It is finally here, the final pattern in Made for Mermaids Lounge and Lace collection! So far we have had a fabulous lace bralette, a cheekie panty pattern, and a stunning sweater with so many possibilities I haven’t even been able to make them all yet. Now we have Lexi, a slim fit jogger and lounge pant pattern that is just the thing we needed to finish off all of those cute but comfy lounge outfits we have been sewing!
Sew Your Capsule: Capsule Wardrobes for the modern sewist is officially set to release at the beginning of march y’all! Writing the E book has been such a labor of love and I am so excited for you all to be able to read it and (hopefully) love it as much as I do. Throughout the six chapter in the book I will walk you through the journey of creating and planning your first self-made capsule wardrobe, from figuring out your style, cleaning out your closet, making your actual plan, and finally sewing it all up in a completely honest and straight forward way.
As of the beginning of December, I will have been successfully sewing my own clothing for a whole year!
To put it nicely my sewing skills (and my photography skills!) have increased drastically in the past 52 weeks and I have learned so much along the way. I have also had so many amazing opportunities to push myself farther than I ever thought possible and found a vibrant and strong online community of people who are frantically sewing their clothing as well that I have been able to lean on for support and encouragement along the way. It hasn’t all been a super fun ride, however.
I have had some major set backs, some major fails, and some major learning opportunities, all of which I am grateful for looking back, but they were all major low points in my sewing journey at the time. But in an effort to help you avoid the same disasters I had, I want to share the 10 biggest sewing lessons I learned over the last year.
In the last Sew 101 post we talked about all of the basic things you need to start sewing, the real necessities, because sometimes what the store or a magazine tells you you need really are not the things you really need. I wanted to take a more in depth look, however, into one of the of the biggest “basic” purchases you have to make when you want to start sewing, the machine itself. Picking a sewing machine, especially when you have never or rarely used one before, is daunting, overwhelming, and endlessly frustrating for a lot of people (me included!). But it doesn’t have to be if you know what you should be looking for.
Sewing is a great hobby but it definitely requires a lot of stuff. from fabric to notions no machines, the cost of getting started in sewing can add up QUICKLY if you are not careful and dont have a solid list of the things you really need when you walk into your first fabric store.
So in an effort to make your trip to the store a lot easier, here is a quick list of all of the basics you honestly should pick up before you start your first project, whether your going to be quilting, sewing bags, sewing clothing, or anything else!
In case you missed it, last week I shared a post about sewing my first ever swim suit as a tester for the brand spanking new Take the Plunge swimsuit from Patterns for Pirates that I was completely in love with. Its a one piece swimsuit with about a million different styling options and was a heck of a challenge for this newbie to swimwear. Throughout the test period I made four different suits, two of which were complete goners, and I learned a lot along the way that I wanted to really quickly share with all of you!
I think every one who loves to sew wishes they had more time to commit to it. I don’t think I have ever met anyone who creates anything really that doesn’t want more time to devote to their passion. For me obviously that passion is sewing but, as I have mentioned in about all of my previous posts, I have had really little time to dedicate to sewing lately.
When I do have time its really only in quick half-hour chunks or a quick few minutes in between all of the other things that I have to do on a daily basis. I shared a while back that I am in the process of making a quick, one block at a time, but repetition is never something that I have liked very much and I have found myself searching for other quick and easy projects that I can accomplish in a small amount of time. Five of these quick and easy projects have really stuck out to me and of course I just had to share them with you all as well! They are all projects that would be great for beginner as well so bonus points for that too!