Check, please!


I’m falling hard for checks, gingham, and plaids right now y’all. It really puts me in the Christmas spirit! Green, black, red!!! The images here are screenshots from my newest Pinterest board, Check, Check.


Other random plaid-related thoughts:

Do you love it too? Or does plaid just bring back bad memories from the 90’s (grunge, anyone)?

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Friday Roundup

Happy Friday, everyone! I have a bunch of linkadoos and fun pictures for you to wrap up the week.

Thanks to everyone who entered to win the Fat Quarter Shop giveaway last week. We used the random number generator to choose two winners. How lucky: they each preferred a different bundle! Here are the winners:

Ava, who said “Love the Shine. Need to make baby stuff for all the new ones in the family”
Dana, who said “I love your fabrics! I would love to make some purses for my 4-year old and how about some rice warmies! And though I love all of the colors, I would probably choose Pomp. Thank you!”


Indie Sew is a new site dedicated to showcasing independent designers’ patterns, and it has an interface for users to show off the projects they’ve made. Indie Sew now carries all my women’s patterns, and their newly-released Winter Collection features my Josephine blouse! I love how they styled the entire collection.

My friend Andrea over at Knitty Bitties has already blogged about her take on the Indie Sew Winter Collection. Look at her amazing plaid Josephine!

View More: used with permission

STYLO MAGAZINE: It was so much fun to see my work in the latest issue of online children’s sewing + style magazine, Stylo Issue 3! I sewed up a lovely collection of Made By Rae patterns out of this season’s Cotton + Steel line and dressed Clementine up for photo shoots at my local public library.  My section is called “Art + Craft,” on pages 99-115.

SEWING WISH LIST: here are a couple of things I want to sew right this minute.

poolsideinsidePoolside Tote by Anna Graham of Noodlehead: I love the oversized design of this carry-all bag; it looks perfect for a weekend overnight bag or a stylish diaper bag.

popover poncho

Popover Poncho by April Rhodes: April just released this poncho and I can’t wait to sew up a cosy version to live in all winter long!


I hate making cake popsthis funny post from my friend Dana. I love when bloggers keep it real.

Floating Babies: My sister Elli sent me this link from Otteroo — a floatie for babies — the other night, and you just have to see it to believe it. I keep wondering, would Hugo (my 7-month-old) enjoy floating by his neck??

Do what you love and the money will follow: I love this post on Sew Mama Sew, and the comment section is just as interesting as the well-thought-out post on making money as an artist.

Small Magazine: lots of style, accessories, and design for little humans in this online magazine. I always enjoy Small!

What fabric designers earn: Abby Glassenberg gets candid about how much money fabric designers actually make.

National Geographic: I don’t even know how many hours I’ve lost lately on the National Geographic website. Was it always so visually impressive? I find the Future of Food project particularly interesting.

For the list-makers: Bullet Journal offers a genius (analog) way to distill all your notes and to-do lists into one simple system within the covers of one notebook. Any notebook you have will do! I’m always trying to figure out a better way to keep track of my to-do lists, so I’m going to give this one a try.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Farewell, Summer Roundup

Well, the kids are back in school and pumpkins are popping up all over Pinterest. It’s just starting to cool off here in the Midwest. I feel like Summer took its time getting started this year, so maybe it’s just gonna hang on for awhile. Here are some of my favorites from the Rae Made Me Do It Flickr Pool to celebrate summer’s last hurrah.

This amazing Geranium Dress  that Klari made:
kokka geranium

Rachel sewed this beautifully simple linen Geranium Dress and posted about it on her blog, Stitched Together.
Geranium Tunic

Buzzmills blogged about these yellow-piped Parsley Shorts:
parsley shorts

And these Parsley Shorts are blogged on From Whole Cloth (nice print matching on the pockets there!).
Let's Drive Shorts

And this Ruby Top posted by Spool Fabric Shop is so pretty! I’ve loved Leah Duncan’s Meadow fabric line from the get-go, and this is such a perfect combo.
Meadow Ruby Top

Have a great weekend, all!

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Let’s hear it for plaid

I’ve been noticing some fun plaid projects in the Flickr photo pools lately, so I wanted to share some of my faves with you!

I lurrrve this super summery Bianca Dress that Spencer made for herself:


And check out Emily’s sweet Washi Tunic with sleeves!


Here’s a great Washi Dress with sleeves by Trina:


There are a few lucky kiddos playing in plaid these days too. Buzzmills blogged here about these amazing Parsley Pants


Here’s a festive Fourth of July Geranium Dress:


What have you been sewing these days? Have you come across any plaids you just couldn’t resist? We’d love to see your Made By Rae inspired projects in the Rae Made Me Do It Flickr Pool!

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Summer is for Josephines and Rubies

Some hot and steamy days are ahead of us, so I wanted to share some of my favorite summery renditions of my Josephine and Ruby patterns.

Even though we released the Josephine Tunic & Blouse when hot weather was the furthest thing from my mind, View C has instructions to make a sleeveless top with side vents. Jaime from Fancy Tiger Crafts made a gorgeous version out of Cloud9 Fabrics’ Palos Verdes Voile.


Terri at Fa Sew La has made a bunch of Josephines already! Here’s her sleeveless one:

Josephine 1

As the mercury rises, I’ve rekindled my love for the Ruby Dress & Top pattern. It sews up so quickly, and it’s versatile: wear it with shorts or a skirt, or enjoy it on its own as a light, breezy dress.

Sarah made this bright and cheery dress and blogged about it here.

sarah ruby

I love the bold prints paired with solid yokes on all of these:

ruby mosaic

Above, Top Left: I Sew You Sew’s Ruby top with a Washi Expansion Pack [shortened] sleeve!
Top Right: Meagan blogged about her top here, and put a nice curved Wiksten Tank hem on it. Nice mashup!

Bottom Left: Spencer’s dress
Bottom Right: Katie’s dress

Have you made any summery Rubies or Josephines? Share them with us on Instagram with hashtags #rubydress and #josephinepattern, or in their Flickr photo pools!


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Lots of kids in handmade

We’re almost halfway through Made for Kids Month! Here are just a few of  my favorites from the Flickr pool:

june kids

Top, Left to Right: green pants, spider web hat, green dress, peach top

Middle, Left to Right: book report tee, three kids, four kids

Bottom, Left to Right: homemade icecream, disco flares, jump


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Bianca Tester Roundup


Now that my newest pattern, Bianca is out in the world, I want to take a minute to say a big THANKS!!! to the patient and prolific ladies who tested the design during production.

When we have drafts of pattern pieces and instructions ready for testing, you wouldn’t believe the flurry of email, photos, and spreadsheets that ensues! It’s pretty fun, but it takes a lot of work! Thank you, ladies, for all your time and helpful feedback! Now for a sampling from our testers’ photos:

Ashley’s top looks rad with or without a cardigan:


Brooke blogged about her Nani Iro double gauze Bianca right here.


Kelly sewed up two Biancas in no time flat. Isn’t the contrast lacy facing pretty on the top one?



And here’s Jenn of A Jennuine Life in her Bianca!


If you still need the Bianca pattern, you can find it HERE!

This looks great on so many figures, and we already have a few photos in the Bianca Sewing Pattern Flickr photo pool and on Instagram, under the hashtag #biancapattern. Please add your own photos so we can all admire!

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Spring Top Wrapup

Well, folks, Spring Top Sewalong 2014 has come to an end. Didn’t we have fun, though? Let’s take one more little dip into the Flickr Spring Top Sewalong 2014 Pool:

Sarah blogged about her self-drafted top here.


Ashleigh’s adorable hoodie has probably been a go-to during this cool spring.


Bubalo Jo’s modified Tova.


Meg’s Lisette Attache looks like the ideal white blouse to me!


I love Nicole’s Summer Concert Tee.


Jessie’s Riding Peplum is perfect and springy with skinny jeans. And those boots!


Emily’s modified Sorbetto tank.


You can still learn about Spring Top Sewalong here; and check out the last month’s worth of your photos in the Flickr Pool and on Instagram with the tag #springtopsewalong.

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Thanks for participating! I hope you’ve had as much fun as I have!

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More of your spring tops!

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Only four days left of the Spring Top Sewalong! Thought I’d give you a sampling of some of my favorites from the Flickr Pool.

Here’s Jo’s Hi-Lo Top in such a pretty rosy print:


Michelle of Handmade Martini upcycled an old shirt for this self-drafted this tank and blogged about it here.


I love the fabric (Leah Duncan Tule) that Carrie in Stitches chose for her Washi Tunic!


Swoon! Blogged here.


Jessi made a bunch of Lane Raglan tops; I’m diggin’ this sweatshirt one!


Natalie blogged about her peplum top here,


Spring Top Sewalong 2014 is underway! Read more here; add your photos to Instagram with the tag #springtopsewalong and/or add your photos to the Flickr Pool to play along!

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