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    Thrifting Tips for Sewing on a Budget

    If you follow me on Instagram, you know that #thriftedfabric is in about 70% of my posts. I get a lot of questions about finding fabric and other sewing supplies secondhand, so I thought I would compile all my personal tips here! For most of my sewing practice, the budget was really small. Without thrifting and gifting, I wouldn’t have been able to sew. If you are in that place, I hope this post encourages you. If you have a sewing budget, and just want to try thrifting for more sustainable sewing or just for a challenge, this is for you, too. 🙂 The first thing to note is that…

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    Sewing a Collection, Part 4: The Collection!

    I have focused on sharing the journey, but today I am sharing the results! I will list the patterns used, fabrics, and share a few days of outfits. I just used my phone camera and collage app to make these, so its not going to win any photography awards 😀 Its just for my own organization and documentation purposes. (#usewhatyouhave and start now). I didn’t set a number for myself because in the past that has sabotaged my task-oriented brain. I just made a list of what I want to wear and sewed it up over a couple months. It came out to be 5 tops, 3 bottoms, and 1…

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    Sewing A Collection,Part 3:

    Once I had chosen a color palette (side note: I think it may be more descriptive to call it a “color story”) , I went into my closet and pulled a few things that a) I really like b) are in the palette and c) fit the season the collection is intended for. Many more garments than these will fit with the collection pieces, but I am simplifying this project to avoid overwhelm. (I get overwhelmed by options.) I made a rough chart that included the pulled garments and that list of wardrobe “gaps” (see Part 1). I lightly shaded in the squares of pieces I have in grey. The…

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    Sewing A Collection, Part 2:

    Color. The first thing I realized when I dove into the world of capsule wardrobes was that unless I started wearing beige, not many of the popular examples would work. I do love color, brights and neutrals, equally, in their place. I understand the theory that having a 100% neutral wardrobe would optimize the combinations and allow a smaller wardrobe to go further. I just couldn’t make it stick personally. How long would I last in a fabric store, confined to beige… That said, having a basic palette is pretty much the only way to effectively start a collection. It doesn’t have to be basic as in black and white,…

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    Sewing A Collection (How I finally started making outfits) Part 1:

    *This is going to be a series on my process of sewing a collection, and ending my wardrobe angst. The opinions and issues in this series may only ever apply to me, but since I have spent so much time researching capsules and collections, I will add my experience to it to be taken however it may! * Lets start with a few things about me. I used to thrift shop like crazy, I now sew like crazy, and both have resulted in an abundant and spontaneous wardrobe. I teeter between loving organization, loathing excess, and don’t-limit-me-I-love-fashion. However, if my wardrobe (or sewing/shopping habits) was working for me, I wouldn’t…

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    A Darn Good Pillow Cover (+Tutorial)

    I couldn’t resist using the bright teal recycled sari silk from Darn Good Yarns for a pop of color in my neutral-yet-vintage living room. I love mixing pieces inspired by every bygone era, and this textured slipcover adds even more interest. You can find the pack of recycled sari silk here, and see my post about other fabric in my pack here. I have a quick tutorial for making this pillow cover, and you can adapt it easily for any size of pillow (even full size or body pillows!). I used sari silk for the front piece, cotton scraps for the back piece, and some leftover fringe from a past…

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    Welcome!

    Hello and welcome to my first blog! I am so excited to be able to write about my sewing adventures ( alongside occasional misadventures) and share some sewing patterns and fabrics along the way. My name is Cortney Swayne. I have been sewing since December 2017, when my husband surprised me with a sewing machine for Christmas. From the size and shape of the box, I was certain I was getting a large kitchen mixing appliance (which I didn’t really want) so when I found a beautiful Janome inside, I started to cry. Haha! He was gifting me a creative outlet and a rest in the middle of raising our…