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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 your own espadrilles shoes!

Sew your own espadrilles shoes

The perfect spring/summer cotton shoe is the espadrille. You can sew your own espadrilles shoes! Years ago, there was a website called Espadrilles, Etc. and I mean years ago (1997 ish). You could buy them in every color. Guess what? I can MAKE them in every color and so can you! I bought this kit…

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Sewing Wardrobe Color Palettes for Every Season

How to plan color palettes for sewing a handmade wardrobe

How to plan your sewing wardrobe color palettes for every season! In this video, I take you through the idea that your fall/winter color palettes don’t have to be traditional ones! You can mix it up with what YOU like to wear. I also share how I plan my own color palettes – including “winter…

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How to Wear White Jeans in Winter

How to wear white jeans in winter! Back in the Polyvore days, I planned this capsule wardrobe, but recently referred to it in a sewing video. What DO you wear with white jeans in winter? And yes, I wear my white jeans year-round and I live in a cold climate. I don’t wear them on…

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Stash Beyond Life Expectancy

Fabric vintage pattern haul

Conversation with a (sewing) friend today: I’m considering that I have reached SBLE – Stash Beyond Life Expectancy. That is, my fabric (pattern) stash is maybe more than I can make. I am pretty sure NOT on the fabric side, but the pattern side… looking pretty close. I ‘inherited’ over the years, several friends’ aunts…

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Jalie Simone Shorts Pattern Review

Jalie Simone Shorts Sewing Pattern Review

I’ve made these before, but never for myself. This is my Jalie Simone Shorts Pattern Review. In short? Make these! Pun, intended! True to Jalie, the fit is good (Jalie runs “narrow” – that is, I find there’s not a lot of excess ease in your size – I sewed a size V from selecting…

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Sewing patterns for trackpants for fall and winter

Vintage McCalls sewing pattern for wide leg track pants cargo pants, cargo maxi skirt

Trackpants are THE IT garment of fall 2023, and here are some of my favorite sewing patterns for trackpants for fall and winter. I am also going to show you a few hacks, and a couple how-to on attaching the side trim on the pants. The WSJ reports trackpants as the “it” garment of fall…

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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.

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