This is an old skirt. You’ve seen it here and here if you’ve been reading me for a long time. And then if you took my Craftsy class, you probably wondered about this top. I received several questions about it – I still do – and so I thought I should probably let you know all about it. I don’t know why I didn’t blog about it when I made it except to say that my life has been nutty for the past couple of years. Time is something that I don’t have enough of in any given day. Who does? Making the time now, that’s for sure!


So this blouse was made to go with this skirt because I’ve had a devil of a time finding anything that I liked this skirt with. I’ve made a couple of things now for it and I’ve also purchased a couple of things too and so, I wear this skirt a lot more often than I did, which is good because I love it. Back to the blouse: this is a vintage pattern. I know, I know. This couldn’t be worse news for everyone because every time I wear this top with this skirt, I’m always asked what pattern it is. It’s McCall’s 6020, View A. Really, really cute no?



In point of fact, I made this so long ago I don’t recall anything really excitingly crazy about the pattern. I opted to line the thing using this method for the bodice and then I self lined the peplum in this same fabric. No lining in the sleeve.


Additionally, I’ve had loads of folks ask me about this fabric. It’s a Liberty of London lawn. Not sure if you can still get it, but if you’re looking for something that’s fairly similar, there’s this lovely Art Gallery Cotton Voile in the shop. And if I didn’t know better, I would say these Art Gallery Voiles are almost identical to Liberty lawn in quality, but at a lower price point. If you follow me on Instagram (and you totally should!) then you’ll know I’m making another McCall’s 6649 out of it.

Funny thing: I purchased the Liberty of London fabric online specifically to go with this skirt, not knowing if it really would match or not. I rarely do that, if ever because of course, computer screens do weird things to color the world over. But it worked. A client once told me the best thing I’ve ever heard. “It doesn’t have to be matchy matchy, it just has to go together.” Very wise words of wisdom, don’t you think?

Now, off to have a cheeseburger, a Dr. Pepper and give myself a pat on the back for finally blogging about this cute little blouse.

  • Florianne - I love the fabric you’ve chosen ! It’s a really pretty shape.
    It reminds me of this blouse :

    • Sunni

      Sunni - Oh yes! You could definitely do a similar one, if not identical with a few alterations using this pattern. Thanks for this link Florianne!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - thanks for the link to the quick-lining article, I will definitely be trying itReplyCancel

  • sallie - Oh wow Sunni! This is just delightful! The colors are the sort that I dream about! And the shape of that top is just perfect. The whole look is fantastic. Especially with those boot (have I mentioned how much I love those boots?)ReplyCancel

    • Sunni

      Sunni - Thanks Sallie! I know, I’m loving these boots too. I seem to be wearing them everyday. Yesss!ReplyCancel

  • Elle - LOVEEEEE. You’ve done several of my favorite things here: used Liberty lawn to make something beautiful but NOT cutesy, and used a vintage pattern to make something that feels fresh and modern! I love everything about this top– you’ve really inspired me to plunge back into my sea of vintage patterns I’ve been too afraid to touch.ReplyCancel

    • Sunni

      Sunni - Oh thank you! This means a lot! I’ve been thinking a lot about my style over the past few years and I love wild/crazy prints, but sometimes I look like a wild/crazy person when I wear them. I’ve been trying to really focus the art of utilizing exciting prints with solids and neutrals. And I’m loving the word “fresh.” I feel good about fresh and modern. No to the cutesy!ReplyCancel

  • Ani - Possibly bizarrely personal question that has an actually (moderately) decent basis for being asked: How tall are you?

    I’m 5’2″ and when I try to wear a pencil skirt longer than my knee, I look like a kid trying to wear mama’s clothes. I want to envy your tallness but then I realized that I don’t know if you are tall and maybe there is hope for me after all? I haven’t tried to actually *make* one since I figured it would be a waste of fabric. And I actually just discarded the longer parts of the pattern I love, which I never do. That just shows how distraught the longer pencil skirt makes me…ReplyCancel

    • Sunni

      Sunni - Hi Ani! If there was one word that I feel describes my body best it’s “average.” I’m average in just about everything. I feel like I’m an average height – 5’6″. But I will say that for my shape and size most of my length is in my torso. I have shorty legs.
      Have you tried pegged pencil skirts? Where the hemline of the skirt curves in toward your knees. I’ve found that this makes a difference for me. I look kind of stumpy in pencil skirts otherwise. I do look a bit better in shorter skirts if I’m wearing flats (above the knee) and with a bit of a heel, the below the knee skirt looks nice. Just some thoughts for you!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - I’m so glad you are blogging more of your garments again because I’ve been going through a bit of a funk about what to wear at work, etc, and the things you make are exactly the sorts of things I want. This is inspiring! Beautiful pieces, you look so grown up but fresh and fun at the same time!ReplyCancel

    • Sunni

      Sunni - Why thank you Kelly! Means a lot read this! I’m so glad people are enjoying my makes – makes me feel good about what I make! I wouldn’t say that I have my style completely figured out. I still leave some room for adventure and change. But I will say that I feel like my style is a mix of sophisticated, fresh and a bit tailored. I love loud colors, loud prints and I like mixing and matching these with neutrals.ReplyCancel

  • Evie - I love this color palette! The pocket on that skirt is really fun. I’ve got one more to finish in a series of wool pencil skirts that I started last year. They’re seriously the best. It’s nice to see some of your wardrobe again! (Although I have seriously been enjoying your Wool series).ReplyCancel

    • Sunni

      Sunni - Oh thank you! More Working with Wools coming right up! It’s nice to see my own face making an appearance here too. Favorite part of this skirt: the pocket! I LOVE that pocket! Sigh. It’s just so….. clever and sweet.ReplyCancel

  • April - Love the colors of both skirt and blouse, and the simplicity of the blouse!ReplyCancel

  • Ann T. - I LOVE your blouse and you in it. As I studied the details, I realized that I simply had to have that pattern. I quickly checked around the usual sources, knowing that I would not be the only one looking. I am delighted to say that I found the pattern on eBay, but sorry to say that it is a size 12, whereas I need a larger size. Oh well, I am motivated to make a few adjustments so it will fit. Thank you for the continuing inspiration.ReplyCancel

    • Sunni

      Sunni - If you’re looking to grade up, may I seriously suggest Joi Mahon’s new book, Create the Perfect Fit. I need to do a post about this, but it is a GREAT book for taking any size pattern, getting your own body measurements and altering the pattern to fit you. Seriously, any size pattern, not just a size or two away from your current size. Highly, highly recommend.ReplyCancel

      • Ann T. - Thank you so much for the referral to Joi Mahon’s book, which I found on for a good price. As I was perusing the online sample, I recognized the author’s photo. In the most recent Craftsy sale, I purchased two of her fitting courses. Making a blouse like yours out of my too-small pattern is just the inspiration I need to tackle fitting, once and for all.ReplyCancel

  • Teri - This outfit is so pretty! The colors of the top and the skirt are both so great. Thanks for sharing the details.ReplyCancel

  • Alice - It’s so pretty! I actually assumed it was an Alma blouse, and even though its not it should be pretty simple to make something similar using the Alma!ReplyCancel

    • Sunni

      Sunni - Agreed! Cut off Alma at the waist, add a peplum and instead of sewing the vertical darts in the front and back of the bodice, gather them into the peplum. Would be the same. exact. blouse. Plus it would be fantastically drafted from one of Tasia’s amazing patterns. Love that lady!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca - Thanks for the photos and insights. I also just noticed you received a “Best of Blogging” Top 50 award from BurdaStyle. Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Rochelle New - Mmmm cheeseburgers… that’s what I’m having for lunch too lol! The top is beautiful! At first I thought it was a version of the Alma blouse by Sewaholic, but I do love a good vintage pattern too. The fabric is fantastic and really matches (or should I say goes together) with the skirt perfectly!ReplyCancel

    • Sunni

      Sunni - Yes, I think you could easily make this blouse from the Alma. If we ever meet, it’s cheeseburgers on me! Yay! I’m such a garbage gut!ReplyCancel

  • Shannon P - Beautiful! what a flattering blouse. Just something else pushing me back toward wovens. I had a knit binge, but I may be over it now! I too love the fabric, but I will have to take your tip on the Art Gallery voile!ReplyCancel

    • Sunni

      Sunni - This Art Gallery Voile is really something. Really. I’m loving the prints and truly, it’s a very fine cotton voile that is just like Liberty of London. Still love Liberty, but I’m loving Art Gallery too. Magnifique!ReplyCancel

  • Camilla - The colours of your outfit are a feast for the eyes. I love the colour of your pencil skirt and it totally goes with that adorable blouse. It’s going on my wishlist.ReplyCancel

  • Gail - Stunning blouse – love the Sunni colours. I think this pattern could be easily drafted.ReplyCancel

  • Rory - Squee! Nicole Needles also made this top not too long ago. Look at this — I loved it so much that I bought the pattern. I love seeing how different sewists make up a pattern. Your version is lovely and has further convinced me that I love this pattern.ReplyCancel

  • Mary W - I love the shirt! So much that I went in search of the pattern. So bummed that I couldn’t find it online anywhere. Then I thought I could check Burda… and found something that could work. But then I went in to my sewing room and decided I should look through all of my existing patterns to see if something could work. I got freaked out and all goose bumped when I found the exact pattern in my size, in my stash! My sister found two adorable little vinyl storage cases of vintage patterns at a thrift store and when they moved out of the country she gave them to me. It was so meant to be! I’m on the perfect fabric hunt. I’m going to give view B a whirl. Thanks for the inspiration!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Shelly - Wow! You really should’ve posted about this top sooner ‘cos it’s beautiful and works really well with your skirt. I’ve never used liberty lawn and I think it’s time I did as I’ve seen some really nice things made from it that always inspire me. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa - I love the blouse! Vintage patterns have much more interesting details than current ones. The print and colors are fantastic with the skirt.ReplyCancel

  • Beverly - What kind of closure is on the back? A long zipper? A side zipper? I am wondering if the cinched in waist makes a back opening necessary. That is really a cute blouse and I would like to try to draft something like it but I can’t imaging the back. Also what is the Alma pattern that people are talking about?ReplyCancel


I hope you didn’t think that I had abandoned Fabric Fridays around here. I was down and out for two weeks during the Christmas/New Year hubbub and well, you know. Stuff. Now, we’re returning to some regularly scheduled postings. Fabric Fridays are here to stay! They are fun for me to put together and they remind me that a) I have an overwhelming stash of pretty gorgeous fabric (bad Sunni!) and b) it’s nice to pull out this stuff and remind myself what I was going to make and try to start making all the things! Today’s fabric: Wool Flannel.


In point of fact, this is not a fabric I see very often. Sure, I see my share of cotton flannels, but wool flannel is a different story. You know the fiber type that we’re looking at today is wool, but let’s take a closer look at what flannel is.


Flannel is associated with a cloth that is soft, warm and a bit fuzzy. I’ve seen flannel in a semi-loose plain weave structure and also a twill weave – I usually see plaids in the twill weave. Flannel is typically brushed on one side or both. If you think of this on a larger scale, it’s basically a fine tooth metal brush machine that rubs the fabric to create a fluffiness. The brushing of the cloth makes the staple fibers (the yarns the fabric is woven together with) puffy – the same idea as ratting your hair! The puffy fiber then fills in the loose weave of the cloth and makes it more dense and well, soft. How was that for an explanation?


I have to be honest and say that I don’t know why we don’t see more wool flannel about. Maybe you see more of it where you are in the world. I’ve made one thing out of a lovely fuchsia color – this pencil skirt. I wear it a good amount and it was a lovely sewing experience. Wool flannel is very easy to work with.

Wool flannel has a nice structured hand for the most part, but I’ve also seen a few that are bit more drapey and on the finer/thinner side. Wool flannel works nicely in lots of different projects – coats, jackets, slacks/trousers, skirts and even shirts. I know one lady in particular who still makes her man those classic Pendleton knock-off wool flannel button-up shirts.

What’s your take on wool flannel? Have you ever sewn with it? Have some in your stash?

For more about Wools, visit the Working with Wool Section!

  • Tia Dia - I have no wool flannel in my stash, and, come to think of it, have never handled or seen any if it should be a nice “fuzzy” fabric like the very popular buy-everywhere cotton flannel. Does it pill and wear like cotton flannel?ReplyCancel

    • Sunni - Oh no, it does not! A fine wool flannel is nice and soft, doesn’t pill and will last forever! I’ve worn that fuchsia pencil skirt quite a bit now and no pilling.ReplyCancel

  • Susan - I have a lovely pair of grey pinstripe flannel pants, trouser style and cuffed, which never go out of style and seem to be appropriate for such a wide range of situations in that mid space between casual and dressy. hardly ever see wool flannel for sale in regular fabric stores, only those which specialize in woolens, esp. men’s suiting.

    One of my very first sewing projects for a day-to-day wardrobe (i.e., not formal dresses for graduation ceremonies) was a Viyella shirt, which was a washable wool/cotton flannel mix, so soft, warm and comfortable. Oh how I loved that shirt and wore it until it was threadbare. Viyella fabric is no longer made, and I’ve not seen a wool flannel that I’d be comfortable wearing as a shirt.

    Susan, on a cold snowy day in OntarioReplyCancel

    • Sunni - Viyella sounds intriguing. Such a shame it’s not made anymore. Time to break out the flannel pants for your cold snowy day! Wishing you a warm fire!ReplyCancel

    • Sue - Hi Susan, I’m in England (the old one!)not Ontario, but I have just washed a lovely piece of viyella fabric (over 3 yards) which would easily make a shirt of any size. It’s a tartan design, red and dark blue with a little green. I also love viyella and made a floor length scarlet dress from it in my teens. I was wondering what to do with this piece, when I spotted your note. Do let me know if you’re interested. It used to be a voluminous Laura Ashley skirt, so has a couple of seams running acrossways (at the yard and yard and a third mark) but they wouldn’t be a problem with a shirt pattern. Best wishes, SueReplyCancel

      • Susan - Ah, I would love a piece of Viyella, especially from a Sue in England — is that really what you are offering?
        It’s been snowing nonstop here in Kingston… SusanReplyCancel

        • Sue - Oh yes, completely serious. Unfortunately, I was thinking optimistically about the cost of postage. The viyella is still wet, so weighing was educated guesswork, but I looked at Royal Mail and the competition – and the cheapest on postage alone was over £40!

          It’s the first time I’ve tried to send anything to Canada, so you may know of a parcel company which beats everyone. Do let me know, if so. I was going to suggest a reasonable amount for the fabric (£25) but the cost of posting on top may make it prohibitive for you.

          I did measure up the damp fabric to check dimensions, just in case. There are three separate pieces (each 36″/yard wide, the old-fashioned width) and each piece is a yard and at least 6″ long (two of them are slightly longer).

          Hope we can find a solution. It would be nice to get you kitted-up for that long, hard Ontarian winter.

          Best wishes, SueReplyCancel

  • Juebejue - thank you for fabric Friday so far! Very educational. I haven’t seen wool fannel, sounds like something I want to try!ReplyCancel

  • Lady ID - I only ever see the inexpensive flannel but I admit I haven’t LOOKED for wool flannel. Seeing your skirt though, it’s pretty. It may be too warm for LA but hmm….ReplyCancel

    • Sunni - Speaking of LA, I do believe B. Black and Sons is located there. They boast a gorgeous amount of wool, including wool flannel. Bought my fuchsia flannel (the skirt above) from them.ReplyCancel

  • Polly - Thanks for this series of posts. I definitely want to branch out into using more different fabrics. Can I ask how wool flannel compare to boiled wool?ReplyCancel

    • Sunni - Great question Polly! Well, boiled wool is actually boiled and agitated – a process called felting. It’s actually wool that has been shrunken. Wool flannel is brushed instead of going through a boiling/agitating/shrinking process. The brushing fluffs up the fibers making the cloth more dense and soft. Hopefully this explanation helps!ReplyCancel

  • Ginger - I LOVE wool flannel! It’s so nice and warm, and holds up better than cotton flannel, in my opinion. I used it recently to interline a jacket and really liked it for that… it’s warm, but also drapey.ReplyCancel

    • Sunni - Oh, never thought of doing this, but this sounds uber warm and lovely! Yum!ReplyCancel

  • EmSewCrazy - So, it looks like normal flannel but with more body? I think I have a bunch of it. I just bought a storage unit of fabric and it’s high quality stuff. There was a bunch of stuff that sounds like this… It feels like flannel but is way too firm and just better made feeling and looking that flannel… Are there any other ways to tell something is wool flannel?

    • Sunni - You could do a burn test. Wool turns to ash, is hard to ignite and when burned it smells like burnt hair. Remember that burning smell from your curling iron days? Yup, that’s what you’ll smell.

      I also notice that when you wash wool it has a funny odor, much more noticeable than any other fiber type. So you could take a sample and soak it in some water and see if it has a curious smell.

      Additionally, there’s a bleach test. If you put a sample of wool in a cup of bleach, leave it overnight and check it in the morning, the wool will have dissolved completely.

      Hopefully this helps you out. I hope you have a bunch of this in your new storage unit. Yum!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - I’ve got a small amount of flaming red wool flannel in my stash. I ran out of time last winter, but this coming winter I’m either making it into a mini skirt or a shift dress, whatever I’ve got enough for. I found it in an op shop (thrift store) and its in a few pieces…… Love your cute skirt pocket!ReplyCancel

    • Sunni - Jealous! I never seem to find good fabric at thrift stores here. So sad. But so happy for you! Your ideas for it sound marvelous!ReplyCancel

  • Nancy - Hi Sunni:

    Really like your mustard coloured skirt but I totallllly love the black polka dotted top you are wearing with the skirt. By any chance did you make the top? If so, can you share the details regarding the top – such as the pattern and the fabric, etc.?

    I recently started to receive your blog and perhaps I missed an earlier post regarding the above mentioned top.

    I look forward to following your blog in the future. Keep up the great work on the information series on wool etc. I have a degree in Home Economics (the name has been changed) which means I took a lot of sewing and textile classes – your series on wool brought back memories of my university days.

    That’s all for now, NancyReplyCancel

    • Sunni - Hi Nancy! Thanks so much for your sweet comment. The polka dot top from my last post (Hollyburn Take 5 & 6) is a top from Ann Taylor factory outlet. I am a serious die hard for polka dots – such a happy print! This one seems to go with EVERYTHING! I purchased it pretty recently too, so I would say there is a good chance it might still be available!?!ReplyCancel

  • dani e - So maybe you have already covered my question in a previous post and if you have, I am sorry. I have been wondering about the itch factor of the wools you are discussing in these great Friday posts. Especially wool flannel and the wool jersey. I love the idea of wool but i cannot imagine investing precious time and money in a wonderful wool if I am just going to be itchy and uncomfortable wearing my garment. That pink skirt is a dream, by the way. i love that little pocket on the front.

    You are a great inspiration!!


    • Sunni - You raise a very valid point dani! It’s one I think about a lot. As far as with wool knitwear, I’ve encountered some wool knits that are itchy and some that are surprisingly soft and smooth. If you’re purchasing these online, I woud say buy a swatch and see for yourself before purchasing the yardage. The true test is rubbing the wool knit on your arm or neck to see if it itches. I used to think that you could just feel it with your fingers but that’s not quite enough.

      As for wool wovens, I would say that lining the garment is always a good idea. Like for my pink skirt above, it’s lined and it has a ribbon waistband so there isn’t actually wool touching my skin. These ideas for comfort are a topic I’m going to cover in an upcoming post. So stay tuned! Thanks so much Dani!ReplyCancel

  • Beth - I recently bought a fabric (online) described as “wool flannel suiting” and it was not brushed on either side. I was hoping to use it for perhaps a coat but it turned out too drapey. Methinks it was just wool suiting. It will probably make a nice pair of pants though :)ReplyCancel

  • Rachelle - Warming Crafts - I was hunting for red wool flannel a few months back on the internet and was unable to find it anywhere; I desperately want it to make a red petticoat for under my 18th century garb as apparently red flannel was warmer than grey. I’ve had to go without as I couldn’t find any wool flannel anywhere at the time. I do have a small piece of what I suspect may be a lightweight wool flannel (twill weave) in my stash, but it’s too small for a petticoat, or even a skirt so I’m going to use it for the top layer on some 1810 stays instead.
    I may not have found wool flannel, but I did find some gorgeous cotton flannel in a twill weave that I totally fell for, it’s a quilting cotton so better quality than most and I want more!ReplyCancel

  • Gail - I love sewing wool flannel. I it is very obedient fabric and the end product always looks great. I made a lovely pencil skirt in light grey that I wore to death last winter. While the garment still looks as new, sadly I’ve lost weight so will have to remake it if it is to find its way into my winter wardrobe come May.ReplyCancel

  • Anne - Now that I live in the South, I try not to own or make anything in wool. It takes a lot of care to protect wool clothing from moths and I remember how upset I was when two lovely sweaters got holes.ReplyCancel

  • Fabric Friday: Wool Melton » A Fashionable Stitch - […] melton goes through a felting process and then it’s brushed. To be honest, it’s akin to wool flannel (though flannel is a looser weave), but quite a bit […]ReplyCancel

Sigh…. Friends, thank you. Thank you so much for your encouragement in my last post about the Sewing Room. It’s so exciting and the more I think about it, the more excited I become! Oh what fun we’ll have. I did receive a comment or two and several emails about my blog posting habits and whether or not they would be affected, so I thought I should tell you a little bit more about the Sewing Room. If you’re going to twist my arm and all that. My mister coined the name, the Sewing Room. We both knew it was meant to be like my sewing room at home, but bigger. This is my stomping grounds! So I envisioned not only a place to teach others how to sew and be a crazy fabric addict like myself, but it’s clearly a place that serves my own personal sewing world. We have a sewing library complete with some good sewing titles – I’m still waffling about adding my own personal sewing library here for others to look at and possibly check-out. There’s lots and lots of space, which is really really good. The basement area of this brick and mortar building is the stash, where we keep the fabrics for the online shop and where, if you take a class, you can come and shop. Additionally, my entire set-up for blogging is located here in the Sewing Room. This has transformed from being just a passion, to what I do for a living. It was important to me to create spaces in the Sewing Room that facilitated my need for all aspects of what I do. This space to take photos in (the space you see me in below) – something I’ve wanted for years. It feels luxurious to go to a studio and take photos of my creations. To sew there and to fill orders for the online shop there. To teach there. Oh, this is a big big thing. I’ll bet you can feel that as you read this. My blogging, you ask? I know I’ve been lousy at it for the past year, but well, the future holds a different promise I’m hoping. Anyhow, onward and upward.


Back in November, I made this Hollyburn with this luscious dark mustard wool crepe that we had in the online shop (sold out fairly quickly!). This color for me, is like one of the 8 wonders of the world. This and chartreuse, which I find closely related to this color, so naturally I’m all over this color like white on rice. I do love it so.


I took enough for this skirt and then I’m also considering a dress or some pants with the leftover. We’ll see which one wins out for the last of the fabric. But anyway, its been sometime since I made a Hollyburn. My last rendition of this skirt was worn to a raveling. It just goes with everything so well. The shape is beautifully swingy in the wool crepe here. And then there’s the pocket thing, which I absolutely and utterly adore. Perfect pockets, perfect, easy shape. A TNT for me, for sure.


And then I got a little lusty for this Hunter Green Wool Crepe from the shop too (still available for your info). So I took a bit home and cut out another Hollyburn. And of course, this has all got me thinking about yet another rendition for Spring – in one of our new wool crepe colors (hello bright cheery colors)!!!!!!!!!! Possibly much much shorter on the skirt length here! Oh la la! I’m sure you’re all waiting with bated breath for that!

I’ve made this skirt a few times – when it was formerly just the skirt portion of the Lonsdale dress. When I made the Lonsdale dress a few years ago, I was completely taken with the skirt portion and from there made a few. I couldn’t find my beloved pattern this time around (who ever said anything about keeping a clean and organized stash???) and so I opted to just use a Hollyburn pattern which I had on hand. I made a couple of changes – created a contoured waistband, added a lining to both skirts and separated the pocket facing from the pocket lining. Really nothing mind blowing, though I plan to show you how to do a lining for a skirt like this in a few weeks as I still work my way through the Working with Wool series.


You’ll notice I’m in keeping with the working with wool trend! Yay! I should definitely win some extra points for that, I think – which have already been translated into a Dr. Pepper – drinking as I type! Yess! I thought you might like to see wool crepe in garment form. Again, this is one of my favorite wool textiles. It works so well in a myriad of garment options. The lovely drape and swing work so well for a skirt, yet wool crepe looks fabulous in a structured trouser as in here. If I haven’t convinced you of the loveliness of wool crepe yet, there will be more opportunities coming up for me to do so, I’m sure.


And I know I’m tempting you, but seriously, there are AWESOME new wool crepe colors in stock in the online shop.

So who’s ready to join my wool crepe Hollyburn train? huh?

  • Tia Dia - These are beautiful skirts. What an inspiration! I totally love wool crepe. It’s my favourite of all wool weaves.ReplyCancel

    • Sunni - It’s one of my favorite too! So so versatile! Love it, love it, love it.ReplyCancel

  • Angelica - Congratulations with the Sewing Room, I can practically read your joy in this post 😀 Your Hollyburns are perfect, and it reminds me I need to make more 😉ReplyCancel

    • Sunni - This pattern is such a standby in my wardrobe. It fits the bill in so many situations. And thank you for your kind words on the Sewing Room – I’m feeling so good about all of it! Yay!ReplyCancel

  • Aja - The mustard! Oh, so nice. Makes me want to make another Hollyburn with my navy wool crepe.ReplyCancel

    • Sunni - Oh you should! The flow of this skirt in a wool crepe is really something. I really do think I need one more for Spring.ReplyCancel

  • Linda - Love the Sewing Room idea and love your Hollyburn skirt! I will be purchasing this pattern and some wool crepe! Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • sallie - These are lovely! I think the Hollyburn has such a gorgeous shape, and that mustard one paired with your perfect brown leather boots is giving me serious 70’s equestrian vibes in the best way possible.ReplyCancel

    • Sunni - If I was forced to pick a favorite era, it would be the 70s. Maybe early 80s too. But I die over the conservative, feminine flowy look of the 70s – something I feel is often overlooked by the loud bell-bottoms and polyester double knit leisure suits of the era. Not that these are bad things, but all in all, my heart has a serious soft spot for the 70s. That is exactly what I thought when I bought these boots! AAAAHHHHH! I swear my mom had some just like them – in the 70s….ReplyCancel

  • Vicki Kate - Wow Sunni. You look so happy and at ease in these pictures! The skirts are gorgeous but what’s really struck me is how much more relaxed and at peace you seem to be. I really really hope that this change in direction that’s more ‘you’ really works out for you. If I wasn’t the wrong side of the Atlantic I’d love to come and play!
    Wishing you every success possible for 2015!!ReplyCancel

    • Sunni - Thank you Vicki Kate! I am more at ease and I definitely feel “happier” about this decision as a whole. It just feels good. I wish you were here too! I wish everyone was here! Oh the fun we would have!ReplyCancel

  • MaryEllen - I have this pattern & these are such beautiful motivation to get it out & just sew it … Did you make your polka dot top ? If so I’d like details !
    Best of luck on your new endeveavor – you sound so jazzed about it ReplyCancel

    • Sunni - Oh thank you! I didn’t make the polka dot top – it’s Ann Taylor factory outlet – but whenever I see polka dots, I fall instantly in love, all over again.ReplyCancel

  • Angela - Those wool crepes are beautiful…. there are a couple calling my name…. softly seducing me that they should come to my home, never-mind that I keep telling myself to stop building up a bigger fabric stash!

    I have never made a Hollyburn skirt, but yours are so beautiful that I may need to try it.

    The Sewing Room sounds great, big sighs of sadness that I can’t get to it.ReplyCancel

    • Sunni - What? Stop building a bigger fabric stash – how dare you even mention such a thing!!!! Ha ha! Mine is awfully, awfully large. Oh dear.ReplyCancel

  • Ramona Putnam - Sunni, these skirts are beautiful. How do you care for these skirts? Dry clean or Wash cold and hang? …Not only because of the wool crepe, but also because of the lining.

    I really would like to make some wool trousers in something I could wash and hang dry, but not sure if that’s do-able.

    Thanks and best of luck with the Sewing Shop!ReplyCancel

    • Sunni - Now, don’t tell anyone I told you this, but I wash in cold on gentle and hang to dry! I did the prewash for these fabrics that way too. I have a pair of wool crepe pants that I made a couple of years ago that I do the same for – I haven’t had a problem yet! Now I don’t wash them an awful lot. Just when I feel they need them, but I do wash them. No dry cleaning here!ReplyCancel

      • Francesca - Yeah!!!! now I am even happier with the GORGEOUS wool crepe I bought from you – have been wanting to write to tell you it’s arrived, and it is gorgeous, as is the black rayon. I also wanted to ask you if it was pre-shrunk or if I could wash it and you have answered my questions. You are a woman after my own heart, Sunni – I looooathe dry cleaning – or rather its chemicals – and have washed so much fabric pre-make so that I could wash it post make – and now the wool crepe is confirmed… whooppee!

        As for lining, I prewash that too and then wash the whole thing together – dresses, skirts, whatever. Whether I line in viscose, silk or cotton muslin, I always do it – no way am I going to put things that have been dry cleaned against my skin.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa G - These skirts are beautiful! That mustard color… LOVE. I’ve never used wool crepe, but it sounds amazing!ReplyCancel

    • Sunni - Oh you should! I think you would love the way it sews. It’s really rather dreamy to sew with. I find it will do just about anything you want it to.ReplyCancel

  • Tanya - I am in love with the wool crepe skirt. I do enjoy you blog very much. The change to your store is fantastic idea.ReplyCancel

  • Rochelle New - I’m totally drooling over the mustard wool crepe! Gorgeous color and perfect drape for the Hollyburn. I haven’t made that pattern but now you’re really tempting me… SO pretty!ReplyCancel

    • Sunni - I most definitely think you should try some wool crepe Rochelle! It’s such an easy fabric to work with. And with the Hollyburn, it is a perfect match!ReplyCancel

  • elisabeth - I second that you look/sound so much happier and at ease these days! So glad you have made some changes to make yourself happy and less stressed! And sweet lord I want ALL THE CREPES!! I admit I was never really into the Hollyburn but seeing it in these wools makes me reconsider…and I really would love to make a Dahlia in a wool crepe, too. Mmmm…ReplyCancel

    • Sunni - Oh a Dahlia would be really lovely! Yum! And tell me about the wool crepe colors for spring – I am so excited to make something out of every. single. color!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - Beautiful skirts!! The mustard is such a good color, but so is the green! This pattern seems to be made for wool.ReplyCancel

  • Nakia - Such beautiful skirts. That mustard color looks gorgeous on you!

    I’ve been looking at the Hollyburn pattern for awhile. I think I’ll finally take the plunge and buy it. I need to buy that hot coral wool crepe too because OhMyGoodness it is pretty!

    Do you match your lining to the color of your skirts or do you just go with basic black or white?ReplyCancel

    • Sunni - Whenever possible, I ALWAYS pick a contrasting lining color. I’m LOVE seeing a pretty pop of a different color on the inside of any garment. But if I can’t, I usually opt for a nude color because it doesn’t shade the fabric. Oh this is something I’ll have to do a post on! My favorite lining and the one I use for almost everything is bemberg rayon – love that stuff!ReplyCancel

  • Manju - Both of these look amazing! I really should see this skirt up…love love love the mustard. Wool crepe? Dry clean only right?ReplyCancel

    • Sunni - I wash it in cold, gentle cycle and then hang to dry. I always do a prewash the same way, but I haven’t encountered problem yet.ReplyCancel

  • True Bias - its beautiful. like you im obsessed with that color.ReplyCancel

  • juebejue - love the brown one!! and i am having boot envy – where did you get them?ReplyCancel

    • Sunni - Oh thank you! They are a couple of years old, from Tahari. I bought them via DSW.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa - I love them both! You have made the exact skirts that are on my winter sewing list. Same length, fabric and colours. I was planning a navy one as well. You paired them up beautifully, too!ReplyCancel

  • Ginger - These are so beautiful! I love them on you! I wish that I wore skirts… I would be all over these!ReplyCancel

  • Lori - Those are fabulous skirts and you look wonderful. Happy sewing to you in your Sewing RoomReplyCancel

  • Charlotte - Love these! That colour is divine – I’m a lot obsessed with wool garments at the moment. The Sewing Room sounds so exciting – massive congrats.ReplyCancel

  • Gail - You have a great sense of colour. I love the mustard with black and tan.ReplyCancel

  • Crimson Needle - Those skirts are gorgeous! I’ll be putting that in my must-do list (yes I have a to-do and a must-do list… don’t judge) I also have to say that I much admire you’re go-to attitude to accomplish your dreams. Heaven knows it takes a lot of effort, sacrifice and perseverance to accomplish that (and often case a supportive partner). I wish you luck and happiness in your new endeavours!ReplyCancel

  • BeckyLeeSews - Your beautiful skirts pushed me over the edge. I just FINALLY purchased not only the Hollyburn but a Cambie pattern too. I’ve been meaning to forever but just never did. Now that the weather begs me to stay inside this weekend, I think I’ll knock out both. Or maybe it was the boots…I just picked up a pair like that at DSW too. :) Great minds and all that!ReplyCancel

  • Jackie - Your skirt is beautiful and fits so well. Wish you were not many states away and I could come to your new sewing room! Sounds wonderful.ReplyCancel

  • Working With Wool: Tips for Comfort » A Fashionable Stitch - […] that goes along with this idea is waistband techniques. For my wool crepe Hollyburn skirts, I used a contrast piece of cotton as a waistband facing. Note: In this pattern the waistband is […]ReplyCancel

  • Saiph Papercut Tunic: DIY Mustard Quilted Tunic Dress | sewmanju - […] dull and cold winters day. Mmmmmm…..mustard. It’s not a colour everyone likes, but, as Sunni wrote in this post, it’s something that I am drawn too (and I loved her mustard […]ReplyCancel

  • Amy - These are really great silhouettes on you and in gorgeous colors! I loved the Lonsdale and keep saying I’m going to make another because I wore the first one so much. The pockets really make it, don’t they?ReplyCancel

Updated: Hello Everyone! As of March 23, 2015, the Sewing Room is now officially closed. If you are interested you can read more about it here. Thanks so much for the memories and for all of your support. Means the world to me! xx, Sunni


Ahh, it’s here. 2015. There always seems to be so much promise and wonder associated with a new year. I can definitely feel it and I hope you’re feeling a little of it too. I wanted to take a special minute and thank you all for your very kind and supportive words from my last post (and also the wonderful customers who came into the store, thank you!). I wrote and re-wrote that post so many times. Finding the right words was hard. What kept coming out was a lot of negativity and it’s just not something that I wanted to feed, so finding the right words to express what had truly been one of the most frustrating years of my life was hard. But now that that’s over and done with (yay!) it’s time to look ahead to something new and very exciting.

To say that I’m a bit nervous about all of this is an understatement. Nonetheless, I’m so excited about all of this I just can’t contain it any longer! Over our holiday break, the mister and I went in and transformed our fabric shop into…….


The Sewing Room! This space is dedicated to expertly crafted sartorial sewing workshops – meaning, we help you make your own clothes! I’m sure we’ll pull out a couple of crafty, fun workshops every now and then too, but our main focus is to help you with the crazy world of apparel arts/sewing. We offer in person workshops/classes that typically focus on a specific garment or technique. Additionally, we offer private instruction for those interested in getting our take on exactly what they want to learn (or if you’re visiting from out of town and want to take some time to have fun with us!). We’ve also got an Open Stitch Night that will happen twice a month where you can get expert help for a couple of hours on a project that’s stumping you – and have hot chocolate and treats on us!


And then of course, there will be LOTS of fun as we get thinking about exciting new things to come. I’ve got ideas for guest teachers to fly in and do weekend workshops with us – wait, did I just type that? Whoops, just fell off my chair there for a minute – can’t believe this is really happening. Ahem. Plus we have some exciting free events to come for the upcoming year. I am committed to touching as many people with the sewing bug as I possibly can.



As with any business, there is still much to be done, but today marks the first day of making it real by telling you all about it. I’m excited. I kept getting more and more excited as I reorganized everything to become geared toward educating rather than selling – such a cathartic and interesting change, let me tell you. I have a lot of vision for the Sewing Room. I can see so much potential and I feel really, really good about it.

So, if you live here in Salt Lake City, Utah or are in town for a visit, here’s some links you need to hop to:

Here’s to 2015 everyone! Lots and lots of sewing is dead ahead….

  • Lauren - Sunni, this is so exciting! I missed commenting on the last post bc I was sick with death flu, but I’m really happy to read about these awesome changes going on in your business, and I’m so pumped to hear even more about it! I know this past year has put a lot on you, and it makes me really happy to know that things are looking up and changing for the really awesome! The new space looks amazing – I want to visit!!!ReplyCancel

    • Sunni - Hi Lauren! I so want you to visit too! Thanks so much for your support! Means a lot.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - Sunni, ever since I took your zipper class on Craftsy, I’ve thought you were a natural teacher. This is such a great idea. More people need to know that making your own clothes is about getting exactly what you want and having it fit right. It is something to be proud of. I wish I lived near your shop so I could participate, there is nothing like that near me. I wish you all the best, and will stop in if I”m ever in the neighborhood.ReplyCancel

    • Sunni - There is such satisfaction in making something with your own two hands isn’t there? Thanks so much for your thoughts Jennifer! So glad you liked my Craftsy class!ReplyCancel

  • Heather Lou - CONGRATS SUNNI!!! I am sooooooo happy for you – this sounds like the perfect fit for your skills. The class list looks awesome – so much better than “how to sew a tote bag” (sigh). All my best wishes for you in the new year!ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn - Congratulations on your new venture and I’m wishing you much success in this new phase of your life!ReplyCancel

  • Mary - I don’t live in Salt Lake City but if I did I would certainly take a class or two. I wish you all the best for your new endeavor.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - This is so exciting!! Go and spread that sewing bug around SLC!ReplyCancel

  • Caro - I love to be in Salt Lake City to attend these classes, workshops sure these wonderful things will.ReplyCancel

  • Karen - Congratulations! I wish you the very best, and with your talent I know you will be successful. I have one question. Is the price correct for the shirt workshop? That seems way out of line to me. Again, good luck.ReplyCancel

    • Sunni - Hi Karen! Yes, that is the current price for the shirt workshop. It’s 9 hours of personal instruction and with a classic button-up shirt, there are a lot of techniques that are involved. Collar, collar stand, button placket, buttonholes, cuff, sleeve placket, flat felled seams and then a fitting. I’m a teacher who likes to spread things out so we do this workshop in 3 sessions – each 3 hours long. We also keep the class sizes low – a limit of 4 – 6 people – to ensure that everyone who takes the class gets some personal attention. It’s a lot of good, enjoyable work for me as the teacher.ReplyCancel

  • Nakisha - Now THIS sounds exciting!!!!

    Really a great idea. And like someone else said, thank GOODNESS you are not teaching pillowcases and tote bags exclusively! :)

    CONGRATS and here’s to a successful 2015 and beyond!ReplyCancel

    • Sunni - This is so true! One thing that I’m looking forward to is trying to bring this idea of sewing your own clothes into the now. Something that I still get from people is the slightly durogatory (spelling?) question, “You sew your own clothes?” People still associate a negative connotation with it and I find that unfortunate and something I want to change! Here’s to infecting everyone with the sewing bug!ReplyCancel

      • Nakisha - Poor deluded souls. 😉

        My 16 year old was all o_O when I first started sewing. But now that SHE also has gotten some things custom made oh you’d better believe she is ALL about mom’s sewing now! Ha!ReplyCancel

  • Kaoru Marie - Congrats! What an exciting adventure. After listening to your interview on the Sewing Affair podcast, it seems like teaching is much more up your alley than a full-blown retail shop. Good luck! Wish I lived nearby so I could stop in.ReplyCancel

  • Ani - My husband finishes his PhD in two years, and I’ve been pushing him strongly to apply to work in SLC, under the guise that it is almost perfectly halfway between my family in Oregon and his in Texas. But really, I kinda just wanted to be able to go to your store.

    And now I want to push it even more because even more than a store, I want a place where I can go and get help and learn! This sounds amazing.

    Also, should you know of any creative writing (with a focus on Latino studies and poetry) positions opening up in two years time in SLC, let us know. Ha. :)ReplyCancel

  • May - Sunni, what an amazing solution for your space! I wish you the very best as you start your new journey :) On my next trip to SLC, I know what’s first on my itinerary!ReplyCancel

  • Mari - Brilliant idea. I am so happy for you and only wish I lived close enough to take advantage of such a wonderful place to learn and perfect my sewing skills. I truly believe you have hit on a much needed void in the “sewing world”. I wish you MUCH MUCH success. I think you will become “the place to be” and the business to duplicate in the years to come. Congrats. Additionally, I admired your perseverance and honesty throughout the past year. Most people never try – they dream but are afraid to take the risk. You took the risk and in that case it did not work but I am sure you learned a lot. May this new venture be the reward.ReplyCancel

  • Camilla - Hi Sunni good luck with your new venture. I wish you lots of success. Happy 2015.ReplyCancel

  • Connie - Sunni, I wish you much success with the new revamped shop. I think it will do well. We have a shop like that here in Olympia WA called Refabulous You where they focus on refashioning projects plus have sewing classes. Good Luck.ReplyCancel

  • Miss J - That’s more like it! I’ve seen your Craftsy class and liked your teaching style and learned a lot from this and your blog. I’m sure you’ll be able to translate the tone of your blog into your real life classes.

    Sometimes you have to take a detour to find the right road!

    Just hope you’ll be able to keep up the blog. Will miss it if you can’t!

    All the best,


  • Erin - Best. Idea. Ever. I only wish I lived nearby so I could take advantage. I wish there was something like this where I live. Bravo!ReplyCancel

  • Becky - Brilliant idea! Love it. Bummed I moved from Salt Lake last year but maybe one of my visits back to town can overlap with a good workshop. Best of luck – you’re a terrific instructor and this fills a need for sure.ReplyCancel

  • Mainelydad - This is exciting news, and I wish you all the best. In my dreams I’d be doing the same thing. Opening a space where men could come and live out their sartorial fantasies. But since that’s never gonna happen, I’ll settle for living vicariously through your blog.ReplyCancel

  • Miss Crayola Creepy - So cool, Sunni! I would love to come to a sewing retreat someday at your new spot :)ReplyCancel

  • Heather - this is so awesome!! Congratulations on your new venture – I’m sure it will be great! Now, if only I lived closer…ReplyCancel

  • Rochelle New - I must have missed your last post in the holiday shuffle, but I just wanted to congratulate you on your new venture!! How exciting! I used to work in a very small fabric shop, it was just me and the owner, so I worked alone most days and did a lot of “boss” type stuff …boy do I ever sympathize with you. There’s no shame in figuring out your passion isn’t with fabric store ownership, no matter how dreamy it may sound on paper.

    Stick with your gut and do what you love! I can’t wait to hear what awesome things 2015 has in store for you :) :)


  • Lisa G - Congrats on the new venture! This sounds like the absolute perfect fit for you. Best wishes for 2015!ReplyCancel

  • Noelle - Wow, that’s great news! I bet you are looking forward to it!ReplyCancel

  • Jenna - This looks too exciting! I really wish I was living closer! I’m going to have to let my US friends living nearby know! All the best!ReplyCancel

  • BeckyLeeSews - With the extremely limited amount of wiggle room for profit in fabric, it’s not surprising you closed the store. Unfortunate? Yes. Surprising? No.

    Through your blog, I’m watching my dream of owning a store with a classroom in the back like a movie and you are the star. But I live in a very small town about 25 miles SE of San Antonio, Texas so one must travel 20 miles just to buy elastic around here. Even the nearest WalMart is 20 miles. So in my store, I’d set up classes with the Scouts and local 4H to infect small people with the sewing bug at an early age. I’d enlist the assist of those with knitting skills to hold workshops, etc. I’d see what my store could do to support the school (pompoms, cheer stuff, drama costume support, etc.) or church choirs & Christmas programs. Of course, you’d have to buy the stuff for the classes up in front. :) Join the Chamber to endear yourself with the local business owners and support the schools & churches and you’ll build a customer base to last a lifetime or two.

    How exciting Sunni and I wish you the very best!ReplyCancel

  • Eleanor - This sounds like such a great idea. After following your craftsy class I was impressed by your teaching skills.
    And the place looks great!ReplyCancel

  • Stephani - I had a feeling this was the big news you’d be announcing. Congratulations on the new venture, Sunni! You’re a fantastic instructor, with great ideas, and I know you’ll do well.ReplyCancel

  • Corporelle - Sending you many encouragements for your new venture! It’s scary but excitingly liberating to make such decisions.ReplyCancel

  • EmSewCrazy - Oh wow! I’m so excited for you! I hope you will post business progress posts as you did with the shop. Something like this is what I would like to do someday so please let me learn from your experience! :) I wish you all the best!ReplyCancel

  • cal - super exciting sunni! i hope i can come and teach some time! never been to Utah ;n)ReplyCancel

  • Liz - I’m new to your site, and I’m loving what I see.

    Congrats on the taking a new direction with your sewing workshops.

    The above photos of your ‘sewing’ bookshelves are very enticing.
    I seen you have done a few book reviews on this site, but I’d love to see a post or two listing more sewing titles that you enjoy.ReplyCancel

  • Amy - Fantastic! You’re such a wonderful teacher and this new adventure seems like a natural fit. And these are all amazing classes! I love that you’re doing a classic shirt class–in my experience shirtmaking really helps to accelerate sewing skills and there’s always more to learn!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca - I learned so much from the classes I took from you: Serger; Copy a Pattern; A-line skirt. The Classic Shirt is next on my list. And I just signed up for the January Open Stitch nights. Actually committing to sewing on certain dates will help me make progress on my projects. Thank you!!!ReplyCancel

  • Hollyburn Take 5 & 6 » A Fashionable Stitch - […] Friends, thank you. Thank you so much for your encouragement in my last post about the Sewing Room. It’s so exciting and the more I think about it, the more excited I […]ReplyCancel

  • Coralee - This sounds so exciting! I will miss shopping at the store, but I hope you have a wonderful time with the studio, it sounds like a dream come true.ReplyCancel

  • Linda - I know I’m late to the party, but what a GREAT idea!!!!!!!!! I wish I was closer to take advantage of your great classes!!!!! Good luck to you, I think you will do great!ReplyCancel

  • Leslie - What an awesome idea! I wish I lived closer, I’d be there in a heartbeat. When I was at Quilt Market I met a woman from Oregon who owns a faltering quilt shop. Instead of just quitting altogether, she tried something new. She packed up her sewing machine and a simple project and headed to a pub. Once a week she holds lecture demos there. It draws the ladies, which draws the men ~ everyone is happy! Anyway, all that to say I love how you’ve remade your store!ReplyCancel

Before we start looking ahead to the new year – and I can’t even tell you how excited I am for 2015 and the new things we have planned! – I thought I would reflect back on this past year and tell you a bit of biggish news that is happening in my life. More often than not I try to keep as much highly personal emotion out of my blog as possible, meaning, I try to keep the negative silenced here and only focus on the positive. This has been the hardest year for that. I’ve been through a lot, both professionally and personally, during the course of 2014.

I have learned that owning a business is not an overnight sensation – meaning you’re not instantly a great business owner just because you own your own business. It draws heavily on both your strengths and preys equally on your weaknesses. It illuminates weak spots in your character and in your life. You also learn so much about yourself as a business owner. I’ve had to answer some really tough questions this year. I have also come to realize the importance of truly following your heart, even when it means closing the door on an old dream.

And here is where one chapter closes. The mister and I have decided to close the storefront portion of A Fashionable Stitch. We are doing this in favor of something else that is to come (much more on this soon, I promise). I personally, have found that I’m not a shop girl. More to the point, I really don’t dig working (or owning) retail. After an entire year of trying to suppress this inner truth it was time to let it out, let it be known and also re-design my vision of my future. You should know that this won’t affect the online shop – we’re still going to be selling fabric, notions and supplies there. Yes, the online store is still a thing and we have some really exciting new things lined up for it this year! (I’m so excited to tell you about it!!!) But my brick and mortar storefront is being put to rest (a positively morbid thought when I really think about). As of today, we’re closing the doors on our retail fabric storefront. We have something new and exciting planned to take over in the same brick and mortar space beginning in January.

I’m not sad. Well, OK, fine. Maybe a very small part of me is sad because I’ve wanted to be a shop owner for so long and I got to and I found out that it’s just not me and so, a small part of me is a little melancholy. But more than anything, I’m relieved. My soul is letting out a long, year long, sigh right now as I type. For the first time, in a year, I feel positive. That feels really, really good and dare I say, on the right track for future things. Here’s to you 2014 and the many wonders and self knowledge you have unlocked. I’m glad 2015 is just around the bend.

And before the holiday gets away from us, the mister and I wish you a very merry on your holiday this year. Thank you all for reading my blog. It means so much to me! I hope I inspire and help you out on your sewing journey. I do so love this interaction! All my best wishes to you and yours this season!

  • Tilly - Sunni, big congrats on making a difficult decision and doing the right thing for you and your business. It must have been a scary decision to make – I have so much admiration for you for following your heart. I can’t wait to see what you have planned for 2015! xxReplyCancel

  • Wendy - you are right to let the shop go before it bites you! Looking forward to hear more on the new venture and sending seasons greetings to you and yours.ReplyCancel

  • Janeice - That was beautifully written. My very best wishes for you in 2015! I look forward to reading your blog in the new year.ReplyCancel

  • Becky - I’m glad that you are following your best instincts and altering your aspirations to fit what you want out of life. That’s so important, and I might add, WISE. I think owning any independent storefront is an exceedingly difficult thing to do these days. I am excited for your new plans, whatever they may be. Happy Holidays to you and the Mister. Bring on 2015!ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn - Best of luck with your new adventures, Sunni! As you very eloquently stated, you have to follow your heart and do what’s best for you, and I’m glad you’re content with your decision. Life is hard sometimes, but it’s how we choose to deal with hardships that defines us in the end. Your blog followers are supporting you, as always. Happy holidays!ReplyCancel

  • Corinne - Ah, the New Year! May it be good for you. Sometimes in life it is absolutely necessary to make major changes. I used to laugh because I have more or less lived on a 5 year cycle. On occasion someone would ask how I had experienced so many different experiences in a long career, my answer was essentially a 5 year plan. I always wanted to own a storefront but fortunately discovered that it just would not work out. Only you know what is best for you and your family. My best wishes and hope that your new venture e a great success.ReplyCancel

  • Daisy Jones - I believe, Part of finding your dream is growing with it through accepting the inevitable but never letting it go. Bet you are actually sighing with relief somewhere inside yourself?
    This time next year you will look back and think ahhh that was just the beginning…lots and lots of luck to you and Merry Christmas to you and yours I am a newbie to your blog but have enjoyed reading….bestest daisy j xReplyCancel

  • Renee - Best of luck Sunni! I’m glad you were able to make the right decision for you. Can’t wait to see what you do next!ReplyCancel

  • didyoumakethat - I think 2014 has been a hard year for a lot of people, but I’m very glad to hear you have positive plans soon to come to fruition. Take it easy on yourself, rest, rediscover the joy. You have been a brave woman. Life has shown me time and again that the seeds of happiness are often unwittingly being sewn in the midst of misery. I look forward to seeing your happy face in 2015!ReplyCancel

  • tracy - I love your site, your shop and your honesty. I just got done writing a post on how I need to reevaluate my business plan. It’s tough to face down the fact that what you wanted may not really be what makes you happy. It’s just part of the journey I guess. I still love sewing but tweaking my business is important so I remain happy. Isn’t that why we are doing it in the first place?
    Best wishes in your new adventure, can’t wait to read about it!ReplyCancel

  • Elena Knits - Think that at you had the chance at trying that. It’s ok if you didn’t like it as much as you expected. You can focus now on new dreams :)ReplyCancel

  • Ramona Putnam - Don’t be sad. You gave a dream life which is a good thing. Think of all the wonderful things you’ve learned about yourself along the way. Some dreams don’t feed us the way we believed they would and drain us instead. You never would have known that if you hadn’t given it a try.

    Now go put those creative talents to work and find the joy in your life.

  • Angela - So glad you were able to accept that you aren’t loving a retail shop and are moving on….and I’m quite curious to see what is coming next!ReplyCancel

  • May - Following what’s truly in your heart even when it’s different than expectations – even your own – is so important. I’m so excited to see what’s to come!ReplyCancel

  • Peter - I’m reminded of that Dalai Lama quote: “Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.” Have a great holiday, Sunni. Looking forward to what’s in store for 2015!ReplyCancel

  • liza jane - Best of luck to you in 2015! I’m not sorry to see 2014 go either. I’m excited to see what is in the cards for you next!ReplyCancel

  • maddiemadalynne - Because the internet doesn’t have overhead like a retail shop, it’s hard making brick and mortar successful. I admire your ability to know when to close one door and open another. It takes guts and courage. Wishing you and the mister a prosperous 2015!ReplyCancel

  • Anne - It’s good to make difficult decisions and know you’ve made the right one! Well done and good luck in 2015 with your new venture. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!ReplyCancel

  • mstmoore - Sunni,
    This is my first time commenting and I have already been a customer of your shop. I want to thank you for sharing your wisdom, for inspiring new sewers, for selling awesome fabric that is just beautiful to behold. Thank you for taking the time to write insightful details of the products you sell, they help so much. Thank you for being honest and above all thank you for following your dreams! Merry XMas!!!ReplyCancel

  • Heather - Thank you for your honesty and for sharing. I think sometimes the best way to find out if something is right for you is to give it a shot. I’m so glad you are keeping your online store open, and I look forward to whatever you are up to in the future!ReplyCancel

  • Robyn - Best wishes to you in the new year. I have a feeling that 2015 is going to be an epic year for a lot of folks. I am looking forward to what you will bring to us as I know it will be grandReplyCancel

  • Lisa - Best wishes for 2015 as you follow a different path! Can’t wait to hear your new plans.ReplyCancel

  • Rebekah - Hi Sunni,

    I am so happy to hear that you are setting your sights to something you will truly love doing. Excited to see what you have in store!ReplyCancel

  • Heather Lou - I’m happy you’re following your heart and super excited to see what the new year brings for you Sunni!ReplyCancel

  • Kyla - I had the pleasure of stopping by your shop a few months ago and it was a beautiful little place. I’m sure you are turning it into something equally as beautiful. Happy Holidays!ReplyCancel

  • Mary - I don’t post comments nearly as often as I should, but I wanted to say that I LOVED this post! No matter what you do, just know that you are inspiring others (*raises hand*) as we follow our dreams along with you. Happy New Year!ReplyCancel

  • Nikki H - Sunni, I am so relieved for you. Even though you didn’t say anything overtly negative on the blog, I could tell that the stress of owning a retail store was really getting to you and sapping your energy and joy. I grew up with my parents owning a business and I’ve seen the mental and emotional toll it takes. It’s not worth hanging onto something just because it’s what you *thought* you wanted at one time.
    I’m so excited to see what you have in store for 2015! I don’t live in SLC, but I’m still dying to know what you’ll turn the shop into! I hope you have a relaxing break over the next few weeks.ReplyCancel

  • Miss J - I’m glad you’re not sad Sunni,but I am as your shop looked so nice!
    You are so talented and a great teacher as I saw from your Craftsy class, I know your new secret venture will be great.
    Wishing you the best for the New Year!

  • Peggy Lobello - Kudos for following your dreams. You never know til you try. All the best.ReplyCancel

  • Alessa - Good on you for making a difficult decision and lots of luck and success for the new venture in 2015!ReplyCancel

  • Amy - Hi Sunni! I know it takes a lot of patience with yourself and guts to make those kind of radical choices. And yet there is a sigh of relief. I have always loved your blog and style and wish you all the best in your new adventures!ReplyCancel