Editor’s Blog

How to Add a Box Pleat to a Bishop Dress

The traditional bishop pattern is one of the most beloved heirloom designs of all time, and with good reason – it never goes out of style, and its versatility provides options for any and every occasion. One way to give yourself a little bit of extra space for creativity when sewing...

Pair Patterned Fabrics Like a Pro

Coordinating fabrics can be one of the most creative parts of sewing, but often one of the most challenging as well. Designer Lindsay Wilkes – who many of you know from her popular blog, The Cottage Mama, as well as our School of Art Fashion and technique DVDs – has built her...

Easy Elastic-Waist Tutu Tutorial

Little ones love to dress up – not just for Halloween, but any day of the year. This adorable elastic-waist tutu is easy-to-make and can be used for so many different costumes – including the “Precious Little Princess” and “Beautiful Ballerina” outfits pictured here. Designed by Kari Mecca, Audra Kennedy and...

Sew! Serge! Embellish! Teacher Licensing Photos

Our “Perfect Mix – Sew! Serge! Embellish!” Teacher Licensing held here in Huntsville Oct. 3-10 was one of our best licensings to date! Congratulations to all of our newly-licensed teachers, and thank you to all who helped with this event. Check out some photos of all the sewing, serging and embellishing...

2015 Internet Embroidery Club is Here!

We’re so excited to introduce our 2015 Internet Embroidery Club! This is our best year yet for the IEC, and you can have all of these beautiful machine embroidery designs with one convenient membership. What is the IEC? The Internet Embroidery Club is an annual online membership service that provides its...

Martha’s Top 10 Reasons to Join Serger Online Licensing

Dear Sewing Family: Before I share my top 10 reasons you might want to join our first Online Serger Martha Pullen Licensed Teacher event, here are some basics to know. You will gain access on Oct. 30 when the course begins. Since several of the required projects are ones you choose,...

Master the Eyelet Stitch

When you’re looking for an elegant stitch that will add detail to a project, you can never go wrong with the eyelet. This lovely stitch is a must-know for any heirloom embroidery enthusiast, and one that has been featured on many MPC designs over the years. Simply put, an eyelet involves...

Applying Gathered Lace to a Bodice Edge

This precious organdy heirloom dress was inspired by a design worn by a young Caroline Kennedy for a photo shoot with her dad, the late President John F. Kennedy. Reproduced by former Sew Beautiful editor Kathy Barnard, the dress is simple in style with its button-shoulder bodice and gathered skirt, yet...

Technique Tutorial: Honeycomb Smocking

One of the oldest and most popular smocking stitches, the honeycomb stitch has been used by countless generations of smockers to add a unique touch to beautiful smocked garments. The stitch is worked from left to right in consecutive rows and is very elastic, creating a pretty lattice “honeycomb-like” effect when...

Sew a Shell Hem by Machine

A sweet shell hem is the perfect finish for delicate baby clothes. The hand stitched shell hem has long been popular, but, by adapting this technique to a sewing machine and applying it to a bias fabric strip, you can create an equally unique embellishment. This trim is suitable for edging...