Catching Up… Sewing Classes + Sewalong Info

Life has been pretty busy lately…

I’m waking up early to workout 3x a week.  Work life has been ever-changing and pretty stressful, so my weekends have become my time to rest!  Getting that quality time with my sewing machine has been…. a somewhat, distant memory.

Outside of recording for the sewalong, I haven’t done much sewing.  I’ve been extremely low on inspiration for new sewing projects, but I’ve taken some much needed time to learn some new sewing skills with the help of Craftsy classes.

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The latest shenanigans…

Sewing Friends & Fashionistas Lovers!

This week is a slight break from the normal schedule – not because I don’t have a new DIY – because I do!  But I’d rather share with you some of the latest happenings…. and so much has been happening!

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Guess who’s on Bloglovin!

It seems that every-so-often I tend to stop sewing so much… or maybe it’s that I go on sewing-binges and afterwards need time to rest.

At any rate, lately I’ve been in the pattern of sewing up little things here and there, starting on stuff and adding them to my UFO pile. The struggle is real…
In the meantime, I’ve joined Bloglovin!  I’ve always seemed to follow other blogs there, but until recently was completely oblivious that I could add my own blog there too!

Check it out here!

I like the layout of Bloglovin. It’s a great place to follow all of your favorite blogs in one spot, without cluttering up your email inbox!

For my sewists… Do you go through sewing-binges too?  How do you handle your down time from sewing?

I’d love to hear from you, so please leave your comments below!

Until next time!
Xoxo 🙂

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Burda’s August Flagship Kit

Like many of you in the sewing community, I’ve been searching for some new patterns for the upcoming Fall season.  If you’ve followed my blog, by now you know how much of a fan I am of Vogue Patterns. I’ve always been attracted to their style and their instructions are easy for me to follow, now that I’ve been sewing for a bit.

I’ve sewn a few McCall & Butterick patterns. McCall patterns are great for beginners. Butterick definitely has some really nice style options that I like, different from Vogue and are also pretty easy instructions to follow.

I’ve seen several sewists experiment with other patterns, hacking them up into their own style.  For the first time in forever (singing Frozen tune in my head 🙂 ), I jumped out and started looking around and took a leap of faith…. or something like it.

I ordered Burda Style’s August Flagship Kit a few weeks back…. I really liked the outfits and you can’t beat such a great deal – 5 different collections, over 50 different pieces for only $19.99!  Who doesn’t love a good deal?!

Burda Style vs Vogue patterns:

Burda

  • Printable patterns (only).
  • Instructions are written out with no pictures.
  • Does not include seam/hem allowances, but advise you to add 5/8in seam allowance.
  • Goes into great detail for fitting/measuring, accompanied with different sizing charts.
  • Competitive pricing for patterns – ranging from $0.99 to $5.99 for individual patternsinstrx.1 instrx.2 sizing instrx

Vogue

  • Gives you the option to receive the packaged pattern with instructions etc or you can print it off.
  • Includes pictures with steps as you go.
  • Pattern pieces include seam allowances.
  • Provides measurements of completed garments vs your personal measurements to determine size for fabric info.
  • Breaks down the different fabric widths and how much fabric to buy.
  • Prices vary, depending on promotions and they offer memberships for additional discounts.

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I think I’ve been a tad bit spoiled with Vogue!  They are great for those learning to sew.

Burda definitely has the intermediate and advanced seamstresses in mind.  They deal with people who don’t need as much help upfront.  My goal is to try them out and see how it goes.

I love sewing and stretching myself to continue to grow and get better at it.

To be continued…

Until next time,

Happy Sewing 🙂

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Fall Into Fall: A DIY Top

Well, I guess I spoke too soon in my last post about Summer months lasting into Fall.  We just got out first ‘cold front’ and the temp has actually dropped into the 60’s!

Don’t get me wrong – I love and look forward to the seasons changing. I love it when the wind blows!! Especially after months of dry heat. 😀

To start off my Fall sewing projects, I opted for this tunic top, Vogue Pattern V8840 (currently out of print), View B.  My fabric choice is a plum, blouse weight stretch crepe.

DIY V8840

This is a really quick and easy project, with slim to no degree of difficulty.  Perfect for a novice sewist!

DIY V8840

After cutting pattern pieces and fabric, it took me 3 hours to make!

Side Note:  I did run into one problem when top stitching the center front seam. My bobbin thread came out a little… skip-py on the front of the top, so I had to remove it and sew it again with my top/needle thread for the top stitching.

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There’s nothing like being able to start something new and finish the same day… without having to THINK! We all need more projects like this once in awhile.

Quick Tip:  When sewing stretch fabrics, you’ll want to slightly tug the fabric as you’re sewing. This will keep your thread nice and taught and will prevent your seams from snapping once your fabric stretches.

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Overall, I’m happy with the outcome!  I love quick projects!

DIY V8840

What’s on your sewing list for this Fall Season?

I’m still on the look out for new patterns! More to come…

Until Next Time,

XOXO 🙂

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