Giveaway: Flossie Teacups’ Guide to English Paper Piecing by Florence Knapp

It’s giveaway time!

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Blogger Florence Knapp shares her love of this hand-sewn patchwork technique through step-by-step tutorials and inspiring articles. From fussy-cutting fabric and sewing curves to creating unique rosettes and a gorgeous quilt top, you’ll learn the fundamentals of English paper piecing, time-tested tips, tools for achieving great results and what to look for when choosing fabric.

For your chance to win a copy of Flossie Teacakes’ Guide to English Paper Piecing, leave a comment on this post between now and Monday, September 10, at noon Mountain Standard Time. We’ll randomly pick a winner from among the commenters Monday afternoon using Random.org.

Good luck!

 

 Giveaway: Flossie Teacups Guide to English Paper Piecing by Florence Knapp
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Serger Seams for Garment Construction (+ FREE PROJECT!)

There are many reasons that sewing with a serger is faster than a sewing machine. First, the motor typically runs faster and produces more stitches in the same amount of time, usually about 50% to 60% more stitches per minute. Another reason is that a serger performs more than one operation simultaneously. Along with seaming, it trims excess seam allowances and overcasts, producing a finished look with just one pass under the presser foot.1110DX Pro 1 1024x683 Serger Seams for Garment Construction (+ FREE PROJECT!)

Sergers are also speedy because of some special techniques they can perform. For example, serging a rolled edge is an easy and fast hemming method. Using a narrow serger stitch on curved seams, such as necklines and armscyes, eliminates clipping and notching to achieve an efficient turn of the cloth, resulting in a smooth curve. Continue reading

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Jump Suit Round Up! What’s Your Favorite?

How are you feeling about the current jumpsuit trend? We’re seeing them all over the place!

In an informal poll around the office, jumpsuits were far more favored over rompers. Jumpsuits (usually) offer more coverage, can be more structured and look great in all seasons. Let’s take a look!

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Fall Sewing – Sew News Lists Their Favorite Fall Picks

Fall Sewing Plans are in full swing over here!

We have big plans and we better get to it, because September is just around the corner. In our part of the world fall doesn’t last too long and we quickly slip into winter. So, start your engines ladies we’ve go work to do. Be sure to let us know what your fall sewing plans are!

 

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I’ve spent the last year sewing basics and now I’m ready to have some fun. I still have a few basics on my list for fall but far fewer pants and far fewer cardigans (as in none!!!) than last year. At the end of last winter, I found I had slipped into a uniform, usually involving pants, cardigans and tanks.  And I was so ready for summer makes – I feel like I wear a much greater variety of clothing in the summer. So this fall and winter, I’m focusing on outerwear and dresses and skirts that work for winter layering. I’m hoping, with some careful planning and layering (hello pinafores…finally!), I can make some of these items work through the winter and get me out of the pants/cardigan puzzle. Or I could simply be looking for an excuse to wear linen year-round…. Also, just putting it out there that I group fall and winter together, in terms of sewing. Most things I make for fall I planto wear through the winter as well.

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Tea House Dress Sew Along, week 3: Tying Options

Today we’re concluding our Tea House Dress  sew along with tying options. The ties create the subtle shaping on this dress and blouse, with two different versions included in the pattern. We’ll look at those versions and discuss some options for tying a bow that provides a polished finish for this stunning dress.

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Bra Sewing 101: 9 Tips to Know

Have you been following along with #braugust2018? This month-long bra and swimwear sewing monthly challenge is so inspiring! We’ve got bras on the brain and are happy to share some bra making tips from our new series with lingerie pattern designer Sophie Hines. For more on bras, check out the first installment (in the August/September 2018 issue and be on the lookout for our next two issues.

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TIP 1: Choose a mostly natural fiber, such as cotton, or a blend, such as bamboo rayon with a 3% to 10% Lycra content Continue reading

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Tea House Dress Sew Along, Week 2: Yoke Assembly Tips

Welcome to week 2 of the Tea House Dress sew along! One of the most eye-catching features of this dress and blouse pattern is the amazing yoke. Perfectly framing the face, the yoke is a great place for color blocking and pattern play (like turning stripes) to accentuate the shaping and lines. In addition to being flat-out stunning, the yoke can be a bit tricky to stitch. Today, we’re joined by Sew House 7 designer Peggy Mead for her yoke assembly tips.

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Now, we get to one of the fiddlier bits of the garment – the neck ease for the Front Yoke and Front Yoke Facings (piece B).

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Tea House Dress Sew Along, Week 1: Fabric Selection

Welcome to the Tea House Dress Sew Along! We hand picked this pattern for a number of reasons: it’s modern yet timeless, comfortable yet chic and looks amazing in just about every fabric we’ve seen it sewn up in.  And we LOVE the nod to the kimono silhouette! With variations, including multiple hem lengths, and a tie for subtle shaping, this piece is a unique yet versatile addition to your pattern library…and we hope you love it as much as we do! This week, we’re talking with Sew House Seven designer Peggy Mead about fabric selection for this amazing dress (and blouse!).

Screen Shot 2018 08 14 at 1.17.16 PM Tea House Dress Sew Along, Week 1: Fabric Selection As for fabrics, you may choose a rayon challis, wool challis, linen, silk charmeuse, crepe de chine, cotton voile or lawn – just about any woven fabric that isn’t too stiff or heavy. If you do use a cotton, I prefer a light-weight cotton however, I’ve seen some nice ones in quilting cotton to my surprise. Quilting cotton is a bit stiff and so expect the sleeves to be a bit more stiff and less fluid however, it could be the look you are after. I find that the dress takes on quite a different look depending on what fabric is chosen. Continue reading

 Tea House Dress Sew Along, Week 1: Fabric Selection
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6 Fall Sewing Must-Haves with Allie Olson

We hope the August/September installment of Clothes Minded got you in the mood for fall sewing – it worked for us (and we’ll be sharing our plans later this month)! In that installment, IndieSew.com’s Allie Olson shared her tips for creating the ultimate fall wardrobe. She joins us today with her 6 fall must-sews…and they’re good ones!

Every fall I find myself reaching for the same garments and sewing up multiple versions of my tried-and-true (aka TNT) sewing patterns.

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Bonn Shirt by Itch to Stitch

Tops: Archer Button-up and Bonn Shirt

Both patterns fit well and look pulled-together. My Archers tend to be more casual, sewn in plaid shirtings. I have a few printed crepe Bonn Shirts that look a bit dressier.

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High-End Hack: Feather Trimmed Tank Styling

Styling a feather-trimmed camisole can be more difficult than the making of it. I’ve created 16 different looks using the Light as a Feather tank that were featured in the June/July 2018 issue of Sew News‘ “High-End Hack” column. I was able to create all looks by pulling items that I already had in my closet. Check out all of the created looks below.

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• Long Geo Necklace
• Skinny White Jeans
• Pink Silk Bow Slip-On Flats

Short & Simple Simple 1024x768 High End Hack: Feather Trimmed Tank Styling • Black Cuffed Shorts
• Large Neutral Clutch
• Neutral & Gold Flat Sandals

Party Girl Party 1024x768 High End Hack: Feather Trimmed Tank Styling • Metallic Headband
• Multi-Colored Metallic Foiled Skirt
• Black Beaded Clutch
• Metallic Block-Heeled Pumps

Soft Layering Soft Layering 1024x768 High End Hack: Feather Trimmed Tank Styling • White Long-Sleeve Gauze Shirt
• Cuffed Straight-Leg Jeans
• Floral Mid-Sized Clutch
• Pink Silk Bow Slip-On Flats

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• Skinny/Straight-Leg Jeans
• Cutout Black Leather Block-Heeled Pumps

Moto: 2 Moto2 1024x768 High End Hack: Feather Trimmed Tank Styling • Black Leather Moto Styled Jacket
• Floral Mid-Sized Clutch
• Skinny/Straight-Leg Jeans
• Cutout Black Leather Block-Heeled Pumps

Sporty Sporty 1024x768 High End Hack: Feather Trimmed Tank Styling • Bold Print Cropped Drawstring Pants
• Slip-On Pearl & Rhinestone Flat Sandals

Sweet & Simple SweetSimple 1024x768 High End Hack: Feather Trimmed Tank Styling • Skinny Pearl Hemmed Jeans (check out the DIY here!)
• Large Neutral Clutch
• Pink Silk Bow Slip-On Flats

Dark & Bold DarkBold 1024x768 High End Hack: Feather Trimmed Tank Styling • Red Snakeskin Bag
• Black Skinny Ripped Jeans
• Faux Fur & Floral Print Mule Flats

Easy Layers Layered 1024x768 High End Hack: Feather Trimmed Tank Styling • Denim Chambray
• Large Neutral Clutch
• Skinny White Jeans
• Blue Velvet Sandals

Dressed Up Dressed Up 1024x768 High End Hack: Feather Trimmed Tank Styling • Black Silk Dress
• Large Gray Clutch
• Cutout Black Leather Block-Heeled Pumps

Casual: 1 Casual 1024x768 High End Hack: Feather Trimmed Tank Styling • Neutral Suede Fringe Micro Backpack
• White Wide-Leg Linen Pants
• Black & Neutral Wedge Sandals

Casual: 2 Casual2 1024x768 High End Hack: Feather Trimmed Tank Styling • Neutral Suede Fringe Micro Backpack
• White Wide-Leg Linen Pants
• Neutral & Gold Flat Sandals

Edgy Edgy 1024x768 High End Hack: Feather Trimmed Tank Styling • Silver Geometric Necklace
• Black Beaded Clutch
• Black High-Waisted Pencil Skirt
• Cutout Black Leather Block-Heeled Pumps

Cuffed & Cute CuffedCasual 1024x768 High End Hack: Feather Trimmed Tank Styling • Large Floral Silk Scarf
• Cuffed Straight-Leg Jeans
• Blue Velvet Sandals

Texture Mix Texture Mix 1024x768 High End Hack: Feather Trimmed Tank Styling • Floral Mid-Sized Clutch
• Cream Lace Pencil Skirt
• Gold Snakeskin Kitten Heels

As you can see, you are able to style the Light as a Feather tank in multiple different ways and for all seasons.

Check out the step-by-step photo instructions on how to make the feather trimmed tank!

-Jessica Ziebarth, Assistant Editor
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High-End Hack: Feather Trimmed Tank Tutorial

Light as a Feather
Feathers aren’t just for the runway. Ostrich feathers turn any classic silhouette into an upscale garment. Create feather trim from luxe plumes and add them to a ready-made silk camisole for a standout piece.

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Follow these simple step-by-step photos to create your own luxe trimmed tank! Continue reading

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DIY Textiles: Plastic Bag Painting Technique

We’re concluding our exploration of fabric dyeing and painting techniques with a look at plastic bag painting. This is the perfect technique if you’re going for that perfectly imperfect painterly style. Plus, this technique has applications options for a wide variety of textiles! Read on for more info. Screen Shot 2018 07 26 at 9.34.31 AM DIY Textiles: Plastic Bag Painting Technique

by Dana Bontrager (See the full article + application ideas in the August/September issue of Sew News!) Find Dana’s Hi-Lo Bag pattern here!

Use a plastic bag and fabric paint to embellish fabric, creating a unique texture.  Try this technique on a wide variety of fabrics to create fun garments, bags and home décor. Continue reading

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All Things Fall (sewing!) with the August/September issue of Sew News

Get your fall sewjo working with the August/September issue of Sew News! This issue is all kinds of awesome – here are a few of my favorite things from this packed issue!

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My favorite thing in this issue – maybe one of my favorite things we’ve ever done!?! – is our Career Capsule feature. We’ve picked 10 patterns and accessories that create the perfect mix-and-match wardrobe. We share the makes and show you how to pair them for 9 totally different looks – but the options are endless! If you’re heading back to work for the first time in a while, changing work environments or looking to upgrade your daily wear, this article is for you. I hope you love it! Continue reading

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DIY Textiles: Painted Brushstrokes Tips

We’re continuing our focus on DIY Textiles today with a tutorial for creating bold brushstrokes.

We love the high-end, painterly look this technique gives fabric and simple designs, such as this basic a-line skirt – plus, it’s totally one of a kind!54 Strokes of Genius 938x1024 DIY Textiles: Painted Brushstrokes Tips

By Addie Martindale (Read the full article in the August/September issue of Sew News!)

Follow these tips when fabric painting to achieve best results. Continue reading

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And the Winner of the Fat Quarter Home Giveaway Is…

Patty P!

Congratulations, Patty! We’ll be in touch soon so we can get your prize in the mail to you.

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If you didn’t win this time but are still interested in the book, you can find Fat Quarter Home at gmcbooks.com.

Look for our next book giveaway on Sept. 6, 2018!

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Don’t miss out! Find more great projects and ideas in our newest issue, available on newsstands and at shopsewitall.com!

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Fabric Dyeing: Flour Resist Technique – Tips and Tricks

If you haven’t seen the new issue yet, you’re in for a trio of terrific DIY textile techniques, perfect for summer experiments (aka, getting messy in the pursuit of creative happiness). DIY textiles or altered fabrics add an extra handmade layer to your creations, the ultimate in customization, so we’re showcasing a few of our favorite techniques here (and in the August/September issue of Sew News!).

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Tips For Sewing With Spandex Elastane and Lycra

It’s swimsuit season! In our June/July issue, we talked to sewists who dared to make their own swimsuits. Many of them loved the experience and the feeling of accomplishment they got from completing an intimidating project.

Why is sewing swimsuits so scary? Personally, I think there are a number of reasons. There’s the challenge of getting the fit just right, of course — a badly-fitting swimsuit has the potential for worse consequences than many garments — but I think a lot of it is that the techniques are not the same ones we use in our normal sewing. Sewing knits can be challenging enough; where do you even start with something like spandex?

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It turns out that, just like with any fabric, there are a few tricks to know, but once you know them, it’s not hard to sew with an unfamiliar fabric. Here are some suggestions, courtesy of Rhonda Buss, who did our Soma Swimsuit Sew Along in 2016. Continue reading

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