The Willow Tank (& Dress) Pattern from Grainline studio is a classic, slightly a-frame tank top perfect for summers and for layering under sweaters in cooler weather.
This was my second pattern from Grainline, the first being a simple shopping tote bag. I love that they do in-depth blog sew-a-long posts, which were helpful for a mega beginner like myself. I’ve now sewn five of these tanks (yes, you read that right) in slightly different variations, notes below.
SYWTTA does a great job distilling current social issues, such as Black Lives Matter, apoliticism, and mail-in voting into key talking points. Great for sharing and starting constructive conversations, especially with friends or family.
At the start of the movement in June, the organizers were quick to have meaningful discussions with big brands in the maker space (think: Mood Fabrics, Brother). Every Monday, they feature a Black maker with Q&As about their stories and advice.
I love that Animal Crossing has its own niche on Instagram – this account showcases a Harry Potter themed island full of creative ideas. Note: I do not agree with JK Rowlings views. However, I believe the HP world is so much more than the author, so I continue to support the fans and community.
Rothy’s is on a roll this year with new styles – first with their summer ready sandals (reviewed here) and now with their latest sneaker addition, the Lace Up. With a classic, slightly retro profile, I decided to try them in Bright White. Like the Sandals, these are noticeably different from their prior styles (yes, even the Sneakers) – here are my initial thoughts so far.
When we moved into our new place almost a year ago, one of our first new purchases was an area rug for our living room. We ended up buying a Ruggable, as we were intrigued by the fact that it was machine washable.
And now, Ruggable has their Anniversary Sale through the 27th with many popular styles 15% off, including the one we purchased. So, I figured this would be as good a time as any to review our experience so far.
While none of my projects are “perfect”, they are perfectly wearable and I’ve learned a lot from the so-called “imperfections”. I do plan to review some of the more popular patterns separately since I’ve made multiple variations, but wanted to summarize a few lessons learned that can be applied to any project. I hope these are useful for anyone who is also on the beginner sewing train like I am.