Evelyn Tutorial, Part 3

Welcome back! This Part 3 of the Evelyn Tutorial. Click here for Part 1 > Click here for Part 2 > Step 8: Lining Assembly Lay your Top Zipper Panels (sewn to the zipper) bottom side down against the right side of a Bottom Lining panel, centering a long edge of the Top Zippered Panels along the […]

Evelyn Tutorial, Part 2

This is a continuation of the Evelyn Photo Tutorial. Click here for Part 1 > Click here for Part 3 > Step 4: Connectors Pin a Connector with stabilizer to a Connector with interfacing, right sides together and matching all edges. Now you want to make a mark on the stabilizer where you will stop sewing. […]

Evelyn Tutorial, Part 1

This is the Part 1 of the Evelyn Photo Tutorial. Click here for Part 2 > Click here for Part 3 > I had to sew up an Evelyn Tote as a gift so I thought I’d take photos along the way for a tutorial and use Pellon’s brand new Flex Foam for the first […]

25k Giveaway!

Edit: Winners! Donna Forde MacKenzie Shirk C.J. Morabito Janina Swirepik Carolyn Lancaster Hamblen Dorothy Caswell Kimberly Marie Swoon has over 25k likes on Facebook. That’s so unreal. I’m so thankful for all of you, and if I could, I’d mail you ALL fabric. But I can’t, so how about 2+5 of you instead? Seven random winners will […]

Sew-Along: Donna Handbag

I spent a fun day in the Swoon Facebook Group sewing a Donna Handbag and posting photos and tips along the way, sort of a last minute sew-along. I promised I’d move it here so it’d have a permanent home. I hope you find it helpful. PREPPING Gather all your materials. Here is everything I’m […]

The “new” Swoon Studio

It’s nearly the end of March and I’ve spent the past 3 weeks moving, painting, sanding, moving, hurting, and moving some more. We’ve gotten an incredible amount done in a month. And the last to tackle was my sewing studio. I previously leased a space away from the home, but now with a bigger home, […]

Tutorial: Double Welt Pocket

This double welt pocket came about when I was drafting the Swoon Bonnie Bucket Bag pattern. I wanted to include something new, an alternative to the usual exposed zipper pocket. By a lot trial and error, I came up with this way to make one. It’s fast and easy, but don’t try to put this pocket […]

Featherweight Giveaway

Update: The winner is Leslie Baxter Buhl! Congrats, Leslie! About a year ago I bought a Singer Featherweight 221. I’ve used it exactly one time since. It’s been decoration in my studio because it’s so small and adorable and fits perfectly inside my Ikea cube. I bought two new machines after this one and haven’t been […]

Tutorial: Drop-in Linings

I love drop-in linings. LOVE love. But I know that isn’t a shared sentiment by the majority. They do take practice to perfect but once you do, they’re easy and can look very professional. All of the Swoon patterns with a top zippered gusset instruct you to install the linings this way, as well as Dallas and Blanche. […]

Free Sewing Pattern: Laney Hobo Bag

If you’ve sewn bags before, you probably know of Pellon. Pellon makes all kinds of interfacing and stabilizers that are essential in the bag-making process. They give shape, body, stability, and a crispness you can’t get with just cotton fabric. I take a lot of shortcuts, but never ever skimp on interfacing. It takes your bag from “homemade” to […]