Author: Yvette-Michelle Cottle Darby

Sewing Knits Without A Serger

Sewing Knits Without A Serger

The first sewing pattern in our sew-along is Burda 6820. This close fitting t-shirt pattern is designed for a two-way stretch jersey. I have sewn this pattern before with and without the use of my serger (overlock) machine. A serger does make sewing knits super easy, but there are some aspects of the project such […]

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DIY Felt Donut

Felt donuts can be a fun soft toy for children, and can also be used in your sewing or craft room as a whimsical pincushion. This tutorial will show you how to make a felt donut that is so cute and tasty that you have to remember not to try eating it. In this tutorial […]

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Yvette-Michelle Cottle Darby

My Lived Experience

  My name is Yvette-Michelle and I have been a textile artist and entrepreneur for over twenty years. My husband, two sons, my mother and I live in Ontario, Canada. I can tell you about my eight year old great great great maternal grandmother who was kidnapped from her village in Nigeria and was sold […]

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Ten Steps to Getting Started with Your DIY Capsule Wardrobe

There is only a couple weeks officially left for spring, but I intent on making the best of it and making a few spring wardrobe projects to share with you guys. Today I shared another video in our series. The goal is to post a videos and share my progress here on the blog and […]

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DIY Capsule Wardrobe Sew-Along

If you have always wanted to make your own clothing, you are going to be very excited about what I am about to share. Last year I went through my wardrobe and purged everything that did not fit or no longer reflected my personal style. I was left with pieces that I absolutely love, but […]

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Live Online Sew And Craft Classes

We all have different ways of processing things at the moment. Prolonged self-isolation and the uncertainty of the day, are not easy things to process. I have a tendency to be constantly in motion, and having to slow down means that I have been focusing on my health and self-care. However, my family and I […]

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Taking Basic Body Measurements For Sewing

How To Take Body Measurements For Sewing

Taking accurate body measurements prior to purchasing your pattern is the first step to ensure a great fitting garment and is well worth the time and effort. When possible, take your body measurements wearing the undergarments you intend on wearing with the finished garment. The type of bra you are wearing will affect your bust […]

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Fabric Bolts

Organizing Your Fabric Stash

This is the second post in a series of post for our Creative Space Declutter and Organization Challenge. In our previous post, I shared some tips on organizing your sewing patterns. In this post I will look at how to organize your fabric stash. I will also share some tips on how to stay organized. […]

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Bags Protecting Your Sewing Patterns

Organizing Your Sewing Patterns

Organizing your sewing patterns is one of those tasks that every sewist needs to think about. I have decided to start with this task for our Creative Spaces Declutter and Organization Challenge. I have been using the same system for the past four years, and I needed to make some changes to accommodate our growing […]

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Creative Space De-Clutter And Organization Challenge by Crafted Spaces

Creative Space Declutter And Organization Challenge

The busyness of the New Year has started to settle down and it seems like a great time to start focusing on organizing and refreshing different aspects of life. I have given myself a few organizing and refreshing challenges for the year, and I will start by focusing on my creative space. Over the next […]

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