Five Blogs We Love
The Internet is full of great sewing resources. Here are some sites that we find especially helpful and informative.
Five great bloggers, all from different parts of the sewing industry, run Fashion Incubator. Their nearly daily posts include tutorials, resources and techniques for every skill level, and are filled with industry tips and tricks. Their archive is a great resource for almost any sewing need. Check out their great post about interfacing tips.
Erica B’s DIY Style (Recommended by Threads online reader wannasew2)
Erica Bunker of Birmingham, Alabama, is a mother of three who loves to sew. Her blog takes her readers through her many sewing adventures as she creates fabulous, runway-inspired garments from “boring” patterns. Most of her posts are pattern reviews that include pictures of her results. Each review answers key questions like:
Did the finished piece look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Would she recommend it?
These are all things I like to know before starting a project.
Just Sew is a fabric store in Highland, Utah, with a great website and blog. They display customer projects and also feature new books and fabrics when they become available. In addition they include a Free Pattern Page where you can find great simple projects for a long afternoon of leisurely sewing.
Made by Rae
Rae’s Blog is full of free original patterns and tutorials as well as recommendations for projects and books. Her techniques are amazing, and her projects are inspiring. I always end up in my sewing room after reading her posts. She is a master of recycling and restyling, which I love. For example, she includes a post that shows how she turned an old shirt into a hat and pants for her newborn.
PatternReview isn’t exactly a blog, but it is a fantastic resource. The site has over 40,000 reviews of commercial patterns. It’s a great place to look when you wonder if you really do want to make that dress. The site is organized by pattern number, so all you need to do is look up the pattern you’re thinking about making, and every review of that pattern is available. The site also includes reviews of stores, tools, books and machines so you can “sew smarter.” You’ll also want to check out the blog written by PatternReview’s creator and Threads author, Deepika Prakash, Curtain to Coats.
For more of our favorite blogs, read my previous entry on ThreadsMagazine.com
Do you visit a sewing blog that you love? Let us know! We might include your suggestion in our next post!
This is one of the photos included with Fashion Incubators' instructions on how to shorten a zipper that's too long.
Rae created these adorable Mother/Son outfits for herself and her small son.
The pattern for this Schlep Bag is available on the Just Sew website.
Erica B includes a classy home page on her website, EricaBunker.com.
This simplicity pattern received rave reviews on PatternReview.com