I have been searching(over a long period of time) for more sewing blogs. I know there has to be more out there… I thought to make one right? My current strategy to find good sewing blogs(preferably clothes sewing blogs) is a little strange.
Search the DIY/Crafts section on Pinterest for clothes DIY’s, sewing tips, inspiration etc.
Read comments on blogs I already follow to find other bloggers like me
Google “Sewing” like things
Check out Craftgawker(my new love!)
check out Instagram has tags in hopes of finding a link to a blog on someone’s profile(probably the most obscure thing I do)
This is what I do:
Sometimes I’ll find a lovely treasure of a blog that I wish I knew about sooner. Most of the time I can’t find any blogs I haven’t seen before.
I like many different blogs:
Some Fashion Blogs
Big shot bloggers
People with 0 followers
To me it doesn’t matter if you have lots of followers, it’s about content. I love blogs that post frequently. But sometimes blogs like Refashion Co-Op have some really strange things with a few treasures amongst the feed. Don’t get me wrong, everyone is entitled to their own fashion, style, etc. but some things just don’t need to have patchwork on them. I hope that someday my blog will resemble one that I would love to follow. I know that I don’t post enough… Haha Anyway… My point is that I know there must be more blogs out there, and I would love to find them, I just can’t find them anywhere! My current solution is not working out so well. So if you have a blog that you think I would like, or not, please share! I would be so grateful!
Here are some in my current top blogs to follow:
Closet Case Files
Tilly and the Buttons
Struggle Sews a Straight Seam
A Good Wardrobe
Savory Stitches(recently found through a giveaway on Dixie DIY)
Hopefully this helps others discover some neat blogs.
Do you have an interesting method to finding cool blogs?
It’s been a while, but I’ve been incredibly busy lately. School is definitely taking off which makes it hard to find time for sewing. That doesn’t mean I haven’t finished a few projects along the way though.
Dixie DIY Concert Tee
Self-Drafted Maxi Dress
Self Drafted Maxi Skirt
–all of these were finished over a month or so ago. I just haven’t had a chance to photograph anything.
Current Projects(in progress):
Colette Sorbetto Top – with self-drafted adjustments
Tailored Shirt(tunic) for my Intermediate Sewing class. –This one is coming along nicely I just have to stay at the same pace as the rest of the class. No skipping ahead for me. It will turn out better that way.
Here’s a sneak of my Colette Sorbetto in progress:
Sometime last week my dad found two old sewing machines while cleaning out my grandmas garage… I knew she had at least one but I didn’t know there were two. I really wish I could ask her about them but I don’t think she would remember anything (she’s been in a home for the past couple years.)
Anyway… The first is a Singer Touch and Sew: Special Zig-Zag Edition
The second is a Bradford Deluxe: Lightweight (I had to laugh at the “lightweight” bit because it’s so heavy!
They are both pretty gross and dirty and, presumably, have never been serviced. We had them picked up on Tuesday to be looked at, I’m pretty excited to see how they turn out. The guy who picked them up said they would probably out live my sister and I (even if we were born yesterday). Weird, but cool. Haha
If you happen to come across this post and know anything about these machines I’d love to hear about it!
Hello blog, I’ve been super busy busy and somehow made time to sew! I completed four items that I’m pretty happy with. The first one I’ll be posting about is a top from McCalls 6519. View B. the rest I’ll try to share this week as I get time with school starting! Yikes!
A close up of the line drawing…
View B is intended for a woven fabric, not knit. But I wanted to use it for knit. I had some orangey/coral color fabric from Joann Fabrics that I love and wanted to use for a soft loose fitted top. I went ahead and cut the biggest size which turned out well for the most part except the arm holes… My bad. Knit stretches out a bit if you aren’t careful. I didn’t read the instructions at all because it was so easy! Four seams and finishing edges and you’re done! Next time I’ll use a woven and possibly make a size smaller instead. I didn’t feel like messing with the pocket so I left that out. I added detail by adding some crochet lace(?) around the neckline. I love this part! I was looking for some bias tape to finish my edges because I didn’t want it to stretch too much and I couldn’t find any. What I did find was a roll of crochet lace. I’m not sure if it was something special or not but it was in with my grandmas stash of edging/zippers/ric rac/etc. I finished the edge of my neckline and topstiched the lace right on.
Overall, I’m happy with this top. It could use to be a bit smaller but I’m ok with it. Also I’m still not that great at finishing edges… I’m practicing.
I hope you like it.
p.s. don’t you just love self timer and wrinkles?
Posted in Sewing
Tagged coral, crochet, detail, fashion, girly, knit, lace, McCALL'S, orange, sew, sewing, shirt, summer, top
If I don’t get some sewing done soon the ideas in my head are going to make me implode! Yes, I have 2 shirts, 1 tank, and 1 dress unfinished… But my crafty ADD has gotten the best of me. I’ve got an idea(I hope it works) for a dress that can be worn 3 different ways! I’m going to try a maxi version …but I want to try the shorter version first in case I fail so I don’t waste that much fabric!
Wish me luck, I’ll be back soon!
I’m still alive, I promise! I’ve definitely been a little lazy about getting my posts up lately… I just assumed(never assume! Haha) that I would have more time when school was out! Ha ha ha. Yeah right! I’ve been pretty busy just got back from vacation and working. Something always is more important than sewing. Unfortunately I didn’t get everything done that I had planned before I left, but I did get one thing done! I sewed my first basic tee! I’m really happy with it too.
I used McCall’s 6288 view B. It was super quick and easy.
I’ve worn it several times and washed/dried it a few too. So far it’s holding up well and I’m very please. I lot this jersey knit I picked up from fabric.com The fabric is lightweight and super comfy. The only bummer is that I didn’t test the fabric before I ironed it. >.< You can't really tell but there's a slight burn mark on one of the sleeves. So now I know to always test fabric before ironing! This only caused problems with the sleeve and neck bindings, but I don't think it looks bad. I recommend this pattern for sure
p.s. sorry for not having better pictures! I hate having to awkwardly crop others out of photos. But I don’t want her to have to be on my blog. Lol
Posted in Sewing
Tagged basic, everyday, hot pink, jersey, knit, McCALL'S, pink, sew, sewing, tee, tshirt
Dixie DIY(one of my favorite blogs) is doing a Summer Swimsuit Sew-Along! I encourage anyone who has never sewn a swimsuit or anyone who has to check it out. I’ve sewn two and I could have definitely used these tips. I plan to follow along if I can as well.
New Obsession: Block Printing Fabric.
I love the all the possibilities of making my own designs. I think it would be tons of fun too. The irregularity of the finished image is also really interesting. I would love to try this soon. I think that it would be so much fun to print fabric for bags and a great way to fancy up the hem of a dress. I love things that are unique and I have a hard time finding fabric that I actually like. I am picturing lots of cute designs in my head at this moment. Is there any great fabric paint/ink that will withstand washes? I have printable fabric from Joann’s for making tags, but even that has started to fade after many washes. I know learning new crafting techniques can be a bit pricey(crocheting, sewing!, painting, drawing, the whole lot of ‘em) but I’m going to attempt this at a low cost. Any feedback is very much welcome! Have you printed fabric before?
Things to make with block printed fabric:
-Bags(totes, purses, etc.)
-Curtains(for my closet)
-Hemline designs (I think bows and hearts would be cute)
-Gifts for friends.
I was just scrolling about on some blogs that I followed and noticed an awesome giveaway!
Lazy Saturdays is hosting this amazing giveaway. I don’t usually enter giveaways…. But these dresses are SO cute! I don’t have many classy dresses like these in my wardrobe and I don’t think it could hurt one bit to get one. Personally I’m torn between the Two Toned Corset Dress and the Ruffle Front Dress. Again, SO cute!
I encourage anyone to go check out Lazy Saturdays and enter the Giveaway! “Giveaway is open from 5/21/2012 to 5/31/2012 and is open to US and Canada residents only.” She lists many ways to enter so it’s pretty easy. The Giveaway closes on the 31st so hurry on up! it’s ok if you don’t enter, that means I’ll have a better chance of winning just kidding!
update: I won the giveaway! Wow, I’m so blessed. Not to mention excited! I haven’t won a giveaway before. Thank you to Krista from Lazy Saturdays and eShakti for blessing me.
Posted in Misc.
Tagged adorable, classy, dress, enter to win, eShakti, fashion, giveaway, love, pleats, retro, ruffles, style, sweetheart