Book Review: School of Sewing

The School of Sewing by Shea Henderson (Lucky Spool Media) beckoned from the top shelf of my local library a few weeks ago. For some reason, they always have a great selection of sewing books. Perhaps one of the librarians is a secret sewist…

I had read about this book when it came out, but I already own two “learn to sew” books so couldn’t justify adding another just yet.

Stitch by Stitch by Deborah Moebes (Krause Publications), and the Sew Everything Workshop by Diana Rupp (workman) rekindled my love of sewing a few years ago. These books set me on the right path with new techniques and added confidence. I highly recommend them.

I was still curious about the School of Sewing since I love the images and the layout. If you are looking to get into sewing again or if you want to try your hand at a few easy projects, you should definitely try this book.

There are many helpful tips and the projects cover the basics and then some. The step by step images are a bonus.

I made the Zipper Pouch to test drive one of the projects, seeing as I tend to avoid zippers. It was really easy and I just love the result. I used my Theory Twill from Mood Fabric scraps, left over from the fabulous Colette Iris shorts I made last summer.

I should also note that the author is a very experienced quilter and the final project is a quilt, rather than a garment. I haven’t yet caught the quilting bug, but this would be a great way to get started if you were curious.

For me, it’s all about the clothes though. In the meantime, I have an awesome zipper pouch for my weekend getaways!



Maternity Sewing for 2016

One of the best things about sewing is that you can daydream and plan your sewing. You get to pick your patterns, find your material and make it happen. It can also be a little overwhelming because, let’s face it, you want to buy ALL the material and make ALL the patterns. So here is my attempt at bringing it all together.

I’m 5.5 months pregnant and I need clothes, especially dresses, and I have to get on the home decor for the nursery and make some baby clothes (OMG so fun!!!!):

  1. Sew Over It: Ultimate Shift Dress (and a slip)

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Ultimate Shift Dress

Full confession on this, I’ve already finished the first one using the Mood Fabrics polka dot cotton poplin I bought last summer. Sew Busy Lizzy made a beautiful skirt out of it.

The second one is almost done. I love this dress! I bought the material in Montreal last year and I thought it was a cheap black polyester crepe (it was dusty, in a corner and $5 a metre). It turns out it’s a lovely wool blend crepe that is super soft with faint herringbone stripes. I made the dress 2 inches wider at the waist and 4 inches wider at the hips. It now has a soft A-line swing dress shape that gives me room to grow and it looks amazing. It’s a little see through in the light, so I’ll make a black silk slip from my stash.

2. April Rhodes: Date Night Dress

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Date Night Dress

I think the loose fit and the butterfly sleeves are going to be so pretty. I’m using some vintage 40’s rayon I found on Etsy. Ah, Esty, I love you.

3. Burda maternity dress 6957

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Burda 6957

Not the greatest pattern photo, but it has the potential of a DVF wrap dress. This awesome geometric knit print will be so funky and it was only $3 a metre at Fabricland, yay!

4. Burda maternity dress 012015

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Burda 012015 Maternity Dress

I’m worried she’s laughing so much that she’ll have a little accident. Nevertheless, it’s a nice pattern and I’ll use a rayon I bought at Fabricland that I’ll need to line because it’s see-through. I think the drape will be beautiful and the pattern is very office friendly.

5. Closet Case Files: Carolyn Pajamas

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Carolyn Pajamas

Because let’s face it, when I get home, all I want to do is curl up in my pajamas and read a book.

6. Megan Nielsen: Viginia leggings

I only have one pair of maternity leggings, so these will come in handy. I ordered a nice black knit from Girl Charlee that I can’t wait to try.

That’s it for now and it’s a pretty long list. I hope I can get through it and start some baby clothes too!

What are your sewing plans for 2016?

10 reasons to sew

I often wonder why I love to sew so much, so I thought I would start this blog by listing the top ten reasons that come to mind:

  • I can see something in a magazine or have an idea and create it
  • I can make everything fit (I’m 5’9” with insanely long arms)
  • I don’t need to buy as much clothes and can spend the money on shoes and handbags!
  • I’ve discovered all kinds of cool indie pattern companies like Sew Over It, Named Clothing, Closet Case Patterns, April Rhoades, Colette Patterns
  • I can be creative, drawing and designing or modifying a pattern, and picking the right fabric from my (ever growing…) stash
  • I now know what it is to be passionate about something, obsessively pouring over anything sewing related, visiting thrift shops for vintage sewing gear or tracking down obscure japanese fabrics
  • I can finally use my button collection
  • In a few short hours, I have a new dress, or top, or skirt
  • There’s an amazing sewing community out there that you can connect with
  • My mother, my mother-in-law, and my grandmother all love to sew and we can talk about it for hours on end

I’m excited to start this blog and share what I’ve learned. Are there other reasons why you love to sew? Let me know!

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