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Hello!  Yesterday, my boyfriend Dan and I were doing a photo shoot for some new vintage that I will be adding to the Whimsberry Etsy Store.  As I was going through the mass amount of new photos to delete the bad ones, I realized that this is a topic that should be discussed more in detail.  The good vs the bad photos. For any of you lovely readers that do not know me, I am a fashion designer and I own a small business, Whimsberry.  I am the CEO, the designer, the seamstress, one of the models, and occasionally the...

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Hello, and welcome to the very first Whimsberry sewing challenge!  I have been planning these challenges in my head for a very long time and I am overjoyed that the first one is actually here!  So again, hello, and thank you for reading.  If all goes well, we will be launching a sewing challenge on the first of every month for the rest of the year! Yay! Exciting! For this first challenge, I received a lot of feedback that it should be easy for both of us.  A test of sorts to see what can be done.  I thought, and thought,...

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Black Lives Matter, Colors, Equality, Free Artwork, Quotes, Vintage style not vintage values -

Lately as I lie about the house, as we do, scrolling through Instagram and Facebook, I am saddened by the declining number of calls to action I see on my feed.  Particularly those pertaining to the Black Lives Matter movement. I learned of the above quote while listening to a book by Jodi Picoult; Small Great Things.  The book opens with this solid and extrospective quote, and in the middle of sewing I had to stop and write it down.  As you can see by the images in this post, it has stayed with me for longer than that moment.   The...

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African Print, Ankara, Colors, Design, Fabric, sewing, Textiles -

This last year, I found myself in a store in Hawaii holding a rather large handful of Ankara print garments. As I wandered the store shopping for Hawaiian floral prints, I was stopped in all directions by the hints of this beautiful fabric popping out amongst the other slightly more muted textiles hanging throughout the store. Without thinking I ran about exclaiming “ooh’s” and “aah’s”, so excited and amazed at my luck. As my shopping time went on I began to hear the voice in my head that issued hints of doubt. Was it culturally ok for me to wear...

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apparel design, crafts, pattern drafting, pinup, sewing, sewing tutorials, vintage, whimsberry -

I am currently sitting (sigh) in front of my TV, with a delicious beer from the Rogue Tiki collection waiting to be open by my side, and I AM TIRED.  I am a nine to fiver, I have a day job.  Think Dolly Parton with smaller boobs and a lot less unwanted advances from my male co-workers!  Think coffee, loads of coffee and perpetually running late while trying to be on time.  Think lunch, from the same place, every single day.  Ha!  It's true, I'm just like you!  Unless you are super cool and don't have to work, and in that case my hat is off to you.  Please, tell me all of your secrets.

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