Category: Fashon

The Story of My Tattoo

Myshka, my mentor who passed away earlier this year, left an indelible impression on my life. I met her not even 6 months after my mom passed away, and I think it was life’s way of giving me a maternal figure when I needed one. I was only 18-years-old – a senior in high school about to go off to college. She taught me how to sew, but her lessons went beyond the needle. She was very much like an iceberg; there was a lot about her that was hidden. It would seep out in bits and pieces – while I was hemming a pant, resetting a sleeve or whatnot, she would recant incredible, almost unbelievable, stories. You’d doubt her too if she told you that Valentino is an asshole and Christian Dior was a very humble man who never thought he was good enough. Turns out, it was all true. At her funeral, the women who knew her best confirmed Myshka’s stories. Yes, she worked for Valentino and Dior. She was also a baroness who spent her younger years traveling the world. She spoke of Monaco often. I got a tattoo for my mom and I wanted to do the same for Myshka. I’ve long wanted a botanical, black and white tattoo, but never had a reason. When Myshka passed, I thought it would be the perfect way to honor her. I asked a local painter, Nicky Pasterfield, to draw a design using an inspiration image I’ve saved over a year. She did an incredible job recreating it with her own tune. Click here to see her sketch. I might regret it in 10 years; I might not. Neither Myshka nor my mom lived with regrets. What matters is that I love it now. I wanted to share the meaning behind the tattoo because Myshka was…

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My Bra Making: Your Feedback

What did I learn from your comments on Nina and Nellie Warner (thank you for posting!)? That images can be deceiving! Okay, that’s not a new concept, but one I now taken extra personally. Someone wrote that what’s most important is how I feel wearing the bra. Very true. But the thing is – how I saw myself changed the way I felt. Before seeing images of both bras on body, I loved them. After, not so much. With your and my comments, I’ve changed the front neckline and a few other details. It will be a fun and interesting experiment to compare the two! Along with this experiment, I’ve also been drafting some other bra patterns (see above). So darn excited! In other sewing news: Can you believe Me Made May 2015 starts today?! I would participate, but most of my me-mades now are lingerie pieces. I’ll spare you and myself daily Instagram uploads in a bra and undie/knicker! Cherry blossoms are synonymous with spring. Why not make a dress to go with just as Inna did? I’ve loved seeing the various versions of Southport dresses around the blogosphere lately. Why not join Kelly for her sewing along? Rochelle finished her Spring for Cotton project! 

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DIY Bra Pressing Curve Guest Post

Hey bra makers! This week, I guest posted on Amy’s blog, Cloth Habit, and shared a simple tutorial on how to make  a bra pressing curve. Lauren and Carolina were lucky enough to be gifted my extras when they attended my workshop. Hop on over to check out the feature. I hope you enjoy!

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Announcement: I’m a Bernina Ambassador!

I’m psyched to announce that as of last November, I am an ambassador for Bernina USA. What does that mean? Well, for one year, they will loan me a Bernina 560 sewing machine in exchange for regularly contributing to their blog, We All Sew. In each What i Made post, I’ll be featuring tips, tricks and techniques that I used with my Bernina 560 and cross sharing that information on their blog. My interview went live last Monday and my first project post will go up next Monday. This week, I’ll be hosting an Instagram takeover, posting 1 photo a day to their account and discussing where I find inspiration, what I like most about my machine and more. So be sure to follow @BerninaUSA to watch me “gram” it up! Instagram is my jam. With a solid reputation in the sewing world, I feel honored about this partnership. Really honored. Thank you, Bernina!

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Best Sewing Blogs of 2015: The Runoff

When the deadline passed to vote for the best sewing blogs of 2015 and I opened the results, I assumed the winners would be clear cut like last year. Not so! There were hundreds of responses, which resulted in more than 10 winners for each category. I contemplated posting them all, but that would be a burden to read. So, I emailed a few of my best sewing buds and asked them what the best route would be. After one chimed that I should host a run off, the rest confirmed that this was the best option. Sewing friends are the best friends, aren’t they? I said I would unveil the top blogs in early January, but I’m afraid you’ll have to wait a few more weeks! With narrowed results, you can vote for the most inspirational, best mom blog, best pattern maker and more using this form. Contest opens immediately and closes one week from today, January 14th. Even if you’re not into this whole awards thing – because everyone is a winner – I encourage you to submit your picks. It has been a cumbersome effort to round up the “best of the best,” but it’s well worth it because I have discovered a ton of new sewers. I’ll give a holler at some of my new favorites! – What Katie Sews, Girl Like the Sea, Corecouture, Almondrock, Craftiness Is Not Optional, Melly Sews, Myrna Giesbrecht, Groovy Baby and Mama, Fruits Flowers & Clouds, Sew Sweetness, Skirt Fixation, Suzy Bee Sews, Two On Two Off, Fifty Two Fancies and more! Please note that the “over 30″ category was removed due to negative responses. 

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