We're in Threads magazine!

Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of working with Sarah McFarland, of Threads magazine, on an article about our sewing studio makeover.  Last summer, we transformed our shipping area into a classroom for local community education sewing classes. 

Sarah wanted to share that transformation with the Threads readers, and when she found out that I had my own sewing space which was an entirely separate room, she thought the readers would want to see that too!   Today, I just received my issue in the mail with the complete article, and I couldn't be happier with it.
This is a fantastic issue with lots of wonderful articles, and I'm so honored to be included in it.  The complete interview is online here:  From Drab to Decorated.  For the "before" pictures, you can see my original blog post here. 

Run, don't walk, to get this great issue!  Then, go to page 75 to see my smiling mug, and my artificially clean sewing room!  I'll have you know that after the photo shoot was over, I went on a big sewing spree, and completely made a mess of it once again.  It was lots of fun to be a part of the process and see the hard work that goes into an article like this.  Thanks,Sarah!

Happy Sewing!


Pantone Color Contest Outfit

Patternreview.com is having a contest based on using the Spring 2013 Fashion Color Forecast!  The challenge is to make two items that you can wear together that incorporate some of the forecasted colors.  Here are the colors:
I had a piece of silk chiffon that had in it several of the colors this year, and decided to use it to make a short sleeved blouse from McCalls 6702.  This is a shirt with a placket, mandarin collar, and a back yoke.  I only had about 2 yards, which isn't a lot of fabric when it is just 45 inches wide.  I was able to squeeze View C on my fabric and lengthen it about 3 inches.

 I see Dusk Blue, Nectarine, and African Violet in this print.

Even touches of the Lemon Yellow and Linen if you look closely.  I did a baby hem on this top.  This wasn't the best style for sewing silk chiffon.  Between the crinkly texture, and the general elusiveness of chiffon, sewing the placket and the yoke was tenuous at best.  Maybe if I had tried dipping it in gelatin first, then it would have been easier.  But I didn't remember that tip until in the throes of sewing.  It turned out OK, but I wouldn't be turning this inside out for any of you to see!

The pants are from the May 2012 issue of Burda Magazine, style #108.   The fabric is a rayon/poly/lycra gabardine in Poppy Red from the Pantone colors.

I have the hardest time getting the back rise of pants long enough, and I did a couple of muslins on this pattern before I started.  Boy am I glad that I did!  I ended up adding about 2 inches to the back crotch length, shortening the front rise about 1 inch, and then adding 3 inches to the total length of the pants. They fit good.  I'm really happy with the pants. 
I stabilized the pocket opening edge with twill tape to make sure that the pockets don't gap.  These pants have an invisible side zipper and a faced waistband.  The combination reduces bulk, which believe me, is a good thing for me.

Here are the pieces worn together.  I wasn't sure if I'd like the Poppy Red pants, but I really do! It's a colorful look to be sure.  I haven't worn it out of the house yet, but am anxious to see what the reaction is to this combination.  What do you think?   Honesty, please!

Happy Sewing!


Summer Ottobre Style!

Summer 2013 Ottobre Issue
We just got in our Summer shipment of the Children's Ottobre Design magazine!  Every issue, I'm amazed at the gorgeous and NEW looks that they create!  This one is no exception.  There are 40 styles in this issue, ranging from infant through a child's size 14. Here are the line drawings from this issue:

If you aren't familiar with Ottobre, they are a Finnish company that produces pattern magazines for both women and children.  We carry all of them at SewBaby. The magazines have a master pattern in the center of each issue that is color coded, so that you can find which size and style you need to trace more easily.  The sizing is European and is done by height, so if you know your child's height, just adjust it to centimeters, and choose which size you need. Here are some of their creations from this issue:

Adorable Baby Shirts and Pants 

Knit Dress with Snap front

Classic Jean Jacket!
Color blocked hoodie.

Heirloom summer outfits
We also offer Swedish Tracing Paper to use for tracing.  It's durable and will last through many, many pinnings.

Happy Sewing!


McCalls 6752 Border Hem Knit Dress

Okay, I know this print has a lot going on.  Maybe too much.  But turquoise, hot pink, coral, black and cream all in one?  Those are all of my favorites.  Plus an Art Deco border hem on a knit?  Be still my heart!

But with all this going on, I needed a super basic pattern.  I chose McCalls 6752.  This one can be a top too.
You really can't get much easier than this one.  The draped neck looks fancy, but it's actually just turned under and sewn into the shoulder seam.  You don't even need to finish the edges!

The skirt has a straight bottom edge, which means that all I needed to do to line up the border was make sure the bottom of the pattern was at the edge of the fabric for both front and back pieces.

My alterations- adding 3 inches to the hem of the skirt, and taking up about an inch on each shoulder seam, because it was a little low cut initially.

I will definitely be making this one again and highly recommend it to anyone wanting a quick and easy project!

Happy Sewing,