Week 1 of the Clover Pant Sew Along – Pattern Prep & Fabric Choices

PatternCover 5001 Week 1 of the Clover Pant Sew Along   Pattern Prep & Fabric ChoicesSo excited to start the Clover Pant sew along. The Clover Pant is featured in the Aug/Sept issue of Sew News, now on newsstands. Or you can pick up a  digital or print copy at shopsewitall.com.

If you need any help on joining Flickr, please read this tutorial. And, now here’s Rhonda!

The Clover pant from Colette Patterns is an easy to make pant designed for the beginner. Even if you have never made a pair of pants, you know from buying them that the real issue with pants is the fit.

The Clover pant is designed to be made out of a medium weight fabric with some stretch.  A cotton twill with a 3%  blend of spandex will work beautifully. I made a summer version out of a cotton spandex blend and a fall/winter version out of a wool and spandex blend and was very pleased with the outcome.

Since the pants are designed to be made out of a stretch blend, there are fewer fitting issues than there would with a pant designed for a fabric without any stretch. Please note that this is a very close fitting pant.

photo 1 Week 1 of the Clover Pant Sew Along   Pattern Prep & Fabric ChoicesMy summer version of the pant has been one of my favorite go to garments throughout the summer. I’m very pleased with the fit, they are so comfortable and they look great with a t-shirt as well as a blouse and jacket. Take note of the length of my pant verses the length of the pant on the pattern.

photo 2 Week 1 of the Clover Pant Sew Along   Pattern Prep & Fabric Choices I did not want an above the ankle pant, so rather than cut the pant length for my size, I left the entire length that was allowed for all sizes. Always remember, you can cut it off later, it’s a little more difficult to be creative about adding fabric back.

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The pants are designed to have 2 front pockets. The pockets are small and perfect for a cell phone or coins. The pockets are optional, so if you feel that you would rather not have them, they are easy enough to delete from the pattern. We will sew in the pockets during week 3. I will discuss eliminating the pocket as well.

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The pants have a side seam zipper. An invisible zipper will be your best choice. If you have never inserted an invisible zipper, please give it a try, as they are much easier to insert than one may think. I will also show you my cheater method where I don’t use an invisible zipper foot.

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If you have never sewn with a Colette Pattern, you are in for a treat. The pattern has such a lovely design with the stitching down the spine. The stitching gives the pattern the feel of a handmade book.

photo 6 Week 1 of the Clover Pant Sew Along   Pattern Prep & Fabric Choices The pattern comes with a very detailed instruction booklet which includes a glossary of terms. In the back you will find a convenient folder for storing your pattern once you’ve finished your project.

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Next week we will talk about the fitting changes that I made to my pattern which will hopefully help you obtain a fit that you’ll be happy with.

In the meantime, check out the Flickr group, and join along. It’s a great place to post pictures of your fabric and your progress.  And if you have any questions, please be sure to ask.

Rhonda Buss

www.rhondabuss.blogspot.com

 

 

 

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Sew It All 13 Days of Giveaways Day 13 – A Chance to win 4 Patterns from Lucy Blaire Handmade!

Here we are at the end of 13 Days of Giveaways, we hope you have enjoyed getting sneak peeks at the upcoming season.

Let’s preview an upcoming episode. Episode 807 is with Lucy Blair. Lucy will show tips and tricks for screen printing and how to make a custom duvet cover.

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To see more of Lucy Blair, her wonderful work, her adorable daughter and sweet tutorials visit LucyBlaireHandmade.com and, be sure to visit her on her Facebook Fan page.

As you may have heard Sew it All season 8 begins airing on PBS in September. Check your local PBS listings for more info or to request they carry the show!

Check out more from Lucy Blaire way back to season 3 episode 313 “Plush Pillows”.  She shows how to make velvet jewel toned home decór pillows.  Find all the instructions and how tos at sewitalltv.com.

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For today’s prize we have a real treat, special for Sew News readers. Lucy is giving away to one lucky reader 4 patterns of her super cute animal menagerie. These are so cute it was hard picking one, so Lucy added them all! And, extra special to readers is the Lion pattern has not been released to the public yet!

Stuffed Animal Group3 663x1024 Sew It All 13 Days of Giveaways Day 13   A Chance to win 4 Patterns from Lucy Blaire Handmade!To enter today’s contest answer this question: What was your favorite stuffed animal growing up (or doll, blanket or other well worn and loved item).

Come back tomorrow to see who won today’s prize, and who won the Grand prize —  Sew it All Season 7 on DVD.

And, let’s give a shout out to Friday’s winner: Barb S! Check your inbox for more details.

Catch Sew it All TV season 8 in September on PBS. Check pbs.org for your local schedule, or contact your station to request it.

Good luck!

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Sew Cute To Carry!

sewcutetocarry Sew Cute To Carry! I don’t know many people who don’t love to sew bags. They’re generally easy, no fitting involved and who couldn’t use another bag? I use mine for knitting, books, extra junk that doesn’t fit in my purse and on and on.

I was excited to see this new title in shopsewitall.com. Actually, I’m loving a lot of the new titles that are in.

I haven’t gotten my hands on this one yet. But, it looks right up my alley. Are you a bag, purse, tote person? No matter what type of sewer you are there’s a big sale going on at shopsewitall.com.


Happy Sewing!

 

 

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Labor Day Sale!

We’ve got a big sale going on now through September 2! Free U.S. shipping and handling on orders of $10.00 or more! Use promo code SIALBR14NT LaborDay SewItAll 640email Labor Day Sale!

Check out these sewing tools and notions all for under 10 bucks!

ducky  Labor Day Sale!Adorable Ducky Tape Measure – $5.99

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thermal thumbs Labor Day Sale!I use these every time I iron close in areas. Thermal Thimbles $5.99/3

wonderclips Labor Day Sale!Love me some Wonder Clips. Set of 10 $6.99

Remember to use promo code SIALBR14 good on all U.S. orders of $10.00 or more! Promo ends September 2, 2014

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Sew It All 13 Days of Giveaways: Day 11: Win a limited edition yardage of Pendleton Wool

We’re close to ending our  Sew it All TV 13 Days of Giveaways. Today is day 10, wow time flies!

First let’s preview an upcoming episode with Katrina Walker. Katrina, in episode 805, shows us all the ins and outs of working with wool, plus how to make several upscale pillows using wool.  If you love working with wool or are new to using wool you won’t want to miss this episode.

Please be sure to check out more from Katrina Walker at her website, Katrinawalker.com.

Sew it All season 8 begins airing on PBS in September! Check your local PBS listings for more info or to request they carry the show!

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And, if you love making home decor items check out episode 713 “Picnic Party” with Beth Chandler. She shows how to make a picnic table that has pockets for weights (so it won’t blow away) Find all the instructions and how tos at sew.tv!

bethchandler Sew It All 13 Days of Giveaways: Day 11: Win a limited edition yardage of Pendleton WoolFor today’s prize we have a lovely piece of limited edition wool 2 1/3 yards, from Pendelton. This particular colorway is in limited quantities. If you’re not familiar with Pendelton Wool, most of the garments and blankets are still woven here in the United States. It’s a tradition that goes back since 1893.

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To enter today’s contest answer this question(s), have you ever sewn with wool? What did you like about wool, what could you see yourself making with this wool? If you haven’t sewn with wool, what’s stopping you?

Plus, every day you enter, you’re entered to win the grand prize, a Sew it All Season 7 DVD pack.

And, let’s give a shout out to yesterday’s winners. They are Deby, Karon G. and Lynn! Check your inbox for more details.

Catch Sew it All TV season 8 in September on PBS.  Check pbs.org for your local schedule, or contact your station to request it.

Good luck!

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Sew it All TV 13 Days of Giveaways Day 9: Win a book and 12 bag patterns!

Hello again! Our Giveaway series to celebrate Sew it All TV season 8 airing on PBS stations nationwide is still rolling!

Yesterday’s winners of a Sew.tv subscription are: Katherine C., Marianne M., Deena S. and Linda W.

Congratulations!  Instructions on how to claim your prize will be arriving soon!

Today’s prize is from Sara Lawson, who teaches us how to make this cute, sturdy bag with grommets on her new episode, “Totes Adorbs.” Full instructions and the free pattern will be available on sewitalltv.com on September 1st!

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Sara is giving away a signed copy of her book, Big City Bags,  and a set of 12 bag patterns to one lucky winner! Wow!

The book contains instructions and diagrams to sew 12 all-new bags. There’s also a thorough chapter on bag interfacing, and another great chapter on using different bag-making techniques (twist-locks, attaching leather handles, etc.).

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Check out Sara’s blog at SewSweetness.com to browse her cool bag patterns!

For more bag-making goodness, get the full instructions from last season’s episode “Chevron Chic” by Caroline Hulse and learn to make this cute pieced chevron tote bag!

CarolineHulse Sew it All TV 13 Days of Giveaways Day 9: Win a book and 12 bag patterns!To enter to win Sara’s amazing prize package, answer the following question in the comments section below: “Does your PBS station carry Sew it All TV?”

Bonus follow up question: “Have you emailed them to request it?” Visit pbs.org to do so–they really do listen! Thank you for your support, we hope you continue to enjoy the show!

Head over to the Creative Machine Embroidery blog tomorrow to hear the winner of today’s prize, plus another great giveaway and a sneak peek into another new episode!

Good luck and happy sewing!

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Sew it All TV 13 Days of Giveaways Day 8: Win a subscription to Sew.TV!

Moving right along here on the 13 Days of Giveaways train. To announce the winner from Friday’s giveaway it is Susan Y. O. She won the cute ampersand tote bag from guest Kim Davis. I will be in touch with you shortly on how to claim your prize.

For today’s giveaway we’ve got 4 subscriptions to Sew.tv.  At Sew.tv we’ve got amazing craft and sewing videos of the sewing enthusiast. All your favorite contributors from the pages of Sew News and Sew It All magazines can now come into your home and show you fun projects and top sewing tips.

First, let’s get a sneak peek at the upcoming season of Sew It All. Sewing pin cushions is always a great way to get rid of scraps and make something quick and easy. Here’s a peek at contributor Jennifer Davey making adorable pin cushions in episode 802. davey Sew it All TV 13 Days of Giveaways Day 8: Win a subscription to Sew.TV!Be sure to check out Jennifer Davey where she blogs and writes about crafting, sewing and more.

Full instructions and patterns for each new episode of Sew It All will be available at sewitalltv.com on September 1st–get a sneak peek and be prepared with all the supplies for when the episode airs!

Plus, instructions and patterns for ALL past seasons are available for you now! Like episode 712 from season 7 with Stacy Schlyer  showing us how to create these super cuddly blankets and giving out tips for machine embroidery.

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All you need to do to enter today’s giveaway is answer the question what types of home decor projects do you like sewing? Four winners will be announced tomorrow to win a subscription to sew.tv!

 

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Sew it All TV 13 Days of Giveaways Day 7: Win a tote bag!

Happy Friday! Not only is it almost the weekend, we’re giving away another prize!

But first, yesterday’s winners of the Staple Dress pattern and The Riding Peplum & Party Dress pattern are Derenda L. and Debra M.! Watch your inboxes for your prizes!

If you’re just joining us, Sew it All TV season 8 begins airing on PBS at the end of September, and we’re celebrating by giving away a prize a day plus a sneak peek into the new season! Check pbs.org for your local station schedule. If your local PBS doesn’t carry Sew it All, email or call them to request it! 

Also, every day you enter for the next 13 days, you’ll be entered to win the Grand Prize, a copy of Sew it All TV season 7 on DVD!

Today’s prize is a super cute ampersand print tote from season 8 guest Kim Davis.

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Kim blogs at ohsweetjoy.com and in her episode, teaches us how to make a cute peplum top out of an old T-shirt (or by using an existing tank top as a pattern).

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Full instructions and patterns for each new episode will be available at sewitalltv.com on September 1st–get a sneak peek and be prepared with all the supplies for when the episode airs!

Instructions and patterns for ALL past seasons are available for your reference and inspiration! Like this episode from our very own Beth Bradley, where she teaches you to make an infinity scarf using knit, sheer or woven fabric! Make a trendy scarf and pair it with your trendy peplum tank for a fabulous look!

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To enter to win an ampersand tote, answer the following question in the comments section below: Do you like upcycling old garments?

Breathing new life into old duds is thrilling for some, but other crafty people would rather make their garments from scratch. Tell us your thoughts and you’ll be entered to win not only the ampersand tote, but also the Grand Prize: Sew it All TV Season 7 on DVD!

Head over to the Creative Machine Embroidery blog on Monday to hear the winners of today’s prize, plus another great prize and a sneak peek into another new episode!

Good luck and happy stitching! Have a great weekend icon smile Sew it All TV 13 Days of Giveaways Day 7: Win a tote bag!

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Free Stuff Friday – Enter to win Mend & Make Fabulous by Denise Wild

Good morning and happy Friday! I  would like to announce the winner from last week’s blow out of a post Meet the Designer Rhonda Buss!

But, first I would like to take everyone who commented that they had this gorgeous fabric from Bali, Thailand, Paris, Scotland, Australia, California and on and on around the world, and take you all by the collective shoulders and tell you to MAKE SOMETHING with that beautiful fabric! Make it now! Life’s to short to wait!!!

Okay, not that I can talk, ’cause I’m a fabric hoarder just like the best of ‘em, but please do me a favor, get a pattern this week and make something beautiful. Post it on our Flickr page if you’d like. It’d be fun to see.

The winner who was randomly chosen by Random.org is Jeannie (of circles of clarity – in case there are multiple with the same name)

Now, if  you have read the latest Sew News, you may recall we’ve got another great giveaway from that issue. And, it is the book Mend & Make by Denise Wild. Denise Wild is the Founder and Managing Director of The Sewing Studio and Content Director of  BurdaStyle US. With Mend & Make: Sewing Solutions & Fashionable Fixes she brings her expertise in sewing to show us how to cleverly address mending and repairing garments as well as making them look fashionable. mend and make Free Stuff Friday   Enter to win Mend & Make Fabulous by Denise Wild

All you need to do to enter is share with us mending story, something you were glad you didn’t toss but mended, maybe a particular big mending job, maybe a small one. Whatever is is weigh in on the art of mending! A winner will be announced next week! Good luck!

 

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Nancy Zieman – Live Interactive Webcast – Nancy’s 25 Favorite Quilting Techniques

NZ your computer 072614 imp Nancy Zieman   Live Interactive Webcast   Nancys 25 Favorite Quilting TechniquesSew News is excited to bring you news on  Nancy Zieman’s live, interactive webcast starting September 13, 2014. This webcast will feature Nancy’s 25 Favorite Quilting Techniques This is an exciting 90minute webcast, and it’s live from Nancy’s studio to your computer.

Webcasts are the latest way in which sewers and quilters can reach their favorite sewing and quilting stars in the comfort of their own home. Webcasts are great for those that don’t have time to travel or don’t like the hassle of airports and traveling. Here is a video from Nancy for you to watch more on what a webcast involves.

When registering for the webcast you will be supplied a link the day before the event, September 12. On the day of the event log in a few minutes before the scheduled time and their you will see Nancy live on your computer screen.

Register before August 29 and pay only $19.95 for the 90-minute webcast on September 13. (Price after August 29 is $29.95.)

Here are the details to see if you Internet connection is up to the task of webcasts.

Here’s What You’ll Learn

Whether you like traditional or modern quilts, you’ll see 25 Favorite Quilting Techniques demonstrated with close-up detail. I know you’ll be impressed in what you’ll learn in my 90-minute webcast. Here’s a few of the tips I’ll share:

•          Learn a New Spin on Quilting Basics—from cutting strips to binding, learn clever ways to update your quilting skill set.

•          See how to take the hassle out of quilting—use creative tools to streamline traditional quilting techniques.

•          Save those fabric scraps—see how even small pieces of fabric can make large impact.

•          Create an easy modern quilt—receive a downloadable project sheet for my brand-new quilt, I See Spots. This quilt is truly easy!
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During the webcast, you can email me Nancy  questions and she’ll reply during the webcast.*

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*If every question cannot be answered during the webcast, questions will be answered post-webcast via email. Duplicate questions will not be answered.

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You’ll get exclusive deals just for watching Nancy’s webcast that are available to you on the day of the webcast.

Here’s what viewers said about past webcasts 

“It was as though I was in a class and could see more detail than actually being there.”

“Thank you for the live webcast and do more of them! It’s refreshing, cutting edge and very inclusive for those who can’t attend sewing and quilting events in our local neighborhoods.”

“You can see the details on the webcast so much better than being in a shop and having a demonstration. There was great interaction with e-mailing Nancy.”

Early Bird Special—Save $10

One Price—Two Time Options

Register before August 29 and pay only $19.95 for the 90-minute webcast on September 13. (Price after August 29 is $29.95.)

The fee includes:

  • A link to watch one of the two Nancy Zieman Live webcasts. (Link to webcast will be emailed to participants on September 12.)
  • The ability to have your questions answered during the webcast.
  • A link to specials offered by Nancy’s Notions.
  • A free downloadable quilt project sheet.

There are two Time Options

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There are two webcast time options for the 90-minute webcast to accommodate North American Time Zones.

Both webcasts will cover the same topics.

Broadcasting will be live from the Central Time Zone. Register for a time that best fits your schedule.

September 13: Times/time zone for Webcast Option One:

  • 11:00 AM—12:30 PM (Eastern Time)
  • 10:00 AM—11:30 AM (Central Time)
  • 9:00 AM—10:30 AM (Mountain Time)
  • 8:00 AM—9:30 AM (Pacific Time)
  • 7:00 AM—8:30 AM (Alaska Daylight Time)
  • 5:00 AM—7:30 AM (Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time)

September 13: Times/time zone for Webcast Option Two:

  • 2:00 PM—3:30 AM (Eastern Time)
  • 1:00 PM—2:30 PM (Central Time)
  • 12:00 PM—1:30 PM (Mountain Time)
  • 11:00 AM—12:30 PM (Pacific Time)
  • 10:00 AM—11:30 AM (Alaska Daylight Time)
  • 8:00 AM—9:30 AM (Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time)

(For followers in other parts of the world, convert your time zone by clicking here. Broadcasting will be live from Beaver Dam, WI.

For more information head to the Nancy Zieman Blog

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