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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Janet prepping for her video shoot in Golden

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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Would You Sew A 1000 Dresses?

Remember the story of the woman who sewed a thousand dresses for little girls in need? Well, now the filmmaker Vicki Vasilopoulos, who brought the stories of Italian tailors to the world in Men of the Cloth, is making a documentary about the woman who sewed a thousand dresses, Lillian Weber.

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When Lillian’s story hit the Internet it brought to light the organization she was sewing for, Little Dresses for Africa. This is a non-profit organization and if you would like more information on it and their work please visit their Facebook page.

The documentary that is being made by Vicki Vasilopoulos is in the early stages of development. For more information please visit their website and consider subscribing to their newsletter to stay posted on their progress, plus visit their Facebook page and become a fan.

We love seeing how sewing brings out the best in people around the world.

 

 

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Visual Dictionary: 6 Different Stitches For Your Serger

It is well known around here that I had a beautiful serger but I stupidly forgot to oil it. Living in a dry climate and the fact that I used the heck out of it, well, I’m sure you can guess what happened to it. As of today I still don’t have a serger. To remedy that I can often be seen in the Sew News sewing studio after work sergering away on my own projects. I really miss my serger and all the wonderful things it did for my sewing projects and me. I hope to get one again here soon.  I’ll keep you posted.

National Serger Month 2016 Badge Visual Dictionary: 6 Different Stitches For Your Serger April is National Serger Month.  So, what better time to tell you all about sergers. This post is on different seams and what they look like. The serger is a wonderful machine and I hope you get the chance to have one in your sewing room. You’ll love it. Continue reading

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Picking the Perfect Skirt for Your Body

With our April/May issue of Sew News, we celebrate the start of a new mini-series on finding the perfect fit for your body, with fit expert and Fit for Art Patterns (fitforartpatterns.com) Creative Director Rae Cumbie as your guide. The series will explore fit garment type by garment type, starting with skirts. From classic skirt shapes and silhouettes to waist treatments and length to picking the right shape for your body type, the first installment of the series discusses all things skirt-related. Read on to learn more about Rae’s perspective on fit, current skirt trends and skirt selection tips. For the full article, grab the Sew News April/May issue.Screen Shot 2016 03 16 at 9.15.11 AM 1024x523 Picking the Perfect Skirt for Your Body

Why is it important for people to understand fit principles when selecting patterns? We all want successful sewing experiences, especially if you are making clothing for yourself or others. Understanding your personal fit preferences and the basic elements of fit will lead to good choices in your preparation for sewing which includes picking a pattern. Continue reading

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