Since I've opened a business in my hometown area back in October, I've been really lucky to meet wonderful people who have become customers and friends. My goal, all along, has been to create a space where people feel welcome and comfortable to come and learn a craft that I love so much, and more… Continue reading Community Over Competition (NJ sewing studios if you don’t live close to Brielle)
I'm a pretty lucky gal. Thanks to the power of social media, I've been able to make so many new friends over the past few years that love sewing and making as much as I do. Whether it's a seamstress in London or a crocheter in Australia, I have been able to widen my circle… Continue reading Sewists I admire: Jo of the Unfinished Seamstress
Holy Moses! I can't believe it's already December and Old Spool has been open for just over 2 months already. It still feels like a dream every day I get to unlock the door at 609 Higgins Ave #3 and step into my colorful little studio. I'm so grateful for the countless new people I've… Continue reading Old Spool After School End of 2018 recap!
A few weeks ago I finally was able to invite my family and friends over to the studio for a studio-warming party and a special Stitched viewing party! Because the TV show I was a contestant on is a Canadian based show and we're hanging out down here in good ol' New Jersey most of… Continue reading A Stitched Viewing and Studio Warming Party
Sometimes we all crave a quick and fun little project that let's us get the creativity moving and grooving just a little bit. You know the kind: "I don't really want to make a huge mess" (that rules out making those delicious 20 ingredient cookies you saw on Pinterest...) or that "I have a free afternoon, what… Continue reading Fa-la-la-llama! A Felt Sewing Pattern and Instructions for your Holiday Crafting Delight
So, everything about the Fast Fashion Industry generally stinks. Like, big heaping piles of waste water tinged with local sewage and lots of garbage STINKS. Yes, there are some companies that do “the green thing” and have begun including textile recycling drop offs in store (looking at you, H&M) or “upping their commitment to sustainability”… Continue reading Fast Fashion and Why it Sucks Part 3
And we’re back! Ok guys, I know this subject is a buzzkill. There’s no real happy way to talk about bad things except to get through it and then offer a solution at the end. Like fighting with your roommates, you need to get all the negative stuff out on the table so you both… Continue reading Fast Fashion and Why it Sucks Part 2
Fast fashion. It’s a term we’ve all heard used to describe the type of clothing that comes into our lives like a speeding freight train and exits much in the same manner.Each of us has purchased fast fashion and can easily identify different brands that fall within this descriptor. Fashion alone is an interesting and… Continue reading Fast Fashion and Why it Sucks Part 1
Back in June, thanks to my cheerful sewing bud/student Mandy who is always up for anything, I attended one of Madalynne Intimates’ sewing workshops in funky ol’ Philadelphia, PA. As someone who teaches sewing to others, I really love having the chance to learn new techniques or gain more knowledge about an aspect of the garment sewing… Continue reading Bra Making with Madalynne, my experience this Summer
So, you find yourself intrigued by the world of sewing your own clothing. What a vast, magical and slightly intimidating jungle of possibilities sits before you! You think to yourself: Where to start? What to make? Do I take a class? Do I just wing it? Good god, why are all these people going on… Continue reading A beginners sewing guide to #sewingthescene with inspiration and pattern picks!