2015/05/17

Doors are closing!

I just wanted to let you know that it's the last day of registration to the Start Sewing Club. At midnight, the doors to the club will close for months. I'm not going to open up another club before fall.

So, if you're still going back and forth between "Do I join? Yes...No, maybe wait....But...I really would love to....But, I don't know....I'd love to join...but" then it's your last chance to hop on board. I'd hate for you to miss out because you hesitated for too long.

The ladies are already chatting in the Facebook group, and I love seeing the club that I only envisioned in my mind just a few short weeks ago, turn into a real thing. It's the best feeling in the world!

There are loads of places online to learn all about sewing, but what makes the Sewing Club unique is the connection to others you can make in it. It's not JUST a place to learn, it's a place to connect and engage with others. 

Plus, I'll be there to guide you and help you. Most online classes don't offer that kind of support. 

One of the best things about our craft lessons at school was the chatting around the craft table. The stories and laughs shared and the deeper connection we formed through it. I think that's what we all crave in these online communities as well - whether it's commenting on blogs, or participating in forums, or even writing our own blog.

We want to connect with other like-minded people. Share our stories and hear theirs. Feel the deeper connection to each other. That's what I've tried to create with the sewing club. And it seems I've succeeded.

I'm uploading the first week's sessions as I write this. It includes loads of videos and useful guides (like the 5-page Ultimate Sewing Machine Troubleshooting Guide and the Fabric+thread+needle Guide). Plus a growing library of resources.

Join here!

Whether you join in or not, I'm still happy and grateful to have you in my little community, and to be able to connect with you through my projects and life stories.

xo. Hanna



2015/05/14

20 quick and easy refashions for beginners

Refashioning is a great way to get the most out of your wardrobe. In fact, every season I go through my wardrobe and take out things that I haven't worn and think of ways I could update them to get more wear out of them. Even after just 6 months of moving to Germany with my capsule wardrobe, I'm finding things that aren't working for me.

Maybe they're just a tad shapeless, or I don't feel comfortable because I fear my boobs might fall out (we all know how tricky those strapless dresses can be). Whatever is stopping me from wearing those garments, there's almost always a way to fix it and make it more interesting, comfortable, or wearable. So, I thought it would be fun to round up some quick fixes from the archives to inspire you to spring clean and update your wardrobe.

You really don't have to be DIY queen to do these. Anyone can get into refashioning - you just need to be able to see the potential in every garment.

1. Dye is the quick fix with a lot of impact. Sometimes, all it takes are a few rubber bands an a little dye to turn a boring white tee into a colorful summer staple. Find the tutorial here.
 2. If you're not that into tie dyeing, you should dry dip dyeing for an ombre look. I don't think were quite over the ombre trend yet.
 3. If you're not that into messing with dye, or you have dark items to refashion that won't take in any dye, try bleach for a change. You'll get the same drastic color change, but with less of a mess. I love this shibori-style t-shirt dress I bleached (it was black before).
4. Just throwing something into bleach is really one of the easiest refashioning tricks I know. You never know how exactly it's going to turn out, but that half the excitement anyway. You can read moe about this pullover refashion here.
5. You don't need to dye the whole garment to add some color. Fabric paint is a great way to change up a garment by adding a colorful pattern - like this spotted T-shirt. 
6. You can go a little crazy and try this splatter technique. I love it!
 7. Here's a fun way to add a tribal or geometric pattern to a jacket.
8. Pearls are a super easy way to add some fancy to otherwise simple garments. All you need are some basic hand-sewing skills. Add some pearls and sequins on a shoulder....
9. ...or around a neckline....
10. ...or bedazzle a pair of jeans!
11. Why not use buttons to add some personality to jeans or trouser pockets? I'm definitely a fan of buttons (I have a whole box full of them).
12. If pearls nor buttons rock your boat, what about zippers? This zipper embellished T-shirt is one of my all-time favorites.
13. Or, try adding some zippers to an open-back dress with slippery shoulders.
14. Sometimes it's the fit of a shirt that makes you pass each time you look at it in the morning. Try shirring the waist to add some more definition and shape.
 15. Have a nasty stain on a comfy t-shirt? Maybe putting a lace heart on it will do the trick.
 16. Lace hearts are super cute on the back of a tee as well.
 17. Sometimes, all a blouse needs is a lace collar. You'll be amazed at the difference a little lace can make.
18. Adding lace straps to a strapless dress can turn it from something you fear wearing into something you love. It certainly turned this dress into one of my favorites. 
 19. When in doubt, add fabric flowers. It helps. Every time.
20. Last but not least, you can take something away. Whether it's taking some length off of a skirt, or a the sleeves of a jacket. Snipping off what's not working, can sometimes be the simplest solution of them all.

I hope you're inspired to give your closet a good clean-out and refashion some of those unloved garments to give them another go. Sometimes an easy fix can turn a "meh"-garment into a wardrobe staple.

xo. Hanna



2015/05/11

Is the Start Sewing Club right for You? (+ giveaway winner)

It's easy for me to say that you should all join the club. But, to be fair, the club is not for everyone. Yes, it's awesome! Yes, it'll be so much fun! I believe in it 100%. But, is it worth your investment?

I'm here to help you decide.

   Who is the Start Sewing Club for?   

Originally, I created the Start Sewing Club for women who wanted to get into sewing, but didn't know where to start, or tried and felt overwhelmed by it, and were looking for a fun and engaging place to learn.

So, if you feel that you'd love to 
+ learn all the basic sewing skills to sew your own garments and other sewing projects,
+ start sewing beautiful clothes that fit your taste and body,
+ build a self-stitched wardrobe,
+ learn in group of supportive classmates,
+ have clear step-by-step instructions to follow,
then this course is perfect for you!

Even if you aren't madly in love with the 2 projects we're making, you'll learn so many valuable skills in the process. Those are skills that you can use to stitch up a lot of different garments, so I can promise they'll come in handy.

This course is ALSO for you, if
+ you have already dabbled in sewing, but feel you'd love to learn some new tricks and techniques to really get a solid foundation,
+ you want to give sewing another go,
+ you could use the extra motivation that comes from being cheered on by a group of awesome, like-minded women to finally get some projects done,
+ you'd love to add 2 self-stitches garments to your wardrobe.

   Who is the Start Sewing Club NOT for?   

The club is not for you, if you have zero interest in learning how to sew.

Sadly, it's also not the best use of your money if you have no access to a sewing machine. You can borrow, steal (just kidding), or clock in hours at your local sewing cafe if you don't have a machine of your own.

If you're an avid seamstress, and you're way past the basics, it's probably not the best investment for you either.

   The 3 BUTs that shouldn't hold you back!   

So, now that we've cleared up who the course is for and who it's not for, I'd love to address a few "but"s I know some of you have. I really don't want those little roadblocks to stop you from joining.

1. I don't have time right now.
Whether you feel you don't have enough free time to do the coursework, or you just can't be all-in for the 6 weeks, I've got you covered.

First, the whole coursework should take you less than 3 hours a week to complete. That's less than 30 minutes a day, or one weekend afternoon.

Don't have that much? You will have access to the course materials for LIFE, so don't sweat it. You can totally still take the course and sew at your own pace. The Facebook group will stay open indefinitely, so you can still connect with the other club members even after the live portion of the course is over.

2. I'm afraid the garments I make will suck.
I've done everything I can do make the process fun and easy to follow. There will be video tutorials for every step along the way. AND, you can always get answers to your questions in the comments area and lots of support in the Facebook group. In fact, we're already discussing supplies.

The other thing I want to emphasize is that this should be a learning experience. Yes, the perfect result would be for you to make a wearable hand-stitched outfit by the end of the course, but even if you're not in love with the end result, you've still learned a ton. And, you're next makes will already be so much closer to the ideal.

Sewing is all about learning through doing!

3. I can't afford it.
That's what we say to ourselves a lot, isn't it? Especially when it comes to investing in ourselves. This isn't a necessity - I totally get it. I don't want you to feel pressured into joining, but I do want to make you think for a second.

Is it that you truly can't afford to spend that money right now, OR is it that you feel guilty spending it on a hobby?

If you're feeling guilty, let me ease your mind a bit. I consider sewing one of the most useful skills I have.
It enables me to alter store-bought clothes to fit my body.
It helps me make clothing last longer, because I know how to mend or refashion it.
I can make quality garments that I love, but couldn't afford buying from a store.
I'm able to create so many practical items for our home myself (from oven-mitts to pillow covers to bedding to curtains to sofa covers, and the list goes on).

Sewing is such a valuable skill-set to have. It will save you money in the long-run.

If you've been on the fence about joining, I hope this will help you in making the decision. You can find all the details and join HERE. Registration is open until the 17th of May.


Congratulations to Laura who won the Membership giveaway! So sorry I couldn't just give out free memberships to everyone who joined the giveaway. I loved all your reasons for wanting to start sewing and I hope I can still see some of you in the club.


What's the one things that's holding you back from joining the club?

xo. Hanna



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