Eve: the any day, everywhere pleated blouse

pleated blouse

Many of you may remember the very popular project we published recently featuring Bali the Reversible Skirt.  When we were shooting the photos for this post, we chose to use a white pleated blouse to complement the skirt.  While the skirt was very well received and many of our members made the project, we ended up getting as many questions about the blouse the model was wearing as we did about the skirt! So this week I decided to make a pattern and project for this attractive pleated blouse. About the name: Eve, the any day blouse, why the name?  According to the Bible, Eve was the first mother.  As mothers go, once you are a mother, you will always be a mother.  So in the lead up to Mother’s Day, I wanted to share this blouse tutorial with you as … Continue reading

Don’t Miss Out

dont miss out

Just a quick reminder for everyone that we have these two giveaways ending in the next couple weeks.  You can’t win if you don’t enter!  Links are below.  Both allow multiple entries so increase your chances to win. How to Start Your Sewing Side Business + Free Giveaway!   Mother’s Day Fabric Giveaway with Smuggler’s Daughter

Sew Your Blues Away! – How Sewing Fights Depression

Sewing Fight Depression

The World Health Organization estimates that there are 350 million people worldwide who suffer from depression. It is also found out that women are more likely to be diagnosed with depression compared to men. The thing is –anyone can get depression and that includes you and me. Indeed, people around the globe can get depressed regardless of their socioeconomic standing or age. This is not exactly a very encouraging piece of news but it is also a fact that we can combat depression and one of the ways in doing so is to take up a craft like sewing.  You can literally Sew Your Blues Away! Many studies indicate that sewing is good for both our mental and physical wellbeing.  Just to reiterate, aside from the obvious benefits of sewing like having an up to date and well-fitting wardrobe or getting … Continue reading

Tips For Sewing Denim

sewing denim

Denim is a very popular fabric these days and is synonymous with jeans. Today term “jeans” usually refers to a specific style of pants, called Blue Jeans.  These“rivet-reinforced” denim pants were invented by Jacob W. Davis, along with Levi Strauss & Co., in 1871.  We did a post a few months about highlighting this story of Levi Strauss, who perhaps more than any other individual or institution has done more to expand the role of denim in our society. Origins of Denim However, given this important American contribution to the success of denim, what most people don’t know today is that denim was actually invented in France.  In fact, the word “denim” comes from the French “de” which means from and “Nîmes” which is a wonderful town in the south of France where denim was invented during the Middle Ages.  So denim literally … Continue reading

The Colors of Spring 2016 – Tell Us What You Think!

colors of spring

You are probably planning to welcome the spring season with a new project for your home or loved one, but before you go out and buy that fabric, it is perhaps helpful to know what the experts think are the colors of spring 2016.  You can also tell us what you think in the survey at the bottom of the article. Every year, Pantone, a company that is best known for its Pantone Matching System (PMS), which is a proprietary color space for the printing and manufacture of paint, fabric, and plastics, declares what they call as the “Color of the Year”. They choose the year’s color by holding two secret meetings in a European city with representatives of color standards groups from various countries a year before. This group attends sessions where they discuss and debate what they think … Continue reading

Fringed Bath Mat: A Fun and Functional Project

Fringed Bath Mat

I think there must be a giant invisible poodle living in my house.  It is disguised as a teenage girl and she is tiny, with small hands and feet not even 75 pounds and yet, but when she comes out of the bathroom there is a Dracula cloud that follows her.  When the steam disperses, it reveals an unimaginable mess left behind.  I wonder “in horror” how the ceiling, all the walls, toilet paper and every square inch of the bathroom floor could possible get wet?  There’s got to be a giant poodle somewhere, just shaking water absolutely everywhere which is my only explanation. The thing that really gets me though, is the wet floor.  Not only can it be dangerous, but who enjoys walking around with wet socks?  No store-bought bath mat is big enough for this mess, so I have decided to make my … Continue reading

Tips for Testing Fabric Content

testing fabric content

Here’s a quick video on testing fabric content.  Before we get started, please be careful if trying this at home.  In the video, I’ve used relatively large samples so you can easily see what’s happening.  I’m also in a controlled environment and using fabrics I’m confident have not been soaked in anything or that may be overly flammable.  If you’re doing this yourself, use small samples and be very careful.  Adult supervision is essential. Many people are unable to easily detect the presence of synthetic materials like polyester in fabrics.  Milling and weaving processes have been so refined and material properties so improved that it is often next to impossible to tell the difference between all-natural fabrics and synthetics –until it’s too late sometimes and you either already bought the fabric or have made something you really wanted to be natural … Continue reading

Spring Sale at Craftsy – Hurry for 50% off on their top classes

craftsy spring sale

  I know many of our readers are fans of Craftsy.  I certainly am too.  However, while good, their courses can sometimes be expensive.  So, when they put on a good sale, we try to let you all know.  Here’s their current offer: We love a lazy spring afternoon as much as anyone, but we love a crafting afternoon even more! Craftsy put hundreds of their top classes on sale at 50% off –– so you can find the inspiration to keep every day filled with creativity. Hurry, these deals end Saturday! To shop this sale, please click here:

How to Start Your Sewing Side Business + Free Giveaway!

sewing side business

You might be wondering how you can turn your sewing into a side business and start earning money from the sewing skills you’ve learned?  You may have a knack for repairing the kids’ clothes, creating costumes, making alterations and adjustments to clothes that don’t fit quite right. You might be really creative and sew your own clothing or design new ways to sew home decor together. If you’re skilled at sewing and you have a solid sewing machine, you can certainly turn your sewing into a side business and earn some extra cash! Here are 5 key things to think about to turn your sewing into a side business. Figure out what your customer wants to buy Use your skills to create products that you love, but also products that people will want to buy.  You may have a certain skill set … Continue reading

Making 1000 dresses- The Little Dress: A Journey of Hope

Little dress

I am very privileged to share with you a cause that is close to my heart –sewing for charity.  We’ve written about this topic in the past and most recently in our article called Sewing for Charity, Anyone?, but we’ve just been made aware of a story that is truly inspiring.  We’re glad to be able to share this journey of hope with you all. Some people sew and others feel the need to tell the story.  The latter is the case with Vicki Vasilopoulos, an independent film maker whose first film “Men of the Cloth” is an acclaimed portrait of three Italian master tailors in the twilight of their career.  The film was partly funded through PayPal contributions and crowd funding and has gone onto premiere at the largest documentary festival in America and been seen all over the world.  Vicki’s latest work tells … Continue reading

10 Tips for Buying a Sewing Machine

buying sewing machine

For me, buying a sewing machine, is a big decision.   I know it is the same for most of us.  If I buy well, hopefully the new machine will be lifelong investment and even something I can give to my daughter eventually.  However, I also know that if I choose badly, the new machine may be nothing but trouble and something soon discarded.  And who can afford to waste many that way these days?   What-is-more, once I get accustomed to using a machine, it’s a real disappointment when things go wrong and this can set me back days or even weeks on my sewing projects.  Hence we should be extra careful when buying a new one.   Here are few things you need to consider before buying a sewing machine. 1. Choose your features: The type of machine you buy should depend … Continue reading