Sewing Classes at A Fashionable Stitch!

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Hey hey friends! And how are you all? How’s the new year treating you? I already feel like it’s gonna be a good year for me, I feel like I’ve finally learned some things that will help me keep my life simpler and happier.  Not that I’ve been unhappy, but I’ll tell you what–it hit me recently that I have anxiety. It runs in my fam, so I guess I should have seen it before now, but I just didn’t. I guess because I’m high-functioning?  But I realized that I feel an unnecessary and probably abnormal amount of worry and stress over things that are no big deal. It’s not that I don’t like doing things that cause me stress (they’re often very fulfilling!), but I sometimes it’s a rocky road getting there. Lately I’ve been learning about mindfulness, which essentially is the practice of focusing on one simple thing at a time to avoid feeling overwhelmed and stressed. It’s helping me.  I say this because I’m also learning how to embrace the things in my life that bless me and my family and make me happier, and drop the rest.  Blogging is a wonderful blessing to me, but only if I keep it a rather marginal aspect. I so love sharing with like-minded creative friends the things that I’m working on and that really ring my bell, and so I’m truly grateful I have this outlet. But if I get too involved, too busy, too distracted or just compare myself too much at all to others then I get depressed, and that’s the truth.  On the other hand, if keep it minimal i.e. slow i.e. sporadic and spaced, then it’s fun and rewarding which is why I love it.

Speaking of doing things that make me happy, I’m going to be teaching sewing classes at my lovely friend Sunni’s new brick and morter shop A Fashionable Stitch! Some of you know that Sunni just bought what was Yellow Bird Fabrics in SLC, and when she heard that I was interested in teaching again, she asked me step on as a teacher there!  I’m so excited!  I love teaching, and teaching sewing and stuff that I love is even better.  For February I’ll be teaching a (4 week) kid’s beginning [hand] sewing class,  hand printing, and clothing refashioning! I’m so pumped about each of them, they’re going to be awesome. To read more in depth class descriptions and check out pricing, dates and whatever else, see Sunni’s classes page.

The hand printing class will be a 2 hour class similar to the one I taught at Sewing Summit–you’ll learn all the tools and  materials, carving/printing techniques and applications,  and then we’ll do it together. This class was a BLAST, and I anticipate more of that awesomeness.  

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I can’t even wait for this class, I LOVE me some refashioning. We’ll learn what to look for when considering a refashion, all the ins and outs (the short cuts and extra mile fitting techniques), and then we’ll do some fashion sketching and refashioning magic together. mad mim_sewing lessons at a fashionable stitch_03

I’ve wanted to teach a children’s beginning sewing class forever, and I’m really so excited for this! This class will be the very first introduction to sewing for little kiddies who can’t keep their paws out of your sewing stuff. It will cover all the basic s(threading, cutting, pinning, gathering, running stitch, whip stitch, buttons, patterns etc.), and my goal is for the kids to gain the skills to dream up and execute sewing projects independently (within reason), and be inspired and confident to do so.  They’ll come home with several adorable projects and their very first set of patterns. mad mim_sewing lessons at a fashionable stitch_04Exciting right?? I’m still considering what other classes I’ll teach, but for March I’m thinking How to Sew a Tshirt, and How to Draft and Sew a Maxi Skirt. In the future also look for a beginning [sewing machine] sewing class for kids, and Sewing a Hobby Horse class for sure.  Anything you’d like to learn from me? Let me know! And I’d love to see some of you at my classes this month!

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True Bias

How fun! I am planning a trip out there this summer to visit family. Maybe if dates allign I can take a class. I’d love to take the printing class with my sister.

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carey

Congrats on taking an opportunity to do something you love–that is so important! Just wish I lived close enough to take advantage of you sharing your talents!

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Kristin H

Oh, those all sound like fabulous classes! I wish California weren’t so far away from Utah! Side notegk: my college roommate owned Yellowbird fabric. Amy is the reason I sew, sounds like Sunni is taking Amy’s idea to 11. Exciting!!

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maddie

Being mindful is really important, especially when things get chaotic and hectic.Glad you’re starting the year off well and I wish I lived closer so I could attend one of your classes!

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Susanne

Teaching sewing classes sounds fun! Wish I lived closer (as in a couple 1000 km closer ;-)) so I could attend your hand printing class. I will have to print some black dots on red jersey in the very near future – I have carving tools (from my school days – we did wood carving in 12th grade Art class – you’ll see one of the results once i get to snap some pics of my drawings and paintings at my parents house – I am actually thinking I’ll do a little Art hashtag on Instagram) and I have fabric paint but I am unsure what material to use to carve the stamp or if maybe stenciling would be easier for this particular project. BTW I need this for two ladybug costumes for the upcoming carnival (this is sort of like Halloween in the US but not to be confused with the carnival in Brazil – a good example would be carnival in Cologne, Germany) – I just couldn’t find any red jersey with black dots – lots of red with white, yellow, orange or even blue dots but no black… So I settled on hand printing but now I am a little in doubt about how to go about it.
Greets, Susanne

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Miriam

Oh you got this!! I love cheapo erasers for carving, but depending on the size of polka dots you need, you may be able to use the eraser from a pencil? You could also use craft foam, cardboard or even a potato (go old school;)! Stenciling would also be a really easy option, but if I were you I would definitely stick to printing it’s faster! If you ever DO end up 1000 km closer, I would love to see you in class, but if you ever have questions just email I’d love to help! xo

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Jessica @ Running Wi

I like to have the same relationship with my blog…if it gets too big of a priority it becomes a monster in my life. I love the genuine aspect of blogging that is for creative fulfillment and not to make a buck, so I’m glad you’ll still share your stuff!
I wish I lived closer to SLC to take some of your classes, your printing and Sunni’s fitting classes from Sewing Summit were my top 2 classes from the whole event! How fun you’ve teamed up!

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Miriam

Jessica THANK YOU so much for saying that, that really means a lot to me. And yes, balancing a blog and real life can be so tricky, but I think I’m getting better at it (or wait, maybe not cause I’ve sort of just not been blogging! Lol, oh well, what will be will be! xo

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jen

Now if you can just whip up a few online courses (in your spare few seconds) I am TOTALLY there. All the courses sound fabulous, i would love to take them. I am actually starting a college clothing production course in a week so am super excited for that. But i am sure yours would run rings and everything else around it 🙂 Plus i would love my kids to do your course, you would be pretty damn inspirational to my lttlies, as you are to me.
Good luck with it all honey… Lots of love xx

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Miriam

Are you kidding, a clothing production course sounds AMAZING!! Wish I could take it with you! Thanks for your sweet comment, it’s really hard for me to put myself out there, and positive feedback means so much, thank you!! xo

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heather e

Glad you’ve figured out things that work for you to make your life happier for everyone. Life is a tricky balance! I used to live by Yellowbird fabrics. Dang it! Good luck on your classes!

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jen

I totally wish i could do your courses. Judging by your tute you will be a fabulous teacher! How is it all going? Can you possibly arrange online course, thanks, great, of course you have enough time…ITS TOTALLY DOABLE! I did try writing a comment weeks ago but the ether swallowed my hilariously witty comment. Instead you’ll have to cope with this one 🙂
Soooooo, i made your arm pincushion last night!! Its awesome (she says)! I started my course a few weeks ago and its a requirement to have one, there have been stories of pins in mouth being inhaled = emergency, doing the rounds! So instead of the standard plastic piece o’shit i have some luminous retro flowers to keep me company! Go me, and yes GO YOU! Lots of love xxx

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Madeline

These just look so fun! I think the refashioning class would be my favorite – it is far and away my favorite kind of sewing (you would probably be shocked at how long it’s been since I used a pattern for anything.)

I have anxiety that comes and goes. When I was pregnant with Simone and we were trying to sell our home in Texas and move back to Utah, it got really bad. I found myself going to bed earlier and earlier at night just so I didn’t have to ruminate in all my intense thoughts. I even had a panic attack while speaking with the home inspector about a minor repair we needed to do before the house could sell. It was a very scary feeling. Luckily, I feel much more even these days. Being mindful sounds like the perfect thing to combat it. Hope you stay on top of it all! I am sure you will.

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Emily

I like your thoughts about anxiety. I certainly feel its a family issue and something I have to work through, but I think its pretty common too. For example, going to a new church group on Sunday, and the fact that people take awhile to warm up to you, I think can be attributed to anxiety. Now how much, how one feels it, and to what levels, that differs a whole lot. People that I would never guess, get panic attacks. Thanks for having the courage to talk about it.
Your pics are beautiful. Looks so fun. Also I love the light hearted, fresh pics of twinkle in her butterfly wings shirt!

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