Editor’s Blog

Spider Web Rose Tutorial

Designed by Kathy Dykstra, this charming silk pinafore dress, “Heidi’s Christmas,” is an adorable choice for Christmas portraits and special holiday occasions. Featured in issue #81 of Australian Smocking & Embroidery, the ruched and ruffled dark jade silk dress is ornamented with bands of vertical smocking and silk satin roses. A...

2015 Event Schedule & Fancy Band Tips

Have you heard the good news? Our 2015 schedule of face-to-face events has been announced. Woohoo! Our tried and true faculty and staff and I invite each of you to join us next year for a School of Art Fashion Boutique and a Martha Pullen Licensing. Registration is now open for our...

Spaghetti Bias Tree Appliqué

With just under two weeks to go until Christmas day, I doubt many of you are looking to begin work on an intricate holiday garment. Luckily, this little project is anything but complicated. Designed by Connie Palmer, the adorable matching appliquéd outfits first appeared in our November/December 2009 issue of Sew Beautiful...

Smocking for Christmas

Editor’s Note: From Dec. 8-19, we’ll be celebrating the holiday season in a number of fun ways — from project tutorials to gift ideas and more. We’ll also keep you in the loop about our 12 Days of Deals sale happening in our online store, so be sure to check back...

Repairing a Cutting Mistake

Have you ever been in the middle of constructing a project and realized you’ve made a big fabric-cutting mistake? These things never seem to happen when you have plenty of time or yards of fabric left over, of course, but don’t fear – sometimes an “oops” moment can wind up leading...

Books For Those Who Love to Sew

Editor’s Note: From Dec. 8-19, we’ll be celebrating the holiday season in a number of fun ways — from project tutorials to gift ideas and more. We’ll also keep you in the loop about our 12 Days of Deals sale happening in our online store, so be sure to check back...

Pleating, Smocking & Caring for Silk Dupioni

Sewing Christmas garments for children brings so much joy to the sewing room this time of year. Don’t we all love seeing our children and grandchildren dressed up in the special outfits we make? Of course, special occasion garments call for specialty fabrics, and you can never go wrong with silk...

Controlling Silk Satin Ribbon

Editor’s Note: From Dec. 8-19, we’ll be celebrating the holiday season in a number of fun ways — from project tutorials to gift ideas and more. We’ll also keep you in the loop about our 12 Days of Deals sale happening in our online store, so be sure to check back...

Smocked Christmas Ornament Tutorial

Crafting Christmas ornaments is one of my earliest, and fondest, holiday memories. My favorite ornament was probably the classic Christmas mouse – the kind you could make using two pieces of felt, a candy cane (for the tail) and buttons and thread (for the eyes and whiskers). I’m sure many of...

Simple Mock Roll and Whip Hem

Isn’t this little honeycomb smocked baby dress just precious? Designed by Kris Curtis and featured in issue #97 of Australian Smocking & Embroidery, “Dimity” represents a style that might have been worn during the 1930s or 40s and employs a variety of vintage sewing methods. The square neck opening frames baby’s...