Just like my previous post on how much I love when people share their reading list, I also love when people share some of their favorite sewing items! Whether it be books, patterns, tools, etc, I love hearing about them! I am always on the lookout on how to improve my skills or add a great pattern to my list. I thought it would be great to share a few of my favorite sewing things lately!
- Hey June Patterns. This probably doesn’t come as a shock to you since I have posted so many Hey June creations lately. Nevertheless I couldn’t leave it off just because I constantly talk about it. I love Hey June because first off Adriana is so sweet and down to earth. She participates in the discussion on her Facebook page and is always so complementary. I have tested her patterns too and she is a great designer to work with! Not only is she great, she produces great patterns. The way she describes steps makes it easy for beginners to learn. Lately I purchased a mens pattern from a different designer. It was the first time I did a partial placket and I was so annoyed by the time I was done. I thought to myself if this was a Hey June pattern I would have breezed through it! Her directions are so clear and easy to understand. The finished garment is also always so comfortable and definitely in constant rotation in my closet. If you love sewing and don’t have any of her patterns, go get one now!
- Indiesew. Indiesew is a website filled with sewing goodness. Indie patterns are sold here along with different batches of fabric. There is always a great array of sewing tutorials and tips and tricks. The site is very professionally done and is always inspiring to me!
- Girl Charlee. This is another company I talk about all the time. They have tons of knit fabrics at a really good price. They are also so friendly with good customer service. I know there are so many great fabric stores out there but if you are looking for a reasonable price check out Girl Charlee.
- Tailor’s Clapper. This is one of those purchases I made to accompany jean making (which I have yet to do! It’s on the top of my to-do list). I was hesitant to buy it because well it was $30.00 and I wasn’t sure if it would be worth it. Even though I have yet to make a pair of jeans I have used this baby a ton! I use it when I am pressing hems and seams. Accompanied with an iron it makes the seams so crisp and stay in place. I also use it as a pattern weight when I am cutting my fabric 😉
- Dritz Ezy- Hem Gauge. Another item I thought I could live without. That is until I bought it. I use it all the time and it makes hemming so much easier! I have seen tutorials on how to make your own hemming guides, I tried that quite awhile ago, but let me tell you, sometimes it just pays off to spend money on the real thing!
- The Reyna Lay Designs Podcast. I love hearing other creatives telling their story. Mostly everyone she has on her podcast is a seamstress. I love listening to them while I sew.
- Sewing Spaces. I have been wanting to make my sewing room a little more practical since switching from wallet making to pattern making. I use my sewing room in a slightly different way and I want to be the most efficient that I can be. I stumbled upon these sewing spaces that was done a couple years ago and have been drooling over the. Can I just snap my fingers and make my sewing room as awesome as some of these?!? Its fun to see a bunch of rooms and get ideas on how to implement some of their ideas into my room!
- Baste+Gather. Lauren the person behind Baste+Gather is actually who put together the Pattern Workshop class I took. Not only does she totally kill it in Pattern Workshop, she also has great patterns, and inspiring blog posts for the seamstress. I love seeing all her creations and how she pairs her handmade clothes. She actually inspired me to make my own pair of jeans (again coming soon). Her newest pattern Birkin Flares is actually what I plan to make. I am not so sure I can pull off the flare so I may slim them to more of a bootcut look. I need to get on it because I have had requests to make people jeans :0 Mainly my husband, but others too. I am not sure I am brave enough to sew clothes for others yet. I feel like I am still learning.
- Seamwork. This is a digital magazine that comes out every month. Not only do you get lots of great info in the magazine, you also get two patterns monthly! For only $6.00 you can get lots of great info and add some more patterns to your sewing stash!
- Sprout Patterns. I have yet to try this but how cool is it!?! You pick a pattern from one of their designers, choose a Spoonflower fabric to go along with it. Customize it then cut it out and sew it at home when it arrives! The pattern piece lines are printed right onto the fabric so you simply cut around the lines! No need to print out the pattern or use a printed pattern since it’s right on your fabric! I think this would be so fun and would like to try it out in the future! P.S. they have Hey June patterns just FYI 😉
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