I’m a stage manager with a professional theatre company on the central coast of California. Although my current job doesn’t require the substantial commute that my old job did, I still often feel like I have literally no time for anything! Having taken up sewing again recently (I had a basic knowledge from childhood, and then from college costuming courses), I was excited to discover a vibrant online community of people like me, finding time in their busy lives to just make something. This blog is my attempt to participate more actively in that community, and connect with people who also enjoy the crazy, frustrating, totally rewarding pastime of sewing. Because despite the fact that I work with a whole costume shop of people who sew for a living, everyone I know is totally surprised and shocked that I make clothes for fun in my no time!

  1. Just stumbled onto your blog and love your SSS posts! I’ll definitely be a regular reader from now on. Cheers! 🙂

  2. aleah said:

    Thanks! Yay, a regular 🙂

  3. J said:

    Great stuff!

  4. Ashley said:

    Hi Aleah! Just wanted to say that I came upon your blog today and it’s brilliant! I was actually trying to find the Simplicity 1916 pattern (the one you used for your Boden shirt – which I actually own :p) in order to make the basic wrap top pattern. I’m only a beginner, and in the early hours of learning to sew (I’m actually a professional singer/songwriter http://www.ashleyfayth.com and have had no experience with a sewing machine til this year) but your work is definitely inspiring! I, too, will be a regular! I look forward to seeing lots more (thought I’ll be feeling more than slightly jealous that your clothes are all so beautiful!!!) Well done. Keep it up. ash

  5. Viswa said:

    I love your blog.. So inspired to stitch

  6. blinkyblogset said:

    Aleah, I love your blog. It was one of the first ones I found. It became one of my top sewing blogs. It inspired me tremendously. Moving makes one a little crazy, & your sewing space is probably not set up as you like it yet. I know sewing can take a back seat when big things happen in our lives. I miss you so much though! Can you post how you are, your new space , fall sewing plans? Looking forward to sewing virtually with you again! ~Karen

    • Barbara said:

      Hi Aleah, I have made 7 of your messenger bags and would like to start a class here in north Texas on making the bags. Want to give you credit for creating one of the best bags I have seen and also some kind of commission or royalty for a pattern that I’m contemplating. Please contact me to discuss.

      Looking forward to hearing from you. Thanks.


  7. Kathy Russell said:

    Just stumbled on your blog. I’m so impressed with your sewing. I really want to learn to sew at your level. Which I noticed on Pattern Review says is an advanced beginner ! Any tips on how I can up my sewing level to be able to start making clothes, tops that are actually wearable ?

    • aleah said:

      Just keep sewing! Everything I learned about garment sewing, I learned from the internet. I learned to sew as a kid, but never clothes. I just made a lot of not great things, googled, read PR and blogs, and my stuff gradually got better! Also, fabric quality makes a big difference. If you can get fabric from somewhere other than JoAnn, it’ll be more like RTW fabric, easier to work with, and look better.
      And I should probably change my sewing level on PR, that was from about 4 years ago…

  8. tram nguyen said:

    Hi there. Please could you share what sewing machine you currently use, what did you start with, and maybe what you would love to have in the future?

  9. Elizabeth said:

    Aleah, you haven’t blogged in a long time. Hope all is well with you and family. Just wanted to say I think of you, miss your posts, and sending good vibes your way.

  10. Angela said:

    Hi, Aleah! I found your blog via a search for “diy messenger bags” on pinterest. Looking forward to trying out the pattern. Also, love your project shares! I am learning to sew and find all the views of your pictures (and tips and tricks) so helpful! If you share your projects anywhere else (instagram? facebook?) I would love to follow. Thanks so much!

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