The Sewing Pattern You Need To Sew

I’ve been sewing a lot lately, but I don’t have many UFO’s (unfinished objects) lying around. I do have many projects in the works, however! Currently, I have five projects going. I finished this new maxi dress, but have a lined camisole, silk kimono, two shirt dresses and a silk blouse to finish up. Plus, about 20 projects started in my brain.

IMG 55061 1024x1024 The Sewing Pattern You Need To SewI prefer to sew this way. I rarely sew something from start to finish in one sitting and then move on to another project. Having multiple projects going allows me to sew a little bit almost every day and then in one weekend I can have five new outfits completed (in theory). At first it bothered me to have so many things going on, but now I embrace it. Continue reading

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Melissa Mora – Adding Personal Details To Oceanside Pants

Hey y’all, Melissa from Blank Slate Patterns here with you today to talk about adding personal details to your sewn garments. One of the advantages of sewing clothing is that you can make them unique, not carbon copies of every other piece of clothing in the store.

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Though the Oceanside Pants pattern is super simple to sew, there are several ways to personalize them. Here are some ideas:

Fabric Selection

As I show in the Sew With Me: Oceanside Pants Pattern and Video, your choice in fabric can drastically change the look of this pattern. Substantial linen vs flowing rayon will hang differently off your body.

Contrast Pocket Fabric

Oceanside 3 Melissa Mora   Adding Personal Details To Oceanside PantsAnother option I show in the Sew With Me: Oceanside Pants Pattern and Video, is to use a contrasting fabric for the pocket lining. A vintage floral, polka dot or geometric pattern can add a fun pop to your pants or shorts.

Buttons

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The pocket buttons are a great place to use unusual or vintage buttons, especially because they can be purely decorative instead of functional.

Piping

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Adding piping to a seam can draw attention to a seam. Since these pants don’t have side seams, piping around the pockets can sharply define the corners.

Contract Topstitching

For a detail more subtle than contrast lining or piping, try contrast topstitching. Remember that the corner of the pocket is folded back and make sure to load your bobbin with the topstitching thread as well. You can also add topstitching to the inseam and rise seams.

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Oceanside 5 Melissa Mora   Adding Personal Details To Oceanside PantsDo you have one of those machines with lots of decorative stitches that you never use? Depending on the stitch style, many of these are actually stronger than straight topstitching, because of the number of stitches and width used to create the design. Sewing on the pockets is a perfect place to experiment with using some of these. Just remember to test the stitch on a scrap first and if you’re using these on the pocket, check what the stitch looks like on the back side – not all decorative stitches will look good folded down for a pocket corner.

Purchase the Sew With Me Oceanside Pants Pattern and Video and have fun sewing pants or shorts that are uniquely yours!

Melissa

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Magic Bias Dress Sew Along: Week 1 Prep & Fabric Choices

Happy to start the Bias Dress Sew Along with Rhonda Buss leading the way to an amazing dress. The Magic Bias Dress is really fun to sew. If you are at all hesitant about sewing  a bias garment, this dress is perfect to start as your first one. This post is about  fabric choices.  The right fabric will be key to a beautiful dress. So, let’s get to it. Here’s Rhonda!

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What would make a dress magical? For most of us, a dress that fits well, is stylish, looks great on us, and is easy to sew. If you’ve been sewing for any amount of time, you know that it is a rare occasion when all of those points come together. Continue reading

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Melissa Mora Gives Her Top Tips for Salvaging Purse Hardware

We’re excited to bring you Melissa Mora from Blank Slate Patterns every Friday through out April. She’ll be giving you great tips and tricks on sewing with knits, handbags and garments. You can check out the fun patterns and projects that Melissa created for our Sew With Me series. These are fun garment projects, perfect for the spring and summer season. We hope you join in!

Hey y’all, it’s Melissa from Blank Slate Patterns here to talk with you about unusual places to get purse hardware.

FB MM 500 swm Melissa Mora Gives Her Top Tips for Salvaging Purse HardwareThe Favorite Purse pattern calls for O or D rings for the strap and a slider bar, and the strap itself uses webbing. While you can find these things in sewing supply stores, selection is often limited, which is why I prefer to go on scavenger hunts to find my hardware and straps. And bonus: shopping this way is often less expensive and gives your creation a unique look that others won’t be able to duplicate. Continue reading

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Good News For People Who Love Sewing!

You may have heard the good news that Sew News is joining with Janet Pray of Islander Sewing Systems to bring a wonderful new program to a larger audience. I wanted to spend a some time in this newsletter talking about this class and certification courses in general.

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Whenever I post about our new certification course I get replies about the cost and how ‘so and so’ has classes for $19.99 or ‘You can find that on You-Tube for free’ and so on. The truth is that true certification courses are quite a bit different than your average free You-Tube video.

Let’s check out the differences and why you might be interested in Janet Pray’s Islander Sewing System Certification Course. Continue reading

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Melissa Mora Gives Her Tips For Working With Knits

Hey y’all, Melissa of Blank Slate Patterns here to talk with you about choosing and sewing knit fabrics. The Pocketful of Posies dress is a knit dress, which makes it comfortable and draped, but if you don’t choose the right knit fabric, you could have a stretched out mess on your hands. And differentiating between different types of knits can be confusing to a lot of people, particularly when buying online.

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Now, I happen to be a knitter as well as a sewist, so part of what I’m going to talk about is related to how the stitches are formed, because that helps explain the differences in the fabric. Continue reading

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Pepernoot Coat Sew Along: Finishing Details

Thanks everyone for joining the Pepernoot Coat Sew Along. As photos come in of your final work I’ll create a slide show so that everyone can see all your hard work. Rhonda did an amazing job with her second coat and we all hope you had fun making one for yourself! Stay tuned for our next sew along the Magic Bias Dress!

 Pepernoot Coat Sew Along: Finishing Details

In our last post, we attached our pockets. I think this is the most daunting of all the steps in the construction of the Pepernoot Coat. Then I had to go and make it doubly daunting by having to match a pattern!!! Thankfully, the pockets are on, and they look nice, so on to finishing the coat! Continue reading

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