Project Runway All Stars S6, E4 Recap

Project Runway All Stars Season 6, Episode 4 Recap: Balls Out!

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Trench-spiration: Inspiring Trench Coat Trends to Sew

We’re so excited to continue our Sew Along series in the new year. First up is the Luzerne Trench by Deer & Doe. I’m a long-time fan of Deer & Doe Patterns: I find that their patterns offer interesting details, basic looks with a modern yet feminine upgrade and a great mix of classic and statement pieces. And the Luzerne Trench is no exception! trenchspiration Trench spiration: Inspiring Trench Coat Trends to Sew Continue reading

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High-End Hack: Pearl Hem Pant Styling

Styling embellished denim can be more difficult than the making of them. I’ve created 10 different looks using the Pearl Hem Pants that were featured in the Feb/Mar 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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Sew News 2018 – New Year, New Columns!

The start of the new year is always kind of exciting around here. We all like starting anew (ahem, new projects), and we’re so excited to present our new line-up to you!

The Common Thread – Explore the stories that connect us through sewing with blogger, podcaster and author Abby Glassenberg.

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January is Hot Tea Month! Celebrate In Style

January is the perfect time of year for sipping hot beverages, which is probably why it was chosen to be hot tea month.

Hot Tea Month January is Hot Tea Month! Celebrate In StyleNot only is hot tea delicious, but it’s also a great excuse to stitch up cute tea accessories — either to use at a fancy tea party or just for curling up by yourself to enjoy a nice cuppa. As an added bonus, tea accessories tend to be quick to sew, making them wonderful instant-gratification projects when time is tight. I’ve gathered together some great quick tea-lover projects to fill up the day until teatime arrives.

When friends are coming over, dress up your table with a pretty party runner. The Above the Curve Table Runner is inspired by the artwork of Rex Ray. Or for a more festive table, try the Peggy Party Runner. With its simple piecing and fun pompom trim, it makes a great centerpiece. It even comes as a kit with an instructional video!

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Above the Curve Table Runner

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If table runners aren’t your thing, check out the pretty Blossom placemat and napkin set, sure to do your table up right.

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Blossom Placemat & Napkin Set

 

To protect your table from a hot kettle, make a Quilted trivet… the only problem is, you might not want to cover it up! And keep your table and trappings safe from spills with the Tea Time Coaster Set. The pieces are reversible so it’s easy to change up your style from party to party.

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Hot Seat Quilted Trivit

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Wearing an apron can give a hostess a little extra flair. For tea, I personally like a half-apron with an interesting hem, like the Chicken Scratch Apron. Or consider the Swine & Dine set — changing the apron from a barbecue theme to tea apropos is as easy as changing out the fabric. And the matching towel project is a great way to make your tea towels coordinate!

 

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Chicken Scratch Apron

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Swine & Dine Set

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of my favorite tea projects doesn’t require a pattern at all. A mug rug is simple and quick to make, and it’s a great way to use up scraps or feature favorite fabrics. Just cut two 5”-6” squares of fabric and a matching square of batting, sandwich them, quilt as desired (this is a great use for your machine’s decorative stitches), then bind with bias or cross-grain strips. Ta-da! Easy as can be.

I think I’m going to go make myself a nice cup of chai… How about you? What’s your favorite tea?

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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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Project Runway All Stars Recap: Season 6, Episode 3

Project Runway All Stars Recap: Season 6, Episode 3: Perfect Pairings

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Despite Alyssa telling us there would be no more team challenges this season, we start episode 3 with…a team challenge.

The designers were tasked with creating designs inspired by food and wine pairings. They were sent to an upscale restaurant and sat at tables of two. Each pair was served a dish with a glass of wine and one person had to use the food as inspiration while the other used the wine. Got it? Phew.

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Need A Warm Hat This Weekend?

Do you need a hat for marching around town this weekend? I’m planning to sew up a few, we’re having record cold temps. I made a similar hat in a light weight knit last year, so I decided to sew myself up a cozy fleece version.

The unique shape of the hat is easy to achieve; the ear shape is made by folding over a rectangle and seaming the sides. Here’s a quick and easy method that even a novice can master.Pink Hat e1516291513492 300x300 Need A Warm Hat This Weekend?

  1. Measure the circumference of your (or any other marcher’s) head. Divide that number by two, then add 3/4” for seam allowance. Record this as the width.
  2. From pink fleece, cut a rectangle that measures the recorded width by 22” for an adult, 20” for a child, 16 1/2” for a toddler or 14” for a baby. Cut with the width along the direction of greatest stretch.
  3. Fold the rectangle in half widthwise with the wrong sides together. Mark 2” from the raw edges on both side seams. Stitch from the mark to the raw edge using 3/8” seam allowances.
  4. Clip into the seam allowances at the mark, being careful not to cut the stitches. Clip the seam allowances at the raw edge on the diagonal.SquareHat 1 Need A Warm Hat This Weekend?
  5. Turn the hat wrong side out. Stitch the remaining sections of the side seams with a 3/8” seam allowance.SquareHat 2 Need A Warm Hat This Weekend?
  6. Turn the hat right side out. Turn up the lower 2”, creating a cuff. Easy peasy!

 

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I decided to jazz my hat up with some embroidery. Urban Threads has a collection called “Femme Fatale” that I’ve been eyeing for a while, so this seemed like a great opportunity to put one to use.

The design is big — 7.83” wide by 7.01” high, which was just big enough to fit comfortably on the front half of my hat (my width was 12”). I reduced my cuff to 1 1/2” in order to give myself a little extra room.

To find my center point, I first decided that the lower edge of the design should be 3 1/2” from the lower edge (that’s 1 1/2” for the cuff, 1 1/2” for the fabric the cuff will cover, and 1/2” so it’s not right against the edge). Then I divided the height of the design (7.01”) in half (approx. 3 1/2”) and added that measurement to the 3 1/2” I designated from the lower edge. That made my center point 7” from the lower edge. I chose one of the short edges to be my front, found the lengthwise center, and marked 7” up from there.

Embroidered pink hat e1516291564950 300x300 Need A Warm Hat This Weekend?Because my rectangle was too small to be hooped in the required hoop, I hooped only a piece of heavyweight tear-away stabilizer, then sprayed it with temporary adhesive and finger pressed the fleece onto the stabilizer. Then I covered it with water-soluble topper so the stitches didn’t sink into the fleece, holding it in place at the edge with painter’s tape. When I embroidered the design, I chose darker pinks than the design called for to make the flowers pop against the pink of the hat.

In hindsight, I probably should have purchased a smaller version of the design (I somehow missed that there were size options for this one!); the “feminist” gets lost a little in the fold between the ears. Oh, well — live and learn! I’m still pretty pleased.

Pink hat on e1516291530152 300x300 Need A Warm Hat This Weekend?Of course, if you’re not a feminist killjoy (or are but don’t want to advertise it), you can embroider anything you like on the front of these hats. They don’t have to come in pink or be for the Woman’s March, either — they’re a super fast make in any color with any design, and they’ll keep you warm no matter why you’re out in the cold.

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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