Wear What You Make: The Act of Sewing

May 5, 2021

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  • My book arrived a few days ago and I have given it a quick read through and bought fabric for a shirt. It is so well written and would make a wonderful gift for a person learning (or relearning) to sew or wanting to learn how to make and adapt patterns. I can’t wait to get started.

  • I was so inspired by Kay’s top that I had to have this book (and Alabama Chanin’s as well). I have experience with patterns, but I didn’t know how to make modifications correctly. Sonya’s directions and illustrations are clear and easy to follow. Now I’m armed with pattern paper and can’t wait to start!

  • That last outfit, ZOMG!! The colors, so gorgeous!! Immediately grabbed for my inspiration file.

  • I’m so glad you made it to the finish line. I’m very excited to get mine. Thanks for the great zoom hour, so nice to see you in your studio and be invited to just hang out.

  • Sonya, your book is informative, inclusive, inviting, and—just what I need—inspirational. Thank you for a job very well done!

  • Congratulations! Your analogy is perfect! Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy.

  • When my daughter was 4 (1988) I purchased a sewing machine and made her cute little sun dresses. I was disciplined enough to alternate my knitting projects with my sewing projects. I had an entire room for my projects and my social life revolved around my knitting and sewing. I am thinking of purchasing some fabric today to make pouches for my circular needles. And it’s only because of home economics that I know how to sew. That dates me !

  • Thanks for a link to the recording! Bad weather got in the way of watching it live. Do you have a search mechanism so that we can easily find previous zoom sessions you have hosted?

  • Four great outfits.
    Love the analogy of knitting a sweater – writing a book.
    Can not wait till my book arrives.

  • My copy arrived this week and I’m excited to get reacquainted with my sewing machine. I’m retired and haven’t made clothes for myself since my young adulthood when I sewed most of my work wardrobe. My body has changed and now I find I have no idea which patterns will fit! I know this book will be my path back. Thank you Sonya for making sewing accessible and exciting for the experienced and the novice sewer!
    PS I love seeing all the outfits you put together but I’m even more impressed with your “clog wardrobe”. Could you share the brand(s). The colors are fabulous!

  • LOVE this book! I’ve read it through it’s entirety once and am starting it again. I find I miss things on the first read because I’m so enthralled with the whole book. When first out of high school I made most of my clothing. Then I started Medical School, then on to my career, and “making” got left behind. I retired in 2020 and I’m like a kid in the candy store! Knitting—such beautiful new patterns and Yarns that were not available in the local 5 and Dime back in the day! Sewing—-I’ve had to totally relearn everything! And this book is just perfect for a restarter like me! Even though this has been an awful year with the pandemic, I’ve LOVED my making time and being home. Thank you Sonya, for this beautiful book!! And, I adore your shoes

  • My book is on order! I’m looking forward to getting back to sewing. I’m overly tall, and finding pants that are long enough has always been a struggle. Excited to delve into a new rabbit hole!