September Must Be Sewing Month

It’s got to be. We can count at least three (yes, three) sewing books coming out the day after Labor Day. There’s Sew Subversive: Down and Dirty DIY for the Fabulous Fashionista by Melissa Rannels, Melissa Alvarado and Hope Meng; Sew U: The Built by Wendy Guide to Making Your Own Wardrobe by apparel designer Wendy Mullin, and In Stitches: More than 25 Simple and Stylish Sewing Projects by Mullin’s quilting counterpart, Amy Butler.

Since they’re all slated to come out Sept. 5, publishers must think once that holiday is over, we’ll collectively be pulling out our Viking Husqvarnas, Berninas, and Elnas for a little machine stitching. Sewing must be what knitting and crochet was a little more than a year ago. The new, hot hobby. What’s particularly fascinating is how cool it is to sew your own garments. Making your own dress? Hah, that hasn’t been popular since the 1970s. Sure, plenty of people have been sewing clothes in the recent years, but now it’s downright trendy, even a bit naughty as one abovementioned book title suggests. We think a large part of it has to do with the widespread popularity of the reality show Project Runway – more art students who want to be fashion designers, according to a recent USA Today article. But if you’re going to be on Project Runway, you need to learn how to use the industrial sewing machine as one contestant learned the hard way. Machines used to crank out t-shirts, blouses and pants by the millions are different mammals from their home equivalents. Now we interrupt this blog to return to wasting our time on Pattern Review.