This Week in Sewing Blogs // VOL. 88

Happy Sunday makers! I had a full weekend off for the first time in a few weeks and of course, all I did was sew for two days straight… It’s a relief to know that even when I’m feeling a little burnt out with business stuff, sewing for myself is still a safe space to curl up and get cozy. I often worry about the effects of making my passion my business, and while there are definitely times when my personal sewjo is flagging (generally when I’m making sample after sample every day), right now is not one of those times. I’m drowning in ideas and am so excited to leave all my old leggings in the dust this spring.

In other news, my dear friend Monserratt was recently interviewed on Cashmerette about body image and sewing, and it was easily my favourite thing this week. I actually got a little choked up reading about her story and I highly suggest you check it out when you have a chance. This part in particular really resonated with me… what a wise lady:

To all curvy women along the same path I send this message: Don’t care so much about what others say, don’t let them define you. They are probably struggling with body image and other serious issues themselves. Don’t judge them.  It is most important that you learn to accept, appreciate and love yourself, feel good with yourself and surround yourself with people who love you beyond what your body looks like. Treat yourself and others with compassion, love and respect. Be happy to have the body and health that you currently have, be confident that you deserve and can have all you want, walk with a good posture, believe in yourself, smile, and take care. I stumbled upon this little piece on how to talk to your daughter about her body. I found it interesting, and I wanted to share it with you. And… If you manage to get the hang of sewing for yourself, then have fun! Try new styles, colors and silhouettes! Rediscover, redefine and enjoy yourself!

Words to live by! Some more inspiration:


The perfect trench from Petite Republic.

The cutest shortie overalls EVER from Peneloping.

More Rachel Comey goodness from Erica B.

These cat print pajamas from A Beautiful Mess are just calling out for the Carolyn pajama pattern

Rather obsessed with this vintage 60s Burda pattern, and was so excited to see this darling version from Couture & Tricot.

Speaking of new pattern obsessions, you bet your bottom dollar I’ll be making this new Tessuti coat when the weather starts getting chilly again… so perfect for dog walking with those back “treat” pockets!

This lace caftan from  Nikki is one long, drawn out sigh….


Sewing the perfect knit neckband over on the Makery.

How needles are made!


Fittingly, a girlfriend recommended I read My Brilliant Friend, the first novel in an epic series by Elena Ferrante revolving around one complicated, fraught friendship beginning in 1950’s Naples… I can’t put it down and I can’t wait to tackle the next three books. An incisive, intelligent and sensitive examination of female friendship.

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