In This Issue: #144, September/October 2012
|All Zipped Up!
By Kari Mecca
Colorful zipper yardage adds Kari’s signature touch of whimsy to her raincoat pattern.
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.
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.
By Marilyn Brandon
A change of fabric prints from colorful brights to earthy tones creates a seasonal wardrobe with Juvie Moon patterns.
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.
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.
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.
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 store.marthapullen.com.
|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.