Thursday, October 10, 2013

Sew a Skirt with Sew Caroline

Last month, I was really lucky to be able to travel to the Sewing Summit, a sewing + blogging conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. (You can read my recap here). One of the classes I took was with Caroline, who is the cutest Texas gal behind the blog Sew Caroline. She shared her "Sew a Skirt" pattern with us. I wanted to share pictures of my skirt, because she is launching an ebook with instructions to make it really soon!

Caroline wrote this pattern for beginner seamstresses, or anyone wanting to sew up a quick, cute skirt. I made it in about an hour and a half. I think it could be done quicker, but I was so busy yapping with my neighbors at the Sewing Summit, that I didn't really focus much in class. I deserve an F! heehee

 I absolutely love that this pattern has pockets. That is such a MUST for me as a mom of little kiddos! And they were a cinch to sew in.

This skirt comes with two variations... one with ruffles, and one without. I originally planned to have ruffles at the top of the waistband. One of my dumb blonde moments was that I got distracted and forgot to follow the cutting directions for Version 2. Instead I cut out Version 1 (without the ruffle), so I will just have to make another skirt soon! Again, too busy chatting with my new friends at Sewing Summit, and forgot to follow instructions. :) So check out Caroline in her cute skirt, with ruffles. Isn't it/she darling?
Handmade Fashion //

 So if you're in the mood for a fun, quick skirt to sew for your wardrobe, be sure to check out Sew Caroline. She is constantly making all kinds of amazing clothing for herself. She's one of my favorite gals to follow on instagram... so much inspiration!
Skirt// Handmade with Sew Caroline's Sew a Skirt ebook (coming soon)
Fabric// Anna Maria Horner Hand Drawn Garden, purchased from Sew to Speak
Shoes// TJ Maxx

Friday, October 4, 2013

Sewing Summit 2013

It all started with this little "IOU" that my husband gave me for my birthday in May. Sewing Summit tickets had already sold out, but then a few months later they announced that a small number of last minute tickets had been released. So, it was my cute husband who pretty much made this whole weekend happen! (Many thanks to my sweet mother-in-law, Becky, for flying out to take care of our kids)!

And, many thanks to Coats and Clark for sponsoring my ticket. Without them, I would not have been able to go! We have worked together a couple of times in the past year, and I just adore Lynn, their marketing director, who I met last year at Sewing Summit. One of the things I was able to do for them was help start up their instagram account. (Find them @coatsandclark). 

It was fun spotting their products at the conference and posting them. They were the official thread sponsor of the conference. They have a couple of new products. The one I am crazy about is their Paper Piecing thread! I used it to baste and stitch some hexies onto a bag that I'm making, and it was the perfect weight and fineness for this type of project. They also just came out with a bold hand quilting thread that I'm excited to try.

So, why Sewing Summit? I got to attend Sewing Summit 2012 as a speaker, and I had such a good time last year. I was really surprised and excited that they (Erin) invited me to teach one of the Creative Journey classes. It was nerve-wracking, and exciting at the same time. I'm so grateful for that experience... it taught me a lot! Because of that opportunity, I have felt very loyal to the Sewing Summit conference. I think my blogging goals will change over the years, but I will always love sewing, and I hope to attend as often as I can! 

You definitely don't need to have a blog to attend Sewing Summit. But for those who do, there are classes in all areas. This year, I chose to focus on more hands-on sewing-related classes, over the blogging and business related classes. They assign you to as many of your first-choice classes as possible. I loved all my classes, and I love how there is something for everyone! (Although I am sad I didn't take Olivia Omega's class, I heard it was awesome). Here was my lineup of classes:

 Sew a Skirt with Sew Caroline

Creative Journey with Leanne Barlow

Brands and Bloggers with Bernina (pictured with Amy and Alice)

 Curves with Angela Pingel

Mini Dresdens with Jessie Lathroum

Drafting Leggings with Miranda Anderson
Polo Refashion with Merrick White

(not pictured) HTML Basics with Jeni Baker

 All the teachers went all out, typing out a great little packet of directions. I can't wait to finish up the rest of my projects!

I told myself I couldn't blog about Sewing Summit until I finished up at least one of the sewing projects I started in my classes. I have two finished projects so far... my leggings and my polo refashion.

These leggings are sooo comfortable, and totally useful with the just the right length of tunic. Miranda taught the class brilliantly. You can follow the tutorial on her blog to draft your own pattern for these leggings too!

This men's polo shirt was pretty much the first refashion I have ever done. It was a blast. Now I want to refashion half the things I own! Check out Merrick's full tutorial here.

When I got home, I used some EZ Steam and a double needle to hem the bottom. The double needle is great for knits, because it allows for a bit of stretch, and I think it gives a very polished look.


I don't exactly belong to one specific group of sewing... quilting, kids apparel, women's fashion... I like it all! So getting to hang out with ladies from all sorts of sewing genres was perfect. I loved it because so many of the girls are people I have collaborated with via blogging, and I follow their blogs, so it pretty much felt like I already knew them! It's always exciting to meet these girls in person. Getting to know their specific personalities and being able to give them a hug them in real life is honestly my favorite part! It was really sweet of two different groups of gals to invite me to dinner with them. I had a lot of fun getting to know them all.

These were my sweet roommates... Amanda from A Crafty Fox and Westwood Acres and Amy from Diary of a Quilter

Photobooth with Merrick, Leanne, Miranda, Melissa

Meeting Andrea from Knitty Bitties was such a highlight of my weekend... what a great person to get to know!

I really loved getting to know these girls also... Juliette from Chick Pea Studio, Jessica from Running with Scissors, Caila from Caila Made, and Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl.

Another of Caila and me. It was so fun to meet my Sew-vivor Season 2 champ! She's seriously talented guys!

Sew Caroline... she is such a sweet heart in every way... and has the cutest Texas accent ever!!! Oh, and she sews the cutest clothing for herself! (I can't wait for her new ebook to be published)!

Dinner with the sweetest group of gals... I'm so glad they invited me to come along.
(Terrible iphone pic, haha)!

Another amazing part of the whole weekend was that Heather Bailey was the keynote speaker! Her message was real and from her heart. We got to hear her story and how she got her start in this industry. She's hilarious! Not only that, but she came and participated in the whole conference. I loved having the chance to meet her, and even to get to know her a little over dinner one night. Turns out, we both took clothing construction classes at BYU, and even had the same professor. (Anyone else out there have Dr. Burnham)?

I really thought I would get a whole lot more sewing done while at the conference, but when it came down to it, all I really wanted to do was chat and get to know all these amazing girls. I thought to myself, "this could be the only time in this life that I ever get to meet so-and-so, and I can sew when I get home!" From Tuesday to Sunday, I only had 13.5 hours of sleep. So yes, that means we all stayed up really late, I look horrid in half my pics, and I still have three (really fun) sewing projects to finish up. But working on them will remind me of all the fun I had while at the Sewing Summit!

The perfect end to a wonderful weekend was getting to have a slumber party with my roommate from college (Provo and Paris). (Love you Allison)! I also got to see the Salt Lake Temple... Troy and I were married there 10 years ago, so it was a real treat to see it in person. I overgrammed way to much about the whole weekend on instagram, so if you're wanting to see more of Sewing Summit, head over and check it out!