Editor’s Blog

8 Pascale Christmas Dress Ideas

Laura Jenkins Thompson’s “Pascale” pattern, available in sizes 3-7 and 8-14, is nothing short of a classic. First introduced in Sew Beautiful’s France Issue (#80), we have used the pattern in countless designs over the last 16 years, which attests to its timeless style. The capped sleeve and boat neck give...

November IEC: Snowflake Ornaments

Snowflake ornaments are a much-loved tradition in the Internet Embroidery Club. This year’s collection includes four single-colored designs. All designs require a 4×4 or a 5×7-inch hoop and were designed to be stitched on water soluble stabilizer. Hoop water soluble stabilizer, stitch the snowflake design and then soak to remove the...

Organizing Your Handmade Holiday Gift List

The holiday season is such an exciting time to sew – and also the busiest! Between sewing special garments for children and grandchildren, making home decor projects and creating one-of-a-kind gifts for our loved ones, our to-do lists can quickly become overwhelming. Many of us have great gift-making intentions, then those...

Get the Perfect Fit with Joe Vecchiarelli

Several months ago, we shared a behind-the-scenes look at the taping of some new online courses with Joe Vecchiarelli. These highly-anticipated courses are now available, and we’re thrilled to share a closer look with you! The new Draping for Fashion: Your Vision, Your Fit, Your Style online series with Joe Vecchiarelli includes three courses:...

How to Sew Ribbon Lattice Windows

Among the beautiful antique garments Martha Pullen has collected over the years one will find this striking early 20th-century ball gown. There’s much to love about the gown’s delicate details, but the pièce de résistance has to be the unique lace and ribbon latticework that adorns the skirt. Read on to learn more...

3 Reasons We Love Sewing for Baby

We love sewing for the precious babies in our lives. So when we were planning which Martha Pullen Licensing program we would next offer online, Sewing for Baby was at the top of the list. All of our licensing programs feature some baby projects of course, but this particular licensing is...

Expand Your Wardrobe with Missy Billingsley

Want to expand your wardrobe as you learn how to create a stunning blouse and jacket? You can with our new online course series with Missy Billingsley! Missy’s Jacket and Blouse: A Two-Part Series is designed to teach you a variety of serger and sewing machine techniques that you can use on garments...

October IEC: Thanksgiving Embroidery Designs

Stitch elegant Thanksgiving decor with our October 2018 monthly designs! This collection includes four festive designs: there are two designs featuring words (“Give Thanks” and “Happy Thanksgiving”), along with two coordinating designs (a leaf and a wheat motif). These designs will add the perfect touch to linens for your Thanksgiving table....

Try Geometric Smocking with a Scalloped Twist

Corduroy is a traditional fall fabric that’s as popular as ever this year. It’s plush and comfortable, rich in color, and best of all, it requires fewer pleats for an insert that works up quickly. In keeping with corduroy’s soft hand, Stacey Moeller designed this “Scallops and Daisies” smocking plate that...

Behind the Scenes of ‘Sewing for Baby’

We have a treat for you all today: a behind-the-scenes look at our brand new Sewing for Baby online licensing course! Enjoy a video interview with our team of Martha Pullen instructors—Kathy McMakin, Missy Billingsley, Connie Palmer and Alicia Welcher—plus see photos from the course taping, learn about the projects and...