Thursday, October 8, 2015

Recap | Camp Stitches 2015

Hey y'all! Last week I hosted a 4 day sewing bootcamp for 8 students and boy was it fun

My heart in creating this event was to share my love of sewing with excited girls and provide a joyful week of fellowship around a learning experience. The Lord greatly blessed the entire week and worked out every detail amazingly! 

 The first big answer to prayer was that a long real estate transaction finally closed just a few days before the camp began which opened up this incredible space for us to use!

Day one we made denim bags (from Fresh Apparel scraps!) with pleather accents. This project was a doozy for even the advanced seamstresses but everyone did amazing! (and vowed to never sew a bag again, lol) 

Day two we learned how to sew knits and used Simplicity 1198 to create tunic shirts. They turned out so beautiful! Everyone persevered with such grace through misbehaving machines, lost fabric pieces, and weird piecing techniques. 

To say we had a good time is a major understatement. :D 
"Everybody clap your hands! Clap clap clap clap clap clap clap"
 This is a pretty good summary of everyone's personalities and effectively shows the level of drama this group constantly had. :D

Back left to right: Tori, Katie, Emma, Katy, Anna Grace.
Front left to right: Kiera, Lia, Abby. :)  

 Hard at work. 

I love all the artsy shots Katie took! 

Day 3 and 4 we tackled dresses! Lia brought a few of her completed sewing projects and Tori fell in love with this red and white striped one, so she used Lia's pattern with this gorgeous olive fabric and crafted a darling dress. 

 Tori, Katie, and Anna Grace traveled from North Carolina to attend Camp Stitches!

Lia also brought her tailor's ham (that thing on the ironing board) and it made pressing so much easier! I've now ordered myself one because the quality difference in ironing is amazing! Here's a link to the one I picked up.

Anna Grace utilized the dress form to pin her sleeve and neck bindings to the bodice.  


 Katyyyyyyy! (She totally blew me away with how quickly she picked up reading and using a pattern!)

Magnetic pincushions for the wiiiiin.

Poor Tori did a lot of seam ripping when her pieces got mixed up with someone else's. :P

Kiera was such a joy to be around! She took her time and it really paid off! 

Hand stitching the lining.

Examining a sleeve hem. 

Laughing and seam ripping. :D 

Winging a pocket for Abby's dress big enough for her phone. 

We discovered that invisible zippers are SO much easier to install and make look good than regular zippers! Love how they turned out. 

What an incredible gift to spend a 4 days and 5 nights with these girls!

 Everyone went home talking about their next project and I'm so amazed by how much they learned in the week. I'm re-inspired myself and hope to share some more about getting started in sewing here on the blog.

  • If you are interested in attending a future Camp Stitches, click here to sign up for the camp mailing list. 
  • If you're wondering about what I recommend for sewing supplies basics, I've created an Amazon store with the products I've found to be the best/most useful. Click here to see that (there are two pages and two categories, so click around) [affiliate link]
  • The Modest Fashion Guild is hosting a really, really cool challenge in November to raise awareness about the injustices in the fashion factories, check that out here, seamstresses! 

 Thank you for reading about the good time we had! I hope you are having a productive week! Blessings!


  1. Looks like so much fun! Great job on all your projects!

  2. Looks like y'all had a ton of fun. Nice post!

  3. I love those tunics! Looks like you all had a lot of fun! Oh, to know how to see! My mom used to see clothes for me but all I have sewed is a quilt and a scarf (both with machine). You inspire me to maybe try! Might ask her for her sewing machine when I visit for thanksgiving, I don't think she has used it in years! Might not see clothes but pillows and home accents might be fun!

  4. That is so awesome that you were able to share your sewing skills with them in this fun way! Especially enjoyed seeing the pictures with the finished projects - fabulous work. :) Thanks for sharing! I'm sure they were very blessed by all the energy/time/love you poured into making it so special.

  5. Looks like so much fun! And all of y'all's projects look great!
    -Alice Wright

  6. It looks like you had so much fun :)!!! That is awesome :)! I love sewing, now that I have a good machine and know what I'm doing, haha :).

  7. It looks like you all had a fabulous time! I am amazed at how much you all were able to accomplish in so short a time.

    the Middle Sister and Singer

  8. That looks really fun! I would love to come to one of those sewing camps you have! Im not very good at sewing,but I would love to learn how to become better! I love your post Olivia!!

    God Bless!


  9. It was a DYNAMITE week!!! Thank you so much Olivia! ;-)

  10. Thanks for doing this post; it was great to see all the pictures!
    Olivia, you are a wonderful instructor and such a sweet sister in Christ. Thank you so much for putting this on. :D
    I miss sewing and singing with ya'll!

    Your Sister in Christ Jesus,

  11. This post made me so so so so so happy! :) every time I look at my container of pins (that are no longer all my own pins) I think about all of you dear girls. I miss my darling sewing and singing seahorses! <3
    Thank you so much for making the week so wonderful, Olivia! Your hard work and patience was so much appreciated!

    Many hugs,
    Anna Grace

  12. Love your Ordinary Hero-ness, Kiera! My heart gave a little leap when I saw the shirt. :D

  13. What a beautiful place to have it. It looks like it was so much fun!!!!

  14. The Clover Wonder Clips are great too. I use them frequently, especially when sewing with my children.

  15. Looks like so much fun!

  16. This is such a fantastic concept! I think the clothes you all made are amazing, and it looks like you gals had a wonderful time!
    Olivia, you continue to inspire me with your remarkably modest fashion sense and encouraging spirit. Can't wait to hear more about what you are up to!


  17. Well your sewing camp looked very successful! Congratulations. I am glad it was also a fun experience for all.
    Blessings, Stephanie Means

  18. I had an awesome time, it was such a blessing! Thanks for putting it on Olivia! Miss y'all bunches!

  19. Wow, looked like fun! I'm not that into sewing, but hey...maybe I'll give it a try sometime.


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