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Back around 2015, I got a job at Silk Mountain creations. It's a drapery workroom, and I had so much fun seeing all the sewing techniques and tools that were totally new to me, but completely normal for the home decor/soft furnishings industry. Hands down, my favorite new tools were the tables we used. They were big, on wheels, countertop height, rulers along the sides, pinnable, ironable, and had a ton of storage underneath. The best part? They were DIY. One of the owners of the business had actually built them, and I got to help recover one of them while I was an employee.
It was such a great way to work, that I would sometimes come in after hours to use the set up for my own sewing. A lot of the branding photos I use are actually flat lays I set up using these tables, like this one below.
After working at Silk Mt for a length of time, I decided that once I had the space, I was going to build myself one of these tables. And now that I DO have a room for my sewing, it is time!
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A super fun project that has been in the works over the last few months is my sewing studio! My little sewing room is coming together, especially with the addition of my pegboard wall.
I knew that in such a small room, storage was going to be one of the big challenges. I decided to tackle this challenge with a two pronged attack. First, I don't keep fabric in my sewing room (it's all sorted into storage bins in the basement), and second, I use as much vertical space as possible.
After drooling over several other sewist's pegboard walls, I couldn't resist going all out and making an entire wall of my studio into pegboard storage.
After some white paint and several calls to my dad for mounting advice (Thank you dad!) I now have a gorgeous way to display (and organize) all my tools.
For some reason, when I think of sewing clothing, socks never come to mind. Socks have always seemed firmly on the knitting side of the craft world, but it's not true! I've recently starting sewing up a few pairs of socks for myself, and it is so incredibly easy!
I don't remember how, but I recently stumbled upon the Gubbins No-Show Socks pattern by My Golden Thimble. It's simple, uses a small amount of fabric (apparently Gubbins actually means "scraps") and best of all, is free!
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Fall is hands down my favorite. My favorite time of year, with my favorite holiday, my favorite weather, and my favorite sewing. So I was super pumped when EverSewn reached out to collaborate for their #sweaterweather campaign. An excuse to whip up a new batch of Halloween decorations and accessories? Ummm, YES PLEASE!
The very next day I found a fabulous care package on my porch and dove right in. Getting Halloween fabrics delivered right to my door is basically the grown up version of trick-or-treating. Only you don't crash from all the sugar. Here's what I got:
I love my Huxley bag pattern as is, but I also love how versatile it can be. After lusting after a few roll top bags on instagram, I realized that my Huxley pattern could easily be converted to create one of my own! So, I decided one of my #MakeNine projects was going to be a hacked Huxley, with a roll top, using waterproof material. And because I can't go simple, I added in quite a few other hacks too. Here is a breakdown:
One of my Make Nine goals for 2020 was to try out the My Body Model app, which is a way to create a customized croqui for creating fashion illustrations and flats that are specific to your own body.
I absolutely love the idea behind this business. Going through an apparel design program in college means that I was taught to use a traditional croqui, which, as some of you may know, is very unrealistic. The traditional croquis are intentionally altered to be more of a stylized representation of the female body, with extra height, and extra long legs. The formula for drawing a croqui involves using nine heads as a base for getting the proportions correct. Take a look at this photo to see what I mean.
Let me preface this post by saying that this is a classic example of how I work on my projects. And it gives you a little insight as to why I take so long to get anything done.
You all know I love Halloween. And what better way to show my love than to force my family to wear homemade matching Jack-o'-lantern shirts out in public.
Sometimes I need a quick fun little project as a palate cleanser in between larger projects. And this needle organizer is a perfect little one! I've been calling it Needle Little Lemon because it makes me smile when I say it outloud..... do it!.... see what I mean?! Fun!
For this quick craft, I used a 17cm (6.6") embroidery hoop, some thread, a little craft glue, a little yellow paint, and some yellow, green, and off white felt.
One of the things I love about sewing my own clothes is the ability to create meaningful garments for meaningful events in my life. There are the huge life events like my wedding (and yes I did make my own wedding dress) and then there are smaller but still meaningful events like running my first post baby road race. Running after giving birth has been a really difficult transition for me, and I felt like I needed to celebrate the hard work I'd put in to get ready for this half marathon. So of course, what better way to celebrate than by making myself a new Madi tank for race day?! Of course, in the end, life got in the way and I didn't end up finishing it in time to wear it for the race. But I still think of it as my Indy Mini Madi.
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