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The Basics of Silk Ribbon Embroidery

Silk ribbon embroidery is one of the most unique and elegant forms of needlework. Great for embroidering garments, linens, trinkets and more, this age-old art adds romantic and vintage charm to any heirloom project. Below, we’d like to share a couple of ribbon work tutorials from one of the world’s true masters of embroidery:...

How to Sew Entredeux to Fabric

This tutorial from Sue Stewart was featured in our Favorite Heirloom Sewing Designs edition. Summertime is nearly upon us, and that means it’s time for sunny days and plenty of light-and-breezy sewing projects. In heirloom sewing, there are a handful of basic techniques we use time and time again, project after project. We’ve been...

Add Detail With Pin Stitching

When we talk about heirloom embroidery techniques, no discussion would be complete without the famous pin stitch. Also known as “point de Paris,” this decorative stitch is designed to add detail along the edges of lace and appliqué. It’s a gorgeous addition to garments and linens alike, and it can be stitched by hand...

Tips & Tricks for Hooped Appliqué

This “Anchors Away” dress featured in our June / July 2014 edition was designed by Monica Bellard. The appliqué design is from Designs by JuJu. Appliqué is the perfect way to add character to a sewing project or to a ready-made item. It’s always cute on children’s clothing, and in some cases it allows...

Add Piping to a Tucked Shirt

Belle Heir shirt and button-on pants constructed by Amelia Johanson. We just love seeing photos of little Prince George dressed up in all of his fashionable baby attire. From the sailboat-smocked rompers and button-bar shoes to the cardigan sweaters and pull-on shorts he donned during the royals’ recent tour of Australia and New Zealand,...

Project How-To: Pretty Storage Pockets

If you’re looking for the perfect Mother’s Day gift to sew for a special mother in your life – whether your mom, sister, daughter, aunt or friend – we have a great idea to share. This pretty cover designed by Rosina Cassam for our sister magazine Stitch Craft Create’s gift edition transforms an ordinary...

How to Add a Center Panel to a Basic Bodice Dress

Blue Italian Organdy Dress A center panel can add such a lovely and unique design element to a garment. In this how-to from our March/April 2012 issue, Pat Goldman and Susan Newberry of Chadwick Heirlooms will show you how you can adapt any basic bodice dress pattern to include a center panel. The concept...

How to Use a French Curve

French curve template Do you know how to use a French curve template for drafting or altering patterns? We ran across the following tutorial in the February/March 2014 edition of our sister magazine, Sew News, and just had to share! Written by Marla Stefanelli, the article appeared in Sew News’ May 2003 edition, and...

Sewing in Red, White and Blue

June / July 2014 Dear Readers: After much analysis and discussion with our team, we at The Martha Pullen Company have made the difficult decision that Sew Beautiful magazine will publish its last issue this summer. For a generation we have provided the very best information and instruction you – our readers – demand....