Summer Sewing Ideas for Women

It’s finally here! I’m packing my bags for Palm Harbor, FL and I can’t wait to see all of you who are joining us for our summer licensing retreats – The Perfect Mix: Sew, Serge, Embellish July 21-26 and Children’s Garment Construction July 28-Aug. 2. I’m also so excited about the Afternoon Tea with Martha we’re hosting Monday, July 27. Registrants for both licensing events will get in free to the tea and everyone else can purchase tickets. Please join us for this afternoon with Martha that will also include a shopping area and fabulous mini clinics from our licensing faculty and the teaching staff of Keep Me in Stitches, our partnering Baby Lock dealer. Next up on our live event schedule, we’ll be heading to Fredericksburg, VA Sept. 28-30 for a School of Art Fashion Boutique!

This week I’ve pulled together a few summer sewing ideas for women. From garments to accessories, all of these pieces are sure to spruce up your wardrobe. Plus, they are available to download instantly in our online store, so you can start sewing today!


Devon Peasant (left) and Sleeveless Eyelet Top

Devon Peasant: This pattern from Sis Boom’s Jennifer Paganelli and Carla Hegeman Crim features both dress and top versions with fun design options ranging from ruffles to pom-poms! The bodice can be made with a working drawstring neckline or with an elasticized mock drawstring. Two separate patterns are provided so you can make bell or basic sleeves in a range of lengths. The e-pattern includes sizes XS to 3XL.

Sleeveless Eyelet Top: This beautiful Victorian eyelet top designed by Sue Stewart has a classic cut and is perfect to pair with pants or a skirt. Made from Victorian batiste, it’s embellished with a variety of embroidered insertion and tattings. The e-pattern comes in sizes XS to XL.


Embellished T’s from Sew Beautiful #153

Embellished T’s from Sew Beautiful #153: Created by Amelia Johanson, these pretty lace embellished tops are made by adding lace pieces and scraps to purchased shirts. Featured in our April/May 2014 edition of Sew Beautiful (#153), the article includes tutorials for making a total of six different styles of pretty lace embellished T’s.


Rosetta Ruffle Bag (left) and Jenny Dress

Rosetta Ruffle Bag: Accessorize your summer wardrobe with this fun Rosetta Ruffle Bag from Sis Boom’s Jennifer Paganelli and Carla Hegeman Crim. You can make it with a single fabric or mix and match prints, and the top band is perfect for embellishing with ribbon or lace. The e-pattern comes in three sizes – mini (S), purse (M) and tote (L).

Jenny Dress: Another great pattern from Sis Boom’s Jennifer Paganelli and Carla Hegeman Crim, this design can be kept simple in the form of a sleeveless dress or top, or options can be applied to give more coverage and/or detail. Two sleeve options are included: a crisp cap sleeve and a flutter sleeve. In addition, a ruffle can be added to the neckline to make for a stunning collar. The e-pattern can be made in sizes XS to 3XL.

Visit our online store to shop more great patterns for women!

Take a look at the bonus design our 2015 Internet Embroidery Club members received this week! This In-The-Hoop Stocking design / project is completely done in the hoop and can be used as a silverware holder, gift card holder, napkin holder or ornament.

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