Thursday, September 14, 2017

Sample Sewing: Grainline Hadley

Last month I was busy sewing up sample garments for classes I was to teach at Nido this fall. I already shared my Linden with you, but this is my sample version of the newest from Grainline Studios, the Hadley top


Friday, September 8, 2017

Testing, testing: True Bias Lander Pant


I was a tester for the latest True Bias pattern, the Lander pant and short and I've got my tester version to share today!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Sew Your Hart Out September: Jalie Helene Cardigan in Blake Jersey



It's Sew Your Hart Out September and I'm joining in the fun!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Simplicity 8378 Knit Joggers

Sometimes you imagine a sewing project resulting in a sleek, wearable, basic jogger, but then you end up with sweatpants.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Quilted Cable Coral Cardigan

Sometimes a piece of fabric has to marinate in my stash for a while before finding the perfect project. Other times it's barely out of the bag before it's been assigned to a pattern and sewn up... this fabric falls into the latter category!

Friday, August 4, 2017

Book Review: The Dress in the Window by Sofia Grant

A book review is outside the normal course of business here on this blog, but the subject matter was too appropriate to pass up and the timing was right with my machines being on the slow boat from Thailand.


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

MyBodyModel: Fashion Sketch Templates to Your Measurements

Fellow sewcialist Erica Schmitz has launched a KickStarter campaign today for MyBodyModel, technology that will make fashion sketching templates (croquis) to your measurements. 


I love MyBodyModel's mission, create body-positive design tools for garment makers and designers. I volunteered to be a tester for MyBodyModel, along with a group of experienced sewers, knitters, and designers who will test the croquis builder software and user interface. 


Here's what Erica says about MyBodyModel's Kickstarter campaign:

"Kickstarting today! @MyBodyModel is creating a web app to make real-body sketch templates to your measurements. Because every body is different. Getting lots of backers early on Day 1 is the most important predictor of Kickstarter success. Thank you for your help to make MyBodyModel a reality!"

All backers will get early access to the MyBodyModel Beta website. You will be able to make and download your own croquis, made to your measurements. You can print your croquis on paper, and sketch your designs by hand. Or import your croquis image into your favorite sketching app or illustration software.

Go check out the Kickstarter and consider supporting your fellow sewcialist in developing this incredibly useful tool!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Monday, July 24, 2017

Friday, July 21, 2017

Monday, July 17, 2017

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Bangkok Fabric Shopping Guide

Since I lived there until very recently, I receive almost weekly emails through my blog from people asking where to go fabric shopping in Bangkok when they visit on holiday or work travel. I've also met up with lots of sewcialists who've stopped through and people seem happy with the fabric shops I've taken them to, so I've decided to do a little write-up on fabric shopping in Bangkok. And by little, I mean epic. Long post!


Please note, this is not an exhaustive list, by far. Bangkok is a massive, sprawling city with probably hundreds of fabric and haberdashery shops. I am focusing on the major highlights as well as my regular haunts.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Scrapbusting Racerback Dresses

A few months back I made these dress for the little ladies in my life: my two nieces and the two daughters of our friends in Bangkok.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Kommatia Patterns Relaxed T-Shirt


I know there's some debate out there about whether there are too many indie t-shirt sewing patterns on the market, but I am definitely on Team You Can Never Have Enough T-Shirt Patterns!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Mid-Year Update on 2017 Sewing Goals

At the end of 2016, I set a few 2017 sewing goals for myself as part of Gillian's Top 5 sewing round-up.

Halfway through the year, here's an update on my progress! I've made a dent in some of my goals, but others I haven't even touched yet. At the same time, some of my plans have changed due to my move. The swimsuit, for instance, is less of a priority since I've just moved away from S.E. Asia, whereas the coat project seems more dire! Sewing sweaters and flannel things has also become a priority. Returning to knitting and crochet should be on the list, too.

1. Bras and undies!

Negligible progress on this goal. I made a couple of pairs of cotton/spandex undies from scraps of other project, but really haven't really settled on a favorite pattern yet. And I haven't tried bras yet, either. I pulled out the Watson bra kit I have and almost cut into but panicked and put it away again. For some reason I find the bra-making materials intimidating. No idea why.



2. Sophie Swimsuit!


Nope, not yet.

3. More pants and jeans! 

This one is going well... Curvy Pants Month at the Curvy Sewing Collective really pushed me on this one. I've made a whole bunch of pants, including the Style Arc Margaret, Named Alexandria Peg Trousers, Style Arc Georgie Jeans, Style Arc Lazo Trousers, Named Ninni Culottes and a couple pairs of not-yet-blogged jeans.





4. Sew a coat!

I made an unlined wool coat, the Style Arc Riley, which I love and think will be perfect for fall. I've also made a Hampton Jean Jacket, which will be great for layering, but I think I'd still like to make a legitimate winter coat, lining and all.



5. Try new-to-me pattern companies!

I've tried several new-to-me pattern companies, including The Sewing Workshop, Kommatia Patterns, Chalk and Notch Patterns...



6. Make a vintage pattern!

I've got a dress pattern in mind, but haven't delved in yet. I imagine I may stumble upon more vintage patterns now that I'm back in the U.S. and have access to more thrift stores, yard sales and the like.


So, there's my update, a mixed bag of meeting and not meeting goals, a bit of goal post moving and circumstantial changes! I'm unlikely to make substantial progress over the next few months, as my sewing equipment is on the slow boat from Asia until early September. I did borrow a machine from my mom, as well as some tools, and I brought a few things to work on, but I don't have a serger or anything, so I won't do too many complicated projects.

Did you make any sewing goals this year? How are you progressing on them?

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Batik McCall's 6044

You know your sewing obsession is infecting others around you when your husband comes back from a business trip with a piece of fabric and says "So... I saw this fabric and thought you might be able to make me a shirt from it?"

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Me-Made-May 2017: Mid-Month Roundup

Here's the mid-month update on my Me-Made-May pledge (in which you see how infrequently I bother to dry/do my hair in Bangkok's heat)! I've been sharing daily in Instagram stories, but here is the first half of the month all in one place.