I've WordPress!

Are you feeling unproductive after reading about all the sewing creations other bloggers are creating and posting weekly while you just sit there and daydream about your next project? Well, then, you've come to the perfect blog to make you feel better! I haven't updated this sucker since mid February. How do ya like them apples?

But, hey, if you're interested in continuing with my Terrence Malick approach to sewing blogs, you can now find me on Wordpress at:
(I dumbly deleted the "sewinintherain" WordPress url last year when I figured I'd just use Blogger, so yeah...). I use WordPress for work and I love it! Adding photos to a post and organizing, etc. never felt so easy.

You have absolutely no reason to believe that I'll pick up the pace in the sewing department, and, frankly, I don't blame you. But I can promise that I'll have a couple of projects to reveal on Saturday as part of Karen's pj sew-along! No, serio…

My (Almost) Sewing Reunion

I'm so happy, this weekend I'm going to be reunited with my long lost sewing machine! It's been just over a month since my move and while I was in transition there was no sewing to be had.

Now that I finally have an apartment my sewing machine, fabrics, patterns, etc. will have a home again. The photo in this post shows the only sewing-related items I've had with me this past transition month. I had this idea that, between starting a new job and finding an apartment, I'd somehow get started with my coat muslin. Yeah right! I did get to read some of that Tailoring book though, a Christmas present from my sister.

I'm excited to get sewing again! I'd love to make more Sewaholic Renfrews for work (and take better photos than I posted - sometimes I really can't take a good photo!).

I'm writing this from my phone through the Blogger app so I can't link to past posts and I have no idea where the photo is going to end up! It's just showing as an att…

Male Pattern Boldness Week!

So, over the summer I blogged that I went to Male Pattern Boldness Day and had a grand old time (and bought fabric I still haven't made into anything), but I've also had a Male Pattern Boldness Week of sorts!

The nice thing about being back in the city is you can go to fun events at the drop of a hat. And so it was that my cousin and I went to see Peter and Michael perform in Michael's "Noah's Very Unusual Insight" last Friday in the West Village. We had a great time!

We chatted with Peter a bit after his run as Dr. Lorna Gallo, and here I am feeling like a groupie:

Before this photo was taken, Peter mentioned he was looking to sell his beloved Pfaff 30 due to a lack of space in his apartment, and my cousin Kimberly was very much interested. I would have been too, but I don't have the space, either!

This led us to yesterday, when Kimberly and I went over to Peter's to take a look at the machine (check out Peter's post for the evidence!). It's defi…

De-peared: Sewaholic Renfrew Tops Galore

Helloooooooo! This is my first post coming to you live from New York. It's good to be back in the city, but it's been a busy few weeks!

I'm battling a cold right now, but I wanted to take the time to share 3 tops I made in December; they were all made using the brand new Renfrew pattern from Sewaholic Patterns! I was lucky enough to be selected as a pattern tester for this top and I wanted to end 2011 with a bang by sewing up all 3 versions.

Even though this pattern company caters to pear-shaped women, note that this pattern is very easy to alter for non-pear shapes, like me. As with other Sewaholic patterns, the instructions and diagrams are great. And the pattern pieces were stellar as well, it's so nice when markings match up!

Okay, so let's have a look, shall we?

First up, view A: the v-neck top with short sleeves. I made a size 4 at the bust/waist and size 0 at the hip. I'm actually one size smaller than the chart's size 0, but found that the fit was just …

Thinglink'ed Oona to the Rescue!

Looky here! Thanks to oonaballoona's thinglink (new favorite word) fun fest, I was finally able to figure out a way to create a gallery of my finished projects with a clickable link on each to their respective blog posts. Can't tell you how much I tried to use the minimal code knowledge I have to get this to work earlier in the year. My (slight?) OCD is happy that each photo is the same size hehe. Thanks, oona!

There are 10 finished garments from 2011 and 2 pre-blog garments from 2010. Haven't even gotten 'round to photographing my 2009 day? I've put these mini-mes in a "Finished Projects" tab at the top of the blog, and will add as I go along. Woohoo! Hopefully all the links go to the right posts, haven't tried that yet.

**I've got to say, I'm none too pleased with the tweed Beignet in the photograph below. The hem is the pits at the center front and some of the buttons aren't lined up properly with the buttonholes so the fa…

Giveaway Winner!

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It's time to announce the giveaway winner! I'm happy to share that Regina of Wylde Hills has won these 4 patterns. I wish you the best as you get back into blogging this year, your placemat hat is too cool! I've emailed you for the details.

This giveaway was such an intimate affair that I wish I could give something to each of you, but alas, everything is packed away at this point :( But I loved reading each of your favorite NYC places, keep 'em coming! Here's a round-up:

2 votes for the top of the Empire State Building
1 for Soho
1 for Harlem
1 for the Metropolitan Museum of Art
1 for the Chrysler Building (thanks ms. modiste for contributing even if not for the giveaway!)

Good stuff, good stuff. I can't wait to feature these places just as soon as I have something sewn up for them. And as soon as I have a place to sew them …