Tips for Sewing More, Better, Faster

I spent a good portion of my time in 2017 changing how I sew. I had a baby, so sewing went from being a hobby to a necessity for my sanity and changing body. I read, researched and tried a great deal of things to help me sew more, better and faster. Read on if your 2018 sewing goals involve squeezing in more time to sew or squeezing out more, better makes in the time you already have.

Mindful sewing: Knowing when to quit

One of my goals over the past year is to use patterns multiple times for several reasons: you save time as your muslin is already done, you get to be creative with small alterations to the pattern each time, and it allows you to perfect your technique. This summer, I tried a PDF pattern for…

Done and done: The “Gwen” skirt

This is possibly the longest I’ve ever taken to complete a single garment. It started when I pulled my sister-in-law’s name for our family secret santa. Hot off a pattern alteration course, I decided that I wanted to design the ultimate skirt for Gwen. Several paper drafts, fittings and two muslins later, I finally got…