MS Episode 017:: chatting with Maggie Whitley of Caroline Made and Gussy Sews


{Handmade Business in 31 Days: series recap}

Featured Blogger:: Sew Caroline

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 I love finding a blog that makes you feel like you really could rule the world of making your own awesome clothes. Doesn’t everyone? Well I feel that way when I visit Caroline’s blog, Sew Caroline. I love how she makes her clothes look so effortless to make. Let’s take a look at some of her posts and patterns.

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 The Out and About dress if a pattern for anyone. Knits are not as scary as you might think. Trust me they aren’t. I treat them like cotton half of the time. Pattern pieces aren’t scary either. Promise you. The awesome thing about indy patterns are how much information they have as opposed to those from big pattern companies… at least that is my opinion. This dress can be long or short, sleeves or not. SO many variations will make it your go to dress.

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She also has a ebook called Sew A Skirt which will help you learn how to make a skirt that will custom fit you. You will take your measurements and Caroline will guide along in the ebook on how to apply those measurements to making your own custom fit skirt. Pretty cool huh? It is so nice to have a pattern like this because once you learn those basics it makes it so much easier to look at other patterns and apply what you learned.

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I talked a little about how excited I am for the release of the tank dress pattern. I love that it is something I can throw on and head to the pool or dress out up and wear it out. I think I will make mine a little longer than pictured here because I still end up carrying my little one around and let us be honest… flashing people as a momma is something we try to avoid. Ya hear me? Yea your kids can really embarrass you sometimes. Anyways… I will let you guys know when she releases this pattern. It will be soon I think.

And that is her studio I talked about as well on the podcast. I love it. I have to say my space is not that bright and I am so envious of all of that light. And the desk is super cute too.

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Who looks at Anna Maria Horner fabric and think oh my gosh what a cute coat that would make? Well I don’t usually think that way instead I think about how could I use her velveteen to be honest. I love how Caroline used it to make an Uptown Coat. Totally adorable. I want one so bad. I think my girls would cry for their own too.

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And Caroline will be on a Sew it All making her Chevron Ombre Tote.  How exciting.

Now for the fun… as if all of that up there isn’t enough inspiration. Caroline is also one of Art Gallery Fabrics Limited Edition fabric lines called Gleeful. Let’s check it out too.

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There are 8 prints in all which will be printed on Art Galleries awesome Pima Cotton. Yea totally cool. They will hit stores in July 2014 and once it is gone it is gone. It will not be printed again. It is truly limited.

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And the above prints will be Knit (the first two pictured above) and Voile (the last pictured above). I am so excited about that. I think you could make so many things with these as well as the others. I can’t wait to see what Caroline will create with these.

Stay tuned because we will have a pattern giveaway soon for one of Caroline’s patterns! In the meantime check out SewCaroline.

GIVEAWAY:: A Pen and Paint Sewing BUNDLE!

Remember when I had Lindsay from Pen and Paint on the Modern Sewciety Podcast? She was that sweet, southern artist who paints and draws the most amazing stuff. Yes the one with that awesome logo. Yep her. Well Lindsay said she wanted to do a giveaway and I said awesome. Well when she sent me what she wanted to give to you guys I squealed for you! It is an amazing Sewing Bundle all from the fabulous Pen & Paint Shop.

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The giveaway includes $70 of Pen & Paint goodies: a 5×5 original painting, a set of “happiness is handmade” note cards, a set of “sew happy” mini cards, and two sewing machine 8×10 art prints.



 a 5×5 original painting, a set of “happiness is handmade” note cards

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a set of “sew happy” mini cards

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and two sewing machine 8×10 art prints (above and below)

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There will be one winner… yea so ONE LUCKY person will get all of the above sewing themed AWESOMENESS from Pen and Paint. WOW!

Okay so enter below on the rafflecopter and GOOD LUCK!

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I love Erin from House on Hill Road. She is so full of inspiration. She posted this question about how do you organize your fabric (and had a giveaway which is now closed. SORRY!). But you should go check out the comments. So cool. I love to get into others people’s minds and thoughts and how they do things. I think it is so much fun that we are all different but share one love, FABRIC!!!!!!!!




I am dying for envy!!!!!!!!!!! All of those random blocks in her awesome fabric lines. TOTALLY AH MAZ ING! I think that quilt makes me so happy. I just love it so so so much. Go check it out on Camille’s blog.



Okay if you don’t follow @katykristin on instagram you need to. She posted this and I am so loving how simple that space is AND look at the ceiling. LOVE. And the headboard. LOVE and the union jack. LOVE. Also go take a peek at her etsy shop, katy girl designs!




Okay… Gotta cheer on my girl, Susan. She was on the shark tank podcast. You guys she is the sweetest person ever. I really just want those moccasins for me. Ya hear me girl? lol Go listen here on Stitchr.



Darcy, of Slow Sew Society blog, might not like this but I had to share. I put out a call for help with making quilts for the Zeller family. Darcy had this already made and asked if she could send it. Oh my goodness it is Heather Bailey!!!! I love me some Heather Bailey. So instead of giving her my address we got the details worked out and it should be to them soon. Thank you so much Darcy! you can also find Darcy on instagram @darcychildress



Oh Pioneer Woman how I love you. She posted that she made these Pancake Mini Muffins and I thought man that is a good way to use up that extra batter. Genius I tell ya. I think my kids would love these in the mornings. It is so hard to get them to eat breakfast!



Erin, from House on Hill Road, at it again! Look at what she made with Made by Rae’s new pattern, Josephine and Anna Maria Horner’s (LOVE her) Rayon Challis. Perfection. I need one stat.



Iowa Girl Eats gets me with her Friday Favorites. She makes me so hungry with every post! My oldest daughter is loving general tso’s chicken these days. I think I am going to try this homemade, healthier version from Bakeaholic. Oh and you need to check out Iowa Girl Eats – that is not the only thing I took a screen shot of from her Friday Favorites. Oh my.

Okay you are welcome. Go be inspired. I know I am…. and I am hungry too. Who wouldn’t be after that picture up there!!!!!

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