The “Just In Time for Christmas” Suit

Name & Location: Erin Bartels, Lansing, MI

Blog: The Consummate Amateur

How long have you been sewing: I got my first sewing machine when I graduated college in 2001. I’ve made many a quilt top with it (perhaps 30) but I’ve only been sewing clothes for a few years.

Why did you want to commit to The Sew Weekly Challenge: I have a huge stash of fabric I’m committed to using up this year (in fact, I’ve committed myself to no new fabric purchases for personal apparel this year) and I think the challenge of using these fabrics to complete Sew Weekly Challenges this year will help me achieve that goal.

What do you love most about sewing garments: As for the process, I love laying out the pattern pieces and cutting into the fabric. And I like hand sewing. As for the sewing my own garments in general, I love that they are unique to me and an expression of my tastes. Oh, and that they generally don’t cost all that much. (For instance, the wool for the suit in this photo cost just $5 and the pattern was certainly under $10.)

What do you hate most about sewing garments: I wish they would face themselves. It’s so uninspiring.

What do you want to accomplish this year with regard to the challenge: I know I won’t be able to do every challenge because of time constraints. However, I would like to accomplish at least one each month, use up the stash while doing it, and stretch my style comfort zone just a wee bit.

Your biggest non-sewing goal of 2012: Actually, I accomplished it by the second day of the year! My biggest non-sewing goal was to finish my novel. I guess now my biggest non-sewing goal is to find the right literary agent. Wish me luck!

What are your favorite sewing/fashion blogs: Of course, I love The Sew Weekly. I also follow Wearing History, Couture Allure, and a few blogs that are not expressly about sewing but include quite a bit of it.

Looking forward to a fantastic year!


Erin Bartels

Erin is a copywriter by day, a novelist by night, and a wife, mother, dressmaker, quilter, zoo docent, painter, poet, and photographer in between. She only gets paid for the copywriting.


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  1. Hi this is a really beautiful suit! Is it a vintage pattern?

  2. It is. Butterick 2504. Probably from the early-ish 1960s.

  3. WHOAH. congratulations on your novel!

  4. That colour on you is smashing, I can’t wait to see what you create from your fabric stash. Congrats on your novel, that’s epic.