Mermaid sequin fabric is THE coolest fabric around. It turns color by flipping the sequins up or down, it’s easy to sew (no need to trim away sequins along a seam line), and it’s great for garments and home decor.
You may have seen this fabric popping up on pillows in home stores. It’s a great product for kids and is even being considered a type of fidget “toy,” despite it being a pillow. Petting this mermaid sequin fabric is so addicting! Continue reading
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In addition to an amazing array of fabric options, which we covered in week 1, and easy fitting (see week 2), the Beatrix top is the perfect canvas for creative hacks. Which is exactly where a basic blouse pattern like the Beatrix shines – you can get so many (very) different looks from this one pattern!
The pattern itself includes two version which are easy to mix and match. This version combines the shirttail hem from version A with the contrast button band from Version B for a versatile top with cute, custom detailing. Read more on the process over on the Made by Rae blog. Continue reading
Are you ready to start counting down to Christmas? The “Circle of Joy” project from the December 2017/January 2018 issue of Sew News is a great and uniquely fun way to do that!
This advent wreath is made from cotton and felt supported by a large embroidery hoop. Hanging from buttons on the wreath are more, tiny embroidery hoops, each numbered with hand embroidery (or machine embroidery, if you prefer). Continue reading
Thanksgiving’s over, which means it’s time to get out the Christmas decorations!
I love decorating the Christmas tree, then putting the final touch to the room by hanging the stockings by the fireplace. In my house, the stockings are knit — the one that lives at my parents’ house was made for me by my grandmother — but at my in-law’s house, the stockings are sewn, appliquéd with seasonal motifs and personalized. My husband made me a similar one the first year we were married, which is the one I use when we do Christmas at my in-laws’.
Stockings tend to be family keepsakes — but of course families are always changing. People are added and families blend through marriage, birth or adoption. Which means there’s often a need for a new stocking or two! Continue reading
Welcome to week 2 of our Beatrix Top Sew Along! Last week, we discussed the many fabric options for this blouse. This week, we’re taking a closer look at bust darts. Let’s get rolling!
For a basic blouse like this, that you’ll want to make 42 times, it’s worth getting the fit just right with a fitting muslin. The majority of the shaping is provided via bust darts. Bust darts should point to the bust apex, but end well before it.
If you need to lengthen or shorten your bust darts, that’s a relatively easy process. You’ll need your pattern piece and a straight edge ruler. Using the fitting muslin as a guide, determine how much you need to adjust the dart on the flat pattern piece.
Then follow these simple steps for altering the shape of the dart to the new length.
There’s still time to grab the pattern and sew a Beatrix with us!