Tea House Dress Sew Along, Week 1: Fabric Selection

Welcome to the Tea House Dress Sew Along! We hand picked this pattern for a number of reasons: it’s modern yet timeless, comfortable yet chic and looks amazing in just about every fabric we’ve seen it sewn up in.  And we LOVE the nod to the kimono silhouette! With variations, including multiple hem lengths, and a tie for subtle shaping, this piece is a unique yet versatile addition to your pattern library…and we hope you love it as much as we do! This week, we’re talking with Sew House Seven designer Peggy Mead about fabric selection for this amazing dress (and blouse!).

Screen Shot 2018 08 14 at 1.17.16 PM Tea House Dress Sew Along, Week 1: Fabric Selection As for fabrics, you may choose a rayon challis, wool challis, linen, silk charmeuse, crepe de chine, cotton voile or lawn – just about any woven fabric that isn’t too stiff or heavy. If you do use a cotton, I prefer a light-weight cotton however, I’ve seen some nice ones in quilting cotton to my surprise. Quilting cotton is a bit stiff and so expect the sleeves to be a bit more stiff and less fluid however, it could be the look you are after. I find that the dress takes on quite a different look depending on what fabric is chosen. Continue reading

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6 Fall Sewing Must-Haves with Allie Olson

We hope the August/September installment of Clothes Minded got you in the mood for fall sewing – it worked for us (and we’ll be sharing our plans later this month)! In that installment, IndieSew.com’s Allie Olson shared her tips for creating the ultimate fall wardrobe. She joins us today with her 6 fall must-sews…and they’re good ones!

Every fall I find myself reaching for the same garments and sewing up multiple versions of my tried-and-true (aka TNT) sewing patterns.

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Bonn Shirt by Itch to Stitch

Tops: Archer Button-up and Bonn Shirt

Both patterns fit well and look pulled-together. My Archers tend to be more casual, sewn in plaid shirtings. I have a few printed crepe Bonn Shirts that look a bit dressier.

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High-End Hack: Feather Trimmed Tank Styling

Styling a feather-trimmed camisole can be more difficult than the making of it. I’ve created 16 different looks using the Light as a Feather tank that were featured in the June/July 2018 issue of Sew News‘ “High-End Hack” column. I was able to create all looks by pulling items that I already had in my closet. Check out all of the created looks below.

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• Long Geo Necklace
• Skinny White Jeans
• Pink Silk Bow Slip-On Flats

Short & Simple Simple 1024x768 High End Hack: Feather Trimmed Tank Styling • Black Cuffed Shorts
• Large Neutral Clutch
• Neutral & Gold Flat Sandals

Party Girl Party 1024x768 High End Hack: Feather Trimmed Tank Styling • Metallic Headband
• Multi-Colored Metallic Foiled Skirt
• Black Beaded Clutch
• Metallic Block-Heeled Pumps

Soft Layering Soft Layering 1024x768 High End Hack: Feather Trimmed Tank Styling • White Long-Sleeve Gauze Shirt
• Cuffed Straight-Leg Jeans
• Floral Mid-Sized Clutch
• Pink Silk Bow Slip-On Flats

Moto: 1 Moto 1024x768 High End Hack: Feather Trimmed Tank Styling • Black Leather Moto Styled Jacket
• Skinny/Straight-Leg Jeans
• Cutout Black Leather Block-Heeled Pumps

Moto: 2 Moto2 1024x768 High End Hack: Feather Trimmed Tank Styling • Black Leather Moto Styled Jacket
• Floral Mid-Sized Clutch
• Skinny/Straight-Leg Jeans
• Cutout Black Leather Block-Heeled Pumps

Sporty Sporty 1024x768 High End Hack: Feather Trimmed Tank Styling • Bold Print Cropped Drawstring Pants
• Slip-On Pearl & Rhinestone Flat Sandals

Sweet & Simple SweetSimple 1024x768 High End Hack: Feather Trimmed Tank Styling • Skinny Pearl Hemmed Jeans (check out the DIY here!)
• Large Neutral Clutch
• Pink Silk Bow Slip-On Flats

Dark & Bold DarkBold 1024x768 High End Hack: Feather Trimmed Tank Styling • Red Snakeskin Bag
• Black Skinny Ripped Jeans
• Faux Fur & Floral Print Mule Flats

Easy Layers Layered 1024x768 High End Hack: Feather Trimmed Tank Styling • Denim Chambray
• Large Neutral Clutch
• Skinny White Jeans
• Blue Velvet Sandals

Dressed Up Dressed Up 1024x768 High End Hack: Feather Trimmed Tank Styling • Black Silk Dress
• Large Gray Clutch
• Cutout Black Leather Block-Heeled Pumps

Casual: 1 Casual 1024x768 High End Hack: Feather Trimmed Tank Styling • Neutral Suede Fringe Micro Backpack
• White Wide-Leg Linen Pants
• Black & Neutral Wedge Sandals

Casual: 2 Casual2 1024x768 High End Hack: Feather Trimmed Tank Styling • Neutral Suede Fringe Micro Backpack
• White Wide-Leg Linen Pants
• Neutral & Gold Flat Sandals

Edgy Edgy 1024x768 High End Hack: Feather Trimmed Tank Styling • Silver Geometric Necklace
• Black Beaded Clutch
• Black High-Waisted Pencil Skirt
• Cutout Black Leather Block-Heeled Pumps

Cuffed & Cute CuffedCasual 1024x768 High End Hack: Feather Trimmed Tank Styling • Large Floral Silk Scarf
• Cuffed Straight-Leg Jeans
• Blue Velvet Sandals

Texture Mix Texture Mix 1024x768 High End Hack: Feather Trimmed Tank Styling • Floral Mid-Sized Clutch
• Cream Lace Pencil Skirt
• Gold Snakeskin Kitten Heels

As you can see, you are able to style the Light as a Feather tank in multiple different ways and for all seasons.

Check out the step-by-step photo instructions on how to make the feather trimmed tank!

-Jessica Ziebarth, Assistant Editor
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 High End Hack: Feather Trimmed Tank Styling
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Serger Seams for Garment Construction (+ FREE PROJECT!)

There are many reasons that sewing with a serger is faster than a sewing machine. First, the motor typically runs faster and produces more stitches in the same amount of time, usually about 50% to 60% more stitches per minute. Another reason is that a serger performs more than one operation simultaneously. Along with seaming, it trims excess seam allowances and overcasts, producing a finished look with just one pass under the presser foot.1110DX Pro 1 1024x683 Serger Seams for Garment Construction (+ FREE PROJECT!)

Sergers are also speedy because of some special techniques they can perform. For example, serging a rolled edge is an easy and fast hemming method. Using a narrow serger stitch on curved seams, such as necklines and armscyes, eliminates clipping and notching to achieve an efficient turn of the cloth, resulting in a smooth curve. Continue reading

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High-End Hack: Feather Trimmed Tank Tutorial

Light as a Feather
Feathers aren’t just for the runway. Ostrich feathers turn any classic silhouette into an upscale garment. Create feather trim from luxe plumes and add them to a ready-made silk camisole for a standout piece.

LEAD High End Hack: Feather Trimmed Tank Tutorial

Follow these simple step-by-step photos to create your own luxe trimmed tank! Continue reading

 High End Hack: Feather Trimmed Tank Tutorial
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DIY Textiles: Plastic Bag Painting Technique

We’re concluding our exploration of fabric dyeing and painting techniques with a look at plastic bag painting. This is the perfect technique if you’re going for that perfectly imperfect painterly style. Plus, this technique has applications options for a wide variety of textiles! Read on for more info. Screen Shot 2018 07 26 at 9.34.31 AM DIY Textiles: Plastic Bag Painting Technique

by Dana Bontrager (See the full article + application ideas in the August/September issue of Sew News!) Find Dana’s Hi-Lo Bag pattern here!

Use a plastic bag and fabric paint to embellish fabric, creating a unique texture.  Try this technique on a wide variety of fabrics to create fun garments, bags and home décor. Continue reading

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All Things Fall (sewing!) with the August/September issue of Sew News

Get your fall sewjo working with the August/September issue of Sew News! This issue is all kinds of awesome – here are a few of my favorite things from this packed issue!

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My favorite thing in this issue – maybe one of my favorite things we’ve ever done!?! – is our Career Capsule feature. We’ve picked 10 patterns and accessories that create the perfect mix-and-match wardrobe. We share the makes and show you how to pair them for 9 totally different looks – but the options are endless! If you’re heading back to work for the first time in a while, changing work environments or looking to upgrade your daily wear, this article is for you. I hope you love it! Continue reading

 All Things Fall (sewing!) with the August/September issue of Sew News
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DIY Textiles: Painted Brushstrokes Tips

We’re continuing our focus on DIY Textiles today with a tutorial for creating bold brushstrokes.

We love the high-end, painterly look this technique gives fabric and simple designs, such as this basic a-line skirt – plus, it’s totally one of a kind!54 Strokes of Genius 938x1024 DIY Textiles: Painted Brushstrokes Tips

By Addie Martindale (Read the full article in the August/September issue of Sew News!)

Follow these tips when fabric painting to achieve best results. Continue reading

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And the Winner of the Fat Quarter Home Giveaway Is…

Patty P!

Congratulations, Patty! We’ll be in touch soon so we can get your prize in the mail to you.

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If you didn’t win this time but are still interested in the book, you can find Fat Quarter Home at gmcbooks.com.

Look for our next book giveaway on Sept. 6, 2018!

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Don’t miss out! Find more great projects and ideas in our newest issue, available on newsstands and at shopsewitall.com!

 And the Winner of the Fat Quarter Home Giveaway Is…
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Fabric Dyeing: Flour Resist Technique – Tips and Tricks

If you haven’t seen the new issue yet, you’re in for a trio of terrific DIY textile techniques, perfect for summer experiments (aka, getting messy in the pursuit of creative happiness). DIY textiles or altered fabrics add an extra handmade layer to your creations, the ultimate in customization, so we’re showcasing a few of our favorite techniques here (and in the August/September issue of Sew News!).

flour resist  Fabric Dyeing: Flour Resist Technique   Tips and TricksBianca Springer’sA Dress Called Harvey” is an inspiration on many fronts. We knew we needed to invite her to create a tutorial on her flour resist for Sew News. Continue reading

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Tips For Sewing With Spandex Elastane and Lycra

It’s swimsuit season! In our June/July issue, we talked to sewists who dared to make their own swimsuits. Many of them loved the experience and the feeling of accomplishment they got from completing an intimidating project.

Why is sewing swimsuits so scary? Personally, I think there are a number of reasons. There’s the challenge of getting the fit just right, of course — a badly-fitting swimsuit has the potential for worse consequences than many garments — but I think a lot of it is that the techniques are not the same ones we use in our normal sewing. Sewing knits can be challenging enough; where do you even start with something like spandex?

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It turns out that, just like with any fabric, there are a few tricks to know, but once you know them, it’s not hard to sew with an unfamiliar fabric. Here are some suggestions, courtesy of Rhonda Buss, who did our Soma Swimsuit Sew Along in 2016. Continue reading

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Giveaway: Fat Quarter Home by Amanda Russell & Juliet Bawden

It’s giveaway time!

We’re giving away a copy of Fat Quarter Home by Amanda Russell and Juliet Bawden, as seen in the June/July 2018 issue of Sew News:

Fat Quarter Home 228x300 Giveaway: Fat Quarter Home by Amanda Russell & Juliet BawdenBrighten your home with things you’ll love to make. This crafty collection is packed with great ideas for turning precut pieces or fabric remnants into something new, from a humble potholder to a snazzy shoe-cleaning kit. Colorful and imaginative projects with easy-to-follow instructions and illustrative photography show you how to mix and match designs to make 25 useful and attractive items.

For your chance to win a copy of Fat Quarter Home, leave a comment on this post between now and Monday, July 9, at noon Mountain Standard Time. We’ll randomly pick a winner from among the commenters Monday afternoon using Random.org.

Good luck!

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Don’t miss out! Find more great projects and ideas in our newest issue, available on newsstands and at shopsewitall.com!

 Giveaway: Fat Quarter Home by Amanda Russell & Juliet Bawden
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UnFinished Objects: Tips For Taming Your UFO Pile

In honor of World UFO Day read on for tips and tricks to tame your UFO pile.

If you’re one of those types of sewists that starts and finishes every project before moving on to the next, this post probably won’t be for you.  If, on the other hand, you’re a person who starts and stops projects, is easily swayed by pretty Instagram feeds and creates unfinished objects all along the way, then read on for tips on taming your UFO pile.

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Having a hard time keeping track of all your UFOs?

I recently asked on my personal Instagram feed and blog what are your best tips for controlling UFOs and got some great ideas. Now, I know some people have a strict rule of no UFOs. They finish every project regardless. I’m less inclined to operate this way. If something is just not ringing my bells I put it aside for awhile, but when I pick it up again if it’s still a  torture to sew it, I drop it and move on.  I write in my sewing journal what stopped me from moving forward on it. Was it the fabric, the pattern, the fit? Maybe it really doesn’t fit my lifestyle. What was not to like? Jot that down and hopefully learn a lesson next time you want to make parachute pants. Continue reading

 UnFinished Objects: Tips For Taming Your UFO Pile
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Cap Sleeve Plus Size Blouse Sew Along, Part 3: Armhole Facings and Styling!

In part 3 of our Cap Sleeve (Plus Size) Blouse Sew Along with Meg Healy from from BurdaStyle.com we are going to go over how to finish the cap sleeves with an armhole facing, and then how to style your blouse.

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You can get the pattern here  with additional help and video tutorial to complete this versatile and figure-flattering wrap blouse that can take you straight from the office to after work cocktails. Take it away Meg! Continue reading

 Cap Sleeve Plus Size Blouse Sew Along, Part 3: Armhole Facings and Styling!
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Wardrobe Planning Tips from Rachel Pinheiro

We have been inspired by all the handmade wardrobe planning tips from our favorite sewing designers and bloggers this year, and this issue’s installment – from Rachel Pinheiro – was no exception.

By Rachel Pinheiro of House of Pinheiro

(Read the full article in the June/July issue of Sew News.)

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Developing Your Personal Style Continue reading

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Cap Sleeve Plus Size Blouse Sew Along, Part 2: Side Slit, Tie Band, and Hem

In part 2 of our Cap Sleeve (Plus Size) Blouse Sew Along with Meg Healy from from BurdaStyle.com we are going to cover the peplum portion of the blouse with side seam slits for the tie bands. You can get the pattern here with additional help and video tutorial to complete this figure-flattering wrap blouse just in time for the summer heat!CAP SLEEVE BLOUSE PLUS SIZE part 2 main 300x300 Cap Sleeve Plus Size Blouse Sew Along, Part 2: Side Slit, Tie Band, and Hem
Last week  we ended off part 1 of the sew-along by attaching the front bands to finish the crossover neckline edges of the blouse. This week grab your bodice peplum/skirt pieces and we will put it all together. Continue reading

 Cap Sleeve Plus Size Blouse Sew Along, Part 2: Side Slit, Tie Band, and Hem
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Common Threads 2018 Recap

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50th Anniversary gown at the Tacony Achievement Center

For the past five years, Baby Lock has held its Common Threads event in June, bringing together bloggers, editors and industry insiders who share a love of sewing, quilting and/or embroidery. This year, I was lucky enough to be the Sew News/Creative Machine Embroidery representative to the event. Continue reading

 Common Threads 2018 Recap
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