Monthly Archives: August 2013

Fall patterns fall flat

Someone else must be  inhabiting my body.

I love patterns. I have storage boxes full of them. I love to pore over every design line, dream about the precisely right fabric for each garment,  and imagine a closet full of new clothes every season. New patterns are new beginnings. Getting every detail exactly right. When looking at a fresh pattern collection, I never think about  ripping or correcting fitting problems. I only dream about the possible.

Odd then, that I am very “meh” about the new fall collections from Vogue, McCalls, and Butterick. Maybe I have finally reached my pattern collection limit, or possibly I have collected every design line ever drawn. It looks to me like this fall I will be sewing some of my TNTs (tried and true), or adding a few more independent pattern designers to my collection. Maybe the true innovation is happening with some of the smaller pattern companies, just like in other areas of business. Style Arc? Sewaholic? Oliver & S?

What are you excited about sewing this season? Any new patterns you love? How about fabrics? Tell me about what dreams you have for your wardrobe right now!

Happy sewing!

Maris Olsen

Summer 2013 Sew Camps: learnings for all

Summer sewing camps have become the new normal around here. Every Monday a new group arrives on my doorstep, excited, eager, and often a little bit nervous too.

You know how it is—that first-day-on-the-new-job feeling. Not too sure if you will measure up, or have anything in common with your new colleagues, or be able to remember the important company policies and procedures. Kids often experience a bit of those feelings on the first day of Sew Camp. Or maybe I should say they do during the first half hour or so of the first day! Kids adjust more quickly than adults, and almost right away they are chatting with their table partner, asking questions, and comparing projects.

These gals are intent on watching one of their pals work on her American Girl Doll Clothes project.

Medina Dolls Clothes gals helping

I love how sweet AND proud these sisters look in the new skirts they made in an Advanced Beginner Camp.

Sister skirts

In early August the morning and afternoon Doll Camp sessions were humming! And so productive!!

AG Doll Clothes August Baseball Ts

AG Doll Clothes Morning

I figured it out. Now I know why teachers stick with their jobs. It’s not because they are highly paid, or their “easy” schedule of working only 6 hours/day and summers off. Nope. It is because there is almost nothing better than watching a kid light up with new-found self-confidence. What a great, great summer 2013 has been. And can’t wait to implement some of what I learned along the way for next year’s camps. Because if you think I am giving up turning on kids to the joys of sewing, creativity, and self-expression, think again, sistah!!

Happy sewing!

Maris Olsen