Reverse Shibori Moneta

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I bleached my dress, on purpose. A friend, who got married in a very small ceremony after college, invited me to a “celebration of marriage” dinner at Siam Cafe (which is so delicious, and the first time I’ve ever eaten jellyfish). After the dinner I had to meet my parents at the Phantasy in Lakewood […]

Sewaholic Hollyburn Skirt

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I admittedly had a hard time with this skirt. I was really dragging my feet when it came to working on it, and struggled to find motivation to finish it. Not that it was a difficult make; I just made it in such a summery material that, at this time of year, I have a […]

Colette Albion Coats

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Finally! Here are the Colette Albion Coats I’ve been working on for months! One for my boyfriend and one for me. Previous winters, Josh was wearing a raincoat over a sweatshirt, and I was layering a fleece over a sweatshirt, so I figured it was time for new winter coats. These were taken at the […]

Join our Stash Party!

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Unleash the power of your hidden fabric stash! Only 26 days until you can swap, sell or donate at Bolt & Spool’s Stash Party! Thank you to everyone who has responded thus far to our call to clean out your fabric stash to help others. We have been overwhelmed with the response! You just won’t […]

Flannel Fiasco

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This shirt gave me so much grief. No, I shouldn’t blame the shirt; it was totally my fault. This is Burda 7136. It is so hard to find a good button-down shirt pattern, both for women and men! I’m eager to try out the Sewaholic Granville shirt, but we don’t have it in yet.

Named Wenona Shirtdress

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The first time I wore this dress was to a donut-making class. I think that was maybe in late September? Here I am with a maple stick: The class was at Sur La Table, a wonderful gift from my boyfriend’s dad. We made four kinds of donuts. It was so sweet. We had a pretty […]

Wintery Wool Colette Zinnia

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I started this wool skirt a month ago in anticipation of the impending “winter wonderland,” then set it aside for some last-minute gifty stuff. At the end of December I traveled to Charleston with my family and the dog to visit my sister. It was so wonderful — basking in the warm sun, drinking good […]

Organize those blog feeds!

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Do you ever feel like you’re missing out on things? Even though I read the New York Times almost every day; listen to NPR so much that my 10 year old could tell you the names of all the anchors; and check my Facebook, twitter, Pinterest and Instagram accounts twice a day (or more!), it […]

Inspired Advent: Day 23

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We’re done sewing and crafting and decorating and shopping and cookie baking. Now comes the good stuff: relaxing with family and friends! This is the perfect time to enjoy our favorite haunts and, at the same time, show off our culinary treasures to out of town guests! Can there be a better venue than a fabulous coffee shop […]

An Inspired Advent: Day 22

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The last #handmadeholiday item on my sewing table every year are matching Christmas jammies for my kids. Many years I’ve been up at 5 or 6 on Christmas Eve morning cutting and stitching. But it’s so worth it. It’s the big secret what the pjs will look like until Christmas Eve. We eat dinner, open […]

Inspired Advent: Day 21

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OMG! People are coming for Christmas Eve and there is candle wax on the table cloth! Panic? Yes, at first. Then head down to Bolt & Spool for this one-hour project that will be the shining star of your table – aside from your glazed ham, of course. Two of our yummiest offerings at Bolt & Spool […]

An Inspired Advent: Day 20

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You’ve been sewing for many days now – so let’s try another craft! Like baking a gingerbread house! These are a little time-consuming, but very fun, and they make a great centerpiece for your holiday buffet! I’m not sure how we got started, but my kids have been baking and decorating gingerbread houses every Christmas since […]

An Inspired Advent: Day 19

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As the days draw nearer to Christmas, the idea of making gifts seems more overwhelming. But it’s not too late! I love the process of making things, often much more than buying. Being known for my penchant for making things, I’m usually asked to make gifts. Someone, and I won’t say who, asked me to […]

An Inspired Advent: Day 18

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This time of year is full of celebration, getting together with family and friends — eating, drinking, and just generally being merry.  And of course you have something lovely to wear, but your date is wearing the same tie he wears to every event, and it has a wine stain or something because it doubles […]

An Inspired Advent: Day 17

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Embroidered linen napkins are stunning, easy to make, fabulous to keep, generous to give and can be used all winter! These beautiful napkins are destined to become family heirlooms for sure. (Especially when paired with our double-faced satin riboon!)   Using our scarlet red linen from Merchant & Mills, cut squares 22″ in size.   […]

An Inspired Advent: Day 16

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Make a gift for the guys! or whoever always gets stuck trudging out in the snow/rain to get the firewood off the pile. It’s practical, so you know they’re going to love it! Dosa likes it!   You need: 3/4 yard heavy canvas (I used our heavy-weight cotton canvas in stone color.) 3 yards of 1″ […]

An Inspired Advent: Day 15

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Make a gift that teachers (and moms and aunts) will love! A sweet little cover for those purse packs of tissues! You know how how that little packet of tissues keeps getting destroyed in your purse? I am going to date myself here, but it’s like Roseanne Roseannadanna (Gilda Radner) on Saturday Night Live used […]

An Inspired Advent: Day 14

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This is a scrappy, patchy, pleaty, little gift that is fun to make because you get to play with your little scraps of fabric…and I mean little! The biggest needs to be no larger than 6 1/2″ x 1″ or 2″ ! Moreover, and I’m a lot-a-bit afraid to admit, it was really fun doing […]

An Inspired Advent: Day 13

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Why You Should Sew Your Own Holiday Apparel from the View of a thirteen-year old Hi, I am Nan’s daughter, Anna. I’ve never actually done a blog post before, so bear with me. Over the course of thirteen (almost 14) years, my mom has been making me clothes. Whether it be a pair shorts to […]