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Looking for a sensational summer sewing project?

August/September 2013 edition Our August/September 2013 edition just hit newsstands, and it is full of summer sewing inspiration! Inside, you’ll find contemporary heirloom dresses from Oliver + S, tasteful warm-weather outfits from The Children’s Corner and ideas for sewing matching dresses for little girls and their 18-inch dolls. Our casual cottons...

Take a Peek Inside Perfect Party Dresses!

Perfect Party Dresses, Edited by Susan O’Connor From birthday parties to weddings, a young lady’s life is marked with many special occasions that call for the perfect dress. In the newly released book Perfect Party Dresses, renowned designers from around the world (including frequent Sew Beautiful contributor Gail Doane) have shared...

Quick and Colorful Bias Strip Embellishments

Black and White Swirls (left) and Green and Turquoise Waves Bias strips are typically used for trims or binding, but they can also be used to make colorful and oh-so-easy embellishments. Raw bias strips were sewn directly to the fabric before constructing the two children’s outfits shown here. The garments, which...

Tips & Tricks for Sewing with Lace

Lace tatting trim adds a gorgeous finish to this baby daygown. It’s no secret that we love lace. This delicate fabric is at the heart of heirloom sewing, and – truth be told – it’s hard to imagine what many of our sewing projects would look like without it. From christening...

Selecting the Right Stabilizer for Machine Embroidery

We love adding embellishments like embroidery designs, appliqués and trims to our projects. These little accents are the “artist’s touch” on our handiwork – that extra something that can turn a project into a masterpiece. This week, we’d like to talk about machine embroidery, one of the most common embellishment methods....

Transform a Tea Apron into a Pretty Pinafore!

Vintage Apron Pinafore by Mary Caviness As sewists, we love to admire our treasured family heirlooms, yet we often keep them tucked away in our attics for “someday.” Designer Mary Caviness found a way to put one of her family linens to good use by turning this once tea apron for...

Serge With Confidence: Part 5

May Book Blog: Serge With Confidence by Nancy Zieman Our last and final blog on our little serged baby set is a relatively easy lesson, since you have already cut out and serger shadow stitched your bonnet piece using the cover stitch. If you haven’t already cut out a batiste lining...

Serge With Confidence: Part 4

May Book Blog: Serge With Confidence by Nancy Zieman Now that our decorative work is done on all our organza pieces, it’s time to construct our little jacket. For the most part, I followed the construction process given in the pattern, with these exceptions:First, place each organza piece to each batiste...

Sew a Swirl-of-Ruffles Hem Treatment!

Swirl-of-Ruffles Hem Treatment Several years ago, designer and Sew Beautiful contributor Khristal Joett showed us a crumpled instruction sheet for a vintage pattern that she purchased at an estate sale. What interested Khristal the most about the garment was its unique swirl-of-ruffles hem treatment, which was ironically similar to the hem...

Serge With Confidence: Part 3

May Book Blog: Serge With Confidence by Nancy Zieman Before dashing off to Quilt Market this week I was able to take a stab at cover stitching our project. First, however, I have to give a shout out to Cathy Krejci at the wonderful new Pins & Needles location in Middleburg...