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Our 7th Giveaway

Closet Case Patterns has donated a great class in celebration of #MMMayPlus2020. Enter the draw on instagram here.

What is this class?

New to sewing? Learn How to Sew Clothing is designed with beginners in mind! Whether you’ve never touched a sewing machine before or want to brush up on basic skills, this comprehensive online course guides you through the construction of the entire Rome Collection (enrollment includes a complimentary copy of the Fiore Skirt, Pietra Pants and Cielo Top, in sizes 0-30). You’ll learn to cut and prep your pattern, operate and troubleshoot a sewing machine, basic fitting, construction techniques, professional seam finishes and much more!

Thanks very much to Closet Case for sponsoring this giveaway!

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What Sewing Means To Me

I’ve been sewing & quilting off and on for over 40 years.  Every time I think about how long I’ve been at this, I’m amazed.  First, it startles me to realize that I’m 51 – soon to be 52; second, I can’t believe it’s been 40 years.  I learned to sew first from my mother; she used to make dresses for me, and I loved them.  I can recall helping her to make a pink polyester linen-look suit to wear when I visit Washington, DC as a school safety patrol person.  I was 12 years old and so proud to be wearing something I “made” with my mom.  Earlier that year, I’d taught myself to applique for a school project.  I was hooked.  


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Our 6th Giveaway

Head on over to Instagram to enter the competition to win 1 of 10 PDF Patterns from Straight Stitch Designs!

We’re really grateful to Straight Stitch Designs for coming on board to help us with our celebration of #MMMayPlus2020!

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(In)visible bodies

As a fat lady in Australia, I don’t have many options when it comes to brands that make clothes in my size in styles that I love. What I do have is an immense amount of privilege as a white, able-bodied person, a decent amount of disposable income and a bit of spare time here and there to sew my own clothes. Learning to sew and make beautiful garments in prints and styles that I love has been revolutionary. I adore bright colours, loud prints, and over the top patterns. I don’t give a shit about rules, particularly rules about how fat women should dress. I will wear a floral skirt with a striped shirt and a rainbow cardigan. I will wear a multicoloured dress with bright red tights and a sparkly jacket. I love that my wardrobe practically screams ‘my body is here and it is beautiful and it is celebrated’. Slowly but surely, sewing has helped to heal my relationship with my body and has made my wardrobe more ethical and environmentally friendly than it could ever be if I exclusively purchased ready-to-wear garments. 

So why is it that sewing makes me feel so visible yet so incredibly invisible at the same time?

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Our 5th Giveaway

Today we’ve launched our next giveaway in celebration of #MMMayPlus2020! Head on over to instagram to enter the draw!

Win 3 packs of labels from Stitch Collective
1 PDF sewing pattern from Marilla Walker
1 PDF sewing pattern from Pattern Scout
1 PDF sewing pattern from Untitled Thoughts and Brittani from UT has offered an hour of one-on-one sewing time via zoom (or your choice of platforms)!

Thanks so much to the lovely ladies from Stitch Collective, Untitled Thoughts, Marilla Walker and Pattern Scout for getting involved and providing such great prizes for our celebration of fat sewing!

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I will no longer sew patterns that don’t fit my body

Dear pattern designers

If your pattern doesn’t come in my size, you won’t be getting any more of my money. I won’t be grading it up. Because you should be doing that for me.

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Our 4th Giveaway

We’re thrilled to have a $50CAD voucher from Blackbird Fabrics to give away!

Enter the draw over here by tagging a maker that you’ve discovered through the #MMMayPlus2020 hashtag!

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Why am I angry?

My name is  Alexandra, I’m 34 years old, I’m French, I have been sewing for 3 years, I spend the first year sewing either for babies  (childbirths gift for friends or family) or either bags, wallet or accessories. Now it’s been two years that I sew for me, and for the past 3 weeks I’ve been sharing my makes on Instagram which a little revolution around my life (and my boyfriend’s life as he has been appointed as my official photographer, he is not overly enthusiast but in the middle of a lockdown I don’t have that much choice). I have been knitting for 25 years ( I was so young when I started that I don’t even remember learning) and cook a lot too. I’m a data scientist for a living and my field of expertise are mainly sales and marketing. Why do I bother you with my CV ? When @unapologeticallykat shared her feeling in her blog post a lot of people wrote about how they were sad and hurt on her behalf. I’m sometimes sad and hurt too but really most of the times I’m angry.  So, Jess asked me to come talk to you about my anger. And my anger has a lot to do with sales, marketing and data.

So, first off all, what are the things that make me angry and what are the things that don’t ?

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The Make-Thrift Dilemma of Plus Size

Hi, I’m Bronwyn, a long time clothes wearer who took up sewing aforementioned clothes in 2015 because it felt good to slow down and make things with my own hands. I’m a engineer who lives with my husband and two dogs in Australia. I also happen to be a plus sized woman; so have had a long, complex relationship with clothes and fashion culture. Let me introduce you briefly to my long time nemesis of ‘sustainable fashion’ – the Buyerarchy.

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Our 3rd Giveaway

Today, our next giveaway is live over on Instagram!

Who’s involved?

Jennifer from Workroom Social has come onboard with a great giveaway in celebration of #MMMayPlus2020!

Enter the competition on Instagram and you’ll have a chance to win a PDF copy of the Claryville Jeans from Workroom Social and if you live in the US, then you have a chance to win a PDF copy of the Claryville Jeans AND some enough gorgeous denim to make the pattern!

The Claryville Jeans are available up to a size 28, or 48.5″ waist and 60″ hip and we’re so grateful to Jennifer for getting involved with our MMMayPlus2020 celebrations!