Good afternoon lovelies and welcome to the crazy days of 2020…. Honestly I have no words to describe the last six months. But what I will say is that it’s given me an opportunity to to reignite my creativity. It’s been a while but Sew Frugal is back with a new look and many changes ahead. This weekend we are beginning our transition to the Urban Sewing Society. Similar mission, focus and goals but a new look and new site.
The Urban Sewing Society is where we bring fashion and creativity to your neighborhood! USS has been teaching sewing society has been teaching sewing classes online for the past three months and will bring new sewing classes back online this month. Registration will begin after labor day. We also have masks and the bow blouses that you so love. We have even added several new looks and a few other accessories. We are so excited about what is to come. Be sure to check it out for yourself.
The Urban Sewing Society will continue to curate vintage items and they will be added to our online store as well as our Etsy Shop. Be sure to favorite the shop so that you can receive updates when we add new items. Follow us on Instagram and Twitter.
Lastly, we are reactivating “Ask a Sewing expert”. You all had so many sewing questions and I want to answer them all. Send me a note if you have any questions about classes, products or or upcoming events.
It was good catching up.
I am Sew looking forward to seeing you over at the Urban Sewing Society
Great news to share. After several months of paused production Sew Frugal is back and producing more custom bow blouses. We are set to make our first cut on new orders for the spring on April 10th so be sure to get your order in before then. Our blouses come in long sleeve and sleeveless. Special orders can be considered.
Last night I panicked. My Singer serger started making an awful noise and my Husky straight stitch began sewing on its on (ghost Sewist). Yeah sure I haven’t fired up the machine in 5-8 years but so what…… Right?😂 nah I didn’t get it tuned up and no I didn’t oil it. (yes I know better. I teach my students care and maintenance on the first day of class) So why don’t I heed my own advices? #hardheaded.
Instead I threaded it and started cranking out blouses left and right because that’s what I do………… And was only a matter of time. God watches over fools and babies is what my grandmother used to say.
God is good. Today I went to an estate sale and I was sure I’d missed out on these items or they would be over priced. Well I haggled a little and walked away with two Elna sewing machines. One Elna 9000 and one Elna overlock!! How cool is that? Now I can get back to sewing later this evening. My apologies to those of you who have reached out to me in the last 24 hours. I’ve been in panic mode. Now I can breathe and return your phone calls and emails😉
Yesterday I shared this fresh off the sewing machine royal blue and gold bow blouse. A few of my friends got “sew” excited😉. For those of you who are also interested please note the turn around time for the blouses is now 10-14 days due to demand. Each blouse is custom made to your specifications and it is important that we get it right the first time. We also have to make certain the fabric is in stock to accommodate orders over 5 pieces. So please bear with us and check your email often for status updates. Thank you so much for shopping with Sew Frugal. 😘
I’ve been perusing old photos and wouldn’t you know I’ve been rocking the #pussybowblouse since I was a little fashionista. This vintage photo is of me with my great grandmother and her sisters during my 7th birthday celebration. I was really pumped about celebrating my birthday with my close family and as you can see I’ve always enjoyed smiling for the camera😉
I’ve been receiving a few emails regarding the bow blouses and asking for additional samples. See below a few pictures and prices. I hope to launch the merchant site soon and have fabric samples posted there as well. In the meantime ……
Available in larger dot patterns. Black on.white, white on blog sack, pink on green, hold on blue, white on blue and white on red. See below current stock
Available in orange, black, white, navy, red, green and many other colors
Filling orders and shipping out blouses tomorrow. Replenished my stock and will begin cutting more blouses on Tuesday to prepare for the April 22nd Pop Up Shop. Keep an eye out for details.
Have a great time enjoying the fabulous fashions on the Oscars tonight😉
A pussy bow or pussycat bow is a style of neckwear often associated with women’s blouses and bodices. It takes the form of a bow tied at the neck similar to those tied around the neck of kittens, cats, and the like.
I’ve missed chatting with you the last few days. This Sewist has been hard at work the last several days. Finishing up bow blouse samples✂️👗
and sorting through my vintage pattern stock.
I can’t wait to get started with some of these creations. It’s amazing to see how everything old is new again. The styles of the 70’s are back. Creating these patterns with some of the new fabrics I’ve picked up is going so much fun.
I’m happy to put some of these patterns in my Etsy Shop for many.of you to enjoy. Most of the patterns are uncut and in excellent condition. check them out @ http://www.etsy.com/shop/SewFrugalShop
As promised I’m sharing a question weekly from Sew Frugal subscribers who have emailed “Ask a Sewing expert”.
This question is from Jan.
I would like to make this sleeveless pullover dress for my son’s wedding but it is designed for 2 way stretch fabric only. Since I don’t have a 2 way stretch kind of body could I make this out of a more forgiving fabric and add a zipper or neck opening with button to be able to put it on? Is that feasible? What is the best option for me and how do I alter the pattern? Thanks!
Hi Jan, thanks for your question. Yes you can absolutely use a different fabric and add a zipper. Just a few things to keep in mind. The pattern doesn’t call for additional ease because it assumes you will use a two way stretch knit where ease is naturally occurring. You will have to add on the ease and depending on your body type you will have to determine what it belongs. Also remember seam allowances might be different in various locations so make sure you make the adjustments where appropriate. Remember its better to err on the side of excess. You can always take away but adding on is difficult.
Lastly I can’t tell if this garment had facings or not. With some patterns that call for starch knits they is no facing required. You might need to include facing if you are making the sleeveless dress. Hope this helps.
Hello lovelies!! I took a little time off for my birthday. Can’t wait for you to see the goodies I picked up while away. New items will be posted this week and class schedules the following week. I’m apron I will be addressing several questions from”Ask a sewing expert”. If you have questions please don’t hesitate to send me an email and I will respond to questions via the blog.