CLICK HERE to watch this show until noon EST on June 15th. Enjoy!
Home dec is the focus this week with posh pillows and simple table toppers, all designed to make quick and easy updates to your living space.
Changing up table toppers and pillows can make all the difference in a room. And the best part is the fact that you can make these changes in little more than a day or two and still make a big difference in a room.
Rebecca starts the show with interchangeable pillow bands made from luxurious fabrics. Take a look at the show notes found on www.itsseweasytv.com and you'll find COMPLETE instructions plus a resource for the sari silks she references in her project.
In the next segment you'll find me whipping up a quick project for a table decoration. I used an adjustable bias binder foot to easily apply narrow binding as trim and made finishing the ends easy by simply tying them in a knot.
You can learn more about this foot and see the original detailed instructions when you CLICK HERE.
There's a second project shown as a sample and yes of course . . . I have instructions for you to make that too! CLICK HERE to visit the Brothersews site and you'll find a free design that goes with the project shown above. Note that you will need to sign up on the site to access this section of the website.
In the last segment of the show you'll learn how to make Mexican tucks with Cheryl Sleboda. This is a great texturizing technique you can use for home decor and garments too!
CLICK HERE to watch this show until noon EST on June 15th. Enjoy!
Okay, we have all heard it more times than we can count . . . If you haven't worn it in a year - get rid of it! That statement simply WAS NOT written for savvy do-it-yourself sewing enthusiasts!!! It was written for those who have no ability to jazz up existing garments and accessories so they are forced to simply give up on the things they "think" can no longer wear.
Show 1411 is a perfect example of the power we have when we can sew, re-make, re-vamp, and re-cycle things that are a little dull or may have seen better days.
First, you'll see fashion "re-designer" Laura Pifer take two t-shirts and transform them into a t-shirt into a halter style tunic. If your t-shirts are long enough and you like a mini look, you may even be able to make this into a dress. Watch as she chops here and there, and then stitches the pieces into a trendy top.
In the second part of the show I had the chance to demonstrate embellishment with a felting attachment. I started with a bit of felt and ended with a colorful accent for a dull grey hat that needed some pizazz. You can start with ordinary craft felt or use wool felt. If you want something really unique you can consider felting wool fabric or old wool sweaters. Here is my recipe for home grown wool felt from sweaters or yardage:
I used a special Brother felting attachment for fast felting by machine. You'll find more tips when you check out the complete instruction file for this felted hat segment.
Last but not least, Jane Monzures gives jeans and pants a makeover by subtracting part of the leg and adding fabric and trim to replace what she took away. I bet you have at least one pair of pants in your closet that you could experiment with and see if this look is for you. It would be a fun way to refresh a pair of tired jeans and you could consider doing so with more subtle fabric additions too. All in all, this show is sure to get your creative juices flowing.
Are you ready to watch the show? CLICK HERE, This show airs through Friday June 8th a noon EST.
Details make the difference in everything you make! It could be simple rows of topstitching added to a cuff or collar, or more elaborate details like fancy trims and embellishment with machine embroidery. Yes! You are in the driver's seat behind your personal sewing machine and you can make any project stand out with simple or elaborate details.
In the first segment Cosplay designer Cheryl Sleboda uses metal grommets to create a changeable costume skirt. Grommets come in all sorts of sizes these days and are used on everything from garments and accessories to home decor and more! If you're looking for grommets of all kinds, including decorative grommets, see what my friends at dritz.com have to offer. Check out their tutorial for decorative grommet styles HERE.
Angela is nearing the end of the shirtdress sew along with just a few more details to go. this time she tackles button holes and buttons. If you're anything like me you hold your breath when it comes time to make buttonholes. It's usually next to last on the checklist for completing a project. with all the care you put into making something you sure don't want to see a bad buttonhole mess up the beauty of your efforts.
Careful measuring is key. The tool you see here is called a Simflex Expanding Gauge. I got mine at my local sewing shop and it has come in handy for more than just buttonholes. Use it to mark fabric for trims, pin tucks, and even placement for embroidery designs.
Truly buttonholes are better than ever with the one-step sliding buttonhole accessories we have today. I've been sewing long enough to remember the crazy contraptions we had to install to make a buttonhole in the good old days. Now it's just a matter of dropping the button in the back, pulling a lever, lining it up, and pressing go! CLICK HERE to read my previous post with more about building better buttonholes.
Button sewing is another task quickly completed by machine. Many machines have a special "button fitting" foot for this. combined with a special stitch built-in to the machine it makes quick work of sewing on one or more buttons. To make the button extra secure be sure to use polyester sewing thread, pull the top threads to the bottom side, knot by hand, and then dab a bit of seam sealant one the threads on the back of the button when you're finished. I like to use this foot for tacking ribbons in place too. If you'd like to see some cute children's clothes with button and ribbon accents you can watch this short video HERE.
In the last segment of this show children’s designer Jessica Stewart uses her artful eye to mix fabrics and add trims for endless design opportunities on a little girlie girl dress.
Her fabric combinations are delightful! You'll learn a lot from Jessica when you watch this part of the show.
Ready to go watch show 1410? Visit www.itsseweasytv.com. This show airs until noon EST June 1st.
The whole season of It's Sew Easy TV series 1400 has been focused on creative changes you can make when you mix a little ingenuity with the use of your sewing machine.
Show 1409 is full of accessories to dress up or dress down any day of the week.
When it comes to accessories, belts can be one of the best ways to easily add some spice to your wardrobe. Do you already have a few favorite belts in your closet? If you do, I suggest you take a good look at them and see what puts them at the top of your want to wear list. In other words, what makes your reach for them over and over again? My guess is that comfort is a big factor. Perhaps you find that certain belts just seem to really pull your look together, whether it's an eye catching buckle that serves almost as added jewelry, the belting itself complimenting the color in your garment, or the fact that a particular belt is a perfect match for a pair of shoes. Belts are a great way to top off an outfit and the focus in this show is on soft belts that are super easy to make.
Take a look at the denim dress with a red turtleneck underneath. Adding a belt that picks up the dominant red color creates a look that is put together with very little effort.
To snug up the waistline of this wrap garment I made a softly styled matching belt, complete with machine stitched eyelets. An eyelet stitch is nothing more than a round buttonhole and it's found on many different machine models.
Would you believe . . . the wrap on the show is actually the Chic Suede Wrap from Wrapped in Embroidery? This time it's shown worn inside out with the front facing peeking out almost as piping would. Since this wrap is fully lined it's just as attractive on the wrong side as it is on the right side. There are lots more belts, buckle options, and sewing tips presented in this segment with detailed instructions found on the It's Sew Easy TV website. CLICK HERE to download a copy for yourself.
In the next part of the show Felice Regina stitches up a purse with a clever appliqué accent. Her circular "moon bunny bag" bag is super cute with the moon bunny appliqué as the focal point on the front. Felice shows you the steps to make this bag, including the zippered gusset which gives it a neat finish and a nice sized opening.
She has included the complete pattern with instructions on the It's Sew Easy TV website, all for free.
You'll want to watch this show right up till the very end to see Rebecca Kemp Brendt make her own fabric yardage with the Brother Dream Fabric Frame and Dream Quilter 15™ DQLT15 quilting machine. Although the word quilt is in that previous sentence, the project Rebecca chose to make is the furthest thing from a quilt!
Indeed, Rebecca's project is a beautiful parasol fit for the stage, or a very special costume occasion. This project was formerly featured in detail at blog.brothersews.com. Watch the show and then be sure to visit the blog to learn more about making the parasol.
Are you ready to go and watch the show? Show 1409 airs until May 25th at noon EST. CLICK HERE to go and watch.
This week you'll see two ways to sew something suited for style, and for chasing chills in the air. Designer Laura Pifer rescues a men's shirt and turns it into a jacket. Fashion expert Angela Wolf continues with her tutorial for the shirtdress by adding the cuffs. Then, she creates a drapey jacket from a giant square of fabric.
Would you ever think of turning a men's shirt into a ladies bomber jacket? In this show Laura does just that! She is wearing one of her own shirt turned bomber jacket creations on the show. It looks like something that came right off the rack in ready-to-wear.
Ribbing can be a bit tricky to find. I found some recently at Rockywoods.com. I even found a nice bomber jacket pattern on the same site.
For a slightly different and dressier bomber style jacket style you may want to try the Wong Sing Jones pattern form HotPatterns.com. I have it in my stash, along with the ribbing but can't seem to desire on fabric for the jacket - stay tuned - I'm sure I'll get inspired before fall comes around again.
In the last full segment of the show Angela drapes a jacket on a dress form and gives you a few other ideas for making this style without a pattern.
If you'd like something more fitted with a similar style you may want to check out Angela's Rachel Twin Set pattern. It has a similar drapey collar and includes a tank top.
Are you ready to watch the show? CLICK HERE and watch until noon EST on May18th. Enjoy!
In this show you'll learn to get more mileage out of garments with interchangeable looks and ready-to-wear jazzed up with machine embroidery.
In part one Jane Monzures of DIY by Jane fame takes t-shirts and turns them into a cool apron. Such a great idea for all of those t-shirts too nice to discard but not really on your current "want to wear" list.
I think this is a great idea for souvenir shirts as well as others you may have packed away along with sentimental attachments you still have for them. It's also just a neat idea for a way to honor someone else's love for sports teams and so forth. Make something creative with their favorite t-shirt graphics and you're sure to bring a smile to their face. Great gift idea for Dads and grads too! Consider including the apron along with a set of barbecue tools for Dad, or perhaps a survival cooking kit for the graduate bound for new life in a dorm.
In part two Laura Pifer re-styles a t-shirt by adding bell sleeves. Laura is a frequent contributor to the official Brother blog and she's known for quick and easy projects that often feature up-cycled ready-mades. Her simple t-shirt re-do is nice for big or little girls alike and a super project for summer.
I can hardly contain my excitement for the online debut of this segment of It's Sew Easy TV. In show 1407 I had the opportunity to focus on one of my all time favorite embellishment techniques, machine embroidery on ready-to-wear! Jazzing up wardrobe basics with splashes of embroidery in interesting places is possible with any machine that has a hoop for embroidery. As with everything else, it's all about knowing some nifty tips and tricks that pave the way for embroidery success stories.
In this show you'll learn about the three P's for producing good quality embroidery: Planning, Preparation, and Placement.
A good understanding of all three of these guides you into the world of gorgeous garments embroidered by you and your trusty embroidery machine. Don't forget to CLICK HERE for the tip sheet that coordinates with this segment titled Machine Embroidery for Ready-Made Garments.
I'd love to hear your comments and entertain your questions after you've had the chance to watch the show! Enjoy! show airs until May 11, 2018 at noon EST. CLICK HERE to go and watch the show.
Continuing with the theme of changing up your wardrobe, this online It's Sew Easy TV show is all about transformations!
In part one Angela Wolf up-cycles ordinary sweaters to make new, fun fashions. Next, she sews the sleeves and the sides of the shirtdress that's shown throughout the whole series.
In part two you'll see me re-style a scarf into a trendy kimono top and use soft double gauze to stitch another one that is literally dripping with beautiful Venice lace.
In the first segment of the show Angela has no fear of quickly snipping the sleeves of sweaters!
You'll love the way she "bravely" takes the sleeve and adds it to another armhole. Working with thrift store garments makes this a no fuss project. By working with something that is low cost you'll lose the fear of failure and find yourself ready to jump in and try something new and different.
In the shirtdress segment you'll see how to topstitch the sleeve and sew the sides with a fast flat method of construction.
And now it's time for you to see the kimono creations I cooked up for show 1406. I had so much fun designing and creating these over blouses and I think you'll really enjoy stitching them too!
Two finished tops are shown on the set. You'll see how I cut one from a scarf and then you'll see me finish off another one at the machine. The second blouse on the mannequin and the one at the machine are both made from soft, light, and lovely Shannon Fabrics "Embrace" double gauze. This is simply the perfect fabric choice for this garment! In the show I included several tips for sewing this slightly crinkly, comfortable cotton.
Patterns for tops like this are plentiful. I've selected several options for you to try. Cut-on sleeves are super easy to sew and there's no need to be concerned with skill level. Anyone can easily make one or more of the styles presented here.
Warm weather is coming and I'm so excited to wear these beautiful blouses!
I wrote detailed instructions to go along with this segment but they seem to be temporarily misplaced on the TV website so I've added them to letsgosew.com. You can CLICK HERE to download the PDF. From this link you can also watch the video again if you would like. Enjoy!
CLICK HERE to watch all of show 1406 until May 4, 2018 at noon EST.
In this show you'll see some fresh, new ideas for adding accents to garments. First, Jenny Rushmore shares pattern hacks to give new looks to a basic tank top. Next, Angela Wolf continues with the shirtdress and adds a placket to the shirtdress sleeve. Then, you'll see me demonstrate one of my all time favorite techniques, adding surface embellishment with couching!
Jenny is a Plus size expert and pattern designer. In this show buttons take center stage on a tank top drafted from a very basic pattern.
You'll find her instructions clear and easy to follow. Jenny's garments are as beautiful as her lovely accent :-) Find out more about Jenny at cashmerette.com.
Next, watch Angela show how to sew a sleeve placket like those found on ready-to-wear tailored shirts. This type of placket really makes a custom sewn shirt sleeve look neat. There are many different ways to do this. I suggest using this type of placket on shirt weight fabrics and making a sample or two before trying it out "for real."
You'll see my faux suede coat in the last segment. This beautiful fabric is from Shannon Fabrics, makers of many soft and wonderful fabrics.
Below you'll see a close-up of the couched collar I stitched in show 1404. I readily admit that this was one of the most fun episodes I've taped thus far!
For this project I used a special Brother attachment called the MuVit™ Digital Dual Feed foot along with an addtional option in the form of a snap-on couching foot. Feeding yarn and stitching over it is really easy with this foot. This attachment is included with the Dream Machine and available for some other models as well. In fact, couching can be done with other feet as well. Check out my previous short Couching Video for ideas and then talk to your local sewing machine dealer to see what's available for your machine model.
I could go on for hours taking about this jacket but I think you'll have more fun by hopping over to the video to watch. When you are done you can CLICK HERE for complete instructions published on the It's Sew Easy TV website. Note that this particular video is also available here on my You Tube channel so you can watch it over if you like. Watch for more videos to be added to my letsgosew channel soon :-)
Ready to watch the show? Show 1404 is available online until April 27th at noon EST. CLICK HERE and enjoy!
Change is in the air! In this show you'll see how to sew something fresh and new inspired by current trends.
In the first part of the show you'll learn some costume making tips created with items from both the craft store and the hardware store. You'll also learn how to create straps using fabric that closely imitates real suede, and add rivets to the straps with special tools. Cheryl gives you tips, tricks, and cautions for using these all of these tools effectively.
In the second part Angela Wolf continues her shirtdress sew along. Watch as she shows how to stitch a crisp collar. For pressing she uses a tool known as a Tailor's Point Press. My own tool looks almost identical and I've been using it for decades. In fact right now it sits within inches of my ironing board, ready when I need it for all manner of pressing operations. CLICK HERE to read a PDF tutorial on this item. Stitching is of course important but proper pressing techniques can take a project from so-so to a standout item you'll be proud to say you made with your own two hands!
In the third segment designer Linda Lee shares techniques for sewing today's trendiest open-weave fabrics. Finding fabric is usually the fun part of designing something new but then there's always the challenge of figuring out how to make it work. In this part of the show Linda shows both sewing machine and serger techniques for fabrics that may include more open space than actual fiber in the weave of the fabric.
This show airs online until Friday April 19th at noon EST. Visit www.itsseweasytv.com to watch.
Color your world with creativity! There are three parts to this show - DIY fashion expert Jane Monzures demonstrates fun and fashionable ways to use zippers. I'll show you how to keep clothes looking great with padded hangers, and then designer Jessica Stewart mixes up fabric combinations for beautiful children's fashions.
In this segment Jane begins with a bit of zipper history, shares lots of tips for stitching zippers on Trendy shirts, and then includes instructions for creating fashion accessories with various zipper pieces and parts. Prepare to be mesmerized by Jane's fast paced and inspiring instructions!
In the second, quick tip segment I had the opportunity to show some of my favorite custom covers for ordinary household hangers. Call me crazy but hanger covers are one of my all time favorite projects to make! Here are a whole host of reasons to consider creating some yourself:
In the last segment Jessica shares simple tips for choosing a colorful mix of fabrics and creating "boutique look" dresses for little girls. Her tiered dresses are adorable! You'll enjoy her tips for mixing, matching, and making a patchwork effect to turn tiered dresses into wearable art for little ones.
This show is currently airing on line until April 13 at noon EST. CLICK HERE to watch the show.
This show features three guests. Rebecca Kemp Brendt shows you how to sew gussets to solve fitting issues, Angela Wolf adds a placket to her chambray shirtdress, and Jenny Rushmore converts darts into princess seams.
Rebecca is masterful at all types of sewing. In this segment she shows how many different garments benefit from a little extra ease and comfort via a gusset. This technique is a very practical one to learn should the need arise to make a garment more roomy right where you need it most.
As promised in the first show, Angela takes you through an important step for sewing the shirtdress. It's going to be fun to see this dress take shape!
Jenny Rushmore finishes up the show with a segment on dart design. Jenny is an expert at fitting curvy girls. Indeed princess seams are a fashion bonus for curvy girls. Perhaps you're like me and find yourself to be different sizes in different places. If that's the case then you too will appreciate the value of princess seams.
If you'd like to see one of my favorite princess seam dress patterns you can CLICK HERE. You'll find a blog I wrote as one of the designated Brother blog experts on the official Stitching Sewcial Brother blog.
Visit www.itsseweasytv.com for more information about show #1402.
Angela Wolf and Michelle Paganini share tips for making something old look new again in this first show of the 1400 series.
In this segment Angela takes two tired garments and turns them into one cute dress. Throughout the series you'll see Angela construct a classic shirtdress from chambray fabric. This style is really big now in ready to wear but really, I can't remember a time when this style was out of style!
During the series he gives a variety of options for pattern choices. I really like the look of New Look 6470. It has darts, along with an option for color blocking that would really set it apart as a one of a kind, sewn from scratch garment. You may already know that I'm a big fan of New Look patterns. For more info I invite you to read my blog about the topic of patterns HERE.
Continue watching this online series and by the end you'll be able to make a dress with details that shout hand-crafted instead of home-made!!!
Michelle Paganini is up next with a ton of interesting ideas for transforming masculine shirts into feminine blouses. Her designs are inspiring and her tips and tricks are applicable to many other sewing projects. Michelle is known for her commitment to up-cycling garments, along with other found fabrics. "Good for the planet and good for your budget" is her motto and I couldn't agree more.
You'll find her instruction easy to follow, with great graphics for foolproof stitching and designing. Michelle is one sharp stitcher! Stay tuned, you'll see her return in future episodes.
CLICK HERE for more information on this episode.
This week you'll see Linda Lee from the Sewing Workshop stitch something to make winter more fun. In the second half Rebecca Kemp Brent turns her travel memories in a charming tuffet, embellished with top-stitching.
Imagine making garments and accessories from “house wrap” and packaging envelopes! That's exactly what Linda Lee uses in this episode. Her projects are made from DuPont™ Tyvek®. This material has been around for 50 years. It is commonly known as the specialty fabric used for envelopes and home insulation.
To me this synthetic material appears to be a cross between paper and plastic. Leave it to crafters and sewing enthusiasts to take it out of the realm of industrial uses and get creative with it. After seeing some of Linda's crazy samples with paint and printing I'm definitely going to give this a try! I especially like the fact that it's non-woven and doesn't ravel. Stay tuned! I see myself re-cycling postal envelopes and firing up my Brother ScanNCut to slice up pretty shapes with this unusual fabric.
In part two of this week's show Rebecca Kemp Brent shows how to make a spectacular footstool with photo printed fabric. I saw this while at the studio and it was rich and beautiful in every way! The photos and view on TV simply do not do this piece justice.
Perhaps you've seen these kits or maybe even made one or more yourself. If so I'd love to know! I remember these being all the rage about 3 years ago. If you CLICK HERE you'll see Rebecca's customary detailed instructions with a link to purchasing information. Even if a tuffet isn't in your future I would watch this segment with a notepad as Rebecca provides one great tip after another, many of which you can apply to a whole lot of other projects.
Ready to go and watch the show? CLICK HERE. This show currently airs until noon EST, December 22. Enjoy!
Unleash your inner artist this week! You're sure to be inspired and motivated to make something free-form and fun-loving after watching this show!
In the first segment, up-cycling designer Michelle Paganini adds a touch of modern art to a refashioned shirt using three-ply reverse appliqué.
I had the opportunity to meet Michelle at the studio and spend a great day with her while we each taped our shows. During lunch she kindly offered me a choice of one of her patterns as a gift.
I instantly chose the Cindy blouse, which happens to be the one Michelle is wearing in the show. I liked the asymmetrical panel and immediately envisioned embroidery designs sprinkled down the front with coordinating designs on the sleeve cuffs.
You'll get to see a variety of her patterns on her show and tell part of the show. These are not really patterns in the traditional sense of the word. They are actually detailed instructions for creating new garments by creatively re-designing men's shirts. Quite a novel idea and a great way to turning nice shirts and good fabric into a one-of-a-kind fashion statement for women.
The featured blouse is the Sandy style. Each one of her patterns features interesting details with plenty of blank canvas for added embellishments. Be sure to visit Michelle at her website, paganoonoo.com to learn more!
In the second half of the show Angela Wolf creates her own embellished denim fabric with free-motion embroidery using the Brother Dream Fabric Frame.
Take a look at the jackets above and you'll see that Angela has developed many creative ways of taking a simply styled jacket and turning it into a work of art. The free motion techniques she demonstrates on this show are yet another way to put your own creativity into garments sewn from scratch. See her add simple squiggles for an easy yet interesting accent on plain fabric.
Ready to go and watch the show? Go ahead and CLICK HERE. This show is available online until December 16th at noon EST. Enjoy!
This show has you covered if the wind blows, there's a chill in the air, or raindrops are falling on your head! It begins with a simple wrap you can make from fleece and ends with a raincoat sewn from laminated waterproof fabric.
Here are two of the fleece garments you'll see.
In this show I had the opportunity to feature a new fleece wrap similar to a couple garments from my book titled Wrapped in Embroidery. If you'd like to make your own version of the ruana wraps so popular in ready-to wear you'll find a free pattern offered on the show, plus tips for finishing a plain one or one with added embroidery. If anything here looks familiar to you then it's likely you have at least paged through or perhaps even made one or two wraps from the book. If you happen have the book in your possession I sincerely hope you have stitched some of the designs.
In the early stages of writing the book I hand picked the designs for this collection, with the idea that they would be classic and versatile so they could find their way on most any embellished item you choose to create!
The two mirror imaged motifs you see being embroidered on the show are a favorite pair I've used time and time again.
By the way, although the back was never shown, there is a coordinating yoke design on the back. It's always fun to add embroidery to the back of a garment so it gets noticed both coming and going!
In this episode you'll see how easy it is to link designs with a paper template and a feature called the trial key.This technique is useful for matching the top center of the second design with the bottom center of the first. Many machines have this capability or similar ways to pinpoint the positioning for your embroidery designs, allowing for linking designs for as long as you like. I'd love to hear back from you if you found some of the tips helpful, or if any questions pop up after watching this segment. Remember that further instructions are uploaded to the TV website. You can CLICK HERE to find those.
The free pattern instructions are just a click away too! You'll find this when you click the image on the left.
The second half of the show will help solve your rainy day woes as Alex Woodbury returns to show you some tricks for stitching laminated fabrics. Her featured garment is the Soho Jacket from the Sewing Workshop pattern line.
You'll see the value of the non-stick foot for sewing rainwear fabric such as vinyl coated cotton.
This unusual fabric can be found currently in some pretty prints on Fabric.com. I've had a lot of fun sewing with this fabric in the past. A few years ago Brother came out with a great hybrid foot that is not only non-stick but has roller wheels to really keep it gliding freely along the surface. Click on the image below to learn more.
If you're ready to go watch the show CLICK HERE. This show is currently showing online until March 9th at noon EST.
Enjoy and feel free to leave your comments!
Be ready to go anywhere, anytime! This entire show is full of perfect projects for an on-the-go lifestyle! I think you'll get some great ideas for gift making too!
The show begins with prolific blogger and busy Mom, Caroline Critchfield. Leave it to a busy, and I might add clever Mom to come up with something practical, pretty, and super fast to make! Watch as she shows each step to complete this piece and gives out some great tips and tricks along the way.
You'll hear Caroline recommend this little vinyl-lined pouch for cosmetics or a travel sized sewing kit. Both of these are great ideas. However, I can also see these made with fancy fabric along with embroidery or a monogram, and used to hold a gift of jewelry for an elegant presentation. Wrapped candies and a special note inside would be great for a hostess gift. Put a little thought into this and I bet you come up with some of your own great gift ideas. I'm planning to make one for a sewing friend with sewing themed fabric. Instead of candy, I'll add a sweet surprise in the form of a gift card for a local sewing shop.
You'll find all the instructions and a full size pattern for this project when you CLICK HERE.
Award-winning quilter Carolina Moore shows how to hand sew hexagons along with her own tips for English paper piecing in the next segment.
This type of quilt project is utterly portable and I can readily see how it could quickly become habit forming. I was surprised to see that these ready-to-use paper pieces were available in such large quantities and also in different shapes. CLICK HERE to see the full line of paper shapes from the Dritz Company.
Take a close look at the nifty wash away glue pen featured and you'll see that it is a cut above the ordinary. It's a Fons and Porter brand pen with refills available for future use. After a little research I found that it was on the high end price wise but being able to re-fill is a big plus in my book.
Alex Woodbury of AlexandIkat shows off her beautiful bags at the tail end of the show. Listen as she explains where each bag gets its name and then tells how these bags carry special meaning with help for others at the root of their design.
Are you ready to go watch the show? CLICK HERE. This show is currently showing online until March 2nd at noon EST. Enjoy!
This week you'll see western wear with classic flair, a tote with a mix of memories, and a quick tip for pattern layout on a very fashionable fabric.
My contribution to the show reveals my penchant for all things western. If you were to ask me why I love the western style so much I'm afraid I wouldn't have a good answer for you. All I know is that undoubtedly I DO love all things western!
When it comes to western garb I revel in the chance to wear it! For this piece I used Folkwear pattern #212 - Five Frontier Shirts. I think you would agree that this embellished shirt carries the spirit of the style without the standard cowboy/girl look. I did make a few minor modifications, skipping the pockets, eliminating a couple snaps, and adding embroidery to the smooth chambray fabric. Other than that, it's the exact same shirt you see the lady wearing in the center of the pattern photo. It's amazing what a few minor changes can make.
You'll find complete instructions for embroidery and all the trimmings posted on the It's Sew Easy TV website. For a quick shortcut to the instructions simply click on the image below.
If you are also a western wear aficionado you may want to take a look at a past project featuring yet another one of my favorite Folkwear patterns. CLICK HERE to watch the segment from series 1000 and you'll see the embroidered denim jacket I made for this show.
Rebecca Kemp Brendt is up next with her clever map meets tote project.
With free motion quilt capabilities you can imitate this style using a map that reminds you of your own hometown or a visit to a distant destination. Even without added stitching this tote is sure to be a great conversation starter, wouldn't you agree?
At the very end of the show Angela Wolf presents a quick tip for a pattern layout with houndstooth fabric.
Houndstooth is a checked fabric with a funny name and distinctive weave. This fabric has an ancient history, possibly dating back all the way to the first century! Also called tweed, it has a classic, timeless look with a tessellating pattern that's especially interesting up close. Watch this tip segment and learn to pattern match houndstooth for your next garment masterpiece.
If you're ready to go and watch the entire show you can CLICK HERE. Currently airing online until February 23rd at noon EST. Enjoy!
The subject matter for this show is simple and straightforward. Knit leggings take center stage and then you'll learn tips and tricks for scuba knit and neoprene fashion fabric.
In the first segment watch Angela stitch a comfortable elastic waistband for slim fitting leggings. Yes, these are close fitting body hugging pants. I think I may be hearing a few groans as some of you currently think this style won't work for you. I hear you!!! Allow me to hop on my fashion advice soapbox for a minute. You might just change your mind if you try a pair of leggings with great boots and a thigh skimming tunic top. But if not, you could also consider getting a similar look with slim leg pants made from a stretch woven fabric. Just throwing a few thoughts your way! I encourage you to explore current pattern books and I think you'll not only find some suitable options, you'll see that they are finally waking up and using some models that look like "real" people. Okay . . . I'm off the box and ready to tell you about the rest of the show :-)
Alex Woodbury, blogger, designer, and daughter of Linda Lee, well known owner of The Sewing Workshop has many samples to show with techniques for sewing seams, seam finishes, and hems for these unusual but attractive fabrics.
I found learning about these "new" fabrics really interesting. I have seen them in the fabric store but never had the push to try making something with them. I think I'm ready now and I'll be sure to let you know what I decide on for a future project.
At the end Angela returns with a quick tip for changing a basic knit pant pattern into a pull on pair like the ones you see her sew in the beginning of the show.
Want a sneak peek at next week? I've got an embroidered western style shirt to show you and I can't wait for you to see it!!!
This show is currently showing online until February 16th at noon EST.
CLICK HERE to go watch and Enjoy!
As always, I'd love to hear your comments and find out how you liked the show. Feel free to return here after you watch and write a line or two with your thoughts about the show.
Show 1307 is full of solid sewing advice. Just two teachers are featured this week so each segment shows project steps in great detail.
Children's fashion designer Carla Macklin shows you how to cut and sew custom bias trim in the first segment.
You'll see this bias trim as an accent on her darling dresses for little girls. Learn how to add this binding and you'll want to apply it to many clothing and craft items. Carla starts with a square of fabric, cuts bias strips, and then sews them together at a 90-degree angle to make longer lengths. To form the folded strips she uses a tool that came from the toolbox of her very own Grandmother.
I suggest you visit Dritz Notions for a modern day bias tape maker along with some great Dritz tutorials for cutting, pressing, and even determining the amount of yardage you'll need for bias strips in many different lengths.
CLICK HERE to see yet another tutorial showing a quick way to make long lengths of bias. This one shows bias for making custom piping but the same principle can be applied to bias strips for other projects.
Making a beautiful fabric box is the topic of the next segment with Rebecca Kemp Brendt. This custom crafted box is good for memories and treasures brought home from vacation or to hold a special gift.
Rebecca has designed more classy craft projects than anyone else I know! Not only is she a fantastic designer, she is known for clear, concise instructions that allow you to re-create without frustration as she explains steps in a manner that is always easy to understand.
I encourage you to listen and watch carefully. Rebecca dishes out some important fusing facts while using an interesting product for the stiff base, and then offers tips for shaping the corners and finishing with tacking and button sewing tips.
By the way, you'll find even more tutorials and projects produced by Rebecca on the official Brother blog at blog.brothersews.com.
Without further delay, CLICK HERE to go and watch the show. This currently airs until February 9th, 2018 - noon EST.
The series continues with tips for short trips, long trips, or trips close to home. Traveling any distance often means temperature changes both indoors and out. Having stylish garments you can easily slip on and off make travel more comfortable and more pleasant. In the first segment you'll see a fashion-forward sweater designed by Angela Wolf so you can be comfortable at home or away.
Next, learn how to embellish all of your gear with colorful embroidered patches. Embroidery expert Eileen Roche shows you how.
Now that you have your casual wear covered it's time to add something fancy for a special night out. In this episode I'll show you how to stitch a concealed zipper so you can create an elegant evening bag. It packs flat and coordinates with a special embroidered dress made from matching silk dupioni fabric. Read more about all these projects below.
First, Angela designs a coverup with a partial circle collar, peep sleeves, and lettuce edging on the hem, all from a basic T-shirt pattern.
To finish the edges she takes advantage of the super stretch of the fabric and stitches a ruffled, lettuce edge hem. This is a unique and decorative way to make narrow hems on stretchy knits.
I have a slightly different recipe for accomplishing this popular edge finish. Here's what you'll need:
Here are the steps:
Begin by selecting a zig zag stitch set for 2.0 width and 2.0 length. Line up the raw edge of the fabric with the center making on the foot. Zigzag over the raw edge, having the right hand swing of the zig zag catch the raw edge and stretching as you go. Next, set zig zag stitch for width 2.5 and length 1.0. Stitch over previous zig zag stitching.
This results in a more satin style stitch. Make sure to test first for suitability on your particular knit.
In the next segment, Eileen Roche makes a batch of "Sew Happy" patches.
You'll love all the special items Eileen decorated with patches! These snappy little patches work as an accent for everything from bags to hats to boat shoes! Watch as Eileen presents great tips for fusing these appliqués onto awkward surfaces. These are easy to attach to so many different things. They're sure to put a smile on someone's face if you make them for gifts too!
If you're looking for more fun patches you may want to explore the Blue Hair Girl collection. CLICK HERE to read my past post about the designer, Denise Holguin. You'll learn more about her creative style and see examples of the patches she invented.
In last short segment of the show you'll see me insert a concealed zipper with a special foot designed for the task.
The featured sample is a clutch purse previously published as a Brother blog post. CLICK HERE to view and download the original instructions. You'll find specific steps outlined and illustrated with photos so you can effortlessly stitch this style of zipper again and again.
This silk dupioni clutch purse is an elegant accessory for a special occasion or anytime you want something a bit fancier than your everyday handbag.
The inside zippered pocket is sleek and secure. Imagine making this purse in many different fabrics for dressy or casual days!
Need a gorgeous dress to pair with your purse? There are instructions for that too! They're also available on the official Brother Stitching Sewcial blog. You'll only catch a glimpse of this dress on the show but if you CLICK HERE you can see how I made this dress, from designing the layout to embroidering the front panel of this figure flattering dress.
Ready to go and watch the show? Show 1306 will air until noon EST on February 2nd. CLICK HERE to go watch the show. Enjoy!
I'd love to know if you would like to make your own version of any of the items you saw this week. Please let me know in the comments below.
Show 1305 will help you create go-to wearables for tropical destinations. Angela Wolf sews a perfect t-shirt to wear alone or under a jacket. Pattern designer and fabric expert Linda Lee shares tips for sewing on sheer fabrics and Michelle Paganini has more up-cycling tips.
T-shirts, can you ever have too many? Short sleeves, long sleeves, or no sleeves at all, many of us have quite a few in our closet but there's always room for more!
Angela's T tops always have an upscale look to them. T-shirts are an Angela Wolf specialty and in this episode you'll see how to shape a cap sleeve and hem it with a twin needle. The idea she presents is for a shirt that goes nicely under a jacket, with a bit of coverage but not too much bulk.
If you're looking to re-style an existing ready-made T-shirt you may want to take a look at a Free tip sheet I wrote for transforming a T-shirt. CLICK HERE and you'll find specific instructions for changing the neckline and adding some pizzazz to otherwise plain sleeves.
Next, Linda Lee from the Sewing Workshop sews samples of seams and hems for super light fabrics. Her sample jacket is sewn from silk. A jacket like this would be perfect to dress up plain, solid separates for a cruise or even dinner out close to home. In this segment she teaches the basics for both a French seam and a very narrow hem.
For yet another option you may want to take a look at the sheer wrap I presented on a previous show. CLICK HERE to see more.
In the last short segment Michelle returns with lots of ideas for adding a quick fix to existing garments. You'll love her slip tips for re-styling slips into practical camisoles, along with some additional ideas for making clothes more comfortable.
CLICK HERE if you're ready to go and watch the show. It will be online until noon EST on October 27.
Show #1304 will make you think about sewing some special items to make everyday life more beautiful! I can’t wait to get right into previewing this show so here goes!
If you are a seasoned fan of It's Sew Easy you’ve seen Kay Whitt of Serendipity Studio multiple times. She always smiles when talking about sewing. Her love of the craft is evident in everything she designs and creates! In this show you’ll see her use the Brother super speedy model PQ1500SL.
This machine is made only for straight stitching, but it is oh so powerful! Sewing on the PQ machine is a lot like sewing on an industrial machine. I've had the opportunity to stitch many hours on both types so I speak from real life experience. This model has quite a few ingenious features built into it and they are all designed to make your sewing more powerful, precise, and efficient. Click on the machine image if you would like more information.
If you’re anything like me you will be itching to stitch after seeing the handbag samples Kay displayed on the show. While the focus is on creating quality handles, you are sure to pick up many other helpful tips. After watching you may even be tempted to put on a dress (Kay is known for her beautiful dresses), and then don a pair of dangling earrings and a sparkling necklace. Among her many talents, Kay is a jewelry designer as well!
Next it’s time to up-cycle some shirts with Michelle Paganini. This one was tough for me to watch. Not because I didn’t love it - I did! Therein lies the problem. You see I struggle with the “if you haven’t worn it in a year toss it theory.” You've heard it before, use it or lose it when cleaning out closets and drawers! I always experience a moment of someday I'll use this, and my clean up and pitch it mood goes right out the window!
Thank goodness people like Michelle are out there to motivate us to up-cycle and give new life to old things. Her eclectic ideas for reusing men’s shirts are very stylish. They will either inspire you to re-style shirts hanging in the back of the closet, or shop for some thrift store finds to work into your own wearable art. Add a feminine touch with a pin, appliqué, scarf, etc., and you’ll forget that the garment you're wearing once hung in a men’s department somewhere.
In the last short segment I had the opportunity to show one of my favorite pocket styles. It's a welt pocket stitched with simplified steps for construction. To see each and every step in detail you’ll want to CLICK HERE and download the instructions I wrote to coordinate with the short demonstration.
Permit me to hop on a soapbox for a minute. I think learning how to sew quality pockets is a key that unlocks the door to sewing garments that shine with a look of quality construction. The recipe is simple - pick a simple garment style and add a perfect pocket or two. Your friends will think you’ve had professional training with a master tailor, sharing insider secrets with each and every stitch.
With that in mind, before I go I have an easy question for you. Would you be interested in some online classes for learning how to make a variety of perfect pockets? Please leave your yes or no answer in the comments and tell me if you would like to add this skill to your sewing repertoire. Feel free to contact me if you have specific requests.
Ready to go and watch the show? It currently airs online until January 19th at 12PM EST. CLICK HERE and enjoy!
Show #1303 has some exciting projects for both embroidering aficionados and sewing fans. Embroidery expert Eileen Roche embroiders colorful and cool watchbands, quilter and crafter Carolina Moore creates a travel tote with special closures, and up-cycle artist and designer Michelle Paganini has some great tips for scouting out notions and trims from thrift store garments.
The show starts with Eileen Roche, Editor of Designs in Machine Embroidery magazine. I'm pretty confident that Eileen has embroidered nearly everything there is to embroider! She has filled many books with recipes for successful embroidery on everything from soft fabric to stiff plastic and just about everything else in between!
Just take a look at all those fabulous watches! I was so excited when I saw Eileen's segment because I'm kind of a watch fanatic. I have several inexpensive watches that I like to change up and wear regularly and prefer a good old-fashioned watch to any contemporary tech device for timekeeping. I've been tempted to purchase super inexpensive but cute watches from my local craft store but they all had extremely blah plastic bands. This segment gave me a vision for giving these an upscale look Imagine embroidering your own in the color, size, and style you like best!
Each one is embroidered in the hoop in a super short period of time. What an wonderful gift time these would make for friends and family. The watch band designs are available from Dime Inspirations Dealers. CLICK HERE to search for availability in your area.
In this show Eileen also demonstrates how to finish the bands, making these watches look like they came from the best boutique!
Carolina Moore is on air next, with a multi-pocketed tote can take on vacation or to your next sewing retreat. Whatever you decide to fill the bag with, you'll appreciate the practical pockets and the classy hardware that keeps the pockets closed. Carolina shows step-by-step how to attach the pieces and parts from the Dritz collection of bag hardware and fasteners. These accents are the same quality you find on store bought bags and easy to apply. Click on the image above and you'll find all the instructions you need to make your own bag.
Michelle Paganini is on last with a short show and tell segment. See some of her thrift store finds as she shares a multitude of ideas for "mining" these garments, putting new-found buttons and trims to good use. Michelle has a series of up-cycling instruction guides and a blog promoting her passion for re-inventing and re-purposing clothes that may have otherwise ended up in a heap somewhere. Her company is called Paganoonoo. This eclectic name is apropos for the clever styles she puts together!
I had the chance to meet Michelle at the studio and I can tell you that her garments looked twice as nice in person! We had a fun day together and she kindly gifted me with a couple of her products. CLICK HERE to check out Michelle's blog and see more for yourself!
Ready to see the show? Show 1303 currently airs online until October 13 at 12 noon EST. CLICK HERE to watch and enjoy!
The show title for this week is Vacation Indulgences. Now let’s give that title a more distinct definition. Vacations and vacation days can certainly mean lots of different things to different people. For me personally, staying in my robe, PJ’s, and soft slippers for a whole day (feeling healthy that is) would be a great vacation day! I only need to add cat on the lap, a good non-fiction book, sewing magazine, or tablet streaming some you tube sewing videos, and I’ve got it “made in the shade” even if I’m only on the couch!!! I could name six other scenarios, some would be outdoor adventures close to home and others would be sightseeing and visiting with friends in more distant places.
Since we have already loosely defined Vacation, lets get into the heart of what you’ll see this week when you watch show #1302.
First, Kay Whitt from Sewserendipity.com will delight you with soft, flowing, and simply beautiful dresses and sundresses. She has such a knack for mixing prints in just the right proportions. Yes, they are from fabric collections designed to coordinate but she masterfully mixes them with just the right amount of pattern play.
If you prefer to stay away from zipper sewing you’ll love the styles she shows here. In this show Kay shares so many tips to give these dresses the fit you need and the style you crave. The dresses are cotton, cotton voile, and rayon, which is my personal favorite for a flowing feeling and a little bit of a luxurious look. Rayons are so much better than there were 20 some years ago. Their color-fast quality is much more dependable and the variety of prints range from colorful brights to deep tones in darker prints, plus lots of batiks. You're really going to enjoy this segment and pick up some great tips.
Next up is yours truly with a spa style robe made from super soft waffle weave cotton. The video below is a super short preview.
This is the robe I prefer to wear for my "vacation day" described at the beginning of this post. The fabric is sooo comfortable to wear and feels just like the very best spa robe. This 10 oz. Turkish Waffle weave fabric is 100% cotton and 58/60 inches wide. It comes from Shannon Fabrics, makers of many soothingly soft fabrics.
The featured technique in this segment is what I like to call shell tuck trim. For many years I've frequently used the shell tuck stitch for hems & finishing edges. You can CLICK HERE to see how I used it to hem lingerie. On this show I created shell tuck trim to use as a substitute for piping along pocket tops, sleeve cuffs, and the banded trim.
Don't forget to visit the website. You’ll find detailed photos with step-by-step instructions for creating the trim.
Would you like to see project instructions for a men's style Spa robe? CLICK HERE to visit the Brothersews blog and you'll see an entirely different trim technique I developed. This one has a classic look that's ideal for a masculine garment.
There are a few other another spa themed projects I created to coordinate with the robe. There is a link to the instructions for these in the show file. CLICK HERE to go directly to the page with all the info. Combined with the robe or made on their own they add up to a great gift for someone who deserves a little pampering. . . That someone could be you!
This wraps up a preview of Vacation Indulgences. I’m sure your own vacation wish list would be inspiring and interesting to all! Feel free to leave a comment and share your favorite near or far vacation scenario!
CLICK HERE to watch the show. It is currently airing until noon EST, January 5th.
The online version of It’s Sew Easy TV started a fresh new series! Each week for the next thirteen weeks you can watch one full Free show. I’ll give you a preview of every show each week but let me start off today with a brief overview of the series.
The theme is Go Anywhere and Everywhere. In summary, each of these shows will help you sew, embroider, and embellish stylish garments and accessories that take you from day to evening whether you’re heading off to a far away destination, or getting ready for day to day excursions close to home.
Designer Angela Wolf starts off the show by sewing a versatile knit skirt that's ideal for travel but absolutely perfect for an every day garment too. Mix, match and accessorize this skirt with your favorite knit tops for instant outfits that are comfortable and good looking!
Aside from her famous jeans Angela is known to wear a wide variety of garments made from her line of patterns designed especially for knits. In fact just this week Angela announced her new online class titled Essential Guide to Sewing Knit Tops.
In this segment of It's Sew Easy TV she walks you through designing and sewing a classic knit skirt that's ideal for traveling or any "regular" day of the week.
Her Expert advice for The Perfect Travel Skirt includes:
Sewing a swing dress from silk velvet is next!
Deepika Prakash walks you through designing, and then sewing a swing dress for day or night.
She starts with pattern recommendations and re-styling of a basic shift style dress.
Check out Deepika's PDF tutorial that coordinates with the show. It's chock full of tips and solid information taking you from start to finish with this project. During this segment of the show you'll see a whole lot more ideas and inspiration, including:
Watch Deepika use the Brother Innov-is NQ550PRW Sewing Machine from their affordable professional line. This machine has just been updated to the new Innov-ís NQ575PRW. I have had personal experience using this machine and I can tell you it is a real workhorse. It has just the right amount of stitches and built-in options to make it worthy of a hardworking, yet easy to use machine. You can sew all manner of fabrics from the sheerest silks to hefty denims on this sleek, yet heavy duty model.
CLICK HERE to watch the show. It is currently airing until noon EST, December 29th. Enjoy!
Each week at noon a new show airs online at itsseweasytv.com. This blog features a preview of each weekly show.
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