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The 90's Loungewear Digital Sewing Pattern by Fair + Simple

The 90's Loungewear Set is inspired by the high rise of the nineties, elevating an everyday outfit with a simple cut. Pair the top and bottom together for an easy to wear, jumpsuit look. Both the top and bottom are available as a long or cropped version. The 90's Loungewear Digital Sewing Patterns and Tutorials are the second and third release of The Made by Women Patterns, an initiative to involve women with the process of garment making as a way to be mindful of our purchasing practices in the fashion industry.  Behind every seam is a person, most likely a woman.  Sewing a simple top is a tactile way of understanding the effort that goes into the clothes we wear and our...

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Organic Color Grown Cotton: A Spotlight on Casa Flor Ixcaco Cooperativa

Casa Flor Ixcaco is a female founded, women-run cooperative located in San Juan La Laguna in Guatemala.  It began over 30 years ago, and today it has grown to a group of 34 women.  Using traditional looms and working with natural dyes of seeds, leaves, flowers, tree bark, the team also grows their own we plant our own cotton in 4 native colors.  This unusual and rare cotton has color grown right into it. I hope you enjoy this short interview of their rich heritage of fiber art.

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The Words She Speaks with Susie Gamez

​Susie is Canadian by birth, Korean by heritage, Mexican by marriage and American by immigration. She is passionate about matters surrounding reconciliation, justice and the Gospel. In this interview, Susie shares her wisdom and perspective.

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The Home Top Digital Sewing Pattern by Fair + Simple

The Home Top Digital Sewing Pattern and Tutorial is the first of The Made by Women Patterns, an initiative to involve women with the process of garment making as a way to be mindful of our purchasing practices in the fashion industry.  Behind every seam is a person, most likely a woman.  Sewing a simple top is a tactile way of understanding the effort that goes into the clothes we wear and our responsibility to respect the human and material output with each piece.  #madebywomenpatterns Proceeds from this pattern go toward the Made by Women Fund, supporting makers through skill development, proper equipment, and education so their businesses can flourish.  Support other makers while making. Purchase Digital Pattern A special thank you to Natalie Castañeda...

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Expanding perceptions

This past week we toured Crater Lake with dear family friends who were visiting us.  I love taking people here because it's like seeing a shade you couldn't even dream up. This lake has expanded my perception of the color blue.As it turns out, I need to expand my perception of a lot of things.  The murder of George Floyd in the custody of police has rocked our nation, and it's rocked me.  I acknowledge the injustice and pain of the Black community, and want to do the hard and humbling anti-racism work with Fair + Simple.  Black lives matter.With White people dominating the power in our country, what are we missing out on?  We need the voices of Black,...

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