As an ambitious garment sewist (I almost called myself a sewer there) with a very large collection of clothes in my closet I am always on the lookout for “bang for your buck” projects. Ones that involve lots of new skills, and/or ones where the materials will end up costing less than buying similar quality … Continue reading The Big Scary: Sewing a Custom Swimsuit
One of my favorite parts of sewing my own clothes is being able to incorporate new design elements into silhouettes I love to wear. We all have a go-to favorite shirt in our closet. Most seamstresses I know have a few "greatest hits" patterns. Lots of us steal the core design from our favorites because we already know they fit and flatter, … Continue reading Pattern Hacking: Choosing Your Favorite Elements
When I woke up today the internet told me that it's National Quilting Day! Rejoice! It just so happens that I'm working on a quilting project, and since I'm not usually working on a quilting project, these seemed like fortuitous circumstances. Thought I'd better blog about it. I'm more of a fashion sewing gal than … Continue reading English Paper Piecing in 6 steps
I really liked the idea of making a cute factory girl dress after seeing the Merchant and Mills factory dress. I usually like their gritty, industrial revolution aesthetic, but I Just can’t rock anything with that loose and untailored of a fit... I’m going to need AT LEAST a French dart in there or it's going … Continue reading Factory Girl Glove Dress
A fun vinyl bag make with some tips on working with vinyl.
You need: Exterior fabric: canvas or quilting weight Interior fabric: quilting weight Interfacing: -woven fusible (Pellon SF 101 or similar) if you use quilting weight fabric -medium weight (Pellon 931TD or similar) if you use canvas Nylon coil zipper and zipper pull ( I got #5 weight from amazon REALLY GOOD DEAL!) 1/2” swivel clip (optional) … Continue reading Easy Zipper Pouch Tutorial
For someone with such a strong desire to make bags, I don't actually use that many of them - I carried the same purse for the past 6 or 7 YEARS, and in that time frame I probably swapped it out somewhere in the range of zero times. As I think about it, though, I … Continue reading Deconstruction: A Note on Taking Shit Apart
So I actually started small in the bag-making game, and I mean that literally. This past year I did a project called SmALL, where I put together a business that made small hand-crafted pouches. It was a ton of fun and I learned a bajillion things doing it (literally, obvs). Here are some of the … Continue reading Ahhh! Real Monster Bag
I have no idea why it’s called “sewing” if they wanted to be accurate they would call it “cutting.... but mostly pressing.... then pinning..... with occasional sewing.” I suppose they named it sewing when people still did everything by hand in flickering candlelight while dying of consumption. Thank God for sewing machines.... and electric … Continue reading 5 Tips for Better Fabric Cutting
I made this dress for a wintertime party that I wasn't all that jazzed about going to (spoiler: I didn't). It's the first dress I've ever made (finished), and the first garment that I'd constructed in a long time so even though it's probs a little out of season, I thought it was a good … Continue reading Long Dress with Big Print!