Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 1 – Fabric Choices

Many think that slips have gone the way of the dinosaur, but if you enjoy wearing skirts and dresses, a slip is a must, especially if the garment is not lined. A slip will give you the the added layer you need if the garment is not lined and it will also keep the garment from clinging, and allow the garment to hang better. Once you begin wearing a slip, you’ll wonder why you have not done so in the past.

SIAVAL Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 1   Fabric ChoicesA lovely slip can be rather expensive, so a wonderful alternative it to make your own. Laura Nash of Sew Chic Patterns has designed a slip that is easy to make and beautiful, a winning combination. The Valentine Slip pattern offers 2 options. For this sew along, we will be making view B.

As you think about your fabric choice, keep in mind that this pattern was designed for a stretch fabric. Tricot is a wonderful choice as it has a slippery hand which will result in a garment that is all a slip should be. A stretch lace is also a wonderful choice. Just keep in mind that lace may not give you the privacy that you you would like a slip to offer, so you may want to line the slip with tricot. Knits will also work beautifully. Just keep in mind that the fabric should not have too much stretch in the lengthwise grain as it might allow the fabric to stretch too much as the slip is worn and cause the slip to grow.

The Valentine slip offers lots of design possibilities. In the picture below you see a slip that was made by Laura Nash. The polka dot fabric adds a fun touch to the slip. Keep in mind that the bottom flounce may be made out of a woven fabric, so a sheer organza would be a lovely accent.photo1 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 1   Fabric Choices

The slip that was shown the the Sew News magazine is made out of a lightweight knit fabric and embellished with lace and pearls.photo 2 Sew Chic Valentine Slip Sew Along Part 1   Fabric Choices

The lower flounce was not beaded as I was concerned that the beads might be a little too heavy along the bottom

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As I said earlier, a stretch lace will make a lovely choice for your slip. I lined the slip below with a white tricot to make the lace pop and accented the slip with a black tricot.

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To further enhance the slip, I chose this beautiful piece of vintage ribbon to trim the slip.

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The ribbon was added to the seam of the flounce, but a lace trim was chosen to embellish the lower edge of the flounce.

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As you gather your materials for your slip, be sure to think about trims that will take your slip from being plain to luxurious.

For the sew along, I will be working on the a piece of red knit. Dritz sells a package of lingerie strap slides and rings that you can purchase at your local fabric store. A 1/4″ wide satin ribbon will work beautifully for your straps.

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A slip is a garment that allows you so many possibilities, so have fun as you gather your fabrics and notions!!

If you have not purchased your pattern, you can find it in the Sew News store. And,  If you would like more help on sewing with lingerie fabrics, check out the Sew News Sewing with Lingerie fabrics e-Book now available as a download at shopsewitall.com

Here is a short video from Rhonda for more helpful tips on sewing the beautiful Sew Chic Slip.

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The NEW Sew News Cover!

Have you seen the brand new look of Sew News? The redesigned issue will be hitting your mailbox and the newsstands soon. This year, we’re celebrating 35 years of bringing you the best sewing instruction and projects, and revamping the look for a fresh perspective.

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This cover has an open, airy feeling–with very few props to really emphasize the cute skirt project. These changes will also be reflected throughout the magazine–open layouts, easy-to-read type, projects that are more modern and sophisticated (but still timeless and casual when appropriate), and much more.

In addition to the visual changes, we’ll be including some feature articles that go back to our roots–bringing the NEWS back to Sew News. Look out for artist profiles, creative spaces of some of our favorite sewing celebs and contributors, PLUS all the happenings of the sewing world. But don’t worry–we’ll still bring you the great technique articles that you’ve come to expect from us.

Find more ways to expand your sewing knowledge at sewnews.com, where you get exclusive content not seen anywhere else, along with special blog posts and our famous Sew-Alongs (the Valentine Slip Sew-Along starts on March 2!).

For more information on many of the features in the magazine, check out shopsewitall.com, where you can find products, kits, books, videos and other supplementary materials. There are more ways than ever before to find the information you’re looking for, and we’ll steer you in the right direction to further your creativity. Everything at Shop Sew it All is chosen with you in mind, with input from the editors and contributors to provide you with a one-stop-shop for all things sewing!

What do you think of the new cover? Let us know in the comments section below or shoot us an email at sewnews@sewnews.com!

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Sew it All TV book giveaway!

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As most of you know, the upcoming season of Sew it All TV (season 9), airing on PBS stations nationwide at the end of March, will be our last! See this note from Ellen for more information.

We know you’re going to love this season, and to get you excited for it, we’re giving away a copy of Season 9 guest Denise Wild’s book, Mend & Make Fabulous.

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This book teaches you how to take classic mending techniques one step further to add personality and style to your clothes. Even if you aren’t chosen as the lucky winner, you can get the book HERE.

Check out Denise’s episode, Best Dressed, and learn tips and tricks to simplify sewing a beautiful sheath dress. Plus, you get the pattern free!

Enter to win Denise’s book by answering this question in the comments section below: What did you like about Sew it All TV? 

I know, I know, it’s kind of a vain question, but we loved the show so much and we like talking about it with you. Give us your feedback, and we’ll be better able to bring you the techniques and projects you want to see in Sew News in the future.

If you missed previous seasons, round out your Sew it All TV collection with the DVDs, available here. For more information, visit sewitalltv.com.

Check your local PBS station schedule at pbs.org for Sew it All TV showtimes.

Good luck and Happy Sewing! One winner will be notified via email on Monday! Have a great weekend icon smile Sew it All TV book giveaway!

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Sew it All TV Season 9 News!

SIA TV Sew it All TV Season 9 News!Hello sewing friends! You might be interested to know that Sew it All TV season 9 begins airing on PBS stations nationwide at the end of March!

This is a very special season because…well, I’ll let Ellen tell you:

Dear Viewers,

I’m so excited to share Sew it All series 900 with you. I really think it’s our best season yet. The mix of projects and guests really makes the season one to watch!

I always enjoy thinking back to the week we taped the series (Yes, that’s right: We tape the entire 13-episode series in one week!). I had 3-month-old twins at the time and had to stop taping every two hours or so to feed them. My wardrobe was so problematic for this reason, as nothing was easily removable. So I practically had to dress/undress nine times throughout the day! Other than that, the guests were amazingly accommodating, and the crew was a delight as always.

Sew it All began as a little dream I had of presenting sewing as easy and accessible to the masses—“instant gratification sewing,” as I like to call it. I used to hear “People really sew?” all the time. Now it’s not a question anyone asks me. I’d like to think the talent, editors and crew behind Sew it All had a small hand in that change of thought.

It’s with a heavy heart that I tell you that we’re no longer producing Sew it All—the TV show and the magazine. I will miss it immensely. From the guests I met along the way and the viewers I made into friends, to the projects we made and the bloopers we taped, all of it holds a special place in my heart. I managed to have three babies in the five years since Sew it All first aired, though I feel like the show was also one of my babies.

Though I’m saddened by the end of Sew it All, it’s also the beginning of greater initiatives for the sewing division of Interweave/F+W. The show’s departure affords us more opportunity to do bigger and better things, such as new and exciting video initiatives, kit programs, pattern collections and more.

In the coming months, you’ll see a lot more from us, as we bring you online education offerings in the form of webinars and courses; entertaining and educational videos on Craft Daily, Sew Daily and Shop Sew it All; and special exclusive products you can’t find anywhere else. We hope to be your go-to source for everything sewing! We’ll continue to keep you updated on our Sew it All Facebook page, and if you’d like to make sure you don’t miss a beat, sign up for our monthly Sew News eNewsletter.

Thank you so much for supporting sewing on television. We couldn’t have come this far without you!

Sincerely,

EllenSig Sew it All TV Season 9 News!

 

 

So don’t miss a second of the farewell season! Of course, all PBS stations are different, so the schedule may vary. Visit pbs.org to find your local station schedule and watch or record the episodes for great technique instruction and cute inspirational projects!

If you missed previous seasons, round out your Sew it All TV collection with the DVDs, available here. For more information, visit sewitalltv.com.

Big thanks to our underwriters who made it all possible!

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Sew it All TV Season 9 airing soon!

SIA TV Sew it All TV Season 9 airing soon!Sew it All TV Season 9 begins airing at the end of March!

So don’t miss a second of it. Visit pbs.org to find your local station schedule and watch or record the episodes for great technique instruction and cute inspirational projects!

Guests on season 9 include Stephanie Ohnmacht, Sarai Mitnick, Denise Wild, Melissa Mora and 9 more you’re sure to love.

Learn how to make a pattern-free stretch skirt, work with leather, serger tips and tricks, all about buttons and more!

If you missed previous seasons, round out your Sew it All TV collection with the DVDs, available here.

For more information, visit sewitalltv.com.

Big thanks to our underwriters who make it all possible!

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Win a copy of Present Perfect: 25 Gifts to Sew & Bestow!

14sw02 1 Win a copy of Present Perfect: 25 Gifts to Sew & Bestow!I love giving gifts, and if they’re handmade, it makes it that much more special.

Submit a comment in the section below to enter to win Present Perfect: 25 Gifts to Sew & Bestow by Betz White.

One lucky winner will be notified via email on Monday 2/23. Even if you’re not selected, you can get the book here.

Good luck!

 

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Brand New Sew News Look – More Fun Projects!

SewNewsLogo Tag Brand New Sew News Look   More Fun Projects!You’ve seen the new logo, you’ve seen the upcoming cover, but what about the inside of the new magazine?

Our photography style has changed slightly, but we’ll continue to bring you thorough, informative content on sewing techniques, tips and fun projects. All your favorite columns, such as Home Dec Help, Pattern Play, Haute Topics and Basic Skills, will still be there to inform and inspire.

Like this pillow project from the upcoming April/May issue. Learn to stitch three different pillow styles, along with beautiful photos with minimal distractions and a pleasing color palette.

HomeDecHelp Brand New Sew News Look   More Fun Projects!You’ll be inspired not only by the great techniques and projects, but by the clean and clear presentation, as well.

Enjoy!

 

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Sew News COVER Sneak Peek

I can not wait to hear your responses today! Here it is, ladies and gents: The brand new look of Sew News, unveiled before it ever hits your mailbox or the newsstand.

SEWP 1505 Cover 500px 228x300 Sew News COVER Sneak PeekI really like the open, airy feeling of this cover–with the white space that offsets the coverlines and really makes the project pop. The skirt project is front and center and really shows off the great couture waistband and boucle fabric (we thought the skirt was Chanel-ish but perfect for every day).

We decided to call attention to our 35th anniversary in every cover this year, so you’ll see the pink ribbon on the upper right throughout 2015, but the color will change as needed.

The process to totally rebrand and refresh Sew News has been challenging but certainly rewarding. And the cover is just the beginning. Once you open the magazine, you’ll find elements of this cover sprinkled throughout–open and airy layouts, type that’s easier to read, projects that are more modern and sophisticated (but still timeless and casual when appropriate), and much more. And the changes don’t stop there. We’ll be including some feature articles that go back to our roots–bring the NEWS back to Sew News. We’ll run artist profiles, show you creative spaces of some of our favorite sewing celebs and contributors, and keep you up-to-date on the happenings of the sewing world. But don’t worry–we’ll still bring you the great technique articles that you’ve come to expect from us.

We will also provide you with more ways to expand your sewing knowledge at sewnews.com. Think of it as a supporting role to the magazine.We’ll bring you exclusive content you can’t get anywhere else, along with special blog posts and our famous Sew-Alongs, which are really gaining momentum (the Valentine Slip Sew-Along starts on March 2!).

If you see something in the pages of the magazine and you’d like more information, check out shopsewitall.com, where you can find products, kits, books, videos and other supplementary materials for any number of topics. There are more ways than ever before to find the information you’re looking for, and we know you trust us to steer you in the right direction. We take that trust very seriously, so we’ve been stocking our store with the greatest items to further your creativity. Everything there is chosen with you in mind, with input from the editors and contributors. It’s a one-stop-shop for all things sewing!

Let us know what you think of our new cover look by commenting below!

Happy Sewing,
Ellen

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The New Sew News Look + Share Your Sewing Tips!

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Ellen shared our new logo with you earlier this week, and aren’t you just itching to see more of the new look? Stay tuned all week for more sneak peeks inside the next issue. The goal is a fresh, modern take on the same, great content.

One of our columns that has been one of the most popular almost since the very beginning is Reader Tips, where you share your best sewing tips and tricks with other readers. It’s fun to find out what other sewists do to combat thread trimmings and to make our favorite pastime go a little quicker and smoother. It can be super informative! Don’t worry, this favorite column is still going to be sticking around in the redesigned Sew News, but with a modern makeover.

In the Feb/March issue, we brought you 35 of the best reader tips from Sew News’ past 35 years on the newsstand. It turned out to be 6 whole pages of great tips! Even though some were 30+ years old, good advice never gets old or goes out of style.

Like this tip from B. Dezellem from July 1993: “Use narrow strips of fusible web to “baste” zippers in place before stitching. There’s no excuse for crooked stitching when the zipper doesn’t budge!”

Get your fusible web tape here, and try it out!

Comment below or send us your tips to sewnews@sewnews.com for YOUR chance to be featured in Sew News. If your tip is chosen, you’ll also receive a prize!

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What do you really really want for V-Day? We’ve got some ideas!

I’m not a huge fan of chocolate. I really could take it or leave it. For Valentine’s my wish list is less about box of chocolates and assorted candy but more like yards of fabulous fabric, delicious sewing patterns, notions I can’t live without and other sewing goodies.

what you really want What do you really really want for V Day? Weve got some ideas!Check out my top Valentine picks for the girl (or guy) who would rather say ‘no thanks’ to chocolate and sweets, but ‘heck ya!’ to sewing tools and notions!

Stitch up these cute little treat bags and give to your favorite person. Filled with candies these would be sweet for those little people in your life. Get the reprint of this article and all the instructions.

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For a romantic picnic in the park, make these cute bottle holders, complete with appliqué templates. Now in shopsewitall.com

SIAB1408 What do you really really want for V Day? Weve got some ideas!Stitch up a sweet slip that can be worn though out the year. Wearing a slip makes your clothes look great but also makes the wearer feel just a bit more confident and ultra pretty. Plus, join us for the sew-along starting on March 3!

SIAVAL What do you really really want for V Day? Weve got some ideas!Get the jewelery you really want and show your love of your favorite passion: sewing! Find more cute jewelery here.

SIA1327 What do you really really want for V Day? Weve got some ideas!Give or receive the gift of flowers this year. Fabric flowers will never die and they are so fun to make.

AB12302 2 What do you really really want for V Day? Weve got some ideas!This is just a few of the sweet things I would love to see under the Valentine Tree. How ’bout you? What would be your favorite sewing gift this year?

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