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Fabric Shopping in Chicago | A mini guide

What do you do when you are in an unfamiliar city where you don’t know anyone, hundreds of miles away from home?

Why, you find the nearest fabric shop, of course!

This is exactly what I did when I was travelling to a conference in Chicago in May 2018.  I have been dreaming of going to America for a very long time, but for various reasons, it took so long for me to get there for the very first time. An architect friend who used to live in America once told me that it’s the most beautiful city in the States (her views, please don’t get up in arms!), so I was particularly excited to start my American adventures here.

Spoiler alert: I loved it, though it took me a bit to get acclimatised to the ‘bigger is better’ way that applies to just about everything over there.

Before I left, I did a bit of research to find some local fabric shops, but I could not find a lot of blogs with recommendations. There are of course Yelp and Google listings, but I wanted to get some views from sewing people. I also asked questions on IG and stalked #chicagosews tag, but not a lot of luck until the very last minute (read on for the whole story).

So, although I only visited two shops, they were something else, and I just had to write a post and save my impressions for other visitors.

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Pattern Stash Organising? Now there’s an app for that! | App review

How big is your pattern stash?

Wait, is this a rude question?

Well, I don’t mind showing you mine, but I genuinely have no idea how big it is. Or what I really have in it. I am a glutton for sugar, fabric and patterns, not necessarily in that order. So I binge, on fabric (like my upcoming trip to Abakhan in Bolton with my friend Simona from Sewing Adventures in the Attic – quivering with anticipation!), on Burda Magazines, PDF patterns, paper patterns, on cake, you name it. Problem is that I end up with a ginormous fabric stash, a massive patterns collection and a few inches on my thighs.

And although I have no answer to the latter problem, I recently found a solution for my pattern collection management.

It is, of course, an app, what else? Please allow me to elaborate…

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La Maison Victor UK issue #1 | Sewing Magazine Review

I’m not one for the regular sewing magazines, as I never actually have the patience to actually read the content. The only ones that do attract me are the pattern magazines. I do love Burda, with all its limitations, and I feel I get so much for my money because of the tons of free patterns, but they also have such great styling and photography. To be honest, I had seen other pattern magazines, like Ottobre, but I was never convinced, they just did not catch my imagination in the same way. Though I keep an open mind and I am quite curious about other options out there.

So, I kept hearing about this Belgian sewing magazine, called La Maison Victor, on French sewing blogs and sometimes here and there in the UK ones. And lo and behold, it’s now landed in the UK as well. So off I went to check it out for myself and write a review for you guys.

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[Review] Mastering Construction – Zippers & Waistbands (Craftsy class)

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After a fairly productive week of sewing, I had a beautiful pair of pink culottes to show you. Unfortunately, I wore them to work on Friday and managed to spill something down the front and they were no longer blog pictures worthy. So I am changing the tactic and bringing you the review of the class that gave me some very useful tips to make said culottes.

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