Pepernoot Coat Sew Along: Finishing Details

Thanks everyone for joining the Pepernoot Coat Sew Along. As photos come in of your final work I’ll create a slide show so that everyone can see all your hard work. Rhonda did an amazing job with her second coat and we all hope you had fun making one for yourself! Stay tuned for our next sew along the Magic Bias Dress!

 Pepernoot Coat Sew Along: Finishing Details

In our last post, we attached our pockets. I think this is the most daunting of all the steps in the construction of the Pepernoot Coat. Then I had to go and make it doubly daunting by having to match a pattern!!! Thankfully, the pockets are on, and they look nice, so on to finishing the coat! Continue reading

 Pepernoot Coat Sew Along: Finishing Details
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Would You Sew A 1000 Dresses?

Remember the story of the woman who sewed a thousand dresses for little girls in need? Well, now the filmmaker Vicki Vasilopoulos, who brought the stories of Italian tailors to the world in Men of the Cloth, is making a documentary about the woman who sewed a thousand dresses, Lillian Weber.

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When Lillian’s story hit the Internet it brought to light the organization she was sewing for, Little Dresses for Africa. This is a non-profit organization and if you would like more information on it and their work please visit their Facebook page.

The documentary that is being made by Vicki Vasilopoulos is in the early stages of development. For more information please visit their website and consider subscribing to their newsletter to stay posted on their progress, plus visit their Facebook page and become a fan.

We love seeing how sewing brings out the best in people around the world.

 

 

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Visual Dictionary: 6 Different Stitches For Your Serger

It is well known around here that I had a beautiful serger but I stupidly forgot to oil it. Living in a dry climate and the fact that I used the heck out of it, well, I’m sure you can guess what happened to it. As of today I still don’t have a serger. To remedy that I can often be seen in the Sew News sewing studio after work sergering away on my own projects. I really miss my serger and all the wonderful things it did for my sewing projects and me. I hope to get one again here soon.  I’ll keep you posted.

National Serger Month 2016 Badge Visual Dictionary: 6 Different Stitches For Your Serger April is National Serger Month.  So, what better time to tell you all about sergers. This post is on different seams and what they look like. The serger is a wonderful machine and I hope you get the chance to have one in your sewing room. You’ll love it. Continue reading

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Picking the Perfect Skirt for Your Body

With our April/May issue of Sew News, we celebrate the start of a new mini-series on finding the perfect fit for your body, with fit expert and Fit for Art Patterns (fitforartpatterns.com) Creative Director Rae Cumbie as your guide. The series will explore fit garment type by garment type, starting with skirts. From classic skirt shapes and silhouettes to waist treatments and length to picking the right shape for your body type, the first installment of the series discusses all things skirt-related. Read on to learn more about Rae’s perspective on fit, current skirt trends and skirt selection tips. For the full article, grab the Sew News April/May issue.Screen Shot 2016 03 16 at 9.15.11 AM 1024x523 Picking the Perfect Skirt for Your Body

Why is it important for people to understand fit principles when selecting patterns? We all want successful sewing experiences, especially if you are making clothing for yourself or others. Understanding your personal fit preferences and the basic elements of fit will lead to good choices in your preparation for sewing which includes picking a pattern. Continue reading

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Winners Announced!

Hello,

Wanted to announce the winners of the Craft Blog Hop and the garment sewing book pack.

Be sure to check your emails and spam folder. If I don’t hear back within 30 days I’ll pick another winner.

For the Craft Blog Hop is….

Sarah  (Slp…..@aol.com)

And, the Joi Mahon and Boundless Style book giveaway winner is…..

Sharon C. (scol….@yahoo.com)

I will be in touch with both of you shortly to let you know how to claim your prizes.

Thanks everyone for making a comment and joining in the fun.

 

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Pepernoot Coat Sew Along: Inserting Pockets

This is a special portion of the sew along. Rhonda has written up a nice piece on making beautiful pockets for your Pepernoot Coat. The end is almost here! Please let us know if you have made the coat. We would love to see your version!

 Pepernoot Coat Sew Along: Inserting Pockets

Nothing can make or break a garment faster than a poorly sewn pocket. Not only is the pocket on the Pepernoot Coat a large pocket, it also has a zipper, making it all the more intimidating. But you will soon see that inserting the zipper is really quite easy.

 Pepernoot Coat Sew Along: Inserting Pockets

For my first coat, I used a metal zipper as it worked well with the fabric I chose for the coat. The pocket was attached with an edge stitch, so quite easy to do. Continue reading

 Pepernoot Coat Sew Along: Inserting Pockets
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7 Reasons Why We Love Jennifer Davey & Her Tote Bags

Have you seen the cover of ourBeach Bag  7 Reasons Why We Love Jennifer Davey & Her Tote Bags April/May issue? The gorgeous nautical-inspired project is just the thing for summer: a perfect-sized tote with interesting details that make it great for beach trips, a grocery run or a quiet afternoon library visit. Read more from Jennifer Davey on her inspiration for the project, tips for creating the tote and what’s on her summer sewing list.

What’s your favorite kind of bag to sew and design?

I love to create bags with all the right pockets to suit my needs, a fun contrasting lining and a little surprise. This tote fits all my faves in: an optional zip pocket for my phone, a bright red, white and blue cotton lining and the fun twist of the snap on handles.

We love the handles – why did you decide to go with rope? 

When I designed this bag, I was feeling the nautical inspirations. Rope seemed a perfect functional nautical accent for the bag. Although with the snaps, the handle could easily be changed out to a different handle should your mood change. A soft scarf could give this bag a completely different look.

Any recommendations for choosing rope for the bag? 

When choosing a rope, go with something that will be comfortable in your hand, such as a natural fiber like cotton, linen or hemp that is soft and flexible. Take a peek in the home dec and upholstery trims.

Are there any other fabrics that could work for this bag? 

Absolutely! This design would lend well to denims, upholstery, wools or even quilted fabrics. The mid-weights will keep the shape and body of the bag.

What are your must-haves on a bag sewing pattern?

No matter if I am shopping retail for a bag or planning to make one, it must fit my intended purpose. Whether that is a trip to the beach, farmers market or heading to sewing class it must fit ALL of my stuff. I like to keep my bags organized to find what I need so I LOVE good sized, well-positioned pockets. And of course if it doesn’t look cute, it’s out. Functional and fashionable is the sewing pattern for me.

What is on your must-sew list this summer?

Summer sewing for me usually involves sewing with my girls; I like to keep the projects quick and fun. Christmas sewing, décor and gifts are in the plans for this summer.

Anything else you’d like to tell us about the process of designing this bag?

I always like to think of my designs as a jumping off point and hope those who see it are inspired to create and make it their own. In each of us is a designer whether you just choose different color canvas, change out the handle or adjust the size to fit your needs. I would love to see what others are doing with my design. Come by my blog and see what I’m up to.

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