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It’s a Morning After…ish

We posted last week about our favorite time of year – our annual sewing retreat – and this year, one of the bags we sewed up was our Whole Shebang. That pattern always holds a special place in our hearts because it was the very first pattern we ever created. #sniffsniff

But since it was our very first pattern, we now realize that we have learned a LOT in the past six years. So when we re-sewed the pattern for the first time in a few years, we decided there were a lot of clarifications we wanted to make.

Most of the changes we made were adding additional, helpful details to the instructions. But we also differentiated between height and width in the cutting list to help when determining yardage for directional prints, which is something we plan to do for all of our patterns that don’t currently include them.

None of the changes we made are considered corrections, but we made enough edits that we have replaced the version of the pattern that’s available for sale. If you purchased the pattern before 2020 and would like a new version, please contact us and we will be happy to send it to you!

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5 Patterns, 3 Days, 2 Girls, and 1 Sewing Machine

January for us means one important thing… OUR ANNUAL SEWING RETREAT!!

Any time spent at Ali’s river house is always special, and this year we added an extra day because we committed to something new – an actual sewing retreat! We are so excited to announce that we were asked to be teachers at this year’s Virginia Consortium of Quilters bi-annual retreat in Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia. We will be teaching full-day workshops for our Stowaway and Whole Shebang bag patterns, but we also offered to teach our Wine Totes, Winezies, and All Charged Up free patterns as fillers, so we knew we needed to spend a lot of time refreshing our minds about all five patterns.

We spent the first day making decisions about fabrics, notions, and then Cutting.All.The.Things.

Oh, and we went grocery shopping. SUPER important step.

And of course, beautiful sunsets are just gravy.

Day two was super productive and before lunch we had two amazing finishes – Wine Totes and All Charged Up.

Since it was a (cold, but) gorgeous day, we made sure to get out of the house and headed to historic Gloucester Virginia for a delicious lunch at LuLu Bird’s Kitchen.

After lunch, we refocused and finished out day two with another fabulous finish – Stowaway.

On our third and final day, we focused on our last two fun finishes – Winezies and Whole Shebang.

Neither of us have sewn Winezies in a while, and we remembered how nice and quick they come together, as well as how cute they are! The versions we sewed up in this sweet winter flannel would make amazing hostess or holiday gifts.

We both were a bit blown away by the beauty of this Whole Shebang after we finished – it gave us all the *heart eyes*

We both felt so rejuvenated after sewing together and being creative together for three days in one of the most peaceful places in the world. Until next year!

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“Help, You Know I Need Someone, Help”

You can tell by this post title that after releasing our Hard Day’s Night pattern a few weeks ago, we’re clearly not over our Beatles obsession. I mean, should anyone really ever be over the Beatles? Of course not.

(On a related, but completely non-sewing related note, we’ve been very conflicted about the upcoming “Yesterday” movie. Feel free to discuss in the comments.)

The actual point of this post is that we LOVE HELP from the sewers who buy our patterns. We always encourage comments, questions, and suggestions to help make our patterns better, so keep ’em coming!

In this case, we had gotten some great feedback from two different sewers in the past that our popular Stowaway pattern could use some clarifications. So we made some changes and revised the pattern available for purchase in our shop or on Etsy. And as always, if you purchased Stowaway from us in the past, just let us know and we’ll gladly send you a revised copy.

In this case, the changes were clarifications, not major revisions, so we didn’t feel like it warranted a posting on our “Morning After” page. But we’re committed to promoting all edits to our patterns – big and small.

Happy sewing, and keep your awesome suggestions coming! “Won’t you please, please help me…”