September/October 2012 Issue

In This Issue: #144, September/October 2012

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All Zipped Up!
By Kari Mecca
Colorful zipper yardage adds Kari’s signature touch of whimsy to her raincoat pattern.
Winter Roses:
A Wool Felt Ensemble

Designed by Clarrisa Gossett
FREE PATTERN: Jacket (sizes 2 to 14)
Oliver +S separates, topped with our free downloadable jacket pattern, create a wool felt ensemble from a pretty pastel collection of Tilda fabrics and trim.
Skirting Around
By Janet Gilbert and Sivje Parish
FREE PATTERN: “A-Line Zipper-Trim Skirt” (sizes 6-14)
Appeal to the fashion-seeking tween in your life with six quick-and-easy skirts. Two can be made from our free centerfold pattern; two are adaptations from Sew Beautiful Collection patterns; one is a downloadable e-pattern; and one requires no pattern at all.
Harvest Moon
By Marilyn Brandon
A change of fabric prints from colorful brights to earthy tones creates a seasonal wardrobe with Juvie Moon patterns.
Hickity Pickity
From Judy Buchanan
An Etsy shop owner turns her sewing talent to profit.
By Ivey Crenshaw
Use Ivey’s technique for applying rickrack with floss; it adds dimension, punches up your color palette and lends a custom look to your sewing.
Texture Couture
By Marie-Michelle Mellote
Marie-Michelle uses fine and unconventional fabrics for a unique spin on custom children’s clothing.
Metro Middy Blouse
By Lisa Saunders from Folkwear Patterns
Folkwear combines modern design and historical trends in an easy-sew “Metro Middy Blouse” pattern for women.
Nifty Knits for Baby
By MP Staff
Simple hand appliqués and machine embroideries turn a selection of blank baby knits into custom layettes.
Boo Bags
By Joy Welsh and Nicki Hill
FREE PATTERN: “Pumpkin Bag”
Spooky totes make trick-or-treating creative fun. Machine embroider on natural fiber felt and add pizzazz with Whimsy Stick fringe. Three FREE designs included.
Blooming Buttons
By Vaune Pierce
Black and white print play, a geometric smocking design and hand-embroidered, covered buttons introduce Vaune’s new “Princess” pattern in a bold way.
The Message of Monograms
By Martha Pullen
New software, Martha Pullen Creative Monograms, takes your embroidery capabilities for gifts, home décor and wearables to a completely new level. Learn more at
Just for the Boys
SMOCKING LESSON: Tension, Spacing, Backsmocking
By Michié Mooney
Michié couldn’t help but include a “Candy Corn” treat for girls, too. Her teaching-moment smocking plate is suited to both bishops and inserts.
Scalloped Shark’s Teeth
By Sue Stewart
Sue creates a scalloped effect on her “The Sky’s the Limit!” blouse pattern using a traditional shark’s teeth technique.
Totally Wicked Cute
By Kathy Barnard
Slip by Janet Gilbert
Transform a fancy slip for a silk dress into the cutest Halloween costumes!
Top Your Dress Pattern
By Janet Gilbert
A coordinate polka-dot fabric, red spaghetti bias, black piping and an insert smocked with an original geometric come together in a neat little top that started out as a dress pattern.



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