Sunday, July 16, 2017

Updated Optimistic Summer Sew-Along Timeline

Hello there! 
Back in May we were pretty Optimistic about our sew-along. Now, here is an updated timeline! Hopefully you have completed the beginning stages of buying the pattern and fabric, preparing the fabric and pattern and getting all pieces ready to sew. Remember to comment here and/or on our Facebook page with your progress. 
7/15 6/17 - start sewing! - once the pattern is chosen we can break this further into steps. Come use one of our machines in the bright studio space on Astoria Blvd. or work at home to get started stitching.  

6/24 - studio is CLOSED - but you can keep sewing if you're working at home! 

7/22 7/1 - we're open - keep sewing! --should be about done by now – just kidding. Keep sewing! Elisabeth is making progress... top and skirt parts connected. Hard to see on little mannequin lady. Next waistband/tie/wrap sections.

7/29 7/8 - catch-up finish-up day –hemming and finishing day.

8/5 7/9... wear your creation! Another meetup perhaps?  Yay! Aim for 8/17 Happy Hour somewhere in Astoria - tbc.
Can't wait to see your creation!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Sew-Along Next Steps

Hi All!
So, by now you should have purchased the pattern and your fabric for the winning selection - wrap dress. Print and prepare your pattern pieces. Wash or soak the fabric (according to your fabric's care instructions!)
Full schedule & details in previous post
For our sample studio project, we really wanted to pick a stripe like in Burdastyle's example. Just less white and less blue (not E's favorite). Ended up with this neutral embroidered gauze material. 
Image may contain: indoor
Sure hope it looks just as good!
Next, press and lay out your material and pattern pieces and start cutting! Gulp.
Here we go!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Summer Sew-Along

H Readers!
If you didn't see our recent social media posts, we're doing a sew-along!
Elisabeth has long been a fan of Burda Style patterns and the collection they posted recently has so many cute/pretty summer styles that one of our reader's suggested a sew-along... and we're game! 
Here is the collection.
Pick your favorite and a runner up. Post your answer in the comments. (or see our Facebook or Twitter posts and comment there)

TIMELINE  - this is a suggested structure - up to you to go at your own pace - we'll be using our Saturday studio time to work. You can join us in person or work on your own. See more info at the end of this post.

Now - 5/29 Vote! Leave a comment with your choice.

Purchase and download the chosen pattern (or your fave). Gather up your supplies and fabric. If you're in NYC area, join our Astoria shopping meetup on Thursday 6/1. Elisabeth will meet you at Astoria Fashion Fabrics  on 30th Avenue around 6:15-6:30 (they're open 'til 7), then we'll have a drink at Sweet Afton nearby and talk about our project. You can also check out Broadway Silk if you have time beforehand.

6/3 - cut out and assemble your pattern
-at the studio, we have 2 large tables, plenty of scissors and tape + tissue paper for tracing if you like to trace instead of using the printed paper. Pay-what-you-wish studio fee.
[it's also a Knitting Saturday! Beginner Class at 1 and Intermediate at 3]

6/10 - cut your fabric and prepare the pieces for sewing
[it's also a Crochet Saturday! Beginner Class at 1 and Intermediate at 3]

6/17 - start sewing! - once the pattern is chosen we can break this further into steps

6/24 - studio is CLOSED - but you can keep sewing if you're working at home! 

7/1 - we're open - keep sewing! --should be about done by now

7/8 - catch-up finish-up day

7/9... wear your creation! Another meetup perhaps?

The goal is to encourage you to make something - your level of participation is entirely up to you. We'd love it if you join us in our studio and/or share photos of your progress. You can choose whatever pattern you like, but we'll make whichever one gets the most votes. 

If you want to learn to sew, we can provide tutorials for $15/hour on our machine or yours if you want to bring it. If you know how to sew, but don't have a sewing machine, come use ours we'll come up with a package price for the sew-along.
Lastly, let us know if you have questions. Reply here, send an email, or message us on social media +Optimistic Crafts , @OptimisticDIY on Twitter and Instagram or OptimisticCrafts on Facebook.
Optimistic that it will be sew fun!
for Optimistic Crafts

Friday, September 9, 2016


Hi Crafty Readers! 
Another transitional weekend ahead... that space between summer and fall when, I don't know about you, but I get all kinds of creative ideas! Over at the shop we'll be doing a Fall Brainstorming Session to help rally those ideas into achievable projects.
Our upcoming class schedule is on our temporary website here. And you can also check out our Facebook page for most detailed info.

We hope to get better about Blog postings again as there is so much to say about the Maker Movement and projects, and techniques, and learning,...
Anyway, for now:
September is National Sewing Month! - time to learn, or get out that machine you haven't used in a while. We can help over at the studio.
October 15th is I Love Yarn Day! - we'll be celebrating! 
Stay cool, thinking of fall and winter ahead!
Elisabeth for

Optimistic Crafts

Sunday, June 12, 2016

It's a Craft Party Weekend! June 18th & 19th, 2016

Etsy encourages the creative community to celebrate their birthday every year by having an #etsycraftparty, we're hosting at Optimistic Crafts DIY studio space.
Join us Saturday and/or Sunday to celebrate!

12pm - 6+pm
It's an open house for craftiness...

We'll have acitvities to work on in our space including:
Crochet Tutorials
Pom pom key chain or embellishment
A simple sewing project
Votive candle-holders to papermaché
Embroidery projects
Misc. yarn, paper, and other materials so you can get creative.
Light refreshments
Note, there will be project fees based on each project and materials use. (starting at $5)

FREE - Bring a project you made or are making for show-and-tell and to work on in the air-conditioned space or on the breezy balcony

Optimistic Crafts is at
37-02 Astoria Boulevard South #302
ring "Optimistic" on the A-Z call button - elevator to the 3rd floor
Check out our Facebook page for the most details and to RSVP 
(RSVP preferred, but not necessary).

Regular hours: every Saturday 12-6 and by appointments Sundays and evenings.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Sunday March 20th in Astoria...

Optimistic Crafts is bringing our DIY enthusiasm and some of our kits and supplies to the Bohemian Hall Beer Garden Spring Market on Sunday 3/20/16.

Hope you can stop on by and celebrate the beginning of Spring!

 Bring a knitting or crochet or stitching project to craft in public in the Beer Garden!

Friday, November 27, 2015

Small Business Saturday and being Thankful

Hi readers,
Well THE Season is upon us! Are you making things for the Holidays? I'm making a few small gift items...secret for now... optimistic that I will finish in time! Spending the weekend being thankful that my hands and eyes work to create! 
Over at Optimistic Crafts' headquarters, we'll be celebrating Small Business Saturday. This "small" event has become a BIG deal for independent businesses and is a great time to go out and support your local neighborhood favorite shops, many of them offering specials or at least some tasty treats to sample while you enjoy their spaces. Got a favorite local spot? Show them some love, or if you are visiting somewhere, explore! #shopsmall 

Here in Astoria, Queens there's a big retail crawl. Some of my favorite shops are participating! I hope to attend some before and after Optimistic Crafts.
I'll be at Optimistic Crafts from 12-7 with some fun embroidery projects - one making personalized ribbon tags for your holiday gifts. You can "write" a message or someone's name for a couple bucks materials fee. We'll also be adding a slew of beginner classes for the upcoming Saturdays so stop by to learn more and sign up. Tell us you read this and get a special offer (Sat. 11/28 only). We also have some great gifts in our mini shop.
gift tag and pom poms at Optimistic Crafts

Whatever you are up to this weekend, I hope you have a peaceful and enjoyable time!
All the best,
Elisabeth for
Optimistic Crafts