‘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
Ladies, why is it that the articles of clothing that we have the most frustration with — e.g. pants and bras — are the clothes many of us have been most reluctant to tackle? Maybe it is because bras and jeans seem like architecture or engineering. I am here to tell you that this soft … More My first self-made bra
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
In the spring of 2014 I bought fabric to make my first pair of jeans. In 2015, Gillian dared me to finish the Ginger Jeans and I managed to make a non-stretch muslin in January 2016. This confirmed that the size I chose to make wasn’t too far off and that pants weren’t as scary … More Previously on….Sewing Ginger Jeans
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
I originally wrote about my pattern organizing system when I installed this expandable drying rack in our condo was back in 2014. Recently it caught a few eyes on Instagram, so I thought I would share an update for new readers and anyone looking to do a little spring cleaning in their sewing room. I am happy to report that 3 years … More The best pattern organizer for your sewing room!
Winter is hanging on with a tight grasp. A local news station reported that Seattle had only three “mild sunny days” since October. We’ve had a few more partly sunny days, but that gray sogginess continues to drain my energy. One upside to the gloom is it gives me more time to wear my hand-knit accessories. And … More Starshower Cowl – FA 2017.02
“May the Force be with us.” At the 2017 Emerald City Comic Con, the 15th anniversary of the convention, I debuted my Jyn Erso cosplay. She isn’t a Jedi or a career politician. Jyn is a regular woman caught in the crosshairs of Star Wars history. Initially concerned with self-preservation, she steps up when she see something … More Rebel With A Cause – Jyn Erso Cosplay
Good day #Sewcialist community! I’m trying not to let the lost hour of sleep and the apparent start of my spring allergies hamstring my aspirations. I am rearranging furniture and sorting boxes in my sewing room and working on some outstanding alteration tasks and costume projects for others. What are you up to today? Did you plan … More Spring Forward!
Even when I am not at the sewing machine I’m thinking about sewing, or refining my wardrobe, or minimizing clutter and possessions. I’m analyzing my coworker’s side pant-leg pocket for ways to add them to a costume. I’m cataloging what I like and dislike about certain garments I wear to inform future sewing projects or … More Personal Style Stories