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I'm Samantha (Sam), a mechanical engineer, seamstress, crafter, & entrepreneur. Enjoy perusing photos of my sewing and craft-related adventures. I hope my blog brings inspiration and happiness to your day!

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sewing ‘the right way’

apple blossom dress in progress

I’ve been stitching away on a new sundress in anticipation of this weekend’s Belmont Stakes! I’ve never been to a horse race, but if anything justifies a new sundress, I think “horse race” is pretty high on the list. I can’t wait.

And, for once, the inside of this dress looks just about as good as the outside. I’ve been working harder to sew things “the right way”, inspired in no small part by The Great British Sewing Bee. I know I’m a bit late to the party, but if you are too: you must watch this show. It’s all on youtube, starting with episode 1 here. The season is only 4 episodes long, but I’m still completely blown away that there’s an entire show dedicated to stitching darts, easing sleeves, and bias binding.

The dress is done, but as I was searching for the fabric I managed to accumulate a giant pile of “next projects”. I feel like I could sew forever and never get bored. It’s a good feeling.

1 comment to sewing ‘the right way’

  • I love the British Sewing Bee too. ANd you’re right – it’s hard to believe there is a tv show dedicated to sewing. But I’ve learned a lot and been reminded of a lot too. I think they are in season 2 now…

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