Letting go or surrendering to what is—not how you want things to be, when you want them, or with whom you want them —is one of the most difficult but ultimately liberating practices you can incorporate into your daily life. We want so much. A new job. A nicer house. A partner. A baby. Flatter abs. More money. And while we’re working toward these dreams, and fretting over when they are going to arrive, we miss out on life. We miss out on the possibilities. I know because I spent decades depressed and anxious because I couldn’t surrender to the flow of life. I thought that if I didn’t constantly DO SOMETHING to reach my goals, I wasn’t going to get to where I wanted to be. And if my plans didn’t come together in the timeframe and fashion I envisioned, I panicked or curled up in a ball, wondering what was wrong with me. Even when I did achieve or experience moments of joy, I assumed it was fleeting and the cycle started all over again. This need to feel in control my life, ironically, left me feeling utterly helpless and afraid.
At this point, you are probably familiar with #sewnwithhart. It has been so enjoyable seeing new friends participating on a regular basis. Thanks for sharing your inspiration and pieces of yourself with our community. We love browsing your photos and reading your posts, so keep them coming! If you haven’t joined in yet, there is still time! Pop in for a few days or stop by to read a daily self-care tip.
Santa Cruz is having its fair share of dreary grey days this winter similar to much of the nation. While it’s easy to let this get us down, it’s nice to find beauty in the weather and enjoy it. Walks along the stormy sea and views of fog rolling over the hills are helping to keep our spirits in check. This weekend, we’ll be taking our own self-care tip and sleeping in!
In the spirit of #sewnwithhart, Harts Fabric is spending the month of February making and collecting blankets and pillows to donate to our local SPCA! We put together a quick and easy blanket tutorial perfect for our four-legged friends! This blanket is super quick to sew and it a great size for fur-babies and human babies alike! Let’s get started!
We’re about half way through the first week of #sewwithhart and we are blown away by your posts and response. Thank you for joining in! If you missed the first few days, it’s not too late! The spirit of this month is to feel good. Post when you can or when it speaks to you. We love meeting new friends.
For the month of February we are focusing on self-care.
Let’s be real. Winter is a challenge. The past few months have been rough and chaotic. And yet, seeing the brilliance of people working together has shed some light, making us realize that we need to nurture, love and care for each other in order to emerge from the funk. Spring is coming, after all, so why not remind ourselves to slow down, love a little more, and bloom.
Phew! This has been a busy week. We have been buzzing around getting things in order for #sewnwithhart. Plus, we have been working to find more ways to engage with our lovely readers and customers. Some of you might have seen us live on Instagram and Facebook! Even though it’s been a bit of a rocky start, it was so great getting to meet you. If you have any questions you would like answered, or products you would like to see, let us know and we will go live for you!
Hello, Hart’s Fabric friends! I’m Alina from Alina Sewing + Design Co. I’m excited to share a pattern hack I’ve been envisioning and loving lately. Color blocking can be very trendy, but it can also look very classic. It’s also an easy way to give some personality to basic shapes. I’m using my Panama Tee Dress pattern in this tutorial, but you can apply these instructions to any pattern!
Ever since Coco Chanel incorporated nautical stripes into her 1917 collection, Breton-striped tees and dresses have been iconic. Often made up in navy, white, or black stripes, this look stays fresh and classic.
For a more fun and modern take on color blocking, you can also pair colorful stripes and polka dots or colorful solids. I’m going to show you how to color block the shoulders, but you could also do a section along the hems.
Let’s jump in!
You’ll need the front bodice, back bodice, and sleeve pattern pieces. I recommend tracing off a copy of each because we’ll be cutting the pattern apart.
First, decide where you want to color block. For this look, I drew my line just above the bottom of the armscye. Match the length of the seam line of the bodice and the sleeve to make sure that they will line up when sewn together.