Welcome to my stop on the SewPro Stars Blog Hop. In September I traveled to Chicago for the first annual sew pro conference. Sew Pro is a conference for those who are interested in transforming their hobby into a business, whether that be pattern making, fabric designing, book publishing, etc. I’ve been lazily toying with the idea of generating a stream of income through sewing. It was a great conference and I met a terrific group of women. To keep the momentum going, a blog hop was organized to showcase all of the different ways we’ve been inspired following the conference. To see my project and other life updates, read on.
Since returning home from SewPro, a few exciting things have happened. First, I persuaded my boyfriend that we needed to move our bedroom into one of our smaller rooms so that I could have the larger room for my sewing studio. Fortunately, he didn’t give a damn so that was an easy switch. Check out my new and improved sewing studio!
I love how bright and cheerful my new studio is.
I love my work table. It’s a drafting table that I bought inexpensively off Craiglist. To make it the desired height, I’ve simply set it atop bricks. Making your space work for you does not have to be expensive or require brand new furniture. The matted grid was purchased from an army surplus store, I think, and it is adhered to the table with adhesive strips. It’s the perfect cutting table now.
My sewing table now sits in front of a bright window looking out into the street. I have plenty of room to use both my sewing machine and my serger at once. In the corner is my dress form, a Christmas present years ago from my thoughtful boyfriend.
Last month, my boyfriend & I celebrated our 5 year anniversary. He designed and built me this custom work stool. You may recall from prior posts that he’s a hobby furniture maker because he loves metalworking and woodworking. Check out the bookcase he made here. I love how beautiful and elegant this stool is and how nicely it fits this space.
It’s a great space to work in and the cats love to hang out in here with me, too.
Second, I’ve started offering private sewing lessons in my home studio. If you live in the central Kentucky region, you can register for my class online here:
I’ve had two students so far and it has been a great experience. I’ve also been asked to teach sewing lessons at our local community makerspace, a collaborative space for DIYers and Makers of all crafts. I am very much looking forward to building my student base and sharing my passion for sewing with others.
Third, my project reveal this month is that I’ve been inspired to begin learning how to draft my own patterns.
(Oh, I also cut off all of my hair.)
My boyfriend bought me a Craftsy course on pattern drafting for the bodice and the skirt sloper. Right now, I am working on perfect my bodice moulage.
As is to be expected, my first draft is not perfect. I turned my moulage into pattern pieces and sewed my bodice, but unfortunately it is too tight across the bust and waist, which is to say it is too tight everywhere.
I am currently working on my second draft but it is not yet completed in time for this blog hop, but it is at least a sneak peek of what is to come. If any of you are pattern drafters or designers, I’d love to hear about your learning experience and what resources you’d recommend.
Please be sure to check out all of the other lovely ladies participating in the blog hop:
SewPro Stars Blog Hop Schedule
Monday Nov 14
Lisa Peterson – https://lisaandlorelai.com/
Sherri Noel – Rebeccamaedesigns.com
Andi Stanfield – http://truebluequilts.com/
Brooke Gilbert – http://stitchedprintingcompany.com/p/blog
Tuesday Nov 15
Vanessa Behymer – https://vintagebarngirl.wordpress.com/
Pam Cobb & Lynn Rinehart – http://www.thestitchtvshow.com
Sherry Shish – www.poweredbyquilting.com
Joanne Kerton – www.canuckquilter.com
Lisa Nielsen – http://thequiltjam.blogspot.com/
Wednesday Nov 16
Carmen Ross – seecarmensew.com
Anne Beier – http://www.hudsonvalleyquilts.com/
Jessica Caldwell – www.desertbloomquilting.com
Pamela Morgan – mysweetlittlestitches.com
Thursday Nov 17
Maryanna Powell – www.marvelousauntiem.com
Cathy Smith – www.aquiltingchick.com
Lissa LaGreca – lovinglylissa.com
Paula Mamuscia – https://creationsbypaulamamuscia.wordpress.com/
Angie Tackett – http://www.mystitchstory.com/
Friday Nov 18
Becca Fenstermaker – prettypiney.com
Holly Stockley – www.lighthouselanedesigns.com
Teri Seal – daymoonquilts.blogspot.com
Trinia Braughton – www.penguinfeats.com
Deanna Wall – https://www.stitchesquilting.com/