The thing about the Boulder Duffle is that it is one of those perfect sizes. Going to the gym? Grab the Boulder. Going away for the weekend? Take your Boulder. Heading for the pool this summer? Pack all those towels and sunscreen bottles in the Boulder (and snacks, don't forget the snacks!). This bag will take you right through the summer and squarely into the fall. In fact, you might never want to give it up.
The Sewing Workshop crew recently headed down to Eureka Springs, Arkansas for our annual Sew Arkansas event. We met a lot of lovely new ladies who taught us a few things, even as we were teaching them. It was especially fun to see how many people came outfitted in Sewing Workshop patterns! It is so rewarding for us to see our designs actually sewn and worn in person – with each piece imbued with the creator's personal twist.
A good raincoat can go a long way to brightening a gloomy day. It has been raining cats and dogs here all month, but that doesn't bother me! I just gear up in my Soho raincoat and head out to weather the storm. We know we aren't the only ones getting drenched this month, and that is why the Soho is our featured pattern for April.
Here it is, the one you've been waiting for...The Zayn Shirt. This split personality top is perfect for those who want to be classic and modern, all in the same garment. The short sleeve garment drapes from its flattering high, curved neckline and plunges into a gorgeous drape on the left side. And, this is a garment you don't have to take sides on – it is suited for both wovens and knits!
Recently, while watching the utterly magnificent Christian Dior Spring/Summer 2017 Couture show (which you can see here, and which I highly recommend watching), I realized something – the models were wearing our West End Pants! Well, the Dior version anyway. Later that same day I received an email from Anthropologie and their models were also wearing our West End style. It was official: wide-leg cropped pants are the pant for this spring. Luckily, I have just the pattern to make them.
The San Diego pattern has a very unique way of making the facing and collar. The process isn't difficult but requires precise stitching to get a clean, sharp look. We have made a lot of San Diego samples and have found, through trial and error, several tricks for more accurate stitching. To help you make your best San Diego, we have put together a little tutorial on sewing the neckline, complete with tips that we have found make the process easier. Enjoy!
We are so appreciative of the amazing reception you have given the Chateau Coat since its release earlier this week! One of the things we like most about the Chateau is how adaptable it is – you can make it in many different fabrications, which give the same garment so many looks. Inspired by the Chateau's versatility, we have designed a number of kits to coordinate with the coat. From a tech fabric to a classic wool, there is an option for everyone!
Simple and elegant. A dash of Audrey Hepburn with a sprinkle of Jackie O. – that is the Chateau Coat. Whether you make it in a bold Missoni knit or classic black Scuba, this is the jacket that people will stop you on the street to ask about. "Where did you get that fabulous coat?" The answer? "Well, I made it of course!"
It's here! The first Sew Confident! tutorial of 2017, the San Diego Bomber. If you haven't used our Sew Confident! tutorials before, they are our monthly digital tutorials that can be subscribed to by the year, or bought individually as they are released (a first for 2017!). This year our theme is Variations With Verve and each month we will be sharing techniques for customizing patterns for your unique style, To kick off the year, Erin demonstrates how she transformed our San Diego pattern into this on-trend bomber jacket.
Do you ever feel like you just want to get away for a few days to focus on your sewing and make a pattern plan? Well, that is just what we do every year in Eureka Springs, Arkansas – and, of course, you can join us. So pick up that sewing machine and pack your bags, let's get sewing!
The Ivy top is made for mixing and matching fabrics. With so many great knit prints out there, why not play with colors and prints to create a unique design? We used our new knit line from Girl Charlee to create this fabulous floral top – and like it so much we decided to offer it as a kit!
Alex here, joining the blog-o-sphere today presenting the ever-popular hashtag #2017MakeNine. Have you seen this hashtag floating around? It's considered the maker version of the 'Best Nine' tagline where you choose your top nine Instagram posts for the year. The idea is simple really: you choose nine projects or patterns you'd like to sew during the year. Seems simple enough, right? Now the hope is that these aren't the only projects you do during the year, but it's more of a guideline to build from.
It seems like everyone in the sewing world is talking about scuba - and I don't mean the kind with the snorkel. Scuba fabric, a stretchy double knit that is similar to a ponte, has been making its way onto runways for years and now fashion sewers are starting to experiment with this fun fabric.
A new year is right around the corner and the world is busy making resolutions. What will my resolution be? Well, I'm giving up all those fanciful notions of learning a new language or going to the gym everyday. Instead, my resolutions will all revolve around my favorite thing — sewing! This year I will finish all those UFOs, I will clean out my fabric stash and I will take the time to learn how to perfect my sewing skills, specifically those that involve altering or personalizing patterns. Luckily, everyone at The Sewing Workshop is feeling the same way, and we have developed our Sew Confident! 2017 program around that very idea, which we are calling Variations with Verve!
The fashion world was saddened when legendary designer Sonia Rykiel passed away this week. Rykiel, who unknowingly got her start as a designer when she started sewing maternity clothing for herself, was known as The Queen of Knits for her fashion-forward work with knit design. As I thumbed through Pinterest, looking at Rykiel designs, I noticed that she not only loved knits, but also loved a knit stripe (though, who doesn't?). In honor of this great designer, I've put together a few Sonia Rykiel inspiration boards, pairing our knit stripes with her design inspiration.
In the December 16, 2015 blog post called French Terry Topper, I described the process of lengthening the Chicago Jacket to make a longer version in French terry. The coat looks and feels great, but I noticed after it was made that it wants to fly open at the bottom a bit, even when just hanging on a hanger.
Martha Myers is a wonderful customer and Sew Kansas participant. She writes about many of her projects on her own blog. She made this amazing variation of a Peony Vest so we asked her to share the story as our guest blogger for this post. Enjoy and prepare to be inspired!
Every time I fly to Chicago, I always make time to walk through Neiman Marcus on Michigan Avenue to see the Eskandar line of clothing.The pieces are simple. The designer basically turns out the same designs every season and simply changes up the fabrications and perhaps a length or two.
I've known Ellen March, editor of Sew News magazine, for a long time. I wrote articles for her and even fielded questions in the Q&A department for years. When she called me and asked if I would be a guest on her Sew It All TV show, I couldn't resist an opportunity to work with her in another format — on camera!
French terry is a type of jersey knit fabric that has vertical ribs on one side of the fabric and fine loops on the other side, unlike terrycloth, which has loops on both sides. It has entered the fashion scene once again and is used by designers for all kinds of ready-to-wear including coats and toppers.
There's definitely something in the air. At the same time that I was producing the June Sew Confident! tutorial about using photos and magazine images as inspirations to build mood boards for wardrobe and sewing concepts, my daughter, Alex, was doing a similar thing in her fashion design class at ESMOD design school in Paris, France.