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:

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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.

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

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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:

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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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Let the Spring Top Roundups Begin!

It is **about time** we showed off some of the awesome tops you’re all making. Holy smokes, is the Spring Top Sewalong Flickr Pool ever full of good stuff, people! Thanks for taking the time to put your photos in there. It’s fun to see what patterns are trending, what fabrics everyone is loving, and how each sewist adds her own flair to different designs.

Here’s just a little slice of what we’re loving these days. Where applicable, the links below the photos will take you directly to each person’s blog post. From there, you’ll get more info about the pattern and in a lot of cases you’ll get to see more photos too!
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Above, Left to Right: Teri’s Josephine/Washi XP Mashup; Jess’s reverse appliqueBree’s JosephineTina’s wrap top.

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Above, Left to Right: Lecsmiscellany’s LaurelSusanna’s Easy Cap Sleeve TeeCindy’s striped knit topEirenep’s Scout.

Melanie’s hand-embroidered Portrait Blouse gets a close-up here. Isn’t it lovely??

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Above, Left to Right: Jessica’s Ava; Heidi’s Zippy Top; Brooke’s Weekend Getaway; Polkadotelefant’s Kimono Top.

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Above, Left to Right: Tammy’s Staple BlouseEricka’s Boxy Tee; Maria’s Flower Petal Top; Kuka & Bubu’s Sheer Yoke Shirt.

Spring Top Sewalong 2014 is underway! Read more here; and add your photos to the Flickr Pool!

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Friday Flickr Roundup

It’s been awhile since we showed off some Made By Rae stuff sewn by YOU! And with Kids Clothes Week just around the corner, we thought it’d be fun to help everyone get inspired.

We love to peruse the Rae Made Me Do It Flickr Pool to see the whimsical details that make these handmade things so special. There are some amazing fabric and color combos in this particular roundup. Such fun!

The Geranium Dress has become such a staple!

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Top: Yellow Polka DotsTia’s Geranium; Bottom: 1st Birthday GeraniumTiered Geranium.

Check out Ren’s Flashback Tee (Left) with a tutorial to sew “burrito” pant cuffs (which would work on Parsley Pants); and Sophie blogged here about her son’s wild Parsley Pants (Right):


Erin from Hungie Gungie has really been going all out over the last few months with some Geranium Dresses and Flashback Tees. Here’s a little glimpse:
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Above, Top Left: Geranium in Washi + Gold , Right: Say No to Fruitcake (hahahaha!);
Bottom Left: Look what happens when you cross a Flashback with a Geranium ruffle sleeve; Flashback Skinny Tee.

Lots of Parsley Pants are cropping up in the Parsley Flickr Pool these days. All the contrast pockets, pintucks, and kneepads are just too cute.

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Above, Top Left to Right: Red Plaid, Orange PlaidGreen with Stars,  Echino Pants, Green Parsleys;
Bottom Left to Right: Blue Corduroy Parsleys,Three Parsleys on the Line, Orange Parsley Pants.

Brooke used Rae’s Fanfare Flannels (more colors of that coming this fall, woo hoo!!) to make some some adorableness for her boys:


Nic over at Createnic made these amazing matching Baby/Dad PJ pants (Big Butt Baby Pants on the baby here):
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For those of you sewing up a storm for kiddoes next week, have fun! Can’t wait to see what you make!
Remember you can always add photos of your Made By Rae projects to the Flickr Pool.

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Made By Rae Top 5 for 2013

People have been telling me “you’ve had an exciting year!” and when I look back on 2013 I have to admit that is probably true. It doesn’t feel any more crazy or busy than other years, but I know I’ve had more time to dedicate to this blog and patterns and such (can you say “kids in school”), so I guess that’s made me more productive professionally, at least as professional as a self-trained-amateur-blogger-turned-designer with Rae-DD can be. HAH. A bunch of other bloggers posted their “Top 5 for 2013,” and because I’ve really enjoyed reading their posts I thought I would write one for Made by Rae. You know, the other thing everyone seems to be doing is picking their “one word.” I started thinking making a list of possible words (including “focus”) but then got distracted, so I guess it’s NO ONE WORD for me this year. Here are my Top 5 Hits for 2013, in no particular order:

#1 Celebrate the BOY

Dana and I brought back the popular BOY sewing series last February, and it was really fun. We always get such an enthusiastic response to this, and it’s a great way to audition new patterns (like the Parsley Pants) and write tutorials for simple things that make boy-sewing more fun! You can see all of the posts from 2013 Celebrate the BOY here, and all of the posts from earlier series here. I was pretty proud of all the awesome stuff I managed to make and post for the 2013 series.


#2 Fanfare

I spent a sizable portion of March 2013 working on Fanfare, my flannel fabric collection for Cloud 9, which arrived in shops this fall and had a lovely reception. From the outside it might look like a simple collection, you know, something that’s a cinch to pull together, but when you’re a complete newbie to fabric design, trust me, there’s a pretty steep learning curve. I’m really proud of the final result, and I’m even more excited for my next line, Lotus Pond, that’s coming out this spring. The Lotus Pond strikeoffs (test prints) were supposed to come Wednesday but UPS seems to be having a hard time delivering them. Maybe the UPS guy is sitting in the back of his truck admiring my strikeoffs as I type this? PROBABLY.


#3 Studio

I finally bit the bullet and rented a studio in downtown Ann Arbor so I could move all my sewing shit out of my house and into a bigger workspace. I suppose a self-storage unit would have been cheaper, but it would have been a whole lot less fun. This also enabled me to hire my part-time studio assistant, Tashina this fall, bringing the number of part-time employees/contractors on the Made By Rae team to four. I guess that seems like a lot when I type it out, but it’s really all about me delegating as much as possible so that I’m not such a slave to my laptop anymore. Despite having what looks like “a crazy year,” I actually feel like it was probably been one of the most relaxing and stress-free years I’ve had since I started Le Biz back in 2009. Another plus of having a studio? Our Sewing Studio Weekend Retreat, which totally rocked.


#4 Women’s Garments

I’m not sure this is true, but it feels like I did a record amount of sewing for myself in 2013, mostly hacks or versions of Washi (you can see those all in this post), but also a couple Ruby Dresses and some knit tops and skirts. And then we released the Ruby and Washi XP patterns, and previewed Josephine (and I started working on another one that we’re calling Bianca — though I’m having a baby pretty soon, so let’s not get too excited about that one, OK?). So that was really fun! I love sewing for my kids, but sewing for myself is my passion, so it makes sense that Made By Rae focused more on women’s sewing this year than any other.


#5 Pretty great press (?)

I guess I’m actually struggling to come up with FIVE top things here (how lame is that? geez Rae *rolls eyes at self*), so I’m just going to go with this one. For some reason (I think probably Washi and Fanfare), my work has been featured in quite a few print publications this year. Love Patchwork and Quilting, Kloth, Sew News, and a handful of other print magazines have all run features on Made By Rae or the Washi Dress, and I just got more emails last week from two others. I’m trying not to get too big of a head about it, but it’s hard not to get excited when you can send your mom a magazine clipping and say, “LOOK, MOM!!! LOOK!!!” (Yes, it’s true. I’m still just that little girl who wants to please her mom. Oldest child syndrome.) On the other hand, while the traditional print world seems to be just discovering me, I’m starting to feel a little like an old horse around the Blogosphere. I have this ongoing angst that I’ve done my best thing and now I’m “over,” but I just need to get over that. I do know I shouldn’t really care what anyone thinks, just do my own thing and be happy.

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Another press-related thing that was really cool was that Heather Ross asked if she could use my Rainbow Quilt design as a free pattern download for her Briar Rose fabric line (you can find the free quilt pattern here by the way!), and the quilt was featured at Quilt Market in her booth!!! That was so incredibly flattering.

So now I would really love to know: what did you do that YOU are most proud of last year? It doesn’t have to be five things, because clearly I can’t even really come up with five. And it doesn’t have to be sewing-related. But it’s always fun to hear this kind of thing from you guys (and if you did a “Top 5″ or “2013 Roundup” type post you should put a link in the comments because I love reading those posts and I want to make sure I don’t miss yours!). So dish, everyone!!!

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