Thursday, September 22, 2016

5 Sew Pro conference takeaways for every sewist

Online sewing star Mimi G. pulls up some floor during a session with fabric designer Tula Pink.

I returned from Sew Pro, the conference for sewing-business owners, filled with drive and inspiration! It was a fabulous gathering of fabulous creatives who were generous with their knowledge and enthusiasm.

I feel connected to the sewing community, and I want to keep the good vibes rolling!

A lot of the Sew Pro sessions were quite technical on biz stuff, especially social media and blog monetization. So keep things accessible, I framed up some high-level takeaways for all sewists — not just people with a sewing business:

Thursday, September 15, 2016

So you want to be a sewing professional...

If you had told me a year ago that I'd be looking at sewing as a profession, I would have said something snarky in the manner of Wayne Campbell.

A year ago, I had just started a new gig as a marketing consultant, and I was excited to show off my mad skilz.

Fast forward to now, and I'm home with my boys, sewing and working on my blog, and loving all of it.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Prefontaine shorts: A shorts story made long

Summer stylin' in Madras Prefontaine shorts.

As I write this post, it's about 90 degrees with icky-sticky humidity in Milwaukee County.

Welcome to September in Wisconsin!

Lots of people start freaking out about fall as soon as we hit the ninth month of the year, but I know the truth. September, for the most part, still is a summer month where I'm from.

That means it's perfectly OK to sew shorts. At least that's what I've been telling myself.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Revealed: Retro Reno and Dakota swimsuit

Chilling in our mid-century cabin. So. Much. Paneling. These curtains featured a rainbow trout pattern that vaguely matched my suit.

I'm proud to report that I met my swimsuit deadline! I had a new suit to wear for our weeklong vacation in the North Woods of Wisconsin.

I originally wrote about this suit being a muslin. While a second crack at Reno/Dakota would yield a better result, this first crack definitely is wearable and definitely was worn with a smile.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Sewing and standing up for your body

The Everywhereist, aka travel blogger Geraldine, recently wrote a post that disturbed me. It was a good post and a necessary post, but it disturbed me nonetheless.

In a nutshell, she was bullied to the point of an anxiety attack during a trans-Atlantic flight. The man sitting behind her threatened to shake her seat if she reclined, and he mocked her when she tried to respond with civility to his outrageous behavior.