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From pattern reviews of popular sewing patterns, to wardrobe planning the EASY way, I’m here to share with you EASY to sew garments, building a sustainable wardrobe and trying new sewing pattern designers.
I especially love creating content for how to modify patterns, add design details, including video content and tutorials. If you want to take a pattern make it 3 times or more and have each one be unique, yet fit wonderfully into your wardrobe, you’re at the right spot! You’ve invested time and energy into that pattern, don’t just sew it one time!
More than just sewing hacks, Sew Paradise is a blog about the process of developing a handmade wardrobe that reflects your lifestyle. Come sew with me!
Here, you’ll find bi-weekly sewing projects, up to 4-5 projects per month. Learn how to use mending (yes, mending!) to bridge the gap between a finished project and not quite motivated to start another. Plan to sew stash where you can, and favor local in person and independent online fabric stores for things you need to purchase.
There’s a bit of upcycling in this blog, so you’ll see how to refashion garments to create a less throw-away lifestyle.
And through it all, you’ll see mainly EASY to sew, beginner-level sewing patterns and projects. This is not the blog for a couture tailored suit or a wedding gown. Nope, nada, run fast away from those projects. This blog is about crafting an easy to sew and easy to wear wardrobe for a casual, active life. You’ll find tips for sewing casual pants, tops, turtlenecks, dresses, cropped pants, shorts, tee shirts, swimwear, jackets, blazers and more. All the stuff you need to live in everyday!
Ann has worked with sewing pattern designers on marketing, design, social media strategy and execution, search engine optimization plus creating unique live video, photographic and written content.
Ann has helped sewing pattern companies with product planning, pattern design (including pattern covers, technical writing, file preparation and digital fulfillment) website design, management and product fulfillment for online, retail and wholesale. Ann understands the biz – but also, is a passionate and talented sewist.
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This blog is completely BIASED and it should be. I’m giving you my tried-and-tested advice, from decades of sewing, working with sewing pattern brands. No ChatGPT AI content here, this is all real stuff!
Sew yourself an early winter cozy capsule wardrobe with just a few sewing patterns and a mix of cozy knit and wool fabrics. I selected ALL of these from stash – pattern and fabric – but I’ll tell you where I got them so you can get them too: Pants: I have the Paula Set…
The Emerson Pants and Shorts Sewing Pattern from True/Bias has quickly become one of my go-to patterns. It fit me well right out of the envelope, which is surprising (and it’s not always the case with other reviewers, so do a muslin or test garment, as I did.) I chose the mid rise (and as…
Looking to sew the classic wool blazer and jeans look? Here are my sewing pattern review & pattern recommendations! This is part of my 30×30 capsule wardrobe, and as such, I’m making it a new blog post for the algorithm 😉 I have several other blazer and jeans blog posts. In this pic, both jeans…
What’s a 30 x 30 capsule wardrobe? You take 30 pieces from your closet, and wear / mix them for 30 days. It’s designed to keep you IN your closet, instead of looking elsewhere (instagram, pinterest) with the wanties and overconsumption that is the norm in our society. For sewists, it’s making sure in that…
This Wave Set caught my eye immediately when it was released last spring. I haven’t bought a Big (6?) sewing pattern in years – maybe even 2 decades, but I snapped this up and two other patterns too. The Know Me line is the freshest thing to come out of the Big Simplicity sewing group…
Sew your own French Girl-inspired spring wardrobe using popular sewing patterns The French seem to have a certain je ne sais quoi in their dressing. It’s at once both effortless and put together. New for 2023, I updated it with a vlog video (below), two new patterns in the mix and some updated links for…
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Greenbush Top & Poncho
Super simple rectangular top with wide sleeves, bateau neck OR a bateau neck poncho. Easy to sew, great in floaty rayon/silk/cotton lawn fabrics for warm weather, and boiled wool, fleece, sweater knit for cold weather.