Spring Sewing Ideas & Event Updates

Happy spring, friends! This is such a wonderful time of the year for sewing. Easter and wedding season are right around the corner, and the warmer weather is sure to inspire fabulous new garment and home decor projects. We’re having a big Spring Into Savings Sale in our store this weekend, so if there’s anything you need for your spring projects now’s the time to act! One of the biggest steals of the sale is 60% off savings on our DVDs. These DVDs are full of great instruction for beginners and experienced sewists, and the special tips and tricks the teachers share are invaluable – it’s like being in a classroom! Take a look at a few of the marvelous DVD workshops you can take part in:


Bishop Dress Construction – Connie Palmer is a master children’s garment construction teacher, and here she shows you how to construct one of the most beloved heirloom children’s garments of all time – a smocked bishop dress. You’ll learn all about perfect neckbands, plackets, a variety of sleeve finishes and more.

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Yoke Dress Construction – This is another wonderful workshop with Connie Palmer, and this time she focuses on the yoke dress, which is probably the most versatile garment in all of heirloom sewing. You can truly use a yoke dress for everything from christening gowns to Easter dresses to play clothes. You’ll learn how to create a perfectly sewn yoke dress as Connie shares tips for perfect piping, creating and attaching collars, sleeve variations and more.

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Heirloom Sewing by Serger – If you love heirloom sewing and serger sewing, let me show you how to combine the two and make heirloom sewing twice as fast on this workshop. I’ll show and tell you all about appropriate trims for heirloom sewing, the importance of needle placement when serging and much more.


Machine Embroidery 101 – This DVD is like taking an introductory course in machine embroidery! Taught by Pam Mahshie, it’s perfect for machine embroidery beginners and will teach you all about hoops, notions, downloading designs, marking for perfect placement, stabilizing for different fabrics and more.

Click here to shop more deals from our storewide Spring Into Savings Sale!

I have big event updates to share with you this week! Registration is now open for our next online licensing course, Heirloom I! Click here to watch Martha’s video invitation, take a sneak peek at the gorgeous heirloom projects and learn all about the course.

Please join us in Cleveland, OH (March 26-28) or Schaumburg, IL (April 9-11) for Original Sewing & Quilt Expo. Oh what fun we have at these events – teaching classes, seeing old friends, making new friends and buying lots of fun sewing stuff at the vendor mall! We have some of our best notions, fabrics and laces for you in our booth – plus tons of sewing and quilting books at special pricing – buy one book get one book for 50% off.

Our next in-person Martha Pullen events will be teacher licensing, The Perfect Mix: Sew, Serge, Embellish July 21-26 and Children’s Garment Construction July 28-August 2 in Palm Harbor, FL at the beautiful Innisbrook Resort. While teaching the last couple of weeks at our School of Art Fashion Boutiques and OSQE, I heard so many comments from our students there that they would love to attend the licensing, spend almost a whole week with Connie Palmer, Peggy Dilbone, Alicia Welcher and me all in one classroom, receive 20 great projects and the kits to go with those project, learn a ton of new stewing tricks and techniques plus get to talk with Martha Pullen in a much smaller setting –  BUT “I really don’t want to teach.” Please remember that many of our licensing students do not teach. They just like to come for the BEST sewing vacation ever!!! Teaching is not a requirement but once you complete the licensing you would certainly have the credentials to teach the curriculum if you ever changed your mind. So whether you want to teach or not, please join us for one or both of our summer licensings!

We pray for the men and women serving our nation in harm’s way, and for all of you.

Much Love to You All & May God Bless,

Kathy McMakin