Author Archives: Shannon Miller

Little Rabbit Vestee Jacket: Girl’s Version with Flower Appliqué

  In our new February/March edition of Sew Beautiful, #152, associated editor Amelia Johanson shared a reproduction pattern of a little boy’s vintage, button-on suit with a one-piece vestee jacket (above). But to show that the pattern is equally adorable when stitched in alternate fabrics, for girls, she also created this...

Happy Scarecrows Smocking Plate: Step-By-Step Cable Count

Happy Scarecrows: Jack and Jill Straw Smocking Plates From Sew Beautiful #151 (August/September 2013) By Gwen Milner With crisp fall weather comes the autumn harvest and the delightful and ever-so-practical emergence of the scarecrow. Being one of the most familiar figures in the American rural landscape, this ragged character is a...

Green Sewing Room Storage Ideas

The very essence of sewing is green. Even if fabric manufacturers cease production tomorrow, sewers would walk into their closets, pull open their drawers or head to the nearest second-hand shop to find the necessary items to remake, restructure or repurpose. It’s what we do; it’s in our makeup. But there...

Springtime Belle Fashion Doll

Springtime Belle Fashion Doll By Marsha Greenberg Continued Instructions from Issue 148 May/June 2013 An assortment of colorful embroidery flourishes on the hem and hat of this doll ensemble, rivaling real blossoms. Marsha Greenberg is no stranger to making doll clothes. She’s fashioned hundreds of little outfits, many of which are...