|June / July 2014|
Dear Readers: After much analysis and discussion with our team, we at The Martha Pullen Company have made the difficult decision that Sew Beautiful magazine will publish its last issue this summer. For a generation we have provided the very best information and instruction you – our readers – demand. Due to changes in the market, and the magazine industry, and after seeing a decreasing number of subscribers over the years, it was no longer economically viable to publish the magazine. We instead will put our resources, energy and talents toward new and growing areas of The Martha Pullen Company business including the Internet Embroidery Club, our live – and new online – events, our popular Martha Pullen Company Online Store and more. (If you are a subscriber, you will receive information directly from us regarding your remaining issues.)
We will strive to continue to inspire and instruct you in support of our shared passion, and our website, blog and community will continue to live on and be fostered. Though the magazine is closing, we’ll turn our focus to offering you exclusive project kits, new products in our online store, live and online sewing education events, etc. We will also regularly provide you with new content on our website. Watch for more to come as we refocus and redouble our efforts to better serve you!
With that being said, we still have two more wonderful issues of this beloved magazine – the first of which we have a preview to share with you today. Its theme is “red, white and blue sewing.” Of course in heirloom sewing, our version of red, white and blue isn’t always the bold primary versions teamed with the starkness of white. For us, pastel blue, a wash of pink and an ivory hue are just as appealing as their more patriotic partners. Below, take a sneak peek at some of our favorite vintage-inspired designs this issue has to offer:
|Cherry Dress & Whitework Embroidery in Blue|
Cherry Dress – This pattern from Laurie Anderson is a classic. It’s a button-front design with knife pleats in front and back, and piping trims the sleeves and Peter Pan collar. A clever buttonhole functions to close the dress down the front and decorates it too, with cheery sets of button cherries.
Whitework Embroidery in Blue – Traditional whitework embroidery doesn’t necessarily require working with white threads. In fact, the term “whitework” refers to the stitch techniques contained in the design. In this tutorial, Wendy Schoen demonstrates a variety of whitework stitches in the perfect shade of baby blue. Follow her steps for a satiny fluidity where thread paths are practically undetectable.
|Nolan’s Tug Boat|
Nolan’s Tug Boat – Hand embroider a romper with this precious tug boat design from the 2014 Martha Pullen Internet Embroidery Club’s “Heirloom Baby Designs” collection. I (Cyndi) knew I had to share a hand-stitched version of this darling motif with our readers as soon as I saw it. While machine embroidery may save time, I find there is just something so relaxing and therapeutic about handwork.
|Pocket Pets Diaper Set & Grant’s Vintage One-Piece Romper|
Pocket Pets Diaper Set – The adorable puppy pockets on this outfit are sure to captivate tiny tots, but it’s the unique couture finishes (like the bias gingham rouleau trim on the shaped yoke) that sets this design from Debbie Glenn apart.
Grant’s Vintage One-Piece Romper – Our free pattern is a unique, wrap-around design Laurie Anderson reworked from an antique garment. This little classic suit is so simple to construct, you may want to make one in red, one in white and one in blue!
Visit our online store to read more about our June/July edition!
Sew On, Sew Well, Sew Beautiful,
Cyndi and Amelia