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Best free sewing patterns online

You're new to sewing, but don't want to spend a fortune on patterns, so, what do you do? Trawling the internet is a good start. There is a wealth of free patterns for the cash-strapped or cautious. The only question is, which ones can you trust? Anyone can "draft" a sewing pattern and put it out …

Free pattern to download: The sorbetto top

I have a little treat for you today: the Sorbetto top, a brand new free downloadable pattern!<p>Several weeks ago, Kathleen of grosgrain asked me to …

Tutorial: Use twill tape to stabilize a V-neckline

Gretchen from Gertie’s New Blog for Better Sewing shows how she stabilizes a V-neckline with twill tape to keep it from gaping. She used the same …

How learning to sew transformed my fashion self-confidence

Last month, Karen Ball of the Did You Make That blog wrote a post on the Guardian Fashion Network entitled Can Sewing Change Your Body Image?<p>It struck a chord with me – as I think it probably did for a lot of women – because we are consistently made to feel that our self-worth and identity is tied …

Tutorial: Adjust the rise in a pants pattern

When you wear a pair of pants, the waistband hits you at the same point all the way around. But, if you lay a pair of pants out with the crotch seams …

How to Sew a Single-Fold Clean Finish Seam - Threads

Victoria North and Evamarie Gomez<p>Get the latest including tips, techniques and special offers straight to your inbox.<p><i>Threads</i> author Sandra Miller …

Tutorial: Fix a bra with a poking underwire

When the underwire pokes through the bottom of your bra, don’t pitch it. You can fix it instead! Laura from Make Life Lovely shows how. Go to her …

Tip: Marking buttonholes without chalk or disappearing markers

Jessica from Sew Chic shows how she marked the placement of buttonholes on the back of a dress. It was a special garment and she didn’t want to put …

Tutorial: Self-bound seam finish

Abby from Autumn Street and Things for Boys shows how create a self-bound seam finish. This method of finishing a seam allowance has one of the …

How-To: Bias Bound Seams

Add strength and beauty to the inside of your handmade garments and sewing projects with this bias bound seams tutorial from Things for Boys!<p>Ready to give it a try? Head over to Things for Boys to see the full how-to.

Clean-Finish a Curved Shirttail Hem - Threads

Get the latest including tips, techniques and special offers straight to your inbox.<p>Many shirttails have very tight curves at the side seams, and it …

How to Release Stress Through EFT

For months I'd been praying for a book that would keep me up at night. You know what I mean: the kind of book you just can't bear to put down. One afternoon I opened my mailbox to find a package -- it was an advance copy of my dear friend Nick Ortner's new book, <i>The Tapping Solution</i>.<p>For several …

The Tipping Point for Tapping: EFT Goes Mainstream

Even though the world didn't end on Dec. 21, 2012, perhaps a real energetic change in our worldview did occur on that auspicious date. One anomaly that shows evidence of such a transformation was a workshop I co-facilitated in April for 86 health care practitioners in Greensboro, N.C., on Emotional …

Huffington Issue 86: Common Core, Spanx And Dangerous Tap Water

In this week's issue of <i>Huffington</i> magazine, we look at how our new national education standard, The Common Core, became everyone's favorite punching bag. Elsewhere in the issue, Larry King breaks down why CNN has problems. On the darker side, we learn the troubling health concerns wearing Spanx …

WATCH: Tapping into Hope and Faith

Simply put, part of life is experiencing challenges. I hope this will help at such times ...<p>If you are new to tapping, it will be beneficial to also watch the first episode in the "Tap Out Your Fears" series -- which explains the basics of EFT -- click here.<p>As with any of my tapping videos, this is …

WATCH: Tapping Into Excellence!

It's Olympics time again! I did this video during the last Winter Olympics, and so it seemed fitting to share it again now. Enjoy!<p>If you are new to tapping, it will be beneficial to also watch the first episode in the "Tap Out Your Fears" series -- which explains the basics of EFT -- click here.<p>As …

When Hotels and Motels Are Not at Their Best -- Pet Friendly or Not

I love the scenery and the feel of a road trip, the away-from-it-all time with my husband and our animals, and especially the ability to spontaneously detour to see whatever, whenever and wherever. But driving several thousand miles does mean a fair number of nights in hotels or motels along the …

Plan your next ‘move’ with this map of US migration patterns

Everyone I know wants to live in New York City. As a NYC native however, I’m sick of hearing people complain about why their lives suck as a result …

New Zealand Photos

See photos of New Zealand (including Milford Sound, Kaikoura Canyon, and Maori tattoos) in this photo gallery from National Geographic.

New Zealand

Walt Disney World Secrets Gold!

• <b>Author:</b> Mike Westby<p>Walt Disney World Resort is a land filled with magic, wonder…and secrets!<p>Each day, thousands and thousands of guests journey throughout the parks, enjoying the fantasy that is Walt Disney World without ever realizing they’re walking past, over and sometimes through a magical …

Fodor’s Go List 2014

At Fodor's, we're always on the hunt for where to go next. From travel-worthy events (World Cup in Brazil) and buzzy hotspots (sun and scene in …

These 3 trends will drive enterprise software development in 2014

<i>Himanshu Sareen is CEO of Icreon Tech, a global software development firm.</i><p>It’s hard to believe it, but 2013 is on its last legs. The year has been eventful to say the least in the world of enterprise technology. Businesses of all shapes and sizes, from mid-sized corporations to Fortune 1000 …

10 reasons we can’t wait for 2014

Sherlock returns! “Mad Men” departs! It’s going to be a fan’s dream year<p>I have a good feeling about you, 2014. If there's a theme to be found in the promises you offer, it's that patience pays off. We've been good. We've been devoted. And though we hate to be premature, you'll forgive us if we're a …

7 Huge Tech Trends to Expect in 2014

Major innovations and tech sea-changes were few and far between in 2013. Unfortunately, what usually follows major advancements are refinements. …

Our Most Anticipated Movies of 2014

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>With 2013's movies all released (at least in the major markets—sorry, Real America, you'll have to …

Poll Results: Listeners Pick Their Favorite Albums of 2013

It's always hard to predict how our audience will vote in our year-end polls for the best music. NPR has a large group of listeners with wildly varying tastes. But this year was even harder to call because we had an unusually large pool of contenders for Album Of The Year.<p>In the end listeners …

All Songs Considered: The Year In Music, 2013

<b>Listen · 1:41:36</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b><p>What defined music in 2013? <i>All Songs Considered</i> kicks off NPR Music's year-end coverage by humbly submitting the following themes for your consideration: The long-awaited return of legends. New favorites who arrived fully formed. The triumph of elaborate …

Muslim Pop Star Yuna Climbs The U.S. Charts

Award-winning singer Yuna is already a star in her native Malaysia, where she has been on the rise since her debut in 2008. She's also an observant Muslim and an entrepreneur. Yuna runs a fashion boutique that sells funky but modest clothes that meet the requirements of her faith. And while she's …

Pharrell Williams On Juxtaposition And Seeing Sounds

Pharrell Williams helped make two of 2013's biggest songs: He sang on Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" and co-wrote Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines." He received seven Grammy nominations, in some categories competing against himself. His song "Happy" was featured prominently in the film <i>Despicable Me 2</i>. <i>Morning</i> …

The Faces Behind 31 Disney Villains

Ever wonder if the actors who voice the villains are just as mean-looking as their on-screen counterparts? Wonder no more. For the most part, the …