Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sewing In the News: Shailene Woodley, Sewist

I just read an article about Shailene Woodley's teenage obsession with sewing. I was thrilled to read it. I think sewing is a great hobby and I love that it is making a resurgence in popularity.

In the article, she is quoted "In my opinion, you can be brave and jump off trains, but the truest form of bravery and courage is to wake up every single day and to be ourselves."

I would go one further than Shailene, I think it is important to have hobbies. And I think it is girls and women who don't take this for granted. The men and boys I know naturally pursue their interests - whether it is sports or model airplanes or music. But a lot of girls and women do not and I think that is more than just too bad. I think it contributes to all kinds of problems that women encounter in their lives. Women who have hobbies, such as sewing, have an identity, a community and a pursuit that is all their own. And what could be wrong with that?

What do I get from sewing? Well, I get the support of an online sewing community, I get to spend my time in a pursuit at which I enjoy and I see improvement, I get compliments from friends who sew and those who do not. I get a lot from sewing - much more than just pulling thread through cloth. And I bet most of you would say the same thing.

Actresses who sew:

Katharne Heigel,
Katie Holmes,
Gwen Stefani,
Hillary Duff
Brittany Spears

And not to leave the men out:

Arquette learns to sew
David Arquette
Chris Martin

But best of all: our sewing-blogging world celebrities

B6094Gertie (I love her butterick patterns - this is her new one B6094. I just had to order this and the jacket she recently came out with.)

Simplicity Misses' and Miss Petite Knit Dress 1276
Mimi G ( I love her new Simplicity line)
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sewing in the News: Angel's Sewn Hugs

Angel is a school girl in Texas who has made it her goal to love and care for people she doesn't know. She does it by making blankets (and they are nice blankets) for sick kids in the hospital. She custom designs each blanket to reflect the interests of the child and she calls these blankets her "hugs", which is nice because blankets are a warm hug. I find this so meaningful because when I was a child I was alone in the hospital for a few days. I was so homesick. I remember visualizing the bedtime routine in my house and just feeling the most profound sense of loneliness. I would have loved one of her blankets to comfort me. And I am glad that Angel is making them. Angel's hugs mean a lot to those children. What a selfless act and what a profound one too.

The video details how Telus helped Angel with a new sewing room (and what a room it is...) so that she can keep on doing what she is doing...

                                           This video is such a nice tribute to Angel's work.
Sunday, July 6, 2014

A Typing-Themed Ginger Skirt and a Pattern Diet

 My latest Ginger skirt:

I found this fabric at a thrift store and I had just enough for a Ginger skirt. I love the print. It is a heavy cotton twill fabric, probably purchases in the home dec section. I love the typewriter font and I finally got around to making this skirt this week. It is amazing how this skirt looks so different in different fabrics. My next Ginger will be a space-themed one, provided I can find fabric in a space theme for one. (I am giving a technology in education talk in August and I plan to wear a space age/technology skirt to it.)

This is the first butterfly I've seen this year. It stopped on the bricks outside my backdoor and graciously waited until I grabbed my camera to take a picture.Thank you butterfly.
 Pattern Diet

It's summer and I've been organizing my sewing room. I am amazed at how many patterns I've amassed.(Yup, amassed. I have hundreds!) Some I will likely never get to. So despite the new patterns at McCalls and the members' sale this weekend, I am on pattern diet. No more Big 4 patterns. Period. I will not restrict myself on indie patterns though. I love them, they are easy and I want to support the online sewing community. Sewaholic has two patterns coming out this summer and Colette has one coming out in July. Cake Patterns should have a new line this fall ( I LOVE all CAKE patterns and their wonderful sizing system). And of course, then there is Style Arc and my recently discovered Skinny Bitch Curvy Chick. I love their Manhattan Pants pattern.

Pros to the Pattern Diet
  • Save money
  • Stop amassing Big 4 patterns
  • Force myself to use the patterns I have now (I have tons)
  • Use more indie patterns
  • Find new (to me) Indie pattern designers
  • End up making clothes that fit and that look good from well-designed indie patterns
  • Since many indie designers have pdf file patterns, no need to store patterns at home
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