Posted in Fashion, Homemade Living, Sewing

How I learned to sew

Hello Everyone!

I learned to sew in a very interesting way. I grew up with my mother who made EVERYTHING. All of our Halloween costumes were made, not bought. My mom made my dress for my first school dance. Our curtains were all handmade. You get the idea.

While I watched everything and loved the idea that I was not limited to pre-made items, I wanted nothing to do with the sewing machine. I would sit with my mom and soak in the experience, but I never offered to help or take her up on her offers to teach me. It wasn’t until after I left for college that I decided I wanted to learn for myself. My mom still laughs at me for that one.

I was bad terrible at first. I understood how to cut out a pattern and generally what all the symbols meant from watching mom do it all those years. I did not possess, however, any patience. Like, at all. If I messed up a seam, I just kept on going and dealt with a crappy end product because I didn’t want to take the time to undo it and start over. I picked projects that were definitely above my comfort level and just ruined them. I actually wore a dress that I made to a work function that should not have gone out in public or made it past the trash can (still one of those wake me up in the middle of the night just to feel the shame moments). People asked if I made it. No one should ask if you made it (unless they know you sew and are curious). They should be shocked and awed when they discover you made something they assumed was bought in a store. This particular nightmare was very much the epitome of a shitty, rushed, homemade disaster.

If you think it taught me my lesson, it didn’t. No good story happens without a bit of embarrassment and shame (or is that just me?!?). I made many more things that didn’t go so well. I made a bridesmaid dress for myself for my best friend’s wedding. While the dress itself was not terrible (I had managed to get a bit better at sewing by then), I didn’t take the time to finish any seams or give any sort of finish at all inside. I was just going to wear it once right? Why take the time to do it right, it’s only a WEDDING (oh god, it hurts just to write it out)? Yeah… I caught the waist seam on my bracelet and it totally unraveled. I had to safety pin it together so I wouldn’t walk down the aisle in my underwear. 100% face palm moment. My friend still loves me, I think…

I have since learned from my past mistakes and then some (lots and lots of YouTube and practice and loving glares from my mother). Beyond any skill, I learned patience. Mostly I hear my mother’s voice in my head saying “Slow down. Take your time. This is not a race.” Even if I am making something as simple as a pillow cover, I make sure to take the time to do it right. There is no sense in me taking any time at all on a project if it is only going to last a week. It’s also not cheaper for me to make something rather than buy it if I just have to re-do it over and over.

Now, I sew every day. It’s my business. It’s my passion. When I make something, I make it to last. I love knowing that I have made something beautiful and of quality that will likely outlast many purchased garments. I’m pretty sure my clients appreciate it too 😉

If you are new to sewing (or not, let’s be honest), please let this help you remember that it is not a race. Rome was not built in a day, and neither will that dress you are dreaming about making. I consider myself a fairly advanced sewist, but none of those skills matter if I don’t take the time to slow down.

In the words of my mother, slow down. Take your time. This is not a race.

Happy creating,

Kat

 

Posted in Fashion, Homemade Living, Sewing

Fall wardrobe bucket list

Hello everyone!

Fall is almost here! For me, that means I have a ton of things I want to make because fall fashion is so fun. It makes me think of long trench coats and blazers and cozy sweaters. Also boots. All the boots.

I never have enough time to make everything I want or the money to buy all the fabric. That doesn’t stop me from dreaming! Here is what I am hoping to make this fall season or just ogle on everyone who actually has one ♥♥.

  1. Simplicity 8174 View B

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This jacket looks bad ass and I love the shoulder and waist details.

2. Simplicity Pattern 8222 View A

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I love the quilted look on this bomber and the fact that it is fully lined.

3. Simplicity pattern 1016 Views A and B

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Anyone noticing the Mimi G pattern here? This is the last of her patterns, I promise. I just love her fall line. I feel like I would wear the jacket without the cape much more often, but everyone deserves NEEDS a cape. When I feel fancy, I think the cape would really make a statement.

4. Butterick pattern 5966 View C

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I love me a good long trench coat. I am not a fan of the mock turtle neck on views A and B, but C is just so pretty. I would wear this everywhere.

5. McCall’s pattern 7248 View B

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This is the quintessential feminine fall shirt. Its blousy, structured but flowy, and perfect with jeans and a french tuck or leggings (yes, I am one of THOSE people). I feel like this is a wardrobe staple and it looks fairly simple to make.

6. McCall’s pattern 7247 Views B and/or C

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For the many casual cozy fall days, this looks comfortable but not without style. I can’t decide if I want a fun print or simple color block. Maybe I’ll make a few…

I’m sure I won’t be able to make all of these but that won’t stop me from trying! What are you thinking of making this fall? I’ll be posting pictures of my makes as I manage to finish them!

Happy creating,

Kat

 

 

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I might be a Fashionista

Hello everyone!

I am starting to realize just how much I might be into fashion. That sounds noncommittal, I know. It also seems silly, because I sew. But sewing and fashion sewing are VERY different things. I have always liked looking nice and I try to put more than 30 seconds into what I might wear for the day, but I wouldn’t have considered myself a fashionista until recently. I am going to classify myself as a low maintenance fashionista for the time being.

I bring this up because this year I discovered Mimi G. For anyone who doesn’t know who that is, she is a fashion sewist with a line of patterns for Simplicity. She has a blog and does videos on Youtube giving step by step instructions for her patterns (among many other things). This chick is a straight up diva and I LOVE her. She has no idea who I am, I just want everyone to love her as much as I do. She is completely self made in her career and gives lots of advice for other sewing entrepreneurs out there. She also helped me realize how much I want to sew my own wardrobe. Her patterns are great and (at least in my opinion) are cut in a more flattering and modern way than some other patterns I have tried. I don’t love all of her designs, as some of them are form fitted knits and I haven’t lost the baby weight… Ok, its less me not liking the design and more me just being jealous tbh. If you didn’t know who she was before reading this, please please please check her out. I think about sewing and my business in a whole new way after following Mimi G.

Here is a pic of me (and my lovely momma) in my new blazer that I made from the Mimi G for Simplicity pattern 1167, view D. It fits great and is the perfect casual blazer. I already have fabric to make another one because I am so in love with it!

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Let me know if you love Mimi as much as I do!

Happy creating,

Kat