I admit it, I'm an indie pattern fan. I tried a few "Big 4" patterns (McCalls, Butterick, Vogue and Simplicity) when I was starting out, and they almost all turned out oversized and ill-fitting. I got into the habit of buying Indie patterns instead, and never looked back... until now! This year one of my … Continue reading I made a Big 4 pattern – and I love it!
There's something cool going on in the sewing community! It's a children's sewing competition called Project Run & Play. Project Run & Play is the Indie Sewing community's version of Project Runway...but for sewing children's apparel! Each week, the designers compete to create their best outfit based on a theme. A panel of "celebrity" judges … Continue reading Project Run & Play!!!
Full Disclosure: I still feel some type of way writing this post, or even admitting such a thing happened, and even though I have MAJOR FEELS about it, I can't deny that is has indeed happened ...my daughter turned SIX! And with 6 came a new sense of self awareness, independence and strong opinions. Admittedly, … Continue reading 3 Tips for Sewing for a Fashion Forward Child
Hi Everyone! It's Ron! Remember me? I know I don't contribute to the blog much. I grew up in this fabric shop, and learned very quickly that I was not going to be a sewing expert. However, I love fabric, love seeing what people make, and I love the feeling I get when I see … Continue reading Join our New Facebook Group!
In my mind, there are two types of sewists - those who enjoy the constant challenge of new patterns and those that enjoy sewing tried and true patterns over and over again. There are pros and cons to each - As I've said in previous posts, I am a sucker for a tried and … Continue reading The Tried and True Philosophy of Sewing
Hi sewing friends! Lisa here from Tie Dye Diva patterns talking to you about the gorgeous color-changing sequin fabric known as two-tone, reversible, or flip sequins (or mermaid sequins as my daughter likes to call them!) If you “pet” them one way (and you will), they are one color, but brush them the other direction, … Continue reading Flipping for Two-Tone Sequins
Am I the only one that can’t stop making cozy knits over the winter? Despite having to wear business casual during the week all week at work, I can’t wait for the weekend to put on comfy raglans, sweatshirts and tees. We’re getting a glimmer of Spring here in Northern Virginia, but it’s still chilly … Continue reading Double Trouble | Rockford Raglans times 2!
Hi Readers! I've been on the quest for the perfect [for me] me-made 1940's jeans. I haven't quite hit my self-appointed mark, but I'm getting close! For these jeans, I used a 1940's wide leg trouser pattern (Simplicity 3688) and altered it to add pockets and a side button opening as well as a ton … Continue reading Working With Selvedge Denim
The time between March and May is difficult dressing season. Waking up in the morning, it's freezing but by lunchtime you feel ready to don a summer dress! A shirt dress is the perfect solution - easy to throw a cardigan over but still cool and casual. You may remember this isn't my first love … Continue reading Transitional dressing with a Kalle Shirt dress
Anyone else over the cold and dreaming of spring? Our winter here in Utah was unseasonable warm through most of January and February and I think Mother Nature is making up for it with snow storms and cold temps for the last two weeks. I'm so ready for sunshine and blossoms! To help beat those … Continue reading Statement Sleeve Sweater for Spring