With most of the staff out of town, it’s fallen to me (Lane) pick my favorite blog posts of 2019! I hope you find them as enjoyable as I did!
10: Thread Theory Strathcona Henley Review
I love the Thread Theory Strathcona Henley Review because it’s a practical look at how the right fabric makes all the difference! Though the pattern used is the same, the specific drape, content, and weave of these individual fabrics result in two very different garments. The fit of the blue jersey is nice, but then the color of the waffle knit is so classic – I can’t decide! Fortunately Jeff didn’t have to, either!
9: Why Did I Open The Confident Stitch
The Confident Stitch is more than just a store; it’s an ode to the craft of sewing. Read about what inspired Kate to take the leap and open a sewing sanctuary back in 2015 in Why did I open The Confident Stitch. In truth, Kate’s passion for sewing and teaching is what drew me to TCS and I’m so lucky I get to work with people who care so much about what they do!
8: 7 Tips for Quilt Piecing
Speaking of teaching, Kate wrote the 7 Tips for Quilt Piecing back in April, and it remains a timeless guide, with tried-and-true pointers gleaned from years of quilting. Not only is this post super helpful, it’s also full of beautiful, colorful photos taken by our talented photographer Bess Bird
7: For What it's Earth
There’s a real value to making clothes, and part of that comes from being able to use ethical means for garment construction. Guest blogger Mairin penned For What it’s Earth during Fashion Revolution Week. In it she considers the power of making clothes and provides useful information about sustainable fabrics.
6: Closet Core Jenny Overalls, View A
Honestly, the Closet Core (formerly Closet Case) ‘Jenny’ Overalls, View A are in the top 10 because I want a pair! They are just too cute! In addition to that, Maisie gives valuable insight as to the emotion a well-made and properly-fit garment can evoke in us. It’s a good reminder as to why we make and tailor our own clothing.
5: Jalie Charlotte Cardigan
So I promise the Jalie Charlotte Cardigan is in not featured because I’m the cardigan model, but because the post is hilarious. Join Maisie in her re-telling of Romeo and Juliet as she casts herself and cardigans as star-crossed lovers. A tale for the ages!
4: Christine Johnson Princess Dress
One of our highest-rated social media posts of 2019 was seamstress Bonnie spinning in this Christine Jonson Princess Dress. It’s absolutely perfect for those spring or fall days where you want to look cute but also have sleeves!
3: Cashmerette Montrose Top
If you’re like me, then you’re always looking for ways to incorporate more lace into your everyday outfits. Kate finds a way to do this and look great in this lovely Cashmerette Montrose Top! Not only is it super pretty and the scalloped edges are fabulous, it’s also a fun, quick project.
2: We Love Oilcloth!
I scream, you scream, we all scream for We Love Oilcloth! A dive into the fascinating history of oilcloth, this retrospective also has clever project ideas for how to best use this versatile fabric.
1: The Merchant & Mills Eve Trouser
Without further ado, the number 1 blog post of 2019 is The Merchant & Mills Eve Trouser! Remember, a good pair of pants can change your life. Make flattering pants in 2020!
Happy New Year!
I hope you enjoyed reading these posts as much as I did! If you have any suggestions for what you’d like to see on the blog in the coming year, reach out to us on social media or send me an email. I love talking to our confident makers! Happy New Year!