The Flora Modiste Sewing Projects: An Introduction
When I first wrote this post introducing The Flora Modiste sewing projects (almost 2 years ago now!) the intention of the series was to teach you how to sew all different kinds of construction details. (While in the process of sewing up some sweet, easy sewing projects for myself!)
Because--I've said it before, and I'll say it again--the only way to learn how to sew is by doing it. Whether you're working on easy sewing projects or difficult ones.. You will always be learning something new, or some new technique. It's the beauty of sewing.
With The Flora Modiste sewing project series, my goal has always been to design easy sewing projects that don't seem impossibly difficult to create. And to sew up pieces that I would actually wear on a weekly basis. (Rather than just creating something so unique & difficult I would never wear it--Except maybe once a year.)
I want these sewing projects to seem attainable--Like "hey, I think I can do that!"
Because once you see a project that seems out of your skillset, I feel like it is SO easy to just shut it down and give up before even starting. (I've done that myself, tbh.) And I feel like this is an easy concept to forget.. But a project doesn't have to be difficult to be rewarding.
Easy sewing projects (like those we have covered here in our sewing project series) seriously give me so much joy to wear. (And I think you can see that when I'm wearing the projects.) Which I hope in turn inspires you to have the confidence to sew up your own pieces!
Think of it this way. What is the one question that people ask you & it seems like the ultimate compliment?
It could be one of your girlfriends saying: "Have you been running more lately?" And in your mind, you're thinking: "Wow, keeping up with exercising must be paying off!" Or: "What moisturizer have you been using?" And to you, that means: "Making the effort with my skin really is worth it."
Or, similarly, in my case: "Where did you get that dress?" (Really, I love any variation of that question: "Where did you get that dress/blouse/bag/etc. etc.")
While it might not be an important question to most people, I seriously love when people ask me this and I'm wearing something I made myself. Because there is such a rewarding feeling when someone sees a piece you made and believes it to be made at the hands of a professional.
To be able to say, "I actually cut & sewed up this little beauty myself."
After saying that, most people are so incredibly baffled. You can't help but smile and feel strong, empowered. Because who doesn't like feeling strong and creatively empowered? Said no one ever: "I wish I wasn't as creatively empowered." No.
So, that's really my goal with The Flora Modiste sewing project series. To get you feeling confident enough to sew up & wear your very own creations. Whether you're at the point of starting with easy sewing projects or are hesitant to move on to the more difficult ones.. I'm hoping this series will truly help & inspire you.
With each post on a new sewing project, I go into why I chose the design, as well as the different details for why it's unique and a project worthy of your little sewing fingers. In addition, I go over my fabric choice, and why it's the best option for that project, IMHO. I also go over any challenges I faced with the project, and how you can avoid them in your own work.
Oh, and I will also show you how to sew some up of the more complicated details, using specific construction sewing techniques that have worked for me. (From an absolute beginner's view, mind you.) All in plain, conversational English. With clear, beautiful, full color photos.
Furthermore, I'm even working on turning a select few of the monthly project designs in to actual sewing patterns that will be up for sale! And we actually just released the very first sewing pattern & DIY kit over the summer..
Not only can you sew the original Dany Sheath using the sewing pattern, but you can also sew The Dany Two Piece--Made up of the cutest little crop top & high waisted skirt. The Dany truly is such a diverse sewing project, which is one of the reasons why I chose it for our very first commercial sewing pattern.
While the sheath dress is a perfectly easy sewing project ideal for beginners.. The two piece is a bit more of a challenge--Ideal for the girl with a little more sewing experience. Above all, what I really, truly want this sewing project series to prove to you is that you can create beautiful pieces at home.
To feel confident that you don't need to buy some cheap, fast fashion piece from Forever21 or H&M to look good. Rather, you can sew your own clothes all by yourself, all while increasing your skill set. (And your patience.)
And finally! If looking for some sewing inspo, I've picked out my 5 favorite sewing projects from the past few years:
- The Dany (Both the sheath dress & the matching two piece!)
- The Emma Skirt
- The Stone Trouser
- The Louisa Midi
- The Clark Crop Pant
And the sewing tutorials that we covered with each project include:
- The Dany: How to sew with stripes. (Because no one likes mismatched stripes!)
- The Emma: How to sew pleats properly. (Def our most popular sewing tutorial to date.)
- The Stone: How to sew a double welt pocket. (I seriously love my pockets you guys.)
- The Louisa: How to sew a button. (Perhaps the most basic & useful sewing tutorial you could ask for!)
- The Clark: How to sew belt loops. (Because everyone needs a belt once in a while.)
However, that's just a taste of what we have covered with The Flora Modiste sewing project series over the years. While the series has been placed on a bit of a hold the last few months (due to The Dany sewing pattern & DIY kit launch!) my hope is to get back to our monthly sewing projects & tutorials here soon.
Are there any easy sewing projects you would like to see? Or any sewing tutorials you have been dying to learn? Comment below and let me know!