Hi All,

I just wanted to make a quick announcement today to let you all know about the Knock It Off Series that a good bloggy friend of mine (Heidi from Elegance and Elephants) will be hosting in the month of November. Heidi just won second place in this season’s Project Run & Play, so believe me when I say that her Knock It Off series is sure to be AMAZING!

Here’s a a piece of her description:

Have you ever seen an awesome shirt, dress, pants, etc in a store or online for the little one(s) you sew for, and wished you could figure out how to make it yourself?  Save some money and make it your own?  Or maybe it’s something one of your favourite fashion icon (or their kid) has worn?  Well, all next month, an amazingly talented line up of designer moms are going to do just that: knock off a look, garment, or accessory, and show how they did it!  How cool is that?!  All childrenswear…all knock offs…all November!

She’s also created a Flickr group for everyone to join. (I Loovvveeeee it!)

I’m super thrilled to be one of the featured designers in the series along with an amazing group of talented designers that I’ve admired from afar:

Nov 2 – Elegance & Elephants
Nov 5 – a girl and a glue gun
Nov 6 – Running With Scissors
Nov 7 – nest full of eggs
Nov 8 – The Mother Huddle
Nov 9 – Caila Made
Nov 12 – Naptime Crafters
Nov 13 - Elegance & Elephants
Nov 14 – Little Kids Grow (ME!)
Nov 15 – Daisy Chain Creations
Nov 16 – My Handmade Home
Nov 19 – Simple Simon & Co
Nov 20 – Sew Country Chick
Nov 21 – you & mie
Nov 22 – Winter Wonderings, Wanderings, & Whatnot
Nov 23 – Sewing Like Mad
Nov 26 – Delia Creates
Nov 27 – Let’s Do Sew/Petit à Petit & family
Nov 28 – Frances Suzanne
Nov 29 – Melly Sews
Nov 30 – The Train to Crazy

Hop on over to her blog and grab a button to show your support. (You know you need to stretch those sewing skills, right? I’ll be right here supporting you all the way!)

Keep doin’ what you love!

Shannon

 

I’m so excited to share with you the amazing time I had today. I attended my first sewing workshop, and it was fantastic! I didn’t know what to expect, so admittedly I was a bit comment shy, but I am so glad that I participated.  The event was held atWhipstitch in Atlanta, Georgia. It’s this quaint little loft-like sewing/fabric/book/class store that’s full of beautiful fabrics, notions, and a delectable display of super awesome sewing books. The owner (Deb) was so super nice. I know this all sounds very syrupy, but it is true. It was definitely worth the trip (It took almost an hour with traffic and lights – yuck!).

Our instructors were Rae Hoekstra from made-by-rae.com and Karen Lepage, one part of the duo who created the wonderful book *Sewing for Boys*, Ziggy Patterns and the blogger at onegirlcircus.com. The class size was nice and small. Approximately 10 sewing divas (including myself) gathered around the table that you see in the pic and just oohed and ahhed over the beautiful kids clothing samples that they passed around. Rae and Karen made the perfect tag team as they shared sewing knowledge garnered after years of sewing for their own kids. We learned about

  • reinforcing seams
  • seam finishes
  •  best fabrics to use for kids clothing
  • supply lists
  • pressing vs. ironing
  • pattern selection
  • measuring
  • insecurity vs. over confidence in sewing projects
  • resources (books, etc)
  • sewing efficiency

It was so inspiring for me personally to see women just like me with a passion for creating beautiful clothing for their kids. The quality of their workmanship was amazing. The morning workshop only lasted an hour and a half. I could have used another hour or two just to turn those garments inside out and admire the handy work (smile).

 

 

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