The Pinup Seamstress — sewing

60's Sewing Challenge - Sew and Tell of The Queen's Gambit

60's Sewing Challenge - Sew and Tell of The Queen's Gambit

**11/27/20 UPDATES: Vintage reproduction patterns can be used and yes, this challenge is world wide, anyone can join!!! **

Hello!

Welcome to the first post in our December sewing challenge.  We are taking the time to announce the challenge early in this post, because this challenge is going to take a little bit more time and a few more steps.  This challenge will officially launch on Monday, December 1, 2020.

Also, this month we are excited to start a new theme to our challenge that we like to call the Sew and Tell, and we are SO (SEW) excited to launch and sew...


How to Remove Sticker Labels from Ankara Fabric - An Easy Tutorial

How to Remove Sticker Labels from Ankara Fabric - An Easy Tutorial

Hello and welcome back!  If you have been following this blog, you may remember a post that I wrote a while back about sewing with Ankara fabrics!  Well, since I published that post, I have become the proud hunter, purchaser and owner of some amazing Ankara/African Wax Print Fabrics.

I love them, I longingly look at them when I walk past them in my hall.  I draw up designs to use them on.  But until today, I have been intimidated by the sticker that adorns them.  I tried to research the history of the tricky...


Easy Sewing Challenge for beginners - The Little Bear Headband by Whimsberry

Easy Sewing Challenge for beginners - The Little Bear Headband by Whimsberry

Hello and welcome back!  We are here to present our second sewing challenge, and talk about the exciting GIVEAWAY that will be happening at the completion!

If you are finding Whimsberry for the first time, then welcome!  We are so happy that you are visiting!  Feel free to leave a comment and tell us how you found us!

Now, let's get started.  This sewing challenge doubles as a tutorial for beginners, so all sewing levels are welcome and encouraged to sew along with us!  We took the challenge up a notch, but not the level of...


For the love of Ankara Fabric

For the love of Ankara Fabric

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...


Welcome to The Pinup Seamstress Blog by Whimsberry!

Welcome to The Pinup Seamstress Blog by 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.