Author Archives: Jill

About Jill

I write for the Sew News and Creative Machine Embroidery blogs. I love sewing, vintage and would love to get a comment from you!

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 … Continue reading

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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 … 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 … Continue reading

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Cap Sleeve Plus Size Blouse Sew Along, Part 1: Pattern Prep, Fabric, and Front Band Assembly

Welcome to part one of our Cap Sleeve (Plus Size) Blouse Sew Along with Meg Healy from BurdaStyle.com! This week we will introduce you to the blouse pattern and how you can “Sproutify” it to get your size’s pattern pieces … Continue reading

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14th Annual Denver Paper Fashion Show 2018

Denver Paper Fashion Show, an event you can’t miss! For the past 14 years Denver talent has shown what it can do with paper and scissors. Making gorgeous, out-of-this-world creations, all using paper. The Paper Fashion Show in years past … Continue reading

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Need A Warm Hat This Weekend?

Do you need a hat for marching around town this weekend? I’m planning to sew up a few, we’re having record cold temps. I made a similar hat in a light weight knit last year, so I decided to sew … Continue reading

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Learn How To Sew in 2018! Introduction to Sewing Is Now Available

We have a great beginning sewing courses happening right now. If you’re a new sewer or know someone who is interested in learning to sew this is the online class for you.  Ask yourself these questions:

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Gift Tags For Those That Sew – Free Printables!

You’ve spent hours, maybe even days on your handmade gift. The last thing you want to add is a skimpy mass produced, run-of-the-mill gift tag. At Sew News we know all the hard work you put into sewing and making … Continue reading

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Pants Review: Butterick 5893

 The month of October we’re celebrating Pants Month. We’ll have tips and tricks for making pants of your own. As well as reviews from all the editors of Sew News on their favorite pant patterns. Next is Jill with her … Continue reading

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A Look Into Steampunk: Fashion, Art & Technology

Steampunk, for the uninitiated is a sub genre of science fiction that masterfully blends Victorian and futuristic elements. Don’t confuse it with Goth or Emo. Steampunk in my opinion is far more artful. Here is a mini primer on Steampunk … Continue reading

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Sweater Knits 101 Tips for Sewing With Knits + Sources

Are you looking for ways to update your fall wardrobe? We have lots of ideas in our fall and winter Sew News magazine for 2017. Plus, we have tips and suggestions on refreshing your wardrobe, how to create couture touches, … Continue reading

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Happy National Sewing Month! Why Do You Love To Sew?

Happy National Sewing Month! Did you know that this is a month set aside by Ronald Regan back in the 80′s to recognize the importance of the home sewer in America? We love this time of year for obvious reasons. … Continue reading

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August Sew Along Is The Linden Sweatshirt!

Meet the modern sweatshirt. With raglan sleeves and a relaxed fit, the Linden Sweatshirt pattern by Grainline Studio features two views: a classic sweatshirt with long cuffed sleeves and ahem band and a short sleeve T-shirt version. Recommended fabrics include … Continue reading

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Sundress Week: Jill’s Recommendations

I do have a few opinions on what makes a great sundress. Sundresses should be comfortable. If you’re dealing with a high heat situation you do not want to be wearing an tight fitting, pinchy dress. Comfort is on the … Continue reading

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Creating Couture Embellishment: A Review & Giveaway

One of my goals in my personal sewing game is to slow down and enjoy the process. Sometimes when I start a project I’m so focused on finishing it and wearing it that I lose sight of opportunities to take … Continue reading

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Our Favorite Sundresses Of The Season!

Nothing spells summer like a sweet sundress. When the weather turns hot, sundresses are the only way to go. How do you define a sundress? Do you think easy to make, easy to wear, easy to style, something that shows … Continue reading

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Tony Awards Best Dressed 2017

The Tony Awards is beginning to show that it can have a seat at the big kids table. If you’ve been a watcher of the Tony Awards you can’t help but notice that stars are bringing a lot more A … Continue reading

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