Author Archives: MPC Staff

Fun With Template-Smocked Polka Dots

“Seeing Spots” by Annette Drysdale (Issue #96) Last week, we shared a bright and cheerful butterfly smocking plate with you; this week, we’d like to talk about a different method of smocking – template smocking. This type of smocking is an alternative to following a picture smocking graph to create a...

Stitch a Cheerful Butterfly Smocking Design

This design first appeared in SB Issue #100. Picture smocking is a great way to add both style and personality to a child’s garment. From classic designs like rocking horses or sailboats to unique plates featuring storybook characters or even sport themes, smocking allows you to make your sewing projects almost...

Choosing Materials for Embellishments and Trims

Flowers and trims using various types of ribbon. Fabrics and ribbons come in a wide range of beautiful colors, textures and styles. With so many options, the seemingly simple decision of choosing materials for a trim or embellishment can turn into a daunting task! Designer Kari Mecca’s new book, Whimsy Flowers...

Ideas for Embellishing Doll Clothes

Embellishing is one of our favorite parts of the sewing process. Those little extras that “make the outfit” are important – whether you’re sewing lace shapes on a christening gown or stitching a ribbon motif on a casual outfit for playgroup. This week we would like to share with you two...

Sewing with Lace and Fabric

Lace to Lace Whether we’re making a christening dress, a child’s garment, ladies’ clothing, a wedding gown or special linens, the same basic techniques are at the core of many heirloom projects. This week we’d like to share tutorials for two such techniques with you: sewing lace to lace and lace...

Create a Whimsical Zigzag Trim

Zigzag trim featured on skirt of a sundress. We are always amazed by what Kari Mecca can make with a Whimsy Stick. Her beautiful flower clusters rival those in nature and her ribbon and rickrack trim variations can turn an ordinary hem, neckline, bodice or sleeve into something truly unique. Kari’s...

Online Licensing from Martha Pullen Company

Have you always wanted to attend a Martha Pullen Licensing Event but didn’t have the time or money? NOW YOU CAN!! Teaching Beginning Sewing: Online Licensing Course We’ve brought this course online so that you, too, can get your certification to become a Martha Pullen licensed teacher but for less than...

Basic Tips for Embroidering Baby Knits

Peter Rabbit designs are pictured here on a onesie, bib and blanket. Stitching out storybook classics in watercolor pastel threads is an adorable way to whip up a one-of-a-kind baby ensemble. I (Amelia) have a special place in my heart for the Beatrix Potter characters. Whenever I see the classic artwork...

Mary Ann Nickerson’s Christening Dress

Saving treasured baby clothes and other beautifully embellished garments is a special tradition for many of today’s heirloom sewists, just as it was for our ancestors centuries ago. Our DAR Museum book, which is part of the “Martha Pullen’s Favorite Places” series, explores heirlooms the National Society Daughters of the American...

Create a Scalloped Skirt Hem

Interlocking Scallops by Kathy Barnard Scallops can be used in many ways to add interesting lines to garments. One of our favorite uses for this unique design element is the scalloped hem. There are a number of commercial dress patterns around that feature scalloped hemlines, but have no fear if you...