Rocky Mountain Quilt Festival – August 15, 2014 Don’t miss it!

RMQFmountain602x144 Rocky Mountain Quilt Festival   August 15, 2014 Dont miss it!If you are looking for things to do in the Rocky Mountain region check out the Rocky Mountain Quilt Festival in Loveland, Colorado. This event is from August 15-17, 2014. Admission is 12.00 a day or 25.00 for a multi-day pass.

Here are some of this year’s instructors

  • Cristy Fincher
  • Lee Fletcher
  • Valora Hammond
  • Darlene Miller
  •  Nancy Sapin
  • Erin Schlosser
  • Marge Serck

Plus don’t miss Laura Wasilowski and Renae Haddadin!

Here is a sampling of the workshops offered. Be sure to check their website for this years full listing of classes, demos and workshops.

What’s New With Sulky?
Presented by Nancy Sapin, Sulky of America
Discover the latest Sulky products, Books, techniques, Seminars, workshops and more. Sulky is constantly evolving, so you will want to catch this presentation.

A Different Angle!
Presented by Jean Wilt & Karen Rellaford, High Country Quilts
Come explore some of the different angles available from Phillips Fiber Arts. You won’t believe all of the fun projects you can do with these specialty rulers!

Kumihimo With Beads
Presented by Linda MacMillan, Oak Grove Studio
Discover the history of Kumihumo, a Japanese braiding technique! Demo will of plain braiding and beaded braiding.

I Want A Pattern That Fits
Presented by Darlene Miller, Clothes For You
Want to understand why you have favorite clothing, why some garments don’t fit and why some garments are not comfortable to wear? These questions will be answered when you learn the importance of purchasing patterns that match your body shape. With this understanding you will select only patterns that fit you perfectly.

How To Make Quilted Heirlooms
Presented by Darlene Miller, Clothes For You
Making treasures to hand down to future generations is your legacy to your family. Learn how to select patterns, fabrics and quilting designs to create family heirlooms. No special skill or equipment needed – only your desire to work with fabric, creating beautiful quilts to be enjoyed and shared.

For class descriptions, maps, hours and more please visit the Rocky Mountain Quilt Festival home page.

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2014 American Sewing Guild Conference Recap!

The American Sewing Guild Conference is an event that I really look forward to all year. If you’re not familiar with the American Sewing Guild, it’s a sewing membership organization with chapters all across the country. ASG welcomes sewing enthusiasts of all skill levels, and provides an opportunity to connect with other people who love to sew, participate in community sewing projects and learn new skills. Conference occurs once a year, always in a different location. ASG members converge and spend the week having fun, taking classes and sewing together. What’s not to love?

I got to attend this year’s conference last week in St. Louis, and it was as fantastic and inspiring as ever. The location was awesome, right across the street from the Arch!IMAG4466 300x275 2014 American Sewing Guild Conference Recap!

ASG invites excellent sewing educators (many of whom write for Sew News) to come and teach at Conference. It’s hard choosing which classes to take because they all sound fun and interesting. My first class was Jacque Goldsmith’s “Adapting Fashion at Any Age.” Jacque shared really fascinating information on the way new fashion ideas become trends, and gave us lots of inspiration for incorporating these ideas into our fall sewing plans in a way that feels right for our own personal style. One big trend this year is the bomber jacket. Here’s Jacque showing a very cute pink bomber jacket she made by refashioning a blazer:

IMAG4480 1 300x199 2014 American Sewing Guild Conference Recap! Next up, I got to learn all about bound buttonholes with Daryl Lancaster. I’ve taken Daryl’s classes before, and she has lots of great methods and tips. First we made classic bound buttonholes. Daryl showed us how to sew all of the strips for each buttonhole at once so that they’re consistent. They take a little extra time, but are so worth it for the polished effect they give a garment. Here’s one of mine!

IMAG4484 169x300 2014 American Sewing Guild Conference Recap! Next up, we learned how to do triangular bound buttonholes for a fun twist. Daryl actually originally found this technique in a very old issue of Sew News, so look for us to feature it again in an upcoming issue with her updated instructions:

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I took several other excellent classes during the Conference. I learned how to make a super-cute wristlet with Cheryl Kuczek, how to embellish with different decorative threads from Linda McGehee, how to work with drapey fabrics with Rae Cumbie, and how to embroider on silk with Lisa Shaw. Here are just some of the photos I took throughout:

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Learning how to lay out drapey fabric for cutting in Rae Cumbie’s class

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Glam Wristlet from Cheryl Kuczeck’s class

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Machine Embroidery on Silk from Lisa Shaw’s class

Another highlight of the Conference was getting to hear Nancy Zieman’s keynote speech. Nancy recently wrote her autobiography Seams Unlikely, so she shared what motivated her to write, as well as some very funny and moving stories from the book. Here she is showing a dress she found from her teenage wardrobe, which she’d hemmed a whopping 8″ to fit in with the mini-skirt craze of the era!

IMAG4534 169x300 2014 American Sewing Guild Conference Recap! I also got to see the ASG member fashion show, which is always fun and inspiring. Here are some adorable little girls who are lucky enough to have an ASG member for a grandma! They’re modeling matching summer sundresses under the mini Arch the St. Louis ASG chapter very creatively used to dress up the runway:

IMAG4609 300x169 2014 American Sewing Guild Conference Recap! I also loved that both of these ladies found that they’d purchased the same fabric during last year’s ASG Conference, so they decided to enter the garments they made into the fashion show (ASG Chairman of the Board Janelle Archer on the left). Both jackets turned out beautifully!

IMAG4672 169x300 2014 American Sewing Guild Conference Recap! ASG Conference is always such a wonderful reminder of how fun and rewarding it is to share the love of sewing with others. Are you currently in a sewing group or guild? If not, consider joining ASG! You can find out more information and locate an ASG chapter near you on the ASG website, which also has lots of great resources about upcoming sewing events and community service projects. I hope you join, and I hope to see you at the 2015 ASG Conference in San Diego!

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First Look At Fons and Porter’s Frozen Quilt Kits!

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This is something I’ve been wanting to share with Sew News readers for a long time now. Fons & Porter our sister publication is proud to be featuring  quilt kits from the wonderful Disney movie Frozen!

This quilt is featured in the upcoming issue of Love of Quilting magazine (on newsstands August 19th). The quilt, Sisterly Love, will also be on sale September 19th.These are expected to fly of the “shelves” so I am happy to tell Sew News readers that you have a chance to pre-order today! 

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Fons & Porter also will be carrying no-sew blanket kits featuring favorites from Olaf and Anna and Elsa. These kits are perfect for gifts that you need to make in a hurry.

 

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Again, these are expected to sell out fast, so hurry and get your pre-orders in today!

Happy Sewing, Quilting & Creating!

 

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Find out how to become a Certified Sulky Teacher! Get a discount code for $100 off!

logo magical thread art Find out how to become a Certified Sulky Teacher! Get a discount code for $100 off!Love sewing and creating? Have you thought about taking your passion and teaching others? Or just want to earn extra cash to use at the fabric store! If you love sewing and would love to teach others the very thing you’re passionate about Sulky now has a 3 month long online course that can make you a certified sewing teacher.

Sew News is excited to announce this fantastic opportunity with Sulky. You may have heard of Sulky’s certification program, well now you can experience all the fun of their program in the comfort of your own home. No need to book flights, or wait for a chance for them to come to you, now you can get all the benefits right from your home.

We get many inquires about how to take a passion for sewing and turn it into either a full-time or part-time career. One of the best ways is to show the world that you know your “stuff” is to have a certificate from a highly esteemed establishment to back up your experience.

You may be asking, what’s in it for me?

  1. This is a three month class. Not three days, three months, so a lot is covered in that time!
  2. You can take the classes in the comfort of you home. No traveling, great for those who don’t like to fly!
  3. Video instruction by the top professionals in their field.
  4. The classes are live &  you can ask questions just as you would in a regular classroom setting.
  5. Comprehensive, tried and true curriculum, lesson plans, reproducible class handouts, full color photos which show you step-by-step how to create each project, plus Sewing and Business Education.
  6. The Sulky brand, name and company is a highly valued  leader in the sewing, quilting and machine embroidery world.
  7. You will make 10 projects during the course and you will learn over 60 beautiful machine art techniques.
  8. Also included is instruction on how to teach others sewing and quilting.
  9. Last but not least if you register before August 5, 2014 you can get a $100.00 off the course fee! Coupon code is SN100. Use this code at checkout, but hurry seats are filling up fast (only 45 available!).

Here is how to get started!

Go to Craft Online University to sign up. Classes start September 8th.

You’ll find all sorts of valuable information on the class and all the specifics.

When ready to register use the discount code SN100.

And, you will be on your way!

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Jill

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Sew News New Issue & Freebies Aplenty!

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Have you seen the latest cover for Sew News? It hits newsstands today and is packed with all kinds of great projects and expert tips to keep your sewing machine humming along.

Our cover project is Methods to Master: Pattern making Techniques by Sarah Veblen. If you’re at all interested in learning pattern making and drafting be sure to download this project today! You’ll find the top 5 essential, need-to-know skills to correct and adjust garment patterns. With over 30 full-color photo how-tos, you can’t miss this.

Since this issue is Aug/Sept we do have some fun back-to-school projects. Check out Krista Tracy’s Backpack Buddies. Stitch up these cute backpack organizers with the free patterns. Hurry these freebies will expire September 30, 2014 at which time you can purchase all of them at shopsewitall.com.

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If you have a back-to-school student that’s starting middle, high school or college sew up this sturdy denim tote, with plenty of pockets it keeps everything organized. Get all the details starting on page 66 and get all the patterns for the “Blue Jean Queen” tote bag now.

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This journal cover is one of my favs. I love the cheery fabric that will sure brighten up a teachers day. Get all the how-tos in the latest issue, but download the cute apple template that you can use with multiple projects.

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Is it too hot to cook? Find the project for “Flour Power” on page 44 of the newest issue of Sew News. You can get the 2 patterns now for free and then sew them up later when it’s cooler!

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 Have you been reading about our sew-alongs, peeking at what Sew News readers are creating? Don’t be shy, we’ve got another sew-along happening in September and we want you! It’s the Colette Patterns Clover Slim Pant sew-along. Pants can be a garment sewers nemesis but with the expert guidance of Rhonda Buss & the Sew News Team we can do it! You can purchase the pattern now, start your muslin and get your fabric started all well ahead of our start date of September 2nd.

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Clover Pant Pattern from Colette Patterns

Plus, in the latest issue there are projects for working with silk, making a cute sailor skirt, fabric bowls, instructions for converting a simple skirt into a stunning piece and great projects for home décor.

Don’t miss out, get your copy of Sew News today!

 

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Final Week of the Summer Breeze Sew Along

It’s been so much fun watching the Summer Breeze top from Hot Patterns go from fabric to completion. We hope you bookmark these posts and come back and make the dress, the sleeve version and now a ruffled version. Rhonda has done an amazing job on all her renditions and just shows how versatile the pattern is. I’m not sure which one I like best! Thanks everyone from Sew News and now here’s Rhonda walking us through the final steps of creating a fantastic, wearable creation.

We have reached our final week of the sew along. At this point, all that’s left to do is the hem, and maybe a few embellishments if you would like.

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For a garment like this one, I like to finish off my hem with a small band. Since the bottom edge is straight and there are no curves, we can do this with a strip of fabric that has been cut on the straight of grain or the crosswise grain. Cut a 2” wide band that will be long enough go around the hem of your garment. Sew the band to the hem with a 3/8” seam allowance.

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Press the band over the edge of the garment.

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Fold the band over the seam allowance and pin in place.

Once the band has been pinned, stitch in the ditch, as much in the seam line as possible.

 

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There will be a stitching line on the back of the band,

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And on the front of the garment, the stitching line is virtually invisible. This makes for a very simple hem finish and there are no visible stitches on the front side of the garment.

 

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At this point, the garment is finished. I decided to embellish my dress with a free form ruffle.

It’s really quite easy to do.

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Simply measure around the neckline and armhole openings. Double the measurement.  You will cut a separate strip for each opening.

Cut a strip of fabric that is 3 ½”wide. Sew the strip with a ¼” seam allowance.  Begin at one end, sew for a few inches and then leave a 2” opening. Stich again to the end of the strip.

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Turn the strip to the right side, but flip the small stitched end wrong side out.

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Take the other end of the strip and slide it into the unstitched opening.

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Match to the other end and hand stitch the 2 ends together.

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Pull one end of the strip and the short end will also turn to the outside. Do not press the band as we want the band to retain a soft look.

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Now take the strip and begin pinning it to the edge of the garment.

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 Continue until the entire piece is pinned to the opening. With a needle and thread, tack the free form ruffle to the garment at each pin point.

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My dress is finished. I absolutely love how it looks!!

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The top is also finished, sleeves are attached. You may notice that the hem of the top is flared.

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If by chance you made the top and the hips are just a little snug, here’s a simple solution that will fix the problem.

Measure the side seam of the top from the hem to the waist. Cut a triangle the length of this measurement. The width of my triangle is 3”. Remember to add seam allowance. Notice that the edges have a slight curve. If the triangle does not have a slight curve, when it is sewn to the garment, it will have points at the end.

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An inside view of the triangle

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And an outside view

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If you do add the triangles to the side seams of the top, the band around the bottom of the hem will need to be cut on the bias since we have added a rounded edge to the hem.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the Summer Breeze sew along, I know I have. Be sure to check out the Flickr page and post your pictures there. We’d love to see your creations! You can find the Flickr page here, https://www.flickr.com/groups/sn_sewalong_3/

There is a new sew along that will be happening in September. Be sure to check out the newest edition of Sew News to find out all about it.

Thanks so much for stopping by and following along. Until next time……

Rhonda Buss

Rhonda’s Creative Life

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Sew-Along Extra – Summer Breeze Top Adding Sleeves

Hi Everyone! We’ve got a special extra here for those following along on the Summer Breeze Sew-Along. Rhonda is giving everyone the chance to put in sleeves to their Summer Breeze Top. For those that sleeves are a must or just to give this pattern an additional this is the post for you! And, now here’s Ronda!

In our last post, we talked about adjusting the armhole of the Summer Breeze top so that the armhole would lay just at the shoulder in order to add a sleeve. Please note in making your muslin that you should use a fabric that is similar to your fashion fabric. If you use a cotton muslin, it will give you a totally different look. Even with using a similar fabric, you may still need to make a few adjustments to your fashion fabric as all fabrics drape and move in a different manner.

I designed a sleeve for the Summer Breeze top that echoes the front drape of the blouse.

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Summer Breeze Top – Adding Sleeves

There are 3 drapes in the cap of the sleeve.

photo2 Sew Along Extra   Summer Breeze Top Adding Sleeves The back of the sleeve lays smoothly against the back of the arm.

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Summer Breeze Top – Adding Sleeves

I drafted this sleeve using Butterick 5678. You may remember that we did a number of collars and sleeves last year using this pattern. It is not necessary to use this pattern, but keep in mind that the basic sleeve that you use must be designed for woven fabrics.

Measure around the cap of the sleeve and compare it with the armhole of the blouse. There should be no more than about an inch of ease.

photo 42 Sew Along Extra   Summer Breeze Top Adding Sleeves Begin by tracing your sleeve pattern onto a piece of paper. Mark the seam allowances. I like to cut the seam allowances off and add them back once I have completed my drafting. There is less confusion this way! Be sure to mark the notches and add the grainline.

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Summer Breeze Top – Adding Sleeves

 Once the seam allowances have been cut away, it’s time to draw in our drape lines. Mine are 1 ½” apart. Once you have marked the placement of the drape line, draw in a curved line to the other side of the sleeve. You can see that I crossed out a line that I drew in as I just didn’t like how it looked. It curved up rather than going straight into the edge of the sleeve.

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Summer Breeze Top – Adding Sleeves

I marked my shoulder notch with a “C” just so I wouldn’t get it confused with the other notch marks that will be added later on for the pleats.

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Now comes the fun part, slash and spread!! Cut on the lines that you drew in, cutting from the front of the sleeve to the back being careful not to cut through the edge. Spread the sections apart 2”.

photo 82 Sew Along Extra   Summer Breeze Top Adding Sleeves Once the sections have been spread apart, we want to fold in the pleats. As you can see, I have folded my pleats in a down direction. You can also see that when the pleats are folded down, the edge of the sleeve no longer matches. Begin at the armpit of the sleeve and draw a smooth line that connects the outside edge of the pleats and continue to the cap of the sleeve.

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With the pleats still pinned in place, draw in the seam allowance and then cut out the cap of the sleeve. Open up the pleats and place notches at the fold points of the pleats.

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The final pattern.

Mark the grainline of the sleeve using the grainline that remained intact at the lower portion of the sleeve.

photo 121 Sew Along Extra   Summer Breeze Top Adding Sleeves Once I tried my sleeve on, I felt that it was a little too wide at the bottom so I simply tapered it fit my bicep.

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If you have never attempted pattern drafting, I hope that I will inspire you to give it a try. As you can see, it really isn’t that difficult.

You may have noticed that this blouse has a fuller hemline. Just in case you missed calculated and the top is a bit snug in the hips, I came up with a remedy. We’ll talk about this in Monday’s post, so be sure to come back by.

So until Monday, Happy Drafting!!!

Rhonda Buss @ Rhonda’s Creative Life

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First Glance/Second Look: Quilts from the Denver Art Museum Collection

The Denver Art Museum has combined quilts from their archives with recent acquisitions and created a beautiful new collection, on exhibit now. We love anything having to do with fabric and thread, and this exhibit was no exception.

More than 20 quilts, ranging from the mid 1800s to modern works, are arranged in striking groupings. Even some garments were on display, such as this Native American shirt. Though not quilted, every color you see is a separate pieced fabric.

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The detail and symmetry is amazing

Some of these quilts were so intricate they honestly blew me away. I can’t imagine the patience and dedication it required to complete! Look at this quilt, which was hand pieced and hand quilted in 1895:

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Can you believe all those pieces!?

This one was hand quilted in the 1870s:

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gorgeous, subtle color palette

Below is one of my favorites from the collection. Based on a pastel drawing inspired by postcards from her daughter’s trip to Switzerland, the artist dyed many of her own fabrics to get the perfect colors. 9,135 (that’s right, nine thousand one hundred and thirty five) 3/4″ squares combined to make the mosaic image of a mountain, lodge, trees and stream. The quilting lines act like brushstrokes, creating a sense of movement.

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9,135 3/4″ squares

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detail of the mosaic squares

Truly works of art!

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hand pieced, appliqued and quilted

I love these intricate appliques, with the fabric motifs so perfectly placed!

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Made in England in the early 1800s

Check out this quilt. Pretty cool, right? Fun colors and an interesting gradient effect.DSC 0042 755x1024 First Glance/Second Look: Quilts from the Denver Art Museum CollectionWell guess what…it’s made entirely of yo-yos. Approximately 4,000 of them!

DSC 0044 First Glance/Second Look: Quilts from the Denver Art Museum CollectionThe exhibit will be open for about another year, so plan a day trip to the Denver Art Museum and check out all the other fun exhibits and events that are going on!

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Summer Breeze Top Sew-Along Week 4 – Binding & Facings

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Thank you for coming back for the Hot Pattern Summer Breeze Sew Along. We’re sewing away here and heading into week 4. Don’t forget, in each issue of Sew News magazine we’ll introduce each sew along with pattern details, schedule and how we’ll be customizing it, contest dates and more. To pick up the June/July issue of Sew News, head to shopsewitall.com.

Last week was a big week for the sew along! The main structure of the dress was completed. The ties were attached, the gathers were assembled and the side and shoulder seams were sewn in.

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Now for the fine tuning.

The shoulder seams of this garment are somewhat extended. For this dress, I want a clean finish, armholes finished at my shoulder edge and sleeveless. If you would like to add a sleeve to this garment, follow along with the reshaping of the armhole as you will want to do this before you attach a sleeve. Later this week we will have a special post for adding a sleeve.

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I have marked my shoulder seam with pins.

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Once you have marked your shoulder seam, be sure to allow for seam allowance before cutting off the excess fabric. In the following picture you can see that I have cut away the excess fabric.

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I have one small issue though, my underarm seam is just a little too low.

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To remedy this, I will take up my shoulder seam only on the shoulder edge. So I will start at nothing at the neckline and then taper over to the shoulder edge.

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Once you have altered one armhole, do not throw away the fabric that was cut off. Use this as a pattern for the opposite armhole.

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The pattern includes pattern pieces for front and back facings. There are a number of reasons why I would rather not use them. First of all, my fabric is somewhat sheer. If I use the facing patterns, the pattern of my fabric will show through to the other side. I also like the clean finish of a bias binding. That is just a personal preference. In the video you will see that I used a piece of purchased bias tape to finish the neckline, armholes and hem of the blouse. If you have not worked with bias tape, buy a package and give it a try. You can also make bias tape from your fabric and this makes for an especially lovely finish. Cut a bias strip 1” wide. Using a bias tape maker, the one I am using makes a bias strip that is ½” wide. Bias tape makers come in a number of sizes and I recommend purchasing an entire collection, I use them all the time!

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Once you have cut a 1” wide bias strip, feed it into the ½” bias tape maker and press the folded edges.

Once the strip has been pressed, sew it to the edge of the garment. Open one side of the bias tape and simply stitch in the fold.

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Once the strip has been sewn around the opening, press it to the back of the garment and stitch in place just along the folded edge of the bias tape. There is another method that can be used for attaching the bias tape so that the stitching does not show on the top side of the garment. It can be a little tricky to do, but well worth the effort.  We will talk about this method when we do the hem next week. I am planning to add a trim to the neckline and armholes of this dress, so the stitching line will not be seen once my garment is finished.

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The neckline has been finished and one armhole has been adjusted. You can see the difference between the armholes as one hangs away from the shoulder and the other rests just at the shoulder.

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Up next will be a sleeve that I think will work nicely with this pattern.  As I said earlier, I would like for this dress to be sleeveless, but I have another top that I have started and I will be adding the sleeve to it. So stay tuned for the upcoming sleeve post.

Take a peek at the video portion below for bias binding tips. Plus, for tips, projects and more find more sewing tutorials on craftdaily.com.

 

Until then, be sure to visit the Flickr page and post your fabric and any progress you’ve made. You may ask a question on this post or on the Flickr page as both are monitored. Check out the Sew News Flickr Group and join in all the fun!

Until next time!

Rhonda Buss

Rhonda’s Creative Life

 

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Pro Pattern Layout Tips + Comment for a Chance to Win a Prize Pack!

SN1409Cover 500wpx Pro Pattern Layout Tips + Comment for a Chance to Win a Prize Pack!The latest issue of Sew News is jam-packed with free e-patterns, along with tips and techniques to adjust, correct and make those patterns work for you.  Read on to take this refresher course on pattern layout and learn to prep your patterns like a pro.  Plus, comment below for a chance to win a pattern prize pack from Indygo Junction!

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The Pattern

  1. Referring to the view you’d like to make, cut out the pattern pieces you’ll be using. Completely separate all the pattern pieces for the project.
  2. Press the pieces flat with a dry, warm iron. Pressing will make cutting easier and more accurate.
  3. Organize pieces by separating lining and interfacing from the remaining fabric, then put in numerical order.

The Layout

  1. Circle the pattern layout guide you’re using to avoid confusion. Look over the layout before pinning the pattern pieces to the fabric.
  2. Work on a large, flat surface so you can spread the fabric out flat. If you’re table isn’t large enough, work with one section at a time. However, don’t cut any pattern pieces until all are pinned in place.

Tip: For best results, don’t let fabric hang off the table edge. Support it with a chair or roll it so it won’t tug and stretch. If you must cut on the floor, a hard floor is better than carpet. If you’re working on carpet, spread out a bedsheet or a cardboard cutting surface and place the fabric on it. Try and keep your fabric as smooth and wrinkle-free as possible!

  1. Fold the fabric as noted in the layout, usually in half lengthwise, making sure the selvages are even.
  2. Pin the pattern pieces in place. Read your pattern carefully to determine if the printed side should be up or down.PatternA 300x262 Pro Pattern Layout Tips + Comment for a Chance to Win a Prize Pack!
  3. Use a ruler or measuring tape to make sure the pattern grainline is equidistant from the fabric edge for its entire length. Once in position, pin the pattern in place along the grainline, then double check the grain by measuring the distance between the line and the fabric edge at each end (A).
  4. When the grainline is straight, place pins around the pattern perimeter.PatternB 300x240 Pro Pattern Layout Tips + Comment for a Chance to Win a Prize Pack! 1/4″ inside the cutting line and perpendicular to the edge (B). Space pins about 6” apart. If the pins will damage the fabric, pin only in the seam allowances.
  5. If the fabric has a nap, like velvet or corduroy, use the “with nap” layout, with all the pieces laid out in the same direction.
  6. If the fabric has a large design, you’ll want to consider where the design will fall on the body when the garment is complete. For example, if your fabric has large roses on it, you probably don’t want them to be centered on the bust point.
  7. Take a break after pinning the project. When you return, double-check your layout before cutting.

Don’t forget to check out the latest issue of Sew News for more great patternmaking tips and techniques, plus more than 30 full color photo how-tos!

 

What tips and tricks do you have for working with patterns?  Tell us below for a chance to win this Indygo Junction prize pack!

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