Tell Me Your Bra Wearing Pet Peeves + Enter To Win A Lingerie Project E-book

In the past I didn’t really think too much about making my own lingerie or bras. I just excepted itchy, pokey and ill-fitting bras. But no more! I’m dipping my toe into the bra making fun that I see all over the web.

Besides, why should I be uncomfortable? I don’t think it matters what size you are, an ill-fitting bra is a horrible thing to wear.

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The Deadliest Bra Ever?

My biggest issues are itchy and weird shaped cups. Itchy is hands down my biggest pet peeve. What do they make these bras with, fiber glass insulation? Continue reading

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Upcoming Webinar: A Bra That Fits with Monica Bravo

This might be TMI, but I have a lot of problems finding bras that fit. For one thing, my cup size falls halfway between A and B, so As are always a little small and Bs are always a little big. On top of that, I often have trouble finding my band size paired with the smaller cups. Bra manufacturers seems to believe that small cups=small torso. That’s not how it works on me!Bras MonicaBravo Upcoming Webinar: A Bra That Fits with Monica Bravo

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Pam Damour, known as the Decorating Diva, is an interior designer that has been beautifying homes for over 30 years. Pam has written several top selling home decorating books, has taught world-wide through in-person classes, DVD’s as well as online instruction. You won’t find a more knowledgeable and down-to-earth instructor.

Pam damour ss3 HOME DECORATING MADE EASY WITH PAM DAMOURIf you’re interested in learning insider secrets to the home décor industry, want to start your own business or simply want beautiful draperies in your home, Pam Damour’s Window Treatment School is the one to take. In Pam Damour’s Window Treatment School, you’ll learn key techniques for creating beautiful draperies. Techniques that go beyond the basic how-to book or course. You’ll learn pattern matching, how to achieve perfect corners and curves. Plus, a simple way for making perfect pleats. In addition you’ll learn fabrication sequence, proper pressing, mounting, installation of draperies and:

  • How to calculate yardage
  • Create contrasting facings
  • Add trims
  • Difference between linings and interlinings and how to construct them

Pam’s special patterns make it super easy

With the patterns and course materials included, you’ll know how to make custom window treatments to add value to any home or business. The possibilities are endless when you know how to do it yourself.

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Sew for Summer: June/July Sew News Preview

Now that summer’s finally here, we’re looking forward to all sorts of warm-weather fun. Lucky for us, we have the June/July issue of Sew News to help us out!

Soma Swimsuit 185x300 Sew for Summer: June/July Sew News Preview

Soma Swimsuit

Personally, I love to swim. Living in Colorado, I don’t get to experience the beach except when I travel, but I’m lucky enough to have several outdoor pools nearby that are perfect for whiling away the hot summer days. For a new poolside look, check out our upcoming Sew-Along for the Soma Swimsuit, starting June 6. Don’t you just love the details on the straps? The back has a cool strappy crisscross, too. There are also two bikini variations included with the pattern. I’ve never made a swimsuit before, and the idea sounds intriguing. Maybe I’ll pick up the pattern at and give this one a try!

Lacy Daze 153x300 Sew for Summer: June/July Sew News Preview

Lacy Daze Cover-up

If a swimsuit is too intimidating, you can always stitch yourself a lovely lacy cover-up to wear to the pool or the beach. You don’t even need a pattern—our instructions teach you how to draft your own using basic measurements and simple shapes.

Resort Ready 139x300 Sew for Summer: June/July Sew News Preview

Resort Ready Maxi Dress

When you’re not enjoying the water, you can still beat the heat with one (or both!) of two summery dresses. The Resort Ready maxi dress is light and airy—perfect for a hot, sticky day. This is another pattern that you draft yourself (I love doing that; it makes me feel so accomplished!).

Josie Sundress 184x300 Sew for Summer: June/July Sew News Preview

Josie Sundress

Or learn how to add center front darts to a shorter dress pattern, like the cool and carefree Josie sundress. You’ll love how the darts create a unique look while adjusting the fit.

Of course, there’s a lot more to find in this issue—summery garments and accessories, fitting tips, recommendations, free patterns and more!

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Some of the projects in the June/July Sew News

What’s your favorite thing to sew in the summer? Let us know in comments.

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Would You Sew With An 80 Year Old Sewing Pattern?

I love vintage sewing patterns. I’m a sucker for their details, simplicity and sophistication. My current affection is for sweet styling of a button up blouse. What I’ve really come to love lately is the kimono and raglan sleeve, as seen in the McCalls 8711 and Advanced 6261. I can’t wait to get started.

vintage patterns 600 Would You Sew With An 80 Year Old Sewing Pattern?Have you ever wanted to sew with vintage patterns? There’s a bit of care involved when sewing with vintage patterns. Some of the patterns I have are over 80 years old and if I want them to be preserved there’s a few things I need to do.

  • I make a copy (color preferred) of the front and back of the pattern envelope.
  • Copy the instructions, front and back.
  • I iron each pattern piece on the lowest setting.
  • Finally, I copy of all the pattern pieces on to Swedish tracing paper. Making sure to copy all the markings and notations.
  • Grade pattern if too big or small.
  • Make a trial garment and make any fitting adjustments.
  • Sew up the final version.
  • Fold up all originals following original fold lines.
  • Package all in an archival sleeve and store in metal filing cabinet.

If you don’t care to purchase these delicate patterns and use up valuable time in prepping them for use, there are new patterns that have all the charm of the originals. You know, everything old is new again!

Let me know if you like sewing with patterns or if you would rather use new. Or tell me what’s the oldest sewing pattern you have used.  Leave a comment and you’ll be entered to win a garment sewing book gift pack.

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Quilting Just For Beginners

I have to admit that I only picked up quilting just a short time ago. And, have yet to finish a quilt from start to finish. Even though I have been sewing for a long time, quilting is very new to me. And, I’m rather intimidated by much of it.

quilting for beginners with MF Quilting Just For Beginners

For beginning quilters, no matter what your sewing level is, making your first quilt can seem overwhelming. Don’t fret: Craft Online University is here to help you find success and have fun making your quilts. Guiding you through the fundamentals of making a quilt – from how to choose your fabric to how to assemble a basic quilt block – this fun course is a no-stress introduction for newer quilters as well as those looking for a refresher on some of the basics.

You will learn how to: Continue reading

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Pro tips for sewing high-end bags, purses and totes

Bags LindaMcGehee 2 Pro tips for sewing high end bags, purses and totes

Do you love sewing bags, purses and totes? Summer is the perfect time to hone your sewing skills. And the perfect time to make a few new bags for your collection! If you’re looking to do both, join expert instructor, designer and all-around bag-guru Linda McGehee for an instructional webinar, Bags, Purses & Totes: Tips, Tricks & Troubleshooting for Professional Results with Linda McGehee. Continue reading

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