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See a pretty Lantern Purse and then watch how easy it is to take an heirloom adventure with your serger!
This week's show begins with my friend Rebecca Kemp Brent. If you've watched much of It's Sew Easy TV you have seen her many times and know that she always has something interesting and a bit different. You may also be familiar with her teaching style. Rebecca gives each step in a manner that is easy to follow, nice and slow with careful words of encouragement along the way. This time around she is making a pretty little purse that resembles a lantern, hence the name Lantern Purse. Be sure to login to the website and download the instructions she wrote to help even further.
Next you'll see Kathy McMakin serge her way through the steps to make a beautiful heirloom baby gown. It's absolutely amazing what you can do with serger style heirloom sewing. Now only does she make it look easy she tells you precisely how to do each step so it's easy for you to make too!
Watch how the little pieces all come together to produce this beautiful baby gown!
She presents so many great heirloom techniques you'll be scrambling for a notepad. Not to worry . . . just login and go to the project section on the website. You'll find seven pages of instructions plus a printable pattern to make your own precious day gown!
Project information for each It's Sew Easy TV episode is FREE!
Watch a repeat of It’s Sew Easy Episode 901 – December 25 , 2015 to January 1, 2016
CLICK HERE to go watch show #901. Enjoy!
It’s Sew Easy, Series 900
Timeless Techniques for Today’s Fashions
Traditional sewing meets today’s technology
This season, It’s Sew Easy continues to trace fashion and sewing through the historical events, cultural influences and trends of the 20th century. New attitudes, new lifestyles and new technology changed what women were doing and wearing.
Our sewing experts show how fashion fit, necklines, hemlines, accessories and embellishments all changed through times of war and economic ups and downs.
Each week, sewing and design experts, featuring Angela Wolf, show how to use time-honored techniques together with the latest sewing tools and technology to create today’s hottest fashions.
Enhance your sewing skills. Whatever our sewing skill level, enjoy sewing along with our experts as they show you why, It’s Sew Easy!
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When you see Marie Zinno jazz up a pair of jeans with machine embroidery you may want to stitch your own special pair. Below you'll find some tips for imitating this technique, but what if you don't have access to an embroidery machine? I would suggest you consider adding appliqué motifs instead. Cut your appliqué pieces from printed or solid fabric. Then add a bit of trim to the hem in a coordinating color and you can make a fashion statement using nothing more than a simple zig zag stitch. Appliqué can be a great substitute for machine embroidery, or used in addition to machine embroidery. Anyone can learn to do appliqué! For more appliqué information CLICK HERE to download the Free Basic Appliqué tip sheet recently added to this site.
On the show Marie uses one of the Brother PR Series Multi-needle machines along with a special attachment called the Cylinder Frame to embroider near the hem on her jeans.
While this is truly a specialty attachment for a specialty machine it is possible to embroider along the leg of jeans with most any home embroidery machine. You may want to practice stitching on an old pair first.
Here are some practical tips:
If you have a 5 X 7 hoop size take a look at the Jazzy Jeans Designs offered by Dakota Collectables. They are not too dense and include coordinating small and large motifs, perfect for jeans and many more garments as well! Click on the image below to see the sunflower designs I used in this example.
Certainly, embroidered embellishment of some sort keeps popping up on the cuff, side seam or elsewhere on the leg of ready-made pants, jeans and capris. Personally I really like the idea of embellishment near the cuffs on capris. Whatever design idea you may choose this is a style that continues to show up over and over again. I guess you could say it's moved beyond fad stage and could be considered a lasting trend. Think about adding a coordinating motif to a top for a unique set you'll enjoy for both casual and more dressy wear!
CLICK HERE for my previous, detailed review of show #813, with pattern tips and ideas for making your own peasant style "boho" blouse. CLICK HERE to watch It's Sew Easy Episode 813 until Friday September 25th.
This week you'll see lot of ruffles made with an ordinary technique called gathering. Recently I learned that darts came into play in the 1960's as a way to control fullness that was common in the 1950's.
Certainly fashion changes with the decades but it's amazing how many common principles just get re-formulated a used a in a slightly new and different way. Getting great gathers is easy with a few tips, tricks, and special tools. You'll see a variety of ways to gather fabric in the first segment of this show.
In part two Coleen Swettman prepares you for cool weather with her cozy plaid flannel wrap. I love her idea of keeping one in the care for those "just in case" days when it's warm when you leave and cool when you come home.
You'll find lots more information in my previous post for this episode, including a link for a simple project that uses the gathering foot and fabric recommendations for making a modern poncho. CLICK HERE to read more about fashion ideas from the late 1960's re-styled for wearing today.
You can CLICK HERE to watch It's Sew Easy show #812 until noon on September 18th.
In this show Angela creates appliqués with the Brother ScanNCut. You'll see her cut with a digital cutter, fuse the perfectly cut pieces, and then accent them with machine embroidery. All nice and neat and fun too . . . but have you ever appliquéd the "old fashioned" way? For many years I did appliqué without the aid of a computerized machine, much less one that stitched everything automatically. I still love the tried and true method of appliqué made with simple machine stitches. All you need for this no tech technique is an ordinary zig zag stitch. It does help if you can fine tune the width and length of the stitch but beyond that, you need no special features of any kind whatsoever! I thought you might like a few more ideas so I'm preparing a tip sheet for you titled Basic Appliqué with a Satin Stitch Foot. Stay tuned! I'll let you know as soon as it's available for you to download.
Would you like to read my previous post for Episode 810? CLICK HERE to read it and when you're ready you can CLICK HERE to watch show #811 until noon September 11th.
Each week at noon a new show airs online at itsseweasytv.com. This blog features a preview of each weekly show.