Finish Seams without a Serger: Sew a Neater Zig-Zag Finish

Finishing seams is a basic skill YOU can use to make your sewing professional without fancy equipment, or even a serger. This month I’m writing simple tutorials showing all my favorite ways to finish a seam without a serger. So far in this series we’ve practiced 1) a French seam, 2) a false French seam, and … Continue reading “Finish Seams without a Serger: Sew a Neater Zig-Zag Finish”

Finish Seams without a Serger: Clean Finish

Welcome to my third post in the “Finish Seams without a Serger” series. In this series I’m teaching you how to make your sewing more professional even if you don’t own a Serger. So far I’ve already covered how to sew a French seam and a false French seam. Today, I’m showing you how to sew a … Continue reading “Finish Seams without a Serger: Clean Finish”

Finish Seams without a Serger: False French Seam

Hello all! Welcome to my second post in the series that teaches you how to finish seams without a serger. This series is for those of us who want to learn to sew professionally but don’t have a Serger. It is possible! View the first post in the series about French seams here. The False … Continue reading “Finish Seams without a Serger: False French Seam”

Lace Blouse Free Pattern and Tutorial

As I brainstormed essentials for a (kind-of) minimal wardrobe, a lace blouse was at the top of the list. I love how classy and neutral, yet feminine they are! I could shop for one, but I had some eyelet lace in my stash that was just enough for this blouse, so of course I had … Continue reading “Lace Blouse Free Pattern and Tutorial”

Finish Seams without a Serger: How to Sew a French Seam

Hello friends! This is the first post in a series that teaches you how to finish your seams without a serger. I know most beginners and some intermediate sewers don’t own a serger. In fact, I’ve never owned a serger (lately I’ve been using my M-I-L’s), so I’ve had to come up with ways to make my … Continue reading “Finish Seams without a Serger: How to Sew a French Seam”

DIY Baby Moccasins

If you’re a mom (or even if you aren’t) I know you MUST have seen the adorable baby moccasin shoes that are trending now. Apparently made popular by one of the Kardashians? What? Oh well. They are really cute. AND we have a pair of baby moccasins passed down from L’s grandpa, so obviously moccasins … Continue reading “DIY Baby Moccasins”

A Behind-the-Smile Look at Postpartum Depression

Today, let’s get real about a struggle lots of women experience alone because of a ridiculous stigma: postpartum depression. I love to talk about the joyful and beautiful moments of motherhood, but the truth is, it’s not always rainbows and butterflies. If you read this blog and think, “Oh, Jessica has it all figured out,” … Continue reading “A Behind-the-Smile Look at Postpartum Depression”

DIY Un-Paper Bag Tutorial (A Project for Beginners)

In a follow up to Tuesday’s post about the paper bag trick, I’m going to teach you how to make a re-useable un-paper bag. This is a great tutorial for beginners! It may look complicated, but the shape of the bag comes from folding the fabric, not from complicated sewing. The paper bag trick helps … Continue reading “DIY Un-Paper Bag Tutorial (A Project for Beginners)”

The Paper Bag Trick (a Beginner’s Sewing Tip)

I realize that lots of the sewing tutorials I post might seem scary or too intense for a lot of beginners out there. I want this blog to make sewing accessible to everyone, so I’m going to start a series of posts specifically for the beginners out there. We’ll start with a trick that streamlines … Continue reading “The Paper Bag Trick (a Beginner’s Sewing Tip)”