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Friday Style Diaries with Leila Makes

In this post we are starting our new feature; the Friday Style Diaries, where we take a deeper look at the me made wardrobe and styling of someone in the sewing community. We are starting this series with the wonderful Leila, from @leila.makes on Instagram. We have set Leila the challenge of sewing up a Friday Pattern, and styling it in a few ways to show how versatile the piece is & how it fits into an already existing wardrobe of beautiful garments!

December 12, 2023
December 21, 2023

A Quilter’s Guide to Making Clothes

Pay attention to your thread color choice. Often, you don’t need to worry as much about the color when piecing together a quilt (your biggest concern is really just light vs. dark thread), but with clothes, the wrong thread color on the hem of your newest make might drive you a little crazy if it’s not somewhat matching in hue.

August 1, 2021
January 12, 2024

Pablo Wrap Overall Review

The Pablo overalls are a beautiful blend of functional workwear and classic minimalist style. I’m a sucker for wrap pants, so seeing a pattern that incorporates wrap pants and includes a bib to make it into a whole fit - I fell in love.

June 16, 2023
December 16, 2023

How To Make Block Printed Fabric

Back by popular demand, here is a closer look at making your own block printed fabric.

April 27, 2023
December 18, 2023

Sewing Machine Review: Janome MOD-100

My favorite sewing machine is the second machine I’ve ever worked with. When I was 15 years old, I was given a pretty basic Singer machine by my mother – completely unprovoked. Unsure why I received this machine, I started making simple alterations to my hand-me-down clothes from my sister, but I don’t remember much about the quality of my sewing that long ago.

April 16, 2023
February 1, 2024

FS Amalfi Robe in Midweight Linen

There’s something really lovely about working with scraps, especially when they’re soft linen scraps. I love improv-sewing shapes together and whenever I do these kinds of projects, I tell myself to keep going and make more (curtains, pillowcases, shirts, dresses, skirts), but then I clean up my giant mess of thread and fabric pieces and I’m suddenly no longer ready to tackle another improv piecing project for a few months at least. WOOPS!

April 6, 2023
December 16, 2023

Block Printed Kitchen Towels

I was chatting with a sewing friend not too long ago (hi Gabby :)) about what we did before we discovered garment sewing and it occurred to me that I’ve always been crafting! Often, I hear other sewists reminisce about their childhood and how they learned how to sew from their family members – their mother, grandmother, aunt, or some other relative. But my sewing journey was entirely self-fueled and self-taught. I started with absolutely no idea of what I was doing (sewing clothes and quilts) and managed to put together some halfway decent pieces.

February 21, 2023
December 16, 2023

How To Self Draft A Linen Pinafore Wrap Dress

When I set out to start sewing my own clothes, I had no intention of making myself frilly dresses… but here we are. I actually had every intention of quilting when I first started sewing more than just simple alterations on ready-to-wear shirts, but then I fell HARD when I found the lovely garment sewing community on Instagram.

August 28, 2022
February 2, 2024

Zina Shirt in Midweight Linen

When I was in veterinary school, we had a practical skills lab where we had to put on our ~white coats~ and “play doctor” on very sweet volunteer pets. At the time, I remember feeling so giddy to put that coat on. On the one hand, it felt surreal and exciting and on the other hand, I could feel the weight, emotionally, of what it meant; that people would be trusting me with their pet’s care and to be honest, it was a little scary (as it should be).

August 18, 2022
December 16, 2023

FS Capucine Bathrobe in Jacquard Linen

I have been sewing garments (consistently) for about two years now, and I am still in awe of the wide range of fabrics available to sew. I chose a jacquard linen because: 1) I love the name and 2) I have little-no experience working with this fabric type. I have also always wanted to add more loungewear to my wardrobe as I find myself sitting at my computer more and more for schoolwork and with the pandemic still ongoing, I stay home more often than not.

May 12, 2022
December 16, 2023

Find Out How Leila made a Shirred Dress with Banana Cotton

I chose a hand-blocked banana cotton fabric from Fabriclore. Initially, I was skeptical about the texture and drape of the fabric but once it arrived, I fell deeply in love. The fabric is lightweight and feels almost sheer when light shines through it, but the hand-blocked art and overall color maintain a great tone and overall look.

September 22, 2021
December 16, 2023

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