I’ve made a number of cool sewing purchases lately, and I thought my fellow sewing friends might be interested in what’s come into my possession. So I’ve vlogged about it!

I’ve wanted to vlog for a while, but I never was happy with my camera situation. Well, that’s changed (I talk about it in my vid!), and I’m excited for yet another way to connect with you on the Internets.

In this approximately 23-minute video, you will discover:

• Which indie-pattern designer I think would make a great hostage negotiator
• How one T-shirt combines three of my favorite things
• Why I decided to start paying for a popular sewing community membership

Not to mention I get candid about the future of Sie macht and the new skills I’m working on to achieve a big goal! (Spoiler: It does not involve a four-year blogging hiatus.)

Please check out the vlog and let me know what you think! Following are links to all the stuff I mention in the video:

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Closet Case Patterns Sew Your Dream Jeans online class

Lauren Dahl’s Creating PDF Patterns: From Sketch to Sale online class
In case you didn’t know, Lauren Dahl is the blogger/designer behind Baste + Gather, which released the popular Birkin flares jeans pattern.

Metric Pattern Cutting for Women’s Wear by Winifred Aldrich

Friends of Pattern Review membership details

McCall’s 6696 shirtdress pattern

Summer of the shirtdress Instagram challenge details
The hashtag is #sewtogetherforsummer. The ringleaders are @rocco.sienna, @sewsarahsmith, and @sewing_in_spain.

My Wardrobe Architect series:
Wardrobe Architect Part 1: Getting personal about wardrobe planning
Wardrobe Architect Part 2: My silhouettes, colors, and beauty
Part 3 is coming soon!

Helen’s Closet blog post about shirtdresses

Deer&Doe Hoya blouse

Maker Valley “Sew A Needle Pulling Thread” T-shirt

Canon EOS Rebel T5i
I bought I refurbished T5i from my local camera shop.

Old-school Canon Rebel commercial from early ’90s featuring Andre Agassi… just because
Since buying the Rebel, there have been A LOT of jokes at my house about Andre Agassi’s Rebel spokesmullet.

Behind the scenes: Another reason I decided to vlog this week

Getting a new camera was a great reason to vlog this week (obvs). But a video wasn’t my first choice for content. I actually planned to blog about making leggings for Project #SewMyStyle.

My plans changed when my mom, who is fighting cancer, was hospitalized this past weekend. She recently had radiation on her brain, and it’s kicked her butt. I don’t want to share too many details, because it’s my mom’s personal health story and I respect her privacy.

When I watch this vlog, all I can see is how tired I look. I’m long winded anyway, but I think exhaustion made me ramble more than normal. For example, I COULD NOT say the model of my new camera. It took me about two minutes to get it right-ish. That’s why the editing around that part of the vid isn’t great. (Plus YouTube Video Editor isn’t the greatest; I don’t have proper video-editing software yet.)

I have a lot on my mind, and it shows. Please keep my mom and my family in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you.

I will have a leggings post for your next week!