When you sew clothes for yourself, the first step is to make a comprehensive list of your measurements. You may be surprised to know that there’s more to your measurements than just bust, waist, and hips. Knowing all of your measurements will help you pick the correct sewing pattern size and will ensure that you can adjust the pattern for a perfect fit.
In Central Florida this year, our April showers leaked over into May. We’ve been getting some much needed rain and the thunderstorms make for good napping (I’ve trained myself, Pavlovian-style, to sleep when I hear the sound of rain and thunder). [Read more...]
Recently, I was going through my wardrobe and getting rid of the stuff I haven’t worn in a while, but I kept an eye out for things that I could mend or refashion. I thought these khakis would be a perfect candidate for a refashioning that would combine a couple of details from these shorts I found on Pinterest. [Read more...]
The Top 10 contestants in Family Ever After’s Sew-vivor Sewing Competition were announced today. I won’t fib, as I scanned through the pictures of the Top 10, I was more than somewhat bummed that I didn’t see my Applique Journal Cover there. Then, as I scrolled a little further, I learned I was tied with four other amazing ladies for runner-up. Not too shabby for my first sewing competition. [Read more...]
What is it about journaling that’s so addictive? Is it sorting through your innermost thoughts? Connecting with parts of yourself that no one else sees? Expressing yourself through words and doodles? That’s all well and good, but let’s get real. It’s the journals themselves, right? I have a soft spot for journal covers. I love getting new journals because the covers can be so beautiful, but then I fill up the journal and get sad because it’s full and then get excited because I get to find a new cover and then I have to journal some more about the sadness and the happiness, and so on and so forth. It really is a vicious cycle. [Read more...]
Kate at See Kate Sew is hosting a clutch-along. I’m participating because it seems like a lot of fun and then I have an awesome envelope clutch at the end. I’ve always wanted to participate in an online sew-along like this, but I never hear about them in time or I’m too late and miss them altogether.
I know, I know; I’m slightly late to the Colette party, but better late than never. This darling book was published back in November of 2011, but it only popped up on my radar around Christmas and I finally got my own copy last month. I had already been itching to start sewing my own clothes again, and I couldn’t have asked for better inspiration than The Colette Sewing Handbook.
My darling sister, Mary, gave me a super sweet sewing bag for Christmas. This bag is from L.I.F.E. Line and is cut, sewn and screen printed by hand in Maai Mahiu, Kenya, and the artwork is seriously adorable. Here’s what they have to say about their organization.