Sewing Gift Guide 2020

Monday, November 9, 2020

Hobby gift giving can be difficult, and it's one of those things most people steer clear from. But if you're dying to get that special someone a sewing related gift, I'm here to help! I'm posting this early because there is some investigative work that you need to do.

If you're trying to machine shop...

 First, identify the kind of sewist they'd like to be. There's a difference between apparel sewing and quilting/embroidery! Typically, those who are looking to quilt need a lot more bells and whistles than someone who sews everyday clothes like myself. That's not to say they aren't nice, but 40 decorative stitches might not have much use for someone who doesn't quilt.

Personally, I learned how to sew on an entry level machine with only 10 stitches and no fancy features. It was perfect if you ask me! You can go with a more expensive machine but if they don't stick with it as a's kind of wasted money. The model I started on was a gift from my aunt, the Brother LS2125i which seems to be no longer manufactured. 

I've also sewn on a Janome HD1000 (~$300) and a Brother SE6000 (~$500). The Janome is a midrange industrial meaning it's a big stronger, whereas the Brother has a lot more embroidery/quilting type features as well as an automatic thread cutter... which is pretty nice honestly.

For me, the combo of a normal sewing machine (without quilting features) and a separate serger (to finish seams and sew stretching fabrics) is the dream setup! 

So, if you're trying to machine shop, the most important thing to find out is what kind of projects they'd like to sew. From there, you can set the price by what fits your budget. Some may favor a stronger machine that can sew through faux leather and faux fur compared to someone who wants to embroider sweatshirts. I've linked some of my favorite machines below! Don't forget to look into return policies.

If you're looking for something fun... 

 If you're looking for more of the stocking variety of gift, there are many options out there! A unique seam ripper, fun colored clips for sewing instead of pins, a fresh set of pins, a cute new wrist pincushion... I could go on and on. Here are some of my favorites from Etsy! I mean, how cute are the biscuit pattern weights.

If you're trying to buy fabric...

Just don't. No, really, this is such a hard one because you have to make sure the fabric is right for whatever sewing pattern they are going to be using. The only time I would buy fabric is if I knew exactly what to get style wise and with a particular pattern. Instead, grab a gift card to their favorite store.

Mood Fabrics and Blackbird Fabrics are my favorite!

If you're trying to buy sewing patterns...

This isn't as difficult as buying fabric but can still be risky. Again you can go the gift card route but for the fun of it, I've rounded some up cute, lesser known sewing patterns from Etsy. 


Alright! That's all I have for you this time. Next up?

what i made: custom blue gown

Thursday, October 22, 2020


It's the dress! I finished it! Technically it's separates. I modified Orange Lingerie's Esplanade pattern and used Judy Gao's skirt tutorial to make it. No notes to share quite yet on modifying the pattern because there are changes I'd like to make, but you can read OL's post here on how to do so. It's not terrible but it's also not great, I think I could correct the fit on it a bit. The biggest change is using a non stretch fabric for the back band, making the top a corset instead. And adding straps of course. I have some research to do!

Here is a link to the tutorial I used for the skirt as well. The skirt was super easy, just uses a lot of fabric. More to come on the top after I land on a more solid modification. 

what i made: cherry print ogden cami

Wednesday, October 7, 2020


Okay, now that I've made three Ogden camis, I'm ready for about 10 more. I think I need one in every silk color out there? The cut is just so flattering and it's perfect for layering under blazers for work... that is, if we ever get to return to an office. Yes, I'm still fantasizing about wear a suit. 

This is the same cherry print from Blackbird Fabrics that I used for my wrap dress.


fall sewing projects

Sunday, October 4, 2020

Hi, I'm Jade and I'm utterly addicted to sewing. Can't stop, won't stop. I'm super excited to get started with my fall sewing projects. Below is a little preview of what's coming up on my list soon! First up is the Stacker jacket by Papercut Patterns. Details and fabric links below the graphic...

what i made: floral mccalls M7974

Friday, October 2, 2020

Back at it again for technically a 3rd time with this pattern! First a green dress, modified to a blouse, and now this floral number. I don't know what better testimonial there is for a sewing pattern than someone who sews it up multiple times? Fabric is from Blackbird Fabrics...what's new.

I'm considering adding some elastic to the back waist band for a slightly more fitted look. Will update if that's the case! You can watch the video BTS here.

What I Made: Calvin Wrap Top by True Bias

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Helllllo! I almost forgot to share this recent make here on my blog. Bad blogger alert. I'm super happy to share with you the results of my most recent collaboration with True Bias! In full transparency, True Bias did provide me with the pattern and hired me to provide some content for their channels. But! They didn't pay for this blog post or for any promo on my channels.

You may recall this fabric from the modified McCalls dress I made, and I'm SO glad I had enough to squeeze out this wrap top. Initially, I was going to go with a darker color scheme. This gorgeous fabric is from Blackbird Fabrics

Anyway, I can highly recommend this pattern. I've sewn up quite a few of their other patterns, and the Calvin Wrap was next on my list. Somethings just work out like that! The little ring and slider detail on the straps is a pretty little detail.

 If you make the top version, it's a great way to get through some scrap fabrics. You could even get away with using premade bias tape to really cut down on the required fabric. It's a 10/10 for me!

Cherry Print Wrap Dress

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Can you believe I've made 5 of these dresses?? When it works, it works. And it's such an easy project to sew. Check out the links below to see my previous versions! I've been sewing it since 2016, a heavily modified Burda Style pattern. Lovely fabric from Blackbird Fabrics!


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