Big Time: 25 Tips for Making Time for Sewing

Of all the resources needed for sewing, time is probably in the shortest supply. When I tell people I sew, this is always their first question: how do you make time? And it’s true, in today’s busy world, it’s hard to make space and time for a hobby. But happiness can be hard to come by. If sewing truly makes you happy, it’s worth making time for.making time5 1024x1024 Big Time: 25 Tips for Making Time for Sewing

Over the years, I’ve changed the way I think about sewing: instead of feeling silly or selfish, I’ve started referring to my hobby as my “sewing practice.” This subtle change has helped elevate my hobby in my mind and it’s changed the way I prioritize sewing. One thing I’ve learned is to treat your sewing time with respect. Here are some tips to help you carve out time for yourself, stick to it and make the most of it.

Decide a few things up front and get started the right way.
Decide what you plan to sew before you get in your sewing room. Too many fabric options can be distracting.

Have a set amount of time each week that you plan to sew.

Decide whether you work better in small batches or longer expanses of time. Know yourself – I time out at about the two hour mark! And most things sewn after 11pm are a touch wonky!

Spend time in your sewing space everyday. Even if it’s to straighten up or sew on buttons.

Don’t wait until all the laundry is put away and all the chores are done – if your house is like mine, that may never happen. Continue reading

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Off to Italy with Craftours

We’re off to Italy on the BurdaStyle fashion sewing tour with Craftours!

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Sew a Workwear Capsule – 10 Must-Sew Patterns

In my social sewing circles on Instagram and Facebook, I see people asking all the time for recommendations for workwear-appropriate patterns. And that’s where our story began! It’s one thing to sew loungewear, tees and jeans (which are totally my favorites!) but sewing pieces that will work for the office environment is a somewhat different endeavor. There are colors and fabric types to consider – and, of course, patterns.Screen Shot 2018 09 07 at 4.11.29 PM Sew a Workwear Capsule   10 Must Sew Patterns

Whether you’re looking to revamp your office attire or heading back to work for the first time in a while, we hope our Career Capsule serves as a good starting place. The featured 10 garments are easily combined to make more than 40 combinations, so no one will think you’re wearing the same thing twice. Find the full story in the Aug/Sept issue of Sew News. A special thank you to the pattern designers and fabric companies who supplied materials for this story. Continue reading

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Freebie Friday: Taos Leather Tote Pattern

If you’ve seen the cover of our latest issue, you know we have a fondness for a nice leather and wool combo. And when it comes to wool, nothing beats the bold patterns and durability of Pendleton Wool, who supplied the wool fabric for this piece.  This is definitely one of our favorite covers and one of our favorite projects!

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Paired with a dark black leather and light leather handles, the wool is set off nicely and provides a luxe, dynamic texture. The bag features hammered copper rivets and the instructions include steps for installing rivets and saddle stitching by hand. This high-end bag is sure to last – and perhaps even get better as it ages – a true heirloom piece that we were sad to send back to designer Sara Cougill.

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Download the Taos Tote pattern free (for a limited time) here.

Then find the perfect wool pocket fabric here. 

What are you sewing in wool this fall and winter?

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And the winner of the Flossie Teacups’ Guide to English Paper Piecing Giveaway is…

Joni!

Congratulations, Joni! 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 Flossie Teacups’ Guide to English Paper Piecing at quiltingcompany.com.

Look for our next book giveaway on November 4, 2018!

 

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Seasonal Sewing with the October/November issue of Sew News

It’s all things fall in the October/November issue of Sew News magazine.

And bring on the textures! Make fabulous fall garments, accessories and home decor with leather, faux suede, real suede, faux fur, velvet, wool and more. I have a lot of favorites in this issue – so please bear with me!SN11018 Seasonal Sewing with the October/November issue of Sew News

The Taos Tote project on the cover is truly the stuff tote dreams are made of! With two tones of leather, Pendleton wool and copper rivets, this project shines (and I want it!!!). By designer Sara Cougill, the article includes tips for installing rivets and saddle stitching leather – skills perfect for your fall repertoire.

If you are loving the super-popular Persephone Pants by Anna Allen, you’ll flip over the Make Waist Pants pattern hack by Delphine Colbeau. Designed specifically for wide leg pants with no side seam, get instructions for creating a paperbag waist and a self tie that creates a cool 70s vibe for fall.  Continue reading

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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!

 

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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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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

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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

Moto: 1 Moto 1024x768 High End Hack: Feather Trimmed Tank Styling • Black Leather Moto Styled Jacket
• 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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