Royal Baby book GIVEAWAY!

Can you believe that at any moment the next royal baby of Price William and Duchess Kate is due to arrive?! I am still in awe of how adorable Prince George is. In honor of this special arrival I will be sharing a few books that are royal baby worthy.

Sewing for a Royal Baby from the editors of Sew Beautiful magazine.

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Create your own royal baby attire!

Sewing for a Royal Baby will let new mothers and grandmothers create a royal wardrobe for their new little one using the complete patterns and instructions provided with the book. These aren’t just any children’s garments, but elegant designs featuring heirloom sewing techniques. Some, like the Royal Christening Gown or a suit worn by a young Prince William, are inspired by actual royal attire, while others have been selected from past issues of Sew Beautiful magazine for their majestic style.

From bonnets and booties to breathtaking christening gowns and sweet toddler looks, Sewing for the Royal Baby lets the sewists create a wardrobe fit for a little prince or princess using a variety of machine and heirloom sewing techniques.

About the Author:

Sew Beautiful magazine has been at the forefront of the heirloom sewing niche for more than 25 years. Founder Martha Pullen has authored some of the best-belling heirloom sewing books, continues to run a successful sewing school twice a year in Huntsville and has a devoted customer base.

You can purchase this book at the Interweave Store.

Perfect Party Dresses edited by Susan O’Connor

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With beautiful photographs to inspire you, Perfect Party Dresses will be your guide to making party dress dreams come true. Whether you’re just learning how to sew, or are seasoned in your craft, you’ll love sewing dress patterns using techniques including smocking, embellishing and embroidery.

Along with easy-to-follow instructions for 12 glorious smocked dresses and three petticoats, this must-have book includes more than 180 step-by-step photographs, full-color smocking graphs, detailed construction diagrams and multi-size lift-out patterns. Learn how to expertly tie a perfect sash bow and discover helpful hints and tips for finishing touches and taking care of smocked and embroidered garments. From birthdays to weddings, this beautiful collection of stunning smocking designs in sizes 2-10 years is sure to provide something spectacular for every special occasion in a young lady’s life.

You can also find this book available at the Interweave Store.

Can you guess it?!? It’s another GIVEAWAY!!! I will be giving the wonderful prize of Sewing for a Royal Baby from the editors of Sew Beautiful magazine! All you have to do for your chance to win the giveaway is answer the below question in our comments section. A winner will be chosen at random next Friday, May 1st.

“What do you think the name of the next royal baby will be?”

Good luck and Happy Sewing!!
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The Decades of Style Arches Skirt Sew Along: Week 1 Fabric Choice & Pattern Elements

It’s here! The Decades of Style Arches Skirt Sew Along. Seems like forever since the last one (the fabulous Sew Chic Valentine Skirt, which you can read about here and purchase the pattern here if you would like to sew this beauty up). This skirt has so many possibilities and we are so sure you’re going to love sewing this and wearing it. So, let’s get started!

 The Decades of Style Arches Skirt Sew Along: Week 1 Fabric Choice & Pattern Elements

Based on a vintage 1940′s design, the Decades of Style Arches skirt is a graceful design that will work well in every wardrobe. The skirt is basically an a-line design with 2 front box pleats that cascade from an arched design that lays just below the waistline.

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The back of the skirt is simple with darts radiating from the waist and a center back zipper application. Since the skirt is based on a vintage pattern, the length is rather long, so keep this in mind. I cut 6″ off of the original pattern which resulted in a finished skirt length of just below the knee.

When thinking about fabric choices, keep in mind where you will be wearing the skirt and of course the time of the year. Believe it or not, except in the hottest climates, wool crepe makes a lovely year round fabric choice. The skirt pictured above and in the magazine was made out of wool crepe. It holds the pleats beautifully, and wears effortlessly. Even after an entire day of wearing the skirt, a light steaming is all that will be needed before the skirt is worn again. A wool suiting would also make a lovely fabric choice as would linen and medium to bottom weight cottons. For the sew along, I will be making the skirt out of a medium weight cotton. If using wool crepe, be sure to use your iron and steam the fabric from the wrong side prior to cutting.

During the sew along, I will show you how to underline the skirt. If you have never underlined a garment, I encourage you to give it a try. Once you have underlined a garment, I can assure you that you will want to underline every garment that you make. To underline the skirt, I used a fine weight of cotton batiste. Good cotton batiste can be a little pricey, but it is well worth the investment. Please do not use a cotton muslin or quilting cotton. Neither will give the desired effect and will only add bulk to your finished garment. If you do decide to underline the skirt, you will need the same amount of fabric for the underlining as you need of your fashion fabric. Once you have purchased the batiste, be sure to wash, dry, and iron it before cutting it out.

The arches were accented with top stitching in the sample skirt. For the sew along, I will show you how to accent the arches with piping.

The skirt pattern does not include a pattern for the lining, but I will show you how to alter the pattern to accommodate a lining. Once again, if you would like to line the skirt, you will need the same amount of lining fabric as you need of your fashion fabric. When lining your skirt, think outside the box and use a lining that adds a little fun and maybe an unexpected surprise to your skirt. I had a lovely piece of animal print silk charmeuse that I used for my lining. I enjoy looking at the inside as much as I do the outside!

Please check out this short video for more on fabric choice and pattern elements.

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In our next post, I will show you how to baste the underlining to each piece. We will talk about how to apply the piping to the arches. In our next post, you will also see just how easy it is to create a perfect arched point. If only all points could be this easy!!!

Thanks so much for sewing along with me. I think you are going to absolutely love your Decades of Style Arches Skirt!

Rhonda Buss

www.sewbussted.com

 

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Want to create a fabric arts business? Learn how with Amy Barickman in our newest web seminar: Creating A Fabric Arts Business

As part of our new and growing online education offerings we have a wonderful web seminar that will be led by Amy Barickman of Indygo Junction.  Read more details on how you can learn how to start a fabric arts business.

When:

Live Web Seminar Date: April 28, 2015 Start Time: 1 pm EST Length: 60 Minutes

Crafting a fabric arts busi2 Want to create a fabric arts business? Learn how with Amy Barickman in our newest web seminar: Creating A Fabric Arts BusinessLaunching a creative arts business in today’s market can be a profitable yet challenging endeavor. As a creative entrepreneur there are many decisions to be made about your brand and the products you offer. Learn about many opportunities that exist for building and growing your business including publishing, licensing, and partnering with manufacturers and influencers.

Amy will share her nearly 25 years of experience in the sewing and fabric arts with an eye toward inspiring and educating those with the entrepreneurial spirit. Her discussion focuses on product development, manufacturing, and licensing, sales channels including catalogs, home shopping networks, bricks and mortar independent retailers and chain stores, wholesale and retail trade shows, collaborating with industry influencers, working with technology including online classes/webinars/videos, and social media marketing.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Recognize different sales channel opportunities
  • Marketing tips to build and monetize your community
  • Product Development Strategy and Processes
  • How to collaborate with others in the industry to increase sales & reach
  • Making use of current technologies to increase profits
  • Strategies to engage your community
  • Funding tips for expanding your business

About the Instructor:

Amy Barickman, founder and owner of Indygo Junction, The Vintage Workshop and Amy Barickman LLC, is a creative leader in the sewing and needle arts industry. In 1990, Amy founded Indygo Junction, a sewing pattern and book publishing company, to showcase the work of leading fabric and needle arts designers. Amy has a passion for all things vintage and has an impressive collection of textiles and handmade fabric art. This collection is the inspiration for much of Amy’s work including the 15 fabric lines she designed for Red Rooster Fabrics. Amy recently launched her Crossroads Brand with denim fabric and patterns and will introduce a cotton line with RJR Fabrics in summer 2015.

With a knack for anticipating popular trends and new talent, Amy has discovered more than 40 innovative artists and designers, a list that is ever expanding. Amy’s ability as a collaborative entrepreneur and creative architect has allowed her to design and market an impressive list of patterns and book releases, having released 1000 pattern titles and published 80 books, including recent releases Amy Barickman’s Vintage Notions: An Inspirational Guide to Needlework, Cooking, Sewing, Fashion and Fun, Indygo Junction’s Fabric Flowers, and The Magic Pattern Book.

Through her blogs, websites and e-newsletters, Amy inspires countless crafters to explore their own creative spirit and experiment with the newest sewing, fabric and crafting techniques. Keep up with Amy as she shares her ideas and inspiration at www.amybarickman.com and www.IndygoJunction.com and www.freevintagegraphics.com.

Who Should Attend:

  • Entrepreneurs who want to grow their business
  • Designers/business owners who want to build partnerships and collaborations
  • New business owners who want to learn about marketing and social media opportunities
  • Pattern designers looking for information on product development, self-publishing & manufacturing
  • Bloggers interested in selling to their community & exploring additional revenue streams
  • Creative spirits looking to turn their passion to profit

Each registration comes with access to the archived version of the event as well as any handouts referenced during the presentation. You do not have to attend the live event to get the recording of the presentation or the handouts. In all web seminars, no question goes unanswered. Attendees have the ability to chat with the instructor during the live event and ask questions. You will receive a copy of the web seminar presentation in an e-mail that goes out one week after the live event. The answers to questions not covered in the live presentation will be included in this e–mail as well.

Cost: $19.99

For all of you who are interested in starting your own creative business I do hope you join me and Amy in this wonderful web seminar.

See you soon!

Leave any questions below

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Learn how to embellish garments and projects with fiber, textures, embroidery and color.

Dear Fellow Sewers

Spring is finally here! We’re looking forward to ditching the all-black attire of winter and bringing some color into our closets and homes. There may still be snow in the forecast (until mid-May in some parts of the country), but that doesn’t mean we can’t embellish with floral appliques and embroidery to celebrate spring.

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That’s what we’re focusing on this month: embellishments. And I’m super excited to tell you all about the new offerings at shopsewitall.com and shop.sewdaily.com that will help bring you out of winter hibernation.

Look to colorful fabrics in shades of pink, blue and green, with textural elements, such as silk, linen and knit. To create statement garment pieces, find the Out and About Tunic pattern and embellish with a group of floral embroidery designs stitched all in one color. Coral Tunic 200 Learn how to embellish garments and projects with fiber, textures, embroidery and color.

 

 

 

 

Embellish a ready-made knit cardigan with artfully combined embroidery, using our Ribbon Garden embroidery collection.RibbonGarden Collection 200 Learn how to embellish garments and projects with fiber, textures, embroidery and color.To accessorize with fun embellishments, create a zipper bracelet or two or three they’re that quick to make. These are zipper brace 200 Learn how to embellish garments and projects with fiber, textures, embroidery and color.featured in the Mar/April issue of CME (pick up past issues here).

 

 

 

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Embellish your home decor by incorporating a bright pillow full of blooming yo-yos — the project kit has all the fabric you need.

POPPRINT300 Learn how to embellish garments and projects with fiber, textures, embroidery and color.Plus, several books will get your creative juices flowing, such as Kari Mecca’s Whimsy Flowers and Trims and Best of Sew News Basics & Beyond: Simple Embellishments. Let these projects and products inspire you to take your sewing projects to new heights with bits of sparkle and pops of color.

It wouldn’t be right if I didn’t discuss the newly redesigned Sew News magazine. This issue is still available on newsstands until May 18 and always at shopsewitall.com (as a digital or print issue). I can’t wait to hear your feedback on the new look and feel. Please let us know your thoughts at sewnews@sewnews.com.

Check out the video below that gives you an inside scoop on the issue and what to expect from Sew News online.

We also redesigned Creative Machine Embroidery magazine and you’ll see the new look beginning in the May/June issue, on newsstands April 14. I love the new logo, the close-up shots of projects and the clean minimalistic photography. Let us know what you think at info@cmemag.com.

The new Stitch summer issue is available now at shop.sewdaily.com (in digital and print formats). It’s full of 32 fun summer projects, such as a smocked patio pillow, a ‘50s-inspired lawn chair and a charming baby quilt (which comes as a kit!). There’s also a fun exposé on sewing with stripes and another interesting read: How to fight the Ebola crisis with wedding gowns.

There is so much more coming your way this month, from new web seminars to videos to patterns and more! Be sure to sign up for our e-newsletters to make sure you don’t miss a thing.

Thanks for reading,

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Sew News, Creative Machine Embroidery & Stitch magazines

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Serge to Your Full Potential!

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Did you know April is National Serger month? If you have a serger, want one, or need some extra training, this is a sign! Get started by downloading a free e-book from Baby Lock: 11 New Serger Projects for Sewers of All Skill Levels.

A serger is a fantastic tool for quick projects, especially those using knit fabrics, as the serger stitch has built-in stretch. But sergers are great for woven fabrics too, as they finish the seam allowances as they stitch. I love one-stop-sewing!

Not only is a serger great for construction, you can use it to create embellishments too. Use decorative thread to create a pretty thread chain to use as belt loops or even jewelry. Some sergers have a coverstitch capability, which creates beautiful thread embellishments on the project right side, made even more spectacular with decorative thread. A serger can also gather fabric and create pintucks, all with just a few setting adjustments.

Learn about basic serger stitches and how to use them to create a gathered skirt and easy pattern-free top in Serger Smarts in the April/May ’15 issue of Sew News, on newsstands now! (Find digital and physical copies at shopsewitall.com.)

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For more serger information, purchase the Serger Tips, Tricks, and Troubleshooting webinar at shopsewitall.com.

In this web seminar you will learn:

  • Serger components—where they are and what they do
  • Overlock stitches and best choices for various construction techniques
  • What is differential feed and how to manipulate it
  • Common operator technique errors and how to correct them
  • Stitch length and width—get the right settings
  • Tension settings
  • Cover stitch—major differences between cover stitch and overlock functions

SIAB1413 Serge to Your Full Potential!Then pick yourself up some performance knit swimsuit fabric and serge yourself a sweet suit for summer! Get the pattern for this stylish one-piece suit by Project Runway’s Michelle Lesniak here.

Happy sewing (& serging!)

~Nicki

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5 Top Reasons To Learn How To Sew – Why Do You Sew?

notions5 5 Top Reasons To Learn How To Sew    Why Do You Sew?  I think learning to sew is one of the best things I’ve ever done creatively. I love the challenges it presents, I love the people I’ve met along the way and I love what I can do with fabric and color and the inspiration it gives me. And, I love the feeling I get when all the stars align and I make something so beautiful I actually dance for joy. No kidding. Sewing gives me so much pleasure and joy it’s hard to explain.

If I hear that someone wants to learn how to sew,  I practically fall over myself in giving them help and assisting them on their journey. Sewing is such an amazing creative outlet for me.

I also want to tell you we’ve got a great intro to sewing course that is great for beginners. We all have to start at the beginning!  Let’s look at my reasons for sewing, plus a peek into what you can learn in the class.

Reason 1: Sewing can save you money.

money giphy 5 Top Reasons To Learn How To Sew    Why Do You Sew?  Making garments, crafts or accessories can save you a lot of money compared to buying at your favorite store. In the Garment Sewing Introduction course, you’ll first learn all the basics of your machine, supplies and start sewing seams. In week 2 Seams and Finishes is what we’ll take on.

Reason 2: Learn to sew means you can make tons of one-of-a-kind accessories, tote bags, purses, scarves and more!

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Reason 3: Sewing shows off your creative side.

gif of clueless movie 5 Top Reasons To Learn How To Sew    Why Do You Sew?  No other hobby lets you show your true individuality like sewing. If you love polka dots and want to wear only polka dots sewing lets you do just that. Go crazy! As you move through the class in weeks 5 you’ll learn the basics of fabric and how to pick the right fabric for the project. In week 6 you’ll learn how to read and use a sewing pattern. Very important that one!

Reason 4: Learn to create garments you see on the runway.

fashion giphy 5 Top Reasons To Learn How To Sew    Why Do You Sew?  This is why I love to sew. I can create almost anything I see on the runway in a department store or boutique. Plus, if you have a hard to shop for figure, sewing can be so liberating. Week 7 you’ll learn how to make a skirt and week 8 you’ll learn about different styles of skirts.  Trust me, this is going to be fun. Skirts are one of my all time favorite things to sew. You will love it.

Reason 5: Sewing reduces stress.

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Sure, learning any thing new has its stressful moments, but as a long time sewer I can’t tell you how rewarding sewing has been to my life. I’ve met so many wonderful people, continuing to learn and grown AND, have a pretty, nice wardrobe.

If you would like to start your journey I would love to be a part of it.

The Garment Sewing Introduction: Learn the Fundamentals of Garment Sewing 8 weeks long and is online and you can register now. You can go at your pace and I will be there every step for questions, problems or concerns. You’ll start of with the basics and at the end of the course make your first garment.

I do hope you join me!

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Garment Sewing 101 Class Is Now Available – Learn How To Sew!

We have a great beginning sewing courses happening soon. If you are a new sewer or know someone who is interested in learning sewing this is the online class for you.  notions5 Garment Sewing 101 Class Is Now Available   Learn How To Sew!

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Have you always wanted to learn how to sew?
  • Are you looking to refresh your skills? Maybe you’ve never learned the proper techniques.
  • Are you comfortable with the basics and now ready to sew clothes?
  • Is it time to take your sewing to the next level?

Did you answer yes to any of them? Then get your fashion on, and learn to start sewing your own custom-fit wardrobe!

In Garment Sewing 101, you’ll learn the basics of sewing including various stitches and seam finishes, you’ll build a solid sewing foundation, and you’ll complete two simple projects: a drawstring bag and a zippered pouch.

The best part? It doesn’t matter if you’ve never touched a sewing machine before. And if you’ve been sewing for years, we’ll show you how to correct those bad habits and get better-looking finished projects! And, it’s only 29.99 for 8 weeks of instruction.

Once you’ve established the proper foundation, you’ll then learn how to properly prepare fabric for garment sewing, how to work with (and adjust!) a pattern, and you’ll learn how to sew three skirt styles: a pencil skirt, an A-line skirt, and a gathered skirt. On top of that, you’ll have the knowledge and the confidence to be able to sew much, much more.

This is what your learn over a 8 week period.

  • Learn sewing machine basics
  • Build your confidence on a sewing machine
  • Learn a multitude of stitches and seam finishes
  • Sew two chic projects from start to finish
  • Learn how to work with a pattern
  • Learn simple hemming techniques
  • Learn how to make clothes from scratch
  • Customize your wardrobe
  • Sew clothes that fit

And, guess who your sewing teacher is?

ME!

A little about myself.

I am the online editor for Sew News, Sew Daily and Creative Machine Embroidery magazines. In 2010 I founded the Denver Sewing Collective a local initiative that is focused on reestablishing offline sewing networks. A vibrant community based organization the Denver Sewing Collective brings together sewists of all levels to share their passion with others and to create real-world friendships and mentoring. Professionally, I write for three F+W Media sewing blogs and because there is never enough to say about sewing I manage the group blog Denver Sews on my personal time. I’m also the Vice President of the American Sewing Guild Denver Chapter and in my off time I will be sewing or playing my mandolin.

Please join me and learn what I think is the greatest past time ever! Sewing!

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Learn How To Use Your Serger with Gail Patrice Yellen

Do you have a serger that’s gather dust? Would you like to buy a serger but want to know all that it can do? Or maybe you just want to learn more about sergers in general. Great news we have a spectacualr web seminar happening March 30, 2015.

Here are the details and what you will learn in the packed web seminar Sergers Tips,  Tricks and Troubleshooting .

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Live Web Seminar with Gail Patrice Yellen
March 30th, 2015 at 1 pm EST

Sergers and sewing machines are wonderful sewing room companions, but sergers can befuddle even the most experienced sewing machine operator.

Once you can identify key serger components and how they each affect stitch formation, you’ll be able to manipulate settings like a pro. When is a 3-thread overlock preferable to a 4-thread stitch? Learn how to change stitch widths and what makes a stitch wide or narrow. What is differential feed and why is it such a fantastic serger feature?

Gail will give you a guided tour of your serger from top to bottom. She’ll highlight and explain the important serger parts, how to fine-tune their adjustments and troubleshoot problems. Even when all of the machine settings are correct, results might not be perfect-why? Sometimes it’s “operator technique.” You’ll see some common handling errors that cause failure and how to easily fix them.

Rolled hems that fall off the edges of sheer fabrics and stretched edges on knits can be discouraging. Gail will show you how to get beautiful results with just a few modifications. You’ll tackle your serger projects with increased confidence and knowledge.

Can’t make the live event? Don’t worry! Your registration comes with access to
the archived version of the program within one week of the event.

What you’ll learn:

  • Serger components-where they are and what they do
  • Overlock stitches and best choices for various construction techniques
  • What is differential feed and how to manipulate it
  • Common operator technique errors and how to correct them
  • Stitch length and width-get the right settings
  • •Cover stitch-major differences between cover stitch and overlock functions
  • Tension settings

Who should attend:
New serger owners who need to identify serger components and how they work
Experienced owners who want to refresh their knowledge and skills
Sewists who want to expand and finesse their serger skills for professional results
Owners who want to learn the “how” and “why” of manipulating serger settings
Serger owners who need to understand why operator handling technique is equally important as correct machine settings

Each registration comes with access to the archived version of the event as well as any handouts referenced during the presentation. You do not have to attend the live event to get the recording of the presentation or the handouts. In all web seminars, no question goes unanswered.

Attendees have the ability to chat with the instructor during the live event and ask questions. You will receive a copy of the web seminar presentation in an email that goes out one week after the live event. The answers to questions not covered in the live presentation will be included in this email as well.

REGISTER NOW! And, Get Started Using Your Serger!
About the instructor:
Gail has been an enthusiastic sewist since middle school and is an active member of the American Sewing Guild CT Chapter. Teaching classes and interacting with all levels of sewing enthusiasts continues to be a source of inspiration and fun. Her fascination with sergers is an ongoing source of ideas for embellishments. She has taught classes and workshops across the country including American Sewing Guild National Conferences, the Puyallup Sewing & Stitchery Expo, Original Sewing & Quilt Expos, American Sewing Expo-Novi, MI and numerous American Sewing Guild Chapter events. Her Craftsy class, 40 Techniques Every Sewer Should Know is one of their bestsellers. Gail is a contributor to Threads, Sew News and Notions. F+W Media will publish her book, Serger Essentials Master the Basics & Beyond! in December 2015.

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Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 4 – Finishing Touches

Thanks everyone for joining the Sew New Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along. It’s been great as usual working with Rhonda Buss of Rhonda’s Creative Life and I hope you have a wonderful slip at the end of the sew along. Here’s Rhonda with the final installment of the sew along. If you have questions be sure to post here or on Flickr.

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Now that we have the bodice of the Sew Chic Valentine slip together, our next step will be to attach the bodice to the front of the slip. Attaching the bodice is a little tricky as there is an angle to the seam. Don’t be intimidated, just take your time. The bodice will need to be clipped at the bust seam in order to turn the corner of the angle. I like to sew from the side seam to the bust seam, do a few back stitches. clip my threads and then clip the seam. At that point, I sew from the bust seam to the next bust seam. I then do a few back stitches, clip my threads, clip the seam and then sew from the bust seam to the opposite side seam. Just take your time as you sew this seam and you will have a lovely angled seam.

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The next step will be to sew the center back seam together. Now sew the back of the slip to the front. Be sure to leave the 3/8″ seam allowance at the top of the side seams. We will finish this once we have secured the straps.

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On the pattern you will find notches for the strap placement. Pin the straps at the notches, but I recommend that you try the slip on and reposition the straps according to your body. Your shoulders may be a little wider or a little narrower, so reposition them so that they are comfortable to you.

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This is also a good time to make any fitting changes that might need to be made. I am rather small across the back, so I have pinned in the center back seam to better fit my body.

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Once you have determined the placement of the straps, trim the straps down and then baste them to the slip.

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To finish the back of my slip, I cut a strip of fabric 2″ wide and the width of the back of the slip. We are basically creating a facing for the back of the slip. Once the strip has has been sewn, flip it over and then hand stitch the sides to the side seam of the slip.

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Turn under the raw edge of the strip and stitch to the back of the slip.

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The back of the slip is nicely finished and the straps will be secure. This is not included in the instructions for the Valentine Slip, I just think it is a prettier way to finish the back. So you are welcome to follow the instructions in the booklet or try my method.

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Our final step will be to attach the flounce. The flounce gives us a perfect opportunity to customize our slips with trim. For this slip I chose a pretty swirled rose trim. Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 4   Finishing Touches

 For the pink slip, I chose a traditional lace trim.

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And for the lace slip, I chose a pretty trim that coordinated with the pattern in the lace.

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All 3 choices were hand stitched to the flounce. Once the trim has been attached, sew the flounce to the slip.

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The slip is now together, but there is still an opportunity to add a little something extra. For the red slip, I found these lovely little ribbon roses at my local fabric store. They make for a sweet little touch.

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The lace was stitched around the top of the pink slip and purls were added for an extra touch of elegance.

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 I used a beautiful silk ribbon to accent the lines of the lace slip.

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The slip is finished and ready to be worn!

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The Sew Chic Valentine Slip will make a lovely negligee. What a beautiful gift that would make for a bride. You can also shorten the pattern and make the slip into a camisole. A great gift for yourself as well as friends. So the pattern offers lots of possibilities.

1 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 4   Finishing Touches

I hope you have enjoyed the sew along and even more, your new slip. If you are like me, there will be more than 1 new slip in your lingerie wardrobe. Be sure and post your pictures to the Flickr page as I would love to see your finished creations.

Rhonda Buss

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Watch video part 4 of the Sew Chic sew along for more helpful tips and techniques. Plus, post your final creation on our Flickr Group.

 

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National Quilting Day

Happy (early) National Quilting Day!

Are you busy quilting today or dreaming up your next quilted masterpiece? Seeing as this Saturday is National Quilting Day, I am taking in all the beautiful quilted inspirations in our office.

I have compiled my favorite quilting notions and books for your enjoyment. All items are available at shopsewitall.com

Thin Quilting Pins: Extra long, extra sharp and extra thin, these 1 7/8″-long glass head quilting pins will glide effortlessly through your quilts. 100 pins per box.
thin quilting pins National Quilting Day

Schmetz Machine Quilting Needle Collection: Now have the needles for all your quilting needs. Use the 75/11 and 90/14 slightly rounded-point needles for piecing and machine quilting; the slim, acute-point 70/10 needles for top-stitching and precision piecing; and the extra-long-eye 90/14 needle for top-stitching or using multiple threads. Set includes 20 needles, five each size; a free spool of Sulky 60wt. PlyLite thread; a pocket guide; and a hinged-lid 3 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ tin.
Machine Quilting Needle Collection National Quilting Day

Golden Threads Quilting Paper: Trace continuous-line designs for machine-quilting projects. 12″ x 20-yard roll of lightweight, gold vellum paper. Use the plastic Dot Stamper tool to apply 3/8″ fabric-safe, double-sided-adhesive dots to the back and then adhere the paper to the quilt for machine stitching, and tear away when done.
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Best of McCall’s Quilting Simple Beginner Quilts: Fantastic quilts can be easy to make! These 16 exclusive designs from the pages of McCall’s Quilting use basic piecing skills to make wonderful wall hangings, cozy cuddle quilts, and beautiful bed coverings. New and experienced quilters alike will love these simply spectacular projects.
McCalls Simple Beginner Quilts National Quilting Day

Cathedral Window Quilting: In Cathedral Window Quilts, internationally-renowned quilt designer Lynne Edwards returns to this beautiful patchwork technique by popular demand. Lynne’s uniquely creative and accessible approach brings Cathedral Window quilting up to date, capturing quilters’ imaginations and inspiring them to learn and enjoy this technique and its variations.
cathedral window quilts National Quilting Day

The American Legacy Quilt Frame: A traditional frame at an affordable price. Quilt by yourself or with a group on this hardwood frame, which adjusts for tilt, height and width (from 45″ to 95″). You can remove the quilt rods and roll up your quilt, and then fold the legs away for storage.
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Wowza! That is a lot of favorites to have! What about all of you? Do you have a favorite quilting tool or book? What about a favorite quilter? I would love to hear your passion for this art form.

Happy Quilting!
-Jessica
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