Just for the record, this is officially becoming a sewing blog. Sewing is quickly replacing all of my other hobbies, so it’s not surprising that this blog is reflecting that as well. I still love to photograph, read, go on hikes, and travel, so this blog won’t always be 100% about sewing. It will always be 100% about me. But right now, 90% of my brain is on sewing, so you’ll have to bear with me there. If you love it as much as I do, reading about all the fun things people can make instead of buying, I made a list of my favorite sewing blogs (about 50% of the blogs I currently read are about sewing… Surprised?). I tried to narrow it down to 10, but I just couldn’t. I have 11 absolute favorites, and I couldn’t pick one and say “eh, maybe this one not so much” so you are stuck with a top 11 list.
1. Dolly Clackett – Let’s just preface this with a lot of my favorite sewing blogs are in the UK. A LOT. And it was Dolly Clackett’s (not her real name) that introduced me to a bunch of those. She is one of my favorite bloggers out there, because she knows her style so well, and makes the craziest girly dresses out there. She is not afraid of prints and color, and whips up dresses as quick as I can finish a bag of pretzels. My absolute favorite dress she’s ever made, though, is one that’s not even within her style. It’s the Anna maxi dress with the split. I bought the pattern immediately after seeing her Anna. But she makes so many many many beautiful dresses (just scroll through her handmade wardrobe section). This is the wardrobe I aspire to own. One just like hers (and ps: check out her shoes too when you are looking at her makes—a Melissa fan like me). I’m going to try to choose just a few favorites, but get ready for a huge list: the Rachel Dress (*insert appreciative whistling sound here* a Anna and Charlotte mash up, and the reason why I need to own ALL By Hand London patterns), the parfait dress (which she doesn’t actually like), the Poppy Heather dress (that fabric! Swoons), and the Deanna dress (another Anna bodice, yes, I need to match my Anna bodice with different skirts).
2. Lladybird – A close second for my favorite blogger, is Lauren’s Lladybird blog. Mostly, what I like about this lady’s blog is that she is just so darn mouthy. She does not mince words, and ends up being the most hilarious sewist blogger out there. Her projects are also beautiful, I really love her choice of fabrics and patterns. The only thing is, she’s probably a size 0, so it’s hard for me to gauge how a project would look on me by looking at them on her, but that’s life! She also shares a lot really great tutorials. She is a very experience sewer, so I’ve learned a lot following her tips. I’ll also have a hard time narrowing down my favorite projects she made, but here’s my attempt: the Crazy Paisley Hollyburn, the Vogue 1610 (both of those for the fabric choices, so pretty), the Lacey Georgia (hand of london scores again), a Sheer Anna Dress, the lakeside pajamas (that I still need to make), and the Tiger Lady Skater dress is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen.
3. Diary of a Chain Stitcher – I found this blog when I was browsing for Anna inspiration ideas. Fiona (how cute is her name?) has made quite a few beautiful Anna dresses (such as this one, this one, and THIS one). Another thing I love about her blog, she has extraordinary skill, but has not started sewing too long ago, kind of like me. She is a lot of inspiration. Another thing I love on her blog is that she does a monthly roundup of Indie Patterns, and I’ve found a lot of cool indie designers through her blog. Favorite projects: the Tania Culottes (on my to-sew pile, pattern purchased after seeing Fiona’s version) and her Flora dress.
4. Sewaholic – One of only three pattern makers who made this list. I’m not sure why, but pattern makers blogs in general are not as exciting to me as the ones from regular girls just making clothes! One of the exceptions is Tasia, from Sewaholic. I haven’t sewn a ton with her patterns, but I adore her blog. I like that she sounds just like one of us, and she makes clothes from a diversity of pattern makers. Her styling is also spot on, and I love the things she chooses to make. And she is also partly to blame for me now seriously considering making my own lingerie as well as clothes. What’s next: making my own shoes? Some stand out projects from Tasia: Brown and blue lingerie set, the gray quilted hollyburn, and the leopard anemone.
5. Cotton & Curls – I haven’t read this blog a lot yet, and she just posts sporadically. But when she does, her projects are absolutely flawless, and so is her photography. I’d suggest this blog even for people who couldn’t care less about sewing, but that love a good fashion/daily outfit blog. It’s a pleasure to the eyes. Favorite projects: DIY Perpendicular Striped Skirt (what a fun twist on a simple knit pencil skirt!) and the DIY Modern Pleated Skirt (reminds me of my wedding dress).
6. Paunnet - Anna blogs from Italy, so she is a bilingual blogger just like me! Although, I haven’t blogged in two languages since Occupy the Wardrobe in 2012… It’s a lot of work, so I can definitely appreciate all the work she puts on her blog to make sure it reads in two languages. The clothes she makes are absolutely adorable. She has a pretty clear style, opting for neutral colors and prints (with a touch of color here and there), and a lot of fit and flare silhouettes. I really love her style, and I like seeing how patterns look on her because she has a body type more similar to mine, and also seems to like the same sort of clothes I do. So it’s perfect! Some of my favorite makes of her are: the heart cut out belladone dress (the styling is also impeccable), and her birthday anna dress (surprised?).
7. What Katie Sews – This is one of the blogs I just recently started reading, mostly because I fell in love with her Crazy Diamonds Centauree dress. Like really, just look at that dress. Is this the real world? Isn’t this fabric the most brilliant fabric ever? I’m in love. I wish this was a dress I could actually buy at a store and have it too, exactly like that. Otherwise, the option is hunting the web for this fabric. Maybe I can do it. Maybe I should be doing that instead of blogging. Oh Katie, your crazy diamonds fabric is making me crazy! Okay, I stopped blogging and found the provenance of this fabric. It’s from Ikea. It’s not on the website, though, so I think the dream is over. And so is this tangent. Some other favorite projects: the Celebration Anna (I love all Anna’s!) and the Kitty Dress (do I need to even say why I like this one?).
8. See Kate Sew – Style wise, me and Kate wouldn’t agree on anything but colors. But other than that, Kate shares a plethora of tutorials and ideas of easy and fast projects. I have made a quilt duvet inspired by her triangle quilt, and used a pattern for a envelope clutch she shared (free) several times, especially to make gifts for friends. She does also have a line of patterns for children’s clothing and women’s clothing.
9. A Fashionable Stitch – Sunni actually owns a brick and mortar shop by the same name, and said store is just a 10 minute walk from my house. The best part about that, is that her shop carries a lot of very unique fashion fabric, and she also offers a bunch of classes. I was following her for a long time before realizing we were basically neighbors. She is super nice in person, by the way, and I swear I didn’t completely geeked out when I met her and said “you’reoneofmyfavoritebloggers” all in one breath. I kept my cool. Be proud of me. Sunni is super stylish, and she looks even better in person than she does in the pictures, and her style fits her perfectly. Some of my faves includes the coming up roses top, her invisible zipper tutorial is the best I have ever read (and my zippers look a thousand times better now), and this self drafted skirt she made has the best fabric ever (I know I say that a lot, but fabric is cool, friends).
10. Ohhh Lulu… - Ohhh Lulu is also a super adorable Etsy shop. Well, two Etsy shops. She sells the most beautiful handmade lingerie on one shop, and patterns for you to make your own at home on the other. And then on her blog, she posts about shop updates and extra tutorials for the people that buy her patterns. I love how beautiful and whimsical the stuff she makes is, and this blog has made me seriously consider learning how to make my own lingerie. It doesn’t need a lot of fabric, and you could come up with so many cute fabric combinations, much cooler than store bought lingerie with “PINK” written on the butt (no offense, VS). Favorite projects: the Zooey Bikini pattern (I’m a sucker for anything with bows in it) and this pattern hack on how to add cups to one of her bra patterns.
11. Tilly & The Buttons – Another sew adorable blog, and Tilly also makes patterns. She has a book out (in the UK, but I think you can order it internationally) with a lot of easy projects for someone learning how to sew, or even an advanced beginner like me could enjoy (I kind of really want to get the book just for the dress pattern). I like that her style is very minimalistic but with a vintage flair. It’s cute, and totally wearable. My favorite projects of her are: the Contrast Yoke Coco and the Moonrise Kingdom Jacket (check out that pink!).
What sewing blogs make your list of favorites? Any good ones I am missing?