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Hand sewn hems – A tutorial for blind hem stitches

Hand sewn hems can be nearly invisible from the outside and lend themselves to a look that is discreet and will not distract from the beauty of your garment.  Don’t get me wrong…I love to topstitch!! But sometimes traditional hemming just doesn’t cut it when you need a polished hem.  You may even enjoy sitting back and relaxing with your needle and thread in hand We’ve put together some of the most commonly used hand sewn hems complete with pictures and step by step instructions. Note: For demonstration purposes, I have chosen a contrasting thread color.  You will want to match your thread to the dominant fabric color in your garment. Catch Stitch The catch stitch creates an x-like formation at the top...

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Japanese sewing week

When I heard that Sara from Made by Sara was putting together the first Japanese Sewing book blog tour and sewing week, I signed up right away!  I recently won some children’s Japanese sewing books and this was the perfect time to sew up some of the patterns I’ve been eyeing.

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Free Fur Collar Vest pattern and tutorial

Did you love this Fur Collared vest from my Bacon Ice Cream, Over the Top look?!  I know you did, so I’m here today with the free pattern and tutorial so you can wrap you little one in a Lil Luxe too  Remember to pin, post your creations on Facebook and tag #lilluxecollection and #luxefurcollarvest  ENJOY!

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Top Stitchers Season 3 Bacon Ice Cream OTT look

Bacon Ice Cream…say wha?! Kim and I were challenged to create a look that combined two completely unexpected sewing ingredients – meaning to put together distinct fashion influences, fabrics types, and/or sewing techniques that form an explosive feast for the eyes to enjoy…in other words, it ALSO had to be over the top (OTT).  Talk about a challenge!!  See what I made below and check out my competitors look and leave us your rating on the Top Stitchers website (AKA the Sewing Stadium).

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