Islander Cape Sew Along: Week 3 Finishing Details

Final week of the Islander Cape Sew Along! We would all love to see your final cape. Let me know if you have completed it and I will post on our Facebook page.

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This installment is all about the finishing details. Rhonda has some great suggestions for making your cape the outer garment you’ll wear over and over again.

This will be the final post for the Islander Cape Super Express  sew along. The name says it all, super express, and yes, it’s a fast piece to make! So no reason to stretch the sew along out to 4 weeks. Continue reading

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Check Out Our New Issue! Plus Freebies!

We have a new issue hitting newsstand on January 15. We’re so excited for this issue with its new columns, fantastic new projects and shiny new faces and plus, all your favorites too.

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Features

Knit Necklines – by Justine Abbitt

Justine shows you how to master the knit neckline with three different techniques for expert looking finishes.

Take It Or Weave It Basket – Tara Curtis

basket 1000 697x1024 Check Out Our New Issue! Plus Freebies!When this sample came in we were all marveling at the intricate look and feel of this fabric basket. We have step-by-step instructions to complete your own fab basket that will be great for yourself or has a gift. Download the pattern and if you make one please, please send us a photo!

Tulip Wrap Skirt – Nicki LaFoille

Everyone needs a classic wrap skirt in their wardrobe. Nicki shows how simple it is to make one you’ll wear again and again.

wrap skirt 1000 675x1024 Check Out Our New Issue! Plus Freebies!Fabric In Focus – Tina Lewis 

Make the most of a precious scrap of wool, tapestry or ikat with this perfectly sized flap bag. Easy to make and fun to wear, grab the free pattern to get started!

flab bag blue 1000 671x1024 Check Out Our New Issue! Plus Freebies!Sport Glam – Nicki Lafoille

We’ve got the sporty glam look all done up in our latest issue. These pants are comfy but jazz them up with some heels for a look that’s great for a night on the town. Find the free pattern here and find all the how-tos in this issue!

pants 1000 676x1024 Check Out Our New Issue! Plus Freebies!New Column! Master Class – Linda Reynolds

Linda will be instructing you how to make the most of those fine details we love. In this issue she’ll show you, step-by-step how to install a fly front zipper. A must for jeans and trousers even skirts.

Bead & Knot Bracelet – Kate Blocher

S3420SIA Check Out Our New Issue! Plus Freebies!Sometimes fabric is so cool you want to wear it as jewelry. This quick and easy jewelry project allows you to wear your favorite fabric to complete any outfit! Find a cute project from Kate Blocher’s new book See Kate Sew!

Two Sew Alongs!

There will be two sew alongs in this issue. The Clare Coat from Closet Case Files will be happening January 10.  clare coat pattern 6000 Check Out Our New Issue! Plus Freebies!The lovely Appleton Dress from Cashmerette and Jenny Rushmore will begin on February 7. Find the details in the latest issue or check back on the Sew News Blog.

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Read about the fascinating costumes from the movie series. See the exhibit at the Denver Art Museum!

Plus we have new columns from Jenny Rushmore of Cashmerette Pattern and the Curvy Sewing Collective. Meet your favorite sewists, seamstresses and experts in Meet the Maker and Get Sewcial with our new column on what’s happening online.

There is so much more to love in our new issue, and great news, we’re expanding our page count starting in our next issue! Stay tuned for more!

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Giveaway: Signature Bags by Michelle Golightly

It’s giveaway time!

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We’re giving away a copy of Signature Bags by Michelle Golightly, as seen in the December 2016/January 2017 issue of Sew News:

Indulge your artistic side with Signature Bags. While the phrase “homemade bag” doesn’t always bring the most stylish images to mind, you’ll find Michelle’s designs to be fresh and fashionable. There’s something for everyone to love, from clutches and purses to totes and backpacks. Detailed step-by-step instructions, illustrations and tips ensure success for every level of sewist. Includes patterns on CD.

For your chance to win a copy of Signature Bags, leave a comment on this post between now and Monday, January 9, at noon (Mountain Standard Time). We’ll randomly pick a winner from among the commenters Monday afternoon using Random.org.

Good luck!

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(Sewing) Year in Review + Goals for 2017!

Screen Shot 2017 01 05 at 12.47.34 PM (Sewing) Year in Review + Goals for 2017!2016 was a big year in my world. I made lots and lots of things….including a human (a baby boy in July)! I was serious about sewing this year – I lost count at 33ish garments: roughly 23 tops, 3 skirts, 4 shorts/pants, 3 dresses, and probably a few I’ve forgotten. There were definitely lots of easy garments in that number but I made significant strides to increase the percentage of me-mades in my wardrobe. (#MeMadeMay – I’m ready for you this year!) And I learned a lot along the way:

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Islander Cape Sew Along: Week 2 Construction + Pocket Details

We are back at it! Everyone here is ready to get sewing for 2017! Are you working on the cape? If so, you’re almost finished and the end result will be a lovely and wearable cape. Let’s have Rhonda show us how to make perfect pockets and more with the Islander Cape Sew Along!

 Islander Cape Sew Along: Week 2 Construction + Pocket Details

The first cape I owned was made for me by my mother. It was floor length, and made in a cobalt blue faux fur. Like the Cape Super Express, it too had a hood. Not only was it a bold color, it was a big and sweeping design, and I felt like a million bucks when I wore it. So needless to say, a cape brings back some wonderful memories and I am excited about wearing my new capes!

If you would like to accent your cape as I did mine with a contrasting fabric, there are just a few points to keep in mind

 Islander Cape Sew Along: Week 2 Construction + Pocket Details

The front of the cape pattern has 3 pieces, so the top of the cape is a separate pattern from the lower portion of the cape. The back has only 1 pattern piece, so if you would like to accent the top of the cape with a contrasting fabric, the back pattern will need to be cut apart.

 Islander Cape Sew Along: Week 2 Construction + Pocket Details

To do this, match the front pattern to the back and align the notches. Cut the top portion of the back pattern away from the lower portion. Notice that I added a slight curve to my line. Be sure to make a note on the pattern to add seam allowance to both the top and bottom pattern pieces!

Although the cape is quite roomy and offers a loose fit, it does have some shape. The back has darts at the neckline and the front has bust darts that radiate up from the seam and down on the lower section of the front cape.

 Islander Cape Sew Along: Week 2 Construction + Pocket Details

Once I sew in my darts, I like to clip them open and press them flat.

 Islander Cape Sew Along: Week 2 Construction + Pocket Details

Once all darts have been sewn, lay the pieces aside.

It is important to pay attention to the instructions as different seam allowances are used throughout the pattern.

I decided to use a denim for my cape, but it ended up being a “make it work” situation as I was a little short on fabric. In order to get the hood, I had to cut the pattern piece into a number of pieces. In order to make this look like it was intended, I then top stitched all of the seams. If you do decide to do something like this, just be sure to remember the seam allowance!

 Islander Cape Sew Along: Week 2 Construction + Pocket Details

The center back seam allowance of the hood is 5/8″. Note that the lining is smaller than the outer hood as the outer hood includes a facing. The instructions call for the facing to be interfaced. I did not use interfacing in either of the capes. With the faux fur, I wanted the hood to be soft as it fell over the shoulders, and with the denim, I felt that it didn’t need it. So, just think about the look you are going for, and the type of fabric you are using so as to whether or not the facing should be interfaced.

The hood lining is sewn to the hood with a 3/8″ seam allowance.

          Islander Cape Sew Along: Week 2 Construction + Pocket Details

Once the lining has been sewn to the outer hood, stitch along the neckline of the hood with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Set the hood aside for now.

 Islander Cape Sew Along: Week 2 Construction + Pocket Details

Sew the pocket facing to the pocket with a 1/4″ seam allowance.

 Islander Cape Sew Along: Week 2 Construction + Pocket Details

Once the pocket facing is sewn to the pocket, I like to edge stitch the seam. This will help to hold the seam in place.

 Islander Cape Sew Along: Week 2 Construction + Pocket Details

 The instructions say to sew the pocket to the front and side front panels with a 5/8″ seam allowance. I prefer to sew the pocket to the panels with a 3/8″ seam allowance. Once sewn, I then edge stitch the seam allowance.

 Islander Cape Sew Along: Week 2 Construction + Pocket Details

Once the pockets are in place, sew the center front to the side front with a 5/8″ seam allowance.

As you see in the picture below, the seam of the pocket will be away from the fold. Since I am top stitching my seams, I pressed the seam allowance open.

 Islander Cape Sew Along: Week 2 Construction + Pocket Details

 I then top stitched the seam allowance on the center front panel only.

 Islander Cape Sew Along: Week 2 Construction + Pocket Details

 To sew the pocket closed, clip the seam allowance on the side front panel, lay the pockets together and stitch around with a 5/8” seam alowance.

 Islander Cape Sew Along: Week 2 Construction + Pocket Details

 There is a “v” shape in the lower side front panel of the cape. Stitch at this point with a 5/8″ seam allowance.

 Islander Cape Sew Along: Week 2 Construction + Pocket Details

And then clip just to the stitching line. Be careful not to clip through the stitching line.

 Islander Cape Sew Along: Week 2 Construction + Pocket Details

Now sew the top of the cape to the lower sections with a 5/8″ seam allowance. Do not stitch between the notches. The area between the notches will be the arm slots.

 Islander Cape Sew Along: Week 2 Construction + Pocket Details

I am going to show you a different method for attaching the outer cape to the lining at the arm slots, so for now, press the seam allowance open.

 Islander Cape Sew Along: Week 2 Construction + Pocket Details

Once the seam allowance has been pressed open, clip away the fullness of the “v” which I am pointing to below.

 Islander Cape Sew Along: Week 2 Construction + Pocket Details

Sew the back cape to the front. The side seams will be 5/8″ seam allowances.

 Islander Cape Sew Along: Week 2 Construction + Pocket Details

At this point, our capes are really taking shape!

A sneak peek at the lining I will be using for my cape. The hood is lined in a velvet as I thought it would be a nice contrast to the lining fabric.

 Islander Cape Sew Along: Week 2 Construction + Pocket Details

In our next post, we will sew the lining together and attach the facings. The lining will then be attached to the cape at the arm slots. We’ll attach the hood and then sew the lining/facing to the neckline and front opening. Our final steps will be to add the buttonholes and hem the cape. It really lives up to its name, Cape Super Express!!!

Until next time…

Sew On!

Rhonda Buss

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Tell Us What You Sewed This Past Year!

Making New Year’s Resolutions
I always get excited for the end of the year. A new year is just around the corner and with it it brings new hope that I’ll finally get my stuff together.

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Remember these?

I had a number of New Year resolutions for 2016. I had planned on sewing a ball gown. Anyone remember that crazy idea? So, no I did not even come close. What was I thinking?

Additional resolutions for 2016 were:

  • Make a pair of cigarette pants
  • Work on a LBD project
  • Sew a jacket from fabric purchased from the French Seam
  • Restart vintage McCalls 4606, this time “getting it right”
  • Work on “fitting issues” and “churn out a half a dozen vintage skirt patterns”

Oy vey. I did not do any of those. But, let’s not drag ourselves down for what we didn’t do. Let’s examine what we did sew. For 2016, here’s a list of what I did make.

  • 4 pairs of pants
  • 5 dresses
  • 5 jackets
  • 7 skirts
  • 7 blouses/tops

Numerous scarves, three sets of embroidered hand towels, a couple of pillows and one re-upholstered chair.

Listed out like that, I’m quite impressed with myself! How about you? Did you do good on your sewing resolutions? I would love to know what you made in 2016. Let me know on the blog!

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Jill Case
Online Editor, Sew News
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Classes for 2017!

ISSC 150 Tell Us What You Sewed This Past Year!

Learn insider industry tricks!

No Pins, No Basting, No Kidding! Learn to sew faster and better while using industry sewing techniques. In this course, Janet Pray, President of the American Sewing Expo, Inc. and Owner of Islander Sewing Systems, walks you through the Islander Sewing System, step-by-step.

As a certified Islander Sewing Instructor, you’ll be licensed to teach the techniques learned in the course; have the ability to resell Islander products; reach a larger audience of potential students with your class schedule posted on the Islander Sewing site; and improve your sewing skills, confidence and teaching abilities. Learn more here!

copy cat 150 Tell Us What You Sewed This Past Year!

Learn To Copy RTW Garments!

You know your favorite dress in your closet that you wish you had in 5 other colors or fabric? Or that skirt that fits you so perfectly, you’d love to have 12 more? If you have existing garments that you LOVE, and you want to learn how to create a pattern from a garment in your closet, this course is for you!

This course will show you the basic construction steps for sewing a skirt, a dress, and a shirt. That way, once you’ve made your replica patterns, you can be on your way to easily sewing the pieces out of new fabric! Learn more here!

Bag linda lee 150 Tell Us What You Sewed This Past Year!

Sew Stunning Bags with Linda Lee

This course delves into the inside designer tricks to sewing trendy bags. It addresses materials and techniques for the most common details seen in high-end designer bags.

This is one class that offers everything you need to know to produce a well-made product in a fine fabric. The viewer will see lots of finished bags for inspiration, watch hands-on sewing techniques for precision sewing and listen to a seasoned pro explain better solutions for better bag-making. Read more here…

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Learn More in 2017!

Become a certified teacher with Sulky in this online sewing education course. Whether you want to begin a career as a sewing teacher, advance your sewing career or simply add to your teaching portfolio, the Sulky® Online Certified Teacher Continuing Education Training program is designed to enhance your success with the most up-to-date teaching skills. Read on for more info & to register…

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Islander Cape Sew Along: Week 2 Construction

We are now on our way to week 2 of the sew along. I am a bit behind, I wanted to join in too! But, haven’t been able to sit down and cut my pattern  out yet. If you find that you are behind, rest assured that these tutorials will be here for you to access at any time. Let’s have Rhonda get to it!

 Islander Cape Sew Along: Week 2 Construction

The first cape I owned was made for me by my mother. It was floor length, and made in a cobalt blue faux fur. Like the Cape Super Express, it too had a hood. Not only was it a bold color, it was a big and sweeping design, and I felt like a million bucks when I wore it. So needless to say, a cape brings back some wonderful memories and I am excited about wearing my new capes! Continue reading

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