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Another week brings another challenge from the 52 Week Sewing Challenge. This week we were tasked with sewing something with a collar. Lucky for me Goober Pea Designs recently released the Danica Dress (formerly the girls' Drama Dress by George + Ginger).  This simple and sweet dress has a lot to offer. I decided it was the perfect opportunity to make some adorable sister dresses. The pattern includes two different skirt options, a slim and a full. Little one was adamant that hers be perfect for "spinning" so she got the full skirt made with some of the shop's royal...

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For some, Memorial Day weekend is the official kick off for the summer. It can also be the unofficial start to swim suit season, eek! Fortunately for me I’ve got myself covered with this week’s theme for the 52 Week Sewing Challenge – swim suits. We recently finished up a sewing along in The Sewing Menagerie by Aurora Designs for the 5 out of 4 Patterns Agility Tank & Dress and the Riptides Reversible Shorties. I knew going into this sew along that I wanted to make myself a new swim suit that I would feel comfortable in all summer...

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Color-blocking is a  fun way to make fabric stretch and add some fun elements to your sew. Many designers use it to update and change the look of existing patterns. I find color-blocking an awesome way to use up small cuts of fabric and scraps.  Here at Aurora Designs we have in-house panels and color-blocking is an excellent tool to have in your pocket when working with these panels. The basic concept of color-blocking is cutting new seams into your pattern piece, turning your pattern piece from one to multiple pieces. Some people trace the original pattern and add seam...

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