Sorell Trousers Pattern Giveaway – Freebie Friday!

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Pants – do you love sewing them? Or just not? Or maybe you haven’t sewn pants yet and you’re waiting for the right moment?

Now’s your moment! Comment to be entered to win a digital download of the Sorell Trousers from Pauline Alice. Classic, cool and a wee bit French-inspired, these pants from French designer Pauline Alice are perfect for spring, and right on the wide-leg trend. We featured Pauline Alice patterns in the Feb/March issue of Sew News because, frankly, we’re in love with her structured yet feminine designs – timeless but with plenty of interesting details.

Interested in making these pants? To enter the giveaway, tell me in the comments section below, what’s on your spring garment sewing to-do list. We’ll announce the winner on Monday! A winner has been selected and contacted. Thanks so much for sharing your spring sewing projects – lots of good stuff in the works!

 Sorell Trousers Pattern Giveaway   Freebie Friday!
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Pepernoot Coat Sew Along – Week 2: Pattern Details, Fabric Choice & Prep

Hello! We are in week 2 of the Pepernoot Coat Sew Along. Folks all over are busy sewing this beauty up and I can’t wait to show you the results. This coat is such a fun coat to work on and it’s so versatile. It will get you through the remaining winter and transition easily into fall. However you make it I would love to see the results. For now, let’s the Rhonda take it away.

 Pepernoot Coat Sew Along   Week  2: Pattern Details, Fabric Choice & Prep

There was a time when coats were always in a basic color, and chosen carefully as this would most likely be the only coat in your wardrobe. Coats are still carefully chosen as they are an important part of our wardrobes, they keep us warm and help to keep us dry be it rain or snow. But a coat can also be a wonderful accessory to your wardrobe, not only functional, but fun! With that said, the reveal of the fabric that I have chosen for my sew along Pepernoot coat. The fabric with the black background and the large cobalt blue flowers will be the outer fabric of the coat and the more abstract print will be the lining. Not an everyday coat by any means!

The black fabric with the cobalt blue flowers is a heavy twill. The flowers are a chenille with a velvet center. I’ll never be lost in a crowd when wearing this coat!

 Pepernoot Coat Sew Along   Week  2: Pattern Details, Fabric Choice & Prep

Many of you whom I’ve heard from, have never made a coat, so the Pepernoot coat will be your first. Congratulations on taking the plunge. I think you are going to love your new coats. And I also think you’ll find that making a coat is really no more challenging than a blouse or a dress.

Since a number of you have never made a coat, I thought we would discuss the pattern in depth. Once you print off the pattern, be it at home or at the copy shop, you’ll find an insert that explains the symbols on the pattern. Be sure to cut this away from the pattern and save it along with your instructions. It will come in handy.

 Pepernoot Coat Sew Along   Week  2: Pattern Details, Fabric Choice & Prep

As I explained in our last post, the Pepernoot pattern has a separate pattern for the main body of the coat as well as the lining. Be sure to pay close attention and print off both files.

The back bodice lining has a seam at center back. The back bodice lining also includes a pleat. We’ll discuss the pleat once we put the lining together.

 Pepernoot Coat Sew Along   Week  2: Pattern Details, Fabric Choice & Prep

The lining for the front and back bodice does not have darts. Rather than the darts being sewn in, the fullness for the dart has become a tuck. You’re going to love not having to sew in the darts!

 Pepernoot Coat Sew Along   Week  2: Pattern Details, Fabric Choice & Prep

The back skirt lining for the coat is cut on the fold. Notice the symbols in the top and lower corner. A tuck has been allowed for the skirt of the coat. This has been included for ease of movement when wearing the coat.

 Pepernoot Coat Sew Along   Week  2: Pattern Details, Fabric Choice & Prep

The front bodice for the main body of the coat does include a dart.

 Pepernoot Coat Sew Along   Week  2: Pattern Details, Fabric Choice & Prep

 The shaping of the shoulder seems a little strange at first glance.

 Pepernoot Coat Sew Along   Week  2: Pattern Details, Fabric Choice & Prep

But once the shoulder yoke is placed against the top of the pattern, the armhole now becomes quite obvious.

 Pepernoot Coat Sew Along   Week  2: Pattern Details, Fabric Choice & Prep

The back bodice also include a dart. Please note that the back bodice is not cut on the fold, but the back yoke is cut on the fold.

 Pepernoot Coat Sew Along   Week  2: Pattern Details, Fabric Choice & Prep

The back skirt of the coat is also cut on the fold.

In the event that you would like to lengthen the skirt, a line has been provided as a guideline. If you lengthen the back, be sure to lengthen the front skirt as well as the front facing and the front band.

 Pepernoot Coat Sew Along   Week  2: Pattern Details, Fabric Choice & Prep

The front skirt includes the placement of the pocket. My recommendation would be to wait and decide on the placement once the pockets have been made. I did not use this placement guide on my original coat.

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The pockets have been designed to include a zipper opening. You will find a pocket pattern as well as a pocket facing pattern.

 Pepernoot Coat Sew Along   Week  2: Pattern Details, Fabric Choice & Prep

If you will be inserting the zippers, an easy way to mark and line up the pocket with the pocket facing is to punch small holes into all 4 corners of both the pocket and the pocket facing as I am pointing to in the picture below. Mark lightly with a marking pen.

 Pepernoot Coat Sew Along   Week  2: Pattern Details, Fabric Choice & Prep

If you are feeling a little intimidated about adding a zipper, an option will be to make the pocket into a patch pocket with a side opening. I will show you how to do this in our next post. In the picture below, I am pointing to the approximate opening of a patch pocket.

 Pepernoot Coat Sew Along   Week  2: Pattern Details, Fabric Choice & Prep

There is a pattern for the front facing as well as the front band.

 Pepernoot Coat Sew Along   Week  2: Pattern Details, Fabric Choice & Prep

The front band is what covers the zipper. The front band is cut on the fold and you will only cut 1.

 Pepernoot Coat Sew Along   Week  2: Pattern Details, Fabric Choice & Prep

The front band will only be sewn on the right side of the coat, but of course the facing will be sewn on the right and left sides of the coat, on the inside attached to the lining.

 Pepernoot Coat Sew Along   Week  2: Pattern Details, Fabric Choice & Prep

The hood of the Pepernoot coat is a 3-piece hood. There are 2 side pieces and a center panel.

 Pepernoot Coat Sew Along   Week  2: Pattern Details, Fabric Choice & Prep

The hood is self lined, so you will cut 4 of the side panels.

 Pepernoot Coat Sew Along   Week  2: Pattern Details, Fabric Choice & Prep

The center panel is cut on the fold, and you will cut 2 center panels.

 Pepernoot Coat Sew Along   Week  2: Pattern Details, Fabric Choice & Prep

Before we begin to sew our coats together, think about what you might like to do to customize your coat. The yokes and the sleeve tabs give you a wonderful opportunity to do a little piping. Piped seams are quite easy to do, and you’ll love how they make the yokes pop. I will be piping my yokes and the sleeve tabs in velvet to coordinate with the velvet centers of the flowers in my fabric.

 Pepernoot Coat Sew Along   Week  2: Pattern Details, Fabric Choice & Prep

When you take a look at the instructions, you will see that the pockets are first on the agenda. We will be sewing the coat together and then adding the pockets after the shell of the coat is made and before we sew in the lining. Once the shell of the coat is made, it will be easy to determine where to best place the pockets.

If you have not purchased your pattern, you can find it HERE. Remember that with this sew along, you can also follow along on the progress of Sadie Fox and her fearless group of sewists who are making the Pepernoot coat in her Denver, Colorado studio.

Be sure to pay Yuki a visit. She’s the designer behind the Pepernoot coat. You can find her website HERE.

So until next time….

Sew On!

Rhonda Buss

www.sewbussted.com

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Pepernoot Sew Along: Week 1 Layout – Fabrics and Prep

Thanks for joining the Sew News Pepernoot Sew Along! If you haven’t yet be sure to get your pattern, there’s still time to join along. Plus, not only do we have Rhonda Buss fearlessly leading the way to a wonderful coat. We also have local sewing star Sadie Fox instructing students in making this coat in her Denver studio. Follow her on Instagram as they show off their progress.

Pepernoot Sew Along Pepernoot Sew Along: Week 1 Layout   Fabrics and PrepAt long last, the Waffle Patterns Pepernoot Coat Sew Along begins!!! For those of you who have decided to join in, you are going to be so very happy with your new coat.

The Pepernoot Coat is such a versatile pattern and can be worn with everything from jeans to dresses. Depending upon your fabric choice, maybe a lovely quilted satin, the coat would also look perfect over an evening gown.

The pattern is listed as being for an advanced level sewist. Thanks to the beautifully illustrated instructions, and this sew along, the coat goes together quite easily. If you are early in your sewing career, and like the coat, by all means, give it a try. The center zipper application may seem a little daunting, but it really isn’t. My only recommendation would be to practice inserting the zipper in the pockets prior to the final application. If you feel that the zipper is just too much, I will include a tutorial on making a welt pocket as well as a patch pocket, so we’ll have an option for everyone.

Waffle Patterns are downloadable PDF patterns. Once you purchase the pattern, you will be sent a file that will include a print at home option as well as a copy shop version. The copy shop version is wonderful, just download it to a stick, take it to your copy shop and have the pattern printed on their large scale printer. No taping multiple pages together!!!

One thing to keep in mind is that Waffle Patterns are layered, so you can actually choose the exact size, or sizes that you would like prior to printing. I’ve included a short video that I did which explains the process.

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Prior to downloading the pattern, pay close attention to the size chart. Keep in mind that this is a coat, so not a tight fitting garment, but there is a considerable amount of ease included in the pattern.

 Pepernoot Sew Along: Week 1 Layout   Fabrics and Prep

 You will notice that the pattern calls for zipper sizes that may be a little difficult to find. For the pocket, I used a 5″ zipper. Worked perfectly.

 Pepernoot Sew Along: Week 1 Layout   Fabrics and Prep

 

The pattern also calls for a 27 1/2″ zipper which can also be difficult to find. For those of you in the Untied States, I purchased my zipper at JoAnn Fabrics. This is a wonderful zipper, when zipped, it has a flat finish, so the teeth are not visible from the top side.

 

 Pepernoot Sew Along: Week 1 Layout   Fabrics and Prep

The teeth are only visible from the back side of the zipper.

 Pepernoot Sew Along: Week 1 Layout   Fabrics and Prep

As you can see in the picture below, there is ample room left at the bottom of the coat for a longer zipper, so a 28″ zipper will work just fine. No reason at all to have a zipper custom made.

 Pepernoot Sew Along: Week 1 Layout   Fabrics and Prep

When choosing fabrics, think about how you would like to wear the coat, and of course the climate that you live in. The coat that I made for the magazine is made from Home Dec fabric, and lined in a fun piece of silk.

 The pattern offers lots of options for customizing. There are front and back yokes as well as a sleeve tab that can be accented with piping.

 Pepernoot Sew Along: Week 1 Layout   Fabrics and Prep

Yuki, the talented designer behind Waffle Patterns included this sketch with fabric choices. Take note that the faux leather was used to line the hood and accent the yokes. The yokes are further accented with the quilted fabric, which was also used to line the jacket. And finally, the hood is trimmed in faux fur.

 Pepernoot Sew Along: Week 1 Layout   Fabrics and Prep

 

A sew along participant sent in her fabric choices, a beautiful mottled wool which she will accent with the faux. leather. The coat will be further accented by her spot on silk lining. A perfect coordinate!

 Pepernoot Sew Along: Week 1 Layout   Fabrics and Prep

 When choosing your lining, once again, think about how and when you will be wearing your coat. If wearing the coat in winter and in a colder climate, you may opt for a quilted lining. If you will be wearing the coat as a spring coat, by all means go for a fun piece of silk as I did! Totally unexpected!

 Pepernoot Sew Along: Week 1 Layout   Fabrics and Prep

 If you have not purchased your pattern, you can find it HERE at Shop Sew It All.

 Even if you don’t make the coat, be sure to tune in each week as we’ll have a number of tutorials that I think you’ll find interesting not only for this project but other projects that you might be working on.

I’m especially excited about getting started on my new jacket! I have been wearing the coat and receive compliments everywhere I go. Next week I will reveal my fabric choice for the sew along. All I’ll say now is that it’s super special and very unexpected!!!

Until next time,

Sew On!

Rhonda Buss

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Crafters’ Blog Hop! Get Inspired –

Today is the kick off of the Crafters’ Blog Hop. Hop along to all the blogs listed at the end of the post for great ideas for quilters, knitters, crocheters, beaders, embroidery lovers and of course seamstresses. Plus make a comment at the end of this post to win a lovely craft book gift pack. More on that in a bit!

In case you were unaware, March is National Craft Month. We unfortunately don’t get the entire month off to sew (don’t worry, I’m lobbying Congress to get that fixed) but Craft Month has forced me to think more about the crafty side of sewing.

Craft Blog hop SN  Crafters Blog Hop! Get Inspired   I am primarily a garment sewer, but I love taking a break from sewing clothes to make cute, easy projects for myself. Here are a few beads and things I’ve saved and collected over the years.

One of my secret hobbies is beading and making fun jewelery. Like any good fabric hoarder, I do indeed covet a number of different beads and baubles in my sewing room too.

And, this is a project I am working on for a bracelet. Aren’t these fun!

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As part of my indoctrination in to all things sewing my grandma would take me to button shows and button shops when I was a kid. I still go to local button shows and pick up unique, generally inexpensive buttons to use in projects.  I picked up some black and orange buttons with metal keys in them. They weren’t expensive, perfect for making a bracelet. And, here is a tutorial on how to make one yourself.

Button Bracelet Tutorial

Use your extra, mismatched or specialty buttons to make a one-of-a-kind button bracelet.

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  1. Chain link bracelet with or without clasp
  2. Assorted buttons with shank attached
  3. Jump rings in matching color to chain link bracelet
  4. Jewelry pliers

button back completed  1024x768 Crafters Blog Hop! Get Inspired   Display the chosen buttons on a table and experiment with layout and color combinations. For a really dense bracelet plan on placing one button on per link. For a less dense bracelet place buttons every three or more links alternating sides of chain.

IMG 4457 1024x529 Crafters Blog Hop! Get Inspired   Take the chain link and measure where you will need it to fit comfortably on your wrist. Mark with a bit of scotch tape.

T0 shorten the length on the bracelet simply remove the necessary links from the chain.

Once the layout has been determined take one jump ring and using the pliers gently, with a slight twisting  motion spread the ring open.

IMG 4458 1024x768 Crafters Blog Hop! Get Inspired   Thread it through the shank of the first button. Next, thread the opened jump ring with the button on it through the chain link and pinch the jump ring closed with the pliers.

IMG 4459 1024x768 Crafters Blog Hop! Get Inspired   Jump ring attached to bracelet chain.

IMG 4461 1024x768 Crafters Blog Hop! Get Inspired   Alternate sides when attaching the buttons. Do this until all the buttons you have chosen are on the chain link. If you don’t like they way it’s looking you can easily remove the jump ring and re-attach.

Here is the back side of an bracelet I made earlier. This one is quite dense with a button on every ring.

IMG 4456 1024x768 Crafters Blog Hop! Get Inspired   When all the buttons are on the chain link, wrap the bracelet across your wrist to make sure the buttons and placement are to your liking. Check to make sure it’s comfortable and if it’s the appropriate length.  If not make adjustments now. To secure with a clasp follow the same procedure as attaching the jump rings.

The chain links come in a variety of finishes such as black, copper toned, patina, silver and ‘antique’.

IMG 4476 1024x780 Crafters Blog Hop! Get Inspired   Once you make one bracelet you’ll never look at lost and mismatched buttons in the same way. This bracelet could easily be made into a necklace.

If you are a quilter then making quilted crafts is a great way to blow through your stash. And, making crafty stuff takes no time at all. Plus, for intermediate quilters these projects will be a snap. For those new to quilting techniques these small quilted crafts are a great way to easy into larger more complicated projects.

I love bags of all shapes and sizes. This project is a great stash buster for any type of sewer. The Scrap Happy Tote from Amanda Jean Nyberg is the perfect bag for crafters, sewers, knitters or quilters. You can get the pattern for this today and be done in a weekend!

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What crafty project I’m working on now is making a business card holder out of this lovely spring inspired fabric designed by Ann Lauer for Benartex from Timeless Treasures Fabric.

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I’ll be posting a tutorial on the Sew Daily blog on how to make your own business card holder. Look for it on Thursday March 17! And in the mean time please check out everyone out on the tour!

Here’s all the tour stops! Be sure to check them out, many have giveaways!

Monday March 7,  – Sew News
Thursday, March 10 – Beading Daily
Monday, March 14  – Fons & Porter
Tuesday March 15 – Quiltmaker
Thursday March 17 – Sew Daily
Monday, March. 21 – Crochet Me
Wednesday  March,23 – Knitting Daily
Thursday March 24, – Martha Pullen
Tuesday, March 29 –  Creative Machine Embroidery
Wednesday March 30 – Keepsake Quilting
Thursday, March 31 – McCalls Quilting

 

The winner from this blog post has been announced. Thank you for commenting!

Tell me what crafty things you like to sew. Do you like making crafts that don’t take a lot of time. Do you like to knit, bead or crochet? Maybe you like to do them all?

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Let me know in the comments section below! One winner will be picked and announced on the Sew Daily blog.

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Desert Bloom Fabric Giveaway

This contest is over, but please come back for other great giveaways.

The winner is Lisa D from South Dakota. I have contacted her and thanks everyone for playing along!

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In our current issue of Sew News, we call out to Dear Stella Design. Rae Ritchie designed a lovely selection of fabrics, one of which is from the Desert Bloom collection. Lucky you, we have three yards of Pod Floral to giveaway.

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To enter into this giveaway tell me in the comments section below what is your favorite fabric to work with. Or, maybe tell me a fabric that you would love to try but haven’t.

One winner will win 3 yards (44″ wide) of the Pod Floral. Please make a dress out of it!

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Sewing Pants & Ancient History. Intrigued? Read On!

 Sewing Pants & Ancient History. Intrigued? Read On!

Short History On Pants

I love sewing pants. I love wearing them almost as much as I love sewing them. Did you know that we’ve been wearing pants for several thousand years? Evolutionary biologist Peter Turchin found that pant wearing came into vogue when Chinese soldiers grew tired (and probably more than a little chaffed) wearing robes while horseback riding. He found that warring states that did not adopt pants in their cavalry unit lost battles more often then cavalry that adopted pants as their uniform. Comfort over style, especially important when you’re a in a war.

In the ancient world, (Rome, Greece, Egypt, parts of Asia) both men and women wore pants for warmth and comfort. There is even evidence that Amazon warrior women wore pants. In Europe during the Middle Ages women could only wear dresses if she valued her life. If a woman was seen wearing pants during the Middle Ages this was considered highly unnatural and it could put the woman at great risk of being burned at the stake. Remember Joan of Arc?

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Leading the battle for better fitting pants.

In the Victorian period you’ll see women wearing the lovely bifurcated skirt, aka the culotte or wide-leg pant during outdoor activities but, rarely as part of a daytime outfit.

 Sewing Pants & Ancient History. Intrigued? Read On!

Comfy

As a mainstream wardrobe staple pants didn’t enter our closets until the 20th century.However there are many women in history that wore pants before then off course. Take for example George Eliot, Marlene Dietrich, Katherine Hepburn and my grandma (although very rarely).

Pant wearing for American women really hit a stride in the 1950s and reached an apex in the 1960s and ’70s. Liberated women drove the popularity of pants.

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Cigar optional.

My grandma would sew pants for myself and my sisters every summer. I remember a red pair with white cherries and a matching blouse. Loved those pants; I probably grew out of them by fall.

Flash forward to the present and I’m crazy about sewing pants. You can see a few pairs of pants that I’ve sewn just last year. I will admit it took me a long time in getting the fit just right. But, that was largely due to me doing it all on my own.

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Love sewing pants.

There are so many great classes, books, videos and online sources that can help you sew the pants of your dreams. If sewing pants is on your list to do this year, do it,do it, do it. You’ll be amazed at how it can easy and fun it is once you learn about fit.

Do you like sewing pants? What’s your biggest fitting issue when it comes to sewing pants. Let me know on the comments section on the blog.

 Sewing Pants & Ancient History. Intrigued? Read On!

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Sewing Retreat Happening April 8-10, 2016! Pack Your Bags!

At Sew News we’re all super excited to hear about a fun, new sewing retreat called Sewcial. It’s the sewing vacation you deserve! Have you always wanted to go to a sewing retreat? What could be better than sewing all weekend and learning from the top industry pros? Meet up with friends and find new ones too, all in one glorious weekend!

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Sewcial will not only give attendees an exquisite educational experience, but the social and fun aspect will also be a highlight of the weekend – the best of both worlds! Not just for beginners, but all levels are welcome to learn in a relaxing and fun environment.

Where:

The event will take place in Novi, Michigan

When: April 8-10, 2016.

Sewcial is the ultimate in sewing retreats where you will spend the weekend with your closest friends, new and old, focusing on what you love to do. Take some time for yourself and relax, have fun, and enjoy two full days learning from the best teachers in the sewing industry. Classes focusing on fashion sewing, drafting, and fitting are on the agenda for this inaugural event, but it won’t be strictly business. We have special banquet, entertainment, and social activities planned to make this the complete sewing vacation! Treat yourself by joining us in Novi, Michigan April 8-10, 2016 and you will go home empowered with new knowledge to make fashions that fit and flatter your body and enhance your lifestyle.

Instructors:
Janet Pray – Islander Sewing Systems
Gail Yellen – Gail Patrice Design
Jennifer Stern – J. Stern Designs
Andrea Schewe – Andrea Schewe Design

Screen Shot 2016 02 17 at 9.40.30 AM Sewing Retreat Happening April 8 10, 2016! Pack Your Bags!Please read their bios for more on these talented ladies.

So, bring your friends or come to meet new, but don’t hesitate to join the fun! Hurry, the number of students will be limited to ensure an intimate, relaxing, and comprehensive experience.

Find more schedules, pricing and more information on the American Sewing Expo website!

Visit their Facebook Page where you can enter into contests and meet others who love to sew!

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