Vintage McCall’s Pencil Skirt

Hello there! I'm back this week with a run down of my latest make -- a vintage pencil skirt using McCall's 3734. I'm not only excited to finally share this make, as it took me quite a long time to finish, but to continue sharing vintage in general. I'm really hitting my stride with vintage patterns and…

3 Reasons Why Muslin is Essential for the Sewing Beginner

When I first approached the task of teaching myself to sew, I had no idea muslin was a tool I had available to me. Yes, I could have thought up the idea myself -- using cheap fabric to practice -- but I didn't. It wasn't until a tour of Joann Fabrics during a basic sewing…

How to Read a Sewing Pattern

Reading a pattern...sounds easy enough, right? Of course. That is, once you've actually acquired sewing skills. But what if you have no sewing skills? Or very few?  I would advise the early beginner to be on the look out for a few things, and to know you're not alone when the confusion of your first pattern…

How to Trace a Sewing Pattern

We're back to beginner basics this week on Sew Feminine and today we start with arguing the case for tracing our patterns. It seems as though home sewists are in one of two camps on this: they either love the organizational and preservationist aspect of tracing or they simply don't have the time. So why…

Pattern Review: Very Easy Vogue V9278 Slip Dress

Welcome to my first pattern review! How exciting! We're just kicking things off here at Sew Feminine, but I'm excited to show you my first make of 2018 and give my thoughts on the Very Easy Vogue V9278  Slip Dress pattern. While I do recommend trying this pattern, I have a few words of advice. Stick…

How to Thread A Sewing Machine

I assume many beginners are a bit confused by sewing machines. I definitely won't admit to how long I actually owned a sewing machine before I started using it. It's the worst excuse in the book but honestly, I'm not one for instructions. Sitting down with a manual on how something works is not my…

12 Essential Sewing Supplies for Beginners

For the true beginner, sewing as a hobby can be a bit intimidating. What machine do you purchase? How do you follow a pattern? What tools do you need? Thankfully, I grew up watching my mom make some of the best Halloween costumes on the block, and while she has only given me one official…