Category Archives: The Lady’s Workbasket

How to Create a Sewing Pattern Inventory Database

I am pleased to announce that, after hours of research and experimentation, I have finally found what I consider to be the perfect solution to my years-old question of “how do I organize my sewing patterns??” The quick answer: Evernote.  … Continue reading

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Making Your Own Jeans — Not As Difficult As You Thought

I finished my first-ever custom made pair of jeans tonight! (They were finished enough to wear last weekend — pictured — but I hemmed them up a little more and added the rivets tonight.) Here are some tips, if you’re … Continue reading

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A Tour of the Sewing Room, Part 3

Here’s the conclusion to our little sewing room tour — if you missed parts 1 and 2, they are here and here.  In this episode, while we’ll be discussing a few last tools, we’ll also discuss some sewing room organization.  … Continue reading

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A Tour of the Sewing Room, Part 2

Today we’re going to continue the tour of my favorite sewing tools. If you missed the first installment, it’s right here. Correct and careful pressing is one of the most important parts of sewing. (Which is why I almost had … Continue reading

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A Tour of the Sewing Room, Part 1

Good evening, friends!  I had intended to take you on a “before-and-after” tour of my sewing room, but the before pictures are, well, just embarrassing. And we haven’t quite gotten to “after” yet. I have too many sewing projects going … Continue reading

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Sewing Room Organization: Alternatives for Scissor Storage

Ladies (and gentlemen?), today I’d like to share two of my favorite organization tactics for sewing scissors. While we’re at it, we’ll take care of seam rippers and markers, too. Bought at Office Max on clearance for 97 cents many … Continue reading

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Crochet Dishcloth Pattern from Lily Sugar’n Cream

Lily, the company that makes that great cotton yarn for dishcloths, posted another adorable free dishcloth pattern this week, made from a granny square.  I haven’t made it yet, but it looks really simple and a little unusual, with a … Continue reading

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