How do you feel about parties? I don’t LOVE them unconditionally, since sometimes it can just be exhausting to be around people you don’t know. That being said, my bon voyage party is going to be super fun for a number of reasons. 1. ME 2. Greyhounds 3. Sewing people, who are great even if you don’t know them and, perhaps most importantly: 4. Gin, made by me. This will get its own post soon, and don’t worry, I don’t have an illegal still in my bathtub.
There is another sewing party that I will be attending: The Sewing Party! It’s an online class-stravaganza happening on November 8th that I learned about from Madalynne. She’s doing a bra class, which I will definitely be taking. Melissa Watson’s class on silks is also on my list.
One reason that I’m hyped about this is that my favorite sewing machine brand is one of the sponsors. Yay, Pfaff! Catering to the young folk: because even whippersnappers deserve perfect stitches! How’s that for a tagline? Not so good? Well, I’ll keep working on it.
The Sewing Party isn’t until November, but Pfaff is having some great specials come August 1st. The Smarter 140 will be down from $350 to $299 (new) and we’ll have our floor models for $250. The Ambition Essential, normally $850, will be $599 new ($550 floor model). During my party, they’ll be as low as $225 and $499, respectively. Whoa, dude. (Our last Creative Performance will be $2160 – crazy talk!)
Tax-free weekend hasn’t officially been scheduled (though chances are good it will be August 9th and 10th). Honestly the 10% off during the party is the best deal in town.
See you soon, sweet sewists.
This past Saturday we hosted a li’l meetup for PatternReview, founded by the lovely Deepika. We had mimosas and cookies and, so far as I could tell, a good time was had by all! I was a little out of it in the morning, so my spiel about how the shop came to be might not have been the most coherent ever, but c’est la vie.They had a pattern swap and then headed to brunch at Cinquecento, followed by more shopping at Bead and Fiber and Winmill. Thanks for coming, Pattern Reviewers! Here’s a pic I stole of all of us (I’m looking a little slouchy in my most recent Deer & Doe Sureau in Leah Duncan fabric by Art Gallery. Have to remember to stand up straight; don’t want to waste all that physical therapy I’ve had for the ol’ back-eroo.):
And in case you were wondering, I hadn’t been hitting the mimosas. I’m saving all my alcohol calories for this Saturday’s Bon Voyage Foxtravaganza. Will I see you there, sweet sewists?? There will be freshly infused gin…
Ok, I’m about to drop a bit of a bomb on y’all. I’m moving. To Michigan.
You see, John got an Assistant Professorship at Michigan State and because those bad boys are rarer by the year, he snatched it up faster than you can say, “health insurance.” Since we can’t reasonably afford two rent payments (and don’t get me started on my antipathy towards Boston rents!) I’ll be packing up the puppies and moving to Lansing, Michigan with my husband.
Don’t worry, the shop isn’t going anywhere. Laney-belle, my darling assistant, is going to be there on a near-daily basis to tend to your fabric-related needs. We will have a modified schedule, which I’ll be announcing soon.
To celebrate this bittersweet milestone, I vote that we get well and truly smashed. Saturday, August 2nd, I plan to do just that. We’ll have drinks, snax, and a discount to entice you to come say goodbye to your favorite Grey. That could be John, Spindle, Dart, or me. We’ll all be present for the par-tay.
All day on August 2nd, we’re extending the discount normally reserved for Crafty Fox Sewing Club attendees: 10% off everything. It’ll be a great time to stock up and an especially great time if you need a machine, since floor models are fair game for the discount!
(Additionally, blogless Tall Sarah got a professorship at in North Carolina and will be departing at the same time, so this party is in part for her as well. A veritable Flight of the Sarahs!)
Hope to see you then, sweet sewists!
Easy, breezy, beautiful: The Diana Cami! I recently discovered Sew Loft’s darling PDF patterns and guess what, gentle reader, the Diana Cami is FREE FREE FREE! A front and a back connected by bias tubing, this is a great quick make for a hot summer night. I used Anna Maria Horner’s Sinister Swarm Voile and some of our 1″ bias tape in Dark Ocean Blue. I have never liked turning things inside out, but then again I had never tried turning tiny tubes made from bias tape inside out. IT’S AMAZING. That bias stretch is just the thing you need to turn them with ease. I used my trusty Clover tube turner (back in stock soon) and was sort of speechless. I kept showing people who came in the store my findings and probably seemed like a crazy person. This stuff is awesome, though. I don’t know if I’ll do another Diana, or make a slip version, or use it some other way, but I love it. It looks so delicate and professional. Just like me. Ha. By Hand London has a tutorial for another way to make them, using on grain fabric, here.
How do you feel about rouleau straps, sewists? Have you ever tried a bias version?
PDF patterns. Some love them, some hate them. There is, admittedly, something special about a pattern booklet with its perfect little package. I am a packaging sucker and indie designers are really on the money with that. Sometimes, however, you need a pattern RIGHT AWAY. Sometimes you can’t afford the shipping from the other side of the globe. Sometimes the pattern is out of print. Sometimes it was never in print at all! Enter: the PDF.
Until very recently, we only sold patterns of the paper variety. However, when Katy & Laney released their darling Tap Shorts pattern, I knew that I wanted to hook up with them to spread the K&L word! Since that time, I’ve partnered with several more digital designers, with more on the way. K&L, Thread Theory, Sis Boom, Waffle Patterns, and In House Patterns are live as of this writing, with Named, Swoon, and Kate & Rose to come in the near future.
We’re lucky to have a laser printer at the shop, so printing time is really fast, even if the pattern is 50 pages. Cutting and taping is kind of a pain sometimes, but once you get a system, it usually goes pretty smoothly. I like to rotary off the bottom and right-hand side of the pattern right away so that there is just one side overlapping. It makes it easier to see where everything lines up. My fave rotary size is 28mm, though since these are all straight cuts the 45mm would be great too. I’ve never used a 60mm. Quilters? Do y’all use that big honker? Anyhow, a rotary paired with Grey’s 2″x18″ ruler (and a mat! don’t ruin your table!) is pretty much perfect for prepping PDF patterns.
I printed out the Cool Cowl by In House Patterns today and taped/cut it. Make sure that your printer is set to scale at 100%, or else you’ll have dire size issues later.
Cut off as many or as few sides as you find helpful.
In House Patterns tile up in just two rows, which I found to be quite easy to wrangle!
If your triangles don’t match up exactly, don’t fret. You just have to shave off a bit when you’re cutting to make sure that the lines stay continuous (in fancy terms, this is called truing up). Also, I never cut out paper pieces for rectangles. I just write the measurements down (sometimes incorrectly the first time…) and cut them out with my rotary and a ruler.
Exciting times! I’m going to try to cut this bad boy out tonight at Crafty Foxes Sewing Club, depending on how much we are all hitting the classy box wine tonight. See you, sweet sewists.
We at Grey’s love to socialize around sewing. Especially when that involves mimosas. So, when Deepika from PatternReview wanted to know if we’d like to be part of their July 26th meetup, my response was, “Heck yeah!” Well, that was my internal response. My phone response was probably much more boring.
If you don’t know about PatternReview, it’s only the premier spot for reviewing and critiquing sewing patterns on the internets. A fair number of Crafty Foxes are active members as well. I have gotten so much valuable advice from this site and I’m sure you will too!
More details here and RSVP for the meetup here.
See you at 10AM on July 26th for mimosas and goodie bags!
Closed today for America’s birthday, y’all. Fireworks happened last night on account of hurricane warnings, and thankfully the dogs seemed oblivious. Sometimes they just won’t stop shaking! Do some sewing and drink some beer, Americans and non-Americans alike.
I am a fortunate lady in many ways, one of which is that I am surrounded by such inspiring people. Many of the gals at Crafty Foxes Sewing Club have fab blogs and have been featured in fancy-pants places like BurdaStyle and Kollabora. Katy & Laney, for example, are darlings of the moment, with features on many blogs thanks to their cool style and cutie pie Tap Shorts (more on our venture into PDF pattern distribution in a post soon). They’re also part of the inspiration for a recent summer style post on Sewaholic. Whenever I see my friends in a feature, my heart is made happy. So, I’m going to try to start cataloging some of these posts on our blog.
Mackenzie from Some Real Things is was a BurdaStyle feature.
Emily from Dressing the Role has a cute Belcarra Blouse on the Sewaholic Blog.
Oh, She Dabbles has an Archer Popover and a Moss Mini featured on Ada Spragg (formerly Cirque du Bebe).
You may have seen our sleek iPad stand at the shop. Perhaps you have wondered, “Who created the gorgeous container for the technological wonder I am currently signing with my fingertip?!” Well, wonder no more: Heckler Design! They craft beautiful, functional objects and I am proud to display one in my shop. And, they did a li’l piece on their blog about us! Nifty.
Ok, that title was not very eloquent, but it certainly expresses something we’ve all done: sewing to the exclusion of all else! Now our lucky contest winner can sew shorts until the break of dawn!
You may suspect that Sarah won just because she has an awesome name, but I used random.org to choose, I promise!
I liked seeing everyone come out from their hiding spots, so I think I’ll do more giveaways in the future. Whaddya think?