Alison Glass Knit Midi Length Circle Skirt

Finished Alison Glass Knit Circle Skirt

Hey gang! So today I’m going to show you a fun thing to do with the new Alison Glass Knit Fabrics. A Midi Length Circle Skirt! Midi length skirts are going to be big for fall and winter so here is a quick and easy project that will get you ready for fall. So lets get right to it with supplies: Continue Reading →

Cute Witch Capelet Tutorial

Cute Witch Caplet tutorial

Hey Gang! So today I’m going to show you a super easy tutorial on how to make a capelet that is really a versatile item for lots of Halloween costumes! You can make a version for an Anna from Frozen costume, a red one for Little Red Riding Hood or just accent the costume you already have going for some warmth on those chilly Halloween nights.

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Safety Trick Or Treat Bag Tutorial!

finished trick or treat bag

With all of these kiddos running around in spooky costumes at the end of the month, knocking on your door for candy, you want to make sure that yours is visible even in the dark– especially if your little one is dressed in a dark costume! This is a simple tutorial on how to make a cute Trick or Treat Bag that will be visible to cars!

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Costume 101 – The Tabard

I’ve made some pretty fancy costumes over the years.  (They don’t call me Mother of Dragons for nothing!)  But sometimes that’s not what is called for. Sometimes you need something simple.  I love making costumes, but I don’t love dressing up.  So every year my friends try to come up with a theme that I can live with.  My favorite was Clue.  They all dressed up as Professor Plum and Miss Scarlett, et al. I put a toe tag and a black plastic bag on and went as the dead body.  No fuss, no muss.  You may need a little more than that.  In comes the Tabard.

The Tabard isn’t just for Knights you know.  It is the perfect piece of fabric that can turn anyone into a pumpkin, a greek philosopher, a robot, or even a furry little animal.  Most costumes just need to create the illusion of your character.  These can be just as convincing and creative as the perfect Elsa or Batman you buy at the store.  Plus, they allow for more freedom.  And, they are the perfect project for your first foray into costume making.

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Sew Your Hart Out September Final Week Garment Parade!


windham-colette-janomeThis is it you guys! Sew Your Hart Out September 2015 has come to an end! We have had so much fun this month! There have been an incredible amount of project photos that have been shared with us, thank you all so much! Be sure to check out all of the customer project photos over on our Facebook page!

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Colette Patterns 101


windham-colette-janomeColette Patterns is the powerhouse of the indie pattern community. Started by Sarai Mitnick in 2009, whose previous jobs include working for giants YouTube and Google, both Colette’s blog and patterns have become massively popular. Currently based in Portland, Oregon, the creative minds behind Colette are constantly expanding their business ventures, including the recently added Seamwork Magazine and a brand spanking new sewing podcast!

colette-hawthorn-dress-patternColette’s Hawthorn
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Akita Pattern Hack From Haley at Colette Patterns



beauty-04I love patterns. This is a statement that is probably not a surprise coming from a sewing enthusiast, but it is true. Vintage and modern alike, some of my favorite things in my stash are patterns. I think this can be attributed to the fact that I learned to sew and make patterns simultaneously. I had been sewing for almost 5 years before I ever used a sewing pattern.

The day I first used a commercial sewing pattern the clouds parted and angels sang. Since then I have been hooked. I like to think of commercial sewing patterns as a really great pre-made template. I love choosing a silhouette or style that I like, and then making small adjustments until it feels crafted just for me. My favorite adjustment to make to any top is lengthening into a dress. It’s like I am getting two patterns for the price of one. When I laid eyes on the first sample of Seamwork’s Akita I knew instantly that an Akita Dress was in my near future.

The best part is, Akita is a one piece pattern, this makes it seriously easy to whip up in one hour. No joke, I made this sample in less than 60 minutes.

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Adding a Peter Pan Collar To The Scout Tee

RK-grainline-janomehorzontal-logoIt seems like everywhere I look online there are ladies singing the praises of the Scout Tee by Grainline Studio. I am no different! In fact you might even say I’m a bit obsessed with this pattern! As of writing this post I have made this top six times, and I have fabric for at least three more waiting to be sewn! (Update… I’ve now made this shirt 9 times) It is such a quick project, a perfect wardrobe staple, and it works well out of many different types of fabric. The Scout Tee has pretty much become the employee uniform here at Harts, so many of the ladies have made them!

Since it is such a simple pattern, there is a lot of room to get creative by making easy alterations. I am personally in love with Peter Pan collars! If a pattern has a Peter Pan collar I am 80% more likely to make it (true facts, I totally did the math on this)! Because Of my Peter Pan passion, I decided it would be totally adorable to add one to the Scout Tee!

grainline scout tee peter pan collar tutorial finished 2(Spoilers: I was totally right, it’s adorable!)

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Sew Your Hart Out September Week Three Garment Parade!

horzontal-logoart-gallery-and-decades-of-styleWe have been busy bees here at the store this week! Everyone has been sewing up a storm, employees and customers alike! We have seen some really cool projects and we love being able to share them with you! Here are just a few of the awesome projects we’ve seen this week:

week 3 photosBe sure to check out out facebook page for the rest of your photos!

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