Another Archer and #SewingCommunityGives

Grainline Archer

Another day, another Archer.

Grainline Archer

I’ve now made Grainline’s Archer shirt more than any other pattern. What can I say, I love this pattern! A classic button-down shirt with an easy fit and no darts? Sign me up!

Grainline Archer

This pink and blue cotton is from The Cloth Pocket (where these photos were taken and where I’m teaching some classes this month) and these perfect pink buttons are from a defunct local store.

Grainline Archer

For this Archer, I cut pockets, placket, yoke, cuffs, and collar on the bias. This plaid isn’t perfectly square which made it difficult to get the angle of the lines perfect, but I like the result.

Grainline Archer

Instead of pleating the center back under the yoke, I gathered the fabric.

Grainline Archer

Now onto something a little more serious…

Sewing Community Gives

Ya’ll know I don’t often get personal on this blog but today I’m making an exception. A few weeks ago, Erin over at Seamstress Erin messaged some pattern designers, bouncing around this idea to harness the power of the online sewing-sphere to give back to our communities.

I think Erin was expressing a desire that many of us share: a growing need to contribute, to share, to show love and compassion in the wake of an election season that, no matter who you supported, weighed heavily on all of us and capped out a year that for many was filled with struggle and mourning.

This sentiment struck a chord with me as lately, I have been challenging myself to do more. After the election, many probably feel like I do, that I didn’t do “enough.”

Enough of what and how much that means, I’m not exactly sure. But I do know that I can no longer be content with a kind of passive activism, expecting those impacted by bad policy to fight for change while I sit on the sidelines being “supportive” but not doing the work. I can no longer use shyness or anxiety as an excuse for not putting myself out there and making a difference. I can no longer dismiss my own implicit biases but instead must educate myself about other people’s experiences.

I am in a unique position. With no kids or a typical job, I have plenty of more time to devote to causes and because of that, I have a responsibility to do more. For me, 2016 was a tremendous year of personal growth and I feel I can take that energy I’ve accumulated and put it to use in 2017.

So what have I done to get off the couch/facebook and do the work? Well, in just the past few months I was a poll worker for two elections. I’ve joined organizations that share my values, including the League of Women Voters. I’ve donated money and volunteered to lobby for legislation I believe in. I’ve marched. I’ve attended meetings. I’ve called my senators and representatives (and it gets less scary each time I do it). I’ve visited my state legislators’ offices and met my new state rep – twice! I’ve met my city council member and visited one of my US Senator’s office. I’ve read memoirs by Supreme Court Justices, histories of segregation and the Civil War, and biographies of suffragists.

Sewing Community Gives

If you, too, are feeling inspired to do more (or to continue the good work you’ve been doing), join us for #SewingCommunityGives!

With #SewingCommunityGives, Erin is inviting sewists to pledge their time, energy and/or funds to help their local and global community this week January 16-22.

To celebrate, you can fill out this survey to tally everyone’s collective contribution and enter to win one of five fantastic pattern prize packs (including one of my patterns)!

If you’re looking for ideas, here are a few local Austin charities that I’ve volunteered for/supported in the past:

  • GirlStart educates young girls in STEM fields through camps and after school programs.
  • SafePlace is a shelter for victims of domestic violence and also runs Eloise House, one of the only places in Central Texas where sexual assault survivors can get a rape kit done.
  • Casa Marianella is an emergency homeless shelter for recently immigrated families, refugees, and asylum seekers.
  • OutYouth provides programs, services, and counseling to LBGT+ young people.

I can’t wait to see how much we can accomplish together!!

Smuggler’s Daughter Giveaway!

***This giveaway is now closed***
Hey readers, today I’m excited to introduce my lovely sponsor Smugger’s Daughter and announce a giveaway!
Smuggler’s Daughter offers a great curated selection of high quality designer fabric; knits and wovens; organic, sustainable and recycled fabrics; beads; buttons; patterns, and even decorator weight fabric.
AND… Smuggler’s Daughter is offering two lucky winners each a $25 credit to their online shop!
Here are a few ideas of what you could sew with some of Smuggler’s Daughter’s lovely fabrics:

This gray rayon blend ponte from Eileen Fisher would make a stylish and comfy pair of True Bias Hudson Pants.

You could make a By Hand London Charlotte Skirt out of this beautiful big floral print by Sara Campbell and pair it with a plain black crop top and then rock that crop top+pencil skirt combo that’s so on trend right now.


How about a cute Closet Case Patterns Nettie bodysuit made with this awesome Betsey Johnson floral knit with a circle skirt?

This print from Theory is a silk and cotton blend. How soft would that be to wear? I’d make a Grainline Archer shirt and wear it all the time.

You can combine this beautiful teal sweater knit with the “Yucatan Nights” knit to make the Meridian cardigan from Imagine Gnats.

My fave is probably this cotton with a soft gray brushstroke pattern. It would make a lovely blouse I think.

And I have no idea what I’d sew with this vintage tattoo inspired print but it’s just too cool not to mention – and it’s 100% silk!

How to Enter

1. Follow Smuggler’s Daughter on Facebook (or alternatively you can follow them on Pinterest, Twitter or Google+)
2. Visit the Smuggler’s Daughter online store and in the comments below tell me your favorite fabric.
3. Be sure to include in your comment a method to contact you if you win! Disqus profiles don’t list email addresses unfortunately. Thanks!

I’ll pick two winners at 12pm CST on September 29th. Good luck!

And as a bonus – if you like Smuggler’s Daughter on Facebook you can get a coupon code for $10 off your next order!

Ginger Skirt Pattern Winner

Oooh, I had fun reading all you’re cools tips you learned, some of you even added links. 😉

So here’s the winner of the Ginger Skirt Pattern by Colette Patterns:

Deby N Nigel Coles: My best online tutorial was the free zippers class that Sunni does on Craftsy – she made it all look so calm, not like my fraught efforts!
I’ll email you soon Deby!

*BTW, if you’re in Austin I still have a couple spots left in the class on Monday evening. Check out The Common Thread and give them a call to sign up.