148 Cool Things People Sewed Themselves Instead Of Buying At A Store

People who know how to sew are never limited to their wardrobe. Or the shelves in a store. Their hands can do miracles — they can make clothes themselves.

There’s a subreddit called r/Sewing, and it’s the place where these skilled craftsmen show off their work. We’re talking intricate wedding dresses, umbrella coats, and even cat ties! There’s plenty of surprises on this 372,000 member-strong sub.

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“This is a community specifically for sewing including, but not limited to: machine sewing, embroidery, quilting, hand sewing, tapestry, patchwork, and help/suggestion threads,” they say in their ‘About’ section.

We at Bored Panda have handpicked some of the masterpieces these sewers have created, so continue scrolling and who knows, maybe the photos will inspire you to pick up a spool of thread yourself. Enjoy!

#1 I Just Finished My Son’s Halloween Costume

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#2 I Made My Wedding Dress (No Pattern)

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#3 Been Sewing Shirts And Matching Ties For My 5 Cats. It’s Been Fun. Hope You Like Them

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#4 I Made The Dressing Gown That Bilbo Wears In The First Hobbit Movie (M7875)

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#5 Self Drafted. No Pattern. Outfit I Made From Scratch From Kente Fabric

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#6 Finished My Rainbow Quilt! And A Body Pillow Case To Match. Happy Pride Month!

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#7 (Mccall’s Archive Collection Circa 1956 M7478) Took Forever To Finish This Coat, But I’m Really Pleased With How It Turned Out – Especially The Twirl Factor!

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#8 This Is A Prom Dress My Aunt From Nigeria Made For Me Back In 2019. We Designed It Based On Two Different Dresses. The Pattern Of The Fabric Is My Favorite Part! (No Pattern)

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#9 (Burdaeasy 2019) Tried To Recreate A 60’s Inspired Dress From The Queen’s Gambit

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#10 I Made A Maple Leaf Fairy Costume For Renn Faire (B4571)

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#11 I Made A Velvet Dress With Leds To Look Like The Night Sky (Self Drafted)

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#12 First Finished Dress vs. First Dress I Can Actually Wear In Public

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#13 Made An Entire 1850’s Outfit. Lots Of Work, But Totally Worth It!

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#14 In 2020 I’m Planning To Memorialize My Father By Sewing A Book Of His Life. This Is Page One

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#15 Duchess Coat By Ellie And Mac Patterns For My Spiderman-Obsessed 2y.o. Niece. I Can’t Wait To See It On Her!

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#16 Engagement Photo Dress I Designed And Constructed

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#17 Completed My Belle Gown (Beauty & The Beast) Self Drafted

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#18 (Self-Drafted) Sewist On Low Budget Recreating Expensive Dresses. I Was Inspired By This Teuta Matoshi Dress

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#19 Self Drafted Bomber Jacket. I Saw The Fabric And Knew I Had To Make Something. It’s My First Crack At A Jacket And The First Real Wearable Garment I’ve Made For Myself! I Think I’m Going To Be Making A Lot More!

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#20 I Made Billy Porter’s Oscars Tuxedo Gown (Self Drafted)

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#21 Designed, Sewed, And Modeled This Dior Inspired Trench Coat

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#22 Corset I Made From A Throw Pillowcase! Butterick B4669. We Love A Good Upcycle!

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#23 (Self Drafted) My Old Lounge Dress Wasn’t Getting Much Wear, So I Reworked It Into A Sundress

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#24 Made My Own Homecoming Dress

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#25 Made A Non Conventional Wedding Dress! V9296

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#26 My DIY Thrift-Flipped Wedding Dress

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#27 (Simplicity 8578) I Made A Robe À La Française For Halloween

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#28 I Made Some Professor-Y Clothes For The 1890s (Pattern Hacked)

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#29 Self-Drafted Blouse Made From Silk And An Antique Lace Collar. I Love Edwardian Fashion, And I’m Trying To Incorporate That Style Into My Wardrobe More

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#30 Matching 1950’s Style Men’s Shirt And Wiggle Dress

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#31 I Did It, I Made A Coat! (Mccalls 6800, View D With B’s Hem)

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#32 My First Shirt I’ve Ever Made. Pretty Happy With How It Turned Out

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#33 Coat Made With Broken Umbrellas

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#34 I Hand/Machine Embroidered A Starmap Onto These Jeans!

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#35 I’m So Happy With How These Skirts Came Out!

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#36 Finished My Three Piece Suit Just In Time For Fall!

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#37 My Husband Wanted A “B*chin, Flowery Dressing Gown To Take Care Of Baby During The Night” (Who Is Due Soon) I Think I Delivered!

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#38 First Skirt Attempts (New Look 6346)

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#39 70’s Edition: Roller Girl (Semi Self Drafted)

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#40 My Exam Project: The Dress And The Suit

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#41 I Recreated An Early 1900s Illustration Butterfly Dress!

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#42 Wish I Was Brave Enough To Wear This Out. Took Me Forever To Make

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#43 Made My First Gown! I Completed This A Few Months Ago And Finally Had Time To Take Pics

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#44 Started Sewing Two Weeks Ago And I Finally Made A Dress From Scratch

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#45 Conjured Up A Last-Minute Dress For Halloween And I Am So Proud Of These Pockets! (Self-Drafted)

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#46 African Print Mermaid Style Dress

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#47 My Husband Gave Me Some Of His Old Band T-Shirts, So I Made A Dress For Our Daughter

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#48 My New Dress Is Finally Finished! Isn’t It Beautiful?

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#49 I Made A Victorian Walking Dress With A Matching Hat And Parasol For A Festival In A Nearby Port Town (B6400, TV1884 Wash Overskirt, Self Drafted)

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#50 Simplicity 8262, Modified To Have A Hood Instead Of A Double Collar. Now To Walk Around Looking Dramatic

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#51 ([self Drafted) Left: Teuta Cobalt Starry Dress, Right: Me

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#52 17th Century Inspired Gown

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#53 (Mccall’s 7047) I Made A Prototype Wedding Dress Aka The First Thing I’ve Sewn Since Senior Prom!

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#54 Bought My First Sewing Machine 2 Weeks Ago Without Knowing A Single Thing About Sewing. So I Spent Hours On Youtube Watching How To Videos. I Made This Myself Yesterday

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#55 This Is My Prom Dress I Designed And Made

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#56 Something I Whipped Up For A Formal Function

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#57 Upcycled From A Curtain And Blanket I Found At Goodwill! Copied The Pattern Off My Dickies Work Jacket

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#58 [mccall’s M7727] Made Myself A Winter Coat To Survive The Canadian Winter! Nice And Warm

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#59 My Second Successful Bralette! This One Fits Much Better Too

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#60 My Dress Inspired By Rhonda Fleming

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#61 Succeeded In Making This Coat That Required A Lot Of Mental Gymnastics During The Pattern Placement! Very Proud Of The Outcome!! Easy Vogue V9367 With Modifications

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#62 Found Some Old Table Runners And Pillowcases My Great Grandmother Hand Embroidered In The 20s-50s. They Were Sitting In Storage For Decades And I Decided To Turn Them Into A Spring Blouse

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#63 Sewcial Isolation Project I Made Back In March! (Apron Dress By Fabrics-Store (Free))

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#64 Recently Made This Lingerie Set

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#65 Took A Stab At Making A Bralette

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#66 I Made My Daughter’s Easter Tie And Altered Her Suit! Really Happy With How They Turned Out!

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#67 My First Bodysuit With Self Drafted Pattern

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#68 I Made An Adventure Ready Dress For My Niece. Machine Washable, No Scratchy Tulle, Fully Equipped With Pockets And Pack Pack For Maximum Storage Capacity, And Of Course A Matching Dress For A Side Kick [m7458]

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#69 Just Finished Reupholstering This Bad Boy. The Cushion And Decking Are Sewn And Drafted From The Original Pattern

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#70 So My Sister Got Married This Weekend And I Designed/Made Her Gown

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#71 I Made A Gothic 18th Century Gown (S8578)

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#72 I Sewed A Wedding Dress Out Of Sweatpants

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#73 (Fo) I Alter Weddings Dresses For A Living, But Suit Alterations Are My True Passion. Here’s My Last Suit I Did For Myself

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#74 I Made My Own Prom Dress! (Self Drafted)

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#75 Another $1 Goodwill Dress Overhaul!

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#76 The Coming Out-Fit I Made For Trans Day Of Visibility (Modified Burda 6520)

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#77 (Self-Drafted) Made A Neoprene Dress For A Fall Wedding (With Pockets Of Course)

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#78 Made My First Shirred Dress For My Little Girl (Self-Drafted)

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#79 Made This Crop Top Out Of A Thrifted Night Gown!

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#80 My Ice Cream Inspired Western Shirt. Made From Kwik Sew Pattern K3506

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#81 Now My Fear Is By The End Of Lockdown I’ll Have Too Many Clothes. Dress I Made From Ankara/Kente Fabric. Self Drafted(No Pattern)

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#82 My Ecclesiastical Jacquard Jacket. I Call It “Exorcist, But Make It Millennial”

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#83 Matching Crop Top And Midi Skirt – Altered Simplicity 6408 Dress

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#84 Made One Of Those “My Rich Husband Died Of Mysterious Circumstances” Robes And I’ve Never Felt More Powerful

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#85 (Self Drafted) I Liked Taylor’s Amas Outfit So You Know… I Stole It

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#86 Made My Wedding Dress. It Is Not Perfect, But It Is Exactly What I Wanted

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#87 Achievement Unlocked: Actually Finishing A Themed Dress In Time For The Appropriate Holiday – Happy Easter, Everyone! (Advance 7079)

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#88 The Completed Look- A Men’s Button Down I Refashioned To A Wrap Top And A Pair Of Pants I Made From A Bedsheet

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#89 Been Working On My Weaving Skills To Make Fabric For Garments. Quite Pleased With How It’s Going

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#90 Really Proud Of These Makes!

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#91 How Is Your Sewing Today?

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#92 Made Two Left Boobs. Time For Wine

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#93 My First Sewing Project – Katara’s Fire Nation Disguise!

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#94 I Made My Daughter’s Grad/ Prom Dress

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#95 Sabrina Dress: Side By Side By Seams Come True

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#96 I Made A Velvet Jumpsuit. I’ve Never Been So Comfortable At A Formal Event. It Was Like Wearing Pyjamas

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#97 (Mccalls M7821)] Turned This Gothic Costume Coat Pattern Into A Sleeveless Iridescent Space Opera Fantasy, Complete With Matching Harness, Cuffs, And Belt

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#98 Channeled The 1940’s For A Job Interview Outfit! Peplum Skirt Is (New Look 6003), Bolero Is (Self-Drafted)

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#99 (No Pattern) I Made This With Really Really Cheap Fabric And I’m Super Proud!

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#100 Made My Wedding Outfit (Vintage Vogue)

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#101 Made My Very Own Rainbow Patchwork Skirt!

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#102 Finished New Watermelon Concept Shirt For The Beach Today. Now I Just Need To Be Able To Travel

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#103 15m Of Fabric And 3000 Rhinestones Later, We Finally Managed To Finish This Galadriel Cosplay

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#104 Prom Might Not Have Happened This Year But At Least I Can Still Twirl Around In The Ball Gown I Made!! Self-Drafted

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#105 This Came Out So Good, Had To Post It. Longline Bra With Embroidered Lace

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#106 I Made A Summer Dress! It Is Self Drafted And Made Out Of An Old Bedsheet. What Do You Think?

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#107 Just Upcycling Some Socks

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#108 Upcycled This Thrifted Yellow Dress Into Something A Bit More My Style

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#109 A Very Cosy Loungewear Set Made From Fleecy Blankets

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#110 Gave My Nana’s Dress New Life

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#111 I Made The Quilted Jacket Of My Dreams!

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#112 Made A Sunflower Two-Piece From An Outfit That Looked Like A Curtain Beforehand

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#113 I Finally Finished My Coat!

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#114 Bug Life! A Dress I Finished Today. Pattern Is By Deer And Doe. This Is The Shorter Version. Fabric Is Second Hand From Ebay

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#115 I Made A Ridiculous Dress Out Of A Wall Hanging. Top Is Simplicity 3847

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#116 Overall, I Would Say That This Squirrelly Sewing Project Was A Success

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#117 I Made Beth’s Dress From The Queen’s Gambit

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#118 Used The Leftover Fabric From My Skirt Project To Make A Matching Bandana For My Sweet Boy (Skirt: Simplicity 2314a, Bandana: No Pattern)

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#119 I Made My High School Senior Ball Dress With My Mom In Two Days

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#120 A Little Bit In Love. Here’s The Finished Valentine’s Day Playsuit!

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#121 I Had Some Leftover Fabric From My Jacket, So I Made Some Leggings To Go With It

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#122 Self Drafted New Years Dress. And I’m Only A Month Late!

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#123 Made A Yoga Outfit!

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#124 First Project I Can Actually Wear! Complete With A Zipper And Pockets! I’m Extremely Proud

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#125 Made My Third Ever Article Of Clothing! A Gold Lamé Romper!

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#126 (Self-Drafted) Had To Make A Set Out Of This Amazing Papaya Fabric!

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#127 Bought A Huge Men’s Dickies Boiler Suit On Clearance. My Tailoring Experience Is… Minimal. But I’m So Proud Of This. I Feel Hot

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#128 I Recreated The Strawberry Dress

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#129 18th Century Stays, Work In Progress

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#130 Still A Work In Progress, But I’m Already So Proud Of My Wedding Dress! (V9265, Altered)

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#131 Tried To Recreate A Reformation Dress And This Is The Result (No Pattern)

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#132 I Made Another Western Shirt! – Mccall’s M7980

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#133 My Favorite Summer Outfit I’ve Made! A Two Piece Goldfish Set (No Pattern)

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#134 Re-Visited Yellow Set : Added Arm Cuffs + Leg Split & Adjusted The Top From A V-Neck To Straight Neck Tube Top

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#135 From Old Blouse To Fitted Waist Ruched Bust Top

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#136 I Don’t Know Of I’ll Ever Top These

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#137 Pajama To Party Dress

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#138 Sewed These Simplicity 9736 Pants To Match The Boots!

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#139 Pants I Made From A Window Curtain. (Custom Pattern)

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#140 Took Two Old Shirts And Made Two New Ones!

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#141 I Haven’t Seen In 35 Years But I Made A Dress! Pattern Is In A Twist Fun Sew So Easy

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#142 Fo : 1970s Ringer Tee And Bell Bottom Jeans (Self Drafted)

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#143 Original Mashup “Witch Sophie Hatter” From Howl’s Moving Castle!

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#144 Almost Fully Worked Through My Fabric Stash! I Bought This Fabric To Make A Housecoat But Didn’t Love The Weight, So Instead I Designed, Pattern-Drafted, And Sewed This Weird Jumpsuit

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#145 Finally A Successful Couple Set!

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#146 Update! Finally Got The Damn Zipper Figured Out

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#147 My Sweet Little Mama In The Outfit I Made Her For My Niece’s Wedding. I Was Terrified To Cut Into The Beaded Lace…i Picked Out Beads For Hours, And Restitched Beads Back In Along The Seams. A Tedious Process, But Really Loved The Handwork. She Looked Great, And Was Comfy All Day

“I was terrified to cut into the beaded lace…I picked out beads for hours, and restitched beads back in along the seams. A tedious process, but really loved the handwork. She looked great, and was comfy all day.”

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#148 I Made An Ocean Tide Inspired Dress And Crown!

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