2019 – A Good Year for Sewing

Happy new year! I spent 2018 mostly hunkered well below the radar, due to events so personal I didn’t want to blog about them. But happily, with the new year comes the ability to start talking about some things – and therefore, the ability to blog more regularly.


First things first – I’m teaching sewing classes!!!!! This is something I’ve wanted to do for awhile, so this is a huge accomplishment that I hope will benefit my students. :) I’ll be teaching three classes in Boston, at Arlington Community Education: get to know your sewing machine, basic sewing, and garment sewing 101!

There’s still space in the garment sewing class, called Sew Your Own Clothes. So if you’re local, please join me! Beginners are very welcome. The only knowledge you need is a basic familiarity with your sewing machine, and all you need to bring to the first class is yourself and your ideas. :) There’s also some space in the basic sewing class, called Quick and Dirty Sewing.


What else? Well, I’m a Sewcialists guest editor! Check me and my fellow guest editors out over on the Sewcialists blog. My photo is a little ridiculous compared to everyone else’s – seriously, who poses with an ice cream sign??? – but I’m wearing a self-drafted birthday dress, so …. there you have it. I won’t give you sneak peeks of what we’re up to, but will keep you posted with what’s happening in Sewcialists-land. Like how next month is Menswear for Everyone month!

The idea is to take traditional menswear techniques, design details, and patterns, and make something. Could be for the man in your life, of course, but everyone means everyone – ladies, non-binary, kiddos, pets – knock yourselves out.

If you’re on Instagram, the hashtag is #sewmenswearforeveryone and sharing will kick off on February 1. So you have plenty of time to get cracking on a project in time to share it next month. Do you think you’ll make something for this theme? What do you have in mind? I want to make something sleeveless with elbow patches, but have no clue how to work that out.


Finally, I am 95% unpacked in my sewing space, and have begun to get in there a bit and sew some things. What I really want to do is finish this Dropje Vest, but that WIP is still MIA – not sure what box or bin I put it in, but I’m looking! I also have two Ella Tops that need bias binding to be complete and a pair of Burda 6789 pants missing only a waistband. I plan on taking a brief staycation later this month and hope to fully unpack and get sewing for real!


That’s all for now, but there will definitely be more exciting news, projects, and updates here at Making the Flame as 2019 unfolds. Stay tuned!

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