Hot! Welcome to The Sew Weekly!


About a thousand years ago (more like eight) I started a blog called "Sew Wrong." The tagline was "Mama didn't raise a seamstress" and it documented my attempts to sew dresses for myself. Although my sewing adventures for the blog didn't last long, I have always wanted to return to sewing.

Last fall, while planning to attend The Gatsby Summer Afternoon, I started sewing again and documented it over at my other blog, Nested. With age comes patience, I guess, because I was able to sew three dresses with relative ease. Soon after that, I started making dresses for everyday wear. My goal has been one dress a week. That one dress is then worn on Wednesday — the day I go into the office for work.

Realistically, the one dress a week goal seemed a bit ambitious. And I certainly didn't want to start a blog for a project I couldn't sustain. It wasn't until twelve weeks had passed — with twelve dresses created — that I decided to start The Sew Weekly.

The Sew Weekly Project

Greening & the Slow Clothes Movement: Modern convenience has dictated that most everything in our lives is store-bought. As a population, we've lost our skills to make things for everyday use — the sort of things that were handmade by our grandparents and great-grandparents and all those folks before that. With this modern convenience comes waste and, often, less-than-stellar manufacturing processes. Sew Weekly is about breaking out of the common practice of shopping and wasting. After resolving to do this project, I donated six black garbage bags of my clothing to Goodwill. For most of my projects I try to use vintage fabric, vintage patterns, vintage notions (zippers, snaps, buttons) and any other items that are on their second or third lives.

Xmas-small  I Like Vintage Styles: It's a fact: I like vintage clothing more than modern clothing. If I could wear a hat daily, I would. My entire life has been filled with a fascination of styles from yesteryear. All of this has contributed to my desire to have a wardrobe of outfits that were older than me. Vintage is expensive, however, and it's often difficult to find dresses that fit my curves in the right way. Sewing solves this problem and allows for a flexibility that can't be found at a vintage shop. So far, all of the dresses I have made have been created from vintage patterns — my favorites being from the late 1940s and early 1950s.

Pride of Ownership: There's something really rewarding about wearing something I have made.

I Like a Challenge: Can I really do it? Can I have a closet filled with only items that I have made? Is it even possible? There are a few exceptions to my everything-in-my-closet rule. I'm not going to make undergarments or jeans. I'm a mother to a two-year-old so I need practical mom clothes once in a while (actually more than once in a while). Luckily I live in San Francisco and do not need any extreme-weather clothes. This project is more about creating a wardrobe and not creating some rigid vintage lifestyle I can't sustain.

Well, here we go! Welcome!


Mena Trott

Mena Trott started The Sew Weekly to document her attempt to sew all of her own clothes in 2010. Since then, she's made over 125 outfits and has way more clothes than she needs.


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  1. This sounds like an awesome project! I’m looking forward to seeing what you create each week and am sure it will inspire me to sew more too!

  2. Wow, so fun. I am so jealous of your sewing abilities! Can’t wait to see what you come up with every week. I’ve been thinking about trying to learn how to sew since we had Mark.
    I also love vintage clothes but cannot stand wearing them. The stiffness in the shoulders is what really gets me.

  3. Awesome! It’s like 2001 all over again, except less stressful. Can’t wait to see what you make. And maybe I’ll get inspired again to start sewing clothes for myself. It worked before.

  4. I think your project is a wonderful idea! I make most of my clothes (and jeans too!). I’m looking forward to seeing what you sew.

  5. Best of luck! I too am looking forward to seeing what you create. I love dressmaking too and if I didn’t have a new baby that takes up a lot of my spare time I’d love to sew more for my own personal wardrobe. Love the concept of the Slow clothes movement too.

  6. I just discovered your blog (via Betty Beguiles) and you have just become my hero. I’m really looking forward to watching your progress!

  7. Excellent! I will be following your every post!

  8. I used to read Sew Wrong, I wondered where you went to! This is great, I just added you to my blog roll. Can’t wait to follow your adventures!

  9. THis sounds exciting! I can’t wait to follow along and see what you do. I can’t sew, but would love to learn how, and to make clothes I like, that fit! This will be fun, watching your wardrobe come together.