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I took a teeny video of this lovely china silk in action. It's too close to see the full cape and before I ironed out some fold lines, but it shows the fabric in motion pretty well. This is the second time I've seen with china silk and it getting a little easier, but naturally my work isn't perfect. I'm always trying to refine my skills, most of which I'm learning on the job and hoping it still looks good on stage. What are your tips and techniqes to working with light, airy and slippery fabric?
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#chinasilk #silk #silkfabric #fabricporn #sewingtechniques #sewincolour #costumeshop #costumerlife #theaterlife #millenialsewing #chicagosews #isew #sewist
I took a teeny video of this lovely china silk in action. It's too close to see the full cape and before I ironed out some fold lines, but it shows the fabric in motion pretty well. This is the second time I've seen with china silk and it getting a little easier, but naturally my work isn't perfect. I'm always trying to refine my skills, most of which I'm learning on the job and hoping it still looks good on stage. What are your tips and techniqes to working with light, airy and slippery fabric? . . . . . . #chinasilk  #silk  #silkfabric  #fabricporn  #sewingtechniques  #sewincolour  #costumeshop  #costumerlife  #theaterlife  #millenialsewing  #chicagosews  #isew  #sewist 
BPSewvember 9: "Victory": if last year's victory was making jeans for myself, this year's is making jeans and trousers for my husband. Working out pants fit for someone else is not easy, but he wears the three pairs I've made so far all of the time so it was worth it. :) Also, this photo isn't the best to show off those handmade trousers but it is my favorite from when we were trying to photograph them. A happy and healthy family is definitely what I am most thankful for this year- that's always something to celebrate. #bpsewvember #chicagosews
BPSewvember 9: "Victory": if last year's victory was making jeans for myself, this year's is making jeans and trousers for my husband. Working out pants fit for someone else is not easy, but he wears the three pairs I've made so far all of the time so it was worth it. :) Also, this photo isn't the best to show off those handmade trousers but it is my favorite from when we were trying to photograph them. A happy and healthy family is definitely what I am most thankful for this year- that's always something to celebrate. #bpsewvember  #chicagosews 
#bpsewvember Day 9 - 2018 Victory: This patriotic 4th of July quilt is the stand out of my 2018 makes so far. This was a project that has been on my mind for a long time and I am so happy that I was finally able to make it happen. It stands out because it is the first quilt I have completely finished and came out how I envisioned it would. @bimbleandpimble .
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#instaquilt #4thofjulyquilt  #sewing #isew #sewingblogger #sewcialist #create #maker #diy #memade #handmadewardrobe #chicagosews #sewistsoftheworld #quilt #quiltersofinstagram #quiltmaker #sewaddicted #sewamericana #4thofjuly #musingsofaseamstress
#bpsewvember  Day 9 - 2018 Victory: This patriotic 4th of July quilt is the stand out of my 2018 makes so far. This was a project that has been on my mind for a long time and I am so happy that I was finally able to make it happen. It stands out because it is the first quilt I have completely finished and came out how I envisioned it would. @bimbleandpimble . . . . . . #instaquilt  #4thofjulyquilt   #sewing  #isew  #sewingblogger  #sewcialist  #create  #maker  #diy  #memade  #handmadewardrobe  #chicagosews  #sewistsoftheworld  #quilt  #quiltersofinstagram  #quiltmaker  #sewaddicted  #sewamericana  #4thofjuly  #musingsofaseamstress 
Tech week is here!!! My sporadic postings may have indicated as much, so here is one more look into some sleeve poofy draping I've done on one good witch. It's been a long few months and I am seeing the glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. There is a lot to be proud of, and this is just one more small look into a very big picture. I'm doing the thing, you can do the thing too!! It's totally worth it, be brave and I am here, supporting the crap out of you!
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#organza #draping #sewingtechniques #drapingtechniques #sewincolour #costumestudio #costumeshop #theaterlife #costumerlife #millenialsewing #chicagosews #sewist
Tech week is here!!! My sporadic postings may have indicated as much, so here is one more look into some sleeve poofy draping I've done on one good witch. It's been a long few months and I am seeing the glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. There is a lot to be proud of, and this is just one more small look into a very big picture. I'm doing the thing, you can do the thing too!! It's totally worth it, be brave and I am here, supporting the crap out of you! . . . . #organza  #draping  #sewingtechniques  #drapingtechniques  #sewincolour  #costumestudio  #costumeshop  #theaterlife  #costumerlife  #millenialsewing  #chicagosews  #sewist 
#bpsewvember Day 8 - Supporters: While my husband is absolutely one of my biggest supporters I wanted to share about 4 others. Sebastian is great at checking fabrics in my stash. Amadeus is super helpful when I cut out tissue patterns. Penny likes to keep me entertained and Emily makes sure no one interrupts me when I am sewing. 😃
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#catsofinstagram #catagram #dogsofinstagram #dogagram #adoptdontshop #adoption #pets #furbabies #sewinghelpers #sewing #isew #sewingblogger #sewcialist #sewistsofinstagram #instasew #isewmyownclothes #create #maker #diyfashion #diy #memade #memadeeverday #handmadewardrobe #chicagosews #sewistsoftheworld #sewaddicted
#bpsewvember  Day 8 - Supporters: While my husband is absolutely one of my biggest supporters I wanted to share about 4 others. Sebastian is great at checking fabrics in my stash. Amadeus is super helpful when I cut out tissue patterns. Penny likes to keep me entertained and Emily makes sure no one interrupts me when I am sewing. 😃 . . . . . . #catsofinstagram  #catagram  #dogsofinstagram  #dogagram  #adoptdontshop  #adoption  #pets  #furbabies  #sewinghelpers  #sewing  #isew  #sewingblogger  #sewcialist  #sewistsofinstagram  #instasew  #isewmyownclothes  #create  #maker  #diyfashion  #diy  #memade  #memadeeverday  #handmadewardrobe  #chicagosews  #sewistsoftheworld  #sewaddicted 
BPSewvember 7: My hometown! Technically, i grew up in the suburbs of Chicago but have lived in the city for the last 4 years with my husband and kids so this is now my hometown. (Photo is from 2 years ago when I first started garment sewing- this is the #soierinskirt and #soimollytop from the #soicitybreak e-book!) #bpsewvember #chicagosews
BPSewvember 7: My hometown! Technically, i grew up in the suburbs of Chicago but have lived in the city for the last 4 years with my husband and kids so this is now my hometown. (Photo is from 2 years ago when I first started garment sewing- this is the #soierinskirt  and #soimollytop  from the #soicitybreak  e-book!) #bpsewvember  #chicagosews 
#bpsewvember Day 7 - Hometown: While I may not have been born or raised here, I did come here a lot as a kid. Now that we have moved back here for a second time, I love that I get to call Chicagoland home. I love everything the city has to offer. There is always some new to do or see. Plus fabric shopping is so much better here
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#chicago #willistower #artinstitute #city #sewing #isew #sewingblogger #sewcialist #sewistsofinstagram #instasew #isewmyownclothes #create #maker #diyfashion #diy #memade #memadeeverday #handmadewardrobe #chicagosews #sewistsoftheworld #sewaddicted
#bpsewvember  Day 7 - Hometown: While I may not have been born or raised here, I did come here a lot as a kid. Now that we have moved back here for a second time, I love that I get to call Chicagoland home. I love everything the city has to offer. There is always some new to do or see. Plus fabric shopping is so much better here . . . . . . #chicago  #willistower  #artinstitute  #city  #sewing  #isew  #sewingblogger  #sewcialist  #sewistsofinstagram  #instasew  #isewmyownclothes  #create  #maker  #diyfashion  #diy  #memade  #memadeeverday  #handmadewardrobe  #chicagosews  #sewistsoftheworld  #sewaddicted 
My Yates coat is up on my blog today! This coat was so much fun to sew and I completely love wearing it. 💙💙.
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I ordered my wool coating from @moodfabrics, Bemberg lining from @stonemountainfabric, pattern from @indie_sew .
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#grainlineyates @grainlinestudio #fasewla2018makes #chicagosews #imakemyownclothes
My Yates coat is up on my blog today! This coat was so much fun to sew and I completely love wearing it. 💙💙. . . . I ordered my wool coating from @moodfabrics, Bemberg lining from @stonemountainfabric, pattern from @indie_sew . . #grainlineyates  @grainlinestudio #fasewla2018makes  #chicagosews  #imakemyownclothes 
BPSewvember 6: "Cool": My FAVORITE cold weather thing to make is a coat. I made all four of these in the last year and I still have fabric set aside for another. 😊 (I may have a problem) Patterns from top LEFT and going clockwise... #kellyanorak by @closetcase.patterns , #ellsworthcoat  by @christinehaynes , #ddluzerne by @deer_and_doe_patterns and #quartcoat by @paulinealice_patterns . #bpsewvember2018 #imakemyclothes #indiesewing #chicagosews (sorry, I accidentally mis-labeled these when I first posted. Should be corrected now)
BPSewvember 6: "Cool": My FAVORITE cold weather thing to make is a coat. I made all four of these in the last year and I still have fabric set aside for another. 😊 (I may have a problem) Patterns from top LEFT and going clockwise... #kellyanorak  by @closetcase.patterns , #ellsworthcoat  by @christinehaynes , #ddluzerne  by @deer_and_doe_patterns and #quartcoat  by @paulinealice_patterns . #bpsewvember2018  #imakemyclothes  #indiesewing  #chicagosews  (sorry, I accidentally mis-labeled these when I first posted. Should be corrected now)
#bpsewvember Day 5 - Warm: Flashback to 2014, before I chopped off all my hair, when I made this awesome summer dress! This colorfully vibrant dress has been one of my favorites for warm sunny days. I tend to sew lots of dresses when it starts to warm up. How about you, do you sew more dresses in the warmer months? @bimbleandpimble .
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#sewing #isew #sewingblogger #sewcialist #sewistsofinstagram #instasew #isewmyownclothes #create #maker #diyfashion #diy #memade #memadeeverday #handmadewardrobe #chicagosews #sewistsoftheworld #sewaddicted #curvysewing #plussizefashion #stashbusting #musingsofaseamstress
#bpsewvember  Day 5 - Warm: Flashback to 2014, before I chopped off all my hair, when I made this awesome summer dress! This colorfully vibrant dress has been one of my favorites for warm sunny days. I tend to sew lots of dresses when it starts to warm up. How about you, do you sew more dresses in the warmer months? @bimbleandpimble . . . . . . #sewing  #isew  #sewingblogger  #sewcialist  #sewistsofinstagram  #instasew  #isewmyownclothes  #create  #maker  #diyfashion  #diy  #memade  #memadeeverday  #handmadewardrobe  #chicagosews  #sewistsoftheworld  #sewaddicted  #curvysewing  #plussizefashion  #stashbusting  #musingsofaseamstress 
let’s be real: lingerie making requires some specialty supplies, and it can be hard to understand exactly what everything is. not to fear- today’s #sewmystyle2018 post is a little dictionary for you! AND, I’m linking you to some of my most favorite suppliers, so you can get everything you need to make gorgeous undergarments of your own 🙌🏻🙌🏻
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#sewcialists #makersgonnamake #ilovesewing #makeitsewcial #sewist #memade #memadeeveryday #millennialsewing #maddiemadethis #tallstyle #tallblogger #sewing #isew #sewingblogger #instasew #sewersofinstagram #sewistsofinstagram #stlouissews #chicagosews
let’s be real: lingerie making requires some specialty supplies, and it can be hard to understand exactly what everything is. not to fear- today’s #sewmystyle2018  post is a little dictionary for you! AND, I’m linking you to some of my most favorite suppliers, so you can get everything you need to make gorgeous undergarments of your own 🙌🏻🙌🏻 . . . . . . . #sewcialists  #makersgonnamake  #ilovesewing  #makeitsewcial  #sewist  #memade  #memadeeveryday  #millennialsewing  #maddiemadethis  #tallstyle  #tallblogger  #sewing  #isew  #sewingblogger  #instasew  #sewersofinstagram  #sewistsofinstagram  #stlouissews  #chicagosews 
I love adding those little finishing details to costumes. It sometime is a shame that the theater is so big that it's rare that the audience can appreciate them. But that's what I have you amazing people are here for, right?! So enjoy my peeks behind the curtain before the show opens!
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#sewingdetails #sewincolour #costumeshop #costumerlife #theaterlife #millenialsewing #chicagosews #sewist
#bpsewvember Day 4 - Contrast: I have to admit that like most other sewists, I like a contrasting lining in my coats. I love a good shocking inside! The new @grainlinestudio #CascadeDuffleCoat I am working on is no different and may actually be my loudest contrasting lining yet! @bimbleandpimble .
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#isewallthecoats #coatmaking #sewing #isew #sewingblogger #sewcialist #sewistsofinstagram #instasew #isewmyownclothes #create #maker #diyfashion #diy #memade #memadeeverday #handmadewardrobe #chicagosews #sewistsoftheworld #sewaddicted
#bpsewvember  Day 4 - Contrast: I have to admit that like most other sewists, I like a contrasting lining in my coats. I love a good shocking inside! The new @grainlinestudio #CascadeDuffleCoat  I am working on is no different and may actually be my loudest contrasting lining yet! @bimbleandpimble . . . . . . #isewallthecoats  #coatmaking  #sewing  #isew  #sewingblogger  #sewcialist  #sewistsofinstagram  #instasew  #isewmyownclothes  #create  #maker  #diyfashion  #diy  #memade  #memadeeverday  #handmadewardrobe  #chicagosews  #sewistsoftheworld  #sewaddicted 
Took my @tessutifabrics #berlinjacket for an unfortunately short spin around the block since this rain won’t quit!💧
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Such a satisfying make! This was the quickest garment I’ve made so far, coming together in under 3.5 hrs of sew time at my usual leisurely pace (not counting cutting).
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Fabric is toasty charcoal boiled wool/viscose blend from @blackbirdfabrics 😍 might need more boiled wool coatigans in my life to keep me warm this winter •
#chicagosews #millennialsewing
Took my @tessutifabrics #berlinjacket  for an unfortunately short spin around the block since this rain won’t quit!💧 • Such a satisfying make! This was the quickest garment I’ve made so far, coming together in under 3.5 hrs of sew time at my usual leisurely pace (not counting cutting). • Fabric is toasty charcoal boiled wool/viscose blend from @blackbirdfabrics 😍 might need more boiled wool coatigans in my life to keep me warm this winter • #chicagosews  #millennialsewing 
Today was one more Saturday spent working, but at least I was able to do some fun precision sewing, and itty bitty binding. Sure, it might be strange that that is super fun and satisfying to me, but there we are! I can't wait till the show is open; I can share all of my work projects and have a bit more time for holiday and personal sewing! Until then...
Tech is coming
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#corsetbinding #biasbinding #precisionsewing #sewingtechniques #historicallyinaccurate #sewincolour #theaterlife #costumerlife #millenialsewing #chicagosews #sewist
Today was one more Saturday spent working, but at least I was able to do some fun precision sewing, and itty bitty binding. Sure, it might be strange that that is super fun and satisfying to me, but there we are! I can't wait till the show is open; I can share all of my work projects and have a bit more time for holiday and personal sewing! Until then... Tech is coming . . . . . #corsetbinding  #biasbinding  #precisionsewing  #sewingtechniques  #historicallyinaccurate  #sewincolour  #theaterlife  #costumerlife  #millenialsewing  #chicagosews  #sewist 
what will you get bored of first, me posting lingerie for #sewmystyle2018 or me posting things on my peg rack? (I love both so too bad!)
what will you get bored of first, me posting lingerie for #sewmystyle2018  or me posting things on my peg rack? (I love both so too bad!)
My finished #v9253 ✨ I loved this make! It was my first time sewing with rayon challis and it was a good challenge but I really love how it turned out! My beautiful fabric is from @fabricdotcom also HOW HANDSOME IS MY MAN😍😍😍 #chicagosews #millenialsewing #voguepatterns #mccallspatterns
Ooooooh yes!!! So excited to see Teri @teridodds1 incredible Dawn Jeans in this wide leg cropped version with our Cone Mills non stretch denim in Olive!! 😍💚👖 For those of you who have been stashing this fabric away for the perfect project, it might be time to pull it out! And if not, don’t worry! We still have plenty of this denim in stock! Just click on the photo to shop now in the Imagine Gnats Shop. .
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#Repost @teridodds1 with @get_repost
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Did you see that @megannielsenpatterns released 4 new patterns yesterday? I was thrilled to get to sew two of them in advance of the release and I’m so excited to show them to you! I made the wide leg, cropped view of the Dawn jeans and the cropped Floreat top. I love them together! I’ve got lots more details up on my blog today. 💚🖤.
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These patterns both come with so many options— 4 different leg views with multiple lengths for the jeans, and three lengths for the top/dress with 3 options for sleeves/sleeveless views. I have plans to make the tapered leg jeans and the blouse length Floreat soon!.
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#mndawn in olive cone mills denim and #mnfloreat in geneva tencel rayon. I purchased both fabrics from @imaginegnats and they are both super dreamy!.
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#megannielsenpatterns #fasewla2018makes #isewmyownclothes #chicagosews #conemillsdenim
Ooooooh yes!!! So excited to see Teri @teridodds1 incredible Dawn Jeans in this wide leg cropped version with our Cone Mills non stretch denim in Olive!! 😍💚👖 For those of you who have been stashing this fabric away for the perfect project, it might be time to pull it out! And if not, don’t worry! We still have plenty of this denim in stock! Just click on the photo to shop now in the Imagine Gnats Shop. . . #Repost  @teridodds1 with @get_repost ・・・ Did you see that @megannielsenpatterns released 4 new patterns yesterday? I was thrilled to get to sew two of them in advance of the release and I’m so excited to show them to you! I made the wide leg, cropped view of the Dawn jeans and the cropped Floreat top. I love them together! I’ve got lots more details up on my blog today. 💚🖤. . . These patterns both come with so many options— 4 different leg views with multiple lengths for the jeans, and three lengths for the top/dress with 3 options for sleeves/sleeveless views. I have plans to make the tapered leg jeans and the blouse length Floreat soon!. . . . #mndawn  in olive cone mills denim and #mnfloreat  in geneva tencel rayon. I purchased both fabrics from @imaginegnats and they are both super dreamy!. . . . #megannielsenpatterns  #fasewla2018makes  #isewmyownclothes  #chicagosews  #conemillsdenim 
y’all, it is my absolute pleasure to introduce the #sewmystyle2019 team! thirteen wonderful women will help me walk you through some super fun patterns next year. tap to see their profiles, give ‘em all a follow, and head to the blog to read all about them!
y’all, it is my absolute pleasure to introduce the #sewmystyle2019  team! thirteen wonderful women will help me walk you through some super fun patterns next year. tap to see their profiles, give ‘em all a follow, and head to the blog to read all about them!
Did you see that @megannielsenpatterns released 4 new patterns yesterday? I was thrilled to get to sew two of them in advance of the release and I’m so excited to show them to you! I made the wide leg, cropped view of the Dawn jeans and the cropped Floreat top. I love them together! I’ve got lots more details up on my blog today. 💚🖤.
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These patterns both come with so many options— 4 different leg views with multiple lengths for the jeans, and three lengths for the top/dress with 3 options for sleeves/sleeveless views. I have plans to make the tapered leg jeans and the blouse length Floreat soon!.
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#mndawn in olive cone mills denim and #mnfloreat in geneva tencel rayon. I purchased both fabrics from @imaginegnats and they are both super dreamy!.
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#megannielsenpatterns #fasewla2018makes #isewmyownclothes #chicagosews
Did you see that @megannielsenpatterns released 4 new patterns yesterday? I was thrilled to get to sew two of them in advance of the release and I’m so excited to show them to you! I made the wide leg, cropped view of the Dawn jeans and the cropped Floreat top. I love them together! I’ve got lots more details up on my blog today. 💚🖤. . . These patterns both come with so many options— 4 different leg views with multiple lengths for the jeans, and three lengths for the top/dress with 3 options for sleeves/sleeveless views. I have plans to make the tapered leg jeans and the blouse length Floreat soon!. . . . #mndawn  in olive cone mills denim and #mnfloreat  in geneva tencel rayon. I purchased both fabrics from @imaginegnats and they are both super dreamy!. . . . #megannielsenpatterns  #fasewla2018makes  #isewmyownclothes  #chicagosews 
Sneak peak of the piping on my #wip  dress. Hoping to have it done for Saturday’s #hautecoutureclubofchicago  monthly meeting. Are you a Chigao area stitcher? PM me and I’ll give you the info to come join us for a meeting!! #chicagosews #piping #HCCC #couture #newdress #isewmyownclothes
#bpsewvember Day 2 - Luxiourious: My massive stash is my luxury. Every time I open my closet doors I am giddy. I love how I have it organized by color and most everything is out in front of me. My wools are the only pieces I keep stored in a clear plastic tote. @bimbleandpimble .
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#fabricstash #fabriclust #fabricaddict #sewing #isew #sewingblogger #sewcialist #sewistsofinstagram #instasew #isewmyownclothes #create #maker #diyfashion #diy #memade #memadeeverday #handmadewardrobe #chicagosews #sewistsoftheworld #sewaddicted
#bpsewvember  Day 2 - Luxiourious: My massive stash is my luxury. Every time I open my closet doors I am giddy. I love how I have it organized by color and most everything is out in front of me. My wools are the only pieces I keep stored in a clear plastic tote. @bimbleandpimble . . . . . #fabricstash  #fabriclust  #fabricaddict  #sewing  #isew  #sewingblogger  #sewcialist  #sewistsofinstagram  #instasew  #isewmyownclothes  #create  #maker  #diyfashion  #diy  #memade  #memadeeverday  #handmadewardrobe  #chicagosews  #sewistsoftheworld  #sewaddicted 
happy November, and happy #sewmystyle2018 lingerie month! I have sooooo much lingerie goodness coming your way this month, starting with a post of lingerie inspiration and patterns today #ontheblog! are you as excited for this month as I am?
happy November, and happy #sewmystyle2018  lingerie month! I have sooooo much lingerie goodness coming your way this month, starting with a post of lingerie inspiration and patterns today #ontheblog ! are you as excited for this month as I am?
#FallforCostume Day 31: All Hallows Eve - One last look at this nightgown I made for my sister's creepy doll photoshoot! This one can you can see some the details too. .
I've had such a great time with this challenge, thank you to @redthreaded and this wonderful community! .
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#spooky #spookyphotography #nightgown #1850s #historicallyinaccurate #historicalsewing #halloweenphotoshoot #sewincolour #costumerlife #millenialsewing #chicagosews #sewist
Happy Halloween 🎃👻🎃 I hope your having an amazing day!  Featuring #memade peasant top and circle skirt for the 31st day of #31skirtsofoctober, I may not have done all the days but I had a blast!
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#handmadewithjoann #handmade #diy #vintagestyle #retrostyle #sewcialists #chicagosews #sewer #ilovesewing #ootd #halloweenootd #31daysofhalloween #31skirtsofhalloween #plussizepinup #over40blogger #plussizefashion #plussizeootd #ootdsocialclub
Happy Halloween from this #sparklybat ✨ I was a bat the past two years also but the corset is new and I made new (also sparkly) ears! Thank you to @moruadesigns for guiding me through the process of making this underbust corset. I'm also proud of @mtwolf who conceptualized and sewed his 🎃 costume with a lil help from me. Looking forward to hanging out with him at @sewing_classes_at_tchad during the winter session! #sewing #pocwhosews #sewincolour #chicagosews #underbustcorset #swarovskicrystals #sewcialists #batsarecute
Happy Halloween from this #sparklybat  ✨ I was a bat the past two years also but the corset is new and I made new (also sparkly) ears! Thank you to @moruadesigns for guiding me through the process of making this underbust corset. I'm also proud of @mtwolf who conceptualized and sewed his 🎃 costume with a lil help from me. Looking forward to hanging out with him at @sewing_classes_at_tchad during the winter session! #sewing  #pocwhosews  #sewincolour  #chicagosews  #underbustcorset  #swarovskicrystals  #sewcialists  #batsarecute 
happy Halloween! did you know that in St. Louis, trick or treaters have to tell you a joke before getting their candy? this mermaid costume is from last year and made from #mccalls7455 🧜🏻‍♀️ are you dressing up tonight? what’s the best costume you’ve ever seen?
happy Halloween! did you know that in St. Louis, trick or treaters have to tell you a joke before getting their candy? this mermaid costume is from last year and made from #mccalls7455  🧜🏻‍♀️ are you dressing up tonight? what’s the best costume you’ve ever seen?
#FallforCostume Day 30: Spooky - It is fortunate that my sister got edits from her photoshoot right in time for this spooky time of year. It's unfortunate that she decided to 💀always💀 send them to me late at night, when I'm already prone to the Heebie Jeebies. 👻👻👻
This nightgown was a fun costume to make, and I was excited to see what she and the photographer would make of this classic and scary doll concept. She even provided a little doll for me to make a matching gown for as well. I did not love having that doll in my place, I'm not going to lie to you. 👻👻👻 What gives you the Heebie Jeebies? Scary movies? Dolls? Clowns? Spiders? Dark spaces? (For me, it's usually all of the above...) .
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#spooky #spookyphotography #nightgown #1850s #historicallyinaccurate #historicalsewing #halloweenphotoshoot #sewincolour #costumerlife #millenialsewing #chicagosews #sewist
#FallforCostume  Day 30: Spooky - It is fortunate that my sister got edits from her photoshoot right in time for this spooky time of year. It's unfortunate that she decided to 💀always💀 send them to me late at night, when I'm already prone to the Heebie Jeebies. 👻👻👻 This nightgown was a fun costume to make, and I was excited to see what she and the photographer would make of this classic and scary doll concept. She even provided a little doll for me to make a matching gown for as well. I did not love having that doll in my place, I'm not going to lie to you. 👻👻👻 What gives you the Heebie Jeebies? Scary movies? Dolls? Clowns? Spiders? Dark spaces? (For me, it's usually all of the above...) . . . . . #spooky  #spookyphotography  #nightgown  #1850s  #historicallyinaccurate  #historicalsewing  #halloweenphotoshoot  #sewincolour  #costumerlife  #millenialsewing  #chicagosews  #sewist 
I think I don’t love these buttons with the shirt, but I do think I’ve nearly nailed my perfect button down with the #archerbuttonup! ALSO: stay tuned for some exciting #sewmystyle2019 news at the end of this week 😏😏
I think I don’t love these buttons with the shirt, but I do think I’ve nearly nailed my perfect button down with the #archerbuttonup ! ALSO: stay tuned for some exciting #sewmystyle2019  news at the end of this week 😏😏
#FallforCostume Day 29: 20th Century - I was inspired to make my (Gryffindor) version of this 1916 fashion plate for Costume College and I hope your not sick of it yet! .
Here is my side by side comparison, and I am always interested to see how things transform and change with my proportions. This happens in cosplay as well! Animated characters/model-mosque actors and fashion plate drawing tend to have exaggerated long features. As a woman who stands 5'0", I have to adjust everything for my short torso, short legs, and curvy legs and shoulders. In this case, I opted to give myself the proper amount of ruffles, and let the hem hit a lower point on my legs and allowed the waist to be relatively high to keep try and lengthen the lower half of my body. Proportions are different on every person, and are quite important to keep everything balanced! I'm still learning to play with it, myself.
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#CostumeCollege #costumecollege2018 #coco2018 #19teens #gryffindorinspired #gryffindor #geekysewing #historicalgryffindor #historicalcostuming #historicalsewing #historicalcostumer #shortpeopleproblems #shortsewist #sewincolour #costumerlife #millenialsewing #chicagosews #sewist
#FallforCostume  Day 29: 20th Century - I was inspired to make my (Gryffindor) version of this 1916 fashion plate for Costume College and I hope your not sick of it yet! . Here is my side by side comparison, and I am always interested to see how things transform and change with my proportions. This happens in cosplay as well! Animated characters/model-mosque actors and fashion plate drawing tend to have exaggerated long features. As a woman who stands 5'0", I have to adjust everything for my short torso, short legs, and curvy legs and shoulders. In this case, I opted to give myself the proper amount of ruffles, and let the hem hit a lower point on my legs and allowed the waist to be relatively high to keep try and lengthen the lower half of my body. Proportions are different on every person, and are quite important to keep everything balanced! I'm still learning to play with it, myself. . . . . . . . #CostumeCollege  #costumecollege2018  #coco2018  #19teens  #gryffindorinspired  #gryffindor  #geekysewing  #historicalgryffindor  #historicalcostuming  #historicalsewing  #historicalcostumer  #shortpeopleproblems  #shortsewist  #sewincolour  #costumerlife  #millenialsewing  #chicagosews  #sewist 
as wild as it seems, I’m starting to think about my thanksgiving outfit! this #newlook6469 was last year’s dress. this year I’m thinking about an olive #yorkpinafore or a plaid mini-skirt... what do you think?
as wild as it seems, I’m starting to think about my thanksgiving outfit! this #newlook6469  was last year’s dress. this year I’m thinking about an olive #yorkpinafore  or a plaid mini-skirt... what do you think?
Hmmm. I somehow sewed a pin into the hem of these pants!! of courses a glass head pin! 🤔#thingsthatmakeyougohmmm #sewing #sewingwoes #sewingpins #chicagosews #howdididothat #sundaysewing
I’ve surprised myself with how much I’m reaching for my #brycecargopants by @heyjunehandmade 👌🏻 I really loved sewing this pattern and can’t wait to make another pair! They’re perfect for fall! #chicagosews #imakemyclothes
I’ve surprised myself with how much I’m reaching for my #brycecargopants  by @heyjunehandmade 👌🏻 I really loved sewing this pattern and can’t wait to make another pair! They’re perfect for fall! #chicagosews  #imakemyclothes 
Feeling fancy in my #seamworkadria top complete with lovely new labels from @dutchlabelshop ✨
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I used the @seamworkmag high-low gathered peplum hack. I love the movement and more everyday wearable length it added to this otherwise cropped top. First time doing vertical darts and love the structure they add! Next time I might narrow the neckline a touch and raise the V an inch or so to be better for work.
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Fabric is light and floaty @atelierbrunette Moonstone blue viscose from @shopstitchcraft
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#chicagosews #millennialsewing #youcanhackit
Feeling fancy in my #seamworkadria  top complete with lovely new labels from @dutchlabelshop ✨ • I used the @seamworkmag high-low gathered peplum hack. I love the movement and more everyday wearable length it added to this otherwise cropped top. First time doing vertical darts and love the structure they add! Next time I might narrow the neckline a touch and raise the V an inch or so to be better for work. • Fabric is light and floaty @atelierbrunette Moonstone blue viscose from @shopstitchcraft • #chicagosews  #millennialsewing  #youcanhackit 
#FallforCostume Day 28: Noir - This was 6 years ago that we were furiously sewing these costumes to perform as living dolls for a masquerade. The whole theme was a little noir and mysterious and our dolls were a hit. I had made my fascinator as a school project, and my purple ruffle blouse made one of many appearances; I wore than project to death! It also seems appropriate that I'm sharing more creepy doll pictures closer and closer to All Hallows Eve. 👻👻👻
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#spooky #spookyphotography #livingdolls #livingstatue #performanceartist #halloweenphotoshoot #sewincolour #costumerlife #millenialsewing #chicagosews #sewist
#FallforCostume  Day 28: Noir - This was 6 years ago that we were furiously sewing these costumes to perform as living dolls for a masquerade. The whole theme was a little noir and mysterious and our dolls were a hit. I had made my fascinator as a school project, and my purple ruffle blouse made one of many appearances; I wore than project to death! It also seems appropriate that I'm sharing more creepy doll pictures closer and closer to All Hallows Eve. 👻👻👻 . . . . . . #spooky  #spookyphotography  #livingdolls  #livingstatue  #performanceartist  #halloweenphotoshoot  #sewincolour  #costumerlife  #millenialsewing  #chicagosews  #sewist 
'Tis the spooky season, so I can't wait to share these any longer. #fallforcostume can wait for one day! Personally I'm a little creeped myself, so swipe with caution. 💀👻☠
My sister @rowelafrench asked me to sew her an old timey nightgown that an abandoned doll might wear. I went for a 1850s influence, played with a little bit of distressing; and on the edges of Halloween, I can give you this. Some stuff of nightmares...
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I don't have a huge distaste/fear of figurines and dolls, but I think some of them are creepier than others. What do you think of dolls? Did you have many growing up? .
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📷: Balatro Photography
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#spooky #spookyphotography #nightgown #1850s #historicallyinaccurate #historicalsewing #halloweenphotoshoot #sewincolour #costumerlife #millenialsewing #chicagosews #sewist
'Tis the spooky season, so I can't wait to share these any longer. #fallforcostume  can wait for one day! Personally I'm a little creeped myself, so swipe with caution. 💀👻☠ My sister @rowelafrench asked me to sew her an old timey nightgown that an abandoned doll might wear. I went for a 1850s influence, played with a little bit of distressing; and on the edges of Halloween, I can give you this. Some stuff of nightmares... 💀👻☠ I don't have a huge distaste/fear of figurines and dolls, but I think some of them are creepier than others. What do you think of dolls? Did you have many growing up? . . 📷: Balatro Photography . . . #spooky  #spookyphotography  #nightgown  #1850s  #historicallyinaccurate  #historicalsewing  #halloweenphotoshoot  #sewincolour  #costumerlife  #millenialsewing  #chicagosews  #sewist 
anyone else watching The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina on Netflix? I started binge watching last night and I am so engrossed! running errands today in my #simplicity8700 and channeling Sabrina in her red coat ✨🔮✨
anyone else watching The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina on Netflix? I started binge watching last night and I am so engrossed! running errands today in my #simplicity8700  and channeling Sabrina in her red coat ✨🔮✨
I am jumping back onto my @grainlinestudio #CascadeDuffleCoat project. My vintage Talon zipper is prepped and ready to be sewn in. This zip is seriously heavy duty. Why don't they make them like this anymore? I picked this and a few others up at Zinck's Fabrics in Indiana a few years ago. I really need to make the drive back there and get more of these. They are $.10 per inch of zipper. They also have really low price fabric, like less than $2/yd for 100% lightweight wool. Roadtrip anyone?
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#smellslikefallspiritcollection #thewaysewingusedtobe #sewing #isew #sewingblogger #sewcialist #sewistsofinstagram #instasew #isewmyownclothes #create #maker #diyfashion #diy #memade #memadeeverday #handmadewardrobe #chicagosews #sewistsoftheworld #sewaddicted #curvysewing #plussizefashion #stashbusting #musingsofaseamstress
I am jumping back onto my @grainlinestudio #CascadeDuffleCoat  project. My vintage Talon zipper is prepped and ready to be sewn in. This zip is seriously heavy duty. Why don't they make them like this anymore? I picked this and a few others up at Zinck's Fabrics in Indiana a few years ago. I really need to make the drive back there and get more of these. They are $.10 per inch of zipper. They also have really low price fabric, like less than $2/yd for 100% lightweight wool. Roadtrip anyone? . . . . . . #smellslikefallspiritcollection  #thewaysewingusedtobe  #sewing  #isew  #sewingblogger  #sewcialist  #sewistsofinstagram  #instasew  #isewmyownclothes  #create  #maker  #diyfashion  #diy  #memade  #memadeeverday  #handmadewardrobe  #chicagosews  #sewistsoftheworld  #sewaddicted  #curvysewing  #plussizefashion  #stashbusting  #musingsofaseamstress 
#FallForCostume Day 26: Pleats - Here is a fun tool I got very familiar with last year; the ruffler foot! This attachment creates a tiny pleat and each stitch of the machine stitches the fold in place on itself. This works best when the fabric is on the straight of grain, or crossgrain. The key is sewing slowly and making sure everything feeds in straight and consistent. I worked with this attachment on our industrial singer machine, but there are domestic counterparts too! Speaking of very satisfying sewing; this took is loud, but gives some very satsifactory results. On a scale of one to ten, how much do you want to use one yourself??
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#sewingtools #sewingtips #sewingtechniques #pleats #ruffles #sewincolour #costumeshop #costumerlife #theaterlife #millenialsewing #chicagosews #isew #sewist
#FallForCostume  Day 26: Pleats - Here is a fun tool I got very familiar with last year; the ruffler foot! This attachment creates a tiny pleat and each stitch of the machine stitches the fold in place on itself. This works best when the fabric is on the straight of grain, or crossgrain. The key is sewing slowly and making sure everything feeds in straight and consistent. I worked with this attachment on our industrial singer machine, but there are domestic counterparts too! Speaking of very satisfying sewing; this took is loud, but gives some very satsifactory results. On a scale of one to ten, how much do you want to use one yourself?? . . . . . #sewingtools  #sewingtips  #sewingtechniques  #pleats  #ruffles  #sewincolour  #costumeshop  #costumerlife  #theaterlife  #millenialsewing  #chicagosews  #isew  #sewist 
Haven't been #sewing much lately, but I have some pretty serious knitwear coming at you in the next few weeks. This is @alexiswinslow 's Rook Pullover from her amazing book Graphic Knits. It's been sitting on my dresser waiting to get blocked for about 6 months now and have the ends woven in... I've done neither. But it's time for this to get worn! I added about 3" to the length and took some volume out of the sleeve. If you look closely at the yellow you'll see two different shades... They weren't as exact a match as I thought!!
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#knittersofinstagram #ootd #diyootd #diywardrobe #slowfashion #knittingtall #sewingtall #memade #memadeeveryday #handmadewardrobe #chicagoknits #chicagosews
Haven't been #sewing  much lately, but I have some pretty serious knitwear coming at you in the next few weeks. This is @alexiswinslow 's Rook Pullover from her amazing book Graphic Knits. It's been sitting on my dresser waiting to get blocked for about 6 months now and have the ends woven in... I've done neither. But it's time for this to get worn! I added about 3" to the length and took some volume out of the sleeve. If you look closely at the yellow you'll see two different shades... They weren't as exact a match as I thought!! _______________________________ #knittersofinstagram  #ootd  #diyootd  #diywardrobe  #slowfashion  #knittingtall  #sewingtall  #memade  #memadeeveryday  #handmadewardrobe  #chicagoknits  #chicagosews 
a new project at work has me fully sucked in, so totally entrenched that I keep forgetting to post. but I’m here! and I’m good! and I’m setting reminders to drive me to post, starting next week 😂 so please enjoy this photo of #handmadelingerie drying in the late afternoon sun.
a new project at work has me fully sucked in, so totally entrenched that I keep forgetting to post. but I’m here! and I’m good! and I’m setting reminders to drive me to post, starting next week 😂 so please enjoy this photo of #handmadelingerie  drying in the late afternoon sun.
Sketching Christening gown flats today for a client. She wants to use her wedding gown from the 80s to make the Christening gown for her first born grandchild. Such a sentimental piece. I am so honored to be a part of this project
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#sentimentalsewing #heirloomsewing #designer #seamstress #refashionista #create #maker #chicagosews #isew #sewing
Post-camp sewing has consisted of sewing costumes (yes plural) for this little guy! My sister and I teamed up to see this bear costume for his 11 month photo and we have now moved on his second costume that he will wear on Halloween. Pattern is #s2506 with fur fabric and felt from @joann_stores . .
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#halloweencostume #halloween2018 #11monthsold #nephew #sewingcostumes #sewingforhalloween #sewingforbaby #sewistsofinstagram #brownbears #bearcostume #chicagosews #stitchingontheedge
Post-camp sewing has consisted of sewing costumes (yes plural) for this little guy! My sister and I teamed up to see this bear costume for his 11 month photo and we have now moved on his second costume that he will wear on Halloween. Pattern is #s2506  with fur fabric and felt from @joann_stores . . . . #halloweencostume  #halloween2018  #11monthsold  #nephew  #sewingcostumes  #sewingforhalloween  #sewingforbaby  #sewistsofinstagram  #brownbears  #bearcostume  #chicagosews  #stitchingontheedge 
Who knew you could have so much fun with pins and a magnetic pin cushion while sewing! Sewing science! #magnets #magicpins #pins #sewing #sewingscience #magic #fun #chicagosews
Love watching our fire bushes explode with color during fall. “If you could be a tree...?” Screw you Barbara I’d be a fire bush...the Phoenix of the planet world. Skirt fabric Joann’s. Top: Heart of Haute Estelle  Day 25 of #31skirtsofoctober #repeatsarenotcheats
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#handmadewithjoann #handmade #diy #vintagestyle #retrostyle #sewcialists #chicagosews #sewer #ilovesewing #ootd #halloweenootd #31skirtsofhalloween #plussizefashion #plussizepinup #over40blogger #ootdsocialclub #memade #hautehoney #circleskirt #skirts #halloweenfashion #halloweenhoney
Love watching our fire bushes explode with color during fall. “If you could be a tree...?” Screw you Barbara I’d be a fire bush...the Phoenix of the planet world. Skirt fabric Joann’s. Top: Heart of Haute Estelle Day 25 of #31skirtsofoctober  #repeatsarenotcheats  . . . . . #handmadewithjoann  #handmade  #diy  #vintagestyle  #retrostyle  #sewcialists  #chicagosews  #sewer  #ilovesewing  #ootd  #halloweenootd  #31skirtsofhalloween  #plussizefashion  #plussizepinup  #over40blogger  #ootdsocialclub  #memade  #hautehoney  #circleskirt  #skirts  #halloweenfashion  #halloweenhoney 
This little bit of cuteness combines @dashwoodstudio corduroy with @shopwiksten Smock Top. Less than a yard of wide width for most sizes. #handmadekidsclothes #corduroy #makeallthethings #chicagonorthshore #sewing
I started repeating outfits often after I had a baby and was living in a small apartment. Budget, closet space and my post-baby body meant a few well-fitting pieces on heavy rotation worked best.
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I realized how much time I was saving, and though I spend more time getting ready in the morning now that my daughter is older, I still regularly skip showers, hairwashes, and re-wear looks often because I want the extra time.
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#DebunkingTheFashionMyth is about talking through the lies whispered that we need a lot of new, name brand, on trend clothing to belong to some unnamed club. And then the other lies that combat the first set: that we don’t ‘need’ fashion. That caring about what we look like is vain.
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I believe what we put on our bodies either adds to or takes from our confidence. I believe we need quality staples that speak our ‘us-ness’ to us so we remember to embrace and fully be who we are.
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But we don’t necessarily need many. And we don’t need them to be a specific brand. They don’t need to be new or a certain price point.
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Sometimes I wonder if I find my job difficult because I’ve experienced years of believing I wasn’t good enough thanks to fashion. I’ve never belonged to the unnamed club, which makes me all the more passionate to shed light on our shame in this area. This isn’t just about making clothes, it’s about standing up for myself - ourselves.
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Today I’m wearing a #selfdrafted #handmade top with my @mrsemily tee that reads: “I have no idea what I am doing in life” (tap to purchase). I’m sitting at my serger with a scrap of black knit used to make #theKATYskirt
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#MrsEmilyFashionAdvocate
I started repeating outfits often after I had a baby and was living in a small apartment. Budget, closet space and my post-baby body meant a few well-fitting pieces on heavy rotation worked best. . I realized how much time I was saving, and though I spend more time getting ready in the morning now that my daughter is older, I still regularly skip showers, hairwashes, and re-wear looks often because I want the extra time. . #DebunkingTheFashionMyth  is about talking through the lies whispered that we need a lot of new, name brand, on trend clothing to belong to some unnamed club. And then the other lies that combat the first set: that we don’t ‘need’ fashion. That caring about what we look like is vain. . I believe what we put on our bodies either adds to or takes from our confidence. I believe we need quality staples that speak our ‘us-ness’ to us so we remember to embrace and fully be who we are. . But we don’t necessarily need many. And we don’t need them to be a specific brand. They don’t need to be new or a certain price point. . Sometimes I wonder if I find my job difficult because I’ve experienced years of believing I wasn’t good enough thanks to fashion. I’ve never belonged to the unnamed club, which makes me all the more passionate to shed light on our shame in this area. This isn’t just about making clothes, it’s about standing up for myself - ourselves. . Today I’m wearing a #selfdrafted  #handmade  top with my @mrsemily tee that reads: “I have no idea what I am doing in life” (tap to purchase). I’m sitting at my serger with a scrap of black knit used to make #theKATYskirt  . . #MrsEmilyFashionAdvocate 
Yes that’s right...I get super excited when it’s time to refresh my hair color!  I am absolutely mad for my new #memade skirt!  Love this @joann_stores print with this fabulous trim that had a Victorian feel. Day 24 of #31skirtsofoctober .
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#handmadewithjoann #handmade #diy #vintagestyle #retrostyle #sewcialists #chicagosews #sewer #ilovesewing #ootd #31daysofhalloween #31skirtsofhalloween #plussizepinup #over40blogger #plussizefashion #ootdsocialclub #ootdhalloween #reproootd
Yes that’s right...I get super excited when it’s time to refresh my hair color! I am absolutely mad for my new #memade  skirt! Love this @joann_stores print with this fabulous trim that had a Victorian feel. Day 24 of #31skirtsofoctober  . . . . . #handmadewithjoann  #handmade  #diy  #vintagestyle  #retrostyle  #sewcialists  #chicagosews  #sewer  #ilovesewing  #ootd  #31daysofhalloween  #31skirtsofhalloween  #plussizepinup  #over40blogger  #plussizefashion  #ootdsocialclub  #ootdhalloween  #reproootd 
#FallforCostume Day 24: Over - Please enjoy this lovely lace fabric overlay as I talk about overwork and overwhelm. I've mentioned before how my sewing projects are on hold until work takes up a little less of my time. I'm doing as much as I can to avoid overworking myself into burnout, and letting the projects overwhelm me. .
One of the most frustrating parts is that I do have so many projects in mind and I  want to do nothing but create, but I have experienced creative and mental burnout before and I have to remind myself to take care of other things first. Eat the food. Clean the home. Get the sleep. (The last one is pretty hard for me...) .
And the best part about being reflective on this portion of my life is this; I work in a creative field where I'm lucky enough to sew and make for a living. Not only am I not only not sick of that fact, but I have to stop myself from trying to create too much. I suppose it's not a terrible problem to have. How do you find balance in your career life and creative life? Everyone works so differently!
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Embrodiery and textured lace from @moodfabrics in New York .
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#texturedfabric #fabricporn #worklifebalance #sewincolour #costumeshop #costumerlife #theaterlife #millenialsewing #chicagosews #isew #sewist
#FallforCostume  Day 24: Over - Please enjoy this lovely lace fabric overlay as I talk about overwork and overwhelm. I've mentioned before how my sewing projects are on hold until work takes up a little less of my time. I'm doing as much as I can to avoid overworking myself into burnout, and letting the projects overwhelm me. . One of the most frustrating parts is that I do have so many projects in mind and I want to do nothing but create, but I have experienced creative and mental burnout before and I have to remind myself to take care of other things first. Eat the food. Clean the home. Get the sleep. (The last one is pretty hard for me...) . And the best part about being reflective on this portion of my life is this; I work in a creative field where I'm lucky enough to sew and make for a living. Not only am I not only not sick of that fact, but I have to stop myself from trying to create too much. I suppose it's not a terrible problem to have. How do you find balance in your career life and creative life? Everyone works so differently! . . . . Embrodiery and textured lace from @moodfabrics in New York . . #texturedfabric  #fabricporn  #worklifebalance  #sewincolour  #costumeshop  #costumerlife  #theaterlife  #millenialsewing  #chicagosews  #isew  #sewist 
Finally got to take some pictures of my #mandyboattee from @tessutifabrics thanks to my man❤️ I wear these weekly and love them! I appreciate the extra curves on my body in this pattern particularly because, although it’s not as slouchy on me as it is on others, I think the shape is still so comfy and nice! I lengthened the polka dot one by 2” and the floral by 1” and love the way they work differently! I have some champagne crushed velvet I’m considering for the next one 🤔

Also sporting my #gingerjeans from @closetcase.patterns ❤️ Pattern: #mandyboattee from @tessutifabrics 
Fabric: @joann_stores 
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Finally got to take some pictures of my #mandyboattee  from @tessutifabrics thanks to my man❤️ I wear these weekly and love them! I appreciate the extra curves on my body in this pattern particularly because, although it’s not as slouchy on me as it is on others, I think the shape is still so comfy and nice! I lengthened the polka dot one by 2” and the floral by 1” and love the way they work differently! I have some champagne crushed velvet I’m considering for the next one 🤔 Also sporting my #gingerjeans  from @closetcase.patterns ❤️ Pattern: #mandyboattee  from @tessutifabrics Fabric: @joann_stores #chicagosews  #handmadewithjoann 
#FallforCostume Day 23: Under - I swear, I tried to capture this bum pad in a attractive way, but it keeps coming out looking like a white clamshell blob. 😋 At work, I was tasked to make some underpinning to kick out and give fullness to the villan's impressive skirt. .
I was not limited to a historical era, (yay for fantasy!) so I based the shape off of a "scotch hip pad" (1900s) I found on pinterest, got some dimensions from the @americanduchess 18th century book on false rumps, and added a bit of light quilting inspired from @bernadettebanner. It doesn't quite look like much, but under the skirt, it makes a big difference. I'll save that reveal til after we open!
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#underpinnings #inspiredbyhistory #falserump #historicallyinaccurate #costumerlife #theaterlife #imadethis #millenialsewing #chicagosews #isew #sewist #sewcialist #sewistsofinstagram #sewersgottasew
#FallforCostume  Day 23: Under - I swear, I tried to capture this bum pad in a attractive way, but it keeps coming out looking like a white clamshell blob. 😋 At work, I was tasked to make some underpinning to kick out and give fullness to the villan's impressive skirt. . I was not limited to a historical era, (yay for fantasy!) so I based the shape off of a "scotch hip pad" (1900s) I found on pinterest, got some dimensions from the @americanduchess 18th century book on false rumps, and added a bit of light quilting inspired from @bernadettebanner. It doesn't quite look like much, but under the skirt, it makes a big difference. I'll save that reveal til after we open! . . . . #underpinnings  #inspiredbyhistory  #falserump  #historicallyinaccurate  #costumerlife  #theaterlife  #imadethis  #millenialsewing  #chicagosews  #isew  #sewist  #sewcialist  #sewistsofinstagram  #sewersgottasew 
You KNOW I’m thinking about it!  Thanks to my neighbors for having an amazing Halloween display!  Outfit is all #memade. Day 23 #31skirtsofoctober .
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#31daysofhalloween #31skirtsofhalloween #diy #sewcialists #ilovesewing #chicagosews #sewersofinstagram #handmadewithjoann #vintageinspired #vintageootd #ootdsocialclub #ootd #plussizeootd #over40ootd #rockabillyootd #circleskirt #plussizepinup #over40blogger #plussizefashion
#FallforCostume, Day 22: Fancy Footwear - These boots were such a hit at Costume College, I knew I had to share a better look at them! @gwendogreycostume let me borrow these metallic gold leather beauties that she got off of a independent seller on Etsy.  Shoes are a big expense that I always have trouble justifying the cost, so I've been reluctant to buy my own pair of fancy shoes... I hear that those @americanduchess shoes are just horribly addicting and the peer pressure is real! How in the world does one decide on a certain era or style? I am awfully curious!
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#costumecollege #costumecollege2018 #coco2018 #historicalcostuming #historicalsewing #historicalcostume #19teens #ruffles #costumerlife #theaterlife #millenialsewing #chicagosews #isew #sewist
#FallforCostume , Day 22: Fancy Footwear - These boots were such a hit at Costume College, I knew I had to share a better look at them! @gwendogreycostume let me borrow these metallic gold leather beauties that she got off of a independent seller on Etsy. Shoes are a big expense that I always have trouble justifying the cost, so I've been reluctant to buy my own pair of fancy shoes... I hear that those @americanduchess shoes are just horribly addicting and the peer pressure is real! How in the world does one decide on a certain era or style? I am awfully curious! . . . . . #costumecollege  #costumecollege2018  #coco2018  #historicalcostuming  #historicalsewing  #historicalcostume  #19teens  #ruffles  #costumerlife  #theaterlife  #millenialsewing  #chicagosews  #isew  #sewist 
Pretty darn pleased with how this @namedclothing #sointukimonotee dress modification turned out 🖤
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Thanks @whatkatiesews for the idea! 🙌🏼
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Fabric is a nice heavy weight for the Fall - Robert Kaufman Arietta Ponte de Roma from @oakfabrics
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#chicagosews #millennialsewing
Pretty darn pleased with how this @namedclothing #sointukimonotee  dress modification turned out 🖤 • Thanks @whatkatiesews for the idea! 🙌🏼 • Fabric is a nice heavy weight for the Fall - Robert Kaufman Arietta Ponte de Roma from @oakfabrics • #chicagosews  #millennialsewing 
Instead of rehashing my sewing woes with this project, I’ll share with you my #brycecargopants 👌🏻 They are a tribute to perseverance in my sewing practice.  I actually get more joy wearing them because I had to continually make left turns in their construction. Here’s to more sewing projects that don’t turn out perfectly to teach me that you learn to adapt the most in the valleys not the mountains🥂

Oh and PS - this is a GREAT pattern! Sewing woes have nothing to do with the pattern and everything to do with my fabric and size selection. 
#chicagosews #imakemyclothes 
Pattern: #brycecargopants from @heyjunehandmade
Instead of rehashing my sewing woes with this project, I’ll share with you my #brycecargopants  👌🏻 They are a tribute to perseverance in my sewing practice. I actually get more joy wearing them because I had to continually make left turns in their construction. Here’s to more sewing projects that don’t turn out perfectly to teach me that you learn to adapt the most in the valleys not the mountains🥂 Oh and PS - this is a GREAT pattern! Sewing woes have nothing to do with the pattern and everything to do with my fabric and size selection. #chicagosews  #imakemyclothes  Pattern: #brycecargopants  from @heyjunehandmade
#FallforCostume Day 21: WIP - Since my work sewing has kicked into high gear, I put most of my personal sewing on hold. I can't share much about my work sewing progress yet, so enjoy this little close up of pretty gathers on a big old pink skirt! Does anyone else find close up pictures quite nice to look at? .
This technique has been useful to me lately so I wanted to share it with you; this is the right side of the skirt, and I sewed the lining layer of the yoke to hold all the gathers, and I hand basted the top layer of the yoke for the fitting. There will be another skirt later going on over this pink twill, but not before fittings and other work. This technique allows easy access to add layers and adjustments to the skirt if needed, without tearing out a bunch of steps
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#wip #sewingwip #gatheredskirt #sewingtechniques #sewingtips #sewingdetails #costumerlife #theaterlife #imadethis #millenialsewing #chicagosews #isew #sewist #sewcialist #sewistsofinstagram #sewersgottasew
#FallforCostume  Day 21: WIP - Since my work sewing has kicked into high gear, I put most of my personal sewing on hold. I can't share much about my work sewing progress yet, so enjoy this little close up of pretty gathers on a big old pink skirt! Does anyone else find close up pictures quite nice to look at? . This technique has been useful to me lately so I wanted to share it with you; this is the right side of the skirt, and I sewed the lining layer of the yoke to hold all the gathers, and I hand basted the top layer of the yoke for the fitting. There will be another skirt later going on over this pink twill, but not before fittings and other work. This technique allows easy access to add layers and adjustments to the skirt if needed, without tearing out a bunch of steps . . . . . . . #wip  #sewingwip  #gatheredskirt  #sewingtechniques  #sewingtips  #sewingdetails  #costumerlife  #theaterlife  #imadethis  #millenialsewing  #chicagosews  #isew  #sewist  #sewcialist  #sewistsofinstagram  #sewersgottasew 
#FallforCostume Day 20: Small - Occassionally, we will have children cast in the productions are costuming. One wee gal had a cute little skirt on her outfit, but she grew so much and we had to make a longer version. The bit of skirt scrap was just too cute and too perfect a size that I needed/wanted it for a future capelet project (...still pending and on my long list...😅) Also, today I'm wearing this make shift capelet with my self drafted gored skirt from more theater fabric cutoffs. (Or as @bernadettebanner has taught me, it is also called cabbage!) Waste not, want not!
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#costumerlife #theaterlife #capelet #upcycle #scrapbusting #handmadewardrobe #imadethis #millenialsewing #chicagosews #isew #sewist #sewcialist #sewistsofinstagram #sewersgottasew
#FallforCostume  Day 20: Small - Occassionally, we will have children cast in the productions are costuming. One wee gal had a cute little skirt on her outfit, but she grew so much and we had to make a longer version. The bit of skirt scrap was just too cute and too perfect a size that I needed/wanted it for a future capelet project (...still pending and on my long list...😅) Also, today I'm wearing this make shift capelet with my self drafted gored skirt from more theater fabric cutoffs. (Or as @bernadettebanner has taught me, it is also called cabbage!) Waste not, want not! . . . . #costumerlife  #theaterlife  #capelet  #upcycle  #scrapbusting  #handmadewardrobe  #imadethis  #millenialsewing  #chicagosews  #isew  #sewist  #sewcialist  #sewistsofinstagram  #sewersgottasew 
#FallforCostume Day 19: Big - I took a quick video of this big old dress in a fitting to document how it moved with her cage underneath her. Unfortunately, her volume was too big for the pathways/stairs of the set to handle 😭 so she got a bit smaller for the actual production. But in all it's unfinished, unglamourous and lighting-filled-greenroom glory, it is still very satisfying to watch this lovely dress move! .
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#behindthescenes #bts #behindtheseams #costumemaker #sweeneytodd #historicalsewing #historicalcostume #costumerlife #theaterlife #costumeshop #imadethis #millenialsewing #chicagosews #isew #sewist #sewcialist #sewistsofinstagram #sewersgottasew
#FallforCostume  Day 19: Big - I took a quick video of this big old dress in a fitting to document how it moved with her cage underneath her. Unfortunately, her volume was too big for the pathways/stairs of the set to handle 😭 so she got a bit smaller for the actual production. But in all it's unfinished, unglamourous and lighting-filled-greenroom glory, it is still very satisfying to watch this lovely dress move! . . . . . . #behindthescenes  #bts  #behindtheseams  #costumemaker  #sweeneytodd  #historicalsewing  #historicalcostume  #costumerlife  #theaterlife  #costumeshop  #imadethis  #millenialsewing  #chicagosews  #isew  #sewist  #sewcialist  #sewistsofinstagram  #sewersgottasew 
#FallforCostume Day 18: Favorite Technique - my current favorite is precision stitching and matching! And since I'm only recently coming around to enjoying handsewing, most all of my stitching is my machine. Give me boning channels, point sewing and stitching in the ditch any day, I love me that precision! I had to take a few pictures of one piece that gave me particular satisfaction. Especially since we are on a bit of a time crunch, I was very happy to see that these bias channels turned out precise and met up quite well all on my first go at it
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#sewingdetails #sewingtechniques #couturesewing #couturesewingtechniques #corsetry #costumerlife #theaterlife #costumeshop #imadethis #millenialsewing #chicagosews #isew #sewist #sewcialist #sewistsofinstagram #sewersgottasew
#FallforCostume  Day 18: Favorite Technique - my current favorite is precision stitching and matching! And since I'm only recently coming around to enjoying handsewing, most all of my stitching is my machine. Give me boning channels, point sewing and stitching in the ditch any day, I love me that precision! I had to take a few pictures of one piece that gave me particular satisfaction. Especially since we are on a bit of a time crunch, I was very happy to see that these bias channels turned out precise and met up quite well all on my first go at it . . . . . . #sewingdetails  #sewingtechniques  #couturesewing  #couturesewingtechniques  #corsetry  #costumerlife  #theaterlife  #costumeshop  #imadethis  #millenialsewing  #chicagosews  #isew  #sewist  #sewcialist  #sewistsofinstagram  #sewersgottasew 
My local fabric shop got some of the most beautiful fabric in this week! I have been eyeing these @atelierbrunette viscose prints for weeks and seeing them in person confirmed that they were worth every penny (of my birthday money that I saved for these!). I am planning some blouses with these to pair with the twill pants I have planned for the bottom fabric. As I don't really have a whole lot of opportunities to wear blouses, these are my version of #sewfrosting. Beautiful tops made out of stunning fabric that, while they won't be a part of my every day wardrobe, I just really want. 😊 #oakfabrics #chicagosews #2018projects #sewingplans
My local fabric shop got some of the most beautiful fabric in this week! I have been eyeing these @atelierbrunette viscose prints for weeks and seeing them in person confirmed that they were worth every penny (of my birthday money that I saved for these!). I am planning some blouses with these to pair with the twill pants I have planned for the bottom fabric. As I don't really have a whole lot of opportunities to wear blouses, these are my version of #sewfrosting . Beautiful tops made out of stunning fabric that, while they won't be a part of my every day wardrobe, I just really want. 😊 #oakfabrics  #chicagosews  #2018projects  #sewingplans 
@omolsmadeit works her magic in a blue button down linen #granvilleshirt by @sewaholic she just finished. .
Fabric is Brussels Washer Yarn Dyed available @oakfabrics in denim. Skirt is the Meadow pattern in vivid @oakfabrics as well. Buttons from Soutache in Chicago.
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#sewingtchad #notanad #oakfabrics #chicagosews  #linen #sewingclass #sewcialists
my #simplicity8711 bralette is up on the blog today! this is such a fun project - thank you @mmadalynne for the kit! ❤️ head to the blog for photos, including a few (*gasp*) modeled shots. 
modeled bra shots are totally new to me, and who knows if I’ll ever do it again. there’s a little background on why I decided to do it for this bra, and why it makes me self-conscious at the end of the post. I know lots of #sewmystyle2018 folks have some anxiety about how to photograph lingerie for next month’s prompt, and I hope that my honesty there at least lets you know you’re not alone in your discomfort! but at the end of the day: it did make me feel lovely ❤️
my #simplicity8711  bralette is up on the blog today! this is such a fun project - thank you @mmadalynne for the kit! ❤️ head to the blog for photos, including a few (*gasp*) modeled shots. modeled bra shots are totally new to me, and who knows if I’ll ever do it again. there’s a little background on why I decided to do it for this bra, and why it makes me self-conscious at the end of the post. I know lots of #sewmystyle2018  folks have some anxiety about how to photograph lingerie for next month’s prompt, and I hope that my honesty there at least lets you know you’re not alone in your discomfort! but at the end of the day: it did make me feel lovely ❤️
#FallforCostume Day 17: 18th Century - while I haven't done anything in this era for myself, my theater had a 18th cent. silhouette for our version of The Little Mermaid. I was in charge of the ensemble  princesses and Ariel's wedding gown. Naturally this was way before I took as many decent progress pictures, so this will have to do. This was one of the first times I had done a more historically inspired production and while I feel like I learned a lot, it showed me how much more I have to learn! .
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#18thcentury #18thcenturysewing #historicallyinaccurate #historicallyinspired #theatricalsewing #costumerlife #theaterlife #millenialsewing #chicagosews #isew #sewist #sewcialist #sewistsofinstagram #sewersgottasew
#FallforCostume  Day 17: 18th Century - while I haven't done anything in this era for myself, my theater had a 18th cent. silhouette for our version of The Little Mermaid. I was in charge of the ensemble princesses and Ariel's wedding gown. Naturally this was way before I took as many decent progress pictures, so this will have to do. This was one of the first times I had done a more historically inspired production and while I feel like I learned a lot, it showed me how much more I have to learn! . . . . #18thcentury  #18thcenturysewing  #historicallyinaccurate  #historicallyinspired  #theatricalsewing  #costumerlife  #theaterlife  #millenialsewing  #chicagosews  #isew  #sewist  #sewcialist  #sewistsofinstagram  #sewersgottasew 
#FallforCostume Day 16: Fantasy - My love of high fantasy and great stories runs deep and true! I am still very proud of my fantasy Earth Elemental that I helped design, construct and bring to life many years ago. One thing I love so much about fantasy characters is that the storytelling and emotion tends to be more important than the history and research, which I don't love as much. 😋 I was able to take ideas from all sorts of eras and mold them into a vision I had. Complete with an assymetrical floral whisk, bishop sleeves, haphazard bustle and a long roots for a train, the Earth Elemental will always be a fond favorite in my past! .
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#fantasycostume #fairycostume #seeliecourt #fantasycosplay #sewingdetails #costumerlife #theaterlife #imadethis #millenialsewing #chicagosews #isew #sewist #sewcialist #sewistsofinstagram #sewersgottasew
#FallforCostume  Day 16: Fantasy - My love of high fantasy and great stories runs deep and true! I am still very proud of my fantasy Earth Elemental that I helped design, construct and bring to life many years ago. One thing I love so much about fantasy characters is that the storytelling and emotion tends to be more important than the history and research, which I don't love as much. 😋 I was able to take ideas from all sorts of eras and mold them into a vision I had. Complete with an assymetrical floral whisk, bishop sleeves, haphazard bustle and a long roots for a train, the Earth Elemental will always be a fond favorite in my past! . . . . . #fantasycostume  #fairycostume  #seeliecourt  #fantasycosplay  #sewingdetails  #costumerlife  #theaterlife  #imadethis  #millenialsewing  #chicagosews  #isew  #sewist  #sewcialist  #sewistsofinstagram  #sewersgottasew 
Caught a glimpse of the Statue of Liberty post #campworkroomsocial and before my flight out of NYC. Had to really zoom in to see her but at least it shows my home sewn sweatshirt nicely! The fabric  came pre-quilted so this all serger pattern worked up in under an hour!
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📷: @sewjourners 
Patten: #k3045
Fabric: @joann_stores 
#imakemyownclothes #memadefashion #millenialsewing #statueofliberty #chicagosews #handmadewithjoann #sewingontheedge
Caught a glimpse of the Statue of Liberty post #campworkroomsocial  and before my flight out of NYC. Had to really zoom in to see her but at least it shows my home sewn sweatshirt nicely! The fabric came pre-quilted so this all serger pattern worked up in under an hour! 🗽🗽🗽🗽🗽🗽🗽🗽🗽🗽🗽 📷: @sewjourners Patten: #k3045  Fabric: @joann_stores #imakemyownclothes  #memadefashion  #millenialsewing  #statueofliberty  #chicagosews  #handmadewithjoann  #sewingontheedge 
it was the first #jackreadytosew day of the fall! maybe I should have chosen a warmer coat, though, I could see my breath this morning 😳🌬 #stylemakerfabrics
it was the first #jackreadytosew  day of the fall! maybe I should have chosen a warmer coat, though, I could see my breath this morning 😳🌬 #stylemakerfabrics 
#FallforCostume Day 15: Character - I love storytelling and cosplay, but I haven't shared my sister's newest adventures in the cosplay world. My awesome sister @rowelafrench has started cosplaying and I'm just so proud!! She has a wealth of hair/makeup experience, but all of this awesome distressing for her Lara Croft shoot was all her. I helped talk her through some makeup tricks, made a pattern that was more screen accurate for her gun holster and coached her through a lot of sewing troubleshooting. Swipe for one really cool edit. (shot by Balatro Photography) Even though she lives hours away from me, I really enjoyed watching her create this character and helping her learn so much about sewing and creating a full costume!
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#cosplaydetails #cosplayersofinstagram #poccosplayer #laracroftcosplay #laracroftedit #tombraidercosplay #sewincolour #millenialsewing #chicagosews #isew #sewist #sewcialist #sewistsofinstagram
#FallforCostume  Day 15: Character - I love storytelling and cosplay, but I haven't shared my sister's newest adventures in the cosplay world. My awesome sister @rowelafrench has started cosplaying and I'm just so proud!! She has a wealth of hair/makeup experience, but all of this awesome distressing for her Lara Croft shoot was all her. I helped talk her through some makeup tricks, made a pattern that was more screen accurate for her gun holster and coached her through a lot of sewing troubleshooting. Swipe for one really cool edit. (shot by Balatro Photography) Even though she lives hours away from me, I really enjoyed watching her create this character and helping her learn so much about sewing and creating a full costume! . . . . . #cosplaydetails  #cosplayersofinstagram  #poccosplayer  #laracroftcosplay  #laracroftedit  #tombraidercosplay  #sewincolour  #millenialsewing  #chicagosews  #isew  #sewist  #sewcialist  #sewistsofinstagram 
the perfect fall jacket is easy, cozy, and finished in an afternoon! check out how I hacked #Simplicity8700 to get this amazing utility jacket with materials from my local @joann_stores, and then excuse me as I find the nearest apple orchard! #sponsored #handmadewithjoann
the perfect fall jacket is easy, cozy, and finished in an afternoon! check out how I hacked #Simplicity8700  to get this amazing utility jacket with materials from my local @joann_stores, and then excuse me as I find the nearest apple orchard! #sponsored  #handmadewithjoann 
the perfect project for a lazy autumn Sunday. can’t wait to share this beauty with you later this week! #bramakingwithmadalynne #simplicity8711
tamarack jacket finished just in time for fall weather 🍂 the outer is essex canvas, inner is flannel (with rayon at the top of the sleeves for ease of getting it on), and two layers of bamboo/cotton batting. I also rounded the corners and the neckline, and shortened it by ~3.5 inches. #tamarackjacket #tamaracksociety #chicagosews #sewersofinstagram #grainlinestudio @grainlinestudio
tamarack jacket finished just in time for fall weather 🍂 the outer is essex canvas, inner is flannel (with rayon at the top of the sleeves for ease of getting it on), and two layers of bamboo/cotton batting. I also rounded the corners and the neckline, and shortened it by ~3.5 inches. #tamarackjacket  #tamaracksociety  #chicagosews  #sewersofinstagram  #grainlinestudio  @grainlinestudio
The dress that Alice made. Sweater too. She teaches many of our knitting classes, some of which start this week. Alice is also a very talented seamster. The dress is made with one of my favorite fabrics ever from the most recent @riflepaperco collection. Check out the sleeve detail. The sweater was made with our hand-dyed Dash Yak Merino. Beautiful! #evanstonstitches #riflepaperwardrobe #knitandsewallthethings #chicagonorthshore #chicagosews
The dress that Alice made. Sweater too. She teaches many of our knitting classes, some of which start this week. Alice is also a very talented seamster. The dress is made with one of my favorite fabrics ever from the most recent @riflepaperco collection. Check out the sleeve detail. The sweater was made with our hand-dyed Dash Yak Merino. Beautiful! #evanstonstitches  #riflepaperwardrobe  #knitandsewallthethings  #chicagonorthshore  #chicagosews 
I am so EXCITED!!!! I will be featured in SEWN MAGAZINE @sewnmagazine. The feature will be in the November/December Issue. Today is the last day to order. Please get your copy today!! This magazine is full of goodies and I am so happy and blessed to be in this goodness. Thank you so much @thatblackchic for giving this platform to me and others to display our talents. I am so grateful for this opportunity. 👗👗👗 ORDER YOUR COPY TODAY!! #doyou #sewmore #stitch #style #diy #begrateful #sewn #sewnmagazine #sewinggirl #fun #chicagosews #keeppushing #positive #goodvibes
I am so EXCITED!!!! I will be featured in SEWN MAGAZINE @sewnmagazine. The feature will be in the November/December Issue. Today is the last day to order. Please get your copy today!! This magazine is full of goodies and I am so happy and blessed to be in this goodness. Thank you so much @thatblackchic for giving this platform to me and others to display our talents. I am so grateful for this opportunity. 👗👗👗 ORDER YOUR COPY TODAY!! #doyou  #sewmore  #stitch  #style  #diy  #begrateful  #sewn  #sewnmagazine  #sewinggirl  #fun  #chicagosews  #keeppushing  #positive  #goodvibes 
#FallforCostume Day 13: Blue - Let's talk about project conception, design and process/execution. On my blue and silver Victorian ballgown, I had so very little in my head for this idea 🙈 my only inspiration was that I wanted to build something beautiful and I knew that @gwendolyngrey was a much better designer than me. She was gracious enough to collaborate with me and sketch this design. .
The rest of the process was a lot of Gwendolyn helping me through some decisions I had to make, and me making things up. But the process was the part I always enjoyed. I always felt more sure about making the thing than designing the thing. If you've been around here for a bit, I've gone on about this a bunch of times, ...so you know this!
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But the fun thing about this little side by side is to see how the project stayed true to the concept and what changed. Most notably, I ran out of time to add flowers to the blue drape (those flowers take up so much time to make!!) And the lack of draping on the bodice front. (it seemed such a shame to cover up the pattern matching job) .
Personally I love seeing renderings/sketches and realized costumes side by side. How about you?
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#costumecollege #victoriandress #bustle #bustleera #historicalsewing #historicalcostume #costumerlife #theaterlife #imadethis #millenialsewing #chicagosews #isew #sewist #sewcialist #sewistsofinstagram #sewersgottasew
#FallforCostume  Day 13: Blue - Let's talk about project conception, design and process/execution. On my blue and silver Victorian ballgown, I had so very little in my head for this idea 🙈 my only inspiration was that I wanted to build something beautiful and I knew that @gwendolyngrey was a much better designer than me. She was gracious enough to collaborate with me and sketch this design. . The rest of the process was a lot of Gwendolyn helping me through some decisions I had to make, and me making things up. But the process was the part I always enjoyed. I always felt more sure about making the thing than designing the thing. If you've been around here for a bit, I've gone on about this a bunch of times, ...so you know this! . But the fun thing about this little side by side is to see how the project stayed true to the concept and what changed. Most notably, I ran out of time to add flowers to the blue drape (those flowers take up so much time to make!!) And the lack of draping on the bodice front. (it seemed such a shame to cover up the pattern matching job) . Personally I love seeing renderings/sketches and realized costumes side by side. How about you? . . . . #costumecollege  #victoriandress  #bustle  #bustleera  #historicalsewing  #historicalcostume  #costumerlife  #theaterlife  #imadethis  #millenialsewing  #chicagosews  #isew  #sewist  #sewcialist  #sewistsofinstagram  #sewersgottasew 
#FallforCostume Day 12: Buttons - It's not often at my workplace we create garments with functional button/buttonhole closure, and this is no exception!! Hiding behind the buttons of this trenchcoat are large snaps for a quick entrance and exit for the main character. It is nice when I do have the time and practical need for functional buttons, and I actually don't mind the process of sewing them, it's just a bit time consuming
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#sewingdetails #sewingtechniques #costumerlife #quickchange #theaterlife #costumeshop #imadethis #millenialsewing #chicagosews #isew #sewist #sewcialist #sewistsofinstagram #sewersgottasew
#FallforCostume  Day 12: Buttons - It's not often at my workplace we create garments with functional button/buttonhole closure, and this is no exception!! Hiding behind the buttons of this trenchcoat are large snaps for a quick entrance and exit for the main character. It is nice when I do have the time and practical need for functional buttons, and I actually don't mind the process of sewing them, it's just a bit time consuming . . . . . . #sewingdetails  #sewingtechniques  #costumerlife  #quickchange  #theaterlife  #costumeshop  #imadethis  #millenialsewing  #chicagosews  #isew  #sewist  #sewcialist  #sewistsofinstagram  #sewersgottasew 
#FallforCostume Day 11: Lace - Speaking of my love of sewing techniques... this was a fun project with lace! I loved and hated it because of this sort of tedious, but gratifying fabric fabrication. The green cotton calicio was the base of the skirt. I cut apart a yard of lace panels and satin stitched each panel on. Then I cut away the back of the cotton that was behind the lace panel, to show the neutral colored lining. Naturally it took me a bit of time, but I actually really enjoyed making it. You know I love me some sewing details! How about you?
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#sewingdetails #sewingtechniques #couturesewing #couturesewingtechniques #costumerlife #theaterlife #costumeshop #imadethis #millenialsewing #chicagosews #isew #sewist #sewcialist #sewistsofinstagram #sewersgottasew
#FallforCostume  Day 11: Lace - Speaking of my love of sewing techniques... this was a fun project with lace! I loved and hated it because of this sort of tedious, but gratifying fabric fabrication. The green cotton calicio was the base of the skirt. I cut apart a yard of lace panels and satin stitched each panel on. Then I cut away the back of the cotton that was behind the lace panel, to show the neutral colored lining. Naturally it took me a bit of time, but I actually really enjoyed making it. You know I love me some sewing details! How about you? . . . . . . #sewingdetails  #sewingtechniques  #couturesewing  #couturesewingtechniques  #costumerlife  #theaterlife  #costumeshop  #imadethis  #millenialsewing  #chicagosews  #isew  #sewist  #sewcialist  #sewistsofinstagram  #sewersgottasew 
#FallforCostume Day 10: Plaids/Stripes - I love a good challenge like matching up plaids and stripes! While I don't always love cutting it, it's the most satisfying feeling when things line up beautifully. Considering this was fabric that I had fabricated, these less than perfect stripes lined up quite well and left me quite happy. Who doesn't love a good Chevron? .
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#details #sewingdetails #theaterlife #costumerlife #costumeshop #chevron #pattenmatching #stripematching #millenialsewing #chicagosews #isew #sewist #sewcialist #sewistsofinstagram #sewersgottasew
#FallforCostume  Day 10: Plaids/Stripes - I love a good challenge like matching up plaids and stripes! While I don't always love cutting it, it's the most satisfying feeling when things line up beautifully. Considering this was fabric that I had fabricated, these less than perfect stripes lined up quite well and left me quite happy. Who doesn't love a good Chevron? . . . . . . . . #details  #sewingdetails  #theaterlife  #costumerlife  #costumeshop  #chevron  #pattenmatching  #stripematching  #millenialsewing  #chicagosews  #isew  #sewist  #sewcialist  #sewistsofinstagram  #sewersgottasew 
#FallforCostume Day 9: Details - One day, I'll be sick of posting my Moana skirt embroidery... this is not that day. I spent quite some time making sure that I had as much of this design as accurate as possible and scaled it so it fit on my personal skirt dimensions. A lot of movies and shows later, I finished this skirt with so many details stitched in, all the way to sturdy and textured trim and fringe. I will always have excuses to show this baby off, she is my most detail packed garment! ... For now. 😈 We shall see what the future sadist Anne has in store.
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#Moanacosplay #disneycosplay #cosplaydetails #poccosplayer #poccosplay #pocsewists #sewincolour #millenialsewing #chicagosews #isew #sewist #sewcialist #sewistsofinstagram #sewersgottasew
#FallforCostume  Day 9: Details - One day, I'll be sick of posting my Moana skirt embroidery... this is not that day. I spent quite some time making sure that I had as much of this design as accurate as possible and scaled it so it fit on my personal skirt dimensions. A lot of movies and shows later, I finished this skirt with so many details stitched in, all the way to sturdy and textured trim and fringe. I will always have excuses to show this baby off, she is my most detail packed garment! ... For now. 😈 We shall see what the future sadist Anne has in store. . . . . . . #Moanacosplay  #disneycosplay  #cosplaydetails  #poccosplayer  #poccosplay  #pocsewists  #sewincolour  #millenialsewing  #chicagosews  #isew  #sewist  #sewcialist  #sewistsofinstagram  #sewersgottasew 
#FallforCostume Day 8: Last - My most recent personal project was my #HughesDress by @fridaypatterncompany that I help test the pattern! It seems still quite some time ago that I completed it since my work life (of more patterning and sewing) has taken priority of most of my brain space. When big shows come around, I find it hard to take the extra off time in the studio for any personal projects, so I'm on hold for a little bit. I am still enjoying all of the time I have to learn and make in my work life, but I have to take care not to jump the gun and burn myself out, sewing wise. I know I've exhausted myself before, have you dealt with creative burnout? What do you do to deal with or prevent it?
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Also, swipe to see me almost eaten alive by mosquitoes... a little late for #silly7th, but why not?
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#patterntester #fridaypatterncompany #indiesewing #indiepattern #indiesew #sewincolour #handmadewardrobe #rtwfast2018 #millenialsewing #chicagosews #isew #sewist #sewcialist #sewistsofinstagram #sewersgottasew
#FallforCostume  Day 8: Last - My most recent personal project was my #HughesDress  by @fridaypatterncompany that I help test the pattern! It seems still quite some time ago that I completed it since my work life (of more patterning and sewing) has taken priority of most of my brain space. When big shows come around, I find it hard to take the extra off time in the studio for any personal projects, so I'm on hold for a little bit. I am still enjoying all of the time I have to learn and make in my work life, but I have to take care not to jump the gun and burn myself out, sewing wise. I know I've exhausted myself before, have you dealt with creative burnout? What do you do to deal with or prevent it? . . Also, swipe to see me almost eaten alive by mosquitoes... a little late for #silly7th , but why not? . . . . #patterntester  #fridaypatterncompany  #indiesewing  #indiepattern  #indiesew  #sewincolour  #handmadewardrobe  #rtwfast2018  #millenialsewing  #chicagosews  #isew  #sewist  #sewcialist  #sewistsofinstagram  #sewersgottasew 
brand new #jeannereadytosew and the cuff jean/loader combo that makes me feel like Nancy Drew (not sure why). I remembered like thirty seconds after leaving this morning that I had to teach a class, so hope the students enjoyed my super casual #librarianwardrobe! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
brand new #jeannereadytosew  and the cuff jean/loader combo that makes me feel like Nancy Drew (not sure why). I remembered like thirty seconds after leaving this morning that I had to teach a class, so hope the students enjoyed my super casual #librarianwardrobe ! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
so excited to be cracking into this GORGEOUS @mmadalynne kit today! I can’t wait to make this bralette and learn a new skill with the monowire. if you missed its unboxing, check out my lingerie highlights in my profile! seriously, this box was crammed with goodies 👙
so excited to be cracking into this GORGEOUS @mmadalynne kit today! I can’t wait to make this bralette and learn a new skill with the monowire. if you missed its unboxing, check out my lingerie highlights in my profile! seriously, this box was crammed with goodies 👙