Friday, December 31, 2010

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Yay 3,000!

*Make sure you leave your contest entry on this video on youTube...not on this blog post.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Monday, December 20, 2010

Tutorial Tuesday- Christmas Stockings

Below are the two stocking templates. Click the photos to enlarge...then right click to save. When you want to print just open the saved files and print them as full pages (or click fit to page).

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Another 'New' Sewing Machine!

I wanted to show off the beautiful sewing machine I found at a thrift store this week. Keep a look out for it in future videos :)

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Vintage Goodness

Beautiful little vintage machine I picked up at a garage sale a while back!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Christmas Decorating!

*This video is from my personal youTube channel*

I finially plugged in the glue gun and got over the fear putting the first drop of glue on the greenery! I made our Christmas wreath! It's still a work in as I find more things to add I will stick them in.

Here's a little picture/description slideshow showing the wreath.

Tutorial Tuesday- Cooking

Next week will be another Christmas sewing tutorial!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Tutorial Tuesday

*Don't for get to enter my giveaway on youTube if you haven't already! You have until midnight tonight*

Friday, November 26, 2010

Monday, November 22, 2010

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Tutorial Tuesday

I'm trying to get back into posting videos on a weekly here is this week's video! Hope you enjoy :)

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Viewer Made!

Video sent to me by Rosa to show a pumpkin she made using my tutorial. It turned out super cute and she sewed it all by hand!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Wednesday, October 6, 2010


My parents got me a thread rack w couple of weeks before my husband and I moved. Yesterday I finally got around to putting my thread on it. And being the nerd cool person that I am I put my thread in rainbow order! I said 'beautiful rainbow of happiness' yesterday to my husband in reference to my color coordinated thread. He proceeded to laugh at me and say that I'm adorable! Gotta love it :)

Monday, September 27, 2010

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Friday, August 13, 2010

Friday, July 23, 2010

Viewer Made!

Here is a clip of a t-shirt skirt youTuber MsEvaApples made. It turned out really great!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Buttonholes...the 12th Wonder of the World

...or somewhere around that number.

Buttonholes tend to be a scary thing for beginner (and often times even experienced) sewers. I myself have a small phobia of them. But tonight I found the magical decoder ring tonight!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Yay For Actual Technique Video :)


I uploaded a video on youTube yesterday explaining my latest giveaway. You all should go check it out and enter (it's really simple). Contest ends July 11, 2010 at midnight. Best of luck :)

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Cutting Patterns

Sewing Needles

Everything you ever wanted to know about hand sewing the link.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Addie's Heart Dress Tutorial

I saw this dress on Addie's blog and now she's made a tutorial so others can make a similar dress! Check it out...

Pattern Series Part 1

This is the most basic of the basic info...but sometimes those are the things you forget about. The videos will get more and more in depth as the series progresses.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Everything About Zippers

I know lots of people are uncomfortable with zippers and I get questions about them all the time. I found a fantastic zipper link today that I hope will help a lot of people out! I know I would not be able to do a better job then this lovely lady already has about explaining here it is!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

What I've Been Up To...

I tend to do something until I'm burned out on it and can't stand it anymore. Ex- sewing newsboy hats until I don't even want to see another one or eating a PB&J sandwich every day for lunch in the 6th grade and not being able to eat another for years.

I've been really feeling my creative side lately and found a way to not get bored with sewing multiples of the same item!


I have made 14 zipper bags and am working on 4 more. The difference this time is each bag is lovingly design and hand embellished with vintage lace and buttons. So instead of feeling like a human assembly line, I am putting my creativity to work. Plus there is a variety to steps. I am mixing machine sewing with hand if/when I get tired of one and can pick up another bag in progress and work on it.

All bags available in my etsy store.

I will be making a video soon showing the process I go through when embellishing a project.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Skirt Tutorial

Great tutorial AddiexMarie put up on youTube. I can't wait to start collecting fabric scraps to give this a try!

I've been a little MIA...

...and forgot to post this video here when I first uploaded it.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

JCrew KnockOff

A quick shout out to Amber for sharing this link with me! Cheri over on I Am Momma saw a JCrew shirt she liked and made her own from a couple of t-shirts with some step by step pictures. Go check it out along with all her other great posts.

Episode 52

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Monday, April 19, 2010

Coming up...

If you are wanting to change the look of your decor without spending a lot of time and money then you will love this week's episode. I'm going to be showing how you can turn some cute fabric into even cuter pillow shams for your couch pillows! Also make sure to watch to hear an important Whitney Sews announcement.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

A Blast From the Past

If you are around my age then you probably remember the Dr. Marten craze of the 90s. This evening I learned, to my surprise, that Dr. Martens are actually 50 years old!

So as a seller and wearer of Dr. Martens I was very interested in this blog post when I came across it. Go check it out for lots of great pictures detailing the boot making process.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Viewer Response

YouTuber EmikoYaoi made a response video to my fascinator episode showing the adorable hat she made! Thanks hon! :)

Friday, March 26, 2010

Weekend Special- Thread

Sewing for Costuming

Watching this video reminded me of my senior year when I was doing costuming at my university...however I went to a small-ish school so I didn't get to do things as cool as this guy.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Shameless Self Promotion

Most everyone knows that I am getting married in May…well along with marriage comes moving. I am currently trying to sort, clean, and consolidate everything I own. In an attempt to keep from having to move all the stock for my etsy store I’m having a moving sale throughout the month of March.

From now through March 31, 2010, use the coupon code MovingSale during checkout and receive 15% off your purchase (excludes shipping costs). The 15% will be refunded via paypal. So please check out my store and help me out with my packing. Have a blessed day!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Monday, February 22, 2010

Show Ideas...

So I can honestly say that the past two weeks I gave no thought to my Whitney Sews episodes until the day of filming (Tuesdays) and this week is no different...that's what happens when I'm busy planning a wedding and am out of town every other weekend.

I'm going to try and think up with some upcoming episode ideas and maybe even film a few up ahead of time so episodes won't be quite as lame as they have been lately. If you have any ideas/suggestions/etc. let me know (but no guarantees).

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Thursday, February 11, 2010

HowCast Update

So here is the email I sent to Howcast yesterday-

"I just came across your site and found that my youTube videos are being used without my consent. The user aglanceatmyworld has posted many of my Whitney Sews videos. The username is the same as my youTube account (link below) but the howcast username was NOT created by me. I have read your rules and conduct policies and would appreciate if you would pull the videos and close the user account. Thanks in advance for your prompt action.
Whitney "

And I receved this response-

"Hi Whitney, We apologize for the confusion, but your videos are being embedded via YouTube. We're using YouTube's chrome-less player to display your videos and if you look closely at each video you will see the YouTube watermark on the lower right hand portion. Additionally, all of the playback statistics will be visible through your YouTube profile. If you still would like to have your videos removed from Howcast you can disable your embed code from your YouTube account. Please let us know if you have any additional questions. Best, The Howcast Team"

To which I said-
"Thank you for your quick response. However I still have a problem with how my videos are being used. Someone is posing as me by using my youTube user name to post my videos on your website. My identity is being falsified and this is a form of identity theft. The reason I can not simply disable the embedding on youTube is because I embed my videos on my personal networking sites, making them available for my family and friends. If I disable the embedding then I would lose the viewers who mean the most to me. I appreciate your help on this matter and I know that you will do the right thing by closing the account.

The latest email said-
"Hi Whitney, We have a system that embeds relevant how-to videos on to Howcast. With this process Howcast automatically creates profiles to give appropriate credit to the content owner. There are no other parties involved. If you would still like to have this profile removed from Howcast, we can do that, however you will no longer receive the credit. You can also create an account and I can move the videos over to it and remove the placeholder profile. Please let me know what you prefer. Thank you for your time. Best, The Howcast Team "

I haven't decided what action I'm going to take at this point. If I force them to close the account they will still use my videos but without even my username. But if I create my own account then it will be one more networking site I'll have to keep up with. I do appreciate the fast responses from howcast. The only complaint I have left is that howcast has ads posted on their site. By using my videos they are creating ad revenue for themselves by feeding off my hard work. Anyway, I'm going to talk to a couple of my friends who went through Media Ethics and Law with me and get their opinions about if I should leave the videos as is, create an account, or what.

*Thank you to those who responded to my last post*

A Bit Discouraged

Today (Wednesday) I gained 37 new subscribers in 24 hours...that is very exciting news, but I wondered what caused the spike in numbers. So I googled 'Whitney Sews' to see if I could find one of my videos featured somewhere. I came across some very interesting things.

One website I found was There was an account with the user name aglanceatmyworld (the same as my youTube account) and the user had posted 34 of my 41 episodes within the past 4 months. I do NOT have a howcast account. That is not me. I do not appreciate someone pretending to be me and stealing my videos off youTube to post on another site. And I don't could simply be someone trying to help me gain viewers, but either way it is illegal. If someone wants to embed my videos into their blog, DIY website, facebook, etc. I'm fine with that because they are still linked to my youTube. But when someone is taking my videos and re-uploading them on another website as me it is not ok. (Can you tell I'm a little upset about this?) I have contacted howcast asking them to remove the videos and close the account. I have not received a response yet but I will keep you updated. They seem like a nice website so I'm assuming things will go smoothly.

I also came across the website VidoEmo where my videos have been illegally uploaded instead of embedded. I contacted them as well but I don't have as high hopes on a good response with them just from the look of the site...but I hope I'm wrong about that.

So anyway, I had a bit of a frustrating evening...but I guess this is just one of the things that comes with putting yourself out there on the internet.

I also want to mention that I do in fact read every single comment left on my youTube accounts, facebook, and blogs and try to respond to as many of them as I can. As for other places my videos get posted to (whether legally through embedding or illegally) I am unable to read/respond to those comments. So if you have a comment, show idea, etc. please leave it on one of my youTube accounts or blogs so that I will be able to read it and hopefully respond to you. I enjoy reading every comment and if it wasn't for all the Whitney Sews viewers and the lovely comments you all leave I would have quit this project a long time ago. So thank you for the support, it carries me through evening's like tonight.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Monday, January 18, 2010

This week...

Ok, I really have no idea what I'll be doing this week. I was out of town for four days without a single thought of this week's episode. If I just do an update video I would feel bad about that because I said "I'll have another tutorial next week" in my last video. But if I don't come up with something good in the next 15ish hours this week could turn into a haul video...either way I WILL be showing the sewing machine I bought this weekend! It is the coolest looking vintage machine I've ever seen!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Episode 37...and finally the giveaway

The giveaway is at the end so make sure to stick around for the details :)

Monday, January 11, 2010

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

It's not sewing related...but sewing makes me hungry and this looked really good :)

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Episode 36....what...a day early?!?

Sure is...because today is my birthday and I'm going out of town without my computer. So here is this week's episode and I'll be back never Wednesday with another tutorial and the start of the giveaway!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Viewer Takeover Week on Threadbanger

Great episode with tons of good tips!


Hey everyone! So with a new year usually comes resolutions...but for some reason I don't really make resolutions. I tend to just make goals and not usually at the first of the year...

For example- in Nov 2008 I decided to not buy any new clothing at full price until 2010. I managed to do it with the exception of a few tank tops I needed, but they were only $3.50 at full price which was about as cheap as Wal-Mart tanks on sale.
Another goal I had was to try and read 50 books in '09...but I didn't make that goal until about Sept '09 and I was already 35 books in. I finished the year at 52.

So I figured I would try and set some goals at the first of this year like most people do...however only one of mine has the one year time limit. The rest are just general life goals, which is why I'm bad at this resolution making thing.

-I'm going to try and read 35 books in 2010. Hopefully more of them will be non-fiction
-Sew more clothes for myself.
-Use more vintage patterns so I can practice using patterns more and so I can add more fun, vintage pieces to my closet.
-Continue to refuse to pay full price for new clothing.
-Watch more classic movies

Anyway, that's my 2:30 a.m. ramblings...I would love to hear what goals/resolutions you're setting for yourself for 2010.