Are you ready to sew your Ravenna Blouse? We can’t wait to get started with our first sew along from the new April/May issue. And this blouse is a good one – the perfect wardrobe builder with style and customization options that make it so much more than basic. The creator is Kimberly Payne of Straight Stitch Designs. Going beyond basics is what drives her pattern design philosophy – and that’s why she’s one of our favorite indie pattern designers! Read below for more from Kimberly, then join us tomorrow for week 1 of the Ravenna Blouse sew along!
SN: What is your sewing background?
I was lucky enough to learn all about sewing from my mom while I was in high school. She not only taught me the basics of sewing but she did it on the sewing machine she used to make her clothes growing up. Although over the years I have sewn a little or a lot, it has been a constant in my life as a way to express my creativity.
Sewing for my kids is what finally brought me back to sewing regularly and gave me a renewed love of the art of making. Once I sewed my first piece of clothing for myself I knew it was an exciting new direction I was headed in.
The Ravenna Blouse is tops on our must-make wardrobe basics for spring list but this blouse offers so many customization options, it’s far beyond basic. Grab the Ravenna Blouse paper pattern over here, then read tips below from the fabulous Kimberly Payne of Straight Stitch Design, the pattern’s designer.
As we make our way out of winter and start to look for new spring tops, comfort usually wins out above anything else. Finding a top that is both flowy and fitted is the perfect transition piece, the Ravenna top is just that.
What makes this pattern stand out is the ability to really customize the top to fit both your style and current mood. You can sew this top in either a knit or a woven and include any combination of the design elements in the pattern. Leave everything off for a simple modern look, or include the ruffles and exposed zipper for a flirty modern look.
Every year there is always a body part we love to show off. 2015 was the crop top, showing off perfect and in my case not so perfect abs. One-shoulder cuts were hot too. Chokers were the thing to accentuate a nice neck. For 2016 showing one shoulder was all the rage but this year it’s both! Good thing shoulders. When have you ever NOT loved your shoulder.
For 2017, hit the gym ladies arms are going to be the It body part. Have you seen the runway styles and the latest sewing patterns? Sleeves take center stage this year.
Women’s Wear Daily :
Echoing runway offerings….trade shows place strong emphasis on sleeves. Dramatic shapes and fresh details make arms key focal points, with volume reigning supreme and tweaked constructions providing edge and interest.
Congratulations, Kathy! We’ll be in touch soon so we can get your prize in the mail to you.
If you didn’t win this time but are still interested in the book, you can find Modern Machine Embroidery at interweave.com.
Look for our next book giveaway on May 3, 2017!
It’s giveaway time!
We’re giving away a copy of Modern Machine Embroidery by Lisa Archer, as seen in the February/March 2017 issue of Sew News:
Need to know the ins and outs of successful machine embroidery? This new machine embroidery book from Pickle Pie teaches you how to embroider like a pro, giving your sewing projects and purchased items a truly personalized touch.
Included are step-by-step instructions for 11 projects, along with essential information about stabilizers, threads, fabric choices, hooping, and more. Learn how to create stylish appliqués and unique monograms, or create all the pieces for your project in the hoop taking advantage of author Lisa Archer’s in-the-hoop embroidery approach. The book’s bonus DVD includes 25 must-have embroidery downloads, including three in-the-hoop projects and a complete alphabet.
Combine all these quality designs with Lisa Archer’s expert advice, and you’ll find that stitching professional-level embroidery is as easy as (pickle) pie!
For your chance to win a copy of Modern Machine Embroidery, leave a comment on this post between now and Thursday, March 2 , at noon (Mountain Standard Time). We’ll randomly pick a winner from among the commenters Thursday afternoon using Random.org.
Prom season is around the corner in most parts of the country. Are you making a dress for yourself or someone you know? Here are a few accessory patterns to get you started, plus a bit of inspiration.
Nothing is cuter than a bow tie that matches the dress. Stitch up a bow tie for your partner with this FREE bow tie pattern. If a tie is more your partner’s style, here’s a free tie pattern.
Looking for some inspiration? How about bird hunting as a theme?
If duct tape is your jam head to Stuck At Prom, sponsored by Duck Tape. The stakes are high, you can win scholorship money if you win. Competition is sticky. See their website for past contestants and how to enter.
If you are looking for a something a bit less sticky, how about an easy to make clutch that you can match with anything?
What are you plans for prom? Making your own, buying or skipping the whole thing altogether? Let me know in the comments section below!
Photo 1 Credit: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/464644886530745568
Photo 2 Credit Duck Tape 2013 Winners: http://stuckatprom.com/past-winners/2013/caden-ashton/
The Appleton Dress is a must-have for spring. Designed with curves in mind and with a neckband that actually stays closed, this dress is a dream to sew up and a dream to wear. Today, we welcome Appleton Dress designer Jenny Rushmore of Cashmerette for tips on hemming knits.
If you’re used to sewing with wovens, hemming knits can seem a little intimidating! But there are a few techniques you can use to make it a breeze.
First of all, “wonder tape” or “steam-a-seam” is your friend! “Wonder tape” is a double-sided tape that doesn’t gum up your needle when it’s sewn, and washes away when the garment is washed. You use it to stick your hem together first, making it easy to sew a hem without the fabric slipping. Alternatively, “steam-a-seam” is a double-sided fusible webbing, which you sandwich into your hem, and when it’s pressed it glues the two sides together in much the same way. Using these is much easier and more accurate than pins.