Hey Y’all! My name is Abbey and I am in love with sewing! I live in beautiful Charleston, SC where I work as a speech-language pathologist. My addiction to sewing began in June of 2012, when on a whim I decided to Google “sewing classes in Charleston, SC”.ย  The Google search returned a local fabric shop called Five Eighth Seams. I immediately called the shop, signed up for the first available class, and bought a machine. It was love at first stitch!

When I am not sewing, you can find me with my two other loves, my husband Joseph and our dog Piper.


Yes, we are those crazy dog lovers who treat our dog as if she was our child.



I have tried to sew things for her, but as you can tell by her face she is not very happy about it.


Isn’t she just the cutest little mutt you have ever seen? We think so!


Thanks for stopping by my blog! I hope you enjoy!




  1. Hi, Abbey! I’m also a Charleston resident. I’ve been learning to sew (among other things) for a couple of years. A friend linked me to your blog, and I’m so glad she did!

    PS – I also have a dog-child. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Howdy Abbey! The same friend linked me your blog as well ๐Ÿ™‚ Your stuff looks amazing, that Deer and Doe dress with the pockets is adorable!! I sew as well – been learning with Elizabeth – and have been blogging about it at http://www.questsofquirkiness.com. Maybe I’ll see you around Charleston!

  3. Hi Abby! I recently ran across your account on Instagram and have been smitten with all of your creations since! I am a “first generation sewer” and have been able to figure out how to use my machine and follow some patterns (for purses) and even come up with a few of my own. I’ve been wanting to try to make myself a dress, but every time I try to give clothes a shot it’s a super embarrassing flop! I’ve looked for local sewing classes (I live in Columbia, SC) & haven’t had much luck finding one that felt worth it (I’m not sure a beginner class would be worth the investment, but I’m also not interested in place mats or baby changing cloths…). I was hoping to get some advice for sharpening my sewing skills (have you heard of any great sewing classes in the Midlands area?). I was also hoping to get a recommendation for a cute dress pattern that you would recommend for someone with a little sewing experience, but no clothes-making success?

    • Hi Jordan! Too bad you don’t live closer to Charleston. 5/8th Seams has great sewing classes. For a quick, easy to fit dress you definitely should try April Rhodes’ Staple Dress. It can be purchased as a PDF pattern from her website. Check out my blog post on it. I have made 6 of them! The Made by Rae Washi dress is also another great PDF pattern that I love. This was the dress in my most recent blog post. Another favorite of mine is the Sewaholic Saltspring. I have made 3 of these and posted about them. The nice thing about choosing an Indie pattern is that there are often sewalongs on the pattern makers website that give you really great detailed instruction with pictures. The Saltspring has an awesome sewalong. Colette patterns also has really great beginner instructions that the “big 4” pattern makers often leave out. I’ve learner lots of little from sewing their beginner patterns. Good luck with your dress making adventures and please never hesitate to ask me a question!

  4. I can’t find any contact details for you. For my site http://www.sewindependent.com I am creating image collages of popular patterns.

    I would like to use a picture from your blog in the gallery for the Mathilde pattern.ย Along with the photo there will be a link back to your blog.

    Feel free to take a look at some of the previous collages I have posted to give you an idea of what I am trying to achieve.

    If you would prefer not to be included please let me know. And please feel to delete this comment if you wish.
    donna at sewindependent dot com


  5. Hi Abbey! I love your work! I couldn’t find contact details for you but I do have a question. A friend of mine is starting to sew and she doesn’t have any human children but does have 1 very spoilt doggy child! Anyways she wants to make her dog some ‘outfits’. I’m a little unclear on what she really means by outfits but I thought you might of something she can make, remembering she is very much a beginner!

    Thanks, keep up with your beautiful creations

    Deanna x

    • I wish I could help you, but unfortunately my dog will barely tolerate a bandana, so sewing outfits for her is definitely out of the question!!!! I hope she finds what she is looking for! Bandanas are always a great start!

  6. Hi Abbey! We share the same passion, that’s how I stumbled upon your blog. I love your pictures! Your blog is very neat, and your dog is so so lovely! I want to become parent to a Nova Scotia Toller, which is very much like Piper! I live in a condo, so we have to wait until we will move to a house, to get our puppy! I am from Canada.
    Please keep your posts coming! Your blog is such an inspiration to me! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Hi Abbey, I just found your blog through SewCaroline. I love every single fabric you have picked. I think we have similar tastes. I’ve just gotten into Sewing Blogs and this one is at the top to follow now. I hope to start a blog soon myself. I just wish I had nice fabric stores and sewing classes near me! My brother goes to college at The College of Charleston so I’ll be asking you for fabric shopping recommendations when I attend his graduation next year! I know anything there will be better than here. Its pretty dismal and lacking fun people like us!

  8. Hi Abbey !

    I found your site when I was searching the terms, comfortable summer, womens dresses–and I love your dress. I am searching everywhere for something that is that cool, comfortable and effortless–cute and tasteful . I am a rayon devotee. I have a lot of vintage clothes and I love natural fabrics–linen, rayon, silk, flax and bamboo and hemp too–dresses like yours are in short supply !! If you would consider making me one ….please email me skirchner@hotmail.com and perhaps I can order one. Anyway, I love your blog !
    Oak Park, IL (Chicago)

  9. I just found your blog and IG feed. Love your style. Where do you shop for fabrics in Charleston? I have been there several times, staying on Kiawah, and have only been able to find People and Pastimes. That may/may not be the correct name it’s on Henrietta in downtown. Love Charleston. I’m a Canadian living north of Toronto.

    • Thanks! I actually just got home from Kiawah! We love to go the beach out there. I’ve never heard of People and Pastimes. I shop and teach at 5/8th Seams in West Ashley. Charleston is such a great city!

  10. Hi Abbey – I met you via Hawthorne Threads. They have beautiful fabric. I’ve sewn since I was about 9. I’m easily old enough to be your mother. It’s amazing how we can find commonalities. My sister-in-law was a speech path professor and before she retired she went to seminary and now is a pastor. She lives 175 miles from my brother. One travels to visit the other each weekend-ish. They make it work. They live 1000 miles from me. And I have a son-in-law named Joseph Technically, my grandson is Joseph and we call him Joey. When, my sister-in-law was ordained, I made a quilt for her for the parsonage. I made a “twin” queen quilt from the leftovers for my house. She has received several compliments on it. My brother is a woodworker and built a bed for the parsonage. You have a beautiful family – complete with Piper. I’m petless and at my stage of life, I plan to stay that way. It gives me the freedom to be able to travel to see either of my children at a moment’s notice.

  11. I am a much older woman in Columbia. No place to find special fabrics here. Where can i order fabric online?

    Moma mary

  12. Hello Abbey,
    I have been wanting to take some classes with my kids for years, just never got around to it. I found you while looking for places here in Charleston. I see your blog has been around for awhile, so I was wondering if you still recommend Five Eighths Seams? We live on James Island, do you have any other recommendations? Thanks for any help you can give.

    • Hi! I haven’t been to Five Eighths in a long time, since I don’t need classes anymore. I would still give them a try though if I were you. I’ve been tossing around the idea of teaching lessons here in my home. I also live on James Island. You can also find classes online at Craftsy.

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