Lindsey Marsh Sews a Beautiful Bow Cuff
Emily Thompson Transforms Tops
the Sewing Spotlight
Details make your garments more interesting and unique!
Lindsey Marsh Sews a Beautiful Bow Cuff
Even the simplest blouse becomes memorable with a bow cuff designed and demonstrated by Lindsay. Watch as she shows you how to add this to most any sleeve.
Lindsay features this technique on her Seoul Blossom Blouse pattern from her sewtogrow.com.au website.
It was interesting to see Lindsay use the Brother edge joining foot for topstitching her cuff. I'm a big fan of using accessory feet to make your sewing faster, easier, and more fun. You can watch my video showing more with this foot HERE.
Emily Thompson Transforms Tops
Emily is known for fun fashion. Her simple pattern hacks create fashion a statement with casual clothes. This tutorial for adding snaps and zippers will give you the skills you need to create details on two cute tops.
You'll find Emily's instructions for the zippered top HERE. Instructions for the snap shoulder top are HERE.
Gretchen Hirsch Steps into
the Sewing Spotlight
In keeping with the It's Sew Easy TV 10th anniversary designer spotlight, this time Gretchen takes a few minutes to talk about how her love of vintage clothing became her career. She is well known for her vintage glamour style in both fabric and patterns.
You'll hear a few more of these stories as series 1900 continues to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the show.
Visit www.itsseweasytv.com to watch show 1906. It currently airs until Noon EST on November 6th.
Show notes: This year's hottest accessory for traveling is the carry all drawstring bag. In show 1906 Emily Thompson from Life Sew Savory shows how to create a makeup bag in a circular drawstring style. Then, in lesson four of the wrap dress, Angela Wolf creates a faux wrap variation in knit, demonstrating techniques for the belt and neckline.
Emily Thompson's Circular Carryall
Select your size, choose your fabric, assemble a few notions, and you are ready to sew a circular carryall. You'll be amazed at how easy this project is to sew!
It all starts with two fabric circles. Perhaps you already have a tool for marking and cutting circles. Scrounging around, I found that I have at least three that are similar or identical to the ones I've linked below. Each one has their own advantage. Check with your sewing supply store to see if they have something to offer as well. Here are a few possible tools to consider:
Olfa Circle Cutter - Easy to use. Circle size is limited to about 8-inches for this tool.
Roll-N-Ruler at Menards - Another gadget that would have earned the seal of approval from my 10th grade geometry teacher, you may find this in more than one size.
Do a search for a Circle Beam Compass and you'll find multiple sources. I even found one at Home Depot. This type of tool attaches to a rod or a yardstick, allowing you to make super sized circles.
You’ll find Emily’s caryall instructions when you CLICK HERE.
Note: We're not talking about a circular sewing attachment here. That is a horse of a different color. However, I do have a post dedicated to information about using a circular sewing attachment. CLICK HERE to read my blog post on the topic and you'll find a video there as well.
Faux Wrap Pop Over Dress
Angela is back with wrap dress #4. Made from a knit, you can just pop it over your head to wear it and still look like you’re wearing a wrap.
She shows how to finish both of the bodice pieces with a self-fabric binding on the sewing machine and on the Brother Cover Hem machine. You can do this with a matching or contrasting fabric. Her nifty trick for finishing the cover hem thread tails at the end of the seam is one you’ll use again and again.
Speaking of nifty tricks, sewing with knits can be daunting for some. If you'd like more info, I’ve got a couple tips sheets that you may enjoy. CLICK HERE for tips for Slinky Type Knits. CLICK HERE for my Knit Know How tip sheet.
Visit www.itsseweasytv.com to watch show 1906. It currently airs until Noon EST on October 30th.
Stitching designs or patterns on the surface of your fabric can be the perfect embellishment!
Dress up a Dress
Line Art Embroidery
If you’ve been watching It’s Sew Easy TV for a while you have seen me add a dash, splash or a whole batch of embroidery to many different garments. In this segment I created a design from scratch and added it to a simple kimono style dress. I LOVE making and wearing dresses, especially classic styles fashion from comfortable and easy to care knit fabrics. Finding designs that are suited for this type of fabric can be a little tricky. You don’t want to destroy the drape of the knit and turn your dress embellishment into something stiff and strange looking.
To keep the style of the design simple and the fabric soft and drapey, I opted for a line design with low density and a soft finish. Since I don’t possess the ability to draw, I searched for line art in my sewing space and came across a delightful motif living inside my Brother ScanNCut machine. It turned out to be perfect for the look and feel I wanted to achieve. You may find alternative ideas for line designs in other places. Consider an internet search for copyright free graphics or possibly even continuous line quilt designs.
You’ll see the process I used to create the design when you watch show 1905-1.
I created three free designs for you to dwonload and stitch on your own machine. these designs are similar to the one I used for the dress and feature the pretty "chain style" stitch. CLICK HERE to download.
Simplicity 8925 for knits only, was the perfect pattern for this project. However, I always find some adjustment in order when I work with a new pattern. In this segment I also outlined some tips for a modest neckline for the wrap and a neat self- fabric neckline finish. I think you'll find these tips helpful for similar styles as well.
Invisible Mending – Meant to be Seen!
Rebecca Kemp Brent explores options for decorative mending with different threads and embroidery designs.
Watch as she preps and then sews over unwanted holes. Prepare to repair and add some fun to your mending tasks!
Visit www.itsseweasytv.com to watch show 1905. It currently airs until Noon EST on October 23rd.
Spruce up your home with a quick change of accessories to add color, interest or reflect the season.
Segment 1 - Pillows with a Focal Point
Embroidery with yarn?!? Yes!!! Texture is such a hot trend in home décor. In this part of the show you'll see Reen stitch a small accent pillow, entirely in the hoop! When your embroidery is done it’s only a matter of popping in the pillow form and you are finished! It does take a big hoop and a special yarn couching kit to accomplish this. However, if you don’t have the capability to stitch this exact design, this pillow style should give you some ideas for making one in an alternative manner. The idea is simple, frame a solid piece of fabric with a complimentary print on the top, bottom, and sides, to create your own unique pillow project. You'll find a PDF with steps for this project HERE.
Contact Reen for more information on her embroidery designs, including special In-the Hoop projects.
Three Dimensional Embellishment for
Watch as Emily mixes together some interesting materials for her holiday pillow. If you have a Brother ScanNCut you'll find lots of shapes suited for this technique.
Another option that popped into my mind was to use cookie cutters for a patterns. Perhaps you'll think of more ideas. Anywway you cut it, this would be a fun and easy way to give your room some holiday cheer. CLICK HERE for a link to access Emily’s instructions.
Segment 3 - Angela adds Spiral Ruffles to Her Version 3 Wrap Dress
The ideas for wrap dresses and techinques for ways to sew them just keep coming! Watch as Angela shows you how to make a neat seam when joining the ruffle pieces, then uses a serger rolled hem for the hem finish, and finally sews the ruffle to the dress front.
Visit www.itsseweasytv.com to watch show 1904. It currently airs until Noon EST on October 16th.
Every outfit needs the perfect accessory! This episode focuses on scarves and purses.
Segment 1 - Scarves for All Seasons
I had a lot of fun preparing for this show! Scarves are an accessory I love to make and I love to wear! Watch as I show you how to sew, serge, gather, and couch your way to beautiful scarves suited for every season.
I started with a large soft scarf couched with a variegated yarn using the Brother MuVit foot. Then, I moved over to the serger and showed a sample of hemming for a chiffon scarf, followed by a three-thread finish for a lacy infinity scarf. Moving back to the machine, I added couching with a braiding foot, hemmed chiffon with a straight stitch and my favorite technique for a narrow hem, and gathered a strip for a ruffle on the chiffon scarf. This is the perfect way to extend the length of a scarf and add a fancy finish at the same time.
The show wrapped up with a re-cap of the techniques and ten tips for adding wardrobe pizazz with scarves and wraps. You'll find a download with all ten tips, plus links to instructions for several scarves HERE on the It's Sew Easy TV website.
If you're a scarf and wrap fan like me, you may want to take a peek at the projects included in my book titled Wrapped in Embroidery.
Segment 2 - Envelope Style Clutch Purse
Angela Wolf put together a simple handbag sewn from waxed canvas. This unique fabric is quite trendy. It's unlikely you'll find it in a big box fabric store but FabricFunhouse.com has a nice selection and some pretty colors to choose from.
You can consider making this from many different fabrics, adding a variety of embellishment techniques.
Angela shows some ideas for the buttonhole closure stitched on the embroidery side of the machine. The menu shown above is from the Brother Stellarie she used on the show. In fact, these buttonhole patterns and the complimentary buttonhole embellishments are included with a variety of machine models.
Her completed purse is something you can whip up in an afternoon. What a great gift this would make for a friend or family member!
I hope show 1903 inspired you to make some accessories! Visit www.itsseweasytv.com to watch this show. It currently airs until Noon EST on October 9th.
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