Thursday, December 1, 2016

Sew Over It Molly top: Stripes around my shoulder

The Sew Over It Molly top is a satisfying wardrobe builder.
It’s like Johnny Cash sings, “I’ve got stripes, stripes around my shoulder.”

I can see why the Sew Over It Molly top from SOI's City Break Capsule Wardrobe has been blowing up the online sewing community. It’s a fast and flattering sewing project. And it looks great in stripes.

In fact, I have another striped Molly top cut out and ready for stitching; watch for that on my socials (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter) sometime soon!

But let’s talk about you, my fellow sewists, and your sewing plans. I’m all about YOUR maximum stitching success. In that spirit, if you’re hot to sew the Sew Over It Molly top, here’s my in-depth review, including tips!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

53 gifts for sewists: The ultimate guide to gifts for sewing lovers

Gift guide: 53 gifts for sewing lovers
Sewists: We’ve got to talk about gifts for sewing lovers.

If you’re not a sewist, buying holiday gifts for sewing lovers can be tricky.

Only sewists know how much and what kind of fabric to buy. Only sewists know when to splurge on tools and notions — and when to buy cheaper options.

That’s why I wrote this guide of 53 (!!!) gifts for sewers and quilters. I want to make it easy for our non-sewing friends, family, and colleagues to choose amazing holiday gifts for sewists.

For your convenience, I’ve sorted the gifts into five categories: Read, Make, Smile, Work, and Wear. So, when you’re asked, “What would you like for (insert holiday here)?” please share this wish list of gifts for sewing lovers!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Quilting tips for beginners: Do’s and don’ts discovered by a newbie

Check out 11 quilting tips for beginners.
When I started a chemo quilt (see above) for my mom, it was quilt No. 2 in my quilting career. An expert quilter I was/am not.

I made a lot of mistakes, which are the world’s greatest teachers. I have to be honest, though — there are many quilting tips for beginners that I wish I had known before I started stitching my mom’s quilt.

Following are 11 do’s and don’ts for fellow newbie quilters that I learned through experience. Meditate on these quilting tips for beginners before you dive into your next (or first!) quilt.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

What sewing a chemo quilt for my mom taught me about parenting

Quilting and parenting: Life lessons from a chemo quilt
This May, my mom was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. She’s only 60, and she’s never smoked. Needless to say, our family was shocked.

Mom’s always taken good care of herself and followed doctor’s orders — and made sure we did the same. Her lifestyle is active. Her dad is in his 90s, and her mom lived into her 90s, so longevity and good health are in her genes.

This wasn’t supposed to happen. Cancer, however, had other plans.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Erin sews Erin: Sew Over it Erin skirt pattern review

Discover tips for sewing the Sew Over It Erin skirt.
As soon as I saw Erin, it was love at first sight. She was chic, versatile, and understated. I knew she must be mine.

The Sew Over It Erin skirt, that is!

The Erin skirt is part of Sew Over It’s City Break Capsule Wardrobe ebook. The ebook is a collection of five patterns (with multiple variations) ideal for a weekend urban getaway.

I’m excited to sew all the City Break patterns, but I decided to start with the Erin skirt because it’s my favorite from the collection and the name is just perfect, tee hee.