Clara Dress Sew Along Week 5 – Lining, Skirt & Fitting the Waist

photo 19 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 5   Lining, Skirt & Fitting the Waist This week, our dress really begins to take shape with the addition of the skirt. Before we attach the skirt to the bodice, we’ll sew in the side seam pockets. Side seam pockets are a wonderful addition to almost any skirt and they are very easy to sew in. The first step to a successful side seam pocket is to be sure and mark the notches on both the pocket as well as the side seam of the skirt. Once you have marked the notches, sewing in the pocket is a breeze!

Begin by matching the pocket notches to the side seam notches, right sides facing.

photo 23 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 5   Lining, Skirt & Fitting the Waist Sew the pocket to the skirt with a ¼” seam allowance.

photo 33 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 5   Lining, Skirt & Fitting the Waist Once the pocket has been sewn to the side seam of the skirt, open the pocket out so that the right side of the skirt and pocket is facing up.

photo 43 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 5   Lining, Skirt & Fitting the Waist Sew along the edge of the pocket seam.  This extra stitching line will help to reinforce the pocket seam and keep it from stretching.

Once the pockets have been sewn to both side seams, it’s time to close up the pockets. Match pockets and side seams. This is where you will need to pay close attention to the notches. In the picture below, I have marked the notches with pins.

photo 52 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 5   Lining, Skirt & Fitting the Waist Sew the side seam of the skirt up to the notch. I start from the hem and sew up to the first notch.

photo 62 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 5   Lining, Skirt & Fitting the Waist Leave the space between the notches open and then sew from the second notch to the waist line of the skirt.

photo 72 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 5   Lining, Skirt & Fitting the Waist Now we will sew the pocket closed. Begin at the side seam, and sew around the pocket with a 5/8” seam allowance.

photo 82 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 5   Lining, Skirt & Fitting the Waist The bottom of the pocket seam will meet the side seam.

photo 92 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 5   Lining, Skirt & Fitting the Waist The pocket has now been attached to the skirt and we are ready to attach the skirt to the bodice.

If you are lining your dress, it is very easy to line the skirt. Simply cut the lining for the skirt exactly as you did for your fashion fabric, just omit the pocket.

Once you have sewn your lining, baste it to the waistline of the skirt. photo 102 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 5   Lining, Skirt & Fitting the Waist Wrong sides should be facing each other. Since I am lining my skirt, I simply press my seams open. If you would like, you can serge the seams, but it is not necessary.

photo 112 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 5   Lining, Skirt & Fitting the Waist The back of the skirt is fuller than the front and you will need to sew in 2 rows of basting stitches only along the back of the skirt at the waistline.

Once the gathering stitches have been sewn in, it’s time to attach the bodice to the skirt. Match the bodice to the skirt with the lining matching. Sew the bodice to the skirt with a 1/8” seam allowance.

photo 122 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 5   Lining, Skirt & Fitting the Waist As you can see, the seam is on the outside of the garment at this point.

photo 133 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 5   Lining, Skirt & Fitting the Waist In order to finish this seam, we will now sew the waist from the inside of the garment with a ½” seam allowance. What we have done is sewn the waist with a French Seam. Be sure to leave an opening so that you can insert the elastic. photo 142 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 5   Lining, Skirt & Fitting the Waist

Take the elastic and pull it around your waist so that it is comfortable. Attach a safety pin to one end and then insert the elastic through the opening which is on the outside of the dress. photo 152 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 5   Lining, Skirt & Fitting the Waist

Once the elastic is inserted, overlap ends and sew together being careful not to twist the elastic. photo 162 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 5   Lining, Skirt & Fitting the Waist

From the inside of the dress, sew the elastic opening closed.

photo 173 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 5   Lining, Skirt & Fitting the Waist The inside of our dress looks just as lovely as the outside. By attaching the elastic in this manner, if for some reason you need to remove the elastic and insert a new piece, it can easily be done by just opening the seam a little on the right side of the dress. photo 181 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 5   Lining, Skirt & Fitting the Waist

The final steps in finishing our dress will be to add the buttons and buttonholes to the bodice and finish the hem. I will be adding a ruffle to the hem of my dress that will coordinate with the ruffles that were added to the collar and sleeves.

photo 191 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 5   Lining, Skirt & Fitting the Waist

We will talk about adding a bias trim to the hem of the skirt as well.

Be sure to check out the video portion where I talk about an easy way to apply buttons, interfacing and more!

So, we are almost finished! I can’t wait to wear my new dress. I hope you are having success with your dress as well. I look forward to seeing your finished dresses on the Clara Dress Flickr page. https://www.flickr.com/groups/sn_sewalong2/

Rhonda Buss

Rhonda’s Creative Life

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Enter to win Sewing Stylish Handbags & Totes!

stylishhandbagslarge Enter to win Sewing Stylish Handbags & Totes!Don’t hear much complaining on a Friday, especially when we’ve got Free Stuff Friday!

In the April/May issue of Sew News the Off the Shelf column featured Choly Knight’s Sewing Stylish Handbags & Totes.  Knight’s book is packed with ideas for making your own stylish handbag or tote plus you will get expert guidance on picking fabrics, hardware and detailed how tos and instruction. This book is filled with over 50 bags to make plus full size patterns are included. It’s great for the sewing newbie as well as sewists that are more advanced and need a little inspiration.

And, really can we every have too many sewing books? I think not.

Plus, get a look at the bag that Choly made that is featured in the book on page 136.  It’s roomy, trendy and great for a laptop, tablet of school books. Please check out Choly’s blog Sew Desu Ne for more fun projects, tutorials and more or visit her Facebook page at Shori Ameshiko.

photo 26 Enter to win Sewing Stylish Handbags & Totes!For the question that you will need to answer in order to be entered to win Sewing Stylish Handbags & Totes and a bag made by Choly Knight herself, what is your favorite type of bag or purse. Do you need a huge back breaker tote bag or are you more inclined towards small purses that hold just a few essentials.

Let me know in the comments section below. One winner will be picked and announced on the next Free Stuff Friday.

Plus, the winner from the Meet the Designer is… Sandy R who loves her fabric store The French Seam with over 1000 bolts of beautiful fashion fabrics and modern quilting cottons this sounds absolutely amazing.  If you are ever in the Indianapolis area be sure to check it out!

Hmm, I feel the strong need to go to Indianapolis. Sandy, I will be in touch with you to tell you how to claim your prize. Happy fabric shopping at The French Seam!

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Free Pincushion Project + 3 FREE Projects!

pin cushion 500x 300x290 Free Pincushion Project + 3 FREE Projects!Pincushions are fun to make and easy too. Get this free pincushion project now at Sewitall.com.

Find more easy to make projects like:

Use small scraps of fabric to make bracelets. Great for a wedding or baby shower activity.

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Comment for a Chance to Win! What’s Your Favorite Part of the Sewing Process?

Happy Monday everyone!  Sew News wants to know, what’s your favorite part of the sewing process?  Is it designing, the end product, choosing fabric or something else?  For your shot to win, tell us below!

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Clara Dress Sew-Along Week 4 – Sleeves

photo 171 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 4   SleevesThe Sew Liberated Clara Dress Sew Along Week 4

Hopefully your dress is coming along and you are enjoying seeing it take shape. This week we will talk about the sleeves. Oh sleeves, my favorite thing! There’s nothing I Iove more, design wise that is, than playing around with the design of a sleeve. In this week’s post, we will talk about the keyhole version that was designed for this pattern and we will also talk about eliminating the keyhole and adding a ruffle that will complement the ruffle that was added to the collar.

Let’s first discuss the construction of the keyhole sleeve.

photo 18 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 4   SleevesThe keyhole version is bound with bias trim. You can either match the fabric of the dress, or you can let your imagination go wild. How about a black dress with an animal print trim!!!

The pattern includes pattern pieces for the bias trim. In order to make the folds in your bias trim, you will need a bias tape maker. They come in various sizes. I have a collection of every size I could possibly find. They are well worth the investment! Actually, they aren’t at all expensive. For this project you will need a ½” bias tape maker. As you can see from the photograph, all you need to do is push the fabric strip into one end and as it comes out the other end, press the folds in place. Be careful not to burn your fingers!! photo 22 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 4   Sleeves

Once the bias tape has been made, you will then fold it in half and press. Be very careful to be sure and fold the tape exactly in half. This will insure a nice application of the bias tape to the sleeve.

photo 32 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 4   Sleeves Once the bias tape has been pressed in half, sandwich the raw edge of the keyhole inside the fold. Edge stitch through all layers.photo 42 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 4   Sleeves

The finished keyhole opening. photo 51 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 4   Sleeves

Make the bias tape for the bottom edge of the sleeve just as you did for the keyhole opening. Fold the sleeve in half as well as the bias tape. Match the center of the bias tape to the underarm seam of the sleeve. Sandwich the edge of the sleeve inside the folded bias tape just as you did for the keyhole opening and then stitch from one end of the folded bias tape to the other. The bottom of your sleeve will be encased inside the bias tape and you will have sewn your ties all at the same time.

photo 61 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 4   Sleeves Now for the version without the keyhole. If you would like to eliminate the keyhole, simply cut the sleeve and ignore the opening.

photo 71 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 4   SleevesIf you would like to line your sleeve, cut the lining the same as the sleeve.photo 81 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 4   Sleeves

To add the ruffle detail, you will need to cut a strip that is 32” long by 2” wide. Press the strip in half and sew in 2 rows of gathering stitches. Gather the strip until it matches the edge of the sleeve. Sew the gathered strip to the bottom of the sleeve. Please note that I have sewn the ruffle to the sleeve as well as the lining. I am treating the fashion fabric and the lining as though it is one piece of fabric. photo 91 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 4   Sleeves

Since I am treating the lining and the fashion fabric as one, a French seam is in order for the underarm seam. Fold sleeve in half, the right side will be facing out. Begin by sewing a 3/8” seam.

photo 101 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 4   Sleeves Trim the seam once it is sewn.

photo 111 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 4   Sleeves

Once the seam has been trimmed, fold the sleeve with right sides together and sew with a ¼” seam allowance. Your French seam is finished!! The inside of the sleeve now looks as pretty as the outside.

photo 121 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 4   Sleeves

The cap of this sleeve is gathered, so be sure to sew in two rows of gathering stitches where specified. Sew the sleeve into the armhole. If you would like, you can serge the raw edge of your sleeve, but since we have bound the neckline seam, it would be nice to bind the armhole seam as well. If you do decide to bind the armhole seam, trim the armhole seam down to ¼” after sewing. photo 131 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 4   Sleeves

I used the pattern piece that was provided for the sleeve binding to cut a bias strip for my armholes. You will need to cut 2. Simply press and apply the bias tape to the armhole as you did to the keyhole and the edge of the previous sleeve. The inside of the bodice looks beautiful!

photo 132 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 4   Sleevesphoto 141 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 4   Sleeves To finish the lower edge of the sleeve, cut a bias strip that is 2” wide and long enough to go around the bottom of the sleeve.

photo 151 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 4   SleevesSew one side of the bias strip to the edge of the sleeve being careful to stitch directly on top of the stitches that were made when you attached the ruffle to the sleeve.

Fold the bias strip to the back of the sleeve and fold under the raw edge. Pin in place. From the right side of the sleeve, stitch in the ditch between the ruffle and the bias strip.

photo 161 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 4   SleevesThe sleeve will have a lovely finished edge and the sleeves coordinate beautifully with the collar.

photo 172 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 4   Sleeves

Next week our dress will really take shape as we will add the skirt. Along with attaching the skirt, we will talk about sewing in the inseam pockets. Always a great feature in a garment. I will also show you how to easily add the elastic to the waistline.

Be sure to check out the Flickr page and upload your photos. We would love to see your progress!

https://www.flickr.com/groups/sn_sewalong2/

Happy sewing!!

Rhonda

Rhonda’s Creative Life.com

 

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Group Quilting, Sew News Style – Plus a Cheater Binding Tutorial!

There might be something in the water in our offices. We recently had 4 pregnant staff members (2 on our team and 2 on other teams) running about the building. On our team Associate Editor, Nicole LaFoille was expecting her first and Editor-in-Chief Ellen is pregnant with twin girls. We decided we wanted to make a quilt for Nicole’s little lady baby and set out to do so.

It was quite the interesting experience. Many team members had never quilted prior, others had varying degrees of experience. It was quite the fun experience teaching new quilters a few tricks and learning from each other as we went.

Picking Out the Fabric

Many secret emails were exchanged as we tried to keep the quilt project a secret from Nicole. Everyone voted on their preferred fabric and soon enough it arrived, allowing us to begin planning layout and construction.

We were very lucky to receive fabric donations from Monaluna fabrics and the Quilted Castle. Mona Luna sent us the Fox Hollow collection to use of the blocks. The Quitled Castle was kind enough to send over the backing and sashing fabric (Northcott Feathered Friends Grey Tonal Flowers). We cannot thank Monaluna and the Quilted Castle enough! Without them, our quilt would not have come together.

Designing the Top

We weren’t brave enough to draft our own pattern for the top. Instead we turned to the vast array of inspiration available online. Rae of madebyrae.com provided an excellent pattern titled “Storytime Squares”. It seemed the perfect pattern to show off the cute fabrics we’d chosen.

Thanks to the step by step details provided we were quickly on our way to quilt top success. It was amazing to have all the sewing minds on the team in one room trading advice from projects past. Plus, as we began cutting the fabrics Ellen informed us that she’s expecting twins!

IMAG1905 300x169 Group Quilting, Sew News Style   Plus a Cheater Binding Tutorial!

Piecing the top.

Stitching was great fun, some members of the art team have limited sewing knowledge, but we made sure to include them. In fact, we put them to work stitching the top together. We all had fantastic plans for how to quilt the top, but ultimately decided that a quick stitch-in-the-ditch would have to do, by now we were running out of time.

We soon realized we needed to bind the quilt and we only had one week until the baby shower. Fortunately, Ellen had an easy binding technique to share with us!

Binding

To use this easy binding technique, cut the backing fabric at least 2″ wider than the top on all sides as you prepare to quilt the top. This method wraps the backing fabric from the quilt back to the quilt front to create binding.

Once the quilting is complete, trim the batting flush with the quilt top edge and trim the backing to a uniform 1″ border around the top.

Fold the backing fabric 1/2″ toward the wrongside, press and allow to cool. Fold over another 1/2″ (this 1/2″ should fold the backing fabric over the top’s edge), press and allow to cool. Pin the edges, leaving the corners unpinned.

photo 21 e1399327652804 225x300 Group Quilting, Sew News Style   Plus a Cheater Binding Tutorial!Unfold one corner. Fold the corner into the innermost fold line on the quilt top, finger press. Refold the edges to see how much corner shows when the edges are folded along the press lines.

photo 31 e1399327708210 225x300 Group Quilting, Sew News Style   Plus a Cheater Binding Tutorial!Trim the excess corner fabric away leaving only a diagonal fabric edge to hide under the binding.

photo 41 e1399327761724 225x300 Group Quilting, Sew News Style   Plus a Cheater Binding Tutorial!Refold the backing edges along the press lines, creating a lovely mitered corner, pin. Hand stitch the backing to the quilt front using a slipstitch.

The Baby Shower

IMAG2116 169x300 Group Quilting, Sew News Style   Plus a Cheater Binding Tutorial!The quilt was finished just in time! We added a label digitized by Courtney, our resident digitizing expert, to the back and called it a day.

IMAG2119 1024x579 Group Quilting, Sew News Style   Plus a Cheater Binding Tutorial!

The baby shower was delightful! We colored onesies for Nicole and enjoyed a bit of cake. Presenting the quilt was easily the best part. Nicole was surprised and seemed to truly enjoy the quilt. We had the shower just in time too! Nicole delivered her daughter two weeks early, just one and a half weeks after the shower.

Mom and baby are resting happily at home. Everyone in the office is anxiously awaiting their promised visit. All in all, making the quilt as a team was a rewarding experience and we soon repeated the experience to make 2 quilts for Ellen!

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Shop for Fabric & Support A Good Cause – Quilts of Valor

FW QuiltsofValor 4031 Shop for Fabric & Support A Good Cause   Quilts of Valor Great news for fabric shoppers! Shop from May 9 through May 16 at any of these online sites Shop Fons And Porter, Keepsake Quilting, Quilt and Sew Shop, and Quilting Daily Shop and 10% of total sales will be donated to Quilts of Valor Foundation!

Quilts of Valor Foundation volunteers donate time, labor, love and fabric by stitching quilts to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.

- If you are unfamiliar with Quilts of Valor please read this introduction from Catherine Roberts, Founder and Executive Director QOV Foundation -

Please allow me to take a few minutes to tell you a little bit about our non-profit Foundation. We got started in November 2003 with the goal of making quilts that would both heal and comfort our war wounded. These quilts are called Quilts of Valor (QOVs). Wounds that qualify are those that are both seen and unseen. Chaplain Kallerson suggested using the phrase “touched by war” as a way of identifying recipients.

The most frequent remark from a QOM-recipient when awarded their QOV is:

“I Didn’t Know Anyone Cared.”

Members of our Armed Forces continue to be killed or wounded in the Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. I heard a statistic from the New England Journal of Medicine which had a journal article on troop injuries. For every causality multiply that number by ten and you will get an approximate number of wounded. So when you hear on the news that eight Marines died, you con assume there were 80 wounded.

According to reliable sources, the number of our total wounded is actually far higher than the official DOD’s one. Some estimates have the range anywhere from 40,000 and up. If you are interested in more information, please follow this link from Global Security.org.

If you are a quilter or longarmer, I invite you to use your talents to show these brave young men and women how much we appreciate their sacrifice and service with something very American and very tangible: A War-Time Quilt of Valor.

This site provides one way to go about catching them in our QOV net of comfort and love and healing. If you want to do more than talk about supporting our troops, I invite you to take up your sewing implements and help make Quilts of Valor which do make a difference in the road to recovery for our service members.

Catherine Roberts
Founder/Executive Director QOV Foundation

QOV volunteers already donate time, labor, love, and fabric by making quilts. Now you can help just buy purchasing patterns, books, supplies and other notions which will deliver a message of support for all of those that receive quilts from Quilts Of Valor Foundation.

Thank you!

 

 

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Clara Dress Sew-Along Week 3 – Collar & Construction

500 dress image squrare Clara Dress Sew Along Week 3   Collar & ConstructionLet the sewing begin!!! This week we will begin putting our dresses together. Since I chose to make my dress out of a very lightweight and rather sheer fabric, I will be lining my dress. Lining the Clara Dress is so very simple to do. If you would like to line your dress, buy the same amount of lining as you did fabric for your dress. I chose to line my dress with a cotton batiste. It will mimic my fashion fabric and since it is a natural fiber, it will feel cooler than a normal synthetic lining.

As I said in earlier posts, I decided to add a few design details to my dress that I didn’t add to the original dress that I made. Since my fabric is a vintage piece of cotton voile, and the pattern is rather lady like, I decided to add a few ruffles to my dress. The first ruffle which we’ll talk about today is around the collar.

photo 1 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 3   Collar & Construction The first step in sewing the bodice together will be to sew in your darts. You’ll notice that there are small notches on the side seams and a dot at the apex of the dart, but no markings in between. If you would like, you can draw in the lines and make it easier to mark the darts with tracing paper and a tracing wheel. photo 2 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 3   Collar & ConstructionI usually don’t draw in the lines for my darts. I simply clip the notches at the seam,

photo 3 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 3   Collar & Construction and then mark the apex of the dart with a marking pencil or pen. If you use a marking pen, be sure that the mark will not show through your fabric and that it is removable. To mark the apex, I simply place a pin in the dot, photo 4 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 3   Collar & Construction

and then flip to the inside and mark my fabric at the pin point. photo 5 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 3   Collar & ConstructionOnce you have sewn in the darts, sew the shoulders seams and the side seams of the bodice. Now you are ready to begin working on the collar.

If you would like to add a ruffle to your collar, you will need to cut 2 strips that are 40” long, by 2 ½” wide. Sew the ends together. The seam will be matched to the center back seam of the collar. The ends of the ruffle strips will need to be shaped.

photo 6 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 3   Collar & Construction   Begin by folding the strip in half and press. Cut the end of the strip with a tapered edge.

photo 7 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 3   Collar & Construction Sew the tapered end together with a 1/8” seam allowance. Turn and press. Sew 2 rows of gathering stitches along the unfinished side of the strip.

Since my fabric is so fine, I decided to interface my collar. I used a lightweight fusible cotton.

photo 8 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 3   Collar & ConstructionThe interfacing will also help to give a buffer between the gathered edge of my ruffle and the top of my collar. So, the seam allowance will not be as visible on the top of my collar.

Sew the center back seam of the collar and press. Sheer up the ruffle and then lay it against the edge of the collar and stitch down.  Sew the under collar to the top collar. The ruffle will be sandwiched in between the top and bottom collars.

photo 9 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 3   Collar & ConstructionOnce the collar is sewn together, sew an edge stitch on the under collar. This will help the ruffle to lay nice and flat.

photo 10 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 3   Collar & Construction Now that the collar has been sewn together, it can be attached to the bodice. If you are lining the bodice, place the lining inside the bodice, wrongs sides facing each other, then sew the collar to the neckline.

photo 11 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 3   Collar & Construction To finish the neckline, cut the bias strip that has been provided in the pattern.

Trim the neckline seam down to ¼”.

Fold the bias strip in half and press. Stitch the bias strip to the neckline seam.

photo 12 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 3   Collar & ConstructionNow, simply press the strip toward the bodice and edge stitch in place. This makes for a simple seam finish and looks lovely.

photo 13 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 3   Collar & ConstructionOur next step will be to attach the front plackets. Simply stitch them to the center front of the bodice. If you are lining your bodice, the placket will be stitched to the bodice and the lining.

Once the placket has been sewn to the center front, fold right sides together and stitch across the top of the placket. Trim the seam and the turn to the right side and press.

Fold in the inside raw edge along center front and press. Top stitch along both sides and the top of the placket. There is no need to hand stitch the placket to the center front unless you would rather not have the top stitching on your placket.

photo 14 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 3   Collar & Construction

Our collar has been attached as well as the neckline trim, and we have attached our front plackets. The inside of the bodice looks as lovely as the outside!

photo 15 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 3   Collar & Construction

The next step to completing the bodice will be to attach the sleeves. We will do this next week. Something to keep in mind. If you would rather not have the keyhole opening in your sleeve, it is not necessary to have it. Simply cut the sleeve and don’t cut out the keyhole.

photo 16 Clara Dress Sew Along Week 3   Collar & Construction

Check out the video portion that explains the bodice and collar portion of the sew-along too.

 

 

Next week we will discuss how to sew the sleeve with a keyhole and one without. I am going to add a small ruffle to the edge of my sleeve to compliment the ruffle I added to the collar.

Good luck with your bodice sewing! Be sure to leave a message if you have any questions.

If you have not signed up for the sew along on Flickr, be sure to do so as we would love to see your fabric and your progress on the dress. You can find the Flickr page here,   https://www.flickr.com/groups/sn_sewalong2/

Until next week!!

Rhonda @ Rhonda’s Creative Life

 

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Meet The Designer – Aurora Sisneros

Aurora Sisneros Meet The Designer   Aurora Sisneros Aurora Sisneros is a shining star in the creative community. She knits, crochets, teaches sewing classes and is in general a fabulous lady. She is a contributor to Sew News Sew it All magazine and Sew It All TV.  She owns the fabric store Fabric Bliss located in the Santa Fe Arts district in Denver, Colorado and as you will find out there isn’t much she doesn’t like creating. If you are ever in the area be sure to stop by her store or check it out online.

Where do you live/from? Are your surroundings inspiring?

I live in Denver, CO, and I am originally from Fort Collins.  Because of the seasons in our area, I am constantly inspired by the NEED for things such as new springs skirts, warm winter scarves, or cozy quilts!

Can you give us a little background on how/why you got started sewing.

My mother is a master seamstress, and unbeknownst to me, I was her little sewing slave when I was able to master a pair of snips!  She did a lot of piece-work, so she had loads of items at a certain stage, and I was in charge of snipping all the threads so they could go on to the next stage.  As soon as I was 9 and able to use the sewing machine, she taught me everything I know!  I blame her for my addiction.

What is it like to own a sewing/fabric store? What are your biggest obstacles, greatest joy.

It is a great joy to be able to live my dream.  There are not a lot of folks in the world that are able to turn their passion into a paycheck, and I am extremely luck to be one of those rare people!  The biggest challenge of owning a sewing/fabric store is that the business side of things gets in the way of my crafting time! icon wink Meet The Designer   Aurora Sisneros   There is always something that needs to be cleaned or reordered or straightened or documented or accounted for or people to be paid. Owning a small business is definitely for the energetic!

Do you draft your own patterns, garments or crafts?

When we teach any garment classes, we show the student how to draft a pattern from their own measurements so there is no taking-in or changing-sizes as the students size fluctuates.

What is your conception process for a design or project? Do you sketch it out, go straight to the machine, take a photo etc.

I must admit I am a Pinterest junkie!  I always see adorable crafts or cute and simple garments, and I save the photos from there to inspire me when I sit down to create!  I never sketch – I simply go straight to the machine and DO, then make a 2nd to document the process and make a pattern from there.  I’ve also been known to take a snapshot of something adorable found on a mannequin in a mall. icon wink Meet The Designer   Aurora Sisneros

 What other creative endeavors do you engage in?

I am a knitter, crocheter, sewer, quilter, tatter, baker, and candle stick maker!  OK, never made a candle, but I am definitely big into anything that you can make with your own 2 hands.  Even if it was restoring an old car (if I had that knowledge), there is something about MAKING and CREATING that satisfies an inherent need in the human soul!

What has been your (to date) greatest/proudest achievement in the creative world?

My proudest achievement is the Intro to Sewing class.  We have that sucker down to a SCIENCE, and I have trained all my staff to teach it the same way with the same enthusiasm.  There is NOTHING in the world like watching your class turn their tote bags inside out and literally scream with delight.  At this point in their sewing careers, they have NO idea what bliss this will bring to them in their future, but they come back years later and THANK me for introducing them to sewing, and that I have NO idea what joy I have brought to their lives.  Except I do. icon wink Meet The Designer   Aurora Sisneros

What would be a dream project, commission or book project for you?

I’ve always wanted to write a book with projects for the corporate woman.  Being an IT professional, I understand the demands of a high-stress workplace, and that finding time to craft is very difficult.  However, I’ve also found it is necessary to keep your sanity!

 Answer – If I won the lottery….

I would trade in all my home sewing machines for industrials. HA!

Will Sew News readers see Fabric Bliss at a Sewing Expo?

Probably not.  We pride ourselves on using technology to be efficient, and we follow many blogs to find out what the buzz in the fabric world is, and that is how we purchase our inventory.  Although we are small,  we offer a well thought-out and curated selection of fabrics and classes that are aligned with the trends in the modern sewing world.

What do you do when you are not at your sewing machine or in at Fabric Bliss?

My husband and I love to camp and travel and spend our free time out of doors and away from machines!

What are your plans for the future?

Keep inspiring others!  I am not in this business for fame or fortune, but simply to show others how satisfying and cathartic using your own 2 hands to make beautiful things is.

Any tips you’d like to share with the Sew News readers on sewing, creating or inspiration?

Try not to follow the rules to closely, or sewing can be a bit stressful.  Allow yourself to make mistakes, find shortcuts, and just simply ENJOY the experience!

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What is your favorite independent fabric store? Do you have one in your neighborhood? What do you like about it? Let us know in the comments section below. One commentor will be picked as a winner of the gift pack prize seen below.

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 And, the winner of the last FSF is Melaine from Canada! I will be in touch with you shortly on how you can claim your pattern and get to sew it up. Thanks to Christine Haynes for the lovely pattern!

 

 

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Sewing Indie Month Starts Now!

button 300 sewingindie Sewing Indie Month Starts Now!The blogosphere will be hopping in May and June with Sewing Indie Month. If you love indie sewing patterns this is the month for you! Join the sew along and enter to win fabulous prizes, including a year’s subscription to Sew News magazine. There will be over a thousand dollars worth of prizes! Click HERE for a list of prizes and donors.

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The rules are pretty simple. Sew a garment from any free or purchased pattern from the participating companies and submit based on these categories: Pattern Hacking, Everday Casual, Dressed to the Nines or An Indie Love Affair.

You can enter multiple times and voting for contestants ends June 13th 2014. See below for all the juicy details.

sewalongrule02 Sewing Indie Month Starts Now!Here is the list of participating independent sewing pattern companies. Click on the links to view their selections.

Mari Miller, of the Disparate Disciplines and Seamster Sewing Patterns is the brains behind this wonderful event. Read more about the Sewing Indie Month HERE!

Want to participate on your blog? Grab the code below and show your love of Sewing Indie!

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