If you've been reading this blog long enough, you might remember my Tuesdays with Claire series. I started it way back in 2012 when I jettisoned Gertie's no-longer-available Sew Retro: The Starlet Suit Jacket Craftsy course and switched instead to making Vogue V8333. I got as far as fitting my muslin and cutting out my fashion fabric before… Continue reading Tuesdays with Alison: Learning about Tailoring
Ladies and Gentlemen, let me introduce you to the Mathilda-Georgia-Farrah-Meryl dress. Too many names for you? I agree. But, that seems to be the way of it these days - names for patterns, names for fabric, names for sewing machines. Next up we'll have names for our presser feet! Won't that be confusing?! The Mathilda… Continue reading When Mathilda Met Georgia, Farrah, and Meryl: A New Favorite Dress
Just over a year ago, I wrote about a Kickstarter that had just been launched by a guy I went to grad school with. It was for a strapless bra that was designed to stay in place by taking advantage of the gecko's ability to walk on walls. I thought it was so cool that someone I… Continue reading Review + Interview with Kellie K Apparel’s Lingerie Designer
After enjoying BurdaStyle's most recent books (Wardrobe Essentials and Dresses for Every Occasion), I just couldn't wait to check out their newest release: Full-Figure Fashion. Just what patterns would the good people at BurdaStyle choose to put in?! Okay, before I launch into the patterns, I should get through some of the nitty gritty. The… Continue reading The Newest BurdaStyle Book: BurdaStyle Modern Sewing Full-Figure Fashion
I've considered myself a runner for most of my life. I ran recreationally when I was little, and then, at the age of 16, I started running competitively, which is when running really took ahold of me. I made time to run nearly every day from then until the third trimester of my pregnancy. I would have kept… Continue reading Five Funky Running Skirts
I have some exciting news for you today: Claire from SACurve is back, and she recently updated her Pattern Drafter rulers! She's also updated her rolling wheel ruler and renamed it the Curve Runner. There's a Kickstarter going on for the new and improved Curve Runner right now. More on that at the bottom of the post. First, I… Continue reading SA Curve Ruler: Review and Giveaway!
Today I have a special treat - an interview with Denise Wild, the Editorial Director of BurdaStyle US - my first interview with someone in the big leagues of sewing! The interview is primarily focused around BurdaStyle Magazine's book BurdaStyle Modern Sewing – Dresses for EveryOccasion, a book based almost entirely around dresses! I have always liked wearing… Continue reading Interview with BurdaStyle’s Denise Wild (and Millions of Dresses, Dresses for Me!)
I have to admit that I've done a lot less sewing for my little girl than I imagined I would. I thought I'd be whipping up cute dresses right and left. Ha! I've made one. And it had a cat tail. It's just that up until now she's been growing so fast. And, we've been given so… Continue reading Inspiration: Girly Style
Thanks for all of your feedback on my husband's plaid shirt. It got me thinking about ways to overcome little dips like that in the future, and one way I came up with was to have a slow sewing project going on in the background. The obvious project for me to pick back up was… Continue reading Tuesdays with Claire: Remember Vogue 8333?
Yesterday I showed off the new top I made (and have been wearing constantly!) from the BurdaStyle 11/2011 Knit Wrap Top #114A pattern, which I got from the new book BurdaStyle Modern Sewing: Wardrobe Essentials. I'm back today with a little more about the book since it was sent to me by Interweave/F+W for review. Bonus: it retails for… Continue reading Burda Burda Burda!