Posts by Maris Olsen

Maris Olsen
Maris Olsen is a seriously awesome sewing geek, and prefers to spend the majority of each day in her sewing studio. Since retiring from a hi-tech career, her new life-mission is to imbue students young and old with the love of textiles, stitching, and the pure joy of creation. She blogs about her sewing and teaching adventures at http://sewmaris.com. She’s also a crazy Nana, a sporadic yogi, and a wavery bike-rider.

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10 Common Sewing Mistakes You Can Easily Avoid

Sewist Measuring a Dress on a Dress Form with Measuring Tape

Most sewing problems can be resolved by practice, and not getting hung up on being perfect. You will learn from every mistake you make! However, to save yourself some frustration, it's helpful to educate yourself on common sewing mistakes before you make them so they can easily be avoided. Here are 10 of the most common pitfalls to watch out for.

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Picking Pockets for Your Sewn Garments

Yellow Dress with Inseam Pockets

Most of us love pockets for their functionality, and sometimes for their aesthetic appeal as well. There are two basic types of pockets for garments, with many variations within the two basic style: patch pockets and inside pockets. Let's take a look both of these and some of the variations for each.

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Slash lines cut

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Add a Cowl Neckline for Instant Drama

Cowl necklines are both feminine and flattering to many different body styles, and are relatively easy element to add to an existing pattern for a simple top. If you already have a T-shirt or basic shell pattern that fits well, you are halfway there!

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6 Ways to Share Your Sewing Skills with Those in Need

Charity Sewing

We all love to sew for ourselves and our families and friends. Making something "with love" is a great way to show people you care. If you have never sewn for charity, you'll quickly find it's a wonderful way to share your love of sewing, and help someone in need at the same time. Here are a few of the best ways to contribute to charities with your sewing!

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