vintage Brother sewing machine

Double the What’s Doing fun today as a result of last week’s hard drive fail! Hope you’ve had a great week. My new pattern is out for testing and I’m busy whipping up samples (!!!). Here’s what the sewing blog world has been up to….


Anyone else hoping that Jen releases this gorgeous beast as a sweater pattern? That I would then buy and invest a hundred dollars in wool for, only to knit a quarter of it before getting distracted by something else?  Just me then?

This cross-stitched Belladone dress by A Stitching Odyssey is all of the best things about DIY in one garment.

I finally finished my Southport Dress; love this maxi version from Dandelion Drift.

Here’s a stellar Sew Bossy match up: Bellbird vs. Kohlrabibohemia.

Loving this mod yellow top from House of Pinheiro.

Smitten with Oh She Dabbles’ Beverly Bikini and love what Sallie had to say about wearing bikinis.


I gleefully helped back this great Kickstarter project: The Curve Runner. It measures curved lines much better than my flexible measuring tape. She’s reached her initial goal but will offer additional products if she hits $10,000!


This beautiful video follows the construction of a couture Dior dress. Try not to drool.

It could have been the PMS, but this dating video made by a son for his incredible mother got me right there.

John Oliver (MARRY ME) explains fast fashion in the best way possible (which is to say, hilariously).


I was fascinated listening to Abby’s interview with Deepika Prakash (founder of Pattern Review) on the While She Naps podcast.


This community quilt post on Tales of a Stitcher is so inspiring.


You can never have enough sewing tips for jean making! Here are some great suggestions from Where Heather Grows.

(Print in featured photo from from Madalynne.)

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