I thought I’d start out by sharing some of my favorite sewing sites. Both for materials and patterns, and also for information related to vintage sewing machines. I love my machines, and like working on them as much as I do sewing with them… I sew to justify why I have so many…
So Sew English Fabrics
Beautiful fabrics, great specials and wonderful customer service. What else can I say? We’re working on collaborating and providing some great tips, and sharing some inspirational ideas. http://sosewenglishfabrics.com/
Patterns for Pirates
Another site I’ve come to love is Patterns for Pirates! (and the Facebook page that goes along with it). She has some of the easiest to use patterns I’ve ever tried. You can print them out at home, then just tape them together. The directions are very clear (even when you are sewing late at night…). The best part – if you do get stuck, just post a question on the Facebook page and someone will be quick to answer. I’ve purchased the Slim Fit Raglan along with its add-on pieces, the Peg Legs (if you join the FB page, you’ll find a code for the Peg Legs ‘hint, hint’), the Every Day Elegance (which is for woven, not knits), the Sweetheart dress and am about to go buy the new Sweet Tea. All of these patterns have so many options. I made on Slim Fit Raglan with the regular neck, and then made the last one with the cowl neck. I’m almost done with the Sweetheart dress, just need to attach the skirt to the bodice. Its a bit more of a challenge than the Slim Fit or Peg Legs, but it is doable. One of her sisters’ sites is – Made for Mermaids, which is primarily for children’s clothing. Another sister has www.colescreations.etsy.com. Check out Patterns for Pirates and don’t forget to sign up for their newsletter – you may find a great discount code 🙂
Do you Swoon? And I don’t mean a southern style faint. I came across Swoon Patterns and fell in love with their bag patterns. The first one I made I was very skeptical – like how is ‘this’ going to be a bag? Well, by the time it was done, it was a bag! I’ve made a few and really like them. I’ve made a few ‘Ethels’ – she’s fairly simple and straight forward. She’s also nice and roomy. I didn’t make mine as firm as the directions called for, because I need to be able to put her in my desk drawer at work. I’ve made others and used the called for stabilizer and it stands up nicely on its own. My next project is to make a Coraline clutch. I’ll try to remember to take pictures of the process. Check out both the website where there are a few free patterns to try so you can see how simple they are. Very clear directions. The vintage sewing machine bag is mine, and the one with cows and a puppy inside is one I made for my sister. Her favorite animals are cows, although not for dinner. Disclaimer: Wrinkles in bottom of bag are due to sleeping puppy. We’re firm believers in ‘letting sleeping dogs lie’.