Author Archives: Natalie Nettles

Create a Vintage Tucked Lace Gown

Created by designer Laurie Anderson, this vintage tucked lace gown is a reproduction of an antique baby dress. The original gown was given to Laurie by her mother-in-law and featured lace that fanned out onto the skirt from the yoke. When Laurie began examining how it was made she became intrigued...

Vintage Tucked Lace Gown – Embroidery Design

This sweet and simple design of scattered flowers and leaves is a replica taken from an antique blessing gown reproduced by Laurie Anderson for the Tucked Lace Gown pattern and instructions featured in the March/April 2013 Issue (#147) of Sew Beautiful magazine. The monochromatic design stitches out in one color and...

Great Techniques to Learn this Summer

Our summer licensing retreats are just around the corner, and I am so excited to see all of you who will be joining us! Both events – The Perfect Mix: Sew, Serge and Embellish July 21-26 and Children’s Garment Construction July 28-Aug. 2 – will be held at the beautiful Innisbrook...

Make a Whimsical Scalloped Trim

Kari Mecca’s whimsical trims and embellishments can turn any ordinary sewing project into a true work of art. In her Whimsy Flowers & Trims book and companion DVD, she shares step-by-step instruction for a number of fabulous trims and flowers – including this beautiful scalloped trim. These scallops can quickly and...

How To: Alternating Cable Stitch with Beading

Designed by Angela Bostick, this sundress from issue #91 of Australian Smocking & Embroidery is just as sweet as can be! Made of soft pink and yellow pique, the sunny design can be made in sizes 4, 5 and 6 years. The bodice features a shaped yoke trimmed with whipstitch piping,...

Meet Our Teacher Licensing Team

We are so excited about our upcoming summer teacher licensing events – “The Perfect Mix – Sew, Serge and Embellish” July 21-26, and “Children’s Garment Construction” July 28-August 2. Both of these licensings will be held in Palm Harbor, FL at the beautiful Innisbrook Resort and taught by Connie Palmer, Kathy...

Free Sand Pail Summer Smocking Plate

Need a little summer sewing inspiration? Take a look at this adorable smocking plate designed by Michié Mooney, which was originally featured in our July/August 2006 edition of Sew Beautiful. With picture smocked sand pails stitched in colorful hues, it is pure summer fun! Follow Michié’s graph and instructions below to...

Sewing in Red, White and Blue

No color combination exemplifies summertime quite like red, white and blue! Nautical-inspired clothing is perennially popular in summer children’s clothing, and patriotic designs are perfectly on trend from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Below, check out some ideas for red, white and blue projects you can stitch up this summer. With...

Must-Have Fabrics for Your Stash

We’ve talked a lot about fabric prints here lately, but today let’s take some time to get back to the basics – the must-have fabric staples for your sewing stash. From batiste to cottons to linen, these are the versatile fabrics that are great to have on hand for any special...