Facts About Shop Stuff

Friends, thank you for your patience as I’ve been getting used to my new role as retail shop owner. I really really hope you all had a wonderful 2013 holiday (whatever holiday that might be for you), with another just around the bend. Here’s to a shiny New Year, eh?! Since posting about my recent acquisition of a physical retail shop, I thought it might be a good idea to answer several questions I’ve received about it. The thing is, I have it all figured out in my head and I just think that you do too when you would have to be a mind reader to know all the details and how its all worked out. I’m sure (so sure) this will be a work in progress. I’m actually still concerned about how the online presence of everything is going to jive with the physical presence, but we’re coming to new and exciting decisions about that too. So here we go:

Who are you?
I’m just a gal with a serious sewing obsession. It’s turned into quite the adventure because not only do I own an online shop, but now I’ve gone and purchased myself a brick and mortar shop too. Yikes!

You have a shop? Where’s it located?
I’m a Salt Lake City, Utah local, so if you’re purchasing from me online, this is where its all shipped from (this, if you’re unaware is in the U.S.). Now I also own a brick and mortar in Salt Lake City, Utah too. It’s also called A Fashionable Stitch. Here is our physical address:

A Fashionable Stitch
988 East 3300 South
Salt Lake City, Utah
(801) 466-3110 (tele)

Wait. Didn’t you buy Yellow Bird Fabrics?
Yes, yes I did. But I decided to change the name to be under my A Fashionable Stitch umbrella. We still share the same vision as Yellow Bird Fabrics just different names and owners is all.

So, what kind of fabric do you sell?
We specialize in fine apparel fabric. Wools, cottons, silks, linens and a full assortment of bridal and evening wear fabrics too. We have a full assortment of linings, notions, trims, supplies and tools too, especially for the garment sewer, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t do other types of sewing with our wares too. You can definitely quilt or piece using our fabrics and even home decorate with them too. They are beautiful for a myriad of uses.

Are you going to close your online store then?
No. The online store will be staying open because, you know, it’s important to me. I’m an online guru – a bloggy tech (nically challenged) sewing gal and I love my online customers much too much to give it up.

Are you going to sell fabric online too?
Actually, yes! Ha ha! It’s a bit of a slow process, but I’ve already gotten started with some pretty lovely wool knits, silk prints and a couple of knits with kidswear in mind (though you wouldn’t have to use them for kids per se).

What brands of independent sewing patterns do you stock? Do you sell them online?
Well, just so you know, we don’t sell any of the Big 4 patterns in store just yet. We have ideas for selling some of our favorite sewing patterns in store though, so if you’re a Salt Lake City local, definitely sign up for the local newsletter because we send out a couple of newsletters every week to keep you informed of what’s new in the physical shop. As for the independent pattern companies, we are currently selling Colette and Sewaholic and we have plans to bring in several more as well. Plus we’ve decided to start selling a few children’s patterns and fabrics too and I’ve got some Figgy’s on the way and I’m looking into a few more children’s patterns too. Then there’s the matter of this unbelievable rainbow stripe cotton velour that we just got in (which is also online, right now). I only wish I had kids so I could make them a pair of leggings or a hoodie or something out of it. To die for cute, right? At this time, I’m not selling patterns in my online shop, but in the not so distant future, this will change.

How do I contact you?
You can email me at sunni@afashionablestitch.com. If you’re interested in contacting the physical store, look for the address above and the telephone number to the retail store is (801) 466-3110.

I’ve been subscribed to your newsletter and you never send me anything? What’s the deal?
For quite some time, I’ve not known what to do about the newsletter. However, now that I have a physical shop, I’ve had a lot more practice about what I feel a newsletter should be. You should know that there are now 2 newsletter groups that I send emails to. One is dedicated to my online shop (probably the one you’re signed up for and don’t receive anything about, but you will soon) and one is dedicated to the physical store. You can sign up for the newsletters here. There’s much more on the horizon for the newsletters too. Oh the fun we’ll have!

When are you going to start teaching classes again?
Sigh…. Honestly folks, I am soooooo busy right now, I just don’t know that teaching classes is in the cards for me anymore. Plus there’s this part where I actually still want to sew stuff and that hasn’t been happening very much lately. But, I’ve got something else up my sleeve that I think will work out a little better anyway. Hold the phone though! This doesn’t mean that we aren’t going to hold classes at A Fashionable Stitch. In fact, I’m in the process of getting a few new teachers on board so that we can get some new classes going soon. Most likely February 2014.

I think that does it for now. Have any more questions? If you do, be sure to leave them in the comments and I’ll update this post with your new questions. Again, I would like to thank all of you, my dear readers, for your support and encouragement. Means so much! Not just to me, but also to my mister and my staff! If you’re ever in Utah, please don’t hesitate to stop by the physical shop location or even contact me for a meet-up to talk sewing! I’m pretty nice, I think (OK, I’m actually a serious pushover, so I’m totally nice). Here’s to all things A Fashionable Stitch! Yay!

  • Peter - This is all so exciting, Sunni. Can I just say I LOVE the way you’ve photographed your fabric on the website. It makes it really easy to “feel” what the fabric’s all about. Great job!ReplyCancel

  • Nancy - Would you please consider a swatching service of some kind? Even offering swatches for sale so us “online only” buyers can try before committing! Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Nakisha - OMG I need mustard knit! :)

    I also love the photography, showcases the color and texture well.

    Congrats on this huge endeavor! And remember to have fun!!ReplyCancel

  • Jenna - Sunni, I am SO EXCITED to see that you’re offering fabric in your online shop. I do see one problem with your shop, though. I can’t seem to narrow down my wishlist. I want. it. all. :) :) Keep up the good work and congrats!ReplyCancel

  • Maggie - This is fantastic! I am so excited for you and I love seeing all the new and exciting things that you are doing online and in the shop. Keep it up :) ReplyCancel

  • Darlene - Congratulations on opening your brick and mortar shop! You are such an inspiration for following your dreams and doing what you love, and I hope it pays off very well for you! I’m so glad too that you aren’t closing your online shop! I’m just getting into sewing garments and hopefully eventually pattern design, and I’m glad I’ll still be able to get your products in Canada :) ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - I’m so very excited for you! Your photos and descriptions make me really want to order some fabric too :) Your shop sounds amazing, and I hope it’s not too long before we make a trip that requires a stop in SLC!ReplyCancel

  • Becky - Sunni, I can’t keep up with you! I hope you have a great experience with all your new adventures. I like your new fabrics so much, but my stash is already too big. I’ll be back!ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn - Sunni – can I once again say how thrilled I am for you! This has to be a totally awesome experience. I do hope that you put more fabric up on your online store because I’ll totally be a customer! Good luck and blessings upon this new venture…Happy New Year!ReplyCancel

  • EmSewCrazy - Ok, I’m feeling so dumb I didn’t realize you were in SLC!! I travel there with a friend whose kids doctor down there because if their rare disease. Guess what shop I’m adding next time we go together…

    Thanks for sharing your journey with us. Always interesting to see how you can make a living with needle and thread…ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - Congratulations!! I’m so excited for you. I’ll stop in next time I’m in town.ReplyCancel

  • lisa g - i’ve been drooling over your fabric offerings! you’ve done a great job of photographing them, it’s easy to get a sense of what the fabric is like. even though i’m no where near your shop, i enjoy hearing about how the business venture is going. best wishes for 2014!ReplyCancel

  • PendleStitches - Living the dream! I’m so thrilled for you. And I love, love, love your fabric choices. So swoonworthy.ReplyCancel

Owning a Brick & Mortar Shop is Hard Work!

I’d totally be lying if I didn’t tell you that I’m soooooooo tired right now. It’s been a whirlwind of prepping, cleaning, buying, paying, needing this, wanting that, ordering, transferring ownership of certain things like bills, shoveling snow, working, selling, and well the list goes on and on. Wow. Guys (gals) owning and running a real life shop is hard work. I haven’t been sleeping well either because I’ve been so excited and jittery and stressed out about all of it. That’s what my stress does to me – I don’t sleep and I don’t eat. Ha ha. More like I just forget to eat and the butterflies in the stomach fill me to a point of not even wanting to eat. Weird.


I’d totally be lying if I didn’t tell you that its pretty fun though. I mean, yeah, its hard work, but its fun. Just proves that hard work can be fun. And quite satisfying. And it leads to more and more ideas and creativity and wow. I’m so inspired by so many things right now, I feel like I could explode. The fact that I’m way too tired to follow through on all these ideas hardly matters. Ha ha ha!

So what can I tell you? Last week was my first full week as a brick and mortar entrepreneur. Did I make a million dollars? No. I have to say that I’ve done a lot of prepping for this venture and now I feel like I’m finally ready to just start helping people find the fabric they want and need and well, selling my wares. Admittedly, getting the word out is probably one of the harder parts of owning a business. I know this from my online adventures. And then of course there’s the bills and there’s the scheming for what’s next and there’s a lot of people giving you advice and pulling you in all sorts of fun new directions and then there comes a time when you have to finally find your own voice and start doing what you know you feel in your gut to be right. It’s so crazy. Today is that first day where I’m beginning to feel that calm after the storm. You know, where you exhale and think, I’m ready.


I’m baring a bit of my shop owner’s soul to you and though it might not make any sense whatsoever, I’m ready. I’m actually ready to start sewing again – haven’t touched my machine in weeks. And there’s a little something something on the horizon where I’ll need something like a whole wardrobe of new things. Yikes! But exciting. Guess I’ll not want for fabric, right? Anyway, just wanted to pop in and say, I’m back baby! We’re ready to roll again. For those of you who’ve emailed me – I’m slowly getting back on top of that. All orders from the online sale have all gone out. Whewwww! The online shop is back up and running too. If you live in the Salt Lake City, Utah area – HOP IN to A Fashionable Stitch (988 East 3300 South, SLC). I’d love to see your bright little face.

Thanks everyone for your incredibly encouraging words from my last post. I’m definitely a little anxious about what this new venture holds, but your words meant the world to me and really gave me hope that I can do this. Thanks. I totally needed that. Now, off to cut out a Papercut Ensis Tee in some pretty lovely wool double knit from les shop. And what about you? What’s on your sewing table?

  • Anne Szabo - Congratulations. It is always rewarding when your hard work comes together. Good luck with your store.ReplyCancel

  • Becky - Hooray! I’m glad all your hard work is paying off. I know it will be a success. Now, about that teaser! Do we have to guess what that new wardrobe is for? And I can’t wait to see your new tee!ReplyCancel

  • lisa g - such an exciting venture, glad to hear it’s going well despite the exhaustion! soooo wish i could visit the store in person, it sounds fab!ReplyCancel

  • Kara - One of these days, when I’m in Salt Lake, I swear I’ll make it in. Exciting!
    What brands of independent patterns do you stock, besides Sewaholic? Nice to know there’s someplace to get nice things semi-locally.ReplyCancel

  • Angela - What is the name of your store? While I don’t live there, a visit next summer is a distinct possibility, and I’d love to support your shop.ReplyCancel

  • Ginger - I’m so excited for you! Best wishes on your new venture!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - I’m so incredibly happy for you!! Based on your online shop, blog, and sweet voice I think you would be a fantastic shop owner, and I wish I lived closer to your store! We do love Utah, though, and find our way through SLC every couple years… maybe someday :) ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - Congrats! We just moved from the Salt Lake area a few months ago, but I did shop at Yellow Bird occasionally- it’s a great space, I think you could do really well there! Glad you are enjoying it even in the midst of all of the hard work :) ReplyCancel

  • Ness - Congratulations! You must be so thrilled. I just ordered the Rigel bomber pattern from Papercut, and it’s definitely the most challenging thing I’ve ever attempted. But I’m glad to hear you’re getting back into sewing again. :) ReplyCancel

  • Tilly - I so wish I could pop by! Sadly London is a bit far :( Sending you lots of luck virtually though! xReplyCancel

  • K-Line - I have total confidence in your new adventure. I’m sure you will have great success. (And I wouldn’t say it if I didn’t believe it.) (And I’m very smart about these things.)ReplyCancel

  • Tiffany - weird! I have the same writing as you! (if you were the one how wrote “Tools and Notions”. Good luck with your shop! I wish it was closer to me.ReplyCancel

  • Reana Louise - Wow, the photos look great! Can I ask what your opening hours over the New Year break are? I know that sounds eager, but I’m flying from Australia to Park City for 10 days, and I land in / out of Salt Lake City – so I’d love to come in and buy all of those things I never wanted to spend on postage! :) ReplyCancel

  • O. Jolly - Sounds as if you’re of to a fantastic start. All the best!!ReplyCancel

  • Sophie-Lee - A whole new wardrobe eh? Say no more, say no more. I can’t even start to imagine how exciting and scary having a physical store would be – much more risky but also allows face-to-face contact with customers. Hopefully you’ll be keeping the online store up and running because I’ve recommended it to a few people!ReplyCancel

  • Sandra (Sewist-Stitch) - Things are totally normal then: tired, stressed, butterflies, scared, excited but completely happy :-) All the best with your shop and business venture. I just made my first Ensis Tee in the weekend, fab pattern.ReplyCancel

  • Lauren - Was that an obscure pregnancy announcement?! ;) ReplyCancel

  • Becky Thompson - Congratulations! I’m SO envious. I’m a federal employee and during the furlough this year, I was ready to jump and do my own sewing shop too. I’ve had this dream for years but hubs wasn’t keen on the whole entrepreneur gig. Then they put us back to work and …oh well, some day…

    My dream included a classroom in the back to teach: zippers, hems, mending holes, Sewing Machine 101, etc. I’d work with the middle & high school, Scouts, 4H, etc. I really wanted to involve the community as much as possible. You have to drive 20 miles from here just to buy thread so I’d include quilters & their wares too. I wanted a VERY CUTE white picket fenced in front corner of the store with a window called The Crib, painted in modern juvenile (gray/lilac/soft yellow) with all-things-baby. You know you can make baby headbands in a minute and their profit is like 500%. And I’d rent out shelf space for crafters. This changes up the wares, has items in your store that don’t say Made In China, and their friends and family come in to shop even if they don’t sew. The possibilities are endless. My sign would say, Like Us on FB for Specials and I’d have a Stuff the Bag Day where I’d sell a reusable tote bag with my store logo for like $9.99 and on STBD days, everything a customer can stuff in there is 10-15% off, and 25% off all clearance.

    Can you tell I had this going on in my head? Oh yeah, and my store name was “Bobbins”… Can I at least live vicariously through you? Oh and one piece of advice, join the local Chamber if you’re not already a member. It matters and the support you receive is unbelievable.ReplyCancel

  • Gail Ann Thompson - Congratulations, best wishes for success and prosperity.

    The previous Yellow Bird owner was very kind to me. She went drastically out of her way to draft a ‘box shirt’ pattern and mail it to me, out here in the wilds of Missouri.

    Recently, I’ve come across some other patterns, similar in a way, to the Box Shirt. Instructions come on one printed page and the seamstress uses those instructions to create her own garment. Many of them were published in the 1920′s by Mary Brooks Picken of The Woman’s Institute. I’ve come across others, a 1940′s bra in an ancient ‘Stitchcraft’ magazine, and a slip in an old Needlewoman/Needlecraft magazine form the 1930′s. All of them would be quite fashionable, quite wearable today.

    I love the patterns for their simplicity, elegance, and unfailingly fine fit. If you could find such-like patterns, and offer them in your shop, I feel as if you’d be swamped with orders. Good Luck.ReplyCancel

  • Sewing Princess - How cool Sunni…don’t forget to eat though! For some reason that never happens to me ;) but then I don’t own a sewing store. I am excited for your new venture and I would certainly come by if I was ever in the area…unless you are visiting Italy and that’s the reason why you need a new wardrobe!ReplyCancel

  • ShanniLoves - Congrats! How exciting! I always tell my husband I’m quitting my day job and opening a fabric shop if we win the lottery.ReplyCancel

  • sewcharleston - You are so lucky! Congrats! Your shop looks and sounds great!ReplyCancel

  • Linda L - How exciting! Congrats on becoming a new shop owner, wish you much success.ReplyCancel

  • Janice - I can’t wait to see your sewing projects again. I’ve always found them very inspiring. I’m currently making my way through the Drape Drape books, so a lot of knits.ReplyCancel

  • liza jane - Just wanted to pop in and say good luck with everything, my friend! I am very excited for you :) ReplyCancel

  • Maiken Pedersen - Merry Christmas, and good luck with your new shop. Thank you for a very useful and nice blog, that has been a big inspiration for me, as I just started sewing this year. Thanks also for your great online shop, hope that you will expand it with fabrics eventually… :-) ReplyCancel

  • Amber Williams - Sunni
    I think this is great. You will do wonderful. Your passion is so contagious. You have helped keep me on the cutting edge with my sewing students at Davis High. Thanks for being such a great sewing enthusiast!ReplyCancel

A Fashionable Stitch enters a new phase….


You guys, I’ve got some really really big news. My apologies for my absence here. I feel like I’ve been running around with my head cut off and to be honest, my head is still spinning (on my finger no less). I taunted you in my last post with this news, just a little. As crazy luck would have it, the owner of the fabric store that I work and teach at (Yellow Bird Fabrics) decided to sell. It was a big decision and one that was made because of circumstance – nothing bad or life threatening though, which is good. She asked if I wanted to buy. I know, I know. This is the CRAZY part! And after some serious fretting and sweating and thinking and inner turmoil and “should I really do this?” type stuff, I decided to dive in, head first. And now A Fashionable Stitch enters a new phase. We are a bona fide brick and mortar shop! Yeah. You could say I’m walking on air right about now.



I never thought I would actually own a fabric store. In fact, I played around with the idea for awhile and thought, um no. Then after being approached with the opportunity to buy, I felt different. I really wanted it. There are so many things that appeal to me about having a brick and mortar shop. The personal contact with customers. Having parties (oh yes, there will be parties!). Educating people in person. Feeling fabric in person. Seeing fabric in person. Decorating. Scheming about how to package things – I love packaging! There is TONS to do and I already feel like I’ve done a ton and that a ton has been done by Amy, who went before me. She’s given me a legacy, seriously and its wonderful. You guys, I own a fabric store! Isn’t that just the craziest?


So what does this mean? It means that me and my mister will be quite a bit busier, but all for something that we both love – Mr. S totally digs that I’m into fabric and I totally dig fabric, so we’re definitely going to have a lot of fun. I’ve got a really fine group of ladies working for me – I am so lucky! You’ll be hearing so much more about them in the days to come. They all have really fabulous ideas and many of those are going to be popping up here on the blog. I’m pretty sure you’re going to get a handful of behind the scenes here at AFS headquarters (and now we actually have a real headquarters!). There is so much to do and I want you all to be apart of it, if only through the interwebs. The online store will be expanding to include more notions and a select amount of fabrics. And I’ll also continue to blog, of course – a passion I’m much too loathe to give up.


There’s much more to say, but I’ll save some things for future posts. You’ll be hearing about the shop a lot. Sheesh. It’s so exciting. Oh. my. goodness. I’m pinching myself even now…


And because we have some serious celebrating to do right now and because its Black Friday – the online shop is having a sale. Right now. I’ve tried to stock up on everything, so clean me out, would ya? Save 25% on your total purchase today and tomorrow, when you enter THANKS2013 at the discount code section during checkout. While supplies last. Can’t be combined with any other offer. Here’s to something brave and new. Thanks everyone!

  • Wendy - Congratulations! You are living my dream!!!ReplyCancel

  • Reana Louise - THAT IS SO EXCITING! Whoa, sorry. That’s awesome! I’m sad I don’t live in Utah to come and visit!ReplyCancel

  • Miriana - Congratulations. I love your online shop as it’s really well curated, so your bricks and mortar shop is bound to be equally fabulous.ReplyCancel

  • Chris Butler - Congratulations, I can’t wait to get shopping!ReplyCancel

  • Sabine - Congratulations on your shop and lots of success to you!ReplyCancel

  • linda - Omg, congrats! It has always been my dream too to own a fabric store…Glad you had the chance to do this! I’m a follower! Gr, Linda from BelgiumReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - Wow! That is crazy exciting! Congraulations!ReplyCancel

  • Vayle - Congratulations! It’s so cool! I would love to work in fabric store :D Nice! :) ReplyCancel

  • Sally - WOW. That is awesome! Living the dream! CongratulationsReplyCancel

  • Lindsay - What a fantastic opportunity and good on ya. Party like it’s 1999.ReplyCancel

  • Claire (iwanttobeaturtle) - Wow, this is so exciting for you. Congratulations. I’m sure you will be a roaring success!ReplyCancel

  • megannielsen - Sunni!!! Oh my goodness this is such amazing wonderful news! I’m so thrilled for you! I can only imagine a fabric store curated by you is going to be to die for, now if i only lived closer…

    Congrats sweetheart! and goodluck with getting settled!

  • Marianne - Wonderful news, congratulations! I envy your lucky customers, must great to do fabric shopping in a store where the owner has so much knowledge to share!ReplyCancel

  • Tricia - Congratulations, Sunni. I am so happy that you are able to realise your dream.ReplyCancel

  • mokosha - congratulations, lady! that’s great news! i wish you all the best with your new business!ReplyCancel

  • theperfectnose - Congratulations! I am so happy for you and so proud of all your achievements. Can’t wait to see what you do next-I’m sure it’ll be awesome and I’ll be right here cheering you on. So many hugs for you right now.ReplyCancel

  • DeAnna - Congrats and good luck.ReplyCancel

  • Sassy T - Wow how exciting, you are going to have a fabulous time.ReplyCancel

  • ANGELA - Congrats!!! So exciting!!! Another fabulous online fabric store to shop with :) ReplyCancel

  • Tilly - Oh Sunni! I’m sitting here in London grinning from ear to ear for you – sooooooo exciting!! Massive congratulations and sending you lots of luck in your new venture. Eep! xReplyCancel

  • Bella - This is exciting. I think it will give you less time to blog, but LOTS more to blog about! Enjoy, have fun, and keep us posted online about what’s up…ReplyCancel

  • CarmencitaB - I am behond giddy! I am so happy for you. Long live A Fashionable Stitch!ReplyCancel

  • Peter - Congratulations, Sunni! I hope you will continue to blog about the store == can’t wait to hear more about it. I’m so glad you decided to run with this great opportunity!ReplyCancel

  • Angela - Congrats Sunni! What fantastic newsReplyCancel

  • Sam - Oh wow! Congratulations. Owning a fabric store is my dream.ReplyCancel

  • Barbara J - Congratulations Sunni! Must be a giddy time for you! Wishing you all the best in your new venture … a brick and mortar one no less!ReplyCancel

  • Ellen - Oh Sunni! Congratulations on your new venture! Such a dream come true!ReplyCancel

  • Helen - Wow! Really brave, but amazingly exciting at the same time. Congratulations! What a dream come true!ReplyCancel

  • Jenny - Congratulations! What a fabulous opportunity!ReplyCancel

  • Joanne - Congratulations! I know your store will be amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Kate - Congratulations Sunni! What a dream-come-true! Your wonderful design sense will make a well-curated shop even better!ReplyCancel

  • lisa g - how awesome!!! i am so excited for you, mega congrats on the new venture!ReplyCancel

  • K-Line - What an awesome life-change! Just to clarify: Will the online store cease to exist? Just trying to figure out how I’ll continue to get all that good iron-on interfacing in strips.ReplyCancel

  • Sunni - @everyone!!! – Thank you all for your support and encouraging comments. Here I am, hyperventilating over here!

    @K-line – The online store will definitely still be open. May sound a little weird, but I do feel a duty to keep my online shop up and running because I have so many customers that purchase all these crazy notions from me. We’ll actually be carrying more items and a few select fabrics too. I’ve linings next on the agenda for adding to the online shop. More interfacings. More notions. Yay!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren - Sunni, this is AMAZING news!! Congratulationsx10000, you have earned this and I cannot wait to see what you do with the business and how you can make it blossom even more than it already is :) Might be trying to pick your brain in the future, you have been warned! Haha! But in all seriousness… you are awesome, and I’m so happy for you! Yay!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - Wow… you are truly living the dream!!! Imagine hanging out in a fabric store all day, and then imagine it’s YOUR fabric store… what a lovely lovely thing!! :)

    I’m so glad to hear your online shop will still be open; there’s stuff I get from you that I can’t find elsewhere so that’s a relief! Add some merino fabrics too – I’ll support the heck outta that! ^__^ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer S - I’m so happy for you! I know you weren’t the happiest at the jobs you were doing and that this is the perfect niche for you. After all I’ve heard about Yellow Bird, I was always hoping that someday she’d go online with her products (hint hint ;) Maybe someday I’ll convince DH that Utah is a great place to visit with an empty suitcase.ReplyCancel

  • Tracy - Congratulations!!!! I’m so excited for you :-) I’d write more, but I have to go shop now ;-) (thanks for the discount code ~ I was hoping for one)ReplyCancel

  • Sue @ A Colourful Canvas - Congratulations!!! How very exciting this news is. When I was much younger, I dreamed of having a sewing store, and for all the reasons you’ve written. {{SMILE}}ReplyCancel

  • Connie - Congratulations you fearless woman, or maybe you are feeling the fear and jumping in anyway. Whichever is true I wish you much success.ReplyCancel

  • Diane @ Vintage Zest - Congratulations!!!

    I can’t wait to see what’s in store for you! Pun totally intended. :) ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - So exciting, Sunni! I just celebrated by buying some lovely items from your shop. :) I’d love to have a brick and mortar shop for all the decorating possibilities – especially at Christmas!!!ReplyCancel

  • sewdooley - Congratulations, we’re all cheering you on and look forward to hearing more about your venture.ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn - Congratulations Sunni! That is awesome and amazing! I know that you will be very successful because this is so you!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Zeddie - Congratulations! I have ordered from Yellow Bird (after seeing fabric on your blog). Will you be selling fabric online? Do you plan on stocking belt kits again (either at Yellow Bird or at A Fashionable Stitch)?ReplyCancel

  • Laura Mae - That is amazing news and so very exciting! Congrats!ReplyCancel

  • Marie - Congratulations – such exciting news. I think you will do an amazing job with your real life store and know it will be a huge success.ReplyCancel

  • Beth B. - Congratulations!! This would be a dream come true for so many people, I bet you feel like you’re walking on air!ReplyCancel

  • Tasia - Congratulations!!! I’m so excited for you. It’s such a lovely store, so welcoming and bright, what a wonderful opportunity. This is such an exciting new chapter in your life. Can’t wait to hear what it’s like running a fabric store! Good luck!ReplyCancel

  • Becky - This is just stunning news! I wish I lived near you so that I could come visit. I am very excited for you, and I wish you the very best in your new adventure. Hooray for you!ReplyCancel

  • Debbie Cook - Congratulations Sunni!!ReplyCancel

  • cathy - congrats!! if ever im in the SLC area id love to come shop!ReplyCancel

  • Carlee - That’s so exciting!!! Congrats!!!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - Congratulations! What wonderful fun! Look forward to your future endeavour :) ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - Om my gosh, I am so pleased for you!! Congrats and I can’t wait to read more about your shop! P.s I’m also full of envy, I would love to own my own fabric shop so well done you :) ReplyCancel

  • Emma - I’m so excited I’m going to stop quietly lurking on your excellent blog and say congratulations! Hooray! Thank you for teaching me so much and hope your shop is a fabulous success :-) ReplyCancel

  • Trice - Omg, Sunni that is super awesome. Congratulation!! How exciting. Can’t wait to hear more about your new adventures.

    Oh poo, I wished I waited to order the stay tape just a few more days, such a great holiday sale.

    Again Congrats.ReplyCancel

  • Uta - Congratulations! I’m jealous of everybody who gets to visit your store :-) ReplyCancel

  • silvia - Oh I hope you have a launch party/reception day thingy! I’d love to come by and help you celebrate such a wonderful new chapter in your life. Plus you’ve got fabric, I’m in! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty - Congratluations!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Jane - Congratulations!! I am coming very close to setting up my own fabric shop and seeing someone else going for the same goal is very encouraging! I know it will be great!ReplyCancel

  • Lori - Congratulations, you will be fabulous.ReplyCancel

  • Lynn Nordman - Although I have just started with your site, I was smiling when I read your ‘new’ news….I live in West Coast of Canada and so happy for you and I don’t know why, but had to write you!!! Good luck in your new venture…hope you keep writing!!! I will try and order soon in the future. LNReplyCancel

  • The Nerdy Seamstress - Oh my goodness! Every seamstress’ dream! Congrats Sunni! I’m so happy for you!ReplyCancel

  • Karla - Wow! Congratulations! I can’t wait to visit YOUR STORE next time I make a visit to Utah!ReplyCancel

  • Sara - Such wonderful, exciting news! Congrats! It’s great to know the shop is in good hands!ReplyCancel

  • Tracey Wirth - Wow!!! Yay you Sunni! I think this is so perfect for you! I love all the cute packaging too!! So happy for you- and I know you will be successful !!! You have such a great following… Will you be changing the name of your store?ReplyCancel

  • Verte Adelie - Congratulations on this very exciting news, Sunni!ReplyCancel

  • Sewing princess - So exciting! Congratulations SunniReplyCancel

  • Yana - Congratulations! Wonderful news! :) ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - Gah! I just missed the sale. Never mind, I’m looking forward to receiving my order. I forgot all about this crazy Black Friday stuff over in America :-)

    Hearty congratulations on your new venture. You can Mr S can double date with Lauren and Ayaz from Guthrie and Ghani!ReplyCancel

  • Gail - Congratulations, Sunni! So happy for you!ReplyCancel

  • Emily S. - Fabulous news! Now I no longer need to pay shipping and handling. I can just drop by the store! :) ReplyCancel

  • Basya - Congratulations, Sunni! May your new venture be successful beyond your wildest dreams!ReplyCancel

  • Din - Sunni,

    This is amazingly wonderful news! I’m so happy for you. I would love to own a fabric shop one day too. Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Amy - Congratulations! I’m so excited to hear more about your adventures into the world of owning a brick-and-morter store. I hope you’ll continue to write about it, especially during this first year. Happy holidays!ReplyCancel

  • Veronica Darling - Congratulations! WOW! xoxoReplyCancel

  • Toni - Wow – when I saw you at the fabric swap I had no idea! Very exciting, indeed! Hope to see more of you soonReplyCancel

  • christine - wow! huge congrats! so exciting!ReplyCancel

  • Erin (trumbelinasews) - I am beyond thrilled for you. It seems like everything in your life has been pointing to this. I’m so happy that you decided to go for it. I wish you every success!!ReplyCancel

  • Andrea - Sunni, this is the best news ever. Congratulations to you. I am cheering you all the way – yay!ReplyCancel

  • Thewallinna - CONGRATULATIONS! This is HUGE and exciting, and I am wishing you all the best!ReplyCancel

  • Lena Merrin - wow, congratulations Sunni! You can do it!! :) ReplyCancel

  • LLBB - congrats!! That is huge! and amazing! Best of luck to you, I now we all are looking forward to this new chapter. Happy Holidays!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon - I can’t wait to come see you!ReplyCancel

  • Birgit - Wonderful news! Congratulations!! I wish you the best of luck!!ReplyCancel

  • Becky - Wow, that’s huge! Congrats! And I’m selfishly glad to hear that you’ll be keeping the online shop open/adding more things to it, since my local sewing supply options are quite limited and I’ve loved having your shop as an option for some harder-to-find things. Best of luck on this next stage of your sewing career!ReplyCancel

  • Ginger - Wow! That’s so exciting– congrats to you and the mister! :) ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer, Workroom Social - This is the most exciting news! Congratulations both. Can’t wait to see what is to come with this awesome opportunity. How fun to have your very own shop!!ReplyCancel

  • Alison - Good luck Sunni! I’m sure you’ll make a go of it.ReplyCancel

  • Anita Boeira - That’s pretty awesome news! For a moment when you said Yellow Bird’s owner had decided to sell, I was bummed thinking the store would close! I live just down the road from it, and love it! Need to take a class still though, just been having some busy months. :) ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - Congratulations and the best of luck!ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa - Fantastic news! I can’t wait to hear more about the shop.ReplyCancel

  • Rochelle New - How incredibly exciting!!!! I must make a special trip out to visit someday! Here’s wishing you a great success on your new endeavors <3ReplyCancel

  • Sara - Congratulations on the new store! Glad you are keeping the online store open as well, you carry some great items.ReplyCancel

  • Nora Abousteit - Wow! Congratulations, that’s awesome news! Let me know if we can be of help here at Kollabora.


  • PendleStitches - Serendipity is a wondrous thing. Many, many congratulations.ReplyCancel

  • Angela - Congratulations, that is so exiting! I will have to check
    out the online shop!ReplyCancel

  • Pauline - Wow, congratulations! That’s such a great news! I wish you the best for this next adventure, what a perfect way to start next year!ReplyCancel

  • Elena Knits - Congratulations!!! :D ReplyCancel

  • Florence - Owning a real time fashion seems like a dream to me. Just all the fabrics!ReplyCancel

  • Owning a Brick & Mortar Shop is Hard Work! » A Fashionable Stitch - […] everyone for your incredibly encouraging words from my last post. I’m definitely a little anxious about what this new venture holds, but your words meant the […]ReplyCancel

  • Chie - Vivat Veritas - This is awesome, Sunni! Best of luck to you, and I’d love to stop in when I have a chance to go to Salt Lake City.ReplyCancel

  • Janaan - Congratulations Sunni! That is very exciting. I live the in SLC area, so I will be sure to stop by and say hello. I love that little shop, so I will look for you. Good luck!ReplyCancel

  • Tracie W. - How exciting for you Sunny!!!!! I think its absolutely wonderful and I so look forward to doing business with A Fashionable Stitch!!!! :-) Love the blog and your humor and hope you’ll still have time to do it!ReplyCancel

  • Rhonda Mearing - I wish you luck with your business venture and hats off to someone who had the guts to go for it! Good luck XReplyCancel

  • Janice - Congrats! Let us know how it goes.ReplyCancel

Shop Update!

Well, hello there! I’ve been MIA for a little bit now and believe me, I know that I owe y’all some posts on fitting. Those of you who have emailed me (and heard nothing back) I’m super sorry. I have a huge huge announcement that I’ll be making soon that has not only kept me incredibly busy (oh so busy) but it was also one of those things where I needed to step away from everything else for a bit. I’ll be telling you more about it come December 1. But I’ll hint that its local and it has to do with my shop. Oh my goodness, its so incredibly exciting! Well, scary and exciting. I hope you’ll be excited (and willing to help out a little) too. Anyway, moving on, the shop has been long overdue for an update – both cosmetically and inventory wise. One thing that brings me lots of joy, especially around the holidays is my shop and soooooo….

I’ve got new products for you. With even more on the way. Sigh… The life and times of sewing notions and supplies. I do seriously, get all sorts of jazzed about sewing notions and supplies. Especially really good ones. I’ve been holding onto some products for the shop especially for the holidays. I have to admit that I feel that gift giving for a garment sewer is actually quite personal, meaning that sometimes its actually really hard to know what to get for them. I know my mister has this problem. He thinks I have everything I want in that category and to be honest, I kind of do. There are really outrageously expensive things that I would still like to acquire someday, but right now we don’t even have the room. So keeping these types of things in mind, I’ve amassed several choice items for the shop. Because this post would be mega long if I listed everything new, I’ve got a few highlights here. Hop on over to the shop and check out the new stuff – you can see it all if you scroll to the bottom where there are “newest” items listed.


Silk Basting Thread. I love using a nice basting thread and these fit the bill. They come in a package of three different colors and they are simply splendid to hand sew with.


Gingher serrated shears. OK, so here’s the thing with serrated shears. They are MARVELOUS! I don’t know if you’ve ever had the pleasure, but this lovelies grip fabric as they cut. They are, hands down, the only type of shear to use when cutting slippery fabrics. They are AWESOME. Everyone should have a pair of these. Everyone.


Clover Thread Nippers. Carbon Steel baby with a little vintage style resin handle. These are the bee’s knees. You’ll never need to buy another pair. These would be a great gift for someone still using their sewing shears for thread cutting….

Just a few goodies for upcoming holiday larks. Keep your eyes peeled for more upcoming products in the shop. There’s a bundle! Yay! Hope you enjoy! I’ll be back soon with more sewing news (the big news) and more informative tutorials and posts. Later friends.

  • Rochelle New - I’m definitely adding some Petersham ribbon and a point presser (…and about a dozen other things now that I’m looking!) to my Christmas list ;) ReplyCancel

  • lisa g - love the new shop offerings!ReplyCancel

  • ShanniLoves - Can’t wait to hear your exciting news!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - I love that you’re expanding your shop!! I see the silk basting thread is sold out but hopefully you’ll be getting more? I’m putting that and Gingher tailor’s points on my Christmas wish list :)

    Looking forward to seeing what more new things you get, and what your big announcement is!:)ReplyCancel

  • Sally - My old pair of Mundial shears are starting to give me grief and I’ve heard good things about Gingher. They seem more expensive than other brands but do come highly recommend all over, so I may give them a try :-) ReplyCancel

  • Sandra (Sewist-Stitch) - Oh I love the new things you have added to your shop. Silk basting thread for one is hard to come by.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - Ooh, I love notions too! I ended up placing an order, mainly for the serrated shears. Look forward to snipping with them :-) ReplyCancel

There’s Something About Kollabora…

So after my post on Pattern Review last week, I have to admit that I too completely agree with the feeling of most of the comments. The platform is way outdated. I do love Pattern Review, but as many of you stated, this community needs a serious makeover. I hadn’t posted a new project on there in some time and tried to go about doing it just yesterday and sheesh, it is sooooooo ugly. So janky. Although I’ve heard rumors of updates to this site, I’m beginning to wonder if they are just rumors. Seriously. I’ve heard about these updates for about a year now. Show me the money already!

I remember when BurdaStyle first came about. It was awesome. I loved being apart of the BurdaStyle community. But admittedly, I feel its a bit janky these days too and its been quite some time since I’ve used it. I started looking into My Sewing Circle. Hmmm… Then I found Threadbias and while I like the layout, it seems very much geared towards quilters. I mean that’s cool, but I don’t really quilt or piece in that way.


I was a beta tester for Kollabora and at the time, I remember feeling overwhelmed with everything else in my life and felt like one more online sewing community was going to break the bank. I’m still really busy these days and it is starting to feel like there are just too many online sewing communities, but I have to say, there is something about Kollabora. Remembering the beta testing days, I went on there just yesterday and they’ve made updates. They’ve made incredible updates. They are cool.


And the really cool thing about the updates is that they have been made. Like, they have actually changed from the beta testing days to a more updated interface, meaning people are actually working on this site, which sorry to say, seems a far cry from what’s happening on PR. Its really easy to use. I like the current, beautiful layout and design. I like the way my projects look. I like the way others’ projects look. I like how easy it is to “heart” something and follow people. You can curate inspiration boards, you can have wishlists, your profile looks really nice and well, I think I’m converted.


I’m not affiliated with Kollabora other than being a member, but I would love to see more people on there. I would love to see people reviewing patterns on there – like they do on Pattern Review – and I would love see this community grow into something even bigger and better. I think that Kollabora could get to the point of having online classes – just like they do on Pattern Review. And they’ve already started a supplies page for things like patterns and kits and fabrics and more. I think they would totally dig forums too (I didn’t see a forum or message board on there). If you alerted the Kollabora staff to things that you want to see happen in the future, I think there would actually be a good response to this. All of this, with an updated interface that people seem to be working on all the time. So I don’t know about you, but I’m on board with Kollabora. I’ll be uploading tutorials, reviews and playing around on there a lot more. I love it.

I know that nobody needs one more item on their plate, but I think if you do choose an online sewing community, my vote is for Kollabora. It’s lookin pretty nice people. What do you think? Do you think we should all start a migration from PR to Kollabora?

  • Ronniie - Why do we have to choose? I currently use both. Pattern review,however, I use more.ReplyCancel

  • Youanna - Thanks for the post. I have the same feelings about PR – outdated. Kollabora is fun to play with.I have just got a quick peak there, but seems very promising.ReplyCancel

  • Miriana - For those of us knitters who use Ravelry, Pattern Review is an abomination. It looks like it flew in from the early days of the internet. I can’t even bring myself to give it a chance.ReplyCancel

  • PendleStitches - I use neither PR nor BurdaStyle as they are both awful to look at and clunky to navigate and who has the time. Not me! So I’m off to check out Kollabora. Thanks for the heads up that they’ve made some changes.ReplyCancel

  • Elisa from CharmingDoodle - I just joined Kollabora this past weekend and so far I really like it. (and I’m following you…love your projects so far) I’m a bit confused about whether it’s just for projects with tutorials…or just for any kind of project you want to show. But so far, so good. I’ve never gotten into Pattern Review for the same reasons you voiced, it looks outdated and never appealed to me.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - Interesting! I use Pattern Review as an observer to check on patterns I’m about to make, but it’s just not easy enough for me to use. I joined Kollabura when it first went live, but like you I was too overwhelmed to do anything about it. Maybe I’ll take a second look!ReplyCancel

  • lisa g - i’ll definitely give kollabora a chance! i had looked over it when it first came out, but to be honest i didn’t really “get” how to use it. it’s nice to know that it has evolved from it’s beginnings. pattern review… i hear ya. i uploaded a couple reviews the other day and it’s just no fun to do! i do like the comprehensive database for specific patterns, though i find that most reviewers don’t give me the details that i’m really looking for. it’s a shame that PR is so clunky, they have a definite niche in the online sewing community, it would serve them well to update already!ReplyCancel

  • MadebyMeg - I’m so glad someone finally said it! PR is soo useful for checking out patterns and that makes them totally unique, but their interface is just awful! I have no idea how people form such community on that site.ReplyCancel

  • Rose - I agree that PR is very ugly and outdated, but I find that the technical content is, for now, without equal.
    Kollabora is cute and pretty, but, let’s say I want to know precise details (which size? which fabric? how is the fit ? alterations ?) for a given pattern from a given Burda issue, it won’t help me. Your own reviews are detailed but most are not and it’s very frustrating. Pretty pictures won’t help me when I’m in front of my fabric.ReplyCancel

  • raquel from JC - I’ll check the site, I don’t like PR either. And I never got the hang on burdastyle… You know the word Kollabora sounds exactly like the spanish word colabora? (it means help, collaborate, cooperate).ReplyCancel

  • Sunni - @Ronnilie – I don’t know that you necessarily have to choose between the two, its just that PR is so clunky. I’m tired of wasting my time trying to get my review to work on there. I spent over half an hour fiddling with the photo thing. Its just yucky.

    @PendleStitches – Its definitely a time factor for me as well. I just don’t have the time to sit there and figure out what’s wrong and why its not working and how to work it. Grrrhhh! But I do think its important that these online communities thrive. I’ve used PR for so many things, its just becoming too hard to use lately and I’m looking for a better alternative.

    @Elisa from CharmingDoodle – I plan to post anything I want. I put up my projects as reviews of patterns and I’m really going to try and get others to do the same. It would be awesome if we all did that, dontcha think?

    @Kelly – Definitely do. I was AMAZED at how easy it was to post a project. So amazed. It’s night and day from PR.

    @lisa g- I had the same feelings. When it first hit the internet, I felt that Kollabora was just another online community. And it is, but its got a lovely interface. Yeah, it could still use work, but that’s the part that’s kind of awesome – people seem to be working on it! I wish PR would update, but I’m tired of waiting.

    @MadebyMeg – Agreed. Agreed!

    @Rose – You are right. But I have to add that Kollabora is fairly new. If people like you and me start posting actual reviews on the site, I think we could start a movement. PR has years and years of info and its wonderful that it does. But honestly, have you tried posting anything on there in awhile? Its a nightmare! I say, let’s give the little guys a chance, especially when their interface is wonderful, easier to use and we could create serious community over there.ReplyCancel

  • raquel from JC - Checked the site and found a lot of people selling stuff…. The point of the site is sharing not selling. I’ll give it a chance for a few weeks and see if this is the new etsy.ReplyCancel

  • Ani - Omg! I loves it! As someone with a chronic illness, I have the opposite problem: too much time on my hands. Not all the time, but when I’m in a flare-up, it’s me and my laptop against the world. I love the way Kollabora runs and looks, and the potential sewing-networking. When I’m out sick, I really try to use as much of my downtime as possible learning about things so that when I’m on my feet again, I don’t have to waste any time :) ReplyCancel

  • Laura - Behind the Hedgerow - I love, love, love Kollabora! I add all new projects now – I still use PR but mainly for stuff I sew for myself (I never seem to have as much interest in kid sewing). I’m going to go follow you now!ReplyCancel

  • Cherie - I have never heard of this site before. It looks good. Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • SunGold - Pattern Review does the job. I agree that it needs a facelift, but the info is without peer.

    Kollabora has a different mandate, so, just as you would not replace cinnamon with cumin in cake recipe, you would not replace Pattern Review with Kollabora.

    To carry on the metaphor, I wouldn’t replace your “How to Make Hand Worked Buttonholes” tutorial with “Buttonholes” (http://battleofwisby1361.wordpress.com/2013/05/27/buttonholes/). They are related, but different.

    So, problem identified: Pattern Review is ugly, outdated, and clunky.

    Solution 1: Some handy sewist (or other interested party) with geek tendencies revamps the Pattern Review website.

    Solution 2: We all use PR and Kollabora for their intended purposes and enjoy the depth of one and the modernity of the other.

    Solution 3: Kollabora develops organically to include pattern reviews, online classes, community forums, and other beloved PR content.ReplyCancel

  • Houseofpinheiro - I really love kollabora and hope to be where most reviews can be found. I
    Great discussions lately darling. XReplyCancel

  • Kristin - I use both sites and I love both sites, but I feel like PR has more information and knowledge. Even though Kollabora’s site is a million times nicer, I’m going to get a quicker, better answer over on PR. I’ve been to the Kollabora offices and love the staff, but I feel like the site isn’t yet a community.ReplyCancel

  • Ashley - Thanks for sharing! I too hate how pattern review functions, though I do find a wealth of information there. I have signed up for Kollabora so we will see how it goes.ReplyCancel

  • Sunni - @raquel from JC – That might be so, but admittedly, not a lot of people are on the site. There needs to be more people and then more awesome stuff would happen there. Plus, I think if people alerted the Kollabora staff to this problem, it might make a difference.

    @SunGold – Yes, the info on PR is invaluable. There’s nothing quite the same because no one has taken the time to invest in a different site. Everyone is still on Pattern Review. I would love to have Solution 1 – but as the site hasn’t been updated for sooooo long, I wonder if even if it was updated, how long that would last. Seriously, its so awful to maneuver. It doesn’t seem like there has been an update to the platform since it first got started. Sure they’ve added on more stuff, but they never update the ways of doing things. Solution 3 is why I posted this. Not because I think that Kollabora can replace PR but because maybe, just maybe, its time for something new. Actually, it is time for something new!ReplyCancel

  • Catherine Daze - I tried Kollabora a while ago but found the emphasis on selling me things really off putting. Pattern Review is ugly but I don’t find it difficult to post reviews and I really value the review database.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - Hi Sunni! I love your blog and am really enjoying your “Focus on Fit” series. I went to Kollabora to check it out and read through your review of the Tyler shirt and Kwik Sew 3278 but when I went to search for the skirt pattern, I found that the number was wrong. It is actually 3728 and it looks like a great pattern – I may try it out in November!

    Thanks again for this new series. As someone who is new to sewing for me (I sew lots for my kids but fitting for them is usually as easy as shortening a hem) I am really appreciating all of your tips.


  • Leigh - I like PatternReview. I know how it works, it’s got great content. Kollabora feels too slick, and about to sell me something. And boooring content – so many super basic beginner projects. Or is that the point and they’re mainly just for beginners to learn to craft? Either way – I need to spend less time on the pc and more time in the studio. I’ll stick with what works.ReplyCancel

  • Sunni - @Catherine Daze – I was on there last night and didn’t find that at all. What were they trying to sell? By the way, Pattern Review sells a lot of stuff. Classes, patterns, etc. Even if Kollabora is trying to sell stuff, I would imagine its about the same type of thing which really, is it that bad?

    @Sarah – Thank you, just fixed that.

    @Leigh – Too slick? Whereas Pattern Review is like so clunky it makes me want to cry, which I almost did yesterday when I was trying to get my photo to work. Also, there may be boring content on Kollabora, but its new. Its so much newer than Pattern Review. We really really need to give it time to build up. These communities do not happen overnight – we absolutely have to remember that!
    But I COMPLETELY hear ya about being on the computer for too long. Which is why I’m throwing my support over to Kollabora. It was SOOOOOOOOO easy to upload a review. Oh my goodness, it was wonderful! So much less time and frustration. Yay!ReplyCancel

  • Reana Louise - I totally vote Kollabora, but that’s also because of the lazy fact that I’m already on it :) ReplyCancel

  • Tiffany - I’ll have to check that out. … And are those stuffed kitties at the top or tiny Daleks in disguise?ReplyCancel

  • Donna - I agree, PR is well overdue for a makeover. It’s success is purely due to the community that’s posts on there, not the site itself. If the community moved to another site and determined the content it would be success too. Kollabora has great potential. Count me in.ReplyCancel

  • Sunni - @Donna – YESSSSSSSSS!!!! Exactly. “It’s success is purely due to the community that posts on there, not the site itself. If the community moved to another site and determined the content it would be success too.” You took the very words right out of my mouth. Yay!ReplyCancel

  • Alessa - Someone else also recently posted about Ravelry and the lack of comparable sewing communities, which reminded me to hop over to Kollabora again after quite a while. I also did a stint at My Sewing Circle and had a look at Threadbias, but I’ve come to the same conclusion as you have: for now, Kollabora seems like a nice platform with an easy to use (and quite pretty) interface – and more than two garment sewists among what feels like a hundred quilters. ;) I’m definitely going to be a bit more active over there and see if we can’t get together some people to share their projects. :) ReplyCancel

  • Debbie Cook - I will check out Kollabora … thanks for the tip. I’ve been on PR since the beginning of PR and, really, the only changes I’ve seen have been for the WORSE. I’m extremely computer literate and I find it clunky and a royal PITA, and can’t even imagine how others who are less geeky :-) can stand it. Promises to update, improve, blah blah blah have been being made for YEARS, and it just keeps getting worse. I love the idea and I love the reviews, which is why I keep going back, but I would really prefer another comparable option so I didn’t have to. Bottom line is PR is one person and it’s obvious she has other priorities (which is her choice) so it keeps sucking for end user.ReplyCancel

  • Nora Abousteit - Hi Sunni,

    Thank you so much for this wonderful post about Kollabora.

    And to all commenters: Thank you for your nice words and insights and ideas how we can make Kollabora better.

    In case you don’t know me, I’m Nora, I started Kollabora.

    The Kollabora team would love to learn more from you and understand your wishes and needs better.

    Let me know if you’re up for some site testing and answering some questions?

    If yes, please send me an email (nora at kollabora dot com) and put in the subject heading “Site Testing”

    Hope to hear from you! And see you soon at Kollabora :)


  • Diane @ Vintage Zest - I have not used Pattern Review to review a pattern yet. I have looked on it prior to purchasing patterns or sewing my own versions, even though I wish it was easier to scroll through reviews. Also, I never link my finished projects up.

    Additionally, some people find my webpage by searching for a specific pattern, like “Simplicity XXXX.” I find myself doing the same thing because a lot of people don’t like futzing around with the interface to search OR to add. Kollabora is cute and all, but since I have been a member, I don’t see it as a review site yet. People just post up tutorials from what I had seen. We’ll see!ReplyCancel

  • Anonda - Thanks for the heads up on Kollabora. If more people use another sewing community, PR might actually be obliged to update. Right now they pretty much have the market cornered due to the legacy of the community so whether they make good on their promises to update (and no, not just a change in color scheme like a few years ago but a REAL update) people will still gravitate there. It also shows up very high on any Google related search related to sewing patterns. The hot mess that is Burdastyle frustrates me because it was so exciting, fresh, and full of potential in the beginning.ReplyCancel

  • Lauren Dahl - Um, RE: migration…YES PLEASE!! PR is soooo outdated. I feel like I should be sewing all 1990s patterns with shoulder pads and high waists when I am on that site. You said it was “janky,” and that is the perfect word to describe it. No user interface to speak of. Outdated branding. Ick. It’s just so aesthetically NON-pleasing. Let’s all pray to the sewing gods that Kollabora takes over the world.ReplyCancel

  • JenL - Thanks for your thoughts. I’ll add Kollabora to my travels for awhile. It’s definitely a cleaner looking site, though I did notice some technical glitches that were somewhat aggravating. (No anchor link type functions-so going back to the main project page, after seeing an individual projects, always returns to the top of the page rather than the last location). I hope that gets fixed. The bigger images on the project page are nice.

    Unfortunately it seems as though most users are not interested in doing a pattern review. Of the several projects I looked at on Kollabora (excluding yours!) the project description often consisted of not much more than ” more details on my blog. ” It’s fine for those who don’t want to give more info, but it is one of the things that IMO Burdastyle falls short on too. If the sites were designed differently, I think that uploading users would be more inspired to provide more info. I have never uploaded a project to PR, but I assume there is a clear template that prompts for certain information. Kollabura does not seem to have that, and so the information provided about patterns seems to be really limited.

    It is nice to see projects for inspiration purposes, but despite the clunkiness of PR, it does seem to achieve its objective. There have been some updates on PR, at least I noticed one…clicking on a image on the main review gallery produces a larger popup image. Before, the result of a click was random – you could end up looking at a larger picture, the review itself, or be redirected to a blog/flickr page. Anyway, there still seems to be a gap in sewing webland, if anyone has the energy and means to fill it!

  • Sarah - I really don’t use PR that much mostly because it is tired, and I like to look at pictures of finished makes – there’s just too many steps to get into each review and the photos are often pretty dodgy. Postings on Burdastyle or blogs tend to have better pics, and descriptions. I’m on Kollabora too, and it is very nice to look at but I do feel like I should only post my ‘cool’ makes on it. I’m 35 and I think the vibe of Kollabora is aimed (at the moment) at neon loving 20-something hipsters. I don’t write a heap on either Burdastyle or Kollabora about the specifics of my make because I feel if I’ve already sat down to write a blog post, I’m not going to waste time duplicating that info. I do tend to say if I think the pattern was great, and if I have significant dramas I recommend reading the blog post to provide others with a cautionary tale.ReplyCancel

  • Kaci - Abandon PR??? HEY NOW. While I 100% concur with your opinion about the outdated look of PR, I *love* the site and the ability to search by project #, pattern maker, etc. Kollabora is super pretty and all, but it’s never going to be as useful as PR, even if it’s visually more gorgeous. Kollabora does not have the sturdy database backbone to ever be as useful to me as PR.

    I love Deepika’s vision with PR and I think it’s time for her to make sure the site gets a visually pleasing redesign. The problem with redesigns is people always initially freak out, so I think a vocal enough group of PR lovers/users need to demand a visually appealing layout so that we don’t lose the wisdom of our garment-sewing crowd to eye candy sites like Kollabora and Pinterest.ReplyCancel

  • Lessles - Oh yes! PR. I hated the interface so much I even contacted them and told them so. Deepika said they were launching a ‘new ‘ look, but that must have been a year ago now? Nothing so far, such a shame because it’s a really useful site.ReplyCancel

  • Sunni - @Debbie Cook – AMEN Sister!
    @Nora Abousteit – Yay! You know what’s awesome, that you came on here and commented. You care! Haven’t heard a thing from PR. Hmmm…
    @Lauren Dahl – Yes, let’s all pray that Kollabora takes over the world. Please….
    @JenL – I agree. There are many projects on Kollabora where the user simply linked to their blog. I want that to change. But guess what? It never will unless we do something about it! We can’t sit here and expect it all to change unless something is said and we go on there and be the example. If more people post more reviews then it will become more review oriented. Plus, again as I have stated many times here, this site is new. It will not happen overnight. PR has had its day to shine and it has, but the maintenance to the site hasn’t happened in years. Will it ever? I wonder. Seriously.
    @Sarah – Agreed. The photos are laughable. I can’t even see them. They look terrible on PR. Yet on Kollabora, they are big, beautiful and the whole look of a review is exactly what I want. Plus you can do more than one photo.
    @Kaci – Yeah, I love Deepika’s vision too, but the site has been around forever and never changed. Sorry, that tells me that someone doesn’t care to have it change. It won’t. I would put money down that even in a year, nothing will have changed. My post here is but one of many around the interwebs asking for change. Has it happened? Nope.
    @Lessles – Yup. Exactly. It’s been a year and nothing. Hmmm…ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Liz - I find Pattern Review very clunky, and I grew up through the early internet age. It does have lots of information though, and I do know my way around it now. I think they do need to update. I know on my blog that people enjoy being part of a community – I try and encourage that on my blog, but I’m only a small amateur at the blogging/community game.ReplyCancel

  • BeckyT - Thanks for the notice about Kollabora. I joined and added a tute on converting a zippered wedding gown into a corset back dress. I didn’t realize it at the time but I guess you’re just supposed to put 1-3 pics of your project on the page? I put 16! HA! Oh well, I can take them down…maybe. You’re right, it’s a great community!ReplyCancel

  • Debbie Cook - Looks like I might have to eat my words … Deepika has put a call out today for new UI testers. I would respond to her but I’m petty sure I’m not high on her A list. :-) But hopefully this means something is actually happening and improvements are soon to be seen by all.ReplyCancel

  • Sunni - @Debbie Cook – REALLY????? This would be wonderful! But have to say, I want to see it and try it first. I hope I have to eat my words. I really do.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer @ Workroom Social - I love Kollabora! I think it’s got a great UI and is a great community for modern day makers. Interested to see the new PatternReview.com too!ReplyCancel

  • mary - PR has a wealth of information and database that Kollabora just doesn’t have to make it a suitable substitute for PR. Yes, PR is clunky, janky, and outdated. However, that is where their is a sewing community. Kollabora seems to struggle with the same issues I have with the burda site. People don’t do actual pattern reviews. I appreciate the template that PR has for reviews. I don’t want to go to someones blog and hope that they might provide the info I need. The PR reviews are efficient for me in terms of giving me useful info.I have used the forums on PR for information and there really is some great stuff there, the sewing machine reviews are really helpful too. I totally get it that people get frustrated with PR’s site. I do too. But at the end of the day, how a website looks isn’t going to help me with my sewing.ReplyCancel

  • Nora Abousteit - Hello all – here a bit of a more targeted response to some comments. Again, thanks so much for sharing your thoughts publicly.

    @Rose We hope to add more details in the future. For now we wanted to make sure that people get inspired and can easily share what they’ve made. Requiring too many details would slow that down. In any case, it’s good to hear your concerns and I will talk in our next product meeting about that.

    @raquel from JC An Argentine friend of mine came up with the name (I only changed it to “k” since I grew up in Germany and the domain was available). I was desperate for a name and he asked me what the site was about. I said “collaborating!” and he said, well, Spanish that’s colabora.

    @Sunni (RE your comment to lisa g) yes, we’re working on the site. Day and night and it’s not always easy to figure out what features and iterations make the most sense. So your blog post and the comments are worth gold for us:)

    @Sunni (RE your comment to Rose) We had the empty dance floor problem. Usually no one wants to start dancing. Good is though that our team is full of passionate crafters and so we could start with our own creations. And now, more are joining the party, and hopefully the entire world will dance with us :)

    @Kristin Hi! Hope you’re coming to our Open Lab this coming Thursday? Would love to hear more about what you wish from the community. And yes, sometimes answers or feedback take time, we’re still relatively small… I hope that will change of course.

    @Catherine Daze We don’t sell anything (anymore). We tried that in the beginning, but it was the wrong approach at that time. I hope you can check the site out again. Eventually, though, we will offer members to sell their patterns etc. We already launched brand pages, any brand (blogger, companies) can apply. Also, we need to make some money to pay the team :) Let me know if you have other ideas for revenue, we’re very open for that!

    @Sarah I will check on that mistake, sorry about that!

    @Leigh We hope to inspire different skill levels. Sometimes an expert knitter wants to start sewing, or an expert sewer wants to start knitting. In any case, the content is determined and created by the community, not by us. Please come back and visit, I hope you’ll find something for your taste.ReplyCancel

  • Mel - I keep going back to PR for the forum-based community. It’s lovely, and really, forums are pretty standard functionally. I’m used to it, and I’m looking forward to seeing the new version there. Having said that, I’m willing to give Kollabora a go. The UI looks nice, but at the moment it seems like you may need to blog/visit quite a few blogs to really get involved in the community (I don’t blog, thought I do obviously read ). I would feel awkward using the PR template in another site, it feels a bit rude. I looked at your Jacket Express post – if I was to review something, I’m guessing you wouldn’t mind if I copied/modified the questions you used there?ReplyCancel

  • Sunni - @Mel – I agree about the “rude” part, but I still like giving some sort of review of a pattern. That really is invaluable info. Of course you can copy my questions on my Jacket Express post! I was trying to think of newer questions to answer – add your own if you like. Maybe we can create our own new Kollabora template! yay!ReplyCancel

  • Carson - Thank you for this; I always end up going to PR to see what a paper pattern REALLY looks like made up on real people before I buy, so it’s a really good resource in that respect, but I’ve never become a member because it’s so visually and navigationally daggy. I joined up on MySewingCircle when some online friends were doing it, but it just doesn’t seem to get used so blah to that. I am a reasonably avid member of ravelry (I’m a knitter too) and I’ve started wishing there was a garment-sewing equivalent of that site.ReplyCancel

  • Judi Short - I don’t like Burda Style at all. And Pattern Review doesn’t work, either. I guess for now I will find my pattern ideas from word of mouth or someone’s blog. Kollabora is pretty, and beter when I finally found the filters, but didn’t see anyone critique a pattern, rather they just show what they made from a pattern, or how they modified a pattern to make it their own. And, I agree, Sunni, that there are only so many blogs a girl can follow, too many irons in the fire, fabric to feel, patterns to fold, etc.ReplyCancel

  • Nakisha - I love your blog and am a faithful follower and I have to agree on one point but disagree on the other.

    Pattern Review is clunky. And as others have stated, is unparalleled in the sewing community. Someone asked how such community formed – because the users are AWESOME. The site may be clunky but the people who use the site make it the most valuable place on the web for garment sewers.

    After seeing your FB post, I went and signed up for Kollabra and quickly got annoyed. It’s *too* cutesy for me. I don’t like Pinterest either so perhaps, even though I’m a 30 something (and a technical person), I’m just not into the “new and shiny”.

    I love Ravelry too and it could use some tweaks…but there’s no place on the web like it.

    I think PR could be improved if more of the access was limited to paying members.ReplyCancel

  • Chuleenan - I agree that PR looks dated but has great content. I don’t spend much time on PR or Kollabora – mostly because I haven’t had time but I’ll take another look. Thanks for this post!ReplyCancel

  • O. Jolly - I also use both sites. I’m a huge Kollabora fan and have visited their HQ. Like Ravelry, I find it a great site for inspiration and new (to me) techniques. I’m also a PR member. Though I’m not a big commercial pattern user, I’ve used PR for equipment reviews. (I found it very helpful recently when I was doing research prior to purchasing a serger and again when I was buying a new sewing machine.) To me the sites don’t have much overlap.

    I also like Kollabora for finding new blogs to read. That’s how I found your blog, Sunni! :)

    If a person posts a project on Kollabora and states “More info on the blog”, I assume the person doesn’t want to post the same material twice. (Hey, I’m guilty of that.) I simply open the blog in a new tab and when I’m done, return to Kollabora.

    Truth is I’m older than most Kollabora members (LOL), but I really appreciate new, shiny, and the clean look of the site. And the budding community has made me feel very welcome.ReplyCancel

  • caroline - I want to add one other point:

    I love that both PR and Kollabara are (as far as I can tell) women owned and operated businesses. I was very distressed when I found out that Craftsy was started by two (male) venture capitalists.

    The sewing / knitting / crafting community is overwhelmingly female – it’s crazy that the biggest online resource out there was started by two (non-crafting) guys. (If I’m wrong about this please correct me!)

    I agree that PR needs an urgent upgrade, but I still love that it is owned and operated by a female crafter!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - I love Kollabora. It’s definitely my favorite.

    I agree with Caroline about caring who actually started the companies! I’m not a huge fan of Craftsy for many reasons.ReplyCancel

  • AnaJan Stepalica - I actually find Collabora counter-intuitive. I usually need to take several trials until I reach to the page I wanted to go to. Sure, the pictures as large and the projects look neat, but browsing through the site is sometimes too confusing.ReplyCancel

  • Sherry - Hi Sunni, just started following your blog and the topic on focus on fit. It’s been really good and I’ve learn some great tips. I’m just wandering if you were going to get into teaching us how to adjust the higher cup for patterns. I don’t want to cut anything until I see how you do it.
    Thanks a lot for all that you’ve shown us on fit to this point.

  • Steph - I have to second what Kaci and Nakisha and a few others have said. Yes, Pattern Review’s interface is antiquated, and it would be really nice for it to get a facelift. It is in fact quite ugly. However, I don’t find it difficult to interact with the site at all. It’s very logically organized. And, the most important thing: there is NO WHERE ELSE you’re going to find the depth and breadth of content and community knowledge; real knowledge–not “I Macguivered this pattern because I don’t really know how to sew” knowledge. Wishing for this well-entrenched community to just pick up and shift to a shinier new platform is kind of ridiculous. Why would–or should–they reinvent the wheel? To get some flashy new rims and bone-jarring bass?
    I agree that Deepika really needs to invest some energy and time in prettying up the PR site to make sure that the crowd who loves slick design alongside their valuable information sticks around. And I understand the frustration over being promised site updates without actually receving any. That said, avoiding the wealth of information available on PR simply because the site is ugly a little clunky is a bit short-sighted.
    I’ve been to Kollabora several times since its Beta days, very recently too; and it just doesn’t appeal to me. Sure the design is great. It looks beautifully modern. But once you get past the pretty surface, there’s just nothing there to grab my attention. It’s not very well organized–or at least its organization isn’t intuitive. And it has its clunky issues, too.
    Maybe in 5 years it’ll be a bit better, and people will have started to build a stronger community there. Maybe. Maybe the content will have improved. I kind of see Kollabora as more a brag-site, not an informational site, despite the tutorials available. “Look at this really cool thing I made!” Yay for you. What’s in it for me? Barring the very few people, like Sunni, who actually do post useful content, most people seem to be on it just to post their projects and get a few pats on the back; not there’s anything wrong with that, but the usefulness level is low. Maybe I’m an old fogey (mid 30s) and crotchety as all get-out, though. It’s possible that in 5 years I’ll have completely changed my mind about its usefulness.ReplyCancel