Editor’s Blog

July Book Blog: Sew Serendipity Skirt Sew-Along – Part 2

Hello, everyone! Shannon here, and I’m back with Week 2 of our July Sew Serendipity Skirt Sew-Along. We are making the “Tailored Skirt” from Kay Whitt’s book Sew Serendipity, so if you’re just joining me, catch up by first reading last week’s post. This week, now that our supplies are gathered,...

Tips & Tricks for Sewing with Lycra Knit

 Race Car design is TRN019 from Embroidery.com Several years ago, I (Amelia) set out in search of a swimsuit for my son. I’ve never cared for the look of modern swimsuits for baby boys, so I had my eyes peeled for an old-fashioned, one-piece suit. I found a few online that I...

July Book Blog: Sew Serendipity Skirt Sew-Along!

Hello, sewing friends! Shannon here, and welcome to our July book blog on Sew Serendipity: Fresh + Pretty Designs to Make and Wear by Kay Whitt. I have been wanting to make something from this book since it first came out, but it just hasn’t happened yet; so, join me in...

Looking for a sensational summer sewing project?

August/September 2013 edition Our August/September 2013 edition just hit newsstands, and it is full of summer sewing inspiration! Inside, you’ll find contemporary heirloom dresses from Oliver + S, tasteful warm-weather outfits from The Children’s Corner and ideas for sewing matching dresses for little girls and their 18-inch dolls. Our casual cottons...

Take a Peek Inside Perfect Party Dresses!

Perfect Party Dresses, Edited by Susan O’Connor From birthday parties to weddings, a young lady’s life is marked with many special occasions that call for the perfect dress. In the newly released book Perfect Party Dresses, renowned designers from around the world (including frequent Sew Beautiful contributor Gail Doane) have shared...

Quick and Colorful Bias Strip Embellishments

Black and White Swirls (left) and Green and Turquoise Waves Bias strips are typically used for trims or binding, but they can also be used to make colorful and oh-so-easy embellishments. Raw bias strips were sewn directly to the fabric before constructing the two children’s outfits shown here. The garments, which...

Tips & Tricks for Sewing with Lace

Lace tatting trim adds a gorgeous finish to this baby daygown. It’s no secret that we love lace. This delicate fabric is at the heart of heirloom sewing, and – truth be told – it’s hard to imagine what many of our sewing projects would look like without it. From christening...

Selecting the Right Stabilizer for Machine Embroidery

We love adding embellishments like embroidery designs, appliqués and trims to our projects. These little accents are the “artist’s touch” on our handiwork – that extra something that can turn a project into a masterpiece. This week, we’d like to talk about machine embroidery, one of the most common embellishment methods....

Transform a Tea Apron into a Pretty Pinafore!

Vintage Apron Pinafore by Mary Caviness As sewists, we love to admire our treasured family heirlooms, yet we often keep them tucked away in our attics for “someday.” Designer Mary Caviness found a way to put one of her family linens to good use by turning this once tea apron for...

Serge With Confidence: Part 5

May Book Blog: Serge With Confidence by Nancy Zieman Our last and final blog on our little serged baby set is a relatively easy lesson, since you have already cut out and serger shadow stitched your bonnet piece using the cover stitch. If you haven’t already cut out a batiste lining...