Hello to all! I just wanted to drop a line to tell you about our Small Business Saturday Party and Sale, happening all day on November 29th. Since it’s a day affair, it probably won’t be quite as boozy as our normal shindigs, but there will be punch and probably mimosas and definitely cookies and other goodies, including free tote bags and other cool Small Biz Sat stuff.
All attendees will also get an automatic Crafty Foxes discount on all purchases (except machines – even better deal on those detailed below) which means 10% off all stuff! Stock up now, my pretties.
This is an extra special time to get a machine for yourself or for a loved one, since the Ambition Essential is on sale for $599 all month and the Smarter Line is on sale the 28th and 29th. The Smarter 140 is down to $240 (floor model $220) and the Smarter 160 is $279 (floor model $260) These machines are normally $300 and $350 respectively, so this is a pretty snazzy promotion.
- November, Essential on sale for $599
- 28th and 29th, Smarters on sale for $240 and $279
- 29th, 10% off all other merch
Look how cute they are!! There are swatches of the fabrics on the envelope. Check them out online here. Right now we only have black and white + different sizes and laces, but if all goes according to plan, we’ll have a whole range of colors plus the supplies outside of the kits! Woohoo! Remember to specify your wire size at checkout. There’s a chart provided on the item page to help you choose.
Here is the large white kit made into a Marlborough:
They have everything you need except the pattern. Which kit is your favorite?
Hello to you! Can you believe we’re like halfway to Thanksgiving already? Tempus fugit and all that craziness. If you’re of the yuletime gift-giving persuasion, then you’ve probably started thinking about what thoughtful little somethings you can give to your loved ones. Hopefully our gift guide series will help you get less stressed about what to get for the sewists on your list. We’re starting today with our list for new sewists and also have guides planned for quilters, advanced sewists, fashion lovers, embroiderers, and for sewing with knits. Let’s get to it!
1. A sewing machine! This is a big ol’ purchase, but definitely worth it, especially if your sewist is struggling against his or her machine. We like the Smarter series a lot: they’re affordable, sturdy, and have a bunch of features that will set your sewist on the road to sewing stardom. It also helps that on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, our Smarter machines are on sale: $240 (220 floor model) for the Smarter 140 and $279 (260 floor model) for the Smarter 160.
2. Shears. Mundial makes a nice pair of shears and they won’t break the bank, either.
3. A cute pin cushion. This one harkens back to the classic tomato, but is updated with a fun rainbow twist.
4. Sewing tin. This is one of my faves. Retro yet modern and super sassy.
5. Pins. These come in a sweet little tin. Bonus!
6. Tape measure. You can never have too many of these, especially if a CERTAIN DOG KEEPS EATING THEM. Cough (Dart) cough.
7. Seam ripper. A sewist’s best friend.
8. Colette pattern book. Helpful tips and a plethora of patterns.
9. Get the Most From Your Sewing Machine. Goes especially well with gift #1!
10. Gift Certificate: give your sewist the gift of choice. Especially good for individuals who are particular about their sewing needs. Not that I’m one of those. Of course not. I’d never be picky about what I liked. Ever.
Aren’t we just the hostesses with the mostesses?? We’re sponsoring the By Hand London PatternHackathon AND Closet Case Files’ Ginger Jeans Sewalong contest.
We’re helping with the Grand Prize, along with other illustrious sponsors Craftsy and MA-local Pattern Review (perhaps you remember our little PR shindig? SO FUN!). Craftsy is doing a class on pants fitting, which sounds like it would be super helpful.
I’m starting my jeans this week – they’re all cut out of our High Stretch Denim from Robert Kaufman – so I’ll be sewing along, too! After all this bra sewing, I’ll be happy to stitch up something I can model without feeling extra self conscious. If only I could channel my spirit animal for bra pix…
The Pfaff Ambition Essential is on sale for the rest of the month here at Grey’s!
Normally this lovely little machine is $800, with a floor model price of $650, but in November it’s $599 with a floor model of $550! Huzzah! Also, from November 21st to 23rd, if you buy an Essential at $599, you get a free extension table. That little add-on is especially great for quilters, or anyone who needs a little more room on the left for larger projects.
The Essential is a fab machine for anyone who is getting a little more serious about their sewing, but doesn’t want to take out a second mortgage to buy a machine.
The IDT (Pfaff’s original dual feed system) helps all fabrics to feed evenly.
Automatic tie off is a blessing for when that little bit of backtacking will mangle your fabric’s delicate sensibilities.
Multiple buttonhole stitches give some delightful variation – how about a keyhole buttonhole on your new Ginger Jeans?? Sweet.
Multiple LED lights make things nice and bright, which is a dream when you’re up at 2AM insomnia-sewing. We’ve all been there.
The Essential accepts Pfaff’s fancy feet. I could just go on for days about my favorites. In fact, I should do a post on them! Stay tuned.
Anyone remember my video from when the Essential came out? Boy was my hair ever long!
In a nutshell, this is a great machine. It would make a lovely gift, or you could USE IT TO MAKE LOVELY GIFTS. See what I did there? Heh.
Drop me a line with any questions, or visit the shop to give it a whirl! No cost, no obligation. Because everyone should have a machine that works for them, not against them.
Now that winter is extending its icy fingers towards all of our spines and the SOWA Market is no longer starting at 10AM every Sunday, we’re adjusting our hours:
See you soon, sweet sewists.
Oooh, girls! It’s almost time for the Sewing Party! Are you signed up yet? Well, better get on it, since it’s happening this Saturday, the 8th. Here’s a link.
I am especially excited about the bra making class taught by Madalynne. Ever since getting the Marlborough Pattern from Orange Lingerie, I’ve been on a bra kick. It feels like an extra-special accomplishment to make a bra, since they really do seem like they are made by elves or something. You can do it YOURSELF?! Which is a kind of elf – ha ha.
I’m finishing up the packaging details on our new bra kits and they’re going to be snazzy. They’re designed around the Marlborough, so they have lace for the upper cup, sturdy fabric for the bridge, frame, and lower cup, and power mesh for the band and to line the upper cup, if you like. There’s clear elastic, band elastic, underarm elastic, strap elastic, metal sliders, bow decoration, back hooks, underwire casing and underwires. Phew. So many little bits! There’s a small version and a large version depending on the size of your tracts of land and you can specify your wire size for a perfect fit.
What do you think, sweet sewists?
The gals at By Hand London are having an awesome contest, for which we (among other fab sponsors!) are providing prizes. This is a lovechild contest. You know when you frankenpattern a couple of your tried-and-true patterns together into one amazing combination? It’s one of my favorite things to do! Submit your faves to BHL’s #PatternHackathon Contest to win! You can enter through email, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pony Express, or Hogwarts Owl, but you have to hashtag them #patternhackaton and they have to be new projects. Enter by the 14th of November to win. Here’s a bunch of pix of my latest Lovechild, a mashup of the original Holly Jumpsuit bodice and the Charlotte Skirt. I wasn’t sure what to name it until Oh, She Dabbles said “Harlotte!” at sewing club. Of course!! (Also, a not-so-subtle note to the BHL Gals: DON’T DISCONTINUE MY BELOVED CHARLOTTE!!!!! I WILL CUT YOU!!!) This dress was made with a deelishis Philip Jacobs home dec sateen entitled Miami, self lined on the top (and boned) and lined with poly on the bottom.
(On a side note and since it’s Halloween, if you haven’t seen Cabin in the Woods, WATCH IT TONIGHT.)
I am so excited to introduce the new pattern from MA company Blueprints for Sewing, the Cabin Shirt and Shift! Designer Taylor McVay has created a lovely little number that will work with a wide range of fabrics and styles. Want something comfy that still works for date nite? Try some Radiance or Sateen! Need a great all-purpose layering item? Chambray! Coziness important to you? FLANNEL. YUM.
Finished with bias tape, this pattern will sew up pretty darned fast, though it’s no snooze-fest; there are some cool techniques to learn, too. French darts, a sassy back tuck, as well as flat-felled and faux flat-felled seams are just a few of the sewing bits that will keep you on your toes.
Taylor’s design mission is to create patterns that are functional and simple, but still have an edge. Well done, I say, madam! Well, done indeed!
Well, my beautiful friends Katy and Laney have done it again. They’ve released a new pattern, The Geometry Top, which we are proud to sell in our web store. I made the version below using Spirodraft in Carbon by Katarina Roccella from her collection Indelible for Art Gallery and Cambridge Lawn in Grey from Robert Kaufman. The designers recommend flowy, lightweight fabrics, but the Spirodraft just spoke to me and even though it’s technically quilting weight, it is from Art Gallery, so it seems to work just fine. All their fabrics are just SO GOOD for clothing.
My version is from an early draft of the pattern and there have been a couple minor modifications since then. I did also Pat-Benetar the neck up a little more than was strictly called for in the directions, but I’m digging it. It’s a quick sew and extremely gratifying. I can easily picture making a cool half dozen of these for fall and winter layering. A nice cozy version from some sassy plaid flannel would be awesome! What fabric will YOU choose, dear readers??
(How do you like the look on my face there? I think I was trying to act tough.)