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Sew News

Just over 2 years ago I had the honour of being featured in Sew News magazine in their Meet the Maker series.  I remember when I got the email about it I was overjoyed and felt like the real deal.  I mean being featured in a magazine that I could actually go to the store and buy was bonkers.  And if you are wondering yes I did go to the store and and take a picture of myself with the magazine.

Long Sleeve Leschi

I have a closet full of Leschi tops and dresses.  For awhile there it is all I was sewing because every fabric just seemed to go perfectly with the pattern.  Usually I either lengthen it into a dress or tunic or leave the sleeves off, but this time I wanted to try remixing it into a long sleeve dress.  I had this picture in my head of a simple elastic through the wrist to give the sleeves a bit of volume and the end result is exactly like I pictured.

 

Leschi Collar Tutorial

Sewing the collar on the Leschi top is actually quite an easy process, but when looking at the finished product most people would assume it is more difficult than it is.  Sometimes line drawings are just not enough, so I have put together a quick photo tutorial to walk you through the process of sewing the collar on the Leschi.

This tutorial picks up on step 11 of the instructions.  At this point you should have the collar piece sewn onto the blouse around the neckline with 1/4″ seam allowance.

Bryant Dress Remix

Believe it or not the cuffed sleeves was a last minute addition to the Bryant pattern right before testing started.  So what was just a quick addition turned into one of my favourite elements of the pattern.

Right after I decided to add the cuffs I realized that lengthened slightly this pattern would be perfect as a dress.  Not to toot my own horn, but I was totally right about the dress.

My husband pointed out when I put this on today that I have been on a grey kick lately.  Maybe it’s the never ending rain here that is getting to me.  

Fabric on the Bias

My newest pattern Bryant, is a dolman sleeve top that is cut on the bias.  One of the common questions that came up in the testing was on the best way to cut out a pattern like this on the bias.

The two most important things to remember when working with knit cut on the bias is to handle it as little as possible and STAYSTITCH the neckline and facing.  Absolutely in no way should you skip this step, trust me I did it with one of my tops and the neckline was so stretched out I couldn’t get the facing to fit.

Montlake Neckline Alternative

The neckline binding on my Greenwood pattern is still one of my favourite finishes for knit, I use it any chance I get.  I love how clean it looks and definitely has the RTW look that many sewists want out of their handmade garments.  As I was putting together the paper pattern for my Montlake pattern I realized I needed to add a couple pages so that I wasn’t forced to have blank pages within the pattern booklet.  So not only are the people who buy the paper pattern going to get this information but I also wanted to show all of you a Montlake neckline alternative.  This seemed like the perfect opportunity to sew up my favourite tee with my favourite neckline finish.

Maternity Montlake

Okay all you ladies with a baby belly I have a really fun post for you today.  There are no more babies joining the Paynes so I had to enlist the help of a new sewing friend, Holly, who has the cutest baby belly.  I met Holly only a few short weeks ago when she was helping me test the Montlake pattern and I knew instantly we would be great friends.  She graciously agreed to help me show all of you how you can easily modify the Montlake tee to be maternity friendly.

Uploading Photos from Your PC to Instagram

Uploading Photos from Your PC to Instagram

Uploading photos from your PC to Instagram can be frustrating to say the least.  There are many third party programs out there that advertise the ability to upload photos to Instagram from your computer, but after trying many different ones I just never found one I liked.  They were either always buggy or the interface annoyed me.

About 6 months ago I figured out a really easy system for doing it and I am finally sharing it with all of you.  It does require a couple different steps but now that things are set up and it is a habit I don’t even think twice about it.  All of these steps were done on an android phone so there is a chance that the steps might be slightly different on an iPhone.

Trick or Treat Bag

Sharing another fun tutorial over at Make It & Love It this morning, this time a trick or treat cat bag for your kiddos.

I am lucky enough to have kiddos that love picking out costumes at Costco!  I know it is total sewing parents dream.  I don’t think they have quite figured out that I could actually sew them a costume and I plan to never let them find out, because costume making is so not for me.