Author Archives: MPC Staff

Tips for Preserving Your Precious Heirlooms

One question we are asked frequently at Sew Beautiful is “How do I preserve my family heirlooms?” Properly cared for, precious clothing can survive many generations of storage, and your children’s children will don a history of love when the garments are worn for the special occasions that mark their lives....

Serge With Confidence: Part 2

May Book Blog: Serge With Confidence by Nancy Zieman I asked you last week to gather your materials, but two things I failed to mention were KK2000 Temporary Spray Adhesive and Roxanne’s Glue Baste-It. Since we’re working with two fabrics, the spray is handy for adhering the layers together, particularly since...

Sew a Vintage Button Monogram Pillow

Button Monogram Pillow Vintage buttons are wonderful little works of art that come in all sizes, shapes and colors. So often, however, these pretty little trinkets wind up sitting in jars in our sewing rooms and never reaching their full design potential. Incorporate vintage buttons into your home décor with this...

May book blog: Serge along with us!

Hello again, Amelia here, back to blog about a book for May. This month I’ve picked something to challenge myself, Serge with Confidence by Nancy Zieman. This isn’t a new title. In fact many of you may have it, but it’s the perfect book, if, like I am, you’re a bit...

Our May/June Issue is Now Available! Plus, Read About Liberty Of London:

Our new May/June issue! Our May/June issue just hit newsstands, and we are so excited to share this new edition with you. The cover features an adorable floral romper, which you can make for your little girl using our “Box Pleated Romper” centerfold pattern (sizes 12M to 4T). Designed by Janet...

Repurpose Challenge: Petticoat Lace Blouse

This asymmetrical blouson top was made using a commercial pattern and a deep, tiered-lace hem from an antique petticoat. In last week’s newsletter, we shared with you a lovely triple ruffle bonnet from Martha Pullen’s antique clothing collection. Martha has accumulated piles of vintage white garments over the years, and many – such...

A Triple Ruffle Bonnet from Martha’s Attic

Triple Ruffle with Back Bow Bonnet One of our most popular features in Sew Beautiful magazine is “Martha’s Attic” – a regular column in which Martha Pullen showcases garments from her vast antique clothing collection. Martha has been collecting for around three decades, and it is always exciting to see what...

Baby Bubble with Embellished Double Pintucks

Our finished baby bubble! Baby bubble rompers are one of our favorite things to sew, and we love thinking of new ways to recreate the classic pattern. From ruffles to puffed sleeves to embellishments, a number of things can be done to make your finished baby bubble one of a kind....

Master the Lazy Daisy, Satin Stitch and French Knot

We love our sewing machines, but sometimes our delicate projects require stitching that simply must be done by hand. Of course, different projects require various types of hand stitches. We’d like to share quick tutorials for three of our favorites: the Lazy Daisy Stitch, the No-Fail French Knot and the Satin...

March Book of the Month: Stitch Savvy by Deborah Moebes

In continuation of our staff’s monthly book reviews, I’m excited to introduce you to Stitch Savvy: 25 Skill-Building Projects to Take Your Sewing Technique to the Next Level. This is the latest release from Whipstitch’s Deborah Moebes, a fifth-generation crafter and designer. One practical thing I particularly love about the book itself is...