‘There is nothing like first-hand evidence.’ – Sherlock Holmes, A Study in Scarlet Some sewing projects include so many unknown factors that I don’t feel comfortable starting until I have conducted a little background research. In the case of the Watson Jacket by Papercut Patterns, I was faced with a new garment type (outerwear), a new-to-me pattern … More Waston Coat Investigation
One of my 2017 sewing goals was to explore a path to a career that uses my sewing and design skills. Today I took the first of many steps in expanding my sewing and garment design knowledge so that I can more adequately address that career question. The evening started with a great parking spot … More Draping I – Day 1
Happy Way-back Wednesday! Last Christmas I was given a sewing box full of thread and sewing notions that had belonged to Greg’s grandmother. It was fun to pick through it and compare prices, see brands that have persisted and brands that I’ve never heard of, and learn about sewing “back in the day”. … More Vintage Sewing Notions
How do you break out of the winter blahs or Seasonal Affective Disorder?
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Thank you bodacious readers for continuing with me on this journey. We have finished another year. I don’t know about you, but half of my brain pictures the year as a big rectangle and tonight at midnight we take the long journey from the lower right corner to the upper left. The other half of my … More Top 5 Goals for 2017
This is going to be the longest of the 2016 #SewingTop5 posts. When I reflect, it is like holding two mirrors up to each other — the thoughts bounce back and forth to infinity. 1. A Year Without [new] Cosplay To break the cycle of stress and and creative constipation, I resolved to not make … More Top 5 Sewing Reflections of 2016
My love of creating is back. 2016 marked an intentional shift in how I approached my sewing and knitting queue, namely prioritizing everyday apparel over my costumes. I felt exuberance, joy, and peace of mind with fabric and thread in hand. I finished four knitted projects this year and I sewed eight garments. Here are my Top … More Top 5 Hits of 2016
Here are a couple snippets of my life outside sewing in 2016 1. We got a puppy!! This is Finn. You can expect to see lots of this cutie on Instagram. 2. I took a new job. Three years at the museum taught me so much. It was time for me to make a … More Top 5 Non-Sewing Highlights
Last year I cited the lack of “misses” as a sign that I did not craft enough. This year I have opportunities to keep learning and improving my craft. The following projects have tested my patience, made me feel like I wasted materials and time, and pushed me to confront my conflation of mistake with … More Top 5 Misses of 2016
If you follow Crafting a Rainbow, you know that the #SewingTop5 is back! When I look back on 2016, I hope it will be known as one of my building years, personally and professionally. All of my #SewingTop5 posts will land this week, ramping up to the start of 2017! First of all, I want … More Top 5 of 2016!