This month I would like to highlight some blogs that I find to be invaluable sewing resources. These authors take the time to teach, not just show off how awesome they are. (Although, they are really awesome.) I have learned a lot from them and I hope you can learn something too.
ikatbag - This woman makes the top of the list. It is obvious that sewing is in her blood. Her crafts for her children are jaw-droppingly awesome, and her workmanship impeccable. But the reason she is on here is for her “Sew from Scratch” series where LiEr and her friend Jen broke down how to draft and use a sloper. and is now going through various styles of pockets. I look forward to see what she will share with us next.
U-handbag – If bag making is more your thing, you have to check out Lisa Lam’s blog and her bag making shop. I used her advice when I added a zipper to my Saucy Sack and to design my gathered clutch. Check out her free purse tutorials or bag making wisdom. If you want to learn even more, you can buy her book.
Gertie’s New Blog for Better Sewing – If vintage style and tailoring techniques is more your thing, check out Gertie’s blog. Gerties is sewing her way through the 1950′s Vogue’s New Book for Better Sewing. Her posts cover such techniques as sewing princess seams, draping a dress, drafting a Peter Pan collar, and working with lace. I would love to do one of her Sew-Alongs someday when my body shape is not fluctuating so much.
Threads - Threads is the online counterpart of Threads Magazine. Beginners can benefit from their Teach Yourself to Sew videos, and more advanced sewists can learn a lot from their garment construction articles. They also have a forum called “Gatherings“.
Burdastyle – To be honest, I don’t get a lot out of their blog. The real gems of this website are their terms dictionary, and their technique tutorials. If you are confused by terminology in your commercial patterns, look it up on Burdastyle. If you are seeking sewing inspiration, browse the projects gallery to see what other’s have made and download the patterns directly from the website.
So there’s my Top 5. What are yours?