A Tutorial on how to use e-Patterns

There’s no denying that e-Patterns for sewing, quilting and crafting are here to stay. They offer the chance to get many patterns for free as well as present to you new styles that you may not have considered before or wanted to pay for. At Sew News we offer e-Patterns with almost every issue. However with a few changes recently in software and technology sometime downloading these e-Patterns isn’t always so clear cut as it once was.

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Today’s tutorial will attempt to make the process of getting these e-Patterns hassle free.

All of our e-Patterns are offered on our websites – Sew News, Creative Machine Embroidery and Sew It All.

We’ll use the Sew It All site as the example. But, the steps will remain the same regardless of whatever website. Please note this tutorial is for downloading sewing e-patterns, not for embroidery design downloads, that will be addressed later.

Step 1

Click on to the article that contains the pattern. There will be a link to the pattern as well as a reference guide for printing out e-Patterns.

Sometimes the pattern will come in two or more links. But, each link will be clearly marked as such.

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Step 2

Right click on to the link and a dialogue box will pop up on your screen.

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Step 3

Click on to the “Save Link As…” option.

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Step 4

When you click the “Save Link As…” a dialogue box will open from your computer. This is where you can save the e-Pattern to any location on your computer’s hard drive. You can even rename the file to something else.

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Step 5

Open up Adobe Reader. This is a free software program that you can download if you don’t already have it on your computer.

While in Adobe Reader retrieve the e-Pattern from where ever you saved it.

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And open it. The e-Pattern will be visible in the screen. Mouse over to the “File” tab and go to “Print”.

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Step 6

The Print Dialogue box will now be visible in your screen. Your screen may not look exactly like mine but the box should have the word “Print” on it.

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Step 7

These next steps are very important for printing out the pattern correctly.

  1. While in the Print Dialogue box, select “Poster” under “Page Sizing & Handling”.
  2. Check that “Cut Marks” and “Labels” are selected.
  3. Check that “Documents and Markups” is selected under the “Comments & Forms”.

Screen Shot 2014 09 22 at 12.19.19 PM A Tutorial on how to use e Patterns You can see towards the right of the box it will show how the pattern is laid out and how many pages. e-Patterns can take a lot of pages to print, just as regular commercial or store bought patterns use large sheets of paper for their patterns. It’s the nature of the beast.

If you do not want to use your toner and printer to do this, download the e-Pattern on to a thumb drive and take it to your local copy shop where they can print it out accordingly.

Step 8

Laying out the e-Pattern

When you print out the e-Pattern guide that is located along with the e-Pattern there will be a guide as to how to lay out and tape the pattern together.

It will look like this.

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photo3 e1411412324901 768x1024 A Tutorial on how to use e Patterns You must overlap the cut marks. As you will notice below, I have overlapped the left side and the right side of the pattern is not overlapped at the cut marks. Once you have over lapped at all the cut marks you would then tape the pattern together. After it is all tapped you can opt to copy the pattern on to pattern paper, Swedish tracing paper or other type of pattern paper.photo 311 e1411412504717 768x1024 A Tutorial on how to use e Patterns

I hope this helps! There are a lot of steps, but once you get the hang of it it’s a great way to get free and low cost sewing patterns. If you have any questions please leave them in the comment section below.

Jill

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Clover Pant Sew Along Week 4 – Finishing

I’ve got to admit, I’m a little behind in the pant sew along (insert rimshot). But, I am eager to finish up this week and post my progress on Flickr. How is everyone doing? It’s nice that we have an entire week to move from one area to the next.

If you are as addicted to sewing pants as I am you’ll love the new series we have with Rae Cumbie on craftdaily.com. In this series she shows you the important elements of pant fitting. Plus, be sure to check out Rae in the latest issue of Sew News. You can still get the Oct/Nov 2014 on newsstands or at shopsewitall.com.  Now let’s get back now to the final stage of our pant fitting sew along. Here’s Rhonda!

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We are in the final stretch of finishing our pants! Last week we sewed in the zipper and attached the yoke. This week we will line the yoke, attach a hook and hem our pants.
Sew the facing to the yoke. Once the facing is sewn in place, lay the yoke and facing flat and edge stitch the facing seam. This will help to hold the facing in place and it will also help to keep the waistline seam from stretching.

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There are a number of methods that can be used to finish the edge of the yoke facing, but one of my favorite methods is to use a piece of purchased bias tape. Simply open the folded edge of the bias tape and stitch one side to the edge of the yoke facing. Once sewn in place, press and then roll the tape over the edge and stitch in the ditch.

photo 33 Clover Pant Sew Along Week 4   Finishing Press the facing and then pin the facing to the pant. To attach the facing, stitch in the ditch. Be careful when stitching in the pocket area to hold the top portion of the pocket away from the presser foot while you are sewing the facing in place.

photo 34 Clover Pant Sew Along Week 4   Finishing The facing is now sewn to the back of the yoke and the edge of the facing is nicely finished.

photo 35 Clover Pant Sew Along Week 4   Finishing The final step in finishing the facing is to turn back the facing along the zipper. Stitch in place by hand.

photo 36 Clover Pant Sew Along Week 4   Finishing Attach a hook. I like to do a buttonhole stitch around my hooks. It makes for a beautiful finish.

photo 37 Clover Pant Sew Along Week 4   Finishing Rather than use the eye that is provided in the package, I like to do a thread loop.

photo 38 Clover Pant Sew Along Week 4   Finishing The finished hook and loop.

photo 39 Clover Pant Sew Along Week 4   Finishing Finishing the edge of the pocket can be a little tricky, but a simple finish can be done with a pair of pinking shears.

photo 40 Clover Pant Sew Along Week 4   Finishing The final step in finishing the pants is to hem them. I like to cut a bias strip of my fabric to finish the edge of my pant leg. Simply sew it on just as you would with a piece of purchased bias tape.

photo 41 Clover Pant Sew Along Week 4   Finishing Hem the pant leg with a catch stitch.

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This is the third pair of Clover pants that I have made and each has a slightly different fit primarily because each has been made out of a different fabric. So be aware that depending upon your fabric choice, your pants will have a slightly different fit.
I will be posting my final pair to the Flickr page. This will not be the final pair that I will be making.

Be sure to check out the video portion of this week’s sew along.

I’ve really enjoyed the Clover pant pattern and I hope you have as well!
Rhonda Buss
www.rhondabuss.blogspot.com

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Details on Downton Abbey + a Peek at new Fabric Collection!

Do we have any Downton Abbey fans in the house? Oh my, I must confess that when I watch this series my eyes wander and I get lost in the costumes and not so much the dialogue.

George Clooney will be gracing the grounds of Downton Abbey but, alas just for a holiday promo. Say what you will about old George but I like the cut of his jib and the costumes will look quite handsome on him.

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Men of Downton Abbey

For all you established fans and for you newbies here are the details of the next season; the season airs first in the UK.  Season 5 will air in the UK September 21, 2014 and runs through November 2014. The US will air season 5 beginning January 4th of 2015. Check your local PBS listings for exact times.

While we’re waiting for season 5 to air we stateside can start making lovely dresses, quilts and tote bags with the new Downton Abbey fabric line now at Keepsake Quilting.

Check out these new prints that are so reminiscent of Sybil, Mary, the Dowager and Edith. These delicate prints remind me of Liberty cotton, soft and very pleasing color combinations with floral and graphic subtleties.

Let’s take a look at a few of the over 40 different fabrics and kits to choose from in the Downton Abbey Fabric Collection. To the left is Sybil’s Pink Bouquet and to the right is Sybil’s Blue Tulle. Both of these would look wonderful in garments, infinity scarves, light blouses, quilts and the sky’s the limit.

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This is my favorite and it is called Mary’s Green Berry. And, I’ll take 12 yards please.

I would make a dress like the Clara Dress from Sew Liberated or some type of romantic twirly dress.The fabric also comes in red and blue tones on a creme background.

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  There are of course many options here for quilting with the Downton Abbey Fabric Collection.

The kit seen below is absolutely fabulous and includes the Downstairs, the Lady Rose, and the Lord and Lady lines with 38 fat quarters in all and packaged in an 8″ x 7″ x 4″-deep quilted tote bag. You can pre-order this Downton Abbey Collection and Collectors tote now.

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Below is a quilt kit with everything you need to create the Bride’s Garden Quilt. This kit has Marjorie Rhine’s piecing and freezer- paper machine-applique directions for two quilt sizes.

brides garden quilt Details on Downton Abbey + a Peek at new Fabric Collection!And, charm packs, fat quarter and square collections too.  This small- to large-scale prints contains the four distinct styles of the Dowager, Mary, Edith and Sybil. This collection includes  12 pieces. DA fat quarter kit Details on Downton Abbey + a Peek at new Fabric Collection!

Back your quilts, line your tote bags or make a table cloth to use at high teawith the image of the Highclere Castle right next to your tea cup. This shade is also lovely for adding in a neutral tone to any project.

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I really like this tote bag’s structure and long handles. This comes as a kit and the bag is lined and padded.  With 16 inside pockets and Nancy Green’s directions the Dowager herself would be impressed and have one made for every lady of the estate. tote bag Details on Downton Abbey + a Peek at new Fabric Collection!

Or if you would like to make your own tote bag or purse with any of the fabric from the Downton Abbey Collection I think these bag patterns from Sew it All 6 & 7 would best show off the romantic Downton Abbey collection. “Bag of Tricks” from Sew It All 6. Add a vintage button for a complete look.

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The clasp clutch pattern would be perfect for a Downton Abbey inspired clutch.  

January is a long ways off so please visit the Keepsake Quilting website for more on this fabulous collection. I would love to see what you do with this new collection, please post your creations on our Sew News Reader Flickr Group!

 

Thanks and happy sewing!

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Clover Pant Sew Along Week 3: Construction +Invisible Zipper Insertion

We’re rounding the corner to the Clover Pant Sew Along.  Now in week 3, it’s all about construction. If you are late to the sew along,  purchase a pattern  at shopsewitall.com,  it’s easy to catch up!

Below are a few online fitting classes and resources just for pant making. Plus, check out the Flickr group where members have posted their fitting solutions.

Rae Cumbie nationally recognized pant making and fitting expert has an excellent video on Craft Daily showing how to fit pants for your body type .

Be sure to check out Rae Cumbie’s articles in Sew News on pant fitting. Part one is in the Oct/Nov issue of Sew News, hitting newsstands on tomorrow, September 17.  And, part two will be in the Dec/Jan issue. Don’t miss out, subscribe today to Sew News.

Rhonda is also doing a series on drafting a pant sloper on her blog. It’s very helpful to see the process being done and a sloper is an essential step for making additional well fitting pants.

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Now, here’s Rhonda!

Last week we talked about preparing our pattern and making fit adjustments. Prior to cutting out your pants, it’s very important to pre-shrink your fabric, especially if you are using a cotton/stretch blend. Nothing would be worse than to get your pants made up, throw them in the washer and then have them come out of the washer a size too small. So please wash and dry your fabric prior to cutting.
The instructions provided in the Clover pant pattern are quite easy to follow. Be sure to follow all of the stay stitching instructions that are given.
There is a small dart in the back of the pants. To mark this dart, I simply make 2 small clips at the top of the dart,

photo 17 Clover Pant Sew Along Week 3: Construction +Invisible Zipper InsertionAnd I place a pin at the base of the dart.

photo 18 Clover Pant Sew Along Week 3: Construction +Invisible Zipper InsertionI flip the fabric back and reveal the pin mark on the inside and mark with a marking pen or pencil.

photo 19 Clover Pant Sew Along Week 3: Construction +Invisible Zipper InsertionTo sew, simply fold the dart in half and sew from the top of the dart to the point.

photo 20  Clover Pant Sew Along Week 3: Construction +Invisible Zipper InsertionOnce the dart has been sewn, press the dart. The dart should be pressed toward the center back seam of the pant.

photo 21 Clover Pant Sew Along Week 3: Construction +Invisible Zipper InsertionOnce the darts are sewn, it’s time to attach the front pockets. The pockets are not necessary, so they can be eliminated if you choose, but I have found that even this small pocket comes in handy! There are 3 marking that are important for attaching the pocket, 2 circles and 1 notch.

photo 22 Clover Pant Sew Along Week 3: Construction +Invisible Zipper InsertionTo cut down on bulk in the front of my pants, I used my fashion fabric for one side of my pocket, and a light weight cotton batiste for the under layer.

photo 23 Clover Pant Sew Along Week 3: Construction +Invisible Zipper InsertionSew the fashion fabric to the yoke and the cotton to the pant.

photo 24 Clover Pant Sew Along Week 3: Construction +Invisible Zipper InsertionThe instructions say to sew the yokes together at the side seams and to sew the side seam of the pant. I like to be able to easily make adjustments, so rather than sew the yokes together, I sew the front yoke to the pant and the back yoke to the pants and then sew the side seam.

photo 25 Clover Pant Sew Along Week 3: Construction +Invisible Zipper InsertionOnce the yokes have been attached and the leg seams sewn, it’s time to insert the zipper. Begin by pressing the roll of the zipper flat. Do not leave the iron on the zipper too long or you’ll melt the teeth.

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I do not use a special zipper foot for my invisible zippers and I never have a problem. I simple ride my foot on top of the teeth making sure that I follow the edge.

photo 27 Clover Pant Sew Along Week 3: Construction +Invisible Zipper InsertionYou will need to stop the stitching just before the end of the zipper. At this point, sew up the seam. Change to a zipper foot and stitch to the end of the stitching that you did for the zipper.

photo 28 Clover Pant Sew Along Week 3: Construction +Invisible Zipper InsertionIn order to secure the zipper, stitch on either side.

photo 29 Clover Pant Sew Along Week 3: Construction +Invisible Zipper InsertionMy zipper was longer than what I needed for the pants.

photo 30 Clover Pant Sew Along Week 3: Construction +Invisible Zipper InsertionSimply cut off the excess and cover the end of the zipper. Just be careful when stitching over the teeth.

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Next week we will finish up the pants. We’ll sew on the yoke facing, finish seam edges, attach a hook and loop at the waist and hem the pants. This is the third pair I have made. The Clover pant has been a welcome addition to my wardrobe. I hope you will feel the same!

Be sure to watch the video below and to check out others progress on the Flickr Group page.

Rhonda Buss
www.rhondabuss.blogspot.com

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Learn How to Install a Lapped Zipper Like a Pro!

Happy Thursday everyone! It’s National Sewing Month, and there’s no better way to celebrate than by going back to the basics! Today we’re taking you through a quick and easy tutorial on lapped zippers. Knowing how to sew a lapped zipper is an essential sewing skill, and it’s easy! Read on to learn how to sew them like a pro.

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What You’ll Need:

  • Skirt pattern or top or dress pattern with a center-back zipper
  • Fabric according to the pattern envelope
  • Zipper foot
  • Zipper (length indicated on pattern envelope)
  • Fabric-marking pen or chalk
  • Matching all-purpose thread
  • Position the zipper on the seam edge, aligning the zipper upper end with the opening upper edge. Mark the top and bottom zipper stops. This is the zipper opening.
  • With the fabric right sides together, sew a 5/8” seam up to the zipper opening lower end; backstitch.
  • Baste the remainder of the seam.  Press open the seam. LZ 1 155x300 Learn How to Install a Lapped Zipper Like a Pro!
  • Open the zipper and place it right side down with the coiled edge along the seamline. Pin the zipper to the left seam allowance. Move the zipper pull a couple of inches up so it’s out of the way to begin machine stitching.
  • Position the zipper foot to the right of the needle.
  • Stitch from the lower edge to the upper edge along the stitching guideline on the zipper tape, moving the zipper pull out of the way when necessary.
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  • Close the zipper, and turn it face up to form a fold in the seam allowance. Bring the fold close to, but not over, the zipper coil. Push the rest of the garment to the opposite side so it’s out of the way of the stitching area.
  • Position the zipper foot to the left of the needle.
  • Stitch from the lower edge to the upper edge close to the folded edge, stitching through only the folded seam allowance and the zipper tape.  LZ 3 150x300 Learn How to Install a Lapped Zipper Like a Pro!
  • Turn the garment to the right side; press.
  • Pin carefully through all the layers of the lap, making sure it lies smoothly. Hand baste.  LZ 4 146x300 Learn How to Install a Lapped Zipper Like a Pro! 
  • Position the zipper foot to the right side of the needle.
  • Topstitch across the zipper lower end and up the side 3/8” to 1/2” from the seamline. LZ 5 150x300 Learn How to Install a Lapped Zipper Like a Pro!
  • Near the upper edge, the zipper pull might get in the way. Leave the needle in the fabric, and raise the presser foot. Reach under and carefully push the zipper pull down out of the way. Then finish sewing the upper edge.
  • Remove the hand and machine basting.

And you’re finished! For more great tips on installing zippers, check out the latest issue of Sew News to learn how to install three more zipper types, plus we’ll show you how to alter a basic A-line skirt pattern to add a zipper and pleat.  The end result is adorable!

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Happy sewing!

 

 

 

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Meet the Expert! Q&A with Sulky® Educator Carol Ingram

We recently had the pleasure of chatting with Ellen Ostenone of the fantastic instructors featured in the Sulky Certified Teacher Training Course Magical Thread Art and More. (Registration is open until Sept. 30!) This week, fellow Sulky instructor and accomplished artist Carol Ingram is giving us a behind-the-scenes look at the course. Carol has 50 years of sewing and teaching experience and has won many awards for her beautiful art and textile creations. She’s also appeared as a guest on Sew it All TV and has a great love for teaching and sharing her know-how with others.

Read on to find out how Carol started sewing, where gets her inspiration, as well as her best advice to students! 

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Joyce Drexler (Sulky Creative Director, left) and Carol Ingraham (right) on the video set

Sew News: How and when did you start sewing?

Carol: I started sewing at about age 14, making clothing for myself and others, which continued thought through my life, even sewing prom dresses and wedding gowns for my daughter. One year I was brave enough to sew bridesmaid dresses, which turned out not to be as rewarding as I wanted it to be. I enjoy the creative side with the design elements when sewing garments for special occasions. I continued on with the creative side when I joined the Sulky family and they offered me so many choices for textile designing.

SN: Where do you find inspiration for your projects?

E: I find inspiration in everything around me, as well as with providing the product and ideas to fit a particular book or program for Sulky. Also inspiration comes from years of sewing and learning new and different sewing techniques that I’m able to incorporate into a particular project. This allows the students to learn something new to them, which gives me great pleasure.

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SN: What are your favorite materials to work with (types of fabric, thread, embellishments, etc.)?  

C: I let the project dictate to me the type of fabrics and embellishments that would be best for it. I do like designer fabrics, special occasion fabrics and all types of embellishments. As I stated, I let the project predict the type and amount of embellishment. As for quilting, I do prefer a quilting cotton, and I do enjoy embellishing those with embroidery and different painting techniques to make the quilts bloom over the standard quilt.

SN: What’s your favorite sewing advice that you give to your sewing students?

C: My best sewing advice to new students is to learn your machine and all the features it has, as this will be the start of their creative process. Secondly, my advice is to learn as much about thread science and the different types of thread and how to apply each to make their embroidery and sewing creations professional-looking. In the end, it’s all about quality in product and workmanship. If they purchase the best product for the job and work diligently to make the workmanship professional, they will succeed.

SN: What’s the best and worst part of sewing on camera?  

C: Sewing on camera is great, the best part is working with great people and learning new technical things  with every step. The worst is staying focused and remembering the step sequence on the project you are teaching.

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The Sulky Team and Sew News Associate Publisher Wendy Thompson

SN: Why would you recommend the Sulky Certified Teacher Training Course?

C: I would definitely recommend the Sulky Teacher Certification. It’s loaded with tons of great projects with great sewing techniques to learn for teaching. It gives the prospective teacher so much info for starting their careers as a teacher. It is all laid out in video, printed step-by-step instructions with full color photo for reference, as well of tons of the business end of teaching included in a downloadable manual. Students cannot get more thorough instructions anywhere, and the online course lets them do it at their own pace,/ They can do it over and over in the privacy of their own sewing studio to their satisfaction and perfection. It is a perfect format.

Thank you so much for sharing with us, Carol! Check out these beautiful projects that Carol will be teaching in the Sulky Certified Teacher Training Course:

Magical Mystery Hot Air Balloon Ride

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Cat on the Courthouse Steps

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Floral Fantasy Sculptured Art

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Free-Standing Swirly Lace Pear Décor

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Magical Tigers

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This course offers a great opportunity to stretch your sewing skills, learn how to do and teach the most popular creative machine art techniques and find out how to use the latest products. Read all about the course, watch preview videos, view the beautiful projects you’ll create and find out how to register here. 

 

Sew News

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Learn Nancy Zieman’s top 25 Tips for Quilting! Live Webcast September 13, 2014

 If you are new to quilting Sew News has a wonderful opportunity for you to learn from the best. Nancy Zieman is conducting a live webcast on September 13, 2014 and she’ll discuss her 25 top quilting tips and techniques. Great for beginners as well as seasoned quilters.

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Watch a video from Nancy below where she walks you through how to get ready for a webcast.

Read on for more details, times, cost and what you’ll learn.  Plus there is a Q&A session where you can email Nancy questions.

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.

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

Here’s What You’ll Learn

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 a brand-new quilt, I See Spots. This quilt is truly easy!
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During the webcast, you can email 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.

Bonus!

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

Price is just $29.95 and 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 and to register head to the Nancy Zieman Blog

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Week 2 of the Clover Pant Sew Along – Fitting Issues

Glad you are joining us for the Clover Pant Sew Along week 2! As you may know it’s National Sewing Month all through September, and what a perfect way to celebrate than making a pair of awesome pants.

Anyone who has tackled making pants knows first hand the difficulty lies in fitting. It will be most helpful as Rhonda mentioned in the print edition of Sew News Aug/Sept 2014,  to make a fitting sample of the Clover pant pattern first. I also will be posting photos on Flickr tomorrow about my own fitting issues with the Clover pant pattern so be sure to look for that if you’re on Flickr.

Rae Cumbie nationally recognized pant making and fitting expert has a wonderful video on Craft Daily showing how to fit pants for your body type and you can watch a preview now.

In addition we have an upcoming series of pant fitting articles from Rae Cumbie. Part one is in the Oct/Nov issue of Sew News, hitting newsstands on September 17. And, part two will be in the Dec/Jan issue. Don’t miss out, subscribe today to Sew News.

Rhonda is also doing a series on drafting a pant sloper for those who are ready to take on that. I encourage you to take a look, it will simplify pant sewing once you have your sloper perfected.

Thanks for sewing along!

Jill

Now, let’s have Rhonda take it away!

When anyone thinks about making a pair of pants, the first thing that comes to mind is fitting issues. Oh, the dreaded fit! As I said last week, I was very happy with the Clover pant and found that I had very few fitting issues. One aspect of this pattern that makes it a little more fail safe is the fact that it has been designed for fabrics with some stretch.

photo 2 Week 2 of the Clover Pant Sew Along   Fitting IssuesTypically, we can achieve a fairly decent fit to the front of our pants, but the dreaded back is another issue. Even I hate taking a look! As you can see, I have a very round bum. Since I have been making pants since I was very young, I learned early on that I had an issue with the back of my pants not rising up enough at center back.

photo 10 Week 2 of the Clover Pant Sew Along   Fitting Issues The simple compensation for this is to raise the center back. I typically raise the center back about 1 ½” and then blend the line back to nothing at the side seam.

photo 11 Week 2 of the Clover Pant Sew Along   Fitting Issues A wonderful tool to have when adjusting a pant pattern is a pant sloper. I am currently doing a series on my blog about drafting a pant sloper. In the upcoming post, I will show you how to take your measurements. Once the measurements have been taken, we will then begin the drafting process. I invite you to join along. Drafting a pant sloper is something that I think you’ll enjoy and something that you will treasure once the sloper has been completed.

As you can see in the picture below, I used my sloper to help me determine the changes I might need to make in the crotch of my pants. My pant pattern has already been adjusted, but you can see that I added to the crotch and then blended the extended line into the inseam of the front leg.

photo 12 Week 2 of the Clover Pant Sew Along   Fitting Issues The final adjusted front leg.

photo 13 Week 2 of the Clover Pant Sew Along   Fitting Issues

What I added to the front inseam was taken off of the back leg inseam and the crotch was adjusted.

photo 14 Week 2 of the Clover Pant Sew Along   Fitting Issues

 

In the picture below you can see that a little was added to the curve of the back crotch.

photo 15 Week 2 of the Clover Pant Sew Along   Fitting Issues

As you can see, my adjustments were minimal. I encourage you to make a muslin. Please use a fabric that has some stretch since the pattern was designed for stretch blend fabrics.

One last note, be sure to leave a little extra length to the leg of the pant so that you can adjust the length once you have your pants together. As I said last week, I left the entire length that was allowed for all sizes and this worked out well for me.

photo 16 Week 2 of the Clover Pant Sew Along   Fitting Issues

Since it would be impossible for me to talk about every possible fit issue, I encourage you to take a look at the many pant fitting resources online. And, be sure to check out the video portion too.

Lastly, look at the Clover Pant Sew Along Flickr page. Rovergirl 74 has posted a wonderful example of her adjustment that I think you may find helpful.

Next week we will start sewing the pant together. Be sure to post your pictures of any adjustments that you have made to the pattern as I am sure it will be a help to so many.

Rhonda Buss

Rhonda’s Creative Life

 

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Join along & be entered to win the Clover Pant pattern from Colette Patterns!

As you may know our Clover Pant Sew Along is under way. But, there is still time to join along and sew up a great pair of pants.

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We have great articles related to pant making in present, past and upcoming issues of Sew News. In the Aug/Sept 2014 issue of Sew News there is a wealth of information for pattern making by Sarah Veblen all of which you can get now and get started on pattern making.

SN1409Cover 500wpx Join along & be entered to win the Clover Pant pattern from Colette Patterns!And, check out the past issue of Sew News Jun/July 2014 for 26 tips for flawless zippers. To purchase back issues head to shopsewitall.com.

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For even more pant making fun be sure to pick up a copy of the Oct/Nov 2014 issue of Sew News where Ray Cumbie shows us how to sew great waistbands and closures for pants.

This issue hits newsstands on September 16, 2014. But be sure to check out all the freebies now!

SN1411Cover 500px Join along & be entered to win the Clover Pant pattern from Colette Patterns!Here is a how to use Flickr tutorial for those that would like to join up.

And, remember join Flickr or just leave a comment here that you would like to join the Clover Pant sew along and you’ll be entered to win the Clover Pant pattern!

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