I looked in my closet the other day and realized I was bored with everything inside. Don't you hate that! I need a wardrobe boost in the worst possible way. Looking for inspiration in the patterns, I picked up Sewaholic's Pendrell blouse. This one doesn't have ANY closures, similar to my other favorite blouse pattern, Colette's Sorbetto (I have expressed much love here and here). Which really just means it comes together quickly. Perfect!
I have been dying to sew with some Liberty of London. Gina has brought in some stunners and I picked up two different cuts. I know they're revered and now I know why--beautiful drape, striking designs, and a pleasure to sew with. Worth every penny for that wardrobe boost. With such a fine fabric, be sure to pick up some Microtex Sharp machine needles to get the best stitch quality.
I love the 40's details on the sleeve; the tucks provide a slightly exaggerated shape. And they are set in the princess seam not an armscye, another easy installation. Because of the seams there are no darts! Take your time on the gentle curve of the princess seam to prevent stretch or distortion. If you're nervous, do a staystitch along both pieces first.
Easy shaping and fairly flattering, I've dressed it up with a skirt or gone casual with jeans. It's a great staple I could see making more than one of. I'm excited to try Sewaholic's other patterns (especially they're new jacket pattern!)
Books are great, aren't they? A good sewing book is both eye candy and a wonderful transporter of information all in one. We have a great selection of books that fit that bill. I currently don't have a space where I keep my sewing supplies out, ready for use, so sometimes sewing just doesn't happen because I don't want to take the time to unpack and repack everything before and after. I can happily and easily pass an hour or two browsing through a sewing book, getting ideas, letting my imagination wander, mentally preparing for when I do have the time to unpack, repack and sew in between.
Our book selection includes a group of Portland-authored gems we're so proud to offer. In addition to thoughtful, instructional, project-based books, we carry some gorgeous ones that are heavier on the images and lighter on the instruction. These are the books I can get lost in, slowly turning pages, taking in all the fine details and incredible designs.
Thanks to lovely customer Michelle for letting us snap a shot of one of her holiday creations! Looking to make a banner of your own and want a little assistance? Pick up Autumn's banner pattern next time you're in. What a special gift for any one, for any occassion.
Please make note of our holiday closure times. We will close at 3 pm on Thursday, December 22nd and reopen Tuesday, December 27th at 10 am. We will also be closed Sunday, January 1st. We'll put up a few more reminders as we get closer.
Did you hear? The fabulous woman behind the popular Sew Everything Workshop and the new Embroider Everything Workshop, Diana Rupp, will be here! In Portland! At Modern Domestic! Next Tuesday!
Diana is a NYC-based sewing and craft teacher and founder of the Make Workshop, an artist-only industrial loft studio located in the Lower East Side. A frequent teacher of all manner of craft, her most recent publication covers embroidery, cross-stitch, hand applique, smocking, needlepoint, and more. She focused on handwork for the new book because she loves doing it and it's obvious others do too, based on attendance at her popular workshops. Hand work can be more accessible than machine sewing because it is portable and there is minimal investment on necessary materials. Plus, anyone can work with needle and thread, including kids and new sewists.
The translation from classroom to book allows Diana to bring quality instruction to those who aren't able to make it to her studio in New York. Diana's extensive teaching background has given her the ability to anticipate the typical questions people new to embroidery may have, which provides a more rewarding experience for a beginning stitcher.
You may not realize how many different sewing-related endeavors Diana has been involved in, from videos to large scale commercial patterns and more. Sign up to see her online class, Sewing Studio with Diana Rupp, at Craftsy, check out Diana's Generation Next patterns for McCalls, especially this one here, which is super similar to one featured in Embroider Everything Workshop with a beautiful sashiko detail.
Stop by MD Tuesday night, December 13th starting at 6:30 pm. Diana will be here signing books and talking shop with fellow stitchers.