• Weekend Sewing

    Wilder Blue Yonder

    Another week is upon us, and its already been a warm one! I have been cleaning and purging our little house while Mr. S finishes all the things that are left after you renovate an entire house over 4 years, and of course my favorite room to tidy is our shared office/ sewing space. I have mixed feelings on fabric stashes- I love being prepared, but hate storing things that are not in use! ( I’m still working that out as my sewing journey goes on.) When I started sewing, I chose very different fabrics than I do now. I was drawn to all the bold, colorful, printed fabric….while only…

  • Early Fall 2019 Stack

    No.1: A Crepe Slip Dress

    My goal with this specific stack of fabrics is to elevate the “momiform” (Mom + uniform) that I wear as a homeschooling mom. I do a few things outside of the house, and like most people I don’t often have time to change outfits. The first garment in this stack is the most transitional from summer to fall temperatures- which in my part of the world can cycle multiple times within a 24-hr period! Layering is key for comfort. When I thrifted this dusty rose poly-blend crepe a few months back I knew that I wanted to make something I would wear a LOT. The color is really versatile and…

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    Welcome!

    Hello and welcome to my first blog! I am so excited to be able to write about my sewing adventures ( alongside occasional misadventures) and share some sewing patterns and fabrics along the way. My name is Cortney Swayne. I have been sewing since December 2017, when my husband surprised me with a sewing machine for Christmas. From the size and shape of the box, I was certain I was getting a large kitchen mixing appliance (which I didn’t really want) so when I found a beautiful Janome inside, I started to cry. Haha! He was gifting me a creative outlet and a rest in the middle of raising our…

  • Early Fall 2019 Stack,  Seasonal Stacks

    Early Fall 2019 Stack

    We have had a lot of unseasonable rain and stormy weather so far this summer, but I don’t let the current temperatures influence my projects too much. I try to use the calendar dates to make my sewing plans. Ah, sewing plans…..My favorite! So, do I stick to a plan or do I allow for creative inspiration to strike? Well, Both! To avoid overwhelm or lack of focus, I plan a mini-capsule of 4-5 garments every 1-2 months. I don’t have hard and fast rules about the numbers or timeline or even specific garment categories, this is just the pace that works for me . It allows room for those…