The Megan Nielsen Culottes plus an Online Sale!

Hi there!  Holly here!  I am one of the Finch girl, and you may have met me in one of my sewing classes or on the weekend when I’m working in the shop.  I’m so excited to tell y’all about the new pattern I just tried out. I LOVE wearing skirts in the summer, but I spend a lot of time chasing my 2 busy kiddos around, so a skirt isn’t always the best choice, if you catch my drift :)   I discovered this great Megan Nielsen Tania Culotte pattern.  The pattern allows for a short, midi, or full length pant.  I made up the midi length.  It has the look of a skirt, but is actually culottes.  Ok, I am cringing as I type the word culotte.  It brings back memories of the unflattering  80’s polyester version of culottes.  This pattern is anything but unflattering.  It looks like a cute little flirty skirt, but its not a skirt!  So I refer to it as the “not a skirt” skirt.


I picked a nice, light weight, flowy Leah Duncan voile by Art Gallery.  It’s the perfect weight and has a great drape.

This was my first time sewing a Megan Nielson pattern and I thought it was really well written and easy to follow.  This “not a skirt” is constructed with a pleat in the front and back, and a side zipper.  It was pretty true to size, but maybe a little tight.  I sewed it together with the suggested seam allowance of 5/8″, but when I sew my next one (yes, there will be another one), I will probably just take a smaller seam.  Also, I think the way the culottes are constructed with a 4-5 inch pleat in the front and back, lends itself to being let out easily if you need a little more wiggle room.

crotch shot tania

There are no buttons to deal with, which I love, and the invisible zipper and waist band was super easy to put in.

So bring it on kiddos!  I can chase them anywhere they want to go, look cute and keep things covered.  A total win/win!



Also, you may have already seen, we are running our Annual Spring Sale online right now through this Thursday (May 25-28th).  Everything in the online shop is 20% off when you use the code SpringSale15.  Locals are welcome to use the code as well- this is a great opportunity to get some of the new goodies we have up for presale.  :)

finch Sale

Meet Lisa!


Hello Dear Finch Fans!

We thought it would be fun for you to get to know each of the girls who work and teach at Finch, so we’ll be introducing each of them in a series of interviews over the next few months.  Following each of their posts, the girls will take over the Finch Instagram feed with a couple days of inspirational photos, projects, and ideas for you to see.

First up is Lisa. If you’ve spent any time around Finch in person, you probably know Lisa pretty well.  She is our full time gal, and she also takes care of all you who order fabric and yarn from our online store.   She is one of our very passionate and experienced quilting teachers.  If you have taken one of her classes, you know how cheerful and excited she is as a teacher! I found this photo of her (insert: when I was trolling) in her Instagram feed, and I love it because it was taken after she squeezed herself and several magnum balloons into her car for our 1st anniversary sale almost a year ago (yup, that’s coming up again in July!).  Without further ado….  Here’s Lisa!

Q. What is your craft obsession?
My craft obsession is definitely quilting. I love every step of the process from picking fabrics to stitching the binding.
You'll see this lovely sample both on our class list and hanging on the wall in our Knit Lounge.

You’ll see this lovely sample both on our class list and hanging on the wall in our Knit Lounge.

Q. What are you working on now?
Right now I have quite a few (insert large number here) projects in the works. Right now I am working on the Tangelo quilt, a foundation pieced quilt by Carolyn Friedlander. I’m also working on a Glam Clam quilt by Latifah Saafir.
(PS- Don’t worry, she’s gonna tell us all about those projects when she finishes!)
I’m also slowly knitting my way through Angela’s color work class and can’t wait to see this blanket come together!
Q.  What is your favorite tool?
I really love my Clover seam ripper. Other than the obvious seam ripping abilities, I flip it over and use the rounded handle while paper piecing to press the seam rather than using an iron.
 Q.  What is your favorite project?
This is such a tough one! I have too many, but I think it is my Swoon quilt. I used my my favorite Amy Butler Alchemy fabric and finished it with hand quilting.
lisa favorite quilt
Q. What does your craft space look like?
My sewing space is shared with the dining room… and no, it isn’t always this clean! This room truly makes me happy, it is decorated with some of my most favorite gifts. A print from the wonderful Anna and mini-quilts from some great Instagram friends. It is a really fun place to create.  (see that pretty Bernina in the background?!  :))
lisa sewing space
 Q. Where can we follow you?
Follow me at @lisa_makes on Instagram!
Be sure to watch the Finch Instagram this weekend for Lisa’s takeover! Follow Finch on IG at @finchsewingstudio!
Happy Making!
xoxo, Lisa (and the Finch)

Give Mom a Memorable Gift from Finch

unnamed Whether it’s a new Sewing Machine, a new tool, or a fresh project, we will help you find the perfect gift for Mom this year!

ex libris collage

We have some beautiful new fabrics and custom bundles.  We’ll help you find the perfect fabric to inspire your mom’s creative spirit.


Books and patterns make great gifts…  Get mom started on a new project this summer.


You know mom is protective of her scissors!  Get her a new, shiny pair…. she’ll love how lightweight and sharp our Kai scissors are!

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With so many beautiful yarns, we’ll help you find the perfect color yarn for mom.


This set will come as a very welcome surprise to Mom this year.  It comes with a tool kit of it’s own, and is our favorite interchangeable set of knitting needles here at Finch.


One of the very best gifts you can give Mom is a little time for herself. Give Mom a Finch Class this mother’s day.  Not sure which one to pick?   A gift certificate will let her pick!



Starting today thru Monday (the 11th), Bernina’s can be financed at 0% Interest for 48 Months*.  This offer is valid on machine purchases of $3,000 or more!

We Finchies are quite good at knowing what to pick for your very own mama, so don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!  We’ll help you make mom’s day one that she’ll remember!

Annual Spring Sale – May 1-3

Spring Sale

Hooray!  It’s Spring Sale time over here! In just a short week and a half, we’ll have the whole store marked down- fabric, yarn, patterns, notions…  the list goes on.  And just in time for some of our favorite new lines to arrive! Mark your calendar, and we’ll see you in the nest!

xoxo, the Finch

*this sale will occur in store only.  But not to worry!  There will be a sale for our online customers to follow… stay tuned!

Thank you! Have 15% off Classes!

Hello dear Finchies!

As promised, I have a little thank you gift for all your support… and for being generally fabulous.  So here it is:

This weekend only, use the code “FinchFan” for 15% off ALL classes- kids, knitting, sewing, and more!

Please-  no discount for the Sip and Sew, but everything else is fair game.

Find all our classes right here!

oh, and PS~ Mother’s day is right around the corner… don’t you think a Finch Class would be the perfect experience?!

Offer ends 04/06/15


the Finch


Sip and Sew at Catoctin Creek Distillery

We were thrilled when Catoctin Creek Distillery asked us to come back for another sip and sew.  And we were extra excited because we already had this fun project in the works….  aren’t these cute?!!

Image of Sip and Sew and KNIT Series

During this sip and sew, you’ll learn to crochet and be well on your way to making these for everyone you know! Image of Sip and Sew and KNIT Series

Here are the deets:
April 13th, 6:30-9:00pm$35 with supplies included. This is a discounted class rate so that attendees may patronize the host’s establishment as well. Price does not include drinks and food.
We’ll be sipping in style at the beautiful Catoctin Creek Distilling Company in Purcellville, Va. This time, we’ll be learning to crochet these adorable little coin purses. We’ll provide the yarn and wooden bead, and we’ll have size ____ crochet hooks available for purchase at the event. Fill your little pouch with change or a gift card- whatever your pleasure, you’ll be sure to keep this special little piece forever (and as quick as it is to crochet, you’ll be making these for all your bestest friends too)! Let me tell you about Catoctin Creek: with one whole wall of windows, we’ll be sure to have plenty of beautiful light for a very cool project. Catoctin Creek® Distilling Company was founded by Becky and Scott Harris in 2009 as the first legal distillery in Loudoun County since before Prohibition. Catoctin Creek is all about high quality spirits. Tastings of their finest concoctions will be available to us all evening, and everyone is welcome to buy bottles to bring home to the mister as well (let’s be honest, it’s really for me… ). :)
120 W. Main St.
Purcellville, Virginia

Catoctin Creek carries a gorgeous selection of handmade chocolate truffles, but no other food. Plan to eat before!

Register HERE!

We’re Expanding!! And having a party….

When I opened my business out of our Leesburg home, I used to swoon every time I passed by the wonderfully quirky building we now occupy. And you can’t imagine how thrilled I was that after 6 months of driving (and drooling) past this building every day, it was still available when I was ready to move out of the house and into a downtown space.  About a year ago (7 months after moving into the building), we had the opportunity to more than double our space by taking over the whole downstairs of the building.  And boy did we need it! At that point, we were literally tripping over one another, hosting knitting classes in the front corner of the shop while teaching sewing classes throughout the rest of the building…  simultaneously.  It was challenging, to say the least.  But it was so very exciting!

We’ve come to that crossroads again.

The last number of months have been wonderful, and we’ve found ourselves tripping over each other again.

And once again, we have been given the opportunity to expand!  Which means that we will be taking over the ENTIRE building!  Yup, that’s right, the entire building!!!   This means we’ll get to expand our stock of yarn and fabric as well as patterns and notions while opening up more space for workshops and classes.  And that really is going to be awesome!

Save the date for a grand reveal PARTY! on April 17th from 6:30-10pm where you are cordially invited to see the beautiful new space and celebrate our growing community of Finches!  Bring the kiddos and enjoy some refreshments, drinks, and music.

And because we couldn’t be where we are without your support, we’d like to give you a little thank you….  Stay tuned for a discount code on all classes– we’ll post the code this Friday, so you have a little time to consider your options (and we’ll post a few more of our exciting spring classes in the meantime too)!

Below is a sneaky peaky of a few things we have going on in the new space…. Come see it all put together on the 17th- we promise we’ll knock your socks off!


the Finches (Nicole, Lisa, Angela, Tara, Charmaine, and Holly)

moving in

paint chips

painted chair