New Tutorials Page!

December 17, 2014

Between my blog and all the posts I write for Craftsy, I have a rather large collection of tutorials out there, so I thought I'd round them all up onto one handy spot for you all to find!

See the word TUTORIALS up there on the top left toolbar? Click on it and it will bring up the Emery Dress Sewalong link, as well as specific tutorials like a Full Bust Adjustment, How to Install an Invisible Zipper, and How to Do a Narrow Shoulder Adjustment.

It will also bring up nearly all of the posts I have written for Craftsy (though some aren't really relevant and some seem to have gone missing from their site- not sure why) like my hand sewing series, seam finishing series, and lots of little project-based posts.

I hope you learn something new or find a fun project to whip up!

Marianne Sewalong Schedule

December 12, 2014

Hi everyone! I hope you are all having a wonderful December so far! It's positively glittery here with holiday cheer! Per your request, my Marianne Dress Sewalong will get going in January, and believe it or not, that is right around the corner! Below is the full schedule so you can start planning your first project for the new year - a Marianne Dress (or two...)!

We will start off with the basics, talking about supplies, tips for sewing knits, and the like. We won't get to sewing until January 15, which should give everyone enough time to recover from the holidays, pick up the pattern from me or from their favorite retailer, and gather supplies.

The sewing goes really quick on this dress, but as we all have busy lives, I spaced things out to allow for long weekends to accomplish all that is discussed each week, leaving you Friday-Monday to get caught up. I will also be doing every step with both a serger and a conventional machine, so no matter how you're sewing yours, you will be included!

And on those Mondays and Fridays, I will be sharing my many Marianne Dresses that I've been whipping up. It seems quiet here right now, but trust me, an army of Marianne Dresses is being prepared, one dress at a time!

Grab a badge below in the size you like and post it to your blog side bar to share the sewalong if you like. The more the merrier! Happy weekend everyone!

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Holiday Shipping & Gift Certificates

December 8, 2014

Here in Southern California it sometimes is hard to remember that it's nearly the holidays, as it's mostly still sunny and warmish. We have finally had some welcomed rain and gray skies, but I for one am in a bit of disbelief that Christmas is only 17 days away!

With that in mind, I want to post a reminder that if you're planning to order from my website for the holidays, you might want to do so sooner rather than later! The USPS says that you can order up to the last minute and still receive everything on time, but I honestly don't believe that to be true! Or at least, I wouldn't push it.

If you live in the US, all orders from my site ship USPS Priority Mail, which claims to be 3-5 business days, though if you are closer to me, I have known for people to receive their orders next day. So counting back from this 3-5 window for shipping, if you want to receive you package by December 24, you should place your order no later than Wednesday, December 17, so I can put it in the mail by Thursday, December 18, and you could get it within 3-5 business days, landing on your stoop by December 24.

If you live outside of the US, it can take anywhere from a few days to many weeks to receive packages from the US, so you should jump on that immediately! Though you might want to consider the option below...

Running out of time? No worries! I also offer Gift Certificates on my site, which are super easy to order up and send to an email of your favorite sewing friend! They are found at the bottom of every page, as well as on their own page here.

Happy holidays!

Marianne Dress Sewalong Announcement!

December 5, 2014

I took a rather informal poll on Instagram this week to see if December or January would be better for the Marianne Dress Sewalong. My instincts were that this month is already pretty jam packed with gifts to finish making, holiday parties to attend, and just too many obligations already marked on the calendar, and my intuition was right, as January won hands down!

So, I'm happy to announce that we will start the sewalong on Tuesday, January 6th! This should give everyone plenty of time to get their pattern for the holidays, recover from their New Year's Eve hangover, and be more than ready for some seriously cute knitwear!

The full schedule is still to come, but know that I will start with things that don't include sewing so if you wait until after the holidays to order your pattern you will be fine. In the meantime, I'm sewing up about a thousand versions of the dress in a wide range of knits and variations to help everyone see the dress is as many ways as possible. I do it for you; you know, for science ;)

Have a great weekend everyone!

Books in Stock for Holiday Shopping!

December 1, 2014

I am super happy to announce that I have a limited supply of my latest book, The Complete Photo Guide to Clothing Construction, in the shop for the holidays! If you are looking to pick one up for yourself or for a gift, this is the place to get it, as this copy will be signed by me! You're not gonna get that from Amazon!

Also, because of its size, it has to fit in a USPS Flat Rate Envelope, which means there's no extra charge to toss in a few other goodies too, since the shipping will stay the same price! So this is a great opportunity to pick up some items for yourself and for gifts all in one envelope! Have you picked up the new Marianne Dress yet? Scoop them both up in one package!