Monica Bravo Panty Sew Along: Week 2 Cutting Out, Tips & Embellisment Ideas!

Let’s get going on the Week 2 of the Monica Bravo Panty Sew Along. This week Monica will give her tips on cutting out your pattern and embellishment ideas. Next week we’ll start to sew. If you haven’t picked up a pattern, there’s still time to do so before we get to the sewing portion of the sew along. If you have any questions please post in the comment box below.

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Got fabric?  Of course you do (probably more than you care to admit!!!)!  Pattern and elastics?  Yep!  Your next step is to get everything cut out.  The exact layout and pieces you will need depends on the style you are making.  However, in general you need a front, a back, a crotch piece out of the main fabric, and a crotch piece out of the 100% white cotton jersey.  Depending on the content, you also may need to prewash your fabric.  Most fabrics with natural fibers like cotton or rayon will have some degree of shrinkage.

I always prefer to trace my patterns off on tracing paper instead of cutting into the master pattern.  That way if I change sizes or want to make a garment for someone else I keep all of my sizes intact.  My favorite tracing material is medical exam table paper – it’s inexpensive and has a coating on one side that makes the paper more durable.  Ask your doctor for a roll or pick a box up to share with friends at a medical supply store!  The other advantage of tracing your pattern is that pattern alterations are much easier on the traced version. ***PIC of master pattern with traced pattern

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There are lots of different methods for layout and cutting. Here’s my suggestions for cutting a perfect pair.

  • I prefer to use scissors instead of a rotary cutter when using knit fabrics.
  • I feel like I can get a more precise cut and the fabric doesn’t shift and stretch.
  • Make sure you cut your traced pattern out before you lay it on the fabric.
  • If you cut the paper and fabric at the same time you don’t get a very accurate cut.
  • I use pins instead of weights.
  • Use your pins sparingly as too many pins can bunch up your fabric.
  • I use glass head silk pins because they won’t puncture lightweight, delicate fabrics.

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Before you start sewing you will also need good thread and a needle.  I always use a 100% polyester thread for all my sewing.  The type of needle you use will depend on what works best in your machine.  Mine loves a size 75/11 universal, although if I am getting skipped stitches I will go down to a size 70/10 or 65/9.  If your machine is picky about such things, try a ballpoint or stretch needle.

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And one more thing…embellishment!  If you are going to add something fancy to your britches, you need to do it before you sew them up!  How many different ways are there to spice up a simple pair of panties?  As many as you can dream up!  One of the simplest additions is a little lace accent.  Just lay a piece of lace on your fabric wherever you want it to land and use a narrow width, medium length zig zag to stitch down each side.  You can leave the fabric behind it or cut it out.  You can use the full width of lace or cut out a motif for an applique.  The best part of lace applique is that there is no need to finish any of the edges as they won’t fray or ravel.  Below are just a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing!

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Another fun finish is a shadow applique.  Cut out a lace motif and sew it on to a piece of sheer tricot, then cut around the edges.  Sew this piece to your panties and cut out the fabric from behind it.  You can use different color combinations for a stunning effect.

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Once you have everything cut out and any fancy bits added you are ready to start sewing!

Monica

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Join in next week as we begin sewing the panties.

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Monica Bravo Panty Sew-Along: Week 1 Fabrics, Elastics & Patterns

I’m excited to bring you a quick sew along featuring Monica Bravo of Bravo Bella. Monica is the go-to person for learning to sew your own undies, bras and other lovely under things. If you’re lucky enough to be in the area, she has classes and retreats to learn all there is to making beautiful under garments. For those who can’t make it to her retreats and classes we have the next best thing: a sew along. Additionally, Monica made up a quick pair of undies on Sew It All episode 913 if you’re so inclined. And, we’re proud to have her pattern, the Bravo Bottoms #1 Pattern in our shop.

Monica has a lot to cover here in the first post, so kick back and enjoy. You’re a few short posts away to a wonderful pair of undies!

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Welcome to one of the most fun sewing adventures you will ever take!  Panties are what I consider the gateway of sewing all things lingerie.  They are perfectly simple for a beginner, a great way to get your feet wet with sewing knits and elastics. However, the infinite creative possibilities keep even the most experienced seamstress enthusiastic and the speed of completion allows for near instant gratification –no pile of UFOs or never-ending projects here!  They can even be a great way to introduce the younger generation to sewing.  I stitched up my first pair at age five and have been addicted ever since!

Style Options

With a vast array of style and fabric options it can be difficult to know where to begin.  Fortunately, most of us have found something along the way that works.  Are you a boy short fan?  A lover of all things bikini?  Maybe “gasp” you even prefer a thong or a full-cut brief (a.k.a. granny panties)!  I recommend you start with a style that you already know you like and works well for your shape.  Not sure what to call that pair that you love?  Here is a quick guide to basic styles…

  • Waist heights on basic panties

  • Brief: Lands right at the natural waistline.

  • Hipster: Comes about 1-2” below the belly button.

  • Bikini: Should hit just below the hip bone and just above the top of the pubic bone.

Other styles
Boyshorts: have a leg similar to shorts with a hem and no elastic on the bottom.  Usually have a waist height about 1” below the belly button.

Tanga: generally has a center back seam with a back leg cut similarly to the front leg so that the elastic edge lands “mid-cheek”.

Thong and G-String: Very similar except that a thong has a narrow strip of fabric for the back and a g-string has a thin elastic for the back.

String Bikini: low- to mid-rise, this style has a full coverage back, front panel, and elastic without fabric at the front leg.

Control Brief: Generally cut a bit higher than a regular brief and made out of fabric with a firm stretch.  Can also include a control panel in the front for extra shaping.

Patterns

You can either find a pattern similar to the style that works well for you or draft your own pattern from an existing pair. In the Dec/Jan issue of Sew News I walk you through the steps to make your own pair of undies using  a pair of ready-made panties as a pattern. You can even use up your scrap fabrics to make these.

If you choose to use a pattern, there are a couple of areas that you need to analyze to ensure a good fit.  The first area is the crotch width.

Many patterns have a crotch piece that is quite wide – 3” or more.  I have found that for most women a crotch width about 2.5” wide works well. Unless your structure requires the extra width, you should narrow the crotch piece on the pattern if it is too wide.  Monica Bravo Panty Sew Along: Week 1 Fabrics, Elastics & Patterns

Another area to consider is the cut of the rear leg.  Often the cut of the back leg on a pattern is nearly straight.  Most of us need just a bit of curve in the leg in order to have full coverage and prevent your panties from visiting places that they don’t belong!  You can redraw the leg of the panty to give yourself more coverage.

 Monica Bravo Panty Sew Along: Week 1 Fabrics, Elastics & Patterns

Alternately, you can also look for a pattern with a center back seam as these styles can give you more coverage for all those curves!  The last consideration you should make is the side seam.  How “brief” is your pattern?  I have a panty called a brief with a 5.5” side seam, which happens to hit me right at my waist.  I have a panty called a brief with a 9” side seam, which I happen to be able to tuck underneath the edge of my bra.  Make sure the waist will land at an appropriate height for your frame size!

 Monica Bravo Panty Sew Along: Week 1 Fabrics, Elastics & Patterns

Fabrics

Once you have pattern in hand it’s time to get creative!  The fabric and elastics you choose create endless possibilities for originality and comfort.

The biggest key to fabric choice is to make sure that the fabric has the same degree and firmness of stretch as the pattern calls for. A panty made of a lovely cotton jersey knit, which usually has about 25-35% stretch, from a pattern that calls for 50-75% stretch may look amazing but probably won’t make it past your knees.  And don’t be fooled, not all 50-75% degree stretch fabrics are created equal!  Sure, they generally all have a Lycra thread, but a sexy bikini will look much better out of an ultra-soft rayon/Lycra jersey than stiff powernet.

Both the powernet and the rayon/Lycra jersey have the same degree of stretch, which is the length that a certain amount of fabric stretches to, but the jersey has a much softer stretch and the powernet is very firm.  A firm stretch will give more control, so those fabrics are best suited in shapewear.

Another aspect to consider in fabric choice is breathability.  Natural fibers like cotton and rayon are much more breathable than synthetics like polyester or nylon.  Regardless of what fabric you choose for the panty, I recommend that you always use white 100% cotton jersey for the crotch lining for health reasons.  And a quick note: if you have created your own pattern, make sure to make a note of the degree and firmness of stretch that the original panties were made of.  You will want to use a similar fabric in your new creation.

So exactly what fabrics can be used for panties?  It’s time to clean out that stash since just about anything with the appropriate stretch will work!

My absolute favorite is rayon/Lycra jersey.  It’s super soft, breathable, and stretchy enough for most patterns.  A cotton or poly/cotton jersey is also nice for breathability, but generally has less stretch. ITY (stands for interlock twist yarn) knit is another great option since it is buttery soft and has good stretch and recovery.  It is generally a polyester/Lycra blend.  Tricot can make very nice, silky panties as well.  It is usually 100% nylon, has about 25-35% stretch, and comes in a variety of weights.  Monica Bravo Panty Sew Along: Week 1 Fabrics, Elastics & Patterns

And speaking of silk… silk can make wonderful panties!  Look for a silk charmeuse as other type of silks may be too thick or rough.  But what if your pattern calls for stretch?  Cut the panties out on a 45 degree bias and you should be able to get 15-20% stretch.  Still not enough?  You can always make one size larger as well.   Monica Bravo Panty Sew Along: Week 1 Fabrics, Elastics & Patterns

An all-over stretch lace is beautiful and comfortable.  However, depending on the size and style you choose, a wide stretch lace can be fun, especially if it has a good decorative edge that can be used at the leg or waist.

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Power mesh, not to be confused with powernet which has a very firm stretch and is too heavy for regular panties, is also a great fabric to use.  It is lightweight and even though it is nylon, the tiny mesh holes make it breathable as well.  If you want to incorporate non-stretch elements into your panties, like silk or lace, you can use panels of power mesh so that your panties still have enough stretch.  Monica Bravo Panty Sew Along: Week 1 Fabrics, Elastics & Patterns

You’ve chosen your pattern and fabric, so what about the waist and legs of your panties? Does the thought of using elastics strike fear in your heart?  It shouldn’t!  With a few simple tips they will go on with a breeze – but more about that later!  For now, you just need to choose which elastics you are going to use.  Your choice should be based on desired look, appropriateness for the pattern, and (unfortunately) availability.

Elastics

My absolute favorite finish is to use foldover elastic on both the waist and leg openings.  It has the double bonus of being super easy to apply – 1 step! – and laying nice and smooth to reduce panty lines.

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Stretch lace is a pretty finish that also lays quite smoothly.  It can sometimes be difficult to come by, especially in colors, which is why I usually just stock up on white and hand dye everything to match. I generally use a narrower stretch lace on leg openings and something a bit wider on the top edge.

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Not the lacy type?  No problem!  You can use plain lingerie elastic with or without a picot edge, or a plush facing elastic for a super soft finish against your skin.

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And what can you use if you can’t find anything to match or coordinate with your fabric?  My favorite solution is a simply 3/8” knitted elastic sewn to the wrong side, then turned to the wrong side and topstitched so that it doesn’t show. A comfortable, simple, and pretty solution.

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More Tips

Most patterns will recommend the width appropriate for the style of panties you are making, but there are some general guidelines you can use as well.  Leg opening use a narrower finish, usually something 3/8-5/8” wide, while a waistband is usually wider, from 5/8-2 ½” wide.  That being said, those are just guidelines!  If you have a stretch lace with a big scallop, turn it towards the inside of the panty to make a beautiful decoration. If you have a 4” wide stretch lace, use it as a waistband for a stunning look.  You can even use a waistband elastic, plush or regular, for a durable and stylish finish.

 Monica Bravo Panty Sew Along: Week 1 Fabrics, Elastics & Patterns

Whew!  Who knew there would be so many decisions to be made for such a little garment?!

Now that your creative juices are flowing it’s time to go on a treasure hunt!  Find your pattern, or purchase my Bravo Bottoms #1 pant pattern, dig out some fabric, and top it off with beautiful elastics and you will be all set for the next step in our adventure – cutting out your new bottom covers!

Of course, we would love to see what combinations you’ve come up with so post your pics of what you’ve chosen to use!  I look forward to seeing how far your creativity can take you!

Monica

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Learn How To Copy A Pattern From RTW Designs

You know your favorite dress in your closet that you wish you had in five different colors or fabric? Or that skirt that fits you so perfectly, you’d love to replicate? If you have existing garments that you LOVE, and you want to learn how to create a pattern from a garment in your closet, this course is for you.

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In this five-week online course, you’ll learn three different ways for creating a pattern from an existing article of clothing. This course will cover how to create a pattern that you can use over and over again to recreate your favorite ready-to-wear pieces. You’ll see the copying techniques on a skirt, a dress, and a shirt. You will learn how to translate these techniques to many types of garments, you’ll also learn different paper options to use for your finished patterns.

What

This course will show you the basic construction steps for sewing a skirt, a dress, and a shirt. that way, once you’ve made your replica patterns, you can be on your way to easily sewing the pieces out of new fabric!

  • You’ll learn how to create a pattern from an existing garment in order to recreate your favorite pieces over and over
  • You’ll learn how to create a replica pattern by three different methods: Taking your garment apart, tracing your garment’s separate pieces, and drafting replica pieces
  • You’ll learn the proper tools for each technique
  • You’ll learn which garments are most suitable for each technique
  • You’ll learn three different material options for the final pattern
  • You’ll learn tips for choosing the right fabric for a replica garment
  • You’ll learn tips for sewing a copycat garment
  • You’ll learn basic construction steps for the three sample garment types: A dress, a shirt, and a skirt

Who Is This Course Best For?

  • Anyone interested in recreating an existing garment
  • Intermediate sewers familiar with using patterns
  • Beginner patternmakers who want to learn replica techniques
  • Anyone who’s tried copying a garment and who wants to learn a better method

When:

Course Runs January 17 – February 21, 2106 and cost is 49.99

 

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Panty vs Underwear Debate – Where Do You Stand? + 5 Reason to Sew Your Own

How Many Ways Are There To Say Underwear?

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No, I don’t like the word “panty.” I prefer underwear, underpants, even knickers. They sound a bit sturdier, which is how I like my undergarments, thank you very much. And, I’ll say another thing: I never in a million years thought I would be sewing my own unmentionables. I always felt I would rather be sewing garments that the world could see and I could brag about. And, no, I’m not one to show off my well-made skivvies and slinky slips no matter how wonderful they may be. But, I can spread the word to those that might be a bit skeptical about sewing their own bloomers and other intimate underthings.

Benefits to sewing your own bun-huggers, PJs and other unmentionables:

  • Custom fit. Nothing’s worse than wearing store bought granny pants when your body is not yet a granny. If you’ve ever worn a too tight pair of Underoos you know what a deal breaker that can be.
  • Save money. If you like to buy expensive under things, sewing your own could save you some dollars.
  • Expand your sewing skills. When sewing bras, little pants, slips and other undergarments, you’ll experiment with new fabric types and fibers.
  • Instant gratification (almost). Sewing up a pair of undies or a lacy slip doesn’t take a huge amount of time.
  • Personal preference. I like wearing slips, but stores don’t have a large selection anymore. Sewing my own fixes that.

The biggest benefit is that nothing feels quite as good as sewing it yourself. This includes sewing your own bikinis, briefs, boxers, sleepers, fundies—whatever you call them, heck even panties.

Are you interested in sewing your own underwear, lingerie and other lovely underthings? If so, you’re in luck!

Panty sew along Panty vs Underwear Debate   Where Do You Stand? + 5 Reason to Sew Your OwnWe have a sew along starting today with Monica Bravo and she’ll show you just how wonderful it is to sew your very own underthings. I hope you join us! It runs 4 weeks, just tune into the blog and start sewing your own undies. Pick up Monica’s Bravo Bottoms pattern to get started.

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The Valentine Slip from Sew Chic, sewn by Rhonda Buss

Last year we had a wonderful sew along that you can access any time on how to sew your own slip.

The Sew Chic Valentine Slip is a romantic and lovely undergarment, and easy to sew by following our sew along.

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Imagine this slip in a bold red, or sexy black. This pattern has sweet vintage details and it’s easy to make alterations for shortening it or customizing it to suit your needs and tastes.

You can find the entire tutorial and videos on the Sew News Blog .

So, where do you stand on the word panty vs underwear? Have a preference, don’t care? Have you ever considered sewing your own regardless of what they’re called?  Let me know on the blog!

So far I have 12 different ways of calling underwear anything but panties!

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Cosmo Bag Sew Along Finishing Touches

Thank you for joining the Cosmo Bag Sew Along. I’ve been working on this at home and it’s going to be such an awesome bag when(ever) I get it done. I hope you ‘re having better luck finishing up in a timely manner! I would love to see what you’ve done. Now, let’s have Rhonda take us around for the last lap.

 Cosmo Bag Sew Along Finishing Touches

Since our last post, the Cosmo Bag has made quite the transformation! All of the tabs have been added, along with hardware and straps. I thought the first bag was great, but I like this one even more than the first!

 Cosmo Bag Sew Along Finishing Touches

To finish our bags, we’ll begin with the tabs. From pattern pieces #10 and #11, you will need to cut 2 of the exterior fabric, 2 from the contrasting fabric, and 2 interfacing pieces. Since I am using leather as my exterior fabric, I eliminated the interfacing as the tab would become too bulky. If you are using a cotton fabric, by all means interface the tabs. A nice fusible cotton works beautifully.  Cosmo Bag Sew Along Finishing Touches

Take note that there is a small dot along the seam line. When sewing the tabs together, you will begin from the top of one side and then sew around to the dot. If you sew all the way around, it will make turning the tab very difficult. The seam allowance around the tab is 1/4″.

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Once I stitched the seam, I then trimmed the seam allowance down to 1/8″. After the seam has been trimmed, turn the tabs to the right side.

 Cosmo Bag Sew Along Finishing Touches

Once the tabs have been turned, edge stitch around the entire tab.

The #11 piece will be used at the bottom of the bag and the D-ring will be inserted into the tab.

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Using a zipper foot, stitch across the tab to secure the D-ring.

The long end of the tab will be sewn to the inside of the extension at the bottom of the bag. Where the tab matches to the extension, stitch around all 3 sides.

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Now, hold the front side tab against the front of the bag and stitch only across the bottom of the tab.

 Cosmo Bag Sew Along Finishing Touches

The #10 pattern piece will be used for the tabs at the top of the bag. Prior to sewing the tab to the bag, insert 2 round rings.

Stitch the tail of the tab to the inside of the bag only along the end.

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Flip the tab to the outside of the bag and sew around the tab to secure it to the bag.

 Cosmo Bag Sew Along Finishing Touches

The straps of the Cosmo Bag allow for many design options. The picture below is from the Studio Kat website. Take note that the outside of the strap is one fabric and the inside has a contrasting strip running down the center. In the pattern, you will find a pattern piece for a wrapper, the piece that goes around the webbing that is used for the strap and you’ll also find another pattern piece for the contrasting strip that is running down the center on the inside of the strap. This makes a lovely accent for the bag.

 Cosmo Bag Sew Along Finishing Touches

With the first bag that I made, I elected to forgo covering the strap all together. I used a nylon belting that worked perfectly.

 Cosmo Bag Sew Along Finishing Touches

For the sew along bag, since my fabric had this wonderful stripe, I decided to cut strips for my straps. I simply measured the width around my strapping and then cut the strip wide enough to also allow for a 1/4″ seam allowance.

  Cosmo Bag Sew Along Finishing Touches

Since the stripe also had a decorative line running on either side, I decided that I didn’t need to cover the seam. The strips were turned with a safety pin.

 Cosmo Bag Sew Along Finishing Touches

Once the strip was turned, I then threaded the belting through the strip with a safety pin.

 Cosmo Bag Sew Along Finishing Touches

For the crossbody option, you will need to create 2 straps that are 13 1/2″ long. The straps will finish a little shorter as each end will be turned back and stitched to secure the D-ring and the clip.

 Cosmo Bag Sew Along Finishing Touches

For the straps, you will need to cut 2 straps that are 32″ long. At 1 end you will thread the buckle through. This is VERY important as this is what allows the straps to be adjustable. Once the buckle has been threaded through, turn the end back and stitch in place. Then take the other end of the strap and thread it through the inside ring and then through the buckle as you see below.

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At the other end of the strap, attach a clip.

 Cosmo Bag Sew Along Finishing Touches

Repeat with the strap for the other side.

 Cosmo Bag Sew Along Finishing Touches

To create the shoulder bag option, take the opposite strap and thread it through the 2 rings,

 Cosmo Bag Sew Along Finishing Touches

and then clip the strap to the D-ring at the bottom of the bag.

 Cosmo Bag Sew Along Finishing Touches

To create the backpack option, simply clip the same strap to the same side of the bag.

 Cosmo Bag Sew Along Finishing Touches

For the crossbody option, you will need to attach the strap extensions to the D-rings at the bottom of the bag,

 Cosmo Bag Sew Along Finishing Touches

then thread the D-ring at the other end of the extension through the 2 rings.

 Cosmo Bag Sew Along Finishing Touches

and finally clip the shoulder strap to the extension.

 Cosmo Bag Sew Along Finishing Touches

On the opposite side, the extension will only be threaded through the outside ring.

 Cosmo Bag Sew Along Finishing Touches

The bag is complete!

 Cosmo Bag Sew Along Finishing Touches

One of the claims to fame for this bag is that it is large enough to carry your I-Pad. It is!!!

 Cosmo Bag Sew Along Finishing Touches

As you can now see, this is a very versatile bag, and there are so many ways to customize the design and make it your own. You can accent the bag with leather or suede as I did. Studio Kat offers the optional pocket flap design feature. You can find the free downloadable pattern HERE on her website. You are the master over the strap design as you can customize the straps in so many ways. A bag that allows you to be a designer is truly a hit in my book!

 Cosmo Bag Sew Along Finishing Touches

I hope that you’ve enjoyed the sew along and that you have been able to create a bag that you will enjoy using for years to come.

If by chance you have not purchased the pattern, but would like to do so, you can find it HERE in shopsewitall.com.

As always…

Sew On!!!

Rhonda Buss

www.sewbussted.com

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Fashion School Crash Course Episode 19: Carrie Sleutskaya Costume vs. Couture

Get an inside look into fashion design with Project Runway alumni as your guide!

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Join us each week to learn about a new topic that will help take your sewing, your fashion and/or your career path, to new heights. Explore a fashion designer’s perspective on fit; an introduction into fashion illustration; fashion forecasting; draping—what is it and how to start; styling like a pro; fashion branding dos and don’ts; and so much more.

Now available Episode 19, “Costume vs Couture” with Carrie Sleutskaya air date January 7.

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This week, in “Costume vs. Couture” with Carrie Sleutskaya Cosplayers are people looking to fulfill a fantasy by dressing up as their favorite character, from movies, television, comic books, fiction books and more. The cosplay phenomenon is gaining traction in the U.S., and happily, this trend is fostering a love of sewing. Learn what cosplay is and how it applies to fashion design.

You can purchase this episode and past episodes at shopsewitall.com.

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Find out more on Carrie what she’s creating, newest collaborations and her latest collections at www.houseofhalcyon.com

And find her on:

Find the full lineup, schedule and episode descriptions for the rest of the Fashion School Crash Course series at sewnews.com/fashion school and sign up for our eNewsletter to never miss a release! And as each video is released you will find them all at shopsewitall.com.

This series is brought to you by Brother International Corporation, a leading manufacturer of home sewing and embroidery machines. Brother provided the machines used in the taping of these videos, which include the Innov-is 40e, Innov-is 85e, XR9500PRW, and 5234PRW Serger from the Project Runway Limited Edition lineup, among others. For more information on Brother machines and accessories, and to find a dealer near you, visit brothersews.com.

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Friday Freebie – Hand Embroidery

We are continuing our Friday Freebie for the next couple of weeks. This week it’s all about hand embroidery and what a beautiful art form it is. Hand embroidery is a great way to practice hand sewing for use in couture sewing and other areas. These books are all about hand embroidery for the beginner to advanced.

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Books

  • Colorful Stitchery: 65 Projects to Personalize Your Home by Kristin Nicholas
  • How To Embroider by Susie Johns
  • For the Love of Hand Stitching with Jan Constantine
  • The Embroidered Garden by Kazuko Aoki
  • The Hand Embroidered Haven by Megan Frock

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To enter in today’s giveaway answer the question: Do you hand embroider? What do you like about hand embroidery, what are your favorite things to embroidery. Or, comment on anything about hand embroidery. One winner will be announced at the next Friday Freebie! And, our winners from the last Friday Freebie are Amanda C and Watkins. I will be in touch with you shortly to tell you how to claim your prize.

Thanks for joining and making comments!

 

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Fashion School Crash Course: Episode 18 Carmen Webber Designing for Models vs “Real” People

Get an inside look into fashion design with Project Runway alumni as your guide!

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Join us each week to learn about a new topic that will help take your sewing, your fashion and/or your career path, to new heights. Explore a fashion designer’s perspective on fit; an introduction into fashion illustration; fashion forecasting; draping—what is it and how to start; styling like a pro; fashion branding dos and don’ts; and so much more.

Now available Episode 18 , Designing For Models vs “Real” People  air date December 31, 2105

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This week, in “Designing for Models vs “Real” People” with Carmen Webber.  It’s important to consider shapes and sizes when designing for models on the runway versus everyday people walking the street. Making clothing that fits and flatters all body types should be the goal of any fashion designer in order to appeal to the masses. Learn how to avoid making mistakes many designers make to have a successful design career. This episode and past episodes are now available in shopsewitall.com.

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New Year, New Resolution!

Sew Beyond color 300x300 New Year, New Resolution!Follow my journey this coming year as I reconnect with techniques that I was taught in college. Each month I will feature a brief introduction to a non-sewing, mixed media technique. Be sure to check out both Creative Machine Embroidery and Sew News blogs, as I will be posting between the two every month. Oh and did I mention, every blog will have a GIVEAWAY that corresponds with the featured technique?! Amazing! To find the Sew Beyond blog of techniques, simply search “Sew Beyond”. I look forward to taking this journey with you.

The January Sew Beyond blogs will be about dyeing! I will dabble in some shibori, immersion, resist and more!! I have a feeling 2016 will be a successful year!

-Jessica
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What’s On Your Sewing List for 2016 + Find Out What’s New!

 Whats On Your Sewing List for 2016 + Find Out Whats New!

Just a few more days and 2016 will be here. My sewing plans for 2016 are rather modest. I plan on moving forward with the ball gown and have my pattern picked out, it’s a vintage Vogue from 1947. I have yet to receive it, but once I do I’ll copy the pattern onto Swedish tracing paper. Once I have the pattern copied I’ll start on a muslin of some sort.

Aside from the ball gown which is not a modest project by any means, all my other plans are relatively sedate in comparison. I want to make a pair of cigarette (slim fitting) pants. Plus, work on my LBD that I’ve had in a kind of sewing purgatory for a year or more. Make a jacket from the fabric I purchased in October at the French Seam in Indianapolis. Restart vintage McCalls 4604, this time getting it right. Mccalls 4604 150 Whats On Your Sewing List for 2016 + Find Out Whats New!

Oh, and churn out a half a dozen vintage skirt patterns. I just added that one to the list. Oops, forgot to add in a few home-dec projects such as reupholstering a few chairs. (I think my best laid plans are about to become more complicated.)

 

I have in my notes for 2016 to work on finishing up “fitting issues”. These are projects I’ve had hanging around my sewing room for a long time. I need to finish them before my body changes and I have to start all over! Last year I was working on a dress project that turned out great. I would like to make a few more of these dresses and really build out my spring/summer wardrobe for 2016.

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Aside from the ball gown 2016 looks to be the year of the UFO. But, then isn’t it always?

What are your plans for 2016? Would you like to learn a new craft, or perfect a technique? Maybe take an online class or two? One project I’m really excited to sew is  the Christine Haynes Anya skirt pattern. My progress hasn’t moved beyond finishing the one side seam, but on the dress form it’s looking so cute! I’ve changed things up a bit from the original pattern but it still has that classic quality to it. Look for a blog post on my changes and how easy it is to adjust a pattern to suit your needs. Coming soon!

If you have on your sewing list to tackle fitting issues, you’re in luck! We have a new series starting in our next issue. Called the Joi of Fitting it stars Joi Mahon and she’ll discuss fitting issues and how to fix them. Be sure to check out her book Create the Perfect Fit too. I love this book and you can read a short review here.

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Fitting issues are the number one hassle when it comes to garment sewing. Once you learn the secrets to your particular fitting issue, your wardrobe will never be the same. Put fitting as your number one goal for 2016!

 

 

I hope everyone has a wonderful start to the new year. Be sure to write down those sewing goals for 2016. And, let’s work on them together!

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