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!
Hi Denise! Thank you for the comment and also for the capital letters! Making something to suit your own personal taste and style is truly a joy, whether that means sewing from scratch or embellishing a ready made item. It all produces the same amount of satisfaction and happiness :-)
Love your blog Joanne...you are so talented.
Hi Martha! I was so happy to hear from you . . . it has been ages! Thank you so much for your kind words. It means a lot to me to know that you are reading and enjoying the blog. Take care and stay in touch my friend ;-)
I LOVE when you are on the show. Your work is always so beautiful and expertly made. To see your tips and ideas on how to achieve the look are always brilliant and so fun to watch. I have your book and to see how you continue to use the embroidery designs in new ways is amazing. You are my role model. Thanks for all you do.
Hello Susan! Knowing that you're having fun watching the show and enjoying the various projects warms my heart and keeps me going, that's for sure!!! The collection of designs from the book are really great for mixing and matching in many different ways. I'm happy to hear that you're inspired by seeing them show up on various garments.Thank you ever so much for writing in with your comments. Happy Sewing my friend!
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