I discovered Whipstitch years ago when Deborah released her first book, Stitch by Stitch. I was immediately impressed with the quality of projects and the crystal clear directions. Her book flawlessly guides the reader from newbie sewer to someone who can install a zipper or sew darts with great confidence–no small feat! It takes a talented teacher to know how to guide a student through the fear of learning a new skill.
And Deborah is just that. Deborah started Whipstitch to share her passion for sewing, sell her handmade patterns, and most importantly teach everyone to sew!
Whipstitch offers classes and patterns geared for the modern sewer. The Whipstitch mission is to lead you to passionately love sewing, and Deborah pursues that with tons of video that’s really fun to watch, guided tutorials to walk you through foundational techniques, and plenty of eye candy to get you motivated. You should have fun sewing, and Whipstitch wants to help that happen! Whipstitch’s wide range of online classes are filled with guided, focused video instruction with plenty of humor, so you learn the sewing you want to learn now in a joyful environment.
I am especially excited about Deborah’s brand new pattern series called Learn As You Sew.
Learn As You Sew patterns are tablet-friendly PDF patterns embedded with videos that guide you through every step in the construction process! There has been an incredible influx of PDF patterns in the sewing blog world. Many of them do their very best to write clear and comprehensive directions. But if you’ve ever tried to explain even the simplest of sewing techniques, you know that showing someone how to sew is a lot easier than telling someone.
As you follow along with the Learn As You Sew instructions, at any point you can watch a video to see exactly what each step looks like in real life. It is a new and exciting way of delivering pattern content! Deborah’s pattern series is formulated so that sewers build garment-sewing skills sequentially: they start learning foundational skills and work their way through more advanced techniques over time.
The Get Up and Go Skirt is the first Learn As You Sew pattern. Two dress patterns will be released in the coming months. Whipstitch children’s patterns, the Overmost and the Pinafore, will get updated as Learn As you Sew patterns in November and will be joined by a girls’ dress pattern as well. That is a total of SIX patterns all with comprehensive video instruction from beginning to end.
So the Learn As You Sew patterns are decidedly awesome, but there is so much more to Whipstitch! Her e-courses cover almost every kind of sewing skill. Starting with her Essential Sewing course, for folks who have never worked with a sewing machine before, to her Flat Patternmaking course, where you learn to draft patterns from your own measurements! And everything in between.
And her blog is a treasure trove of sewing advice, inspiration, and guidance. She has a series on Sewing with Kids, which has projects that help the teacher and the student with the focus, patience, and persistence it takes to sew. She also has a series of back to school sewing for kids with great posts like Taking Inventory, Sewing for Boys, and Why it’s so Hard to Dress Tween Girls. Her post, Why I Sew, should be required reading for anyone who dabbles in sewing. And the story of how she got (and named!) her sewing machine is super fantastic!
By now I know you are itching to see what Whipstitch is giving away! If you win this giveaway, you can choose between a pack of 3 PDF children’s patterns from Whipstitch or any e-course on Whipstitch. And Deborah has generously allowed two people to win! Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter by October 23. This giveaway is open to international entries, void where prohibited by law.
Good Luck and Happy KCW!