Thursday, October 29, 2015

Sewcabulary: Eight Basic Fabric Terms

Sewing for Beginners. Sewcabulary: Eight Basic Fabric Terms.

Well hello there! Happy Tuesday. In this week's Sewcabulary lesson we'll learn some basic, but crucial, fabric terminology. If you have a piece of fabric at home, I recommend pulling it out as you read along so that you can find these terms and look at them in person. As always, if you have questions, please feel free to ask them in a comment (below the post) or shoot me an email! I'm so glad you're here today and I hope you'll learn a thing or two about fabric.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Palindrome Dry Goods' Alice Top Sew-Along - Part 2

Hello there! I am SO excited to release my very first sew along. Through this post, I'll show you how to construct your very own Alice Top step-by-step. I'll virtually hold your hand through every pin, cut and seam, so you'll end up with an adorable top and build your sewing confidence along the way. If you haven't already, the pattern is available for sale here. Ready? This is going to be fun! Ok, take a deep breath, and cut out your paper pattern pieces. If you haven't already prepped your fabric, read this post first, to get prepared. 

If you'd like a generic understanding of pattern symbols and some basic sewing terms, I highly recommending reading this post, or having it open in a second window to reference!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Corduroy Dress with Abalone Back Buttons

Photo by Permanent Glimpse Photography

Several years ago now, my parents renewed their wedding vows atop a mountain near the Sierra Buttes. It was a handmade affair. My mom nuno felted & sewed her 'wedding' dress, a good family friend put together the bouquets, my mom put together her flower crown, the small affair was catered by my incredibly food-talented sister and I handmade this dress to wear for the special day.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Four Things I do Before I Sew Anything - Tips for Successful Sewing - Alice Top Sew-Along Part 1

Hello there! As a sewing instructor, I've had the opportunity to answer a lot of questions from sewists of all levels. To many, especially newbie sewists, sewing is a scary and overwhelming skill to learn. There are a lot of things to remember, and it often seems that there are too many factors that could go wrong. My goal throughout teaching, and now through blogging, is always to reduce the fear of learning to sew. Any little bit of information, or encouragement, that I could pass onto my students (and now my readers) that would ease their worries was vastly important.  Today's post is four facts that are essential to my (mostly) successful sewing, and will help your projects go smoother, and turn out better! This is also the prologue to the Alice Top sew-along, so if you're joining me for that, start here! Then you can move onto Part 2!

Saturday, October 17, 2015

I've Been Nominated for Burdastyle's Best of Blogging!

Happy Saturday Morning Everyone!

I woke up to very exciting news: Palindrome Dry Good's has been nominated for Burdastyle's Best of Blogging award!

I need the help of all my amazing supporters to make it to the final 50. If you voted for me here I would be super grateful and would tell you "Thank Youuuuu!" and hug you if I could!

Thank you for voting and I'll keep you posted! Voting closes October 22nd and winners will be announced October 23rd.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Amy Butler Tunic in Wool Plaid

I made this tunic several years ago, but for some reason, I never wrote about it! I love wearing it in fall and winter. The loose shape looks great layered and because it's wool, it's cozy warm. I made it using Amy Butler's Mini Dress, Tunic and Tops pattern

Photo by Permanent Glimpse Photography

Friday, October 9, 2015

Sewcabulary: Five Basic Machine Stitches and When to Use Them

Hello again! This week during sewcabulary, you'll get a healthy (but not scary!) introduction to basic sewing machine stitches. There are hundreds of different stitches out there in the world, and depending on your machine, you may be able to sew using all of those, or only a couple. We're going to cover five stitches that I use often, and that I'm confident beginning sewists need to have knowledge of. If you have the manual for your machine, it will be extremely helpful. As always, if you have questions about the sitches, please comment below! If there is a stitch you use all the time that I don't list, let me know, let's share the sewing love.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Handmade High Waisted Yoked Skirt in Plum Linen - Altered Version of Simplicity 1607

Hello there! Last week's post was on a blouse and I was determined to make a skirt to go along with it this week. Well, when I stumbled upon this adorable skirt (below) on Pinterest, I knew I had to make it, and I knew it wasn't going to go with that top. Oh well, you win some, you lose some.  


Thursday, October 1, 2015

Sewcabulary: Five Finishing Seams and How to Sew Them

Hello There! Thanks for joining me for this week's Sewcabulary, I'm glad you're here. This week, I'll show you how to sew five different finishing seams, without a serger. 

Why finish your seams at all, you ask? 

Well, firstly, they make the inside of your garment look professional and neat and if you're like me, you always want the inside to be as pretty as the outside. 
Secondly, they prevent your fabric from raveling when laundered. 
Thirdly, they can actually provide some structural importance, in the case of jeans, for example.

As my sewing knowledge has advanced, I find myself using finishing seams for nearly every project. If you're a beginning seamstress, don't be afraid! Now is a great time to learn these techniques and start incorporating them into those simple projects like pillowcases and curtains. If you're an intermediate or an advanced seamstress, these seams may be an overview for you, or perhaps one of them will be new to you! Comment at the end of the post and let me know if there is another one you'd like demonstrated, or if you sew one of the following seams differently than how I show you!