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.

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 3

In this post, we will concentrate on putting together the bodice of the Sew Chic Valentine slip. The pieces are small and can seem a little intimidating, but you will see that they go together very easily.

There are 5 pattern pieces that make up the bodice of the slip as you see in the picture below.

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When sewn together, 1 side of the bodice will look like this.

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Begin with the bodice center front and front trim. Remember that all seam allowances for this project are 3/8″. When sewing the pieces together, be sure to stop stitching 3/8″ from the edge. This will make attaching the center front bodice panel to the trim a breeze.

photo 32 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 3  Match the front trim to the center front bodice panel. Sew to the seam intersection.

photo 42 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 3 Now sew from the seam intersection to the top edge of the front bodice panel. Trim the seam allowance in half.

photo 52 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 3  Press the seam allowance forward.

photo 62 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 3 Sew the side bodice trim to the side bodice panel.

photo 72 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 3 Trim seam allowance.

photo 81 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 3 Now sew the center front panel to the side front panel.

photo 91 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 3 Trim seam allowance.

photo 101 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 3 To finish the seam, I like to use a zigzag stitch. simply run the foot along the edge and sew.

photo 111 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 3 The seam will have a lovely finish that will also be comfortable against the body.

photo 121 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 3  Sew the left and right bodice panels together at center front.

photo 13 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 3 Be sure to stop stitching 3/8″ from the top edge of the seam.

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When choosing the ribbon for the shoulder straps, I like to use a double faced satin trim, so the ribbon will be finished on both sides. Cut 1 piece of ribbon 3″ long and the other approximately 26″ long. You will need 2 of each. You will also need a ring and a slider for each strap.

photo 15 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 3  Slip the 3″ ribbon through the ring and baste the ends together.

photo 16 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 3 In order to find the exact position of my ribbon on the slip, I like to begin by folding over the seam allowance on the top edge of the trim.

photo 17 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 3 I then place my ribbon loop against the center front seam, making sure that the loop is perfectly vertical.

photo 18 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 3 Flip the ribbon loop over and baste in place. As you see in the picture below, the edge of the ribbon will not match to the edge of the trim.

photo 19 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 3To make the straps adjustable, slide the longer ribbon into the slider.

photo 20 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 3Turn under the raw edge and stitch in place.

photo 211 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 3 Slide the other end of the ribbon through the ring.

photo 22 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 3 Hold the slider in one hand,

photo 23 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 3and thread the ribbon through one side of the slider,

photo 24 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 3 and then the other.

photo 25 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 3 The straps are now in place and will be adjustable.

photo 26 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 3The next step will be to sew the trim facing together. Be sure to trim all seams and press the seams open.

photo 27 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 3 Be sure to stop sewing 3/8″ away from the top edge of the center front seam.

photo 28 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 3Now match the facing to the bodice and sew in place. Once the seam has been sewn, trim, turn and press.

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In our next post, we will put the body of the slip together and add the decorative trim. Now that you have conquered the bodice, the rest of the slip will be an absolute breeze. In our next post, I will also show you how to beautifully finish off the back of the slip and encase the straps.

Hope you are enjoying the sew along.

Until next time,

Sew On!!!

Rhonda Buss

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Catch part 3 of the video for extra tips on making the Sew Chic Slip. And, be sure to join our Flickr Group to show us your progress.

 

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Upcoming Webinar For Aspiring Blog Writers!

New web seminar for aspiring sewing and crafting bloggers! Start a sewing blog or make your blog even better with the Build A Better Blog: Beginning, Best Practices & Writing Strategies for Sewing Blogs.

blog 3727715 1024x768 Upcoming Webinar For Aspiring Blog Writers!Read on for the details for the web seminar Build A Better Blog: Beginning, Best Practices & Writing Strategies for Sewing Blogs

When: Thursday, March 19, 2015 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT

Who:

Veronica Graham is managing editor of the sewing group for F+W Media, working on Stitch, Sew News, and Creative Machine Embroidery magazines. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, she’s an award-winning journalist with a background in both news and service journalism, specializing in content that is both engaging and educational for digital platforms including blogs, emails and e-newsletters.

Veronica will discuss how to start and manage your own sewing blog and create engaging posts. Whether you’re planning on selling patterns, promoting your finished projects, or just letting people know about how much fun you’re having sewing and creating, blogging is a great way to promote your business and your passion.

What:

In this web seminar you’ll learn to create a mission statement and target your audience.  You’ll also get tips for naming your blog, as well as choosing a style and theme.  Veronica will also cover the basics of a good blog post and how to protect your intellectual property.

In the Build A Better Blog web seminar you will have the opportunity to explore some of the most popular blogging platforms and how to set up your blog.  Veronica will also run you though some of the basics of effectively using photos and images and how to format them with your text for maximum impact.  You’ll also get great insight into what takes a post from good to great!

Where:

The comfort of you own home!

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 sewing 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 an email.

Who Should Attend:

  • Sewers and other crafters interested in starting a blog
  • Sewers/bloggers interested in improving their current blog
  • Sewers interested in building their web presence

 Price: Only 19.99.

We do hope you join Veronica and myself as we host (and moderate) this exciting web seminar. If you have any questions please post them below.

Thanks!

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Meet The Newest Member of the Sew News and CME Team!

Hi, I’m Amanda, and I’m joining the Sew News and Creative Machine Embroidery team as the new senior editor. What a dynamic history both magazines have….I’m excited to be a part the awesome team that makes it all happen each month.

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So, how did I end up here? On the personal side, I’m surrounded by a family of crafty ladies: quilters, expert knitters, and, of course, sewers. My mom sewed many of my clothes (and her own) as I grew up. I vividly remember sitting at the kitchen table with her while she struggled with a particularly prickly pocket pattern. I don’t remember when I sewed from a pattern by myself for the first time, but it was probably around 10th grade. I enjoyed the creative challenge of the instructions…and then, of course, wearing my handmade creations proudly.

Several prom dresses, graduation dresses, and maternity tops later, I now enjoy sewing garments for my two-year-old daughter, in addition to about a half dozen quilts and lots of crocheted hats that she won’t wear: maybe next year!! It’s lovely to see my daughter begin her own creative pursuits, which at this point largely consists of sorting buttons and beads (for her “projects”), unraveling ribbon and yarn, and drawing on my sewing machine with permanent marker (quick tip: tea tree oil worked wonders here!).

On the professional end of the spectrum, I majored in English at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC, but I hadn’t yet thought to combine my creative passions with my professional ones. After a few inspiring internships and obtaining a graduate degree in Professional Writing and Editing from the University of Cincinnati, I worked for Lark Crafts as a craft book editor, then needle-arts team leader for several years in Asheville, NC.

I also started creating again at a feverish pace: I fell in love with fusible webbing, made a metric ton of mini quilts, joined a few online quilting bees and the Modern Quilt Guild, and then, with the birth of my daughter, fell back in love with making garments.

Other things about me? I love being outside: I’m no adrenaline junky but I like a nice walk in the woods or a long sit by a mountain stream. I love music, especially to sew to. I love dogs: Violet (my brindle shadow) is my constant companion, whether I’m at the computer or at the sewing machine.

Speaking of which, I have two sewing machines: a Babylock Elizabeth and an older straight stitch Juki that I bought last summer and have since fallen completely in love with. I’m sad to say goodbye to Asheville, NC, but very excited to be making the move to Colorado later this summer with my little family.

Feel free to connect with me on Facebook or say hello on the Sew News Fan page.

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Learn To Organize With Style

Did you know that today is the National Organize Your Home Office Day?! I know, spring cleaning already? I am still trying to adjust to the new time change. But wouldn’t you agree that once your home is clean, you are a happier person? I feel so much better once everything is in its place. organize PM Learn To Organize With Style

However, I feel amazing when everything has a new, fresh look. I am going to tailor this “holiday” to just my creative space. I tend to neglect my sewing area and just let the thread pile up on the floor. I am sure I am not alone in this.

Is there anything that makes you happier than a new workstation?? It is by far my favorite! My husband was kind enough to add peg board to a wall in my studio, along with some thick cork board. Now I have the most organized tools and a new area for my inspirations.

Next step, a new table! If you want to build a DIY wood sewing table that is quick and easy, please check out Terry Hire’s sewing table plans, supply list and plywood cutting layout. (available at shopsewitall.com) The 6′-4 1/4″ x 4′ x 30″-high worktable, which may be adjusted to fit your own workspace, includes a sewing machine well, hide-away ironing board and storage shelves.

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Now, lets clean up that floor! I have the terrible habit of tossing my scraps, thread cuttings, really anything I can, onto the the floor. I always think to myself, I will clean it up later. Well, it has gotten out of hand and it’s time t stop. Available at shopsewitall.com is a scrap caddy that will attach to the bottom of your quilters table. This caddy gives you a place to store scraps, keep your scissors within reach, or you can simply use it as a mini trash bin (like I will). The caddy is 10″ deep with additional side pockets. Yes!! Just what I need!

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Oh my gahh!! I cannot wait to get started and customize my workspace! A practical workspace allows you to be more efficient. It will be interesting to see how much I can get done this year. Wish me luck!

Happy “Organize Your Home Office Day” to you!! Share your tips or goals to keeping your workspace neat and tidy. I look forward to hearing from you all!

-Jessica

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Sewing Pants the Easy Way – With Lots of Help

I am addicted to sewing pants. Not that I sew them well, but it is one of those sewing challenges I’m determined to meet head on and I’ve now become a bit crazed by trying to get great fitting pants. pants perfection 500 Sewing Pants the Easy Way   With Lots of HelpLet’s all say it: (Feel free to insert whatever pant woe befalls you) – No More Pants With Flat Butts! I usually do things the hard way. Whatever it is I find the most difficult path and that’s they way I go. Same with making pants. For a long time I made pants by myself. No videos, or classes or a helpful teacher, just me in my sewing room twisting around in the mirror trying to ‘read my wrinkles’ for goodness sake. I would pour through books and make an attempt here, then another then another and so on.  And by the Grace of the Holy Sewing Ghost I finally did get a relatively decent fitting pair of pants.

Learn from me ladies and gentlemen. Take the easy way into great fitting pants. Learn from the pros. This will save you countless hours of doing it yourself.  I have watched hours of Rae Cumbie videos in her pant making classes here at work. I need to proof each video before you all get to view it. I’m so lucky! I found her video classes to be extremely helpful.

You can also find a handy 3 part reference guide to making pants. This series was presented in Sew News in 2014 and 2015.  The 3 part series will show  you key tips and tricks to making flattering pants, including altering for your body shape, comfortable waistbands, pockets and more. All written and tested by Rae Cumbie.

You may know Rae Cumbie from her outstanding pants patterns the Fit For Art patterns, or her numerous speaking engagements with sewing guilds like American Sewing Guild and other groups around the country. She also is a frequent contributor to Sew News magazine and has a lot to say on great pant fitting. Do yourself a favor; check her out.

Thanks for listening and good luck sewing pants that FIT!

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Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 2 Construction and Bust Adjustments

This week we will begin preparing our slip pattern from the Sew Chic Valentine Slip pattern.

photo 1 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 2 Construction and Bust AdjustmentsThe first thing to keep in mind as you prepare your pattern, is the length of the slip. The pattern is designed to hit the body about mid-calf, so it is rather long. Think about how you will be wearing your slip and the style of clothing that you will wear it under. Is the skirt or dress a longer length, or do you typically wear a shorter style garment? If you would like, cut the slip the length that is provided in the pattern and then prior to adding the flounce, you can customize the length. At that point, you may also decide to not include the flounce. So there are many ways you can customize the length of your slip and you can make your decision as your slip comes together.

The Valentine Slip was designed for a ‘B’ cup bra size. If you are not a ‘B’ cup, the pattern may be altered very easily. A guide sheet for altering the bust has been provided in the pattern along with very detailed instructions.

photo 21 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 2 Construction and Bust AdjustmentsOn the guide sheet, you will find a Bust Adjustment Template.photo 31 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 2 Construction and Bust Adjustments

To adjust from a ‘B’ cup to a larger or smaller size, instructions have been given for the exact measurements to use.photo 41 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 2 Construction and Bust Adjustments

Keep in mind that the bodice front will also need to be adjusted.photo 51 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 2 Construction and Bust Adjustments

Use the template to adjust the side front bodice. Draw in the new curve for the bust.photo 61 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 2 Construction and Bust Adjustments

Cut on the spread line. Take note that the side front bodice does not change at the side seam. Spread the side front bodice the amount that has been given for your particular cup size.photo 71 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 2 Construction and Bust AdjustmentsYou will need to readjust the line that was drawn in for the bust.photo 8 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 2 Construction and Bust Adjustments

To adjust the bodice front piece, simply slash on the line provided and spread the same amount that was spread for the side bodice. To make sure that my pieces line up correctly, I like to draw a line on my paper prior to taping the pattern piece to the paper.photo 9 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 2 Construction and Bust Adjustments

Simply match the grainline to the line on the paper and your will pieces will match up correctly.photo 10 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 2 Construction and Bust Adjustments

One more adjustment will need to be made to the pattern. Now that we have spread the center bodice panel, we will also need to spread the Bodice Center Front Trim panel. If you do not, the 2 pieces will not match.photo 11 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 2 Construction and Bust Adjustments

Cut the trim panel and spread just as you did the front bodice.photo 12 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 2 Construction and Bust AdjustmentsNow that these adjustments have been made, you are ready to cut out your slip.

In our next post, we will be putting together the bodice, attaching the straps and sewing the body of the slip together.

Watch Part 2 video for extra help in making your Sew Chic Valentine Slip! Be sure to join our Flickr Group and find other sewists who are making the slip too!

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