Today is a little thrilling for me because I am bringing you something really personal and thisclose to my heart, something that sums up and captures a rather singular obsession I’ve had over the last few years: how to sew the ultimate pair of jeans. I’m happy to announce the presale of our latest online course; the Sew Your Dream Jeans Workshop amasses nearly everything I’ve learned about making jeans since launching the Ginger Jeans pattern. Until the workshop launches on Monday, February 20th, you can enjoy advance pricing of 15% off while we put the finishing touches on the course and accompanying pattern.
So why is this workshop so special? In addition to the three and counting jeans patterns we’ve released, and the dozens and dozens of pairs I’ve made over the years, I’ve also been really lucky to travel around North America teaching jean-making in person. I am constantly learning and trying new things, seeing what works in class, figuring out how to explain things as simply and clearly as possible to my students. I remain convinced as ever that making the jeans of your dreams is attainable for anyone, regardless of sewing level. I have had students come into class having never sewn a garment before, and left with jeans that fit them better than anything they’d find at the mall. Time and time again, I have learned that when something is clearly demonstrated and explained with a positive, encouraging attitude, anyone can take on those challenging, scary projects with confidence and skill.
I wanted to make that experience possible for everyone, so I‘ve poured everything I know about the subject into this obsessively in-depth online workshop, Read More >>
Happy (end of) Sunday makers! This weekend I laid fairly low, preparing for a big announcement tomorrow (although if you’re on our email list you may have already got the notification). I did manage to squeeze in some quality crafty time with my friend Michelle. She came over to the studio yesterday and we drank tea and gossiped while I cut out three more personal versions of our new pattern coming out next week. I am pretty excited about it; it’s a simple, quick design (for once, haha) and I am kind of obsessed with having them in lots of fabrics and colours since they are the easiest thing in the world to wear. Here’s what everyone else was up to.
This nautical inspired outfit from Sew Pomona is excellent. Love that skirt!
Charlie is soooo stylish. I really love her new coat; a statement piece like that will get you through a long winter.
I remain in awe of Sallie’s historical Victorian costume. I love reading all about the details, knowing I’ll probably never undertake such a project myself.
I’m totally won over by crushed velvet. I know it’s almost painfully nostalgic for the 90s, but its just so pretty. This dress from Attack of the Seam Ripper is proof positive.
Karen’s striped pullover is the thing knit dreams are made of.
I love this embroidered Alice top; I really need to give this pattern another chance this summer.
The Queen of Knit Dresses strikes again! Gillian’s metallic Washington is divine.
Sunni’s fabric organization is aspirational. Read More >>
Few things bum me out as much as the current state of my bra drawer; it’s more depressing (and only slightly less painful) than a trip to the dentist. I’m not sure what happened, but basically all of my me-made lingerie gave up the ghost at the exact same time, and as a result, I’ve been wearing a lot of stretched out, limp, unappealing specimens that really just need to be thrown out (after harvesting for parts, natch).
This red lace print Watson bra was part of my News Years Boobolutions. My goal is to make and add a new one into the rotation once a month or so; I think I will be able to extend the lifespan of my bras if I am not wearing the same handful over and over again, day in and day out.
I’ve made this pattern so many times (you can see the ones I’ve posted here) but I’m not tired of it yet. It’s really the perfect day-to-day bra for my lifestyle; it has enough support to keep things in place, but is much easier to wear all day long than an underwired one. They have their place, of course, but soft bras are definitely my go-to when I’m not aiming for any kind of structured shape.
The fabric is leftover from our Sophie swimsuit kits from the summer; it’s a printed swim lycra with a romantic black and red lace print. I used some pretty satin piping elastic along the cups and I love how clean and neat it looks. I recently stocked up on the motherload of lingerie fixins, and I’m glad I bought this piping in dyeable white, Read More >>
Happy 2017 makers! I hope you’re enjoying a restful weekend after the madness of the holidays. I’ve been catching up with friends all weekend, playing board games and drinking too much wine. Anyone else considering a Drynuary? My liver is like PLEASE STOP HAVING FUN ALREADY. I also picked up my new/vintage Bernina from my dealer. I’ve been hunting for this model on Craigslist for forever and finally found one, only it meant renting a car for the afternoon and driving so deep in the Montreal suburbs I wasn’t sure I’d find my way out again. When I arrived, I tested the machine and discovered the handwheel wouldn’t turn at all. After being profoundly annoyed at making the trip for a potentially unrepairable machine, I offered half, drove straight to my Bernina dealer and discovered it just needed a cleaning and tune up. Now I have this purring all metal beauty just waiting for my next project, complete with basically all the feet. I am very happy to have the power and greatness of a back-up Bernina without having to shell out a few grand for a new model.
In sewing blog news, I took a little break from my blog roll and came back to 300+ posts in my Feedly reader. Here are some of the highlights I found before panicking and clicking “Mark all as read” and shutting the browser down.
A pretty jacquard two piece set from Jasika.
Watch your back Dita Von Teese; Gertie’s bodice is coming for ya.
Lauren’s leopard silk wrap dress is purrfection.
Speaking of purring… Erica’s coat is basically ALL OF MY COAT FANTASIES COMING TRUE AT ONCE. Read More >>
If you’ve ever wanted to come learn how to make jeans in person (I give lots of pep talks and will rip the seam ripper out of your hands), you’re in luck this spring as I’ll be teaching across the US. Hopefully one of these sewing studios is near you!
If the listing isn’t yet available on the website, I suggest contacting the studio and booking a spot since workshops tend to sell out quickly due to limited seating. Hopefully I’ll see you in person soon! Read More >>
Happy 2017 everyone! I hope you are having as much fun as I am planning the year to come. We are in a small whirlwind in our tiny studio as Alexis and I prepare for a new pattern launch (end of January!), a new online course AND a huge website overhaul which is turning out to be a lot more work than I imagined (I swear, I would give anything for some kind of brain app that could correctly analyze how long any given project will actually take).
While we’ve been getting everything organized, I realized it would be enormously helpful to get to know you a little better, along with getting a little feedback about how we’ve been doing. If you have ten minutes or so, I would be so grateful if you could fill out our end of survey here. As thanks, we’ll host a giveaway at the end; the winner will receive a $75 gift certificate to our shop (good for patterns or online courses), along with a $75 gift certificate to one of my favorite fabric shops, Blackbird Fabrics.
Thank you for your time!
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ps. The survey will close on Friday, January 13th. I will email the winner at the end of the survey period. Read More >>
I love end of year lists. My partner likes to tease me about how I am constantly categorizing and ranking my favourite things (I’m basically John Cusack in High Fidelity) but ORDER IS IMPORTANT (Type A Type A Type A). In the spirit of my love for lists, here are some of my favourite discoveries this year.
Cleverest design of the year goes to the Hannah Dress by Victory Patterns. I love the cohesive design of the latest Named collection, especially the neck darts on the Talvikki Sweater. Sure to be the basic of 2016, the Ogden Cami by True Bias was everywhere (I have a few in the queue). I never blogged my Penny Raglan by Grainline Studio but it is seriously the perfect summer tee. I am kind of obsessed with this weird Rachel Comey dress for Vogue. The Alix Dress from By Hand London is so romantic and the Ellsworth Coat by Christine Haynes has a sweet vintage shape. Best scrap buster goes to the Karri dress by Megan Nielsen. The crazy sleeves of the Falda jacket by Pattern Fantastique make me smile. I still need to make the Toaster Sweater by Sew House Seven.
I honestly don’t know what I would do without Spotify. I don’t have time to find good music anymore and the personalized daily and weekly playlists really GET ME and ensure I always have great music playing in the background. 100% worth the monthly subscription (In fact, I would pay a lot more if they compensated artists better). Read More >>
I always feel reflective this time of year. It’s kind of mandatory when you own a business; it’s important to look back and take stock in order to thoughtfully plan for the future. I’ve been semi-frantically trying to tie up the loose ends of 2016 while also being deeply immersed in a few big projects, so I was happy to hit pause on all that busy work today and focus on what we actually did this year. Here are some highlights.
This year we released 3 full patterns; the Morgan Boyfriend Jeans, the Sophie Swimsuit and the Kelly Anorak. We also created a Flared Jeans expansion for our best selling Ginger pattern. Each release has exceeded my expectations and proven to me that there is a market for patterns outside the easy/beginner market; while we have a few simpler ideas in the works (I like a fast make as much as the next person!), I am looking forward to continue exploring more challenging ideas. Thank you for all your wonderful feedback and support this year; I really jump out bed each morning excited to see what you guys are cooking up with our resources.
This summer I made my first foray into online education withe the Sew Your Dream Swimsuit workshop and absolutely loved the experience. It really gives me the chance to nerd out in more depth than a sewalong, and I think videos are a lot more pleasant to follow for many of you. I have a few new workshops coming to you next year that I am really excited about, but I’ll continue to host sewalongs and lots of tutorials here on the blog. Read More >>