Thursday, October 20, 2016

Recap: Field trip to the Original Sewing and Quilt Expo 2016

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Vogue Fabrics sells textiles at the Sewing and Quilt Expo in Schaumburg, Illinois.
Sewing machines, quilt patterns, and fabric, oh my! It’s the 2016 Original Sewing and Quilt Expo.

The Original Sewing and Quilt Expo is a three-day event that offers workshops, demos, a shoppable trade show, and more. The expo delivers creative inspiration and skill-building classes to sewists in eight U.S. cities.

I attended the Chicagoland installment of the Sewing and Quilt Expo, and following are my impressions, presented yearbook-superlative style. If you’ve ever been curious about checking out a sewing trade show, read on:

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Creative inspiration: 7 times Beyoncé's 'Lemonade' spoke to sewists

Collage of "Lemonade" images.

It's time for a serious conversation about Our Lady of Creative Freedom: Beyoncé.

I sewed my retro swimsuit while listening to "Lemonade" nonstop. If you’re not familiar with Queen Bey’s latest opus, it’s a concept album about infidelity. Husband gave me some side eye for my sewing soundtrack. I may have said something to him about "haters." (All in good fun!)

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Shorts pattern review: High-waisted Seamwork Weston

Weston shorts pattern from Seamwork magazine.

I've got seasonal whiplash.

It's not even Halloween, but we're seeing Christmas stuff. It gets dark so early and I want to drink my annual pumpkin spice latte, but it's 70-some degrees and I'm wearing shorts — my new Weston shorts from Seamwork mag. I'm so confused.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Seamwork shorts sewing pattern: These ain't Nantucket Reds

This is a story about why it's important to make a muslin in fabric similar to/the same as your final garment.

I made a muslin for the Seamwork shorts sewing pattern, Nantucket, with cotton seersucker. It was lightweight and somewhat stretchy.

My final garment, an olive poly-cotton poplin blend (link is to same fabric, different color) has ZERO stretch on the cross grain. None. The lack of stretch is downright weird.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

5 Sew Pro convention 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 convention 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 convention 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: