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157: Looking Back

157: Looking Back  #pfHappyEnding

Feb 20

Catch up:
Jenny: My first skirt will be a green drill denim I bought at Mulberry Silks.  It’s an aline, with design lines down the center front & at the hip line.  I’m hoping to cut that out this weekend and sew it up next week – since I haven’t yet gotten through the bit about zippers in class.

Beverly: Made another top with my self-drafted pattern – I increased the length, widened it at the hip and center front a little bit.  Used Merchant and Mills 185 linen – I think the goodnight colorway, underlined with black linen.  I think I prefer muslin underlining. Again all the seams finished by hand.  Really enjoy doing that.  

I made a set of PJs.  I used a combination of two free t-shirt patterns to make the top. I love the neckline on the Deer and Doe Plantain, with the looseness of the Rebecca Page toronto tee – went to check the measurements on that one and it seems there is no Rebecca Page website anymore!  What happened?

The pants were made using my loose-fitting pants block.  – which was drafted for non-stretch fabric, but works for pjs – elastic waist.

New Patterns:

Sew Over It Margot dress

StyleArc Zalia max 61” hip

  • Top or dress option
  • Round or “V” neck options
  • Elbow or 3/4 length sleeves gathered into a bind
  • Slight “A” line shape
  • Topstitched front and back feature seams
  • Back split opening with button and loop closure
  • Wide hem facings

Den Jacket Chalk and Notch

Itch to Stitch Bellavista

Topic:  Looking back.  Beverly, feel free to add questions.  🙂

Fav Episode

Episode 5: Definitely Not Guaranteed Sewing TipsEpisode 100 bloopers
Fav Interview(s)Episode 9: All Genders Welcome
I loved this panel discussion so much.
Episode 51: Sheila O’Kelly
Episode 48: Saremy
Fav momentWhen neither of us were sure how the sizing for spools of thread worked.  We worked it out in the episode.  I’m still not sure I understand.
Fav hashtag#pfJustTheTip or #pfProm#pfLegCages #pfHotStuff
What did you learn?
Build friendshipsSo much! 
What do you wish we’d had time to do?I wish we’d had time to commit to building a community home, on discord or patreon, or e ven FB.Transcripts.  Very time consuming to get high quality transcripts done.
Advice for other sewing podcasters?Start with a format of some sort, it’s so helpful when you are unsure where to start.  Don’t have to start with a blank page.
Technical:  with two people, or interviewing people, Buzzprout was easy to work with and for extra $6 they do the mixing so the levels are closer to each other.
Final advice for listeners?Sew with the best materials you can manage if this is your biggest & best hobby. Tell everyone you sew to find new sewing friends.Local sewing stores & swaps for sewing friends. But not that into hanging out with other people.
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156: What’s next? #pfHappyEnding

156: What’s next?  #pfHappyEnding

Feb 13

Catch up:
Jenny: Finished my block and am moving on to my first custom skirt design – but testing things out first in miniature by printing photos of my block & using them to design.

Tauko Magazine also has put out a call for submissions. I’ll submitted a couple designs & then crossing my fingers.  🙂

Beverly: Wedding dress!!!! Finished – details about that

New Patterns:

Cashmerette’s club pattern for a fitted dress block, the Wyman sloper.  Access to all past patterns with a membership at $13/mo.

Style Arc Wren Jacket

Majorelle Shirt and Dress pattern – Itch to stitch

Reef Sweatshirt – Greenstyle Patterns

Topic:

What’s next for us?  We’ll have some free time, and some stress removed from our lives (because creating on a schedule is usually stressful, right?).  

Jenny:

  • Taking classes: Top Skills, some couture handsewing classes
  • Offering group sewing classes:  I’m going to offer a group sewing things locally on a very small scale just for fun.
  • New podcast: Insewmniacs – with my daughter who also sews too much, and never sleeps.
  • Downsizing
  • Retirement dreaming

My sewing has really slowed down since I started taking Brooks Ann Camper’s Skirt Skills class – but that’s wrapping up now, with my first skirt made from my custom pattern being sewn up now.  I think I’m going to play around with taking more time to focus on high quality, well fitted garments (just skirts, until I sign up for Top Skills next month) with lovely guts.  Beverly has been inspiring for sure!


Beverly: privacy. Hahahaha

Discovering my design style – for now I am really happy with a minimalist style, but that may be more from a starting with basic forms perspective.  Trying to learn about design, but not as simple to find materials as I thought – textbooks

We’ll be keeping the episodes up and hosted for another 12-months – so get them downloaded and listened to while you can.  🙂 

I’ve ordered our final patreon gift – there are still a few spots open if you sign up before the end of February to get it!

Look for Jenny’s new podcast Insewmniacs on podcatchers near you starting in March.

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PF 153 Creative Doldrums

Jan 23 – Creative doldrums

Catch up

Jenny: I’ve cut out seven different garments (no duplicates) and really hope to feel inspired to sew them up soon.  Some are things I’ve made before – but not repeats in the pile of cut patterns.

Beverly 

Finished some knitting – socks and a “Rockit tee” 

Two muslins for my wedding dress!  Been documenting for a potential blog post.  

New patterns

Wickelpullover up to 59.5” hip

The highlight of this wrap sweater is the side seam fold, which cleverly creates a casual and flattering drape of the fabric. The deep V-neck allows you to elegantly highlight tops worn underneath or provide extra warmth over a chic blouse.

Garnet by MadebyRae – up to 70” hip

How to get out of a creative slump – or is that even something you need to do?

Here’s an article with thoughts. 

  • Take a class.  I’m taking Skirt Skills by Brooks-Ann There SIX DAY in person class in Baltimore with Susan Khalje – they have them in May, Sept and Dec.  I am seriously thinking of attending the September one.  It’s expensive $1800, but it’s for 6 days and seems so great.  

Also, I signed up for Craftsy again (1.49) and have been taking couture sewing classes on there with Alison Smith.  Not nearly as in depth, but satisfying my desire for classes.

  • Illustrate your dream projects.  I use MyBodyModel (now part of the Cashmerette family). Brooksann teaches you how to make a croqui from a photo of yourself.  She does it using paper, but I imported it into Procreate and I love it.  
  • Buy or use some PRECIOUS FABRIC or, make a muslin if that’s more comfortable.  
  • Sew for someone else – oh, sure
  • Mend
  • Take a break from sewing purposefully
  • Take a break for social media, and sew instead
  • Watch a Oscar winning film for the costumes
  • Spend some time on another hobby
  • Organize your sewing space

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152: Sewing Gratitude

Jan 16: Sewing gratitude

Catch up:

Jenny:  Oh, man.  I’m really in a slump.  I’m so stalled out – but hopefully I’ll be over it soon.  In the meantime, my Diablo IV game is really popping off.  I’ve got 5 level 100 characters, and am ready for the next Season to be released.  LOL!

Beverly: PJs, made entirely from swap fabric!  Top is long sleeved Grainline Hemlock Tee (Free) and bottoms are drafted from my relaxed fit block.

New patterns

DejaVu Dress by Picnicwear up to 66” hip

The Deja Vu Dress is all of the following (but somehow extremely simple and easy to wear):

✿ Reversible: you can wear the vee in the front or the back

✿ Adjustable: each size fits a range of bodies, which means it can be a consistent fave in your closet despite any fluctuations in your body.

✿ Versatile: you can make it to wear as a party dress, an easy day dress, or such that it can be both!

✿ Adaptable: a lot of our testers made some fun adjustments; like adding a second tier at the bottom!

✿ NO CLOSURE: you don’t have to buy or apply zippers or buttons!

✿ SHORT & SASSY: the dress was designed to show off your legs while giving some coverage to your arms. Please lengthen accordingly if that’s not your vibe!

Greenstyle – Brooklyn Jogger

The Adult Brooklyn Jogger sewing pattern is perfect for those who want to stay comfortable and stylish! With features like optional pockets, a back bridge, and cuffs or hem and optional full length gusset – you’ll have joggers suited to any occasion.

Sewing gratitude:

Jenny

What people & things are you grateful for – sewing related only!

  • Accountability partners.  Jo of FatThighsAndMermaidPants is going to hold me accountable during my Skirt Skills class by Brooks-Ann Camper.  Lori keeps me going when I feel unable to get past a project.
  • Inspirations.  I’m so inspired by what Beverly is doing with her new found drafting skills.  I find Terrance Williams entire Insta presence, and sewing, to be inspirational.  SueChingLascelles inspires me with her designs.  CrisWoodSews is always doing something with a sheer fabric that makes me pause & gasp.  Besta_hesta makes me want to be more avant garde than I am.
  • Draping videos on YouTube. I don’t follow anyone – but i’ll surf around and feel the inspiration.  I get frustrated because I want a dress form that’s like my body but don’t want to make one, and really don’t want to pay thousands for one.  So I love the inspo, but realistically will never actually drape things.

Beverly

  • Brooksann Camper
  • Pinterest
  • #sewingdresses, #sewingpants, #sewingtops
  • Big Book of Feet – Bernina

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151 looking back at 2023

Jan 9 – looking back at 2023

Catch up

Jenny: I’ve not really been sewing a lot as the year ends, so I guess my big make was my Mrs Claus costume from Honeybourne by Cashmerette.  🙂

Beverly: Two pairs of chinos! Olive oxford and taupe twill from Stylemaker Fabrics

Finished my hand quilted vest from the class I took at end of 2022. Gave to mom for Christmas.

New patterns:

Brenda Brief – Porcelynn patterns.  Up to 63” hip. 

This pattern has 4 view options, two are high waisted and two are mid rise. The youth version is included which features only View A. This brief was created to incorporate a wide variety of body sizes. 

Encore Skirt – Love notions

Encore Skirt Features:

  • Four body styles – pencil, a-line, full and pleated
  • Two lengths – above knee and midi
  • Large pockets!
  • 2 videos for the pocket construction & zipper/waistband construction
  • Meant for woven fabrics

Sizes: XS-5X (See Size Charts here)

Skill Level: Confident beginner or Intermediate

Our 2023 in review:

Jenny’s statistics. 

Total makes:  133 – a record low for me

Items still in my closet:  42 pieces – also a low!

Designers where I made more than 10 pieces: CaramiyaMaui, myself, Jessilous, True Bias, Helen’s Closet

Patterns I made more than 10 of: Lodo & DIY Daisy’s sundress

Most common fabric: a tie between cotton woven, and linen, with cotton lycra coming in a close 2nd.

Fabric sources: 34 different stores, online and in person.

Most common:  Fabrics-store.com, Fine Fabrics USA, and Freeman’s creative – so hilarious, all start with F.  Funny!

Beverly’s statistics. 

Total makes:  Stopped using the spreadsheet in June, had 27 at that point.  Would make ~1/week on that rate and it sounds about right, so probably 50 or so.

Items still in my closet: Almost all of them.  I offer to my mom if the shoulders are too tight or I don’t love the style.  

Designers where I made more than 10 pieces: Myself 

Patterns I made more than 10 of: none

Most common fabric: Linen for sure, from stats: 19 unique values, 11 linen

Fabric sources: Probably about 7

QuestionJenny Beverly 
most made patternLodo dress by True Bias, max 59.5” hip though I found it ran big.A shirt for Jim!  Several versions. Mostly one offs or self-drafted
fav new techniqueWelt pockets!  With a zip if I’m feeling adventurousLapped hand-picked zipper, underlining to dramatically improve the quality and durability of the garment
fav new designerJessilous – of the Tate romper!ME!
best thing about 2023 sewing communityThe growth of small designers, and classes to teach pattern design.  So much variety!Local eventsOnline learning 
worst thing?So many size limited patterns still coming out, with the same old excuses for why.
advice from 2023 you to 2024 you?It’s okay to slow down.Your favorite part of sewing is the sewing, so enjoy it 
fav fabric sourcesMood.  Fabrics-store.com, Fancy Tiger Craft.Domesticity, Merchant and Mills, Stylemaker Fabrics, Mood

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148 Final Sews of 2023 #pfJoyful

Dec19

Final Sews of 2023

Catch up:

Jenny: a failed Webster dress from precious fabric

Beverly – My custom made jeans – all that is left is the front button, top stitching on waistband, belt loops, and hem.  

These are AMAZING.  They fit me perfectly – because they were made exclusively for me.  I learned so much and TOOK MY TIME! I spent an entire evening just doing the fly front and back pockets.  I was so careful and made design and construction choices based on what I thought was best for the garment and not based on the time or care it would take to do them.  

Great tutorial for fly front: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNbrGVJfHZY

Trick for getting threads to the back for repairing or simply adding to a seam with no visible over stitching 

New patterns

Lesperlines Eastside pants

The Eastside pants have entered the chat! The newest crew member is a carpenter style pants, with a high-waist and loose fit through the hips and leg. The pattern features all the patch pockets you could dream of (6, to be exact), a classic hammer loop and a zipper fly. This pattern is perfect for the sewist with a love for details!

Forest and Thread Good Tiemes Tee

Featuring a unique front and back yoke that creates a well-placed horizontal seam line above the chest, this pattern is made for fun fabric and color combinations! The high and snug mockneck balances the wide and loose boxy fit of the body in perfect harmony. With the tunnel and ties option across the shoulder seams and back neckline, the ruched detailing can be pulled super tight or left to lay flat depending on your styling mood. Regardless of how you choose to wear yours, this tee is meant for having a good tieme!

Imogen Pyjamas Sew Over it

Market Stalls Quilt from Cedar Quilt Co

Style Arc Ellis knit T

Muna & Broad fifey pj’s

Final sewing plans for 2023

Jenny: 

  • holiday dress from a big 4 pattern that isn’t size inclusive but that will fit based on my desired ease & body size
  • Finish up my latest design for next fall’s Tauko 13 issue 
  • Source materials for a temperate / cold water wetsuit
  • Gift shirt for Marc

Beverly:

  • Christmas present for Jim
  • Another pair of pants with my jeans patterns, but using khaki fabric
  • My wedding dress!  

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147 Our fav patterns 2023

Dec 12

Fav 2023 Sewing patterns

Catch up

Jenny: self drafted Godzilla dress

Beverly: Deer and Doe Myosotis Dress made with rayon twill (Yikes!) but i love the finished product.  

New patterns:

Howerdel skirt from elbe textiles

The Howerdel Skirt is a midi length skirt that is fitted at the waist with an invisible

zipper in the side seam and a lined top tier.

View A features assymetrical gathered tiers and View B has straight gathered tiers.

Pixie Valentine Dress from Made Label

SEWING LEVEL : ADV BEGINNER +

The perfect holiday dress, the Pixie Valentine Dress Sewing Pattern has a beautiful fitted bodice ~ NO ZIPPERS or BUTTONS!! 

A gathered sleeve cap with a fitted long sleeve and tailored bodice with a shirred back panel creates an elegant silhouette. Never tried shirring… no problem. We have a step-by-step video showing you how!

The dress can be sewn in mini or maxi length

Quebrada skirt Itch to Stitch

Whether you’re looking to create a stylish garment for warm, sunny days or cozy up for the colder seasons, the versatile Quebrada skirt is your perfect choice. The Quebrada Skirt features a beautifully flared gored design with five gores in the front and six in the back, allowing for a comfortable and flattering fit. Best of all, this pattern is compatible with a wide range of woven fabrics, from recycled denim to corduroy, microfiber, cotton, and more, so you can tailor it to your preferred style and climate. Go ahead and dress it up for a special occasion or dress it down for a casual, everyday look.

Quebrada Skirt Features:

  • A-line silhouette for a classic and flattering look
  • Gored skirt design with 5 panels in the front and 6 in the back
  • Two length options with the ability to further adjust to your preference
  • Features waist facings for a streamlined look
  • Simple center back zipper
  • Designed for medium-weight woven fabric

Fav 2023 sewing patterns – made in 2023, not necessarily designed in 2023

Jenny

Beverly

This matching set – made with fabric from our NYC trip

My new Deer and Doe Myosotis dress 

In the folds Sawtell dress

I did not sew many new patterns this year.  I ventured into drafting so much after my Creative Hinterland, Skirt Skills and Smarty pants classes.  I learned so much and developed as a sewist, pattern drafter and even designer.  

I looked back through some of my favorite of new patterns this year and wanted to highlight these – good reminder to myself to go check these out:

January

Style Arc Xanthe woven dress

February

Daughter Judy Isola Jumpsuit

May

True Bias Lora dress

June 

Chalk and Notch Shay dress

August

Helen’s Closet Lawrence Dress

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144 Social Media #pfSelfCare

144 Social Media #pfSelfCare

Catch up:

Jenny:

Honeybourne

Starting a project to sew everything in Made to Meadure

Closet sale on Black Friday & Saturday

Beverly

Love Notions Ballad Blouse – black linen tencil (M&M) Lengthened and straightened hem, elbow length sleeves

Embroidery machine!

New patterns:

Ingvild by Melilot – up to 62” hip

A timeless and feminine reversible coat, perfect for wearing over dresses with a full skirt. You can choose a basic fabric on one side, and a bright colour or print on the other side, to get two completely different coats in one. It has an asymmetric closure and a clean neckline without collar, as well as side seam pockets. The darts add a nice detail to the clean finish. You can also add a collar or a hood to your coat, by adding the extension pattern.

Cashmerette Club Savin Coat

Topic: social media

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143 Elisalex #pfSelfCare

143 Elisalex #pfSelfCare

Catch up: 

Jenny:

Honeybourne x 2 – what a difference getting the fit right makes

Halloween costumes

Also: talent show! 

Self care – skin

Beverly: 

Smarty pants class – made first block and mockup!

Love Notions Ballad Blouse – blue linen

New patterns:

Frances Collection Victory Patterns – up to 60” hips

Made to Measure book: released Nov 2 UK, Nov 5 USA. 

Following an overview of essential sewing tools, a primer on fabrics, and a guide to essential sewing techniques, you will learn how to:

  • Draft simple patterns based on your measurements 
  • Take a pattern from an existing garment 
  • Identify and fix common fit issues 

The sixteen pattern-free projects for dresses, skirts, tops, a pantsuit, and more are a springboard for creating a versatile, personalized wardrobe. The designs include:

  • Sweet Shirred Top and Dress 
  • Faux-Cute Jumpsuit 
  • Paneled Wrap Skirt 
  • Prairie Dress 
  • Not Your Grandma’s Quilted Circle Skirt 
  • Siren Slip Dress 
  • Refashioned Sweater Dress

Interview with Elisalex – about 25 min. 

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140: Aaronica

This week we’re doing something different – almost a throw back to previous guest spots from our first year podcasting. We have a guest – and Jenny & Aaronica just talk and talk about KnowMe patterns, Made for Mermaids, and all things creative.