Editor’s Blog

How to Miter Lace Points

The simplest steps can often mean the difference between so-so sewing and a spectacular heirloom. In this tutorial from issue #152 of Sew Beautiful, Patty Smith shares her easy method for successfully mitering lace points. The technique is shown here on portrait dresses Patty made for Martha Pullen’s granddaughters using Judith Dobson’s classic Heirloom Tea Dress pattern....

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6 Hacks For Getting the Most Out of the EXPO Experience

Original Sewing & Quilt EXPO’s next stop will be at the DoubleTree Bloomington in Minneapolis, MN, in just a few days — Nov. 10, 11 and 12. A general admission ticket will get you in the door, and lead you to all of the EXPO excitement — shopping, stage presentations, fashion shows, quilt displays and...

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Hand Embroidery Tutorial: Fly Stitch

Decorative hand embroidery stitches can add such a special touch to our projects. This week, I’d like to share a tutorial for embroidering the fly stitch. The fly stitch can be worked in embroidery floss or silk ribbon. It’s named for its insect-like shape, however, it’s most often used to cradle...

A Cuddle Giraffe Kit Giveaway + Tips From Connie

Enter for your chance to win a cute Cuddle Giraffe Kit! We’ve recently announced a few dates for the first of our 2017 live-and-in-person Martha Pullen events, and to celebrate we’re having a giveaway with Shannon Fabrics! We’ve partnered with Shannon Fabrics for a couple of years now for our live retreats,...

10 Children’s Garment Construction Techniques to Master

Our new online licensing begins in just a couple weeks: Children’s Garment Construction! There are more than 30 projects included in this course curriculum, with wonderful details and techniques designed into each one. You’ll receive beautifully illustrated written instructions and patterns plus step-by-step video tutorials for all of the projects and a wide...

7 Great Fabrics For Your Stash

There are a number of heirloom fabric staples that are nice to have on hand for any project that may arise. And, with our huge Stock-tober Sale happening in our online shop this October, now is the perfect time to stock up and save! From batiste to cotton to linen, here are seven...

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October IEC: Thanksgiving Embroidery Designs

Embroider some fun projects with our new October designs — three Thanksgiving embroidery designs! This collection includes three designs: a boy pilgrim, a girl pilgrim and a precious “My First (Turkey) Day” motif. The pilgrim designs are perfect to embroider on garments for little ones to wear on Thanksgiving, and they’d be pretty cute...

How to Sew a Blind Hem

The bishop dress is one of the most loved heirloom children’s garment designs of all time. It’s a versatile pattern that can be constructed in specialty fabrics for baby’s Sunday best, or in classic cotton for more casual occasions. One of my favorite bishop designs is the angel-sleeve bishop Karen Bosch...

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Preview Our Children’s Garment Construction Online Licensing

Registration is now open for our brand new online licensing, Children’s Garment Construction. Offered for the first time online, the course begins Oct. 25 and includes all the projects and techniques taught at our popular face-to-face retreat. The curriculum features the most darling collection of children’s garments, with the teaching focus on all...

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Sneak Peek: Minneapolis School of Art Fashion Boutique

We’re heading to Minneapolis, MN Nov. 7-9 for another fun School of Art Fashion Boutique! Four great schools will be offered at this event, so you can choose just how you’d like to spend your time with us. Create fantastic projects with Connie Palmer, get a lesson in fitting with Cynthia Guffey, master...