Upline Jacket Sew Along: Week 1 Fabric Choices and Pattern Prep

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This jacket is so fun to stitch and is very versatile. If you are looking for a great mid-weight jacket please give this a try. I, personally like it in the longer version. So, grab the pattern and get thee to a fabric store! We’ve got some jacket makin’ to do.

And, now here’s Rhonda

 Upline Jacket Sew Along: Week 1 Fabric Choices and Pattern Prep

Just in time for fall, a fun sew along using the Upline Jacket from Sewn Square One. An urban jacket that features raglan sleeves, curved princess line seams, pockets and 3 length possibilities.

The collar on this jacket is fabulous. It’s a large collar that can be worn open,

 Upline Jacket Sew Along: Week 1 Fabric Choices and Pattern Prep

or closed. Whether worn open or closed, the collar has been designed so that there is plenty of room to tuck a scarf around your neck. Always a plus!

 Upline Jacket Sew Along: Week 1 Fabric Choices and Pattern Prep

The pockets are set into the front princess line seams. This may seem a little daunting, but during the sew along, we will take the process step-by-step so that your pockets will be flawless.

 Upline Jacket Sew Along: Week 1 Fabric Choices and Pattern Prep

When choosing the size that you will make, pay close attention to the measurements given on the pattern envelope.

 Upline Jacket Sew Along: Week 1 Fabric Choices and Pattern Prep

A considerable amount of ease has been added to the pattern. All 3 versions of the jacket have a back belt that I chose to eliminate. As you can see in the picture below, I pinched in the ease to give a closer fit. As always, I recommend making a quick muslin.

 Upline Jacket Sew Along: Week 1 Fabric Choices and Pattern Prep

For fabric choices, there are so many possibilities. You can go full blast over the top, or keep it completely toned down.

One of my favorite places to shop for coat fabrics is the home dec department. The fabric that I used for the jacket that is in the magazine is ultra suede, intended for upholstery. It’s rugged and yet supple with a nice drape. And I might add, a great pattern!

 Upline Jacket Sew Along: Week 1 Fabric Choices and Pattern Prep

Another fabric from the home dec department is this fabulous squiggle print. The nature of a coat allows for a sturdier fabric, so home dec fabrics will translate well to coat patterns. Just keep in mind the print, nothing that’s too large, and the weight of the fabric, nothing too stiff or heavy.

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Corduroy would make an excellent choice. Just be sure and choose one with a wider wale.

 Upline Jacket Sew Along: Week 1 Fabric Choices and Pattern Prep

A low pile faux fur would also be a fun choice. Below are 2 possibilities that would really be quite eye catching.

 Upline Jacket Sew Along: Week 1 Fabric Choices and Pattern Prep

If you are feeling a little more adventurous, leather, or a faux leather would also make a great jacket. A little word of warning, if you have never worked with leather, this would not be my first choice for this project. A simple skirt would make a much better first project. Leather is a wonderful fabric to work with, but it does take a little finesse and experience, so start easy and build up.

For the sew along, I have chosen a lovely piece of wool and I’m pairing it with a bright lining. One thing to keep in mind is that the pattern instructions talk about underlining. We will be doing a traditional lining method. It’s quite easy to do and gives a more polished finish to the jacket.

When thinking about lining, this is another opportunity to think a little out of the box and do something fun. Why not have something a little unexpected on the inside?

I especially enjoyed inserting the zipper into the jacket that I made for the magazine. I will be making the longest version of the coat which is a mid-thigh length. Should be nice over skirts and lovely paired with slacks as well. Although the pattern shows the longer versions with buttons, we will be doing a zipper closure.

A couple of notes on the zipper. I was able to purchase the zipper I used for the shorter jacket at my local chain fabric store. Be sure to purchase a zipper with teeth that are more substantial, like metal, or if you choose, plastic. Do not use a zipper that is intended for dresses, or skirts. It will not have the look that you want and it will give the jacket a homemade look.

If you would like to do a longer coat and insert a center front zipper, you will most likely need to order the zipper.

One last note on the zipper, if you look closely at my coat and the coat on the pattern envelope, you will see that I used a longer zipper. I felt that it gave the jacket a little more polished finish. So, rather than the 22″ zipper that the pattern calls for, I used a 24″ zipper.

 Upline Jacket Sew Along: Week 1 Fabric Choices and Pattern Prep

You might enjoy accenting your seams with a little top stitching thread. Just keep in mind that if you are using a heavier thread, you will also need to use an appropriate needle. Schmetz makes a wonderful top stitching needle.  

 Upline Jacket Sew Along: Week 1 Fabric Choices and Pattern Prep

There’s still time to join the sew along, just purchase your pattern and meet up here next week as we get started on construction. In the meantime, start thinking about what fabric you might like to use. There are so many possibilities.

Have fun!!!

And until next time…

Sew On!

Rhonda Buss

www.sewbussted.com

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Fashion Crash Course: Episode 8 Michelle Lesniak Industrial Machines vs Home Sewing Machine

Get an inside look into fashion design with Project Runway alumni as your guide!

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Join us each week to learn about a new topic that will help take your sewing, your fashion and/or your career path, to new heights. Explore a fashion designer’s perspective on fit; an introduction into fashion illustration; fashion forecasting; draping—what is it and how to start; styling like a pro; fashion branding dos and don’ts; and so much more. Each episode is available in shopsewitall.com

Now available Episode 8, Industrial Machine vs. Home Sewing Machine. Air Date October 22.

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This week, in“Industrial Machine vs. Home Sewing Machine” Michelle Lesniak shows you industrial sewing machines vs. home sewing machines, how to pick the one that’s right for you.

A sewing machine is one of the most important tools you’ll use. With so many options on the market, it can be challenging to determine the best fit for your needs. Evaluate the size, function and cost of a domestic machine and an industrial machine to find the one that’s right for you and your fashion design career. This video includes a helpful PDF download covering the main concepts and is now available in shopsewitall.com.

Watch a quick promo below.

FSCC CW ep 2 Fashion Crash Course: Episode 8 Michelle Lesniak Industrial Machines vs Home Sewing MachineFind out more on Michelle, what she’s creating, collaborations and newest collections at www. michellelesniak.com.

Find the full lineup, schedule and episode descriptions for the rest of the Fashion School Crash Course series at sewnews.com/fashion school and sign up for our eNewsletter to never miss a release! And as each video is released you will find them all at shopsewitall.com.

This series is brought to you by Brother International, who provided the Innov-ís 40e machine, Innov-ís 85e machine, XR9500PRW machine, Project Runway 5234PRW limited edition serger and industrial sewing machine used in the taping of these videos. For more information on Brother machines and to find a dealer near you, visit brothersews.com.

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Me Made Monday: Addie Martindale: Business Owner, Mom, SN Contributor, Professor & more!

For Me Made Monday we’re pleased to bring you Addie K  (aka Addie Martindale) owner of AddieK.com, Ph.D. candidate, mom, blogger, college professor and…. Well, let’s have Addie take over, I’m already exhausted. But, before I go, I have to say reading her interview gave me goose bumps. Clearly this lady loves sewing, her family and all the possibilities of the future. Please read on for more on her creative process, working in the fashion industry, what the future holds and more!

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Where do you live/from? Are your surroundings inspiring?

I currently live in Columbia, SC. We have been here about 3 years. I grew up in Mississippi. I have also lived in Florida, Idaho, and Colorado. I would say I am more inspired by mountain regions but Ashville, NC and the Blue Ridge mountains are only a few hours away. I go there to renew my inspiration when I can.

Can you give us a little background on how/why you got started sewing.

I started sewing in my early teens, and my first experiences were not great. I found my love of sewing in my early 20’s while I was in college at Mississippi State. I had a great apparel construction professor. One of the main reasons I was drawn to sewing and apparel design was a lack of garments that fit me correctly on the market that I actually wanted to wear.

Your  bio states that you are a pattern designer, college professor, blogger, mom and you create your own wardrobe and  run a business. How do you find the time?

Well, to be honest, I do not sleep much and my house is often messy. I am really fortunate to have a husband who supports me and helps me keep it together.  I also really have to prioritize what is most important each day, and I don’t get patterns out as fast as I would like.

The thing about a handmade wardrobe is once you have your staple garments made you just have to sew a piece here and there to update it.

 When did you move into role of pattern designer? What was an early design? Can you tell us what the difference is between a commercial (Vogue, Butterrick, McCalls etc) sewing pattern and something for RTW, manufacturing etc..

Honestly, I had never considered pattern design until about 2 years ago. After school, I struggled to find my place in the fashion industry. I did an internship in NYC and learned that was not the lifestyle for me. I  tried technical design type job, and I just did not find it fulfilling, I felt isolated. I worked retail management and loved the fast paced but got burnt out. I then decided to finish my master’s degree and started looking at teaching college. It was in my first teaching position where I had a really great mentor that encouraged me to put into action some of the things that I was teaching. Designing patterns allows me to be involved in fashion at a level that works for me. It also works well with teaching. I then discovered the online sewing community and love being a part of it.

 Can you tell us what makes a great pattern designer? It’s seems quite technical and demanding job.

I think the biggest thing is attention to detail and thinking through how others will sew the pattern you are making. There is a lot that goes into getting a pattern ready to release. It is so much more than just the pattern. There are instructions, illustrations, and testing, You have to be patient. It is not a quick process. It is important to remember that indie designers do not have software that grades their patterns or technical writers doing their instructions. Indie designers do it all themselves. It takes dedication to get a pattern through all the steps needed and released.

 Do you machine embroider at all?

I have a machine that embroiders, but I rarely do it.

What do you find are the greatest challenges?  Are there any challenges with technology that you find inspiring and/or frustrating?

Well, the first pattern I drafted on a computer was in Autocad about 15 years ago, so technology is much more user friendly now and accessible. It used to be very expensive to learn and get access to programs that allowed you to create professional designs, but now it is really open to anyone with pattern drafting skills. I still really love to make patterns by hand, and do that for all my designs even the ones I convert to digital.

 In the years you’ve been sewing what is the greatest change that you’ve noticed? Or is there something that you’ve had to adapt to? 

The biggest change I have seen are all the new gadgets for sewing. Every time I teach a class a student shows me a new product, that I have never seen. Also, sewing machines have changed so much, with thread cutters, speed control, and self threading. It is a whole new world now from when I learned.  I am still using the same sewing supplies that I had 15 years ago and even though I have a newer machine with all the bells and whistles, I love to sew on my old Pfaff my dad bought me.

 Many readers are familiar with Betsy Johnson, what was it like to work for the brand?

I did a summer internship when I was in college. It was competitive to get in and competitive while I was there. Everything was very fast passed and interns did all sorts of jobs. I spent most of my summer in a dye room seeking the perfect color green for the upcoming spring show and then dyeing mountains of fabric that color.  Betsy was not in much, but the interactions that I did have with her were great. Although, my summer in NYC changed my mind about my fashion future, I would not have changed it for anything.

What sewing machine do you do most of your work on?

My old Pfaff machine and my Pfaff serger my dad bought me when I start out in apparel design 15 years ago.

What do you do when you are not at your sewing machine?

Well, on top of all the other things I do, I am a Ph.D. student, so I spend lots of time researching and writing. I also spend every second, I can with my kids. We love to be outside and do crafts together.

Can you tell us more about your pledge to only wear clothing that you had made (in 2013-2014). Do you continue to wear most of your own sewn clothes.

Well, about mid August 2013, I decided that I was only going to wear clothes that I made for 6 months. I made a few exceptions, like undies, athletic wear, and my winter coat. At the time I, only had about 8 pieces I had made and liked in my closet.

It was all inspired by my apparel construction class. They were always asking me why I did not sew my own clothes. They did not understand why I did not use my skills and the skill I was teaching them. So I decided to do it.

I would say that now 90% of my daily wardrobe is handmade. I have not bought anything but under garments and a few vintage items since that challenge started 2 years ago. I also did not keep much of my wardrobe I had before the challenge. I only kept things I really loved like my favorite jeans, some cardigans, and a few favorite dresses.

There is great interest in sewing capsule wardrobes. Can you give us some pointers.

Honestly, you just have to decide to do it. There is never going to be enough time in your schedule or the perfect time to start.  Make a piece or two a week for a few months. That is what I did. I sewed a garment or two every Sunday night after my kids went to sleep for several months. Then once you have pieces that you love, sew an item once a month or even one every other month. Remember a great wardrobe is not about the number of garments. It is about having clothes you love and fit great.

What has been your (to date) greatest/proudest achievement in the sewing world?

I think the day, I finally released my first pattern after months of working on it. I was also really excited the day I found out I had a pattern accepted to Sew News.

What would be a dream project for you? What are your plans for the future?

I have been doing a lot of research on reduced waste and zero waste pattern cutting. I am also really interested in environmentally sustainable practices, and would love to explore how we could implement these in the home sewing industry.

One of my biggest sewing related dream projects is to write a book. I want to be able to go to a book store or library and see my name on a binding.

If you woke up tomorrow and had no desire to sew or be ‘in the biz’, what would you be doing instead?

It would definitely be something food based like learning more about gardening, cooking or recipe development, or healthy food advocacy.

Any tips you’d like to share with the Sew News readers?

Instead of a tip, I would love to give a piece of advice. Sew things you know you will love. Take the time to adjust your patterns for a perfect fit so you will feel comfortable and confident. Spend a little more on great quality fabrics and make things you will wear for seasons to come.

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 To find more on Adelaide, please find her online here:

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Fashion School Crash Course Episode 7: Colory Theory With Carmen Webber

Get an inside look into fashion design with Project Runway alumni as your guide!

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Join us each week to learn about a new topic that will help take your sewing, your fashion and/or your career path, to new heights. Explore a fashion designer’s perspective on fit; an introduction into fashion illustration; fashion forecasting; draping—what is it and how to start; styling like a pro; fashion branding dos and don’ts; and so much more.

Now available Episode 7, “Color Theory” with Carmen Webber air date October 15.

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Find out more on Carmen is up to at here:

Find the full lineup, schedule and episode descriptions for the rest of the Fashion School Crash Course series at sewnews.com/fashion school and sign up for our eNewsletter to never miss a release! And as each video is released you will find them all at shopsewitall.com.

This series is brought to you by Brother International, who provided the Innov-ís 40e machine, Innov-ís 85e machine, XR9500PRW machine, Project Runway 5234PRW limited edition serger and industrial sewing machine used in the taping of these videos. For more information on Brother machines and to find a dealer near you, visit brothersews.com.

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Fashion Crash Course: Episode 6 Carrie Sleutskaya Designing & Sewing Leather Garments

Get an inside look into fashion design with Project Runway alumni as your guide!

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Join us each week to learn about a new topic that will help take your sewing, your fashion and/or your career path, to new heights. Explore a fashion designer’s perspective on fit; an introduction into fashion illustration; fashion forecasting; draping—what is it and how to start; styling like a pro; fashion branding dos and don’ts; and so much more.

Now available Episode 6, “Designing & Sewing Leather Garments” with Carrie Sleutskaya air date October 8

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This week, in “Designing & Sewing Leather Garments” with Carrie Sleutskaya   leather is highly fashionable but it can be intimidating to sew with. Learn professional tips and techniques when working with leather to ensure professional looking results with every design you create.

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Find out more on Carrie what she’s creating, newest collaborations and her latest collections at www.houseofhalcyon.com

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Find the full lineup, schedule and episode descriptions for the rest of the Fashion School Crash Course series at sewnews.com/fashion school and sign up for our eNewsletter to never miss a release! And as each video is released you will find them all at shopsewitall.com.

This series is brought to you by Brother International, who provided the Innov-ís 40e machine, Innov-ís 85e machine, XR9500PRW machine, Project Runway 5234PRW limited edition serger and industrial sewing machine used in the taping of these videos. For more information on Brother machines and to find a dealer near you, visit brothersews.com.

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Create Beautiful Images For Your Sewing, Craft & Fashion Blog! Get 7 Days of FREE Downloads!

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Sew Image 2 Create Beautiful Images For Your Sewing, Craft & Fashion Blog! Get 7 Days of FREE Downloads!I’ve always wanted to be a graphic artist. In my job as Online Editor for Sew Daily I have the opportunity to play around with images and graphic design programs as part of my job. It really is a fun part of my job. However, one key element in being a graphic artist is the Artist part. I can barely draw a straight line.

 Thankfully for us artistically challenged folk there are places you can go online to pull (legally) images from for your blog posts, online scrap booking projects web sites and more. And, you don’t have the hard part of actually creating the image (leave that to the artsy types). Bad part? Just go ahead and Google ‘graphic images download’ and you will get 118,000,00 results in about 0.41 seconds

 Working with real graphic artists and art directors here at Sew Daily I get an inside look at where their favorite places to find images are. One such place is Graphic Stock. I’ve had an account with them for awhile now and I love their selection. I, of course am partial to sewing, craft, quilting, fabric and fashion images.

 The sewing, craft and fashion images from Graphic Stock are modern, fresh and perfect for sewing, DIY and craft bloggers. These graphic images are suitable for scrapbooking, website banners, social media promos, marketing materials, newsletters anywhere you need an image.

 Having nice graphic images is a must for bloggers whether you’re a pro or hobbyist.  Since I spend a lot of time blogging and writing I am going to show you a few images that I created from Graphic Stock. The images that I downloaded and edited can be used in a variety of ways, the possibilities really are endless.

I love this hand drawn alphabet that you can download in multiple formats.

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I created ‘SEW’ using the Hand Drawn Alphabet. Isn’t it cute?

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Multiple formats to choose from make it even easier to create one-of-a-kind images. Under each image you’ll see what file type the image is available in. For instance the above alphabet is available in 4 formats.

I downloaded it in the pdf format and opened it up in Photoshop. The pdf formats are editable in a variety of photo editing software not just Photoshop.

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If you hover over any of the blue buttons you will get a description of what each one is.

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This image is great for fall wardrobe planning, travel, love you name it. This image is one I edited using Adobe Illustrator. This program can be a bit complicated to use, but I wanted to show some small changes I did using AI. You can see the original image here. You’ll notice I changed the hearts and hat to purple, added my own text and so forth. In Illustrator you can really do a lot more changes, but for most purposes I use pdf, png and jpg.

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 Be sure to ‘Save’ your images in their Project Bins if you decide not to download immediately, this will save you time from searching again.

There are thousands of beautiful photos on Graphic Stock, like the one below. These are in .jpg format. This is stunning and I’m not sure what I would do with it off hand but it is arresting. And that is the point of creating images. You want people to click on your blog, tweet etc and one way to do that is with beautiful, thoughtful imagery. The only editing I did to this image was up the contrast a bit.

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The search feature on Graphic Stock works great. Put in criteria “Halloween” and you’ll find all the images related to Halloween. You can also narrow it down to say, “Halloween Blue” and you’ll find Halloween images where the dominant color is blue etc.. Plus, you can just show vector files, or photos etc to narrow your choices.

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Looking for cute?  I like this cute circus themed image,  perfect for a birthday invite or social media post. All I did was download it in a jpg format and place the text on it. I stroked the image with a green border. That’s it.

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I could do this all day long. I love working with Graphic Stock and creating images for my blog posts, newsletter, websites and social media.  If you’re like me and don’t quite have the graphic art skills to create your own images all from scratch ( or don’t want to bug the Art Team constantly) Graphic Stock is a time and money saver. I can create unique, professional images and have fun doing it. Win all around.

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Me Made Monday – Sew with Heidi Boyd

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Our newest installment in the Sew with Me series features the work of beloved creator Heidi Boyd. If you know Heidi’s work, you know that her felt creations are cute, charismatic and have tons of character. From spookie-cute Halloween softies to vintage-inspired stockings, the line of holiday videos, kits and patternsshe’s created for Sew News is just that. We sat down with Heidi to discuss her creative process, her style and a few of her favorite things.

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Just one?! The first has to be because it doesn’t fray! Simply cut and stitch, no tedious turning raw edges under to applique. The second is structure: felt immediately adds weight and stability to your work. Third, felt is incredibly forgiving: holes from embroidery and stitching mistakes disappear in the fibers. Finally, felt comes in an endless color selection so you can easily find a shade that will match any printed cotton.

What kind of felt do you use?
I always have a great selection of National Nonwovens felt on hand. It’s made close to me in Northhampton, MA. It was my natural go to for the Halloween softies and ornaments kits.  It was a treat to discover and design the Cardinal pillows and stockings with Weeks Dye Works felt. The fabric not only comes in fabulous hand-dyed colors, but it’s also buttery soft to the touch and has great movement (flow).

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Thank you! They’re an absolute joy to create. If the designs make me smile when I’m drawing and stitching them, I know I’ve landed on a winner. I always start by researching animal photography, then simplify the shapes and add easy-to-stitch simple sweetness.

What’s the best thing about sewing projects for the holidays?
Sewing gives you the chance to slow down, decompress and take a break from daily work and chores. In a consumer-driven world, it’s especially meaningful to make a handmade gift for someone special in your life.

What’s your favorite holiday to sew for?
It has to be Christmas with its endless decorating and gift giving opportunities. Every year when we decorate the tree, I enjoy rediscovering hand-stitched ornaments from Christmases past.

Where do you find your inspiration?
Everywhere, out in nature on my endless dog walks, window shopping with my daughter, even catalogs that come in the mail. I found Pinterest to be a wonderful place to assemble visual inspiration. Sometimes materials inspire the projects but I almost always draw first, then find the fabrics to bring the sketch to life.

If you love Heidi’s illustrative style, you’ll also love her new fabric line. Foxes, bears and more all frolicking!

Read more about Heidi’s workspace in the latest issue of Sew News.

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You’re Invited To Tula’s House! Read The Invite & Stop On By For Exclusive Kits, Videos & More!

You Are Cordially Invited To Tula’s House!

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Who: Tula Pink is the name and fabric is her game. Tula is a quilt and fabric artist who is known for her bold style, her fine attention to detail and her spirited use of color and design in her fabric lines. If you love all things Tula Pink don’t miss out on this exclusive ‘Open House’.

TulaMainImage 300 Youre Invited To Tulas House! Read The Invite & Stop On By For Exclusive Kits, Videos & More!Where: Tula’s House. We are excited to announce that Tula’s House is a 12 part video series on fabric and quilting which gives you a peek inside the mind and design studio of Tula Pink. This video series is exclusive to QNN.TV. Subscribe today to view one or view the entire series!

tulashouse Youre Invited To Tulas House! Read The Invite & Stop On By For Exclusive Kits, Videos & More!What: Get exclusive behind the scenes access to Tula’s Kansas City Studio and watch her design the new fabric line, Eden. And, find exclusive kits and projects designed by Tula’s favorite designers using her beautiful fabrics. Plus: check out her line of ribbons, trims and books. All with Tula’s distinctive style.

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When: Party starts October 1, 2015 and goes until the the last party guest leaves

 Hope to see YOU at Tula’s House!

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Fashion Crash Course: Episode 5 Peach Carr – Designing & Sewing Knit Garments

Get an inside look into fashion design with Project Runway alumni as your guide!

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Now available Episode 5, Designing & Sewing Knit Garments  air date October 1

PeachCarr2 wf 500 Fashion Crash Course: Episode 5 Peach Carr   Designing & Sewing Knit GarmentsThis week, in “Designing & Sewing With Knit Garments” with Peach Carr  learn how knits are your friend! Once you’ve familiarized yourself with these knit tips and techniques, you’re ready to sew with the amazing and versatile fabric. From using a rotary cutter and proper pinning to correct needle selection and edge finish options, this episode covers all things knits.

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Find out more on Peach Carr, Peach Carr Designs and what she is doing in the fashion industry.

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This series is brought to you by Brother International, who provided the Innov-ís 40e machine, Innov-ís 85e machine, XR9500PRW machine, Project Runway 5234PRW limited edition serger and industrial sewing machine used in the taping of these videos. For more information on Brother machines and to find a dealer near you, visit brothersews.com.

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Portside Travel Set Sew-Along Week 4 – Finishing Details

This sewed up very quickly, we have been seeing participants post their final creations online. Be sure to share with us if you made the set or an individual bag. And, let us know what you thought about the sew-along. If you didn’t make it you can always sew along at any time, and if you have a question just leave it on the blog and we’ll get back to you. Thanks everyone for joining. Now, here’s Rhonda.

 Portside Travel Set Sew Along Week 4   Finishing Details

We’re in the final stretch! All that’s left to do is attach the side ends of the bag to the center section, attach the bottom of the bag, sew in the lining and make the shoulder strap. A snap!!

Before we attach the side ends to the center section, let’s make a couple of snips that will make matching super easy.

Prior to attaching the side pocket to the center section of the bag, we snipped in a small “v” in the pocket as well as the bag. Fold the bottom of the bag in half both lengthwise and crosswise and snip in a small “v” on all 4 sides at the center.

 Portside Travel Set Sew Along Week 4   Finishing Details

 Fold the side end panels in half and snip a small “v” at the center top and center bottom. The center bottom “v” will match to the “v” that was just cut in the bottom panel. Portside Travel Set Sew Along Week 4   Finishing Details

The “v” that was snipped into the center top of the side end panel will match to the center of the zipper that is in the center panel of the bag.

 Portside Travel Set Sew Along Week 4   Finishing Details

Prior to attaching the side end panel to the center panel, clip the seams where the end panels join to the top panels.

 Portside Travel Set Sew Along Week 4   Finishing Details

When attaching the end panel to the center panel, remember that you are attaching a curved line to a straight line. You will need to clip the straight edge .The seam allowance is only 1/2″, so pay close attention when clipping the seam allowance.

 Portside Travel Set Sew Along Week 4   Finishing Details

Once the seam has been sewn, edge stitch the seam.

 Portside Travel Set Sew Along Week 4   Finishing Details

Now we are ready to attach the bottom of the bag. Rather than try to sew 1 continuous seam around the bottom of the bag, match the long edge of the bottom panel to the center panel of the bag. Sew from seam to seam, but do not sew over the seam allowance.

 Portside Travel Set Sew Along Week 4   Finishing Details

Now the center panels of the bag have been attached to the bottom panel.

 Portside Travel Set Sew Along Week 4   Finishing Details

In order to sew the end panels to the bottom panel, you will need to clip the seam allowance as you see below.

 Portside Travel Set Sew Along Week 4   Finishing Details

Once the seams have been clipped, the side panel will lay flat against the bottom panel. Sew from the clip point to the other clip point. Before sewing both ends, be sure to unzip the zipper at least a little so that you can turn the bag to the right side.

 Portside Travel Set Sew Along Week 4   Finishing Details

 Both ends have now been sewn.

 Portside Travel Set Sew Along Week 4   Finishing Details

 Before turning the bag to the right side, clip the seams diagonally.

 Portside Travel Set Sew Along Week 4   Finishing Details

The bag has been turned to the right side. In order to have the bottom seam lay flat, we will need to edge stitch the seam all the way around the bottom edge of the bag.

 Portside Travel Set Sew Along Week 4   Finishing Details

 The edge stitching will be along the bottom of the bag.

 Portside Travel Set Sew Along Week 4   Finishing Details

Sew the lining together and place inside the bag. Hand stitch the lining to the zipper. In order to reinforce the straps, stitch over the “x” that was stitched to hold the handle in place. I recommend reinforcing both the handles and the webbing that was stitched to the side ends of the bag.

 Portside Travel Set Sew Along Week 4   Finishing Details

If you would like a stronger bottom, use 2 layers of heavy chip board. Make a sleeve for the chip board and then place it in the bottom of the bag.

 Portside Travel Set Sew Along Week 4   Finishing Details

The final step will be to make the shoulder strap. Cut the webbing as instructed. Slip the webbing through both rings and then stitch the webbing down with an “x” pattern.

 Portside Travel Set Sew Along Week 4   Finishing Details

 Slip 1 of the swivel hooks though the other end of the webbing, but do not stitch in place.

 Portside Travel Set Sew Along Week 4   Finishing Details

 Bring the opposite end of the webbing up to the rings.

 Portside Travel Set Sew Along Week 4   Finishing Details

 Slip the webbing through both rings,

 Portside Travel Set Sew Along Week 4   Finishing Details

 and then back through the bottom ring.

 Portside Travel Set Sew Along Week 4   Finishing Details

 Now take the other swivel hook and slip the webbing through.

 Portside Travel Set Sew Along Week 4   Finishing Details

 Turn under the raw edge of the webbing and stitch down in an “x” pattern. The shoulder strap is now complete and fully adjustable.

 Portside Travel Set Sew Along Week 4   Finishing Details

The finale!

 Portside Travel Set Sew Along Week 4   Finishing Details

 

I have so enjoyed the Portside Travel Set Sew Along. Lucky me, I now have 2 to choose from! Although, Christmas is not that far away, so someone just might be getting a set for Christmas. I won’t say who!!! And then again, since the set goes together so easily and quickly, I just might give a set to everyone on my list….maybe icon smile Portside Travel Set Sew Along Week 4   Finishing Details

Hope you’ve enjoyed the sew along as much as I have. If by chance you’ve decided that you might like to make a set after all, but you have not yet purchased a pattern, the pattern is still available and you can find it HERE. This is one pattern that I think you’ll use time and time again.

So until next time,

Sew On!!!

Rhonda Buss

www.sewbussted.com

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