Hot! Hello from Sarah at Rhinestones & Telephones

My Spanish Harlem Tunic

Name & Location:  Sarah; Ontario, Canada

Blog:  Rhinestones & Telephones

How long have you been sewing?  I have been sewing for more than 25 years; since I was a small child.  My granma taught me the basics during summers spent in England and the rest came from trial and error.

Why did you want to commit to The Sew Weekly Challenge?  I wanted to challenge myself on several levels: theme, time, and accountability.  I want the challenge of sewing a garment to match a theme chosen by another, I want a time limit in which to complete the challenge, and I want to be accountable for delivering on these challenges.  Committing to a full 52-week challenge is quite a stretch for me, which is why I’m delighted that Mena has added so much flexibility for contributors this year.

What do you love most about sewing garments?  I’m sure I have a pretty standard answer here, but I love making something with my own hands and to my own specifications.  I love wearing handmade items that are unique and speak to my personal aesthetic.

What do you hate most about sewing garments?  Tracing patterns.  Yuck!

What do you want to want to accomplish this year with regard to the challenge?  I want to embrace the fun of sewing while improving my skills.

Your biggest non-sewing goal of 2012?  Plant a vegetable garden.

What are your favourite sewing/fashion blogs? The Sew Weekly, My Happy Sewing Place, Veronica Darling, Meg the Grand, Delfinelise, Did You Make That?, KristenMakes, Kestrel Finds & Makes, and Diary of a Vintage Girl, to name a few.



Sarah Gilbert is an experienced seamstress and novice knitter and is thrilled to be part of The Sew Weekly for 2012! She loves vintage fashion, decor, and the colour pink. Heavily influenced by Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Kennedy, and Jean Seberg, her outfits will have a definite 1960's twist.


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  1. It’s funny how a lot of the blogs we all follow are the same. Great minds and all.

  2. Yay! So glad to see you here, Sarah!

  3. @Clarissa – Definitely great minds think alike!

    @Lavender -Thank you!


  5. Ruthanne Edward

    Ah, a fellow Ontarian. There aren’t too many Canadians on here it seems. I love the green dress, one of my favs of that pattern I have seen made up.