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.
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.
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,
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.
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.!