family photo before weddingOn August 31, 2011 I gave up buying clothes for a year and vowed to make my clothes instead.

As a mother to two fashionable daughters, I was no stranger to shopping for clothes. From baby clothes to upscale fashions, shopping for clothes had dominated my checkbook for decades.

During my year of sewing I made 64 garments, saved thousands of dollars, and received countless compliments on my clothes from people who did not know my story. Two weeks after I concluded my year of abstaining from buying ready-to-wear clothing, Mood Fabrics, Project Runway’s go-to fabric store announced a sewing network of nine bloggers of which I was one.

Honored beyond belief to be on the Mood Fabrics team, I continue to work on my skills and promote sewing clothes.

If you can read a recipe

you can read a pattern.

If you can drive a car

you can operate a sewing machine.

If you can shop

you can


Best wishes,

Sarah Gunn

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105 Responses to ABOUT

  1. Sally says:

    Love your blog! Love your clothes!!

  2. Good luck on your journey! What a lovely family photo – beautiful daughters.

  3. Karen says:

    I wish you lived in L.A. we would be friends! There are so many parallels in our lives, I have 2 grown daughters as well with opinions on their mom’s wardrobe. I have spent way too much money on years of clothing. The only parallel I do not see yet is your great skill set. I think I have a good eye, but you, I can even see by the background in some photo’s that your home is well appointed as well. I know what you mean by seeing things of beauty more easily now. It is the feeling I get when I am lucky enough to visit Rome. Beauty beauty, and creative juices come alive. I am so inspired by you. Thank you for that and please keep them coming. You make this process even more enjoyable.
    Karen F

  4. Hi Karen,
    Thank you so much for this lovely comment. I love making new virtual friends through blogging which I was completely unprepared for, but it’s truly a benefit of having a blog!
    My skill set is average. With one or two exceptions, everything I’ve made has been simple. Having some idea of what I want (in clothing) and knowing what styles look good help – plus I’m completely obsessed at this point about sewing.

    I’ve found that leaving one’s everyday surroundings provides inspiration of all types – even if it’s a short distance! I also believe that when you commit yourself to a creative life, things happen.

    Responses from my readers have inspired me to sew more and sew better! Many thanks for helping me on my journey and please stay in touch.

  5. Lizzie says:

    Wonderful Idea. Love your blog. You inspire me.

  6. It’s inspiring to be inspiring. Thank you so much for writing :)

  7. I think it’s fitting that your last name is Gunn, with all your fashion sense:). Any relation to Tim, my mostest favoritest fashion guru?

  8. Love discovering this blog. You rock. I made a conscious decision years ago to quit sewing and to spend all my time painting but you have been looking so strong lately that I may have to rethink that decision. After I get my show hung at the end of March I’d love to make a trip to Mary Jo’s with you!

  9. Lulu says:

    I am so glad I ran across your blog. At one time I was considered an excellent seamstress but with school, work, children and life, my leisure time disappeared. As a child I was taught embroidery and needlepoint by my grandmother and I continued it sporadically. I have a very expensive sewing machine but never fully utilized it until my son needed drapes for his first house last year. I taught myself and made eight sets of full length, lined inverted pleat drapes. I think I too can make my own clothes for the next year. I think I will start with a Tory Burch-like tunic with soutache affixed by embroidery of course. Thanks again.

    • Many thanks for your very nice comment, Lulu!
      I’d say you still are an excellent seamstress and….. such a sweet mom. I’m sure you can make your own clothes for a year! The only times I am tempted to buy something is when I see a fabulous bargain. I cannot wait to see your tunic and PLEASE send me a picture. Good luck with the upcoming year too!

  10. menonotes says:

    How fun! I’ve been sewing home-dec, quilts, totes, etc. for years, but stayed away from clothing for myself. That, of course, didn’t keep me from purchasing patterns or fabric “just in case.” When my kids were young, I delighted in seaming together toddler clothes and Halloween costumes (occasionally, one of my grown kids still requests a costume) and I look forward to sewing for grandchildren in a few years (I have a grand-dog). However, after viewing your blog, I raced to my sewing cabinet, grabbed some old home-dec fabric, rifled through my pattern stash, and started sewing a skirt.
    Thank you for giving me the impetus to get sewing again.

    • Oh, good!!! And I think skirts are the best garments to start with. I think I made around six skirts in a row when I started sewing for myself again! Many thanks for your nice comments :)

  11. Cheryl Fontenot says:

    Sarah, I’m beyond impressed that you’re doing this! Great project – and looks like you’re doing a fabulous job! I haven’t sewn in years, but occasionally that urge breaks forth…!

    • Cheryl,
      So nice to hear from you! I had not sewn clothes in a while myself before taking on this challenge. It’s amazing how quickly your skills improve once you put them to practice! Many thanks for writing.

  12. Sally says:

    Love your blog! We were just in Myrtle Beach and I had trouble finding even a JoAnn’s or Hancock Fabric. Where does on shop for fabric in South Carolina??

    • Thanks for the comment, Sally!
      I have no idea where to shop in Myrtle Beach! My area of South Carolina (the Upstate) was the textile capital of the country until most of the mills closed 10 – 15 years ago. I generally shop at Mary Jo’s cloth store in Gastonia, NC, near Charlotte, when passing through. Visit Charleston, SC on your next trip and you’ll find lots of fabric :)

      • Mary Lynn says:

        At the moment in Charleston, fabric stores are a little sparse. The Dressing Room on King Streeet closed last summer. The Viking store in Summerville and PPand Q have quilting fabrices and S and S (Viking store) has cute childrens fabrics. Hancock has been the only chain, but 3 Joanns are going in this spring. Never knew I could be so excited about a Joanns! :-)The cutest fabrics, patterns and staff are at Five Eighths in West Ashley and they have classes for beginners on up.

    • Misslissa95 says:

      There is a store called Accent Sewing in Murrells Inlet. They focus on quilting fabrics and have a good selection of children’s fabrics. There are also nice printed fabrics at the 3 main sewing shops in Greenville (Bernina, Viking, Babylock stores) but again, their fabrics are mostly for quilters; and there are multiple places in Gvl for home decor fabrics. It’s hard finding good apparel fabrics in SC. I would love to know where to find good looking printed knits for children’s/girls’ apparel. JoAnn’s in Spartanburg is very limited but my only source so far (besides Mary Jo’s in Gastonia). Also, Martha’s Fabrics in Sptbg and that place that used to be on Union St are great for home decor fabrics.

  13. Jenny Wesner says:

    Hi Sarah,
    I just found your blog — thankfully! The thing that impresses me most? Your age! LOL! So many of the sewing fashion blogs have younger women, skinny-little-minnies, and although I’m in relatively good shape for my age, I just can’t wear a lot of the stuff they sew. Enter you, making beautiful clothes and wearing them age appropriately! I’ve been sewing my whole life, but have never been really great at fashion. Don’t get me wrong — I do okay, just not great. I never really look fabulous. But you do! Thanks for the inspiration. I look forward to each post!

    • Thank you so much for this message, Jenny! As much as I like nice clothes, I haven’t really enjoyed shopping for them during the last 10 years or so. Most of the designs are styled for someone younger and/or taller. I spent a fortune and often settled for things that didn’t necessarily work for me. The past 10 months of sewing my clothes has been enlightening…… now those styles I like and see on younger models can be adapted to fit and flatter me. Oh happy day !!! :)
      Great job on the pattern organizing! My patterns are accumulating very quickly and it’s time for me to do something about it.
      Many thanks for writing!

  14. I also have a mission to fill my entire closet (ok i have an extra room as a closet, so it will take time) with my own sewn clothes. Since I am a hard to fit body, after two years I started hating going regular clothes shopping because nothing rtw fit me as nicely, not to mention the inflated prices. Good luck on your mission, your clothes are super awesome!

    • Thank you so much for writing! I’m finding I’m hard to fit in sewing AND rtw. I often bought rtw that I didn’t really like sometimes just because it fit – what a waste!

  15. andekate says:

    Hi! I just wanted to say I’ve been following your blog for a few months now. The beautiful garments you’ve sewn have really made me contemplate quality over quantity. As a result, the quality of my projects has improved! Thank you!

    • Thank you so much for sharing this nice development in your sewing projects with me! I’ve also discovered one of the secrets to good sewing is to take your time – and that is very difficult for me :)

  16. SheriNJ says:

    I got curious after I read in your last blog post that summer isn’t ending where you live. I wandered over here and see you live in the Upstate. My husband and I lived in Greenville most of the 80’s and 90’s. Right this second we live right outside NYC in New Jersey. I know Mary Jo’s inside and out, but I love living minutes from the Garment District.

    Your clothes are gorgeous, and it sure helps you have a fabulous frame (you!) to display them. You have a great sense of what works for you. I look forward to seeing more of your creations.

    • Thank you so much for this nice comment, Sheri! I live in Spartanburg. Mary Jo’s pales in comparison to fabric shopping in the garment district, but I’m glad it’s there. What fun it must be having easy access to such wonderful fabric!
      My fabric is more adequate than fabulous these days, but sewing allows one to fabulously fit an adequate frame. It’s been fun :) :)

  17. Charlene McDaniel says:

    Sarah, this blog is a great for motivating garment sewers. Thank you for starting it and keeping all of us posted on your adventure. I do hope you continue posting even after your year is up. Again, thank you.

    • Hi Charlene! Forgive me for taking 8 months to respond to your kind comment – I just now saw it for some reason! As you can tell I’ve continued my blog and am so happy to have rediscovered sewing clothes for myself :) Many thanks for writing.

  18. jancrews says:


    Thank you so much for making the time to document your journey. I am a musician (Cleveland Orchestra Chorus) and geek who has sewn since age 13 – almost 50 years.

    I live in Youngstown, OH, with nary a garment fabric store within 60+ miles. (I only buy notions at Jo-Ann’s.) My mother is in assisted living in Hendersonville and I stop in Waechter’s each time I travel to visit her.

    I would like to know your feelings about purchasing fabric online – I.e. untouchable.

    I also note that you’ve used polyester in some of your garments. I’m pretty snooty about only using natural fabrics, and would love to see a blog post about man-made vs. natural.

    Brava on your body of work over the past year. I’m inspired to conquer my fitting challenges!


    • Hi Jan,
      For some reason I just saw this comment and sorry to be late to respond. Ahhh…… to be a musician in Cleveland! What a fine orchestra and musical heritage.
      Getting back to sewing, I prefer natural fibers, but occasionally sew synthetics such as spandex. I’m finding the best garment fabrics usually contain a bit of stretch blended into the fabric, silk, cotton and wool. I’m not sure I’m qualified to write a post about fabric comparison…… I say I prefer natural fibers, but since so many are blended I might be contradicting myself.
      As far as online ordering…….. I’m grateful to have virtually any fabric I want at the click of a button but recommend ordering a sample. Mood Fabrics, for instance sends swatches out very quickly.
      Lastly the fitting…………. I’m getting there but there is always room for improvement!
      Many thanks for writing and best wishes for a great 2012 – 2013 season!

  19. Sarah,
    Do I remember a post about a video sewing class for skirts you took? I tried to find it in your past blogs, but maybe I am losing my menopausal mind and it wasn’t one of your posts at all.
    Congratulations on your Mood “award.” What an honor, but certainly well deserved. I’ll be in NYC next month and can’t wait to visit the store.

  20. CherryPix says:

    Hi Sarah,
    I’ve nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blog/One Lovely Blogger Award
    See: http://cherrypix1.wordpress.com/2012/12/12/award-inspiring

  21. Sophie says:

    I’ve just found your blog, and I just wanted to let you know how inspiring it is! Your clothes are gorgeous. I’m 25 and have just started sewing a few months ago. I am also a knitter. Unfortunately grad school leaves me with very little time (or money) to spend on sewing but I am already hooked. Also, I absolutely love your hair. It’s such a soft, flattering color and cut!

    • Hi Sophie! Thank you so much for this nice comment! You will progress quickly If you are already hooked on sewing, and I look forward to seeing your creations.
      Thanks too, for the compliment on my hair……. I’m always struggling to get it just right :)

  22. Sarah Jo says:

    I have neglected my husband and children for most of the afternoon to peruse your blog. How wonderful! Two questions–what sewing machine(s) do you use and what’s the pattern of the lovely yellow dress you’re wearing in the right sidebar photo?

    • Thank you so much for writing, Sarah Jo! I sew on a Bernina 1230. My husband gave it to me in 1990 or 91 and it’s been a wonderful sewing machine. I also use a Bernina 1150 MDA serger which I got a year ago.
      The dress pattern is Vogue 8570 however, I believe it’s discontinued. I noticed the Vogue website sells discontinued patterns so it may be available that way. :)

  23. Hilary McDaniel says:

    I just love your hair. Do you use hot rollers or just a jumbo round brush when blowing it dry? You just look amazing in your pictures. I really enjoy your blog. Btw, love the dress you just made Mimi.hilary

    • Thank you, Hilary! My hair……. I use it all – hot rollers, jumbo brush, curling iron, product and lots of hairspray each time I style it. One might say I’m obsessed but I’ve streamlined the entire process ! It’s only a problem when we travel and I pack a suitcase of hair appliances and products :)

  24. Wanda Henson says:

    Hi, Sarah! This is from your “old” friend and London traveling buddy. Remember shopping for fabric at Liberty? My good friends are going to London for spring break and telling them about our trip brought back such wonderful memories! Wanda

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  26. Mary Lynn says:

    Just discovered your blog at 11:30!!!!!!!! These Craftsy connections are deadly on sleep! Your sewing and fitting are incredible and very inspiring! Read one blogger about Mary Jo’s. We’ve been talking about going – it sounds fabulous ( I live in the Charleston area). Was it sooooo overwhelming or worth the trip? Love your clothes and sewing. So glad to have found your blog!

    • Thank you, Mary Lynn for the nice comment!
      I’m not sure I would make the trip to Mary Jo’s from Charleston if you are looking for fashion fabric because sadly the store is carrying less and less……. It would be a four to five hour trip for you. The store mostly carries upholstery and quilting cotton now along with a big supply of spandex and bridal fabric. I would stop by if you’re ever in the area because Mary Jo’s offers great prices on sewing notions. I pass Mary Jo’s quite often on the way to NC where my daughter and parents live and on my last trip I asked if they were discontinuing fashion fabric and was not given a straight answer.

      Aren’t you lucky to be living in Charleston! :)

  27. If you’re ever headed to the Raleigh/Durham area from Charleston, just outside Chapel Hill is a marvelous fabric shop (actually Goodbye Valentino told me about it, and it’s just as fabulous as she said!). It’s called Mulberry Silks and it’s in Carrboro, NC. (next to Chapel Hill, where UNC is). The staff is wonderfully helpful and their fabrics and notions are fabulous! It’s not a huge store by any means, but what they have is first rate! Their buttons are to die for :) I always love a good excuse for a road trip, don’t you?!

  28. Mary Lynn says:

    I was just there 3 weeks ago. It’s incredible! Their fabrics are so beautiful, the staff is so knowledgeable and helpful and they offer lots of classes which I would love attending if i only lived closer!

    • Mary Lynn – the classes sound wonderful! We’re moving to that area soon, so I can’t wait to take advantage of them :)

      • Mary Lynn says:

        you’ll love the area. We have friends and family there and it’s such fun to visit! Mulberry Silk is fabulous and I’m envious you’ll be able to take their classes! If you’re a needlepointer…… there are 2 great shops – needlepoint.com and one in Chapel hill that I haven’t been to yet. Good luck wth your move!

  29. Thanks, Mary Lynn! I do needlepoint and will check those out. LOVE Charleston – many happy memories of time spent there with family and friends! How lovely to live there :)

    Apologies to Sarah for “hijacking” this thread….! You meet the nicest people on these forums! :)

  30. Mary Lynn says:

    Thanks for the reply. I also have a daughter living downtown in Charleston. She got married out here on Kiawah (we actually live on Kiawah) at the Ocean Course last April. If you come down to Charleston and like needlepoint there’s a great shop on Maybank Highway almost at the intersection on 17 and Maybank called It’s a Stitch. The gals who own it live on Kiawah and are great! Another by-the-way…… when you said you lived in Spartanburg ……. I went to Converse my freshman year . Lived in Pell. It truly was back in the dark ages…….. You probably weren’t even born :-) Mary Lynn

  31. Mary Lynn says:

    I realized that I half responded to your information and half to Sara’s info(Spartanburg, Converse,etc.) A truly senior moment plus, I’m not very good at blogging – obviously! Anyhow. It’s still a great needlepoint shop on Maybank and I think you’ll love the Raleigh area.

  32. Effy says:

    Just discovered your blog today! after making my first sleeveless top at a workshop last night. I’m feeling so inspired :) Effy, Bristol, UK.

  33. Suzanne Parker says:

    I thank you, thank you, for inspiring me to get back into sewing. I used to sew everything I wore for work especially. Started to sew as a young girl and was self-taught. My only stumbling block is fit at this point in my life and have taken the Craftsy class “Sew the perfect fit”. Problem is I haven’t a buddy to help with the fitting. I’ll figure that out. Anyway, your creations are beautiful and I’m following your blog.

    • Thank you, Suzanne for taking the time to share this nice comment! Fitting is an issue for the majority of garment sewing enthusiasts and other than my hubby, I don’t have anyone to help me fit that would qualify as a sewing buddy :) I found Sew the perfect fit to be just what I needed and I hope it was helpful to you!

  34. mrsglamtastic says:

    I’m so late to this blog- but I’m glad I’ve found it! I have never sewn anything in my life (besides a makeshift hem and a button or two.) I think I want to try this challenge starting on my birthday (August 1) this year. Maybe that’ll be enough time to get a good headstart on learning how to sew :) Thanks for the inspiration!

    • This might be one of my favorite all time comments, Mrs.Glamtastic! To learn I have inspired someone to learn how to sew has made my day :) :) Please keep me informed of your sewing progress and let me know when and if you’re ready to take the RTW challenge. Good luck and many thanks for writing!

  35. Holly says:

    Hi Sarah,
    Your blog is a surprising and refreshing discovery. I love new clothes, but have always found it hard to justify adding to my wardrobe, when I have plenty to wear and when so much of what is available comes from countries where conditions for workers are far below anything we would find acceptable.
    I’ve seen various blogs about refashioning thrift store finds to save money and get off the new-clothes-shopping-treadmill, but yours has a very different focus. A lot of “re-purposing” is done with more enthusiasm than technique. Your clothes are well made and very flattering, and you obviously understand what suits you.
    Sewing is such a great skill, one that I’m grateful to have. Sewing your own clothes means you will NEVER run into someone wearing the same outfit! I hope you continue to sew, and that your daughters are inspired to follow your example!
    Regards, Holly

  36. Tracy says:

    Hi Sarah
    I’ve just got your latest post by email, and it inspired me to order some cotton lace to dye and attempt to make something close to one of your beautiful dresses! And I have to tell someone….I’m so excited….. I just bought 35 Simplicity/Burda/Butterick patterns from the 1970s and 1980s through a personal ad in the local paper, for £15 (about $20?)!!!!!!! How exciting is that!!! Sewing monkey is on my shoulder now!
    Tracy, Burton on Trent UK

  37. Angela says:

    Recently discovered your blog. You are my inspiration for re-exploring the world of sewing. I see these beautiful creations, but I often convince myself that it’s too hard even before I start. Your story proves otherwise. Keep up the good work!

    • Angela,
      Thank you so much for this lovely comment! I’m inspired to keep sewing when I learn that I’ve inspired someone else to sew. Rarely do I choose difficult patterns. When I look back to my first few garments after I began sewing again, I see how far I’ve come but I still wear many of my early garments.
      You can do it! Best wishes for a successful return. :)

  38. Marjorie says:

    Hi Sarah,
    I’ve just today discovered your blog. I think I quit blogging about sewing about a year before you started, when my husband and I effected a big life change. I notice we have some mutual sewing friends, and I think it would be so much fun to meet.
    We’re about to build a home at Coosaw Point on Ladys Island, And I’m planning a wonderful studio. I’m really looking forward to sewing again. I look forward also to reading through your blog and following your sewing journey.
    At the moment I’m in Michigan, will be back at the marina in Port Royal Landing by Labor Day.
    I’d love to catch up if you have time/interest.

    • Dear Marji,
      Thank you so much for your comment!
      I’m so sorry to have missed your blog, but when it’s time to quit, you gotta do it!
      We can see many of the Beaufort beaches from our Edisto home, but by land we are nearly 2 hours away! How exciting for you to be building a new home on Ladys Island ….. and yes I’d love to meet you!

  39. Heather Myers says:

    I am enjoying your blog so much after seeing your striped Vogue dress as month ago! It is on my Facebook favs. And I am sewing clothing again – starting 2 months with a ballroom dance dress for a friend so I can learn fitting on someone I can see. V8150. Elfriede’s store in Boulder is my favorite place for more fabric plus the Sewing on Sundays open studios. Your enthusiasm is contagious!

  40. Ginger Wise says:

    Love your blog. It motivates me to get my sewing machine out and start sewing. I would love to make some pants that really fit. Do you know of a good pants pattern with fitting instructions or a good book/video for fitting pants. There are a lot of these out there but wonder if you have one you use or recommend?

  41. Shirley says:

    Just found your blog today in the Spartanburg Herald Journal. I live in Inman and I used to sew all the time,but for some reason I quit. Don’t even remember when I started sewing. My mom was a seamtress all her life and could make anything her heart desired, even a sport coat my dad saw in Greensboro and it was so expensive he would not buy it. She looked it over and when she got home she made one just like it for him. This was back in the 70’s so no cell phone pics or anything to look at. Just from her memory. Now back to what I would like to know. What is the white blouse pattern that you have on in the picture that is taken on the beach? I love that because I like glitz, glamor, and ruffles!!! Thanks again for your blog. Glad I looked at the paper today.

    • Thank you so much, Shirley for your nice comment. Your mother must have been amazing! I think the pattern you are referring to is Butterick 4735. It’s out of print but I ‘m sure you can buy it on Etsy. Also I switched out the flounce for a ruffle. Stay in touch!

  42. MC says:

    You have inspired a broke college student to aggressively try sewing. Greetings from a neighbor in Greenville! What tips do you have for a complete novice (machine, projects to start, a dictionary 😁)?

    • Ah! I love knowing I’ve inspired someone to sew! I would say start with an easy skirt. There are lots of entry level machines – Bernina, Brother, Baby Lock etc… all have inexpensive machines and visit the Pattern Review website for pattern guidance. Good luck and please stay in touch!

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  44. nicole myers says:

    I love your blog! I remember you telling me about this a while back but forgot about it. I saw the story in the paper and am so impressed!! I would love to sew clothes for Beth Tanner and myself, but can’t seem to get the button hole or the zipper!!

    • LOL! Thanks for writing Nicole! During my first year I sewed 64 garments and 7 buttonholes – I’m not crazy about them either :) You’re so talented you can do anything. Good luck!

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  46. Sharon says:

    Really enjoy your blog. I can see how the craftsmanship of your projects have become more refined after your few short years of sewing. Beautiful job! I, too, am returning to the fashion sewing world and considering taking classes from Craftsy Sew. Since you have taken several of their classes, is there any particular order of classes you would recommend. Keep up the good work!

    • Thank you, Sharon! It’s amazing what can happen in two short years :)
      Craftsy offers so many classes that I think it depends on your interest and skill level. My first class was Diana Rupp’s Sewing Studio. It was very very basic but still served me well. Good luck with your return to fashion sewing!

  47. Gail Yellen says:

    Hi Sarah,
    Thanks for the nice compliment on my Craftsy class—40 Techniques Every Sewer Should Know. I first heard about your blog from Suzy Seed while I was in Houston presenting a serger workshop to their American Sewing Guild Chapter last spring. She mentioned how much she enjoyed reading Goodbye Valentino. I check in as often as possible.
    Hope 2014 is a happy, healthy one for you and your family. I know it will definitely be filled with lots of sewing projects. You’re very chic, have a great fashion perspective and excellent sewing skills—an unbeatable combination!

    Cheers for 2014!

    Gail Yellen

    • Thank you, Gail for your kind words! Your class is unbelievably helpful to me and will continue to be. I hope to be lucky enough to take one of your sewing classes in person one day :) Happy New Year!

  48. Have decided to join in the challenge of rtw fasting. Is it too late to join?setting up my blog and trying to get organized

  49. finehand says:

    Hi Sarah — I wanted to let you know I just started a blog (HerFineHand@wordpress.com) and you are among my chief inspirations. I have been lurking on your blog for several months and your friendliness and enthusiasm gave me the courage to give this a go! Can’t wait to be a part of the community.

    • Hi Virginia! I missed your nice comment and apologize for the late response. You’ve got a great blog going on and do beautiful sewing! Many thanks for writing and introducing me to your new blog. Good luck :)

  50. LG says:

    Hi, Sarah!

    Great blog!

    I have plans to embark on a “chanel” jacket journey this year, and I’ve been looking around for the right pattern to use. I noticed you used V7975–were you happy with this? Does this pattern have 2- or 3-piece sleeves? Any other tips in picking a pattern for a classic french tweed jacket?

    Thank you!

    PS – I, too, live in Charleston so must order my fabrics online most of the time… do you have any sources for tweeds you recommend?

    • Leize – Thank you for your comment! I was very pleased with the V7975 jacket pattern which was the recommended pattern by Susan Khalje. The pattern is a two piece sleeve which she turns into a three piece sleeve by splitting the upper sleeve. I don’t have any advice since the process was so new to me and I’m still a bit green, but make sure you use a boucle since the fabric is quilted to the lining. Good luck and I look forward to seeing your completed jacket! :)

  51. Tina Spear says:

    Hi Sarah,
    I just recently came across your blog & love it! Everything I have seen on your blog is so stylish and classic. I am at that stage in my life (51 yrs) where I am trying to “find my particular style” so seeing your creations gives me inspiration. And I read some of your replies to other follower’s posts & see you live in Spartanburg! I live in Anderson! It would be fun to plan a meet up one day. I teach sewing to 8 sweet girls & love to see them learn the art of sewing. My mother designed for McCall’s Patterns for about 20 years. Her love for sewing rubbed off on me. Thanks for taking the time to write this blog & give inspiration to others. It really would be fun to plan a meet up. :)

  52. Hi Sarah,
    I hope you are doing well and surviving your wedding season. I know you are busy getting everything ready, but I have a huge favor to ask of you. Last week, BurdaStyle asked me to teach a live Web Seminar on March 31 for them. I’m pretty excited about the whole thing. I was hoping you would help me get the word out and post a little something about it on your blog inviting your readers to participate. Here is the link to the course description and registration. http://register.burdastyle.com/Course?CourseId=9000-51
    And here is the link to my post about the seminar


    If you’d like to do this for me, I’d be forever grateful. I’d also like to thank you by putting a 200×200 button to your blog in my sidebar.

    Thanks so much!
    Beth Huntington
    The Renegade Seamstress

  53. Sarah, Thank you for the nice write up!

  54. Rosana says:

    Hi Sarah!
    Your blog is so inspiring that I want to start sewing again. I discover it 3 days ago and I’ve been glued to the computer browsing all your post.
    Would you, please, tell me wich pattern is (if any) the pink dress you’re wearing at the photo “All dressed up!”.
    Beautiful family and beautiful you…..THANKS!

    • Thank you Rosana! My favorite comments are those from people I have inspired to sew through my own sewing experience :)
      The dress above is a ready-to-wear Valentino – the last expensive dress I bought before starting my blog! I recently bought a Burda pattern that is very similar and hope to give it a try soon.
      Many thanks for your kind words.

  55. Lynn Abendroth says:

    Hi Sarah,
    I’m really enjoying your blog. As a NC girl living in San Francisco, I’ve enjoyed seeing the fabrics you’ve found at Mary Jo’s! I go by there each time I’m home. Also have spent several workshop weeks with Susan Khalje, so I feel like we already know one another.
    Keep up the good work! I’m inspired!
    Lynn Abendroth

    • Hi Lynn! Thank you so much for your nice comment and what fun to be living in San Francisco – but there’s no place like home at Mary Jo’s :) Maybe one day we’ll meet up in a Susan Khalje class……. or even at Mary Jo’s! Many thanks.

  56. Debbie says:

    I also am so inspired. I saw the article done on your sewing in a magazine at a fabric store and am amazed. Everything you make looks so beautiful. I would like to know where you find such beautiful fabric, like the fabric for the houndstooth dress?

  57. Tamara says:

    Hi Sarah,
    Love your blog! Just wanted to ask whether your Susan Khalje Giveaway is open for those outside the U.S.A?
    Thanks so much, Tamara

  58. Shelle says:

    Hello Sarah, I have just discovered your blog and I know I will enjoy following it. I have never bought a garment in my entire life, the first part my mother made all my clothes and now I do, I only buy bras and shoes. I love your style of clothing!

  59. Fran says:

    I’m dusting off my sewing machine…I’m inspired!!! But I’m truly terrified of making my own clothes. Any suggestions on a simple pattern to start out with. It’s been 35 years since I’ve made any clothing…only home projects and rag dolls for granddaughter. It may be time to invest on a dress form. Any suggestions? Boy I need help!!! ;-)

  60. Brigid de Jong says:

    Having regained my energy after an improvement in my health, I started sewing again after many years away. Things have changed since I first began (GASP! can it be almost 50 years ago??) and I’m enjoying learning new things that make it all so much easier. I am especially pleased to find wonderful, fashionable women who are not, ahem, shall we say, 25 years old any more. :) I see your big event is tomorrow…good luck, enjoy, and I look forward to your return!

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