Posts Tagged: sewing

Screw You, J. Crew

I just spent 45 minutes taking in a boxy thrift store denim shirt so that I could recreate a shirt I saw at J. Crew.

This is the face of a woman who just saved herself $90. Also this is the first post of my new blog called “Screw You, J. Crew,” wherein I just recreate their outfits out of stuff I find for almost free. Seriously, it’s a denim shirt. Give me a break.

Favorite Columbus Places: Sew to Speak


As any young or stylish crafter knows, it can be hard to find cool fabric. That is, fabric that doesn’t look like something you’d see on an Americana wall hanging. There’s definitely a time and a place for that sort of thing, but what about when you want something hip for your curtains, skirts, or pillows? Jo-Ann’s, despite formerly having “fabric” in their name, offers a really woeful lack of fabric diversity. So when I found Sew to Speak I was so excited, and then I promptly spent all of my savings on fabric.
Sew to Speak is an absolutely adorable tiny little shop in Clintonville. It’s packed with patterns for things you actually want to make and fabric you actually want to use. Whereas I tend to wander the aisles of Jo-Ann’s haphazardly, just looking for something I don’t hate, at Sew to Speak I love EVERYTHING. Last Christmas my boyfriend bought me fabric from here, and it was one of the best presents I’ve ever received (he gave me the fabric for the left pillow pictured above; I picked out the fabric on the right).
Here are some fat quarters I bought last week for some wall art I’m making.

If you’re looking to learn how to sew and you need some motivation, definitely stop in to Sew to Speak to pick up some cute fabric. Maybe it will inspire you, OR maybe you will just become a tragic fabric hoarder like me. But it’s really nice fabric, so who cares.
Also check out the Sew to Speak blog, where you can find lots of tutorials and ideas!