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!

Meet the Designer Dawn Anderson Schons & a Giveaway!

Dawn Anderson Schons is a frequent contributor to Sew News and we’re all so lucky for it! She has a MFA in Costume Design and has a passion for fashion history and traditional tailoring technqiues. She runs sewing workshops and … Continue reading

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Enter to win a copy of SIA Vol. 8 + Learn about the contributors from this issue!

We’re all very excited for the latest Sew It All hitting newsstands June 17, or for a few lucky people it’s already at their favorite fabric shop or grocery newsstand and you’re all ready making the fun projects. This issue … Continue reading

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How To Join the Hot Patterns Summer Breeze Sew Along

Hello! We are getting ready for the Hot Patterns Summer Breeze Sew Along, starting on June 23rd! If you are new to sew alongs let me explain a few things and then I hope to see and hear from you … Continue reading

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Clara Dress Sew Along Final Week! Finishing Details

We are down to the final steps in completing our Sew Liberated Clara Dress. At this point, all that is left to do is finish the hem, sew in the buttonholes and attach the buttons. If you have not added … Continue reading

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Stitch Easy Travel Bags for Summer + Download a Free ePattern from the Latest Issue of Sew News!

Summertime is finally upon us! And after having snow on Mother’s Day here in Denver, we’re ready for it!  In honor of summer (and vacations!), read on to learn how to make quick and simple lightweight bags in various sizes. … Continue reading

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Free Summer Beach Bag Pattern & Instructions

We’ve gotten so much positive feedback on the Sew News June/July cover project “Summer Satchel”. This tote is roomy for all those summer essentials, plus it has pockets that are well placed for phones, sunscreen other must have items. You … Continue reading

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Clara Dress Sew Along Week 5 – Lining, Skirt & Fitting the Waist

This week, our dress really begins to take shape with the addition of the skirt. Before we attach the skirt to the bodice, we’ll sew in the side seam pockets. Side seam pockets are a wonderful addition to almost any … Continue reading

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Enter to win Sewing Stylish Handbags & Totes!

Don’t hear much complaining on a Friday, especially when we’ve got Free Stuff Friday! In the April/May issue of Sew News the Off the Shelf column featured Choly Knight’s Sewing Stylish Handbags & Totes.  Knight’s book is packed with ideas … Continue reading

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Free Pincushion Project + 3 FREE Projects!

Pincushions are fun to make and easy too. Get this free pincushion project now at Find more easy to make projects like: Use small scraps of fabric to make bracelets. Great for a wedding or baby shower activity. Make … Continue reading

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Clara Dress Sew-Along Week 4 – Sleeves

The Sew Liberated Clara Dress Sew Along Week 4 Hopefully your dress is coming along and you are enjoying seeing it take shape. This week we will talk about the sleeves. Oh sleeves, my favorite thing! There’s nothing I Iove … Continue reading

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