cooler weather with fall sewing, and the Cascade Duffle Coat pattern from Grainline Studio fits the bill!…

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Super Online Sewing Match II: Rnd FIVE Contestants

Round Four in our Super Online Sewing Match was the toughest round yet for our judges. They had to eliminate one contestant, allowing three final contestants to move onto the fifth round. The sewists are each competing on such a high level, with top notch sewing skills and beautiful finished items. Find out who moves closer to the Grand Prize Package!…

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Super Online Sewing Match II: Round FOUR Wrap-Up

Our challengers completed Round Four in our Super Online Sewing Match. We have just one round to go to determine who will win the Grand Prize Package, a Janome Skyline S5 Sewing Machine and the Janome 1110DX Pro Serger! Take a look at the sewing and see who you think should move onto the final round of the match…

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Super Online Sewing Match Rnd FOUR: Carolyn Pajamas

We’re down to FOUR contestants for our Round Four Challenge in the Super Online Sewing Match II! This time our challengers will sew the Carolyn Pajamas from Closet Case Files, a tailored pattern with lots of variations, designed for chic lounging! We’re looking forward to seeing how each of our four sewists interprets this pattern. Which details will they will incorporate?– Piping? Shorts? Cuffs? Learn more about the pattern…

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Super Online Sewing Match II: Round Three Wrap-Up

Here are all of the Round Three Caravan Totes for our Super Online Sewing Match II! It’s exciting to see different personalities and styles reflected in each contestant’s choice of fabrics, details and more. A bag thrown in the mix after two garment patterns was a fun surprise, and we’re interested to hear what our judges think after their weekend deliberations…

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How to Use Vintage Patterns for Inspiration

Christine Haynes designed the Marianne Dress, our Round Two Challenge for the Super Online Sewing Match. Christine is based in Los Angeles where she writes and teaches about sewing, and designs patterns “perfect for the vintage-loving modern seamstress.” We asked Christine to tell us a little about how to use vintage patterns as inspiration. Perhaps you’ll be inspired to select details from various patterns in your next project, or to venture into the wide world of vintage patterns!…

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Super Online Sewing Match II: Round ONE Wrap-Up

Round One is complete! The ten challengers in our Super Online Sewing Match II are done with their True Bias Sutton Blouses, and now present them to you and to our judges. Our judges are tasked some very difficult decisions. In the next two days they will evaluate submissions based on sewing quality, fit and style, and they must (gulp!) eliminate two challengers in this round. See what our challengers made!…

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Join the Super Online Sewing Match

Even though you can’t be one of the ten challengers, we want you to join the  Super Online Sewing Match! If you want to sew along with the challengers, join our Community Match!  We have a great list of prizes, and this year you can sew along with any pattern that is the same time of garment. For example, our Round One Challenge is the Sutton Blouse. You can sew your own Sutton Blouse, or you can sew and enter any blouse/top in the Community Match! You also have an extended time period to sew. Instead of completing everything in a week to ten days as the challenger do, you can sew from now through the end of the entire Super Online Sewing Match…

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Meet the Contestants! Super Online Sewing Match II

We are so excited! The match is ON. With nearly 100 entries, we had some very difficult decisions to make. We read every audition email, perused every blog, wowed over all of the beautiful, creative sewing links, attachments and stories… In the end we selected ten sewists we feel have both the style and skills to do well in the competition.

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The Super Online Sewing Match II Contest

You asked and we are delivering! Two years ago we held the first Super Online Sewing Match (SOSM), our in-it-to-win-it garment sewing contest in which 10 exceptional sewists competed to win a wonderful Janome sewing machine. The first SOSM was one of our favorite events. Not only was it nail-bitingly close, but we were incredibly inspired by our challengers– all women with great skills plus the ability to take a pattern and make it flatter their body and reflect their personality at the same time. This summer we’re kicking off The Super Online Sewing Match II! Learn all about how to “audition” and get a little hint about the Grand Prize package…

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Pattern Shops, Clubs + More: Online Pattern Sales

Deanna McCool of sewmccool.com is back with lots of information about curated pattern sites, pattern bundles, pattern clubs and more. What are your experiences like when you purchase patterns online? Do you gravitate towards sites that curate the selection for you, or do you stick to a favorite designer? Do you rely on the recommendations of online sewists? Do you take a gamble and try new designs out for fun? Have you had good experiences with online pattern purchases?…

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How to Print PDF Patterns at a Copy Shop

Beth Byrge from 110 Creations loves to sew clothing for herself and her daughter. She is the author of the book, 110 Creations: A Sewist’s Notebook and 110 Creations for Kids, a handy guide for all garment sewists to help plan and track their beautiful creations. Beth showed us her 10 Tips to Build a Better T-Shirt last year, and she’s back with How to Print PDF Patterns at a Copy Shop. You will love this! Print easily and efficiently, and know what to do before you even set foot in the shop. Let us know if you try this…

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Best of 2014 Results: Sewing + Quilting Industry

Thousands of you voted for your favorites in 2014 in our recent polls. Thank you! We asked our social media followers and fabric shop sponsors to nominate their favorites for our initial lists and we had some strong write-in votes as well. It was an exciting year for indie garment patterns, unique quilt patterns, inspiring new sewing and quilting books and beautiful new fabric collections. Here are the results…

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Top 25 Sew Mama Sew Posts in 2014

We strive share a wide variety of excellent tutorials and posts from the most talented sewists and designers in the online sewing community! 2014 was a big year for us here at Sew Mama Sew and we’re looking forward to lots of excitement in the new year. Thank you for joining us! Here, based on number of readers, are our Top 25 Sew Mama Sew posts for 2014. Which one is your favorite?!…

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Favorite Lunch Bag Tutorials

Does anyone in your family need a new lunch sack/bag for the new school year? Would a new bag refresh your lunch hour as you gaze at some pretty fabrics? Here are six of our favorite lunch bag tutorials…

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#ilovelemondrops on Instagram

We’re excited to partner with Anna Maria Horner to celebrate the launch of her gorgeous, new Anna Maria KNITS plus the sweet and versatile Lemon Drop Sewing Pattern! We all want to get our hands on these beautiful new fabrics, and a Lemon Drop is the perfect way to jump in and play with the knits! You have TWO ways to play today: There is a TradeAway via Instagram, and a Giveaway here…

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