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Easter Dresses to Sew for Kids
Easter is a bit later this year, giving us extra time to sew up some pretty fashions embellished with simple embroidery.
Sewing for kids is super enjoyable–the patterns are usually easy and not much fabric is needed. The dresses featured here are easily sewn in a few hours. Choose one or both for the littles in your life and get them ready for spring soirees!
Do you draw your designs before stitching them? Fashion sketching is a great way to round out your sewing and planning skills. From capturing design and alteration ideas and setting sewing intentions to documenting your creative journey and testing out garment proportions, sketching is an important tool if you’re willing to spend time honing your skills. Read on for top 5 tips from Meg Healy, Online Editor for BurdaStyle.
I learned fashion sketching in fashion school. I love to sketch out everything to get a sense of the design changes I want to make, how it will look in the fabric and what mood it conveys.
My top 5 tips for fashion sketching are: Continue reading
Project Runway All Stars Recap
Season 6, Episode 8: Mizrahi Madness
photos courtesy of mylifetime.com.
This episode was all about color. The designers took a trip to an Isaac Mizrahi exhibit to view the evolution of his designs and his use of color. Continue reading
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Project Runway All Stars Season 6 Episode 7 Recap: A Kick in the Astros
photos courtesy of mylifetime.com.
After a week hiatus, we’re back with Project Runway All-Stars! I’m not sure why they took a week off, but they sure turned up the volume this week with the avant garde challenge.
The designers were taken to a planetarium and viewed a film about the universe and all its glory. They were to take inspiration from that to create an avant garde look with $350 and two days. Now was the time to go big.
Joshua started out with a strong idea and an innovative technique. He used Pluto for his inspiration, choosing a color palette quite literally, and decided to make a cape/overlay/vest out of…hot glue. Seriously. Continue reading
2018 Winter Games–Costumes & Revelry
We’re in the throes of Olympics fever with ever-present goosebumps as we watch the events unfold each day. The athletes’ backstories, the extravagant costumes, the audience reactions, the celebrations–it’s awe-inspiring. The hope, pride, joy (and sometimes disappointment) are palpable.Valentina Marchei & Ondrej Hotarek of Italy Continue reading
Happy Valentines, Galentines, chocolates and wine/fancy fabric day, friends! We’re taking today to celebrate one of our favorite kinds of love: self-love. We’ve been so inspired by the Sewing Makes You Love Yourself challenge on Instagram (#smyly2018), we thought we’d chime in with our thoughts on how sewing has transformed, inspired and impacted our lives and our relationships…with ourselves. Join the conversation! Let us know in the comments if sewing has positively impacted your relationship with yourself and your body.
Welcome to week 2 of the Luzerne Trench sew along! Again today, we’re joined by the lovely team from Deer & Doe for their fabric recommendations (and a few of our top picks).
Check out last week’s post for more on the inspiration behind this design. And join us next week for a bound buttonhole tutorial, plus some special topics along the way. And don’t forget: there’s still time to join! Grab the pattern here and get started with us!
For Luzerne, we recommend light- to mediumweight twill or gabardine. The fabric must have enough body: avoid wools and rayon blends, or you’ll lose the structure of the jacket. At the same time, the fabric has to have some flexibility to ensure comfort. Stay away from anything too stiff and rigid. Finally, pick something with 100% cotton rather than an elastane blend, which would disrupt the fit and make you have to go down at least half a size. And if you’d like, you could also go for a waxed twill Continue reading
Project Runway All Stars Recap: Season 6, Episode 6: Thrown for a Loop by Betty Boop
photos courtesy of mylifetime.com.
This week, Betty Boop was the special guest. The designers were challenged by her to create a youthful, fashion-foward look that she’d love to wear. (The animators did an especially lovely job with her shadow on the catwalk.) Continue reading
Sara Johansen is a wife, mom to two little ones, BERNINA Ambassador, and creative innovator in-between. Basically, fashion forward sewing is her thing. Learn more about Sara at TheSaraProject.com or @thesaraproject_.
Winter Games–Snowsuit Fashion at its Finest
I’m excited about the opening ceremony this Friday. I love watching as the teams from each country file into the stadium and fill it with color and personality. Usually the opening ceremony looks are glorified snowsuits–oversized coats with snowpants and perhaps some sort of accessory that unifies the group–a scarf, hat or statement shoe (or all of the above). Here’s a look at the 2014 looks to get you amped for what’s to come in a few days. Continue reading
Do you want to get more wear out of your handmade garments? Do you feel lost or bored with what hangs in your closet? The 10×10 wardrobe challenge might be just the thing to re-inspire your wardrobe.
By Delphine Colbeau of Sewing Tidbits
Whether you’re a devotee of the capsule wardrobe or you just want to make the most out of your closet, you will benefit from pushing your style boundaries. The 10×10 challenge is extremely simple: Choose 10 garments in your closet and wear them exclusively for 10 days. Prepare for it in less than an hour and garner valuable lessons about your style that will transform the way you approach sewing for yourself. Continue reading
Welcome to our first sew along of 2018, friends! We’re starting off with a bang, with the amazing Luzerne Trench by Deer & Doe. If you’re not sure you need a trench in your life, let us convince you otherwise. Last week we shared some trench-spiration and this year, we’ve got more from the Deer & Doe team on the inspiration behind this particular design. And join us next week for more on fabric recommendations.
When we decided to stop selling our Pavot jacket, we promised we would add a new spring jacket to take its place in our pattern catalogue. However, copy-pasting was out of question! We took some elements of Pavot’s delicate style and imagined a feminine and urban trench coat, with lots of details and a timeless silhouette. Continue reading
For me personally, February being National Embroidery Month is incredibly appropriate. There are a lot of things happening this month that I associate embroidery with. For example, when I was a kid, my parents watched the local team’s football game every weekend (I think they still do). My mom, who was perhaps a little less into football than my dad, often used the time to work on a cross stitch project. Because she only worked on it during the games, it was slow going — I think it took about eight years to finish!