April and May Roundup 2014

exit talk poster

What a whirlwind. I’m still a little stunned that a chapter of my life is over. For a while I kept walking around saying “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” I had to say goodbye to my faithful kitty companion of almost 10 years. And I finished graduate school (wearing a dress I made for the occasion). I now have a Ph.D. Wow. My dear classmates are also in the process of graduating and I’ve been making quilts for my closest friends to celebrate their accomplishments, starting with Erica’s Ninja Cells and Ellen’s Hst3 Western Blot.

Pink and orange tribal print leggings

Of course continuing to sew through these stressful and exciting times has been important to me, and I made a green & pink floral ceylon dress, a vintage barkcloth bowler bag to match, vintage spring pajamas and some super fun not pants (i.e. leggings) and dinosaur dress. Amazingly I sewed two pairs of shorts even though I profess to hate shorts – Sailor Girl Shorts and Prefontaine Shorts.

rainbow stripes oakshott lipari quilted tote

I brought you a few tutorials – How to block knit gloves, how to string a pearl necklace, when to underline your sewing and my Oakshott rainbow stripes pieced tote bag. I also finished up a couple of final posts in the Presidio Purse Sewalong – how to sew a hidden front pocket, cross-shoulder strap,

skulls pink lava beads

I was inspired to dig out my jewelry making supplies and strung a pink and black skull necklace and an orange and turquoise howlite necklace.

silk kente cloth and kimono

I continued my fun series of interviews with sewing bloggers on their personal connection between Sewing & Style with Heather of Closet Case Files, Andi of Untangling Knots, Lauriana of Petit Main Sauvage, Marie of A Stitching Odyssey, Shams of Communing With Fabric. I also started a new series of interviews with sewists on how higher education influenced their sewing with Karen of Bella Industries, Anne of PlayCrafts, and Amy of Sew Well.

upper arm pattern adjustment

I’m still slowly chugging along on making things for my wedding. Although I did have to endure a ton of frogging, I had a fitting revelation on my jacket muslin which was pretty gosh darn exciting.

Tangerine Dream Quilt Sewing World May 2014

In very exciting news for SeamstressErin Designs, my first magazine article was published – my Tangerine Dream table runner in Sewing World Magazine. Behind the scenes, I have several more exiting projects in the pipeline, and I am so excited to have more time to spend on bringing you such things now that I’m done with my Ph.D.!

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  1. Love your blog! Just found you this week through Pinterest.This was a great post for new subscribers like myself because it introduced me to so many of your projects all in one place. I’ve been sewing for…over 35 years (yikes!) But there is always so much more to learn. Like underlining…. I’ve never done it and would love a tutorial. Though I have lined a few things, I can think of many garments that would benefit from an underlining, especially in this time of sheer tops as well as skirts without pantyhose or slips. I used to sew a lot of garments for myself and my children but the last few years, I have sewn more Home Dec than anything else. I really identified with your thoughts about having sewn a lovely product that sometimes was disappointing in some way when worn. Hence my move away from garment sewing. Yet I long for the kind of clothes that I can’t find in stores, that represent ME, rather than a trend, and are well made as well as well fitted. Sewing is the only way to have that, so I am back and anxious to do exactly that. So glad I found you Erin! Congratulations on you PhD!

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      Thanks for the sweet words! I’m so glad that you have found my blog helpful and inspiration. I’m sorry to hear that you too have experienced disappointments in sewing, but I do think that one of the best parts of sewing is that it will always be a learning process – there’s always something more to learn and some way to improve your skills or understanding. But in the meantime you CAN use it to build a wonderful wardrobe that truly represents you and your own personal style!

  2. What a busy, productive, and exciting few months for you, Erin! Many congratulations and blessings as you start the next phase of your life!!

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      Right now, preparing for my move to Seattle, preparing for my wedding, and preparing for my 4-month honeymoon. After that, you’ll have to stay tuned for some exciting developments in SeamstressErin Designs!

  3. Loving all of your projects! Congratulations on the major milestones and accomplishments!

    Best, Kate

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