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Sewing Up Spring-Making A Gauzy Shirt With A Pattern For Knits

I bought some lovely gauzy material to make lightweight spring scarf for this month’s Sewing Up Spring Blog Tour.  But honestly, I don’t wear scarves very often. (Although I find I like thin knit infinity scarves pretty well) And my mind kept coming back to a lightweight gauzy shirt.  So I went for it! This gauzy shirt is a mash up and hack of two patterns from New Horizons. Hack The basic pattern pieces come from the Deer Creek Tunic.  I have been wearing the green tunic I made all winter long and it while I wasn’t quite sure of it to...

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Fixing Bust Wrinkles in a Knit Shirt without a Full Bust Adjustment

A year ago I tested a T-Shirt pattern, hoping to be able to fit my shoulders.  I left the test without feeling I achieved a good fit.  You can read my post about the test Here.  Since then I have continued making Wide Shoulder Adjustments using various techniques with various results.  A couple months ago I returned to my shoulder fitting project and turned to some Facebook sewing groups for some advice to smooth out some bust wrinkles.  Many of the women have years of experience making and fitting garments and I got a lot of great suggestions. All...

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New Name, Same Sewing

Welcome to  Hazelnut Handmade Last year when I started sending some items to sell in my aunt’s home decor shop, I started re-evaluating the name of my blog and Etsy shop.  And I decided I needed a change. Now I realize most people won’t care why I decided to change, but I’m kinda wordy so I’ll explain it anyways.  As a compromise, I’ll just list what the new name says about me or means to me. My children-(we call our youngest Nut or Nut-Nut)Making things myselfDelicious chocolate flavorLittle bit modernLittle bit traditionalLittle bit SophisticatedLittle bit Whimsy (cause I do have kids)SimpleGrounded So what will be on the blog?  Sewing, the occasional recipe, pattern reviews (at least thoughts on them), Etsy shop listings (which is open again), non-sewing projects that turn out, and learning to sew and fit garments expertly.   Well, that’s it! I’m excited to be back.  See you later alligator!...

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My Sewing Machine is Calling…

I know I already said way back in April that life was crazier than usual because we were getting our house ready to sell and all that.  I thought it would all kinda calm down by July and I could start sewing and posting projects again.  Well, here it is September and I still don’t feel like I have the luxury of sewing quite yet.  Actually, I was starting to feel like I could sew, did a pattern test, tried a new pattern, planned and set out several more, and then everything took an extremely unexpected turn and we ended up moving to a new apartment.  Second one this summer.  And then kids started school and it was about all I could do to send them to school with essential school supplies.  But I feel like I see the light at the end of the tunnel.  Just about everything in the house has a home.  I’m making regular meals.  I should be able to start washing clothes normally by Monday (haven’t had a dryer for most of the summer and have been channeling my inner pioneer to get laundry done).  The kids have shoes, backpacks, supplies, new socks and are getting to and from school everyday.   I hear my sewing machine calling me during nap time as I try to check off my to do list.   It’s...

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Coordinating Christmas Dresses

Seeing as Christmas was almost an entire month ago, now seems a great time to post those pictures of my two girls in their Christmas Dresses!  🙂  Better late than never… Pigg#2’s was made with Bella Sunshine’s Adaline Dress and Tunic and Pigg#4’s was made with Terra’s Treasure’s Evening Primrose Dress.  So glad I made them!  Pigg#2 wears hers every Sunday.  Pigg#4 still wants to wear the dress whose decorative stitching is coming undone and sequins snag my nylons and skirts.  🙁  At least Pigg#2 loves...

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