All posts by Abby Kaufman

Abby Kaufman

About Abby Kaufman

Abby Kaufman is assistant editor of Stitch magazine. When she's not scoping out new fabrics for her collection, Abby enjoys outdoor activities, and spending time with her husband and two dogs. 

Stitch Fall 2014

  Downloadable Patterns BALLET AND A COCKTAIL DRESS LINEN LEAVES FALL MATS PATCH JACKET BIRDIE BAG POPPIES PILLOW DIAMOND PIECED KITCHEN SET BUTTON-TUFTED FOOTSTOOL CAROUSEL PINCUSHION FOLK CIRCUS ANIMALS DELIGHTFUL CHILD'S APRON CIRCUS TOY BUCKET LAST DANCE PARTY SKIRT FLAP SHOULDER BAG THE STENCIL JACKET LIGHT IN THE DARK BLOUSE   Features profile: the rhode…

Let There Be Light? Not in My Bedroom

I have a new pet peeve: the one-inch gap that exists around the blackout shades in my bedroom. Really, nobody in the shade industry has been able to figure out how to make an inside-mounted shade that adequately covers the window?? I guess I have a new sewing project or two for the bedroom to…

Which Style Apron Do You Prefer?

Every Tuesday morning, our office gathers for "Show and Tell," where we bring in art or handmade items we've been working on in our personal time.  From editors to designers, from sewists to mixed media artists, we've got a range of talent at our office. Cook's Apron, by Charise Randell. Last week was no different,…

Inspiration From Editing Garment Instructions

How many times does each story in a magazine get read by an editor before it goes to press? In my case here at Stitch and Modern Patchwork, at minimum, eight times.  That’s a lot of time spent pouring over the projects, and in the case of our The Unofficial Downton Abbey Sews issue, reading…

Advice From Middle School That Applies to Sewing

Last weekend while working on a sewing project for my home, I remembered a good lesson I learned from a teacher. It wasn't a sewing lesson, but thinking of it helped my sewing process. My elephant wall hanging, in progress. I'm working an elephant wall hanging, and am nearing the point where I'll add a…

Sewing My Own Bag Versus Buying One

I am one of those people who is a bag person. I’ve got bags to bring groceries home in, bags for the beach, bags to tote dog supplies in, handbags for daily use, and more. Surprisingly, I haven’t transferred my love of bags into sewing bags. My new laundry hamper. In part, because, I really…

Inspiration From Another Era

Yesterday I got curious about when season five of the popular television series Downton Abbey would be starting in the United States. Unfortunately, it'll be awhile—not until winter. I was thinking about the show as the newsstand date for The Unofficial Downton Abbey Sews special issue of Stitch was yesterday.  Two projects in The Unofficial…

How Good Scissors Changed My Sewing Life

It's amazing how a good pair of scissors can change your sewing life. I invested in a nice pair a few months back, and have not regretted it for one minute. It's been a godsend when cutting out pattern pieces and fabric. Scissors have a tendency to disappear at my house. In my house, scissors…

Using Unexpected Free Time for Hand Sewing

I woke up earlier than planned on a recent Saturday morning. It was the start to a gorgeous spring day, and the sun streaming from behind my shades drew me out of bed. But I wasn't quite ready to get started with the events of the day, so I took out some hand sewing. At…

The Unofficial Downton Abbey Sews

  Downloadable Patterns BLACK LACE TABARD BEADED EVENING SHRUG GENTLEMAN'S VEST BOY'S KNICKERS BOY'S SAILOR JACKET COOK'S APRON VALET'S NIGHTSHIRT SPORTING JACKET SUFFRAGETTE DAY SKIRT SUFFRAGETTE DAY BLOUSE MODERN JEAN JODHPURS JEWEL NECKLINE TOP EMBROIDERED SHOULDER DRESS FLAPPER DRESS EMBROIDERED DRESSING GOWN MAID'S DAY OFF COAT BIAS-CUT EVENING GOWN SILK PANEL LACE SHORT DRAPED COLLAR…