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We are all totally stoked on these new quilted cottons from Riley Blake! They are brand new, and already super popular! These fabrics feature some of Riley Blake’s most popular designs: chevrons, skulls, mustaches, and glasses! Each fabric is backed with a complementary polka-dot, and quilted using a soft poly batting!

The most awesome thing about these fabrics is how quickly you can whip up a cute handmade project! All you need is some bias tape for binding and you’ll have an adorable quilt! It pretty much makes itself, talk about instant gratification :)

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How to Sew a Blind Hem Stitch – Spring Floral Linen-Cotton Gathered-Waist Dress

by Jamie Lau Designs

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Things have been quite busy in Brooklyn at the Jamie Lau Designs studio. We kicked off the new year with a photo shoot featuring our new textile designs inspired by the natural environment, travel, and art, with prints based on my photographs. We also celebrated the opening of our month-long pop-up shop at Makeshift Society in Hayes Valley (235 Gough Street, San Francisco, CA 94102), open Monday-Friday 9 AM-6 PM until March 31, 2014.

In keeping up with the momentum, I’ll be embarking on an exciting textile-filled journey to Japan later this spring and summer. In preparation for my two-month trip, I’m starting a new series entitled Fashion Travelogue, with the goal of designing and sewing the bulk of my wardrobe and accessories for my travel abroad (yes, even pajamas!).

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Ever wanted to add a fun and funky color block feature to your favorite existing patterns? You’d be surprised how easy it is! Color block outfits have been all the rage for a while now. It adds a dynamic design element to your garment with out changing the silhouette of the pattern.

Here’s what you’ll need!

Pattern paper or scratch paper

a nice clear ruler

clear tape

pencil and pen

your favorite pattern! I choose the free PDF pattern for Colette Patterns called the Sorbetto

Step 1: Choose your designcolor block

Do you want horizontal lines, vertical lines, intersecting lines, whatever you want! The possibilities are endless. I chose to create a yoke look for my blouse. But I will also show you how to eliminate the front dart with your color-blocking technique.

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We have so many awesome, different, and fun novelty cotton prints! Sometimes it’s hard to think of projects for all of the fabrics we fall in love with.

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I fell in love with this pattern back in 2012 when we had a Miz Mozelle sewalong! I’ve made this dress a few times since, and I know I’ll be making more in the future! The pattern is easy and super quick to put together, great for beginners or whenever you want a new dress fast!

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