Just popping in to let everyone know that I now have an online store!
I spent a very busy May making and selling masks for friends, family, and strangers. My MO was to work towards the customers criteria; they would tell me what colors and patterns they liked, and I would curate a fabric selection for them to choose from. While this did work, and the customer ended up pleased with their product, it just wasn’t sustainable time-wise. Pulling all the fabrics, arranging them for multiple photos, taking photos, sending the photos, waiting for feedback…you get the idea. One friend gave me a few colors to work with and after putting together a collection of probably 25-30 choices, her reply was “keep digging.” No thank you.
Well it’s been awhile, again, since I blogged about anything. I know 2020 has been a tough year for pretty much everyone, but for me 2019 was much worse. I didn’t sew really at all, I started a graduate school program 90 minutes away from home, and my dog passed away. There was a lot going on. But back in March of this year (remember March?), along with most of the rest of the world, we were put under lockdown, so I started sewing again. People asked for masks, so I churned those out. Then I got back into garments and quilting, and pattern testing! I’m excited to share this pattern I just tested because it’s really fast and super cute!
Yikes. It’s been a long while since I’ve written a blog post. I won’t bore anyone with tawdry details, but it’s been a rough year. I feel like I’ve been bleeding money, and that gets depressing. Seems like sometimes you can’t get ahead no matter how hard you try. Am I right? Anyone else feel that way? (OK, but if you do want the tawdry details, Continue reading
Yes, that’s what I said; Year of the Unicorn. Why? Surely you mean, why not? Unicorns are unique and colorful and strong and amazing and fabulous, or so I hear, and that’s what I want my year to be. (Although it is actually Year of the Dog, and I was born under the dog sign, so maybe this is definitely going to be a good year for me). In order to organize myself and get on track, I made a list for what I want to create and learn this year, and then I started tackling said list. Continue reading
A couple of months ago, I wrote about a special Canadian themed blog tour that I was asked to be part of, and it’s finally happening! This tour brings together a group of talented bloggers, bag makers, pattern designers, and of course fabric purveyors, from coast to coast. It’s been a great way to learn about the sewing scene in Canada as well as about Canada itself, as we celebrate her 150th Birthday! Continue reading
In early January, I received an email about testing a new pattern for Radiant Home Studios. Funny story though, I read the email as I’d been chosen to test the pattern, so I responded saying “Yes, I’d love to! Thanks for choosing me!” I then received a response from Sara, the designer saying, more or less, “Um, thanks for your interest, but who are you?” Turns out that back in the day, I had signed up to be on an email list for those interested in future pattern testing. Once you get one of those emails, you then “apply” by expressing your interest and going from there. In my case, Sara asked for my ‘credentials’ (sewing experience, photos, Instagram feed), and after that it was all good. I expressed apologies about being such a noob first though. Continue reading
It seemed like it had been awhile since I wrote a blog post, so I decided to check. Yep, it’s been three months. Woops. I think it was a combination of things; the outcome of the US election, then the holidays, then the inauguration, then just wanting to hide from the outside world and the internet. I still can’t watch the news. My husband and I also took a trip to Ontario for five days in January, and in February we both got the flu, which laid us up for a couple of weeks. But, just because I haven’t been writing, that doesn’t mean I haven’t been sewing! It feels as though my “to-sew” list is never ending, so I’m sharing what I’ve been working on. Continue reading
Back in early-ish May, I saw that one of the bloggers I follow, Helen from Helen’s Closet, had issued a call for pattern testers. She was working on putting out a pattern for culottes and was asking for testers to get it to that final stage. I’ve always thought testing a pattern sounded fun, but I never seem to get chosen! Apparently it’s kind of a prestigious community, so I wasn’t sure what the outcome would be. In any case, I decided what the heck, I’ll throw my name out there and cross my fingers. And lucky me, I was chosen! Continue reading
In January of 2015, I decided that I needed some sort of social outlet to get me out of the house. Winter in Montreal is harsh, and most people have a tendency to hibernate. It can be a very depressing season, and it is very easy for me to not leave the house for days on end. While I do still sew, I like to make myself mostly dresses and tops, which I won’t be able to wear for another four months, so I wanted to branch out into another form of sewing that could carry me through the winter. So I joined the Modern Quilt Guild! Continue reading
A few years ago, a movement started in the online sewing community called Me Made May. It encourages people to wear something they’ve made each day in May. The idea is to bring attention to the work that goes in to making your own clothing, and to maybe step away from clothing that is produced in sweatshop conditions. I have to assume that they chose May because Continue reading