This project was a little bit of a queue hopper with a large dose of #sewfrosting. If you haven’t heard of the Sew Frosting challenge hosted by Closet Case Patterns and True Bias, you should go check it out right now. This challenge is to sew something that’s completely for fun and not practical, hence the frosting. They had noticed that in their own sewing they were making a lot of things that were very useful but had lost some of the joy in making. I totally understand this sentiment and found it really inspiring. I have a ton of patterns and fabric in my stash that would fall into the frosting category and it’s high time that I actually use them. Hence, this totally impractical but totally awesome jumpsuit.Read More
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Hi friends! Here in Los Angeles, the season is slowly starting to turn towards fall. It’s a subtle shift here in southern California but after over a decade here I’ve come to recognize the signs. The nights and early mornings become cooler than in the summer and there’s a very slightly crispness to the air. We even had our first rain and thunderstorm this weekend. The change of seasons also signals that it’s almost time for my birthday. It’s a big one this year. Thirty-nine! And while I’m not freaking out per se, I am thinking about life, what makes me happy and where I want to be going in the next year.
One of the things I know for sure is that I love sewing and making and being a part of the online sewing community. So as I start to plan for next year and make goals, I’d first like to get some feedback from you. I’d like to hear a little bit about your interests and needs and what you’d like to see from Sew DIY in the future. I put together a survey right here and I’d be so grateful if you take the time to fill it out. The survey is completely anonymous and you can skip any question. Also if you ever want to get in touch with me, just email me at sewdiyblog (@) gmail.com. I love to hear from people.
A few months ago, the lovely and talented Emily from In The Folds sent me a printed copy of her Collins Top pattern. Emily and I have exchanged patterns in the past and I’ve always loved sewing (and wearing) her designs. Emily ran a very successful Kickstarter campaign last year to jumpstart the printed pattern side of her business and it’s been exciting to see her journey. The Collins Top is part of my Make Nine list for the year so it was a bit of serendipity that Emily offered to send me the pattern.
The printed pattern is really beautiful and very well designed. It comes in a large color printed envelope with an instruction booklet and a folded printed pattern. The paper for the printed paper is a nice light weight, much sturdier than tissue paper but not too thick. As always, the instructions are very clear with excellent illustrations. There is also a sewalong on the In The Folds blog with more tips and photos. Make sure to check it out too.Read More