Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Lots of News from the Sewing Front!

Warm autumn greetings, friends and fellow sewing enthusiasts! There is quite a bit to report from my own personal sewing front, so here's a post that's just dedicated to the goings-on of Iron City Upcyclery lately.

First of all, today marks the official U.S. release of The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook, featuring a fun little project by yours truly! This awesome how-to book promises to be a really great hands-on resource for people who want to teach themselves how to sew, especially those who are interested in learning to creatively alter commercial patterns into one-of-a-kind designs. The projects range from "easy" to "difficult," so there really is something for every sewist in there. I'm very excited to receive my copy, which is on its way to me as I type this. If you're curious about what my book project looks like, you can check out my old blog post about it! The book is available now at many independent bookstores in the craft/DIY section, or online through Indie Bound, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble. Check it out and get sewing!

The other big piece of news is that my family and I relocated over the summer from the Iron City (Pittsburgh) to the breathtakingly green forests of Cascadia (Portland, Oregon, to be exact!). This means that my home-based Iron City Upcyclery sewing studio is now operating on the West Coast, yes, but I'm remaining true to my roots (and my namesake) by continuing to offer new pieces at Pageboy Boutique in Pittsburgh each season, so if you're in the area, stop in there to see what the city's best locally-owned, environmentally-friendly, and incredibly fashion-savvy clothing boutique has to offer you!

So here we are, back in Oregon. As I reconfigure my home sewing space in our cheery little Portland apartment, I have been finding out about all kinds of great local sewing communities and resources for people like me. My favorite so far has been the open studio at PDX Seamsters, where I can sew without distractions while taking advantage of huge table spaces, multiple steam irons that are always ready to use, and a top-notch Pfaff sewing machine that runs on all cylinders. There are even bins of free vintage fabric scraps and used commercial patterns to dig through. A sewing nerd's dream!

As I continue to sew new pieces for my beloved venues in Pittsburgh (Pageboy) and Cincinnati (Fabricate), I am also keeping an eye out for an opportunity to offer my designs at a local shop in Portland. I'll keep everyone posted if this happens! Fingers crossed...

Enjoy the gorgeous autumn leaf colors wherever you might be, and thanks for visiting! Check back soon for photos of the first batch of dresses made here in my new home!


  1. That is so exciting that one of your projects is going to be published in a book! Congrats! I can't wait to see it.

  2. Thank you, Loni! I wanted to tell you that I read the article about your own sewing pieces in the upcycled couture magazine -- amazing work, friend!