Part of having a sewist heart is not wanting any materials to go to waste. How in the world can you just trash a piece of fabric and not make it into a new wonder?? Today I want to show you a completely no sew way to turn old jeans into a perfectly useable apron for all those sewing tools you need most.Read more
Hey everyone! It’s Melissa again. I noticed that I seem to sew a lot for my daughter and decided that I would take some time to sew some clothes up for my son. I almost always lean toward clothes with characters and fun prints, but those don’t always match with everything. So over the last few days I have sewn up a mini capsule for my little guy. Some links included in this post are affiliate links..Read more
Easy gatheringRead more
Hey Everyone, Kendall here again. I wanted to share with you something I found on gathering. If you’re like me, you love the look of a gathered skirt, but dread making it happen. I have a serger, but it’s kinda 50/50 whether the gathering works for me on a particular day. Alternatively, I’ve read that you can baste two...
Sewing Basics: Easy Gather MethodRead more
One of the basic skills of sewing is gathering. It adds fullness to skirts, sleeves, necklines, aprons and many more things. It also looks great on pillows, totes and could be used as an applique. Yet, a lot of people, including myself cringe at the thought of a gathered dress. For example, take the Girls' Halter Maxi...
Starting a business can be intimidating. You may be toying with the idea of selling something you make or offering the service of something you love to do that helps others. No matter what your passion, the business part of the idea can be what puts the breaks on an otherwise amazing dream.Read more
Let’s be completely honest, who likes to hem? How many of us would prefer just to leave a raw edge, and call it done? I know a year ago when I first started sewing, learning all the types of knits and what stitches worked best was a bit overwhelming.Read more
Hello everyone! I’m so happy to be back here at Ellie and Mac to write
another blog! It’s the first day of October and what else could I write
about other than Halloween!!! Today I will be writing about a special
Halloween costume I made for my baby girl, Aiyana. She is every bit a girl,
as a girl can be and this year she wanted to be Pinky Pie from My Little
If you have been to any major retailer or department store recently - you probably know that the 90's are back! Everywhere you look there's plaid flannel shirts, lots of black, combat boots, track suits, spaghetti strap dresses. I graduated from high school in 1994 and immediately got a job in a department store juniors department to pay my way through college. I'll never forget the countless hours I had to spend fixing spaghetti straps on hangers. Those things can become a tangled mess and I loathed it every time a new shipment came in.Read more
It is Sequoia, from www.sequoialynnsews.com, again and I am sharing another hack with you. Fall is coming to Ohio pretty quickly, so I am showing you another great cardigan! This time, I am using the Be Greater Pattern. Yes, I know that is it a dress pattern. It's a hack, remember??? Basically anytime someone in the sewing world says they are hacking something, it just means they are using a pattern for one thing and making it into something else. This time a dress into a cardigan.
Fall has been my favorite season my entire adult life. Something about transitioning from the heat of summer to a cooler fall, full of color, really just brings me so much joy. As a seamstress, however, seasons changing can make me sad if there’s a piece of clothing I’ve made that is too summery for fall for either myself or my daughter. So, to combat those woes, I’ve learned some fun, easy tips for extending a summer wardrobe into the fall. My top tip is to Layer. Layer. Layer. Do not be afraid of those layers and today I’m going to talk about some great Ellie and Mac pattern pieces for layering.Read more
Hey guys! I'm Sequoia from Sequoialynnsews and I'm back with another guest blog post here at Ellie and Mac.Today, I am hacking my first ever pattern and showing you how! Recently, I saw an adorable cardigan at a local store. I snapped these pictures back when I was writing my last guest post about mixing patterns. You can read it here. So here are my inspiration pictures.Read more