BurdaStyle Cape Top

Seasonally appropriate? Not in the least!

I’m a summer girl, so sometimes the only thing that gets me through fall and winter is dreaming about when the warm weather will come around again. That’s what was behind my choice to stitch this cool, drapey cape top from BurdaStyle.

The pattern is designed for knits, so I used this fun print from Art Gallery Fabrics’ Heart Melodies called “The Key of Hue.” I love the colors and the way the print is reminiscent of a piano keyboard. This knit is 95% cotton, so it will be nice and cool come summer.

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The Key of Hue

The Cape top pattern comes from the May 2016 issue of BurdaStyle. I love the way it drapes and shows a little bit of upper arm. The pattern includes a front and back piece that can be cut top-length or dress-length. Continue reading

 BurdaStyle Cape Top
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Ginger Jean Sew Along: Week 4 Finishing Touches!

Here is the final installment of the Ginger Jean Sew Along! Yay, you made it! And, now you have a wonderful pair of skinny jeans ( or you will shortly). If you haven’t started to sew the pant, when you start you can always refer to these sew alongs. They are short and helpful in creating the jeans of your dreams. Rhonda will now walk  you through the last bit of stitching your jeans.

 Ginger Jean Sew Along: Week 4 Finishing Touches!

We all long for a pair of pants that we love to wear. That pair of pants that feels great on our bodies, and that no one can believe that we made. A pair of pants that are easy to care for, just throw in the washing machine and when they reappear, they look just as great as they did when they went into the machine. Seems like a fantasy, but that is exactly what the Ginger Jeans from Closet Case Files has been for me. Maybe they need to be renamed, Dream Jeans!!! Continue reading

 Ginger Jean Sew Along: Week 4 Finishing Touches!
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Laurel Dress Sew Along, Week 1


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In the October/November issue of Sew News, we took you inside the dynamic, inspiring workspace of Colette Patterns. Based in Portland, what started as a one-woman, kitchen-based company in 2009 has grown into a beloved pattern company. Known for its classic shapes and vintage details, Colette Patterns are decidedly wearable and modern. Over the next few weeks, we’ll share information and bonus content related to one of our favorite Colette Patterns, the Laurel Dress.

If you’re looking for the perfect basic dress, the Laurel is for you. Perfect in a wide range of fabrics and nearly any print (from stripes to plaids to large-scale repeats), this chic and simple shift dress is easy to sew, astoundingly versatile, and comfortable to wear year-round. The fit is semi-loose with a fitted bust and back darts to keep the shape streamlined. This simple design can be transformed for so many different looks, just in fabric selection alone. Try it in this season’s hottest fabric, velvet, for an upscale look perfect for upcoming holiday parties. Sew it in tweed for a cozy fall basic with vintage flavor, or rayon for a slinkier effect with drape. Or opt for double gauze and throw on some layers for the cooler months. Continue reading

 Laurel Dress Sew Along, Week 1
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Learn To Sew High Style Bags With Linda Lee

Anatomy of a Bag: Tips & Techniques for Sewing Bags, With Linda Lee.

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What You’ll Learn:

  • An introduction to interesting materials to use for bags and bag components
  • Techniques for installing zippers 3 different ways.
  • How to line a bag
  • Options for handles, straps and hardware with lots of examples
  • How to sew several kinds of corners and shapes
  • Step-by-step instructions to sew a Travel Bag – instructions included Continue reading
 Learn To Sew High Style Bags With Linda Lee
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Ginger Jean Sew Along: Week 3 Construction + Flat Felled Seams

Back at the Ginger Jean Sew Along where we are continuing our construction phase of the Ginger Jean sew along. We’re almost finishing up. How are you jeans coming along? If you have any questions please leave them for Rhonda or myself. Now, let’s get going!

 Ginger Jean Sew Along: Week 3 Construction + Flat Felled Seams

 Blue jeans began as the quintessentially American garment. Originally designed by Levi Strauss to meet the needs of a rugged garment for miners and cowboys. In the 1950′s, blue jeans were embraced by teenagers and a movement began. Quite simply, people across the world love their jeans. Continue reading

 Ginger Jean Sew Along: Week 3 Construction + Flat Felled Seams
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Clover Pant Sew Along Week 3: Construction +Invisible Zipper Insertion

We’re rounding the corner to the Clover Pant Sew Along.  Now in week 3, it’s all about construction. If you are late to the sew along,  purchase a pattern  at shopsewitall.com,  it’s easy to catch up! And click here for week 4, all about finishing.

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Now, here’s Rhonda!

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 Clover Pant Sew Along Week 3: Construction +Invisible Zipper Insertion
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Sew Spooky – our favorite handmade Halloween costumes!

Homemade Halloween Sew Spooky   our favorite handmade Halloween costumes!Halloween is a favorite holiday here at the Sew News office. Read below to find out more about some of our favorite handmade Halloween costumes throughout the years. Happy Halloween from Sew News! Continue reading

 Sew Spooky   our favorite handmade Halloween costumes!
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