Laurel Dress Sew Along, Week 2

Today, we’re sharing a little Laurel love with a guest post from Colette Patterns founder, Sarai Mitnick. No secret around here that I love (LOVE!!!) a great basic pattern. Also no secret that I’ve recently been bitten by the knit fabric bug. I’ve been taking a close look at the patterns I already have in my library that could work for both wovens and knits. Below are tips from Sarai on doing that with the Laurel Dress pattern.

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I made this version of Laurel because (1) knit striped shift dresses are just about the easiest thing in the world to wear, (2) no closures, and (3) I wanted to see how Laurel would do in a knit fabric. Continue reading

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Ultimate Sewing Wish List + A Giveaway!

Too Many Presents Under The Tree

I find it more than amusing that no one in my household, when it comes time for gift giving, gives me any sewing related presents. None. I really can’t think of a Christmas or birthday where I was presented with anything related to sewing. Nothing.

20 Bad Vintage Christmas Ads Ultimate Sewing Wish List + A Giveaway!

Will I really be happier with a Hoover?

Not that I’m looking a gift horse in the mouth. I truly love the mustard-colored velour extra- large underwear set. Who doesn’t need an electrical foot bath and a pot holder set with Paula Deen’s face emblazoned on them? The cone-shaped watch from Walmart still sits in a honored place in my sock drawer. And, the electric staple gun and sweat suit, well, what can I say about that? Every year it gets better and better.

Trust me, I’ve given hints, practically tattooed a list on my face. Until they “get the hint”, I make sure I always have something for myself under the tree. Trust me it’s good.

Question for you is what does your sewing wish list look like? Want a sewing machine, a nice pair of scissors? Maybe a gift card or two? Tell me a great (or not so great) gift you received from a spouse or significant other. Maybe you’re like me and pop something for yourself under the tree.
Let me know in the comments section below and you’ll be entered to win a Seamstress’s Holiday Gift Pack.

One winner will be picked on Monday November 21!

Until then!

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 Ultimate Sewing Wish List + A Giveaway!
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Absolute Beginner Machine Embroidery: Preview 11: Freestanding Lace

Have you gotten a chance to view the previews of our new machine embroidery series? This 26 episode series teaches and inspires both new and experienced machine embroiderers to get the most out of their machine investment and create beautiful embroidered projects.

Absolute Beginner Machine Embroidery will guide you through a variety of topics including:

  • different types of embroidery designs
  • stabilizers and threads that are available
  • how to embroider on ready-made-projects
  • embroidering on difficult fabrics
  • the basics of embroidery software, and so much more.

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This series is great for those that sew garments, quilts and/or crafts. As long as you have an embroidery machine and you want to learn all there is to it, you’re all set! Just sit back and find out how fun machine embroidery can be.

Episode 12 is all about freestanding lace. Learn what it is, how to embroider, project samples as inspiration and more! All this and more in the full 26 series video.

Watch a quick preview of Episode 11 of Absolute Beginner Machine Embroidery above.

You can purchase this as a subscription to or purchase the entire series (26 episodes) here for 24.99

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Veterans Day & Quilts of Valor

How do you celebrate Veterans Day? Do you go to parades? Maybe you shake a veterans hand and tell them ‘Thank you!’

Perhaps you make a quilt to be used by military veterans in their recovery? There is a wonderful organization called Quilts of Valor, which offers quilts to veterans for comfort. Their mission is “to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor. They are always looking for quilters and seamstresses to sew quilts. I encourage you to check it out!

If your interested in making a quilt there are many patterns and inspiration for you to choose from.

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String of Stars Quilt

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Fluttering Flag Quilt




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BurdaStyle Cape Top

Seasonally appropriate? Not in the least!

I’m a summer girl, so sometimes the only thing that gets me through fall and winter is dreaming about when the warm weather will come around again. That’s what was behind my choice to stitch this cool, drapey cape top from BurdaStyle.

The pattern is designed for knits, so I used this fun print from Art Gallery Fabrics’ Heart Melodies called “The Key of Hue.” I love the colors and the way the print is reminiscent of a piano keyboard. This knit is 95% cotton, so it will be nice and cool come summer.

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The Key of Hue

The Cape top pattern comes from the May 2016 issue of BurdaStyle. I love the way it drapes and shows a little bit of upper arm. The pattern includes a front and back piece that can be cut top-length or dress-length. Continue reading

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Ginger Jean Sew Along: Week 4 Finishing Touches!

Here is the final installment of the Ginger Jean Sew Along! Yay, you made it! And, now you have a wonderful pair of skinny jeans ( or you will shortly). If you haven’t started to sew the pant, when you start you can always refer to these sew alongs. They are short and helpful in creating the jeans of your dreams. Rhonda will now walk  you through the last bit of stitching your jeans.

 Ginger Jean Sew Along: Week 4 Finishing Touches!

We all long for a pair of pants that we love to wear. That pair of pants that feels great on our bodies, and that no one can believe that we made. A pair of pants that are easy to care for, just throw in the washing machine and when they reappear, they look just as great as they did when they went into the machine. Seems like a fantasy, but that is exactly what the Ginger Jeans from Closet Case Files has been for me. Maybe they need to be renamed, Dream Jeans!!! Continue reading

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Laurel Dress Sew Along, Week 1

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In the October/November issue of Sew News, we took you inside the dynamic, inspiring workspace of Colette Patterns. Based in Portland, what started as a one-woman, kitchen-based company in 2009 has grown into a beloved pattern company. Known for its classic shapes and vintage details, Colette Patterns are decidedly wearable and modern. Over the next few weeks, we’ll share information and bonus content related to one of our favorite Colette Patterns, the Laurel Dress.

If you’re looking for the perfect basic dress, the Laurel is for you. Perfect in a wide range of fabrics and nearly any print (from stripes to plaids to large-scale repeats), this chic and simple shift dress is easy to sew, astoundingly versatile, and comfortable to wear year-round. The fit is semi-loose with a fitted bust and back darts to keep the shape streamlined. This simple design can be transformed for so many different looks, just in fabric selection alone. Try it in this season’s hottest fabric, velvet, for an upscale look perfect for upcoming holiday parties. Sew it in tweed for a cozy fall basic with vintage flavor, or rayon for a slinkier effect with drape. Or opt for double gauze and throw on some layers for the cooler months. Continue reading

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