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Laura Mae of Lilacs & Lace on Sewing and Style

Today in my series of interviews with sewing bloggers on their connection between sewing & style, I’m delighted to feature Laura Mae of Lilacs & Lace. I had the pleasure of meeting Laura Mae in person at a Bay Area sewing blogger meetup where I swooned over her vintage inspired dress. With every new vintage-style dress she makes, I swoon some more! I’m delighted to share her thoughts on the connection between her ability to sew and her personal style. Hello! My name is Laura Mae and I blog about my sewing adventures over at Lilacs & Lace.  I adore vintage styles and take any and every chance to play dress up, much to the amusement of strangers, who are perhaps not aware of the fun that can be had wearing a poofy crinoline. My sewing room is embarrassingly full of vintage and vintage-reproduction patterns, and my closet is overflowing …

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Shannon of ShanniLoves on Sewing & Style

Today in my series of interviews with sewing bloggers on their connection between sewing & style, I’m delighted to feature Shannon of ShanniLoves. Shannon was one of my amazing test sewers for my Presidio Purse, but I’ve been secretly crushing on her bright, cheerful style since long before then. And I can totally relate to have a style described as “all over the place”! I’m delighted to share her thoughts on the connection between her ability to sew and her personal style. Hello there!  I’m Shannon and I have developed a healthy obsession for sewing.  I like to talk about it as well as show off my makes, good or bad over at my blog, Shanni Loves.  I’m a country gal who loves animals of all variety…my fat little pug Vito, my 3 cats Orlando, Spankey and Pixie Pants and my husband, Ryan.  During the day you can find me …

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Miriam of Mad Mim on Sewing and Style

Today in my series of interviews with sewing bloggers on their connection between sewing & style, I’m delighted to feature Miriam of Mad Mim. I’ve been a long time reader of Miriam’s blog and am often inspired by her casual yet pretty style and the many ways that she embellishes plain fabrics. I had the delight of meeting Miriam in person at Sewing Summit where I discovered she is sweet and chatty and friendly and I’m delighted to share her thoughts on the connection between her ability to sew and her personal style. Hello all! I’m Miriam from madmim.com, and when Erin asked me to participate in this series I was jazzed because boy oh boy, do I love this discussion! I love talking about anything that has to do with identifying personal style and definitely a little self-analysis thrown in there, so I’m excited to jump in the conversation. …

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Modern Bow Neck Blouse Inspiration

Bow Neck Blouses span the ages. I’ve shared inspirational images of bow neck blouses and dresses from the 1920’s, 1930’s, 1940’s, 1950’s, 1960’s, and 1970’s. To bring it to the present day, thanks to Maddie of Madalynne for putting together these great modern sources of Bow Neck Blouse inspiration!

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Bow Neck Blouse Inspirations from the Scruffy Badger

The delightful Winnie of Scruffy Badger Time is a “connoisseur, not an addict” of Bow Neck Blouses. I’m excited to share her favorite BNB patterns as part of the Bow Neck Blouse sewalong. Though she’s used both vintage and modern patterns, she shows how either can be seamlessly incorporated into a wardrobe in a style that’s all hers. Hopefully she can inspire you to make the Bow Neck Blouse your style as well!  Hello my name is Scruffy Badger and I have an addiction to bow/tie neck blouses & dresses.  Yes it’s true.  There is a certain chemistry between us, or I would like to think there is, at least. When I last did an audit of the number of bow/tie neck dress & blouse patterns I had in my stash, it came to my realisation that I had at least ten!  To say I was a little surprised was an understatement.  It …

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Amy of Sew Well on Sewing and Style

Today in my series of interviews with sewing bloggers on their connection between sewing & style, I’m delighted to feature Amy of Sew Well. I first started reading Amy’s blog because she is a Mood Sewing Blogger. I learned that she is a scientist (like me!) and lives in San Francisco (like me!) and was thrilled when I got to meet her as part of a gathering of Bay Area Sewing Bloggers. She is a lovely woman, fun, and smart and enthusiastic and I was equal parts disappointed when she recently moved to Seattle and excited because I’ll be heading their soon(-ish)! In the meantime, I’m excited to share her thoughts on the connection between her ability to sew and her personal style. Hello to all the lovely readers of Seamstress Erin.  My name is Amy, and I blog over at Sew Well.  I started sewing in 2010, and I …

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Jessica of Running With Scissors on Sewing and Style

Today in my series of interviews with sewing bloggers on their connection between sewing & style, I’m delighted to feature Jessica of Running With Scissors.  I’ve been reading her blog for quite a while and was delighted to meet her at Sewing Summit where I learned that she’s just as friendly, creative, funny, and engaging in real life as she is online. I am thrilled to share my perspective on sewing and style!  I met Erin at Sewing Summit.  I sat next to her at a lunch and she mentioned she is taller than her fiance and I was almost hopping out of my seat and flapping my arms with excitement because I am also taller than my husband.  It’s so fun to meet another non-traditional heighted couple.  We had an instant connection with our men and both being tall women in general…which leads right into why I sew my own …

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Lauren of Lladybird on Sewing and Style

Today in my series of interviews with sewing bloggers on their connection between sewing & style, I’m delighted to feature Lauren of Lladybird. I’ve been smitten with Lauren since I first stumbled onto her blog and discovered that she, too, has a septum ring and an attitude. But it’s her fun sense of style and prolific swoon-worthy sewing projects that always bring me back for more. Describe what you sew. Haha, what DON’T I sew should be the real question ;) I try to make everything I wear – at least, what people see (although undergarments may very well be in my future. Who knows!). It feels really good to know that my entire outfit – minus shoes – was made with my hands. How does your passion for sewing enable your style? I like to say that I have expensive taste on a shoestring budget – and sewing seriously enables me to have certain …

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Rochelle of Lucky Lucille on Sewing & Style

Today in my series of interviews with sewing bloggers on their connection between sewing & style, I’m delighted to feature Rochelle of Lucky Lucille. I swoon over every outfit that she posts and admire her very vintage-influenced style. I can safely blame her for a large part of my growing love of 1940’s fashions! Thank you, Erin, for having me on today! Hello, I’m Rochelle and I blog over at Lucky Lucille where I share my love of vintage sewing. I live in Western, NY with my dog and a small gaggle of cats. I’m utterly obsessed with the 1940’s. I spend a large amount of time researching WWII fashions, and then try to bring them to life with fabric. Describe your style. 1940’s factory girl meets art school student. It’s safe to say I’m totally obsessed with 40s styles, but I don’t wear head to toe 40s every single …

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Winnie from Scruffy Badger Time on Sewing & Style

Today in my series of interviews with sewing bloggers on their connection between sewing & style, I’m delighted to feature Winnie of the Scruffy Badger Time. I’m a fan of hers because her spunky attitude is visible in her blogging and her clothing. She makes beautiful feminine outfits that are never too girly, and she’s clearly having a blast as what she does! I’m Winnie from Scruffy Badger Time. I’ve always loved making things, & loved clothes & if you listen to my Mum you’d find out that apparently I was always hogging the camera as a toddler.  So it’s sewing that really is my obsession, & blogging about what I sew allows me to let out some fun & play round in front of the camera!  And I run.  Kind of.  I’ve avoided running until my recent years but have been sewing since I was old enough to thread a needle. …

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Duane of The Japanese Pattern Challenge on Sewing and Style

Today in my series of interviews with sewing bloggers on their connection between sewing & style, I’m delighted to feature Duane of the Japanese Pattern Challenge. I’ve oohed and aahed many a time over his exquisite tailoring and have learned from the detailed way he shares his process. I can certainly relate to many of his responses, especially his final words of “There is an enormous amount of inspiration, education and support within the online sewing community. In a very small way, I’d like to think that I contribute to that.” Hi, my name is Duane aka Mainelydad and I’m one of those rare guys who sew. Yes, we exist! I sort of fell into making my own clothes about 3 years ago and there seems to be no turning back. What started pretty much as a whim (I wanted a winter coat that wasn’t black) has morphed into something that …

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Cindy of Cation Designs on Sewing and Style

Today in my series of interviews with sewing bloggers on their connection between sewing & style, I’m delighted to feature Cindy of Cation Designs. I immediately took to Cindy’s blog when I first found it, only a small part due to the fact that she is a fellow scientist. “I’m pretty sure choirs sang as I frolicked through a proverbial field of kittens and unicorns while the air filled with the scent of peaches” may be one of the best descriptions of discovering sewing ever and I completely agree with her that unique clothing is “like wearing a kindred spirit dowsing rod!” Hello! I’m Cindy and I blog over at Cation Designs, and I’m so excited to be guest posting here at Seamstress Erin’s about sewing and how it has affected my personal style. When Erin first emailed me, I have to say, my first thought was “Could bed sheets even …

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Julia Bobbin on Sewing and Style

Today I have the lovely Julia Bobbin sharing her personal connection between sewing and style.  I can relate all-too-well to Julia’s belief that “my life is a musical and any minute the crowd around me is going to break out in song”. And of course sewing enables her to be appropriately dressed for just that occasion! Well hello there! My name is Julia from JuliaBobbin.com and I am a sewing obsessed, fabric enthused, vintage loving mother of one human boy. I’m currently on maternity leave from my day job, and when I’m not squeezing chubby baby cheeks, I spend my time sewing and fantasizing about my next ten creations. I started sewing about 3 and a half years ago, and I have been covered in cotton threads and pattern tissue ever since. Describe your style. My style is a mish-mash of both vintage and modern, with my favourite vintage being …

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Carolyn of Handmade by Carolyn on Sewing and Style

I’m excited to introduce Carolyn of Handmade by Carolyn, sharing her thoughts on Sewing and Style. She set herself the task of wearing only clothing that she has personally made for this whole year. I’ve been excitedly watching her document her progress with her Paper Doll Project and now I’m thrilled to share her thoughts on the connection between her ability to sew and her style (and I can relate oh-so-well to her final statement “then it’s off to the fabric store” !). Hello!  My name is Carolyn, and I live in Perth, Western Australia.  I make all my own clothes, and sometimes I make things for my family too.  They are gracious enough to actually wear those things too.  I have a blog Handmade by Carolyn, where I document all my handmade goings-on. Describe your style. Hmmm, it’s always hard to pinpoint your own style! But overall; I think maybe …

Allison of Dream a Little Bigger on Craft and Style

Today in my Sewing and Style guest post series, I’m delighted to share the thoughts of Allison of Dream a Little Bigger. Yes, she’s a crafter (of some totally fabulous crafts, I might interject), but her personal connection between making things and wearing them is just as interesting as any sewist’s!  Describe your style. I’ve always said that my style is comfy. Comfy with a side of boho or comfy with a side of preppy or somewhere in between. I’ve been informed, however, that I dress like a hippie (from an honest to goodness ex-hippie).

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Sonja of Ginger Makes on Sewing and Style

For the latest installment in guest posts from sewing bloggers on their connection between Sewing and Style, I have the spunky Sonja of Ginger Makes. She does a great job of introducing herself, so I’ll just say that I love the fact that her giant smile is a constant accessory to her sewn creations. Without further ado… Hi, guys!  I’m Sonja, and I blog about sewing, knitting, and, well, making things, over at Ginger Makes.  I live in NYC with my husband and two pugs, and I work in the film/TV industry.  When I’m not sewing or blogging, you can usually find me wandering around the city or snacking (both on a good day!). I like to describe my style as “tomboy chic”, and that’s only half tongue in cheek!  I spend most of my time in skinny trousers, raglan tees, and slouchy sweaters, but I love having a chance to …

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Tempest Devyne of Fanbloomingtastic on Sewing and Style

I’m bring you a continuing series of interviews with sewing bloggers, exploring their connection between their ability to sew and their style. Today, I have for you the fun, funky, silly, awesome Tempest Devyne of FanBloomingtastic. I love that she sews outrageous and yet totally wearable clothing, with such a sense of humour (get it? humour not humor??), and she just hosted the Bowie Sewalong that I’ve been swooning over. Here are her thoughts on how her ability to sew feeds her totally unique style. Describe what you sew. Everything! I try to have a go at most things to push my comfort zones and learn new things. I’ve done dresses, shorts, tops, shirts, jackets, a hoodie, hats, onesies and loads of burlesque costumes. Ooh and a crown! I’m a skirt and dress girl mostly though….trousers don’t really appeal to me. What inspires or influences your sewing choices? My sewing …

Katja of Of Dreams and Seams on Sewing and Style

I’m excited to bring a guest post by Katja of Of Dreams and Seams in my continuing series of guest posts exploring individual connections between sewing and style. I simply adore Katja’s many recycled creations wherein she cuts apart old garments and uses them for imaginative and stylish new clothing and I can’t wait to share her take on sewing and style. I’m Katja and I have a blog called Of Dreams and Seams. I actually want to include a lot more fashion sketches, which are supposed to be the “Dreams”-part of my blog title, but I never have enough time to give my drawing the attention it first needs before I want to publish it… My “Seams” however can be seen plentiful, recently a lot of recycled garments are popping up, because I love the idea of using resources to their max, I hate causing a lot of trash and my sense …

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Morgan of Crab&Bee on Sewing and Style

I’m delighted to introduce another guest blogger in my Sewing & Style series, the lovely Morgan of Crab&Bee. She and I were introduced through the stashbusting sewalong and I’m delighted to say that I traded her some linen from my stash for a new-to-me dress pattern. I’m excited to see what she eventually does with the linen and I look forward to eventually sewing up the pattern. I appreciate Morgan’s eco-friendly emphasis and the way she seamlessly melds comfort and elegance. I’m Morgan, and I blog at Crab&Bee where I share my creations and ponder sewing, sustainability and fashion. I started sewing a few years ago and it’s steadily become my favorite hobby. Describe your style. Describe what you sew. What inspires or influences your style? Comfort is a huge consideration what I wear and sew. I started out sewing cute dresses but I’ve realized that I wear a lot …

Lauren of American Duchess on Sewing and Style

I’m excited to bring a guest post by Lauren of American Duchess in my continuing series of guest posts exploring individual connections between sewing and style. I love drooling over Lauren’s beautiful historical creations and am excited to hear how sewing enables her love of historical fashion. My name is Lauren.  I am a designer and historical costumer primarily interested in Western fashions from the 16th century to the early 1960s.  I love to sew everything from bustle gowns to simple Mad Men style dresses.  I also design ladies’ historical footwear and accessories for my company, American Duchess.

Maddie of Madalynne on Sewing and Style

I’m intrigued by individual style, how someone defines her style, how she finds that style. I’m particularly intrigued by how a sewer’s ability to create her own clothes influences that style. To explore this, I’m posting a series of guest posts from different bloggers who sew, each exploring their individual connection between sewing and style. Thanks to Maddie, one of the first gals I think of when I think style, for her part in this series. Hi, my name is Maddie Flanigan and I am the blogger behind Madalynne, the cool sewing and pattern making blog. If Steve McQueen was the “King of Cool,” then Madalynne is the “Queen of Cool.” My blog covers everything from how to draft a sloper to interviews with independent pattern makers/designers and what projects I’m working on. For two and a half years, my day job was in the technical design department for a …

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Meg the Grand on Sewing and Style

I’m intrigued by individual style, how someone defines her style, how she finds that style. I’m particularly intrigued by how a sewer’s ability to create her own clothes influences that style. To explore this, I’m going to be posting a series of guest posts from different bloggers who sew, each exploring their individual connection between sewing and style. First up, the wonderful Meg of Meg the Grand. I can’t thank her enough for her insightful and thorough exploration! Hello all!  I’m Meg from Meg the Grand.  I am an intermediate sewer and beginning knitter, and I love the feeling of making something with my hands … especially if it’s something geeky in nature. Many thanks to the delightful Erin for asking me to guest blog with you lovelies today!!  Erin is a true blue kindred spirit who spreads sunshine in her blog posts.  I, for one, am a huge fan and so honored to …

Guest Post: What is a Technical Designer by Maddie from Madalynne

Today I am super excited to feature a guest post by my friend Maddie from Madalynne. While quite proficient with how to make a garment for myself at home, I know very little about how garment construction works on an industrial level. Maddie does a great job at offering a peek into that world, through the lens of her day job as technical designer. I hope you enjoy her post! What is a Technical Designer? ­Hi, my name is Maddie Flanigan and I am the blogger behind Madalynne, a cool sewing, pattern making, and lifestyle blog (it ain’t your grandmother’s sewing blog. I promise). Erin and I started chatting a few months ago, in early spring to be exact, about a guest post I recently featured on my blog about sewing garments you’ll actually wear. It’s a curious subject, we all have our own tips, tricks, and methods to sewing …

Guest Post on Madalynne: How to find Sewing and Style Inspiration at Work

Today I’m super excited to have written a guest post for my friend Maddie of Madalynne. She writes a delicious style and sewing blog. My guest post is How to Find Sewing and Style Inspiration at Work. It starts: I work in a research laboratory. You wouldn’t think that I’d be able to find a lot of sewing or style inspiration in my workplace, but it’s totally possible. Here are a few things I do to keep myself inspired during the day. Go to Madalynne to read the rest!