Visit www.itsseweasytv.com to watch the show. It currently airs until noon EST on May 24th. Enjoy!
1609 has two full segments so you're going to see a lot of the step-by-step details for each project. The show starts with Angela showing you how to design a summery top with a few measurements and easy cutting techniques.
This is a great looking top for wearing under or even over something else. Lengthen the top and add additional fullness for a great swimsuit cover up. Watch this segment and you'll get ideas for adding embroidery and decorative stitches to embellish the front.
Cheryl Sleboda takes over the second half of the show with her signature style of accessories for Cosplay creations. Her variety of gauntlets are easy to make from a custom pattern.
Visit www.itsseweasytv.com to watch the show. It currently airs until noon EST on May 24th. Enjoy!
Three instructors will inspire, educate, and enlighten you this week on It's Sew Easy TV!
The first two segments are full of practical information and tips every sewing enthusiast will appreciate. Ah ha moments are sure to arise while you watch and learn these superstar sewing tips and tricks.
Ellen March, Community Content Director for Sew News magazine starts out the show. Over the years she has collected many tips from readers of the magazine and today is the day she shares her favorites. I would normally tell you to grab a pen and paper but you don't need to, you'll find all the tips listed in one compact PDF file on the TV website. CLICK HERE to download and save these valuable tips.
Mary Roediger, Ohio State Director of the Make it With Wool Contest is up next. You won't need a notepad for this segment either, but you will need to imagine the feel of each of the fabrics that Mary shows and describes with detail. You'll find her detailed descriptions and printable tip sheet HERE.
Wool truly is such a special fiber. It's likely many of us have some sort of garment memory that makes us think of wool. My most vivid one is that of my final coat project while attending Progressive Fashion School in Cleveland Ohio. During those days I traveled downtown from my family home in the suburbs, driving to a bus stop, taking a bus downtown, and then walking a bit before I finally made it to 4th Street and Euclid avenue where the school was located. As you can imagine, winters along the Lake Erie shore could be brutal. To fight of the freezing temps I made an ankle length coat from a cinnamon colored medium weight wool, interlined with muslin, underlined with a loose woven wool and lined with flannel backed satin. It had about ten bound buttonholes with covered buttons, lots of topstitching, and a detachable wool hood. Wish I had a photo for you but again you'll have to use your imagination. It was a bit heavy but ohhhh so warm, and quite stylish I might add! I'd love to hear your wool stores if you have one or more to share.
Angela Wolf is last but not least as she takes you through the steps to transform an ordinary tank top into a sleek one shoulder style with an added ruffle. I love the way she chops up a standard pattern shape to make it new and different!
Visit www.itsseweasytv.com to watch the show. It currently airs until noon EST on May 17th. Enjoy!
This show features two instructors with items that are unrelated but still fit the "Movie Star" theme.
Angela Wolf starts out with a chemise. This French word simply means shirt, referring to an under garment worn during the middle ages. Today we think of a chemise as a slinky slip like garment in a dress length or cropped to wear as a camisole top. It's a classic nightie with a big dose of feminine flair.
In this segment Angela focuses on the steps for lace application and gathers on the bodice. She's hacked one of her own patterns to create the look, but of course you can apply many of the techniques to ready made patterns.
Since this is such a timeless style it's likely that you'll find many commercial patterns with a very similar style. In a super quick search I found the following in current pattern catalogs:
Keep in mind that commercial patterns may be discontinued at a moment's notice so snatch one up now if you really like it. Another alternative, and MY absolute favorite chemise pattern is Folkwear Intimacies 219.
In one of my earlier It's Sew Easy TV shows, Show 906-1, I used this pattern for a nightie trimmed with machine embroidered lace. I modified the pattern slightly, adding gathers to the front bust. Folkwear patterns are generally geared for intermediate to advanced stitchers but this sweet and feminine nightie is surprisingly easy to make.
CLICK HERE to watch show 906 and you' see a link to a tip sheet for the crepe back satin fabric I choose for this garment. This tip sheet includes a great method for hemming slinky and slippery fabrics with a shell tuck hem. Last but not least, CLICK HERE for the lace making instructions that accompanied this show.
In part two of the show Cheryl Sleboda makes a simple crown shape with shiny fabric and a foam insert. Her samples show crowns suited for a variety of occasions, including a cute idea for a birthday party. I couldn't locate any patterns for this specific project, but it seems like it would be easy to draw one to your own liking. If you're looking for more princess style party favor printables, check out this collection from my friends at Scrap Smart.
To watch this show visit www.itsseweasytv.com. This show airs until May 10 at noon EST.
Fabulous fabrics and amazing accessories shine in the limelight of this It’s Sew Easy TV show!
Kay Whitt from Serendipity Studio is up first with a wonderful jewelry pouch. With Mother’s Day coming up this circular pouch could be the answer to the “what can I make that’s special enough for Mom” question. In fact, this item would fill the need for many gift giving occasions.
I've made a couple of these myself, using a similar method but taking the extra step of adding a monogram to the center circle outside the pouch. This shows only on the bottom side but it sure makes the owner feel special.
Wait till you see how quickly Kay puts hers together with her rainbow of fabric choices. Throughout the show he dishes out tips left and right! I suggest you listen close and keep paper and a pencil handy. One of her tips includes the use of a guide for stitching around the circle. Below you'll see one of my favorite guides. Although it's designed for use with the walking foot, it slips nicely into the slot at the back of the standard presser foot holder. This featured accessory is for Brother machines and you'll find more info when you click on the image.
Kay has complete directions for you along with a printable pattern for this project. Click on the image below and it will take you right where you need to go.
In part two, Joanne Hillestad (AKA The Fat Quarter Gypsy) makes her first appearance on It's Sew Easy with a pretty quilted tablet cover.
She'll teach you how to mix, match, and make your case with eye-catching fabric selections. Joanne provides instructions for her project as well. Click on the star image below to view and download these.
You’ll see that foam is the filler for this project. It’s interesting to note that the popularity of this foam, be it fusible on one side, fusible on both sides, or standard. It's often seen as a replacement for batting. Joanne is quick to point out that it’s important to keep this foam out of the seam allowance. While I think batting is still a good option in some cases, this product works well when you want that extra puff that the foam gives.
If you're ready to go and watch the show simply head over to www.itsseweasytv.com. this show airs until noon EST on May 3rd.
This show is a guide for sewing glamorous looks for night-time or daytime!
Luxurious fabrics are featured along with styling details for garments with a bit of glamour. First up, you'll see my modern day version of a dress that shines with a 1940's vibe.
Ahhh the delight of sewing and then wearing a new dress! There’s something so complete about a dress. Pop in on, add shoes and desired jewels and your outfit is finished.
In this show I had the opportunity to show a dress that’s custom sewn, embellished with elegant embroidered scrolls, and finished off on the inside with a favorite stitch on the serger, the two-thread overcast. Look closely and you’ll see that I’m wearing a Wrapped in Embroidery wrap with the same design I used on the dress. This simple design is favorite for lighter weight fabrics. In this show you’ll get tips on placement, stabilizing, choosing color combos, and precisely stitching embroidery on dress weight fabric.
While the machine was embroidering I swung over to the serger to demonstrate serging with two-threads. With a two thread option you place a convertor in the eye of the upper looper. Then you thread the lower looper and just one needle, left for a wide stitch and right for a more narrow stitch. This results in an overcasting stitch that's soft and lighter in weight than the standard serger stitch. It's also great when you need thread economy since you only need two spools to match your fabric. Keep in mind that this stitch doesn't lock at the needle line but it does lock at the raw edge. Check out all the detailed instructions HERE.
In the next segment Angela Wolf drapes a cowl neck top on a dress form. Watch as she slashes and pins her way towards an elegant sleeveless top. Her top is trimmed with bias at the neck to avoid a floppy back facing. If the idea of draping is a little daunting for you, study this segment and apply some of the finishing and hemming techniques to a pattern with the same or similar styling.
d insetIn the last segment Londa Rohlfing shows a quick tip for creating a cascading neckline with a 9-inch strip of fabric. She also shows how to add a drape at the hem. Stitched in like a godet, this “hankie” hem treatment is popular in ready to wear. I've seen lots of pointed hems in the pattern catalogs recently as well! Take a look at her instructions HERE.
Ready to go and watch the show? Visit www.itsseweasytv.com. This show is currently airing until April 26th at noon EST.
Trendy, fun fashion often starts with a great T-Shirt. Show 1604 is full of T-shirt variations for both kids and adults.
Londa Rohlfing starts with a show and tell of feminine, artsy tops that include elements from menswear. Her creations are truly one of a kind with eclectic accents.
You’ll see garments that have been chopped and slashed, then mixed and matched to create new combinations. She uses knits and woven mixed together, then adds textural accents to top it all off. Her garments have some added spice on the back side. It's fun to decorate the back of garments and carry the theme form front to back. This is one of my favorite techniques to use for embroidered garments. After all, people see you coming as well as going!
Londa's featured technique is simple yarn couching with the “N” foot. She also shows the multi-hole cording foot, which happens to be one of my personal favorites. This segment is a great example of ways to add artistic effects to seemingly ordinary garment styles. You'll find instructions for her tops HERE.
There are many ways to add couching and lots of accessories for the task. I've also demonstrated this technique in the past. CLICK HERE to learn about a few more couching options.
In the second half of the show Emily Thompson makes custom iron-on vinyl decals with the Brother ScanNCut.
Watch as she scans in lettering and cuts iron-on flocked material. Emily's complete instructions are found HERE. This material comes in a package of assorted colors and is available from your local Brother dealer. I've used this particular material and love how it gives a soft, velvety look to the cut out design. For her second shirt she selected a transfer film that's thin and flexible. You'll see Emily "weeding" away the excess vinyl with a wooden pick. CLICK HERE to see a weeding tool designed by Brother specifically for this process.
The ScanNCut digital cutting machines opens up a world of crafting possibilities! Visit the Brother Crafts USA You Tube channel for more instructions and inspirational idea for the Brother ScanNCut machines.
Ready to go and watch the show? Head over to www.itsseweasytv.com to watch this show until Noon EST on April 19th.
This show has three segments. First, you'll see Emily Thompson finish fashionable kids T-shirts more than one way. Next, you'll learn to perfect the art of needle turn appliqué with Rebecca Kemp Brent. In the final "quick tip" segment I'll share some secrets for creating embroidered lace jewelry.
Emily excels at making cute children's clothing! With a boy and a girl of her own she has ideal "in house" models for testing and perfecting clothes that kids love to wear.
In this show you'll see how to finish the neckline on a raglan sleeve style shirt. Visit the show website HERE, for a link to Emily's free boys and girls T-shirt pattern sized from 18 months to ten years old.
Emily demonstrates and discusses her construction method for this type of T-shirt. The technical construction term would be the flat method, which frees you from having to stitch around a small neckline. This is a fast way to sew a knit shirt that has binding on the neck.
I invite you to CLICK HERE and take a look at my own version of flat T-shirt construction using a serger for the entire process That post also includes instructions on how to use the serger blind hem foot for a stretchy blind hem that looks neat inside and out.
Twin needle stitching also features prominently in Emily's segment. You can read a post I wrote a while back with twin needle tips HERE. If you have a Brother machine you'll find even more tips in this post HERE.
Next up is Rebecca Kemp Brent. Prepare to be amazed by Rebecca’s appliqué tips and tricks! Watch and listen closely as she demonstrates needle turn appliqué.
Knowing Rebecca, she's tested and tried the notions and methods she touts before ever recommending them to you. The experience she shares will guide you to good results with this timeless technique.
Be sure to look up her PDF of instructions that coordinate with the show. These instructions are on the TV site right HERE.
The show concludes with my own quick tips for machine embroidered lace jewelry. It's so much fun to make something from minimal supplies such as thread and stabilizer.
It's especially fun to make jewelry in any color you desire! I choose non-metallic silver and gold for my samples. Each design you se here is from a Brother collection available on USB. CLICK HERE for show #1603 instructions to learn more about this collection. It comes on a USB ready to use in Brother machines but has the potential to be imported into embroidery software for conversion to other formats. I would also suggest that you check your own built in design menu. I know the Brother Dream2 8550D has several lace jewelry designs built in.
If you're ready to watch show you can visit www.itsseweasytv.com. This show airs until noon EST on April 12th, 2019. Enjoy!
In this show trims take center stage!
This show is all about altering the look of garments, with a focus on dresses and tops. You'll see a neat method for bias binding, neckline variations on a tunic, and lace trim for a tank top.
Kay Whitt is up first with distinctive designs for a wrap dress. One of Kay's signature looks is mixing fabric prints. In this show she shares a valuable secret for choosing attractive coordinates, then proceeds to guide you through a method for adding attractive bias binding on dresses.
Kay shows how to build this beautiful bias edging in a few simple steps. When selecting fabric you can choose to contrast, coordinate, or match your fabric exactly for a wide variety of different looks. You're sure to be confident and ready to trim after watching this segment!
Next, you'll see Sarah Gunn present a fun and informal "on the hanger" fashion show with a half dozen or more tunic neckline variations. Learn from her expert tips as she shows how easy it is to design different necklines using one simple, basic pattern. From bold to subdued, there are so many ways to change up the look. Learn how to get your money's worth from one basic pattern. If you're looking for a complete package, Sarah has her own basic tunic pattern included in her tunic book.
Anyone here remember wearing this your teen years? I'm raising my hand!!! My most memorable tunic was one I bought on a school trip to the big city of Toronto. It came from an ethnic shop, was made from a gauzy cream-colored fabric. Laugh if you like but a lovely shade of muslin was my "go to" color choice for tops back then. This ready-made tunic was trimmed with beads around the split neckline and sleeve hems. It made a great souvenir and the perfect companion to my bell bottom jeans :-)
Traditional tunics never went out of the mainstream in some cultures, and I think it's safe to say that tops with a similar, though slightly different look have been popular for a long time. Modified versions of tunic style tops keep showing up in both ready to wear and the major pattern big three pattern books.
One of my own tunic sewing sprees resulted in this top featured in DiME magazine issue 91. It's from a few years ago but still remains one of my favorite tops to wear. Click on the image if you'd like more details.
The pattern I used for that top has been discontinued but I now have a newer one in my possession. It's Simplicity 8552.
I'm waiting for inspiration to strike and haven't yet decided on an embellishment technique. However, Sarah's episode has given me a wealth of ideas to consider. I'd love to know if you decide to make a tunic too!
As the show wraps up, Angela trims a kinit tank top in the last short segment. We don’t usually think of adding non stretch trims to stretch fabrics but if the neckline is big enough to slip over your head without having to stretch you can mix the two together. It's obvious that this tank has a good scooped neckline. Funny coincidence but I selected that very same lace for my kimono over blouse in series 1400. My trim came from Fabric.com. Check it out HERE.
Well, you've had a full preview. Are you ready to go and watch the show? Visit itsseweasytv.com. This show is currently airing until April 5th, 2019.
Featuring a Kimono cover-up and a chic jumpsuit.
Series 1600 is now online! I know for some of you it’s your first opportunity to see this series. If you did have the chance to view all of these on your PBS station, feel free to watch them all over again now. Each Friday at noon EST a new show is uploaded to the It’s Sew Easy TV website.
You can read a preview right here each week and I’ll provide a link to the show so you’re only one click away from watching. The theme of series 1600 is Be A Sewing Superstar. Let’s get started with a preview of show 1601!
Angela Wolf, begins with a kimono style top. I don’t know about you, but I never tire of this style. A kimono like cover-up made for soft fabric drapes over any body shape with ease and feels dreamy when you wear it. Different lengths and widths of fabric change the look of this as well. In this show Angela makes use of a pretty border print to make her draped version of a kimono top.
For this style it’s essential to select a soft, flowing fabric. Poly chiffons and blouse weight silkies are ideal choices. Slinky and silky means slippery. I thought perhaps you could use some tips for handling this type of fabric using two of my favorite tricks for taming silkies, a straight stitch foot and a straight stitch throat plate. CLICK HERE for a tutorial with sheer sewing tips. This tutorial includes instructions for an open style wrap that makes for an elegant coverup.
In part two you’ll see a double gauze jumpsuit made from Shannon Fabric Double Gauze. I’m so enamored with this fabric! It comes in so many assorted colors and prints. This gorgeous navy with silver stars is a standout print and I knew it would be perfect for this simply styled but super sharp jumpsuit. My letsgosew tip sheet for double gauze will help you sew this unique fabric.
If you look closely at the top I’m wearing in the photo above you might recognize it from series 1400, specifically show 1406. If you missed that one you can watch the show and download instructions HERE.
The jumpsuit pattern is New Look 6468. As of this post it is still available. Grab it while you can if you like it. The jumper and dresses in this envelope have a classic look that you can vary with different fabric selections.
Tips for setting eyelets and making high end style facings are part of the techniques featured in this show.
If you're looking for ideas for things to make for little ones you are sure to love this show. And you won't be disappointed if you want to make great garments too! Follow along as I preview the last in the series of Be Your Own Sewing Superhero shows from It's Sew Easy TV.
Looking for the perfect gift for a new baby? How about a bath wrap from terry toweling, with a double gauze hood and coordinating trim? In the first segment I had the opportunity to show the steps for making a hooded wrap to bundle up your precious baby.
This project features Shannon Fabrics 16 oz. Turkish Terry paired with their Embrace Double Gauze. Double gauze is great for a soft hood and makes great bias binding too. As an alternative you could consider making this from flannel to use as a cozy blanket. Downloadable Instructions include a simple pattern. I drew mine on one of my favorite products, Pellon Tru-Grid pattern tracing cloth. The grids help to draw and cut even lines but you do need to be aware of the fact that the 1-inch squares are not a scientific square inch. In most cases the slight difference shouldn't matter.
You'll see some trim options presented in this segment, including an embroidered option using an edited design from the Brother iBroidery design download site. Lettering in the design is from the Brother BES software program. If you CLICK HERE you'll find a tutorial with directions and details for the Star Baby design. This includes tips for adding lettering, editing the design to pull out special segments, plus a method you can use to add nap control to tame texture on toweling.
For a super quick finish feel free to use pre-packaged bias binding and something like rick rack or ribbon to add a decorative touch to the hood. Re-watch this video anytime you like, right here on my site.
Next up, Emily Thompson, fellow Brother blogger, shows how easy it is to make lovely little leggings for girls. Emily's free pattern comes in sizes 18 months to pre-teen. Watch as she sews cuffs, adds elastic, and finishes off the top edge of the waist. Although the free arm is not featured in the show, both the serger and the machine have this capability. The free arm is perfect for serging and sewing itty-bitty clothing sizes. CLICK HERE to visit the website and download Emily's free bonus pattern for leggings. You may never have to settle for store bought again!
Angela Wolf closes out the show and the series with her final tips and techniques for her classic A-line "Kate" skirt. You'll see her use inexpensive grosgrain ribbon trim for a bulk free way to finish the waistband.
An alternative product would be the slightly thicker and more expensive option which is Petersham ribbon. It's flexible and easy to ease around curves. I was first introduced to Petersham ribbon by my friend Sandra Betzina when I saw her sample of a fitted pant finished with Petersham in place of a waistband. I see that Vogue Fabrics carries Pertersham. You may find it stocked by other fine fabric retailers but it's not likely to be found at the big box fabric stores.
As I said earlier, this is the last show for the 1500 series. Series 1600 is coming soon to local PBS stations and I'll blog about that next week! Visit www.itsseweasytv.com to watch Growing Up A Star, show 1513. Enjoy!
The topic for today is designing your own fabric. Fabric, material, yardage, cloth, textile, there are so many words to describe the substance of our creations. Plain or embellished, it's the starting point of what we make as we transform something from a flat piece of fiber into something we can wear or use in a myriad of other ways. This show is all about designing or re-designing your own fabric and then using it creatively.
First up, Rebecca Kemp Brent creates fabric yardage using the Brother Dream Fabric Frame, in combination with the Dream Quilter 15 machine, and the Dream Motion PRO Software. The frame itself works with many Brother machine models. Check with your Brother dealer for a list of compatible models.
You’ll see Rebecca use these tools to quilt some beautiful satin for a half circle Renaissance style skirt. But first, she tells you all about the bonus directions for creating a half circle skirt pattern. Simply download Rebecca’s formula HERE, fill in the blanks and finish up the calculations with your calculator.
As Rebecca tells you herself, this skirt style looks great in a variety of fabrics and you can design it in various lengths to suit your personal taste.
I like this style made from a medium weight knit, hitting just above, or just below the knee for warm weather. For winter wear with boots I prefer a length that's midway between the calf and the ankle.
Take a look at Rebecca's finished quilted half circle skirt with a waistband and a bias trimmed hemline. The photo on the left is the skirt turned inside out so you can get a good look at the line designs formed with the automatic quilting software. Her quilting idea for a design in graduated sizes is a real beauty with potential for translating into many other garment ideas.
Next up is Michelle Paganini!
You are in for a real treat as you watch Michelle Paganini, Up-cycle guru and owner of Paganoonoo.com share ideas for creating and embellishing with felted fabric.
Michelle is a wealth of knowledge and amazes me with her eclectic ideas for turning something old into something new, better, and more beautiful! In this segment she shows how you can have fun felting sweaters to use for appliqués, hot pad fillers, and even a cute baby gift. Watch carefully and then click on the image above to download her tip sheet with detailed information on these fun projects.
Before the show ends Michelle returns with great ideas for custom printed fabric. Her adorable idea for family recipes would make a great family keepsake. Michelle doesn't mention any specific companies but you can CLICK HERE for her project instructions from the show with related tips for getting large size pieces printed.
I've successfully done lots of printing on fabric sheets measuring 8 1/2 by 11 inches through my inkjet printer. If you would like my tip sheet for this you can CLICK HERE.
However, I've never used an online fabric printing service. Have you??? If so, I'd love to hear about your experience in the comments below.
Visit www.itsseweasytv.com to watch this free online show until noon EST December 14th.
In this show you'll see two talented instructors. Both of them give detailed instructions for costume creations.
Cheryl Sleboda's faux suede corset is the first piece featured in show 1511. This cosplay corset is made from Shannon Fabrics Faux Suede, specifically known as Cuddle® Suede.
Even if you're not into costumes, learning how to use boning may come in handy one day. This technique is popular for strapless dresses like wedding and special occasion gowns.
Boning is the key element for a corset. Dritz Notions has a whole variety of different types you can choose from HERE. Watch as Cheryl shows more than one way to sew boning. She also shows various Tools for setting grommets. Dritz Notions has many different grommet options. You can begin your search HERE.
Ready for tulle skirt tutorial with
Tulle is available is so many pretty colors these days. It's something I like to use to create free standing embroidery designs like I did for this knit dress, and for this slip embellishment.
Emily uses tulle both by itself and mixed with cotton for a skirt fit for a fairy princess or a ballerina! Reminiscent of skirt you would see in a Swan Lake performance, skirts like this are delightful, whether dressing up for play or for a performance!
Emily used the serger to quickly gather the top edge of the skirt. Successful gathering on the serger is easy when you know the tricks. I have a standard recipe for maximum gathers on the serger. Follow these steps in the order listed and then test and adjust any or all of the settings to change the gathers:
By the way, if you check out Emily's show notes for this segment you'll also find her instructions for sewing machine options for gathering.
Brother model 523PRW is frequently used in the studio for It's Sew Easy TV. This machine boasts some really special features. A couple of my favorites are the big flat extension table with storage, and the free arm option. Features like these come in handy for projects both large and small.
You're sure to learn a lot when you watch both of these 1500 series segments! You'll find show #1511 online for free at www.itsseweasytv.com until noon EST, December 7th, 2018.
This show has a mix of fashion styles, including a skirt and a top, along with a quick idea for re-cycling a T-shirt.
Angela starts the show with two faux suede skirts. One is a classic A-line that is plain and simple, but very chic. The second skirt features raw edge cut-outs for a two-tone accent.
Both skirts are made from Shannon Fabrics Faux Suede, officially known as Cuddle® Suede. Shannon Fabrics is one of the show's sponsors this season and they generously provided fabric for many of the shows. I'll be the first to say that this medium weight suede cloth is a superior quality fabric and one that I have enjoyed using for quite a few different projects. It's surprisingly easy to sew, but I think it's really important to study up a bit before sewing with this fabric if it is new to you. Based on experience, let me give you just a few of my own personal quick tips here:
For more tips you can download my free Faux Suede tip sheet HERE.
Cheryl Sleboda sews a peasant style top in part two, using yet another fabric offering from Shannon Fabrics. This time it is 100% cotton double gauze. I fell in love with this fabric too, after having the opportunity to use it for my Kimono blouses. I love sharing fabric tips, so I wrote a tip sheet for this double gauze as well. You can download it HERE.
Cheryl used an interesting tool for turning tubes on this show. It's called the Quick Turn tool. Visit Dritz to learn more.
Michelle Paganini rounds out the show by turning a T-shirt into a grocery tote. Following her method, you could probably complete one of these from start to finish in ten minutes. What a great way to re-cycle T-shirts that have seen better days!
You'll find show #1509 online for free at www.itsseweasytv.com until noon EST, 11-30-2018.
There are just two instructors in this episode of It's Sew Easy TV, myself, and Angela Wolf so each segment includes lots of details. This show is meant inspire you to change the look and feel of a garment with one simple addition or subtraction making the finished look brand new. It starts with a luxurious textured fabric collar that I added to an ordinary wool jacket. In the second half Angela transforms her basic A-line skirt into comfortable, casual skirt with a knit waistband.
The idea for this jacket came about last fall. I was browsing through a mail order catalog when I found this boiled wool jacket on sale. The price was irresistible, under $20 I think. When it arrived it fit me perfect and the quality was good but it looked a tad boring, especially the buttons. So I started by changing those and then developed the idea for the detachable collar.
The collar is made from the same fabric I used for the cape in show 1504. The buttons are the same too! I have fallen in love with this Luxe Cuddle® Rose fabric, generously provided by Shannon Fabrics. Luxurious yet easy to care for, this fabric could be called a cousin of the popular minky style fabric. However, the whole line of embossed and textured Cuddle® fabrics from Shannon are more "furry" with varying degrees of pile and embossed patterns. If you could see the collar fabric up close you would see that has small swirls that look like little rosettes. Not to be confused with Faux fur, textured Cuddle® has a knitted backing and it can be cut just like any other knit fabric. After cutting you will want to purge the extra fluff by putting the pieces in a dryer set for air only - NO HEAT. Magically, it will shed once and stop. A small piece like this collar doesn't shed much but larger pieces distribute a lot of fuzz as you sew so it's best to "de-fuzz" large pieces beforehand. Download additional care tips for Cuddle® directly from Shannon's website and be sure to take a look at the instructions for the cape for more helpful tips.
Look for this fabric locally but if you can't find it I suggest you check out *Fabric.com as a supplier. You only need some simple supplies to make a collar like this and it requires NO pattern making skills.
Sewing this collar is easy too! Click on the above image for detailed instructions. You can also re-watch the video if you like.
In the second half watch Angela use the sewing machine and the cover hem machine to stitch an attractive waistband for a casual knit skirt. She starts by showing you how to convert the pattern and finishes by demonstrating step-by-step instructions for the ribbed waistband.
I think this would be a great addition to a pair of casual knit pants too! And, I can see this working really well for pajama pants too!
To watch the show visit itsseweasytv.com. this show airs until noon EST, 11-23-2018.
Just about any time is the perfect time to gather gift ideas and this show is sure to inspire you with a few new possibilities.
Segment one begins with Rebecca and a lesson on Pojagi, a single layer patchwork technique. She shows two ways to piece patches that can be used as a fabric gift wrap, or turned into fabric sections for garments, crafts, and home decor. Rebecca never fails to amaze me with her interesting ideas gathered from other cultures and faraway places.
This Pojagi piecing technique is an offshoot from a utility seam known as a felled, or flat-felled seam. It's a sturdy, strong seam, easiest to perform on straight or gently curved seams. For a traditional felled seam you start by sewing a standard seam with wrong sides together. One seam allowance is trimmed and the other is pressed under, then the entire seam is topstitched along the folded edge that wraps over the trimmed seam allowance. Construction of men's shirts usually include this method for side seams and for setting sleeves into the armscye.
There are different versions of felled seams and even faux felled seams along with various presser feet to aid in the stitching process. Rebecca shows a simple method stitched with a standard foot.
If your fabric is on the thick side you may want to consider using a Bi-Level foot. Brother recently introduced a left and right version complete with helpful red markings for accurate stitching in the left, right, or center needle position. Added to that, this all metal foot has a curved toe for better visibility and a full 1.5mm ridge on the underside of the foot to keep the foot level on thicker fabrics. CLICK HERE to watch a short You Tube video showing this foot in action and watch for a future project from yours truly to show the full benefit of this foot.
Carolyn Critchfield is the next guest instructor. Watch as she stitches an entire small clutch Using an In-the-Hoop embroidery design you can download for free from the It’s Sew Easy TV website. Click on the image below for the free download.
Her featured fabric is cork bonded with a fabric backing. I have lots of machine embroidery friends who’ve been having fun with cork. My friend Reen Wilcoxson of Embroidery Garden has done lots of cork bags and our mutual friend Molly Madison has coordinating SVG files for cork on her MollyMadeEMB Etsy Shop.
I admit that I haven’t jumped on the cork bandwagon and stitched with this myself, but I have been intrigued and I’ve explored the various options. Price can vary on this product depending on the source and the quality. In fact, I did purchase a piece of cork print fabric from fabric.com. It’s very pretty and I like the fact that It will sew just like normal fabric. Take a look below.
The fiber backed cork is similar in nature to faux leather or vinyl with ravel proof edges. This can be a distinct advantage for some projects. Caroline’s detailed instructions include a link for a cork retailer and exploring the site will teach you even more about this eco-friendly and sustainable since the cork bark grows back on the tree after harvesting. Okay, I've talked myself into trying some cork :-) I'd love to know if you have stitched any yourself or if you are waiting on the sidelines until you get more info and inspiration before taking the plunge. I promise to report back once I’ve completed a sample or two.
Watch the show HERE on the It's Sew Easy TV website. It's currently showing until noon EST November 16, 2018.
If you like to stitch knits you're going to get a lot of good information watching this show.
Sarah starts the show with neckline and hem techniques suitable for more stable knits like Scuba and Ponte knit. While I've sewn quite a bit of Ponte, I've yet to find a piece of Scuba knit locally so it's still on my "want to stitch" list. Seeing her beautiful green dress made me want to go on the hunt as I remember her wearing this dress in the studio and it looked positively lovely. I promise to report back when I find Scuba knit yardage in the right color at the right price.
A couple notions to note in this show, the first is a relatively new thread called Eloflex by Coats. I have successfully stitched straight stitches and found the seam to stretch and recover nicely.
Sarah also mentions a marker that I assume is a FrixZion thermo-sensitive gel pen. I’d like to add a few cautionary words that apply to all markers used on fabric. While I use them myself regularly, I like to follow my self-imposed “to test is best” rule. The ink in some markers can be set with heat, and some others come back to life when exposed to detergent. Most wash out and even disappearing markings require rinsing with clear water before laundering. I like to test all markers for removability and for wash ability on a scrap of fabric before using on a project.
In the second segment Londa Rohlfing shares a variety of techniques that result in smooth and professional finishes for knits.
She shows how to stitch standard elastic and clear elastic too, along with a few ideas for balancing bulk while constructing garments. Londa wraps up with guidelines for getting out of a serger snag with tips for re-threading so you can resume stitching.
In part three of the show Angela returns to present yet another skirt variation.
This time it’s a knit maxi skirt. The maxis seem to be holding their own in the list of mainstay fashions. In fact, this trend has lasted quite a long time. I hope it continues because I think it is a flattering look, especially for summer.
By the way, if you’re looking for more in- depth knit sewing instruction, you may want to check out Angela’s Essential Guide to Sewing Knit Tops online course.
Visit www.itsseweasytv.com to watch the free show this week. It airs until November 9th and changes at noon EST. When you visit the site be sure to check out Sara and Londa’s instructions that coordinate with the show. Enjoy!
Disclosure: Links in the above post may represent an affiliate link, meaning, at no cost to you, I earn a small commission if you click through and make a purchase. rest assured that I only recommend items I would be comfortable purchasing for myself.
Machine embroidery certainly is a star in the sewing world these days! In show 1506 you'll see the beauty of using both big hoops and small.
Up first is Sarah Gunn from the blog titled Goodbye Valentino. In this segment she shows how to customize a tunic neckline.
Seeing Sarah's embroidered neckline got me thinking about a whole series of neckline tips tricks, and ideas I'd like to share with all of you! Since my earliest days of stitching machine embroidery, necklines have been a favorite form of embellishing both ready-to-wear, and garments made from scratch. I've decided to schedule this as a spring thing. Please stay tuned for more to come on this topic.
In the second half of the show you'll see me create a gift set that includes elegant machine embroidered coasters with a gorgeous coordinating gift bag. This project proves that good things can often come in small packages. Perfect for most any occasion or just as a little thinking of you gift, a personalized coaster is one size fits all and something everyone can use. Stitch this little gift set in no time flat.
There is a little blooper in my segment, did you catch it? Well, I inadvertently sewed the trim on the bag with the French seam on outside instead of the inside of the bag. If you "gifted" this to a non-sewer they probably wouldn't even know the difference but alas it is better if the seam is on the inside of the organza bag. The braiding foot is featured for sewing the drawstring trim. I love this foot and feature it in many of my online projects. It makes quick work of sewing trims up to 1/4-inch wide.
My downloadable instructions from the TV Show website tell you how to make the coasters on a Brother machine with a 4" X 4" hoop. From start to finish, these coasters were designed and stitched on the Brother NS1750D.
This compact sewing and embroidery machine is my "go to" traveling machine. Each time I use it I'm impressed by the powerful features wrapped up in what I like to call my "baby" Brother.
The beautiful octagon frame is a shape you'll find built in to every Brother machine. The stylish letter is found in a few different models, including the NS1750D. And how about that glittering metallic thread? It really makes the monogram shine, don't you think? I've got a free tip sheet on the subject of stitching with metallic thread. CLICK HERE if you're interested.
Fits 5 X 7 Hoop
Last but not least, I created three free bonus coaster designs you can download HERE. Be sure to download the instructions that accompany the show along with the instructions included with these free downloads. Skip the stippling if you like or use it as a background to quilt behind your chosen design. You can add most anything on top of the stippling and opt for seasonal or other designs in place of a monogram. If you have any questions feel free to contact me here on this site.
You can find show 1506 at itsseweasytv.com. The show is currently online until noon EST on November 2, 2018 and available as part of the Series 1500 DVD set available for purchase.
I hope you enjoy the bonus designs. I'd love to know if you decide to make some of these and of course it would be great to get your feedback on this show in the comments below :-)
It's showtime again on itsseweasytv.com! This week the online show is full of sewing machine tips that work on most any machine, both basic and beyond. Every single stitcher out there can use a little sewing machine wizardry to polish up their machine stitching skills. Indeed, even the most basic machine includes super sewing stitches that can make your sewing more professional.
First up, teacher Ellen Miller demonstrates a little bobbin magic as she introduces Sashiko stitchery. In the true fashion of an educator, Ellen starts with a Sashiko history lesson and then shows multiple ways to create a design from a simple diamond shape. Be sure to Download her show notes from this segment to learn more of her special Sashiko tricks and tips.
I met Ellen in the studio and helped set up the Brother machine with a special bobbin work bobbin case for her to use. Here you see a whole kit that Brother has available for many Brother machines. This drop-in case is colored grey so you don't confuse it with your standard case. It also features a looser tension setting designed to accommodate thick threads that are unsuitable for the needle. Essentially, bobbin work is upside down stitchery. Stitches stand up and stand out due to the thickness of the thread and can often mimic hand embroidery. Several Brother models include the bobbin case and even have built-in bobbin work embroidery designs. Check with your local Brother Dealer to check availability for your machine. I've been a bobbin work aficionado for a long time. Honestly, I could go on and on about bobbin work but I'll cut it short for today. I do have a tip sheet with additional info you can download here.
After talking with Ellen in the TV studio and having the chance to browse through her book titled Creating Couture Embellishment you can see that she is a master of techniques that take your sewing projects to the level of high-end embellishment. I immediately bought her book as did others in the studio who were mesmerized by all the ideas and the precise photos detailing each one of her decorative methods. As Ellen tells the story it was a book that started out as a two-year project and then stretched out to almost triple that amount. You would completely understand that if you browsed the pages of the book. Ellen's publisher, Lawrence King Publishing has generously provided a copy for me to giveaway in a random drawing. Read more about this offer at the end of this blog post.
In part two you'll see me run through a whole host of machine stitches, showing some of my "go to" stitches used in everyday sewing, along with some tips for mastering your machine with basic sewing stitches for sewing knits, overcasting seams, blind hemming stretchy fabric, stitching accurate seams allowances, and more! I suggest you take a few notes while you watch, look for these same stitches on your own personal machine, and then make some samples to fully embed the learning process. CLICK HERE to download coordinating instructions for this segment.
Okay! Are you ready for the chance to win Ellen Miller's beautiful book? This book is big, measuring 11 1/4-inches high, 9 1/2-inches wide, and over an inch thick. It retails for $85 and aside from being what I call a classic, it is a joy to read just to look at all the gorgeous garment photos. To be eligible to win, you can leave a comment below, telling me what embellishment techniques you would like to see covered in more detail on letsgosew.com Or, you can contact me and leave your comment via email. I'll announce the winner on Saturday November 10th, 2018 through my weekly email to letsgosew.com subscribers. If you're not already on the list, you are welcome to join HERE. Winner will be notified by email and then I'll need your address to ship the book via USPS media mail. Available for USA residents only. I'll look forward to reading your comments and drawing a winner!
Visit www.itsseweasytv.com to watch Show 1505 until noon EST October 26. enjoy!
In the first part of this show I'll guide you through cutting and sewing your own version of a luxurious super hero style cape. This cape features textured fabric with a luxurious high pile for warmth and softness.
In part two Angela Wolf shows the next step in the A line sew-along, sewing a skirt with a center seam and lined pockets.
Just take a look at this gorgeous cape! It's made from a special fabric called Luxe Cuddle® Rose, provided by Shannon Fabrics. If you can't find it locally I suggest you visit fabric.com to see what colors they currently have available.
At first glance this fabric may look a little tricky to handle. Trust me, cutting and sewing is a breeze when you follow the tips I've outlined in the instructions that coordinate with the show. You'll find a list of recommended supplies and a whole bunch of tips with all my instructions HERE.
One of my top tips is to seek help from a special attachment known as the MuVit™ Digital Dual Feed System, included with the Brother Dream machine shown on the set. There are in fact several other machine models that use this attachment so check with your local dealer for details and availability. A walking foot is another option for sewing the seams in this project. Both of these special accessories will help keep the fabric layers from shifting while you sew the fluffy seams, and the seams on the suede cloth.
You'll see how to sew suede tabs for the closure, maneuvering around the points so the ends come out nice and neat.
Working with textured Luxe Cuddle® Rose is similar to working with polar fleece. Like fleece, this fabric should never come in direct contact with an iron. That makes iron-on interfacing a no go so I opted to stabilize the neckline with Dritz stay tape. As for pressing the seams, I found that hovering over the seam with a little steam and then patting the fabric with my fingers did a good job of tamping the seams down and keeping them flat.
One thing I neglected to demonstrate was fluffing the seams as a final step on the finished garment. I simply took a long pin and lightly pulled it across the finished seam to release long fibers. Be careful not to snag the lining fabric when you perform this step.
This entire cape segment is archived on YouTube so you can re-watch it any time you like by clicking HERE.
You'll see another A-line skirt style in the second half of the show as Angela hacks the pattern, adding center seams and scoop pockets on the front. This familiar pocket style is popular on ready-made jeans. It really dresses down the skirt and makes it into something suitable for casual wear, especially when made from denim like you see on the show. Angela uses bartacks to re-enforce the ends but double cap rivets from Dritz would serve as decorative re-enforcement where the pocket joins the waist and side seam.
The projects from this show will cover you from top to bottom and you're sure to learn some techniques you can apply to many other items. Show 1504 is now airing online from January 11th to January 18th, 2019 Visit www.itsseweasytv.com to watch. Enjoy!
We all know that one of the greatest joys of sewing is being able to make interesting items that are hard to find in stores. Whether you're looking to create something fun for a costume, craft custom items for your favorite pooch, or put together a baby set to please new parents, show 1503 is full of clever little projects you can finish in a short period of time.
Each one of the pieces you see in this show will help you exercise your sewing super powers.
First you'll see Cheryl Sleboda make a pair of fully little ears. She calls them wolf ears and provides a free pattern for you to download from the TV website. Her furry ears are made from Shannon Fabrics Faux Fur. It's amazing how many different furs you'll find when you explore the options. Cutting and sewing this synthetic material requires some special knowledge and handling for fool proof results.
Cheryl uses faux suede to add to the realistic look and has some great tips for fluffing the fur after sewing the seams. Visit the Shannon Fabrics site for a Free tip sheet and you'll learn even more.
Next up, Caroline Critchfield stitches something for our furry friends, with a scrappy dog leash and a comfy pet pad. Watch as she provides top-stitching tips and shows you the kind of hardware you need for a quality leash.
In the last, short segment I'm happy to bring you something to celebrate Baby Days, with a pretty little bottle cover featuring machine embroidery and a few cute sayings.
I've made quite a few of these bottle covers! It's easy to embroider on pre-quilted fabric or you can choose to just embellish yours with colorful trim. Either way, this is one item that is really unique and turns a baby gift into a real conversation piece.
Check out another version of this bottle cover from a post I wrote for the Brother blog HERE. This one features a design from an adorable collection called Button Babies available from the Brother design download center at www.ibroidery.com.
In an effort to help you get started on a bottle cover and burp cloth set, you'll find an offer for a burp cloth pattern I've made available for you to download for free HERE. I hope you have fun with this! I'd love to know if you decide to make your own special baby set. Let us know in the comments if you have plans for making a baby gift in the near future or let us all know about something special you've made for baby in the past.
This show is full of inventive and attractive ways to rescue cherished old linens and sweaters that have seen better days. It ends with part two of the sew along where you'll see how to convert a skirt pattern from standard to a bias cut.
Michell Paganini, otherwise known as the up-cycle guru, walks you through the decision-making process when selecting parts of vintage linens to use for projects. In this show she presents many ideas for transforming linens into practical projects you can make use of every day. Watch her make one of my all-time favorite projects, a simple yet sweet hanger cover.
It's possible that you may want to add some additional embroidery to the hand-stitched pieces you already have. One of my favorite ways to imitate hand embroidery is to add bobbin work stitching. CLICK HERE for a tip sheet showing more about this technique.
Michelle's downloadable instructions for this show include not just the hanger cover but also a shoe bag, pashmina wrap sack, and fabric bags with potential for anything from storage to gift giving. I suggest you start hunting and rescue those heirloom pieces that would otherwise waste away in a cedar chest, drawer, or closet!
The show continues with Londa Rohlfing. She has tips for cutting sewing, and styling sweaters to fashion them into new and interesting garments. Next, she demonstrates setting a sleeve using just six pins. Essentially, it's a matter of feeding the sleeve fabric with your left finger and a tool such as a stiletto in your right hand. I can see this working well for sleeves that have very little extra fabric that needs to go into the sleeve cap.
Angela Wolf closes out the show with her bias cut skirt. You'll see her cut the skirt by flipping the pattern for a full front and back.
Another way to do this is to trace off the pattern to get a full front and a full back. This makes it easy to cut the skirt out on a single layer of fabric. I recommend creating a new pattern piece with tracing cloth. I love, love, love pattern tracing cloth, buying it by the bolt when it goes on sale, so it's there when I need it. Simply fold the tracing cloth so you can place the fold line of the pattern on it as if you were going to cut out an actual garment. Cut, and then open up the piece, transfer all the markings, notches and important information, and then use this to cut your single layer piece. If you ever find yourself running short on the size of the tracing cloth, simply layer one piece on top of another and use a straight stitch or a zigzag to extend the size of the piece.
Before we wrap up, I have just a few more thoughts about working with vintage linens. I'm curious, have you ever found spots on old linens and struggled to get them removed? I've had some success cleaning and brightening old linens by soaking them in color safe non-chlorine bleach and treating stains with a dose of good old fashioned Fels Naptha soap. I've also used a rust remover product such as Iron Out on all white fabric that can tolerate hot water. When all else has failed I've resorted to antiquing the antiques by dying them in a coffee or tea solution. Here is my recipe for that:
Make two cups of strong tea or black coffee. Allow to cool. Add 1/4 cup white vinegar. Mix ingredients and place in a stain proof container. Wet fabric in clear water and then transfer to container. Gently stir fabric in the coffee or tea solution for three to five minutes. Rinse thoroughly in cool water. Dry flat. Press only after fabric is thoroughly dried. Note that this amount is for best for dying lace or small fabric items. You'll need a larger, stain proof container to increase the amount of fabric or solution. It's very important to let fabric or lace dry before ironing. If you iron while wet you'll get uneven streaks of color.
I've read about some other cleaning recipes that promise to refresh linens without damaging them. Of course a lot depends on the strength of the fabric and the fiber content. Be cautious. It's important to note that just getting fabric wet can be harmful if it's weak. Here are a few other cleaning options that sound promising although I have not tried them myself:
This is the beginning of a whole new series of posts as It's Sew Easy TV uploads Series 1500 to their online site. This means the series has finished airing on PBS stations across the USA. Have you had the chance to catch any or all of these episodes? If you saw them already you may enjoy watching them all over again. Perhaps this is your first chance to catch them week by week. Each Friday at noon EST a new show is uploaded, and it stays online for a full week. With the online version you can relax and watch during a half hour that fits your personal schedule.
This season is designed to "super charge" your sewing with each lesson geared to make your sewing time more fun filled and fulfilling! See a detailed list of each show in the series when you CLICK HERE. In this new series of posts I'll preview each show and provide additional tidbits of sewing information to coordinate with the show. Let's get started with the first in the series. This one is titled Be Your Own Designer.
In show 1501 Angela Wolf starts off her A-Line skirt Sew-Along. This is her own original pattern. What a flattering skirt style! In this show you'll learn how to read important pattern sizing info, insert a concealed zipper, add a narrow binding for a waistband, and sew a machine stitched blind hem.
Adding the waistband and stitching the hem is pretty straightforward so I thought we'd talk a little more about the zipper insertion. Angela uses a concealed, (also known as invisible) zipper and inserts it will a regular zipper foot by sewing very close to the coils. Personally, I like using a foot that is specially designed for the task. More about that in a minute.
You'll find presser feet designed and sold by companies that manufacture this zipper style. Two common ones are made by Coats and by YKK (Unique® brand). Take a look at the packages above - did I mention this is an old zipper style? The package I have on the right is tagged with the price of $1.00 LOL!
This type of hidden zipper has been around a long time. The coils are rolled to the back of the zipper tape and are sewn to the fabric right along the seam line. During insertion the coils lay flat but after stitching they roll back and disappear into the seam, giving them their concealed, or hidden characteristic.
The tan zipper you see here is Coats, the white one is Unique®, both of these coordinate with the specialty feet which include various shank adapters to fit most modern machines. The third, salmon colored zipper is somewhat of an "antique." It was given to me by a friend who sewed skating costumes decades ago. It has YKK on the tab and it's made up of metal teeth. I haven't tried inserting this type but it does evoke a bit of nostalgia for the days when all zips were made of metal.
As I said, I'm a fan of using a specialized foot, designed to match your machine brand. Here you see the Brother style. Recently they released a "new and improved" version. Look closely at the one on the left in the above photo. This new style has a guide in the center to help hold the zipper firmly in place while stitching. In addition, the grooves on the underside are deeper than the original foot. This helps keep the rolled coils of the teeth from moving out of position as the foot passes over them.
Here you see a close-up of the grooves on the underside. This foot works with all Brother machines that have the horizontal bobbin case, including machines with a 5mm throat plate. Overall, it is an improved foot designed for modern concealed zippers. Visit your local Brother dealer to see this new foot.
I'm a huge fan of this type of zipper! It's my "go to" type for most of my garments and I like it for home decor and accessory projects too. Click on the image below to check out this Clutch Purse from a previous Brother Blog post.
You'll see step-by-step instructions for inserting a concealed zipper and learn how to make a pretty purse in the process.
Here are a just a few more zip tips to help you prepare to sew and invisible zipper.
CLICK HERE to see a short YouTube video of the new Brother style foot in action.
If you are ready to go and watch the show visit www.itsseweasytv.com. Show 1501 is online until 12-28-2018.
Questions or comments about the concealed zipper and zipper foot? I'd love to hear your thoughts!
This week you’ll see Laura Pifer construct a cocoon jacket with the serger, Angela Wolf finishes the shirt dress sew-along, and Felice Regina designs dresses with border prints.
You've probably seen similar styles like this cocoon cover-up in ready-to-wear. When Laura finishes her demonstration you'll see just how easy it is to make your own!
Knowing that you can pick your own fabrics and fabric colors makes this an especially attractive project!
Next Angela returns with the final piece of the puzzle for making your own classic shirt dress.
This is such a classic garment! Comfortable to wear and easy to accessorize, this dress can take you many places and serve as a valuable wardrobe staple!
Felice finishes up the show with lots of tips for planning garments made from border prints. Her samples are simply adorable!
CLICK HERE to watch this show until Friday at noon EST, June 22.
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.
Each week at noon a new show airs online at itsseweasytv.com. This blog features a preview of each weekly show.