When sewing for your summer wardrobe, there’s always one design feature that keeps popping up: straps.

They are everywhere: on swimsuits, dresses, you name it!
Don’t get me wrong, they are the cutest thing but more often than not, I find myself dreading their making because they can be so fiddly. Particularly the moment you have to turn them right side up! Because who wants to battle with a small and long piece of fabric for hours just to end up with a lumpy strap? And it so happens, life is always like this: the more tiny the strap, the hardest it is to turn but the cutest the result. Bummer!
Yes, gadgets exists that supposedly makes it easier for you to turn them. But in true Swiss fashion, no shops offer these miracles around here. So I decided to take matters in my own DIY hands and found a great and simple solution that works every time!

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No special material needed just what you can find in your sewing box.

Intrigued? Let me show you…

Finding time in today’s busy schedules to create is hard. We all know the struggle… Here are 5 advices to help you craft a moment to do more of what you love.

Raise your hand if you’re having the same problem!

Today, everyone has a busy life. Whether you have kids, a demanding job, a very active social life or all of the above, finding time to do the things you love can be hard.
Lately, I’ve struggled to find time and motivation to do what I love. Blame it on the hot summery weather and the need to have a little down time to just enjoy life. But I’m determined to get my mojo back and make this mostly-handmade closet a reality.

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I find that having time for yourself and what you love to do is really important. In my book, if sewing, knitting, creating and making means unwinding, you should definitely find ways to do it. They can be such powerful hobbies that can seriously make your life happier and help you become a better more calm person. But how to find time?
Here’s a small list of advice I found through trial and errors and helped me become more productive, let’s dive right in!

Jumping into Jumpsuits

By Coralie, in Inspiration

Jumpsuits seems to be everywhere lately! And what strikes me as odd is that women wearing them look so comfy yet totally stylish at the same time, a true fashion win!

While I used to wear them a lot when I was younger, now I haven’t got any in my wardrobe. A hole that will be soon filled…

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For all of you also looking for the perfect pattern or inspiration to make yourself one, here’s what I’ve found browsing the Internet.

Here, in Switzerland, finding fabric is not that easy.

It’s possible to find a few specialised shops and they usually carry a nice, but most of the time, small selection of prints. The major drawback are the prices though, they are incredibly high! And while I’m a big advocate of buying local and helping the small business, I don’t get to buy their product that often because otherwise I would only be able to make a garment every six month…

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To give you an idea, you can find a nice selection of stretch knits for the price of a meter of printed jersey at Spoonflower. In my opinion, it’s a decent price for a custom printed fabric but way too expensive for a plain solid colour knit.

I’ve been wanting to learn how to use the rolled hem (or narrow hem) foot properly for quite some time now.
Included with my sewing machine, I’ve always found the idea of an accessory that rolls and stitches a hem at the same time very alluring. In fact, when you think about it, it seems like it could be one of your most used foot!

However, until now I’ve never managed to make it work.

Most of the time the fabric didn’t feed correctly into it or it stitched the hem but without folding it over. How frustrating!
But I was determined to master this technique because once your have the fabric in the right position and feeding correctly, then it’s like magic, creating a perfect, even hem on its own.

Want to the learn the tips and tricks I’ve developed to help make this technique fool proof? Then, read on…

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Like any other techniques, I can’t stress enough the need for testing before actually using it on a project. Practice the following steps on small scraps of fabric and this foot will become your best friend in no time!

But first let’s start by getting to know better this accessory.

New and improved Stitch-N-Smile

By Coralie, in News

Maybe you’ve noticed that something has changed around here? Well, since yesterday, Stitch-N-Smile has gotten a brand-new look! :-)

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I’ve been blogging for a little over two years now and really felt that it was time to upgrade the style of this space and make it more in tune with the rest of my work. Luckily, my amazing husband happens to be a graphic and web designer and kindly offered to help me improve the blog.
And what a GORGEOUS job he did, don’t you agree?! I can’t thank him enough for all the work and dedication he poured into this, he’s truly the most amazing husband ever!
Let’s have a shout out for him and his work! Woot-Woot! :-)

Beating the heat: Angelia shorts

By Coralie, in Sewing

How I worship my latest pair of Angelia shorts at the moment! :-)

Back in May, I’ve signed up once again to be a tester on Kennis from Itch to Stitch latest pattern, a pair of shorts.

Having been on my to-make list for quite some time, I desperately needed a new pair of shorts for this summer so you can imagine how glad I was to have been chosen to test… I’ve come to really love the testing process as you feel useful because it helps the designer and it’s a very good motivation for the tester to make and finish a garment in a limited of amount time! 😉

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And with this epic heat wave we’re having at the moment, I want to live in them!