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About sewmarymac

Hi, Im Mary Anne and I’m so exited to share my blog with all of you! I hope you find it inspiring no matter where you are on your sewing journey. I live on the East Coast of the US(at the beach in NJ). I’m a retired FACS teacher(Home Ec), where I taught sewing, foods and child development for 32 years. I started sewing when I was about 10- learning from my mom, grandmother and older sister. I studied Textiles in college and worked in NYC for a Big 4 pattern company for several years before I decided life at the beach was better and more conducive to raising a family. I have two grown daughters, 29 and 33 who now both work in NYC (actually still working from home since March 2020). One is a graphic designer and the other is a textile designer. I retired in 2017, and now I have all the time to sew! I found the online sewing community while recuperating from foot surgery. I am so glad I did! Since then I have been sewing up my casual retirement wardrobe. I like simple comfortable clothing that fits! As a full busted 5 foot tall woman in her late 50’s, it’s very hard to buy clothing that fits, is trendy and I love. I do sew mostly for myself but sometimes my oldest daughter “commissions” me to make a few things for her and she takes me fabric shopping in the city as my payment.

Pick Your Own Feature Friday!!

Offer Expired!

If interested in future Love Notions pattern sale, subscribe to my blog. I will always announce sales on my blog!

$5 off One Love Notions Pattern Of Your Choice!

Have you ever missed a pattern when it was the $5 Feature Friday?

(For anyone new to Love Notions, every Friday one pattern is on sale for just $5 for 24 hours)

Don’t want to pay full price for it now?

Don’t want to wait for a site-wide sale?


Now is your chance!!! You can grab any ONE Love Notions pattern at a reduced price when you use my exclusive code!

Use the code: 5FFMARYMAC for $5 off any Love Notions pattern***

Go ahead and grab that pattern you missed on sale.

Snatch that pattern you’ve been looking at awhile.

Add to your pattern library (because if you’re like me you have a huge fabric AND pattern collection).

But, do it TODAY! This coupon code is good only today, Friday 7/29/2022.

***Remember it can only be used once, it will not work on the newly released Saltwhistle or any other reduced price pattern. This is the ONLY time you can not combine my 10% coupon code(MARYMAC10).


Need help deciding which pattern to grab? Check out my lists below.

These are the patterns I’ve used the most this summer:

These are the patterns I’m using for my Fall sewing plans:

Happy Sewing!!

MaryAnne 🙂

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Remember to follow me over on Instagram to see all my latest makes!  @sewmarymac


For more info on the fabrics used, please visit the blog post for that particular pattern.

Sew Scallops For Summer

The New Saltwhistle from Love Notions

The newly released Saltwhistle peplum top and dress is such a cute and flirty sew! It’s just perfect for summer! I didn’t test this pattern, but as a Love Notions Ambassador I was able to get my hands on it a few days early so that I could whip one up. In just a couple hours, I had this cute little summer peplum top with an adorable scalloped hem!

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Sprinting Into Summer-with the Love Notions Sprint Muscle Shirt

I might be biased, but I think my little great nephew is just the coolest showing off his muscles in his first Sprint Muscle Shirt. Want to keep your kids(grandkids) cool and comfortable all summer? ~~ then sprint over to Love Notions today and grab your Sprint Muscle Shirt for just $5! (Sale is 7/8/22 only)

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Sew Mary Mac Sews Miss Mary Mack

Does this title confuse you? Can you say that five times fast? Regardless~ one thing you shouldn’t be confused about is whether or not you need the Miss Mary Mack Tunic pattern in your library. If you want my opinion, that is a definite YES!

Little Vivi Lou (my little grand niece) is turning one in less than a week~ and that means that it was time for Aunt Mary to sew up some more cute clothes. I was so excited to sew up a whole bunch of Miss Mary Mack tunics for her! It is such an adorable and timeless style!

The Miss Mary Mack is just $5 today as one of the Love Notions Feature Friday patterns. Keep reading to learn about 2 others that are $5 today too!! (SALE IS NOW OVER) Even if you don’t have any little ones to sew for, this is a great pattern to have on hand. You never know when you might need it. Read my tips below for another idea for this timeless tunic!

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The Ballad Blouse and Block Fusing

Today I wanted to share with you my newest Love Notions sew~ the Ballad Blouse! And yes, it is the $5 Friday pattern today, 6/17/22. Along with a detailed review of the Ballad Blouse, I also wanted to discuss in detail my top tips for sewing this blouse! Keep reading to learn more!

This is such a perfect blouse for summer. Sewn in the right fabric it will keep you looking cool and comfortable all summer no matter how hot it gets where you live!

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Rhapsody In Blue….

and plum and cream and florals and so on……

If you haven’t made a Rhapsody blouse…what are you waiting for? Don’t be like me and miss out on this awesome pattern any longer. Can you believe that I had never made one until just a few weeks ago. Fast forward to today~ and I now have 5!!

I LOVE this pattern! My go to woven top pattern used to be the Harmony, and although I still love my Harmonys~ the Rhapsody has moved to the top! I find it so amazing that one blouse(and dress)pattern can create so many totally different blouses! A casual top to wear with jeans, a dressier blouse to wear to work, or a boho blouse to wear with linen pants~ the Rhapsody can do it all!

I HIGHLY recommend grabbing this week’s Love Notions Feature Friday pattern today (5/20/22) for $5. You will not be disappointed!

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A Good Melody Is Never Out Of Fashion

Someone once said “Sometimes all you need is music if you want to feel better.” I believe that all you need is a Melody if you want to feel better. Are you in a sewing funk, lost your sewjo, can’t decide what to make next? The Melody is the perfect pattern to get you going again. Because we all know that “A good melody is never out of fashion”.

The Melody is the $5 Feature Friday pattern today, 5/13/22. If you don’t have it~ be sure to grab it!

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The Cadence Got Updated~ My Mindset Did Too!

The Love Notions Cadence just got an update for Spring~ and to my surprise my mindset has gotten an update as well! I’m going to be totally honest here. I planned to make this a post simply about the updated Cadence, it’s options and how I made it to fit my pear shape. I made a top version and then a knee length dress. I was happy with them both. Then I went outside with my trusty tripod and took photos. And that’s when it hit me. Everything I thought before about fitting my body changed. Be sure to read down to the Sizing and Alterations section to learn what I discovered!

Oh yeah, and the Cadence is only $5 today, Friday 5/6 and $9 on Saturday and Sunday 5/7 and 5/8. Seriously go grab it~ you won’t be disappointed. This breezy shift style dress deserves a place in everyone’s closet!

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The Best Bang For Your Buck~ Love Notions Spring Sale

In honor of the 40% off site wide sale at Love Notions this week, May2-6, 2022~ I decided to put together a list of patterns that I think give you the most bang for your buck! Not sure which patterns to add to your collection? Well, keep reading to see why these 5 patterns are a great bargain! To win a free Love Notions pattern from me, make sure to read to the end!

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Aria + Linen = Summer Perfection

Have you heard? Love Notions has released a new blouse pattern, the Aria Button-down, and it’s LOVE! I received the pattern a few days ahead of it’s release (as a Love Notions Ambassador) and I’ve already sewn up 3 versions in my favorite fabric for summer ~ LINEN and I’m not done! (I also made a muslin which turned out to be totally wearable!)

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