Learn How To Start A Sewing, Fashion & LIfestyle Blog with Mimi G

We are so excited to have the fabulous Mimi G teaching the online course, Your Guide To Blogging Sewing Fashion and Lifestyle we can barely contain ourselves. If you don’t know who Mimi G is she is a lifestyle blogger extraordinaire, she has a line of sewing patterns now available through Simplicity patterns, and has the most amazing online community and fans. Although I have not personally met her I hear that she is pretty darn fabulous.

If you are interested in starting a blog/career/business, then Mimi G is the person to tell you how to go about it. Just look at her numbers! Facebook fans over 400,000. You don’t get to those numbers and not know what you’re doing. Let’s take a look at what this course offers.

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The What -

This course will teach you how to start, brand, and monetize a lifestyle or fashion blog. You will be equipped with everything you need to be a successful social media influencer.

You’ll create an online presence that grows with your readers’ interest. Be the source in a field that you love by offering compelling content that attracts readers and brands to your site.

There is an overwhelming amount of information on the Internet. Blogs are an effective way for experts or enthusiasts of a specific niche to gain an online presence and, more importantly, a following. Once a person finds a blog that they love reading, they keep coming back for more.

It takes a specific strategy to provide the readers with what they want. A one-of-a-kind strategy and the key elements will be taught in this course, so you can be a successful blogger in the field that you love.

This course will start with an overview of the course’s topics and what to expect. You’ll learn the instructor’s background, how she got started, and why she is so successful.

Next you’ll learn why people choose to blog. You’ll review the most popular blogging styles and you’ll understand what readers want, so you can make an educated decision on how to set yours up and set yourself apart.

You’ll learn how to choose the perfect niche–one that you love talking about. You’ll know how to pick the perfect platform, domain name, and tagline so you can attract visitors.

Get the information you need to decide between hiring a web designer and doing it yourself.

Learn about the key elements to a blog, including your header, sidebar, links, and the About page. These are critical to your success.

Creating content comes next. You’ll know how to come up with blog posts on a regular basis so you’re never short of ideas. The importance of video will also be discussed. And you’ll know how to incorporate it into your blogging schedule so your readers get content variety. In addition, photography and images will be covered, including Do’s and Don’ts.

Branding. You’ll know how to develop a branding strategy that will win you sponsors.

You’ll be able to create a one-page media kit to send to sponsors, and you’ll be confident approaching brands. Monetizing strategies will allow you to learn how to make an income. Tips on working with brands, affiliate links, and ad networks are provided.

This course will wrap up by showing you how to promote your blog. You’ll learn the various ways to shine on social media so you can become the source within your niche.

You’ll leave the course ready to hit the ground running. Be prepared to create the next hot blog that’s about to take off.

The Who -

Award winning trending Expert Mimi G. is Editor-in-chief of the outrageously popular Fashion, Lifestyle, and DIY blog, MimiGStyle.com, as well as the Mimi G Style YouTube Channel, which houses tutorials, fashion and beauty tips, health and fitness videos, product reviews and more.

Her axiom, “Buy It, Make It, Mix It, Rock It!”, is the mantra for her fully engaged daily followers, as well as industry professionals. Garnering thousands of “new followers” by the day, Mimi G has quickly become an International fashion icon, influencer, role model, and an “in demand” speaker and panel member at blogging conferences across the country.

Recently featured on Project Runway Junior on the Lifetime TV, Named “Best Shopping Inspiration” by InStyle Magazine, Mimi G. is approached daily by major brands and sponsors eager to work her into their fold. She was awarded “Best Latina Blogger” by Hispanicze 2015, “the most influential Latina bloggers” conference in Miami, FL, WCPO-TV9’s TV Live “Must Follow Friday Segment”, has worked with Kellogg’s on their #Fightfattalk campaign due to her influence and mission to empower women, listed as “Essence Top Ten Must Follow Instagrammers”, and was featured as Rolling Out Magazines “Fashion Blogger You Should Know”. She has worked with major brands to give their products an organic and relatable reach.

Mimi G is a mother and business woman who has developed a well rounded brand and loyal following based on her passion for life. Mimi G resides in Los Angeles, CA

Awesome, right?

The Cost - 59.99

The When - Course runs February 25, 2016 thru April 21, 2016.

The How -

Simple. Go to craftonlineuniversity.com to register.  Once there you will find more information on course outline how to present this course as a gift for someone and start time.

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Learn Fashion From The Pros

I love fashion and I love learning about new designers, I have a short list of favorite designers both current and distant past. I also have strong opinions about what a fashion designer should know and learn in order to stand the test of time.

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Althea knows how to sew

AltheaHarper2 wf 500 Learn Fashion From The ProsI strongly feel that to be a good fashion designer, one must know the fundamentals of sewing. A fashion designer doesn’t have to sew well, but a working knowledge of sewing should be required at even an elementary level.

I talked with one fashion designer, an excellent seamstress, who went to fashion design school and discovered that many of her classmates knew nothing about sewing. Apparently, it is quite common for fashion design students to draw out their designs and then take them to a professional seamstress to execute. They bring the finished item back to class, often times claiming they did the work.

Gunnar Deatherage: Real Designer

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If you follow fashion, you may be aware that Kendall Jenner is now a fashion designer and has never sewn anything and knows very little about sewing (admittedly too). This type of designer is becoming more common due to fashion corporations taking their cues from popular Instagram feeds and mainstream consumers.

Celebrity designers like Kendall rarely design anything that will be shown on the runway. When I say ‘design’ I mean that in the truest sense of the word. More often than not, they’re acting like consultants, picking colors, fabrics etc. for the already designed items. There are a few exceptions.

The Olsen twins and Victoria Beckham come to mind. They are fashion designers and are very much a part of the actual design process. Another distinction is these three are less about being a celebrity brand but have reached into the higher echelons of the fashion industry, winning awards and accolades from industry experts. This cannot be said for Adam Levine who is a ‘fashion designer’ for Kmart. Perhaps the title fashion consultant would be more apt for these celebrity ‘designers’.

The idea of being a fashion designer has risen due to television shows like Project Runway. But what’s edited out is all the hard work these up-and-coming designers go through. Fashion school is not all glamour and fun. It’s actually a lot of hard work and even math (yes! math).

Will the Kendall Jenner’s of the fashion world usurp Dior, Givenchy and Chanel their place in art and fashion history? Never.

I had the pleasure of meeting many of the designers from the Fashion School Crash Course series. I loved geeking out over fashion, design and, of course, sewing. They have an incredible amount of knowledge about their craft.

If you’re planning a career in fashion or are even a little bit curious you should ask yourself: would you rather learn from someone who knows very little about the subject or from someone who has a strong working knowledge of the all the ins and out of the topic?

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Let me know who your favorite designer is or what you think of the state of fashion today. I would love to hear from you.

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Fashion School Crash Course Episode 22: Michele Lesnaik Functional Design

Get an inside look into fashion design with Project Runway alumni as your guide!

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Join us each week to learn about a new topic that will help take your sewing, your fashion and/or your career path, to new heights. Explore a fashion designer’s perspective on fit; an introduction into fashion illustration; fashion forecasting; draping—what is it and how to start; styling like a pro; fashion branding dos and don’ts; and so much more.

Now availableEpisode 22, Functional Design, air Date February 4.

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This week, in“Functional Design” with Michelle Lesniak:

Fashion designers often design garments for a functional purpose, rather than for a “wow” piece on the runway that isn’t wearable. Functional design comes into play when it’s important to meet the needs and desires of those intended to wear the design.  Explore five questions to ask when creating a functional design.

When purchased, the video includes a helpful PDF download covering the main concepts and is now available in shopsewitall.com.

FSCC CW ep 2 Fashion School Crash Course Episode 22: Michele Lesnaik Functional DesignFind out more on Michelle, what she’s creating, collaborations and newest collections at www. michellelesniak.com.

Find the full lineup, schedule and episode descriptions for the rest of the Fashion School Crash Course series at sewnews.com/fashion school and sign up for our eNewsletter to never miss a release! And as each video is released you will find them all at shopsewitall.com.

This series is brought to you by Brother International Corporation, a leading manufacturer of home sewing and embroidery machines. Brother provided the machines used in the taping of these videos, which include the Innov-is 40e, Innov-is 85e, XR9500PRW, and 5234PRW Serger from the Project Runway Limited Edition lineup, among others. For more information on Brother machines and accessories, and to find a dealer near you, visit brothersews.com.

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Fashion School Crash Course: Episode 21 Althea Harper Fashion Branding

Get an inside look into fashion design with Project Runway alumni as your guide!

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Join us each week to learn about a new topic that will help take your sewing, your fashion and/or your career path, to new heights. Explore a fashion designer’s perspective on fit; an introduction into fashion illustration; fashion forecasting; draping—what is it and how to start; styling like a pro; fashion branding dos and don’ts; and so much more.

Now available Episode 21, Fashion Branding , air date January 28.

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This week, in “Fashion Branding” with Althea Harper: When creating a fashion brand, you’re really creating a way of life, a feeling, a status, and conveying it with clothes. From logos to color selection to advertising, learn what to consider when developing and growing your brand as you begin a fashion design career. This and past episodes can purchased at shopsewitall.com.

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Find out more on Althea Harper what she’s creating, newest collaborations and her latest collections at www.altheaharper.com.

Find the full lineup, schedule and episode descriptions for the rest of the Fashion School Crash Course series at sewnews.com/fashion school and sign up for our eNewsletter to never miss a release! And as each video is released you will find them all at shopsewitall.com.

This series is brought to you by Brother International Corporation, a leading manufacturer of home sewing and embroidery machines. Brother provided the machines used in the taping of these videos, which include the Innov-is 40e, Innov-is 85e, XR9500PRW, and 5234PRW Serger from the Project Runway Limited Edition lineup, among others. For more information on Brother machines and accessories, and to find a dealer near you, visit brothersews.com.

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Monica Bravo Panty Sew Along: Elastics and Construction Tips

We are just about done with the Monica Bravo Panty Sew Along. If you have any questions please leave them in the comments section. Thanks to Monica for doing our sew along! We’d love to hear your experience and how yours turned out. – Jill

Almost finished! Aren’t you excited?!  I am, especially since I realized that Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching.

Panty sew along 300x300 Monica Bravo Panty Sew Along: Elastics and Construction TipsI usually don’t have much time to sew something special for myself – the hubs was quite disappointed to discover that just because I design and teach lingerie sewing doesn’t mean that I have an entire personal lingerie wardrobe.  So, I decided to make my sew along creation a complete set by putting together a princess seamed camisole to match.  But, I’m getting a bit ahead of myself since we need to get elastics on those panties first!

Elastics

I chose to use a ⅝” plush elastic on the waist and a ⅜” plush elastic on the legs.  The basic application is to stitch the elastic to the right side, then turn it to the wrong side and topstitch it.  Since my pattern doesn’t allow for elastics that need to be turned, I added ⅝” at the waist and ⅜” at the leg when I cut out the panties to allow for the turn over.

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I will detail the application of each different type of elastic in a minute, but for now just note that all elastic goes on using basically the same steps.

  • You sew the elastic into a circle.
  • Divide the panty and the elastic into fourths and pin them together.
  • Next, stitch down, stretching the elastic to fit the panties.

That seems pretty simple, so why can it be so tricky?!

It all has to do with nuances of technique – primarily with stitch length and how you stretch things.  You want to make sure that you use a longer stitch length when putting on elastics (or really, when working with anything that stretches).  If you have too short a stitch length you will get too much thread and things will tend to bunch up or ripple.  I use about a 3.5-4mm length.  stitches 300x225 Monica Bravo Panty Sew Along: Elastics and Construction Tips

Then – and this is critical – when you stretch your elastics to fit your garment as you sew, make sure to NOT stretch the garment!!!  The best way to prevent over stretching things is

  • Stretch your elastic until it is the same length as the garment then
  • Ease the elastic and garment back just slightly.
  • The feed dogs on your machine will pull the elastic and fabric and stretch it back out to just the perfect amount.
  •  If you sew with the elastic stretch completely out, the feed dogs will also stretch it which results in over stretching the elastic and the fabric both and causes rippling.

I’m going to put my waist elastic on first.  I cut the elastic the amount directed on the pattern.  To sew it into a circle, I put right sides of the elastic together and straight stitch it using a ¼” seam allowance.  I then press it open so it’s ready to apply.  elastic in circle 300x225 Monica Bravo Panty Sew Along: Elastics and Construction TipsI divided my elastic and panty waist into fourths and pinned the elastic to the right side of the panty with the non-plush side down toward the fabric and lining up the edge of the elastic with the cut edge of the fabric. divided elastic 300x225 Monica Bravo Panty Sew Along: Elastics and Construction Tips

I sewed the elastic on the edge furthest away from the cut edge using a medium width and length zig zag.  You can trim away the excess fabric before you turn the elastic and topstitch, but I like to leave it there.  The extra layer of fabric gives a bit more stability to the waist.  I topstitched my waist with a serpentine stitch.  You can use just about any stitch for topstitching as long as it stretches and has a forward-only motion (no decorative stitches that have forward/backward motion when stitching).topstitching 300x225 Monica Bravo Panty Sew Along: Elastics and Construction Tips

The leg elastic application is the exact same as the waist since I’m using the same type of elastic.  The only difference is that instead of dividing everything into fourths and stretching the elastic equal amounts all the way around the leg, the pattern I’m using (BravoBottoms #1) has you put the elastic on the front leg and crotch without stretch at all, then you stretch the remaining elastic only along the back leg.  This is the same technique used in swimsuits and I love it since it gives more shaping and coverage to the back leg area.  Even if your pattern calls for the elastic to be divided evenly, you can still use this technique for a more professional look. leg elastic 300x225 Monica Bravo Panty Sew Along: Elastics and Construction Tips

And that’s it. In honor of my mom and grandma, I decided to add a little tricot bow to the back that I made using the thread spindles on my machine.  I absolutely love these undies!tricot bow 300x225 Monica Bravo Panty Sew Along: Elastics and Construction Tips

But, as promised, I want to make sure to cover all other types of elastic applications.

Foldover: This is my absolute go-to finish for just about everything from panties, to camisoles, to baby blankets and shirt necklines.  I even use it as hair ties!  I love it because it gives a super smooth and finished look, yet it is still easy to apply.  Simply sandwich your fabric in between the elastic and stitch it down using a stretch stitch (zig zag, serpentine, etc.).foldover 300x225 Monica Bravo Panty Sew Along: Elastics and Construction Tips

Stretch lace: Another super easy one-step application!  When using stretch lace, place the lace on the right side of the fabric with outer edge of the lace even with the cut edge of the fabric.  Then use a medium width and length zig zag to stitch on the edge of the lace furthest from the cut edge of the fabric.  Trim the fabric from behind the lace. stretch lace 2 300x225 Monica Bravo Panty Sew Along: Elastics and Construction Tips stretch lace 1 300x225 Monica Bravo Panty Sew Along: Elastics and Construction Tips

Some stretch laces can be pretty lightweight, so if you want a more substantial finish and to eliminate the raw edge you get with the first application, try this: Sew the stretch lace to the fabric as described above, only put it on the wrong side of the fabric.  Then, instead of trimming the fabric from behind, leave it and turn the lace to the right side of the garment and topstitch.  This leaves you with two layers of fabric behind the lace.  Make sure that when you cut out your panties, however, you add the width of the lace to the edge so that you will have enough extra fabric for the additional turn over!!! strech lace alternate 300x225 Monica Bravo Panty Sew Along: Elastics and Construction Tips

Lingerie elastic: Basic lingerie elastic is very similar to plush facing elastic without the plush side.  It comes in a wide variety of styles and widths.  If you noticed on my panties, the elastic had a picot edge (and I really don’t like picot – see above tomboy description!).  I just turned the elastic so that the picot wouldn’t show when I topstitched it!  Problem solved!  Lingerie elastic can be put on using either of the methods used for stretch lace.

⅜” elastic: When you just can’t find anything else pretty, matching, or coordinating!  You will need to add an additional ⅜” to the edge of your garment when you cut out so that you have enough for the turnover.  Place the elastic to the wrong side of the garment with the edge of the elastic lined up with the cut edge of the fabric and sew it along the cut edge.  Then turn it toward the wrong side of the fabric and topstitch it.  The fabric then covers the elastic to hide it and give a pretty finish.  I like to use knitted elastic instead of braided since it maintains its width when stretched. 3.8 elastic 300x225 Monica Bravo Panty Sew Along: Elastics and Construction Tips

I’m so excited about my finished set!  These are definitely not your boring ‘ol undies, and yet the pattern and construction was still basic!  Just goes to show how much fabric choice and a little extra detailing can go a long way to make a basic yet beautiful garment.  I can’t wait to see what kinds of exciting creations you all have made!!!front 300x225 Monica Bravo Panty Sew Along: Elastics and Construction Tips back 300x225 Monica Bravo Panty Sew Along: Elastics and Construction Tips20160127 075104 e1454606900488 768x1024 Monica Bravo Panty Sew Along: Elastics and Construction Tips

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Monica Bravo Panty Sew Along: Construction

We’re moving along here. Sometimes it’s helpful to read through the entire sew along and then begin to construct your undies. The entire sew along remain on the blog and you can access it any time. You can purchase your pattern, and it will ship out to you on February 3. Sorry for the delay, let us know how it’s going! Now, let’s the Monica take it away!

We are preparing to move so I have been systematically decluttering our house “Japanese style.”  Category by category, I have filled more big, black trash bags than I will ever publically confess.  And then yesterday came – it was finally time to tackle my personal sewing stash.  One by one I held each piece of fabric and asked myself if it sparked joy (the premise of this method is that if an item brings you joy, you keep it and if not, it’s gone).  You can imagine the rush of memories as I put a piece of sweater knit that I had saved since I was 13 in the discard pile – why did I keep it all these years if I never really liked it anyway?!  The cool part is that I was left with a pile of fabrics that I absolutely love, which means that the chances of them finding their way to my machine are pretty good.  And so it is with the fabrics that I have chosen to use for the sew along.

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Now, I certainly never considered myself a lacy kind of girl.  My standard “uniform” is jeans or yoga pants with a “nerd shirt” a la Sheldon Cooper.  I have a pet snake and dig in the dirt to find worms for the worm farm that I built for my sons.  So, yeah, not so much with the frills and girly stuff (and yes, as I’m writing this I see the irony of being a tomboy lingerie designer!).  But last weekend I was teaching a panty class and when I talked about fabrics I decided to separate all of the sample panties

I have made by fabric type.  Imagine my absolute surprise that the biggest pile by far was the stretch lace!  What?!  That could certainly explain why the fabric that sparked the most joy to make a pair of undies from was a printed stretch lace and a coordinating stretch satin that made it into my stash sometime in high school.  I’m so glad that I decluttered enough to find these beautiful fabrics!

fabrics 300x225 Monica Bravo Panty Sew Along: Construction I quickly realized that these two pieces were just begging to be color-blocked.  What is color-blocking, you ask?  Oh, let me relive the 1980’s!  Last week we talked about embellishing with edging lace and such, but color-blocking is another fun way to spice things up.  You basically just piece different fabrics together to make a garment… let me show you how!

My first step is to decide where I want the different fabrics to land.  I’m not much of an artist, but here is a rough sketch of my plan.

panty sketch 300x225 Monica Bravo Panty Sew Along: Construction I usually make bikini style panties since they sit nicely below my mommy belly, but I want a little extra space to make sure there is plenty of room to color-block so I’m going to use a hipster this time.  I’m also going to add a bit of ruching down the center back to give a little shaping to my otherwise not-so-shapely hind quarters.

Next step is to translate my design to my pattern.  I traced off my basic pattern and just need to add the lines where I want the different fabrics to be.  You can create a separate pattern piece for each area, making sure to add a seam allowance to each side where you did the color-blocking.  I’m a bit too lazy for that, so I will just use my pattern as it is and cut each piece on the line, adding the seam allowance as I’m cutting.

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cut out pieces 300x225 Monica Bravo Panty Sew Along: Construction Once the pieces are cut out, I’m ready to sew them together.  I used a straight stitch, medium length to sew the pieces right sides together.  I have a “V” on the front, which can be a bit tricky to get to lay nicely.  I stole a technique from sewing a V-neck t-shirt to for my panties.  I sewed a stay stitching at a scant ¼” on the “V” then cut a small slit to the point.  This allows me to sew each side of the “V” very precisely.

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Then I press the seams flat as sewn, then press again to one side.  I chose to press my seam allowance toward the stretch satin since it is a heavier fabric.  I topstitched the seam allowance using a medium width and length zig zag to give a finished look.

topstitching 300x225 Monica Bravo Panty Sew Along: Construction I also added a bit of ruching by sewing a piece of clear elastic down the center back.  I marked 6¾” on the clear elastic for my size 6 – don’t cut it or you will have difficulty stretching it all the way to the end.  I used my fabric marker to draw a line down the center back and a medium width and length zigzag to sew it down.  After you have it sewn, cut the clear elastic off.  Now I’m ready to sew!

ruching 300x225 Monica Bravo Panty Sew Along: Construction Your first step in sewing a basic panty is the crotch seams.  If your panty pattern does not have a front and back crotch seam I recommend creating one.  That way you will have nicely enclosed seams on both sides with no raw edges that can ravel or leave threads where they don’t belong!

I call the method I use for putting the crotch together the “Hot Dog in a Bun” technique – it seemed fitting when I made that up at 5 years old, although in hindsight I probably should call it something a bit more appropriate now!!!

 This technique is also used in reversible garments and to make pillowcases and is sometimes known as the “burrito” or “pillowcase” method. You can see a photo of the Hot Dog in a Bun method below.

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Hot Dog in a Bun Technique

First, pin the back crotch.  Lay the right side of the panty back to the right side of the fabric crotch and the wrong side of the panty back to the right side of the cotton crotch.  Use pin stitching (pinning parallel to the cut edge at the stitching line) to pin all three layers together.  I use pin stitching in all my sewing so that I have better control of my fabric as I sew and I know that my seams will match up exactly (especially important when working with curves).  Make sure to put your pins in and out twice and don’t overlap them, as this causes bunching and the fabric doesn’t lay smoothly.

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Don’t overlap pins

Next lay the crotch pieces open and scrunch or roll the panty back towards the pinned edge.  Lay the rolled up panty front on top of the rolled up panty back.

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hot dog in bun 300x225 Monica Bravo Panty Sew Along: Construction I use an overlock stitch for most of my lingerie sewing, but not all overlock stitches are the same!  You want a stitch that goes, “Stitch, stitch, zigzag, stitch, stitch, zagzag…” because that will give you the look of a straight stitch and yet the stretch of a zigzag.  If your machine does not have a stitch like this, use the blind hem and mirror image it.  No mirror image function?  Just turn your fabric and sew it “backwards” using a regular blind hem.  Use the overlock stitch to sew both crotch seams.

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Stitching

Press flat as sewn then pull the front and back out and press again.  Ta da!!!  A completely enclosed crotch piece!

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Right Side

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Wrong Side

Although some patterns tell you to put elastics on the legs before sewing the side seams, I feel like you get a much nicer finish if you sew the side seams first, then put the elastics on the waist and leg.  I use the same overlock stitch on the side seams.

Press your seams flat as sewn, then press the seam allowances towards the front of the panty.  If you press them toward the back you get what I call a “seam lump” that can show through your fancy yoga pants – and we can’t have anything ruining the morning school drop off yoga look, now can we!

There, almost finished!  Next week we will add the elastics and model our me-made undies!  Okay, well, maybe modeling might be a bit much, but I at least want to see some pictures of your gorgeous creations!  Until then, happy sewing!

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Front Side

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Back Side

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Want To Learn More About Your Serger? This Class Is For You! Serger 101 Starting Soon!

Are you ready to overcome your serging fears by learning all about your serger? In Serger 101, our latest class from Craft Online University you’ll learn:

  • how your serger works
  • threading techniques
  • basic construction skills
  • serger curves and corners
  • different stitches
  • and so much more!

serger 101 Want To Learn More About Your Serger? This Class Is For You! Serger 101 Starting Soon!This course will teach you all you need to become fearless with you serger. The tools and techniques taught in class guide you through everything from threading basics, to serger garment construction and how to to select the most appropriate stitch for any type of fabric

Serger 101 will give you the chance to explore new techniques and practice old skills. If you are brand-new, this course will help you build a strong foundation. A serger may not entirely replace your sewing machine – but after Serger 101, you’ll wonder how you ever made it without one!

A serger is an invaluable tool to have in your sewing studio and to use for your sewing projects. It’s great for making garment construction quick and easy, and sergers will even even add special decorative touches! Don’t let all those threads intimidate you – take this course and learn how your serger can become your new sewing buddy.

WHAT

What’s included in the Craft Online University

  • Access your courses anytime, anywhere, with a computer, tablet or smartphone
  • Videos, quizzes and interactive content designed for a proven learning experience
  • No set class time! Our courses are structured to fit around your schedule.

Serger Course Outline

  • Get to Know your Serger

    • Basic Serger
    • Advanced Serger
    • Assignment
  • What Stitch Where?

    • Different variations of the 3, 4, and 5 thread serger stitches
    • Assignment
  • Dread-Free Threading

    • Threading a serger for 3 and 4 thread stitches: Wide, narrow, flatlock and rolled hem
    • Threading for a 5 thread serger
    • Troubleshooting
    • Assignment
  • In Stitches

    • How to serge both concave and convex curves, serging inner corners, serge a continuous circle and methods on securing ends
    • Assignment
  • Serging with the 3 and 4 Thread Overlock – Serging a Knit Shirt

    • Construction steps for serging a basic knit shirt, Serging cuffs, hem, neckline trim, suggested patterns for project
    • Assignment
  • Serging witih the Flatlock – Serging a Reversible Table Runner

    • Step-by-step construction of the flatlocking project
    • Assignment
  • Serging Rolled Hems

    • Demonstration of common rolled hem challenges, tools and techniques and construction of scarf project
    • Assignment
  • Specialty Tools and Techniques

    • Decorative Techniques
    • Assignment

     

YOUR INSTRUCTOR

Katrina Walker

Long time Sew News, Creative Machine Embroidery and Sew It All magazine contributor, Katrina Walker will fearlessly guide you through this course.

A lifelong seamstress, Katrina Walker is a sewing educator and apparel designer specializing in textiles, garment construction, Pojagi-inspired single-layer piecework, and surface design techniques. Katrina is well known as a professional in the sewing industry at large. Her designs and sewing expertise are featured in many magazines, including Threads, Stitch, Sew News, SewStylish, and Creative Machine Embroidery. She represents Pfaff and Husqvarna Viking sewing machines as an educator, and is a popular instructor at the Houston International Quilt Festival, the Sewing and Stitchery Expo, and at national sewing conferences around the country.

Katrina’s one wish is to inspire everyone to sew! No matter what age, experience level or interest, Katrina loves to reach out to sewing enthusiasts everywhere and encourage them to learn, explore and above all, create!

COST- 49.99.

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What To Sew Right Now + Find Out How I’m Doing With My NY Resolutions (Hint: Not Good)

I Can Resist Everything Except Temptation (Oscar Wilde)

resolution 500 What To Sew Right Now + Find Out How Im Doing With My NY Resolutions (Hint: Not Good) January is almost over. Did you stick to your sewing resolutions? Or, perhaps you crumbled like a day old cookie. If you did, you’re not alone. I think I made it eight hours.

My plans were:

Cut back on fabric shopping (broke that one on Jan. 1 when I went to a New Year’s Day fabric sale) and to not buy so many patterns. I mean, really, how many dress patterns does one need? Well, it seems I need more.

Third resolution, start on my ball gown. I haven’t even bought the dang pattern yet.

My fourth resolution (I should just call them Lies I Tell Myself at this point) was to work on my growing UFO pile.

And, all I did over January was create more UFO’s. On the upside, we have 11 months to get back on track.

For those that have stayed on track, I would love to hear how you do it. For those fellow crumbled cookies, let me entice you with a few new patterns, books and other delicious temptations, because failure loves company.

Joi Mahon’s New Patterns! We have a new chapter starting in our Sew With Me series! This month we have Joi Mahon showing you how to make wearable, fun garments. Her styles are versatile and modern.

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Each pattern can be easily adapted to suit individual tastes. We also have options to purchase the pattern alone or with a video instruction. Great for new sewists.

JM BiasCowlTop Cover What To Sew Right Now + Find Out How Im Doing With My NY Resolutions (Hint: Not Good)Have you seen the Christine Haynes patterns? These are exclusive to Sew News. I am finishing up the Anya Skirt and will be posting it here on the Sew News blog soon. Plus, all the editors have made a garment from this new line. Be sure to visit the blog as we show you what we made.

All the patterns have a classic look to them, and most are beginner friendly. Not a beginner? I challenge you to sew one up using couture level techniques! I would love to see how you would interpret the Christine Haynes patterns.

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If you do, leave me a comment on the blog, or post a pic on our Fan Page.

And, don’t forget to check out our new issue. This month we have a Joi telling us how to make a fit sample for better fitting garments. Plus step-by-step instructions for making leggings and one of our most popular tops the Up In Arms blouse.

Up In Arms Blouse as seen in the newest Sew News

top 500 What To Sew Right Now + Find Out How Im Doing With My NY Resolutions (Hint: Not Good)Be sure to pick up a copy today!I hope these have tempted you enough to get back to those resolutions, or at the least started a whole new list!

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Freebie Friday Meg Nielsen Pattern Pack

Happy Friday!

I would like to announce the winners of the last Freebie Friday. This is for the stack of hand embroidery books and the winner is Andie! I will be in touch with you shortly to tell you how to claim your prize.

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For this Friday we have up three Meg Nielsen patterns as seen in the Dec/Jan 2016 issue of Sew News. To enter, tell me what was your first commercial sewing pattern that you remember using. Was it a McCalls, Vogue or maybe you started out with a indie pattern, let me know in the comments section below!

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One winner will be announced at the next Freebie Friday!

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Fashion School Crash Course Episode 20: Peach Carr Production Dos & Don’ts

Get an inside look into fashion design with Project Runway alumni as your guide!

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Join us each week to learn about a new topic that will help take your sewing, your fashion and/or your career path, to new heights. Explore a fashion designer’s perspective on fit; an introduction into fashion illustration; fashion forecasting; draping—what is it and how to start; styling like a pro; fashion branding dos and don’ts; and so much more. Each video is only 30 minutes and 4.99.

Now available Episode 20, Production Dos & Don’ts  air date January 14, 2016.

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This week, in “Production Dos & Don’ts” with Peach Carr:

When mass-producing garments, keep these dos and don’ts  in mind to ensure desired results. This episode covers the basics of selecting and working with manufacturers, deciding what to do yourself and maintaining standards for quality.

Find out more on Peach Carr here at Peach Carr Designs and what she’s doing in the FSCC P Carr Ep 5 Fashion School Crash Course Episode 20: Peach Carr Production Dos & Donts

fashion industry.

Find the full lineup, schedule and episode descriptions for the rest of the Fashion School Crash Course series at sewnews.com/fashion school and sign up for our eNewsletter to never miss a release! And as each video is released you will find them all at shopsewitall.com.

This series is brought to you by Brother International Corporation, a leading manufacturer of home sewing and embroidery machines. Brother provided the machines used in the taping of these videos, which include the Innov-is 40e, Innov-is 85e, XR9500PRW, and 5234PRW Serger from the Project Runway Limited Edition lineup, among others. For more information on Brother machines and accessories, and to find a dealer near you, visit brothersews.com.

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