How To Preshrink Fabric For Sewing
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by Deborah
2M ago
I took advantage of some Black Friday sales to make purchases for fabric I know I’ll need in the New Year. Wanna see? This amazing organic twill is from District Fabric on the Olympic Peninsula. This shop is a woman-owned small business in a GORGEOUS part of the US; my husband and I visited the Olympic Peninsula last summer and we are SMITTEN, so I was delighted to discover their online selection! The plum twill is destined to be a Bianca Flight Suit. I’m thinking of lining it with Liberty lawn (yes, I am serious) and quilting the yardage before cutting out to make a jumpsuit for riding my Ve ..read more
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Christmas Sewing Deadline: Handmade Pajamas
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by Deborah
2M ago
As our kids get older, some traditions we’ve held close to our hearts are changing and growing along with them. I’ve sewn a new pair of pajamas for our kids each Christmas for years, and that has become their one gift they open on Christmas Eve. But these days they don’t grow as fast as they used to, and what was a practical project–they needed new PJs anyway–had become redundant. They don’t need, in a climate where the low temperatures are over 60 for seven months out of the year, six pair of flannel pajamas. Sewing Is Practical, But Also Emotional Last year, I didn’t plan to sew any pajamas ..read more
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Murder Mystery Quilt 2023: Murder of the Viking
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by Deborah
3M ago
The Murder Mystery Quilt for 2023 is NOW OPEN for registration!! Join us next year for The Murder Of The Viking and sew the quilt to solve the crime with the nicest quilters on the internet. We can’t wait to make this beautiful quilt with you, one block at a time, all year long! I have had the honor and genuine pleasure of hosting nearly 10,000 unique members in the Murder Mystery Quilt over the past seven years, and I want you to be part of the fun. This warm community has such a sense of humor and curiosity, they’re welcoming and friendly, generous and joyous. Sign up here and get ready for ..read more
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How To Sew: Learn To Sew In About An Hour!
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by Deborah
4M ago
The first sewing class I taught was in the teensy tiny back room of an artists’ co-op in Atlanta. It was mostly a storage room, if I’m telling the truth, and we plugged our machines in around an Ikea table surrounded by spare hangers and boxes of display hooks. And it was amazing. I treasure the memories of those classes. We only had six chairs, so the classes were small. Each month, a new group would come in on Tuesday nights, and we would start from scratch. Over time, themes would begin to emerge, in their stories of why they were in a sewing class and what they wanted to achieve. My very ..read more
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Fashion At The Museum
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by Deborah
5M ago
On a recent visit to New York City, I took a trip from JFK airport to the Metropolitan Museum of Art for a celebrated exhibit: In America, an installation of American fashion. It was a surprising insight into what I like best about sewing clothing, in ways I didn’t anticipate. While I was there, I shot some video which I put together for my newsletter subscribers. This was shared straight to their inboxes a few weeks ago–you can sign up to get new content first, too! Use the form in my sidebar to subscribe for early updates! The post Fashion At The Museum first appeared on Whipstitch ..read more
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Whipstitch Podcast: Season 2 Premiere!
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by Deborah
5M ago
I’m so excited that TODAY is the Season Two premiere of the Whipstitch podcast! Last year, I started a podcast, and thought of it as an extension of this blog.  A place where my writing-voice could be my ACTUAL voice, where I could feel a little more like the best part of my blog: that it was a conversation, me talking to you, a connected place of creative community.  And it worked. I didn’t expect to love making a podcast as much as I do?? Even with all the video I make, I didn’t realize how fun it would be to record and edit audio, to add music, to think throug ..read more
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Design & Sew: Make Your Dream Tee Shirt
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by Deborah
6M ago
I have a dream where every garment in my drawer or closet is something I really love. One that sparks joy, if you will. Bonus joy if they’re handmade. It feels like better stewardship if I focus on making sure that the things in my life are there on purpose, with intention. It feels like better fuel for my spirit, too, like the joy I get from fewer things that feed me will elevate my mood in a way that ripples out into the rest of my relationships. Of all the things in my closet, the items that wear out the fastest are tee shirts. Something about the quality of the fabric these days? It seems ..read more
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How To Install A Sewing Pattern Projector
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by Deborah
6M ago
**This is a sponsored post. I was sent the VANKYO projector, unsolicited, in exchange for an unbiased review. Opinions and experience are all my own!** A few years ago I started hearing rumors of the “next big thing” in sewing, which I gathered to be a technique for direct-projecting the lines of a sewing pattern on the fabric, so that cutting is via digital lines rather than paper patterns. This is intriguing, on a whole host of levels. I love the idea of not having to wait to find a copy of a printed pattern in my size, or stalking the mailbox to see if arrive after I order it online. I love ..read more
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How To Sew A Linen Sport Coat: Where Guts Meets Glory
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by Deborah
8M ago
In 2013, I started sewing a men’s sport coat. This is the story of how that sewing project became a crucible that revealed my own insecurities, resilience, tenacity, and weaknesses. It’s also a sewing project that turned into an unexpected chance to grow. Buckle up. How It Started When my oldest child graduated from high school, my husband and I took her & her best friend on a Spring Break trip to New York City. While we were there, I did a little detour to Mood Fabrics, where I discovered this lovely navy linen. I asked my husband if he’d like a summer sport coat from such beautiful fabr ..read more
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The Queen’s Quilt: New Podcast Episode
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by Deborah
1y ago
The Whipstitch Podcast is back! Season Two launches TODAY and a new episode will arrive every other Friday from now until June 2022, ten episodes in total this spring. I have some serious topics, some lighthearted episodes, some behind-the-scenes into what goes on here at Whipstitch Industries, and plenty of coffee chat on the calendar, so I’m thrilled to post a new episode today! Episode Nine starts Season Two with a re-visit of a post I wrote after a trip to Hawaii with my husband nearly a decade ago: The Queen’s Quilt. Show notes: The following links cover much of the source material and r ..read more
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