I am so happy I took part in Sew Photo Hop on Instagram this year, I found lots of new people to follow on Instagram and found many new sewing ideas. Each day there was a different theme, here are all my photos for the month.
Favorite skill – embroidery. I only recently learned how to do it but I love it.
Dream project, jeans or really any pants. Everything about pants scare me, fit, zippers, waistband 😱 image from @closetcasefiles (I need to buy this).
Signature look, I’d says I’m a little too all over the place to really have a signature look but when I open my closet I see lots of prints & bright colors. I love wearing dresses but they aren’t very practical during a cold Maine winter.
Prints or solids? When shopping for fabric prints catch my eye so I tend to buy more of them but I should probably do more solids.
Essential kit, mine includes beer and my iPad for watching shows or finding tips/tricks. I left out the big items, my @husqvarnaviking Opal and my iron & ironing board. #notebook #sissors #sewinggauge #pins #craftbeer #allagash #ipad #gilmoregirls
Stash Busters – I don’t have any so I’m always on Pinterest looking for some.
Made for someone else, I made this for my son’s teacher, she loves Star Wars so I made a bag with a Star Wars liner, at first look you’d never notice it’s not just a black bag. I don’t do much sewing for others because I know my sewing isn’t great, something might look great in a photo but I know where the mistakes were made and I don’t want to give that to someone.
Dud, my most recent dud is this Hazel bodice muslin. I just can’t get the fit right on Colette Patterns fitted patterns (I’m good with patterns for knits). Trying another pattern company soon, just waiting for them to arrive from France.
Mini or maxi, neither. I prefer just above the knee, I’ll go a few inches shorter but that’s it. (Both skirts made by me)
A favorite tool, can I have two? These are both with me when I’m sewing, my sewing gauge for checking seam allowances & my needle position and my handy little scissors for trimming threads.
Tips & techniques, read your patterns completely before you start a project. Have books (or links to useful websites) ready to go for when you get confused. This is a photo of my copy of #sewtionary, open to “prewash your fabric”, that’s a good tip too, always prewash.
Game changer, my very first sewing machine, a @brothersews project runway special edition, my husband bought it for me for Christmas a few years ago. This machine and the social sewing group my friend started got me to start sewing more and now I know what I’m doing. It’s not used much these days as I won a @husqvarnaviking machine the following summer and use that now.
Wardrobe, here are most of the clothing items I’ve made for myself. Mostly bright colors & patterns.
Sewing space, My current sewing space is the dining room table, my husband recently commented (jokingly) that he’s happy I have a hobby but does it need to take up the whole room? I laughed and said yes, I also reminded him I’ll have my own space upstairs soon and all my stuff will be out of the way. Not seen in this photo is my second regular sewing machine, which I shared on day 13, my tote of patterns, my tote of supplies, my fabric stash and my ironing board.
Wish list, I don’t have much of a wish list but I’d love love love to find some old sewing table legs (like this) to make a table for my sewing machines. (photo found on Pinterest)
Zippers or buttons, I don’t know. I don’t have a lot of experience with them, but I’m happy to try. The top photo is a covered button I made, the bottom is a failed attempt at an invisible zipper.
Knits or woven, knits, I love them, I love clothes with a little stretch, this is a scuba knit. I find wovens are easier to work with but I just haven’t found the right patterns to make them work for me.
Sewing library. It’s small and mixed in with other books.
Seasonal, I wear most of my me made clothes all year, layered or with tights but this dress is a cold weather dress. I live in Maine so flannel is a must, last winter I made this dress, it hits just above the knee.
Go-to pattern, I don’t have one but this @colettepatterns Mabel (v3) was such a quick project I can see myself making many more. I just need to find the right knit, my first version was done in a scuba knit.
Texture, this brocade fabric I made into a #seamworkmag Hayden. Fabric is from @moodfabrics 310227.
Inspiration, Instagram & Pinterest. The #sewing hashtag is a great place to find inspiration (so is the #sewphotohop hashtag), I also use Pinterest to save ideas or styles I find.
One piece or separates, judging by the patterns I buy it’s clearly one piece but I should probably start making more separates.
Favorite era, the early sixties, I love these patterns, they were given to me by a friend. I’ve made version C from the pattern on the right, I’d love to try version A on the pattern to the left.
Close up, the inside of my Camden cape, my first buttonhole and lining.
Other interest, painting/refinishing furniture and other things. One of my recent projects is repainting my old headboard, it was painted blue about 20yrs ago, I painted it green to match our @riflepaperco prints.
Wow, that time I won a sewing machine. I was home on vacation with my boys when I got the tweet, I was shocked, my kids didn’t understand my excitement.
Storage tips, I use these small totes from @target to keep sewing stuff & patterns. In one box I also use @birchbox boxes to organize notions, chalk (& other markers), pins/clips and in the other I have rolled patterns (using a @seamworkmag/ @colettepatterns toilet paper roll tip) and packaged patterns.
What’s next? Pants, but I don’t have a pattern so I’m looking for a good easy one. Anyone have a fav?