Happy New Year!!

No more waiting for happiness, I’m going to make it, one stitch at a time. 


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I have made the leap from wordpress.com to my own hosted site!!!  Now you only have to type shawntasews.com!  Easy peasy right! 🙂

I am currently working with Bloglovin and WordPress so that your subscriptions and follows will transfer over but in the meantime check out the cool new pants I made for Brookie!

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Style Arc Ziggi Day 1

If you’ve been hanging with me for a while then you know how much I’ve been wanting to make a camo jacket for myself. You are probably very familiar with this picture too.



I’m pretty sure this jacket lives only on Pinterest, Polyvore, and the backs of the lucky ducks that could afford the original at this point.  I know I’ve at least been lusting over it since 2010.  Well folks I’m ready to give it up.  I will never make this jacket.  Period.

1) I’m lazy.  I haven’t found a pattern EXACTLY like it and I just don’t have the umph to try to draft the differences.

2) Soooooooooo many patterns. So little time.

I have decided to move my camo dreams over to the Style Arc Ziggi!

This is my first Style Arc pattern. Of course I would pick a hard one! I’ve loved their style for a long time but was intimidated by the fact that you only get one size.   A girl that can go from a 10 to a 18 in one pattern can get spoiled by the Big 4 and all those lines you can blend between. Hopefully I didn’t order with my vanity glasses on, but I will be working on the muslin today to see if any fit issues need to be worked out.

Sew Maris and Stacy Sews are hosting a sew-a-long for it so I thought what better time to jump into to it than when I can virtually cry on some friends shoulders if things go terribly wrong.

One nice thing about Style Arc patterns is that the seam allowances are marked on the pattern pieces. This will give me the opportunity to use the thread tracing techniques I picked up in Gertie’s Bombshell, and Susan Khalje’s Couture Dress classes on Craftys.

Fabric is the same combo y’all have seen before. I can’t find the brown stripe lining at the moment. Is it hiding because it knows it’s time in stash is up?
Camo twill & Beige Denim

Haven’t really decided what fabric should be the main one.  I’m leaning toward the camo at the moment.  For some reason I’m feeling like the top stitching won’t be as cool going over the camo as it would the brown.  Chime in please if you have any feels about it. 🙂

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Who’s The Boss

‘Ay-oh Oh-ay’  (y’all remember that from the show “Who’s the Boss”?)

Been  a little while but I’ve been doing quite a bit of secret sewing that I will get to share with you in the next week or so.  My March plans however will be completely transparent because I’m asking YOU what I should make!

Yes, you.


Pattern stash busting is the name of the game for March, and Miss Bossy allows me to use whatever pattern I want as long as it has not been made before. She also stipulates  that I give reins over to my readers to choose.  So here are your three options and the fabric I would pair with it.  Here are your choices:

Grainline Archer in Navy Blue Buffalo Check


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Next is Colette Zinnia version 3 with version 2’s length.


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Last choice is the Butterick 5926 knit blazer pattern in a  nice tonal grey stripe.


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C’mon help shape my March and vote!


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Almost 2 Weeks Deep!

Thanks for all the comments on the Evernote post! I’m glad it helped some of y’all out.  So how are those Sewlutions going?  As you see by the side bar I have signed up for a couple.  Goodbye Valentino’s RTW fast and Stash Diet.

RTW Fast Rules:

Refraining from buying ALL outerwear, dresses, tops, pants, shorts, sweaters, coats, exercise clothes, jeans and bathing suits. Shoes, socks and underwear are permitted

My Stash Diet Pledge:

* No fabric buying until 5 pieces have been used.
—exceptions lining and muslin fabric and fabric bought specifically for my business.

* No pattern buying until I have used 5 different patterns.

So how am I doing? I’ve not purchased any fabric. Check. I’ve not purchased any RTW. Check.  Patterns on the other hand is a harder monkey to shake.

In my defense they were not for me!


Burda Style Dress Coat 12/2012

I thought it was the perfect start point for a pin I saw on Pinterest.  Update: I didn’t actually buy that one.  I had it in my cart as I was writing the post, but never completed the transaction.  Later that day I found an pattern envelop Burda 9724 in the stash that actually fit the bill better because it has princess seam.  


from Pinterest

Even though I have 3 skinny leg pants for Brooklyn, I just hate to think I could be missing out on something different that might change the skinny jean game! LOL


Small Fry Skinny Jeans

Well I did purchase a tutorial from Mimi G for her peplum mini but it uses a pattern I already had…does that count? 🙂

I got a couple of projects that I started last year that I’m finishing up today and hopefully starting on the ever popular M6844

More later!<3


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Evernote + My Sewing Thoughts = Organization


I have loved Evernote for a long time.  I think I’ve had it downloaded since 2010 but really started to utilize it last year.  It has become vital to my sewing and growth of my new crafty business.  A few months ago a few sewist were talking about Evernote on twitter, and I thought it would be a good post to show how I use it but never got around to it.  Here is a how I use it in my sewing life.

*It stores all of my PDF patterns.  Somehow in the last year I went from hating PDF patterns to owning 171 of them.  Each pattern is a new note and I have those notes in sub notebooks called Tops, Bottoms, Kids Patterns, etc.  If you’ve ever had a crashed hard drive you can appreciate having all your files available to be recovered.   Dropbox is also an option that I utilize too for file storage that’s always accessible.

*It captures and stores all those cool tutorials with it’s web clipper extension.  That lotus welt pocket how-to that I would kick myself if I didn’t save. I got it in all it’s full page glory thanks to Evernote.  I don’t even have to physically open the site because the whole thing is in Evernote, but all the link info is there so I can give credit where credit is due.  Before I would just pin something to Pinterest, but often when I would go back to the pin the website associated with it would be down and all I would have is a little pin of what could have been.

*It stores all those vital bits of info.  What’s Brooklyn’s last waist measurement?  Am I out of white thread? How many buttons does that pattern need?  I make a note for all these things and when needed I have it available on my phone, tablet, and laptop.  I have a premium account so I can also access the actual pdf file of the pattern to look at the notions.  When I had the free version, plain notes and photos are available offline or via mobile devices, so when I went notion shopping a picture of the back of the pattern envelop is all I needed to know yardage and notions.

*Stash/Inventory  I have started keeping all of my fabric in Evernote.  I make a note for all the major categories such as Knits, Quilter’s Cotton, Wools, Other Wovens, etc.  Then I just drop a photo of the fabric into the note and I mark on the photo how many yards.


*It keeps my goals and plans in front of me.  In an ideal world I would have a big peg board full of inspiration and lists of what I plain to sew on my wall.  I can’t have that at the moment so Evernote is the next best thing.  Here is a screenshot of my SWAP 2014 for me and the girls.


As you can see I’m doing much better figuring out their SWAPs than mine.

Some people can’t craft if things are cluttered and messy around them.  That can also be said for the mind.  If you can get all the things your trying desperately not to forget in a safe place out of your mind than perhaps the creative juices can flow more freely.  🙂

What are your favorite ways to stay organized?  We all might pick up a tip or two from each other.


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On The Last Day of The Year…

I concoured something that I’ve been wanting to do probably since a year into sewing. It’s a small thing, but it’s good to go out on a positive note.

Continuous loop bias tape folded with my clover bias tape maker I’ve had for eons.
Yup I’m feeling pretty good at the moment especially since it took 3 tries!
BRING IT 2014!!!!!


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