Holiday Party Dress Time By Kerrie Barber

Posted by Kelsey Sauer on December 21st, 2017

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With the Holiday season fast approaching, it was time for a sample party dress featuring the lovely brocades in the Bridal Department!  New Look pattern 6431, a fit and flare dress with beautiful pleating in the neckline was the perfect choice.

For the main fabric, Stretch Brocade Chic was a perfect choice. It has a lovely pattern and slight sheen, and the color was a perfect party red.  The fabric has a slight stretch on the crossgrain, which makes it more comfortable for the wearer. This made interlock the perfect choice to line the dress.  Interlock is a very flexible lining; it pairs easily with fabrics that have a slight stretch like Miyuki satins and Ponte knits, but also works well with woven fabrics.

The Sewing Studio now carries interlock lining in a variety of colors in the Bridal Department, which is very good news!

Layout and construction of the dress was very straightforward, but I did vary from the pattern instructions by stitching the pleats from the underside and using horsehair braid in the hem.  Stitching the pleats just makes them lie a little more closely to the body, and the horsehair braid defines the lovely cones of fabric that form in the skirt. I also overlapped the skirt pattern pieces to eliminate all the seams except the side and center back seams.  It is not necessary to do this but it does reduce the number of seams interrupting the pattern flow of the fabric. After I completed the dress, it looked lovely but I felt that it needed something more to make it ready for the holiday season.

I looked around the store and found a beautiful rhinestone applique #36 in the Bridal case and since the borderpattern includes a belt, I had a great accessory for the dress in no time at all.  The belt was cut on the bias, but the fabric is so stretchy that it could also be cut on the crossgrain to use up leftover fabric. Now the dress is more adaptable for a really formal occasion or a more casual office party by simply removing the belt.

Many people shy away from sewing, thinking it is too difficult, but that is not true! Sewing is one of the most rewarding artistic hobbies you can enjoy, with the practical advantage of having something to wear when you are finished with each project. When you learn to sew, you can create wonderful luxuries for your wardrobe.  A basic sewing class will start you on your journey, so check out the Sewing Studio website today and sign up!

There are many more beautiful fabrics in the Bridal Department to make the perfect party dress. If you decide to use one, please share your pictures, we would love to see them!



Holiday Homies Quilt

Posted by Kelsey Sauer on December 6th, 2017

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The Story of The Holiday Homies Goes As Follows:

“Once upon a cold December eve a dog named Buck, a buck named Gus and a young goose named Ryan threw themselves a Christmas Party. They invited absolutely everyone. The three best friends, dressed in their finest Christmas Sweaters welcomed the entire forest into their fashionably appointed yet ruggedly masculine winter cabin. Animals from regions far and wide made the long trek through the tall pines to enjoy a bit of eggnog and a casual peppermint over a crackling fire and some deeply academic conversation. Needless to say, the party got a little wild and Gus ended up with half of the Christmas tree decorations hanging from his antlers. Ryan gallantly volunteered to play Santa and Buck sat, elegantly reserved, in his wingback chair telling stories from their college days. A jolly time was had by all as the festivities stretched well into the misty morning light. ”



My inspiration to create with this #awesome collection came from Wendy in New Zealand who created this beautiful quilt:

Wendy did a great job writing precise instructions. If you would like to make this quilt too, please click the link above for direction. Following her short but simple blog, I made a quilt very similar to hers: img_6261

Below is the process in pictures of my quilt coming together:


For fussy cutting the blocks, I would recommend purchasing some template plastic. (We have it for sale in the quilting room.) It makes it so much easier. Just cut the template plastic to the size you need and use it as a ruler. Remember, the main blocks need to be cut on point.


At this stage above, my blocks have been cut on point and I have added the half square triangles. ^ Before cutting, please be aware of your directional prints. You may spot two blocks above that I have made a boo boo in. Luckily, the quilt is so busy that the eye would never really notice.


At this stage, I have added the borders to the main block. This was the most fun part for me. I love to mix and match the fabrics to create these blocks. See the picture below for how all nine turned out .


At this stage, the strips are sewn together to create the pieced sashing. My wise friend and coworker Janeann gave me this advice: Put the strips in a bucket and whatever you pull is what you sew together. The only rule is that no two alike can be together. This way you do not spend time fussing over what strips should be next to each other. Her advice worked perfectly and I love how my strip sashing turned out!


Wendy hand stitched her quilt . I chose to use the Babylock Sashiko:


Click here For More Information on the Babylock Sashiko: Click Here


I did do a little “Stitch in the ditch” quilting around the center blocks (The holiday homies 🙂


The Holiday Homies Collection is Available For Purchase Here .. If you come into the store, they are 20% off right now!!


Here are some other quilts made with this collection:

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Are You Up For Hoffman Challenge In 2018?

Posted by Kelsey Sauer on November 10th, 2017

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Shine On! is a Hoffman Spectrum Digital Print collection of fabrics designed for the 2018 Hoffman Challenge contest for quilters and sewists. The Hoffman Challenge is the longest-running annual quilting contest offered by a textile manufacturer. We’re celebrating its 30th anniversary with diamonds and pearls. Let your talents Shine On!



The challenge fabrics are in stock now . Click Here To Purchase and Get Started On Your Project!

THE LOWDOWN:  The one fabric REQUIRED for your entry is Q4429. You can use either the 633-Prism or the 657-Spectrum color way – or both!

This is the Prism (Sku:202863): q4429-633-prism This is the Spectrum (Sku:202868): q4429-657-spectrum

The Challenge (above) fabric must be used in the body of the quilt top in a clearly recognizable amount. For appliqué quilts, the Challenge fabric must be used in more than one spot. At least 75% of the entry (quilt top or main body) needs to be made up of Hoffman fabrics, and they can be your choise – whether from the Shine On! collection or from your personal stash. We need you to complete your online registration and submit photos of your artwork (one overall and one close-up) by June 22, 2018. You can submit up to three different pieces of artwork with the $30 entry fee (paid online). If submitting more than one piece of artwork for consideration, you will need to complete the entry form for each.

Click Here For More Information on the challenge.

We hope to see you in store shopping for your Shine On Challenge Fabrics!


To give you an idea, here are last year’s focal fabrics and winning projects:

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Winners: Microsoft Word - Accessories Awards.docx Microsoft Word - Aurifil AWARDS.docx Microsoft Word - Mixed Technique winners.docx Microsoft Word - Home Dec AWARDS.docx lloyd_american-royalty Microsoft Word - Pieced Quilts RECAP.docx


What Is A Shop Hop?

Posted by Kelsey Sauer on October 20th, 2017

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Every couple of months you may see an advertisement for a shop hop but you say to yourself, “What does that even mean?”

I am here to explain that to you today 🙂

A Shop Hop is exactly what it sounds like. A group of sewing stores in a general area get together and create a passport and choose dates that the hop will start and finish . You the customer purchase a ‘shop hop passport’ at the register of any of the participating stores prior to the start of the hop. (The passport is $5 before the hop and $6 during the hop.)  You have X amount of days to visit each of the shops and get your passport stamped at each stop. You are usually given a free fat quarter at each shop that you visit and there is usually a “mystery item” that is marked at a special price for your purchaseat each shop. This time around, each store is giving away a Quilting Treasure Colorblend Fat Quarter. (If you visit 2 stores, you have paid for your $5 investment).


Stores usually have a beautiful sample made using the fat quarters being given away at each location, so be sure to look for them at each of your stops. If you like the way a particular store finished there project, you can purchase a “finishing kit.”

Here is the best moment you have been waiting for. IF you visit all of the participating shops in the hop DURING the time frame given, you are entered into the GRAND PRIZE drawing! If you are the lucky winner, you get a $125 Shopping Spree at EACH STORE!!!!!! Do you know what that equates to? $1,000 of free fabric!!

The Second Grand Prize winner gets a $65 Shopping Spree at EACH STORE! That equates to $520 of free fabric!!

I have seen past winners come in to choose there fabric and it is like Christmas morning! Or winning the lottery! It’s wonderful!

So, what are you waiting for? Come and get your shop hop passport from us today!

Here are the specifications on the Fall Fat Quarter Hop Happening November 3-11:



Our sample : shop-hop

We used the Accuquilt spool die to assemble this mini quilt. Spool Die Sku: 55180

Watch the video for assembly ideas:


How to Make A Garden Flag By Kelsey Sauer

Posted by Kelsey Sauer on October 16th, 2017

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After presenting this project in Embroidery and Sewing Club on Saturday, October 14th , I promised I would create a blog post for your reference as you create your own garden flags. This is an easy, inexpensive and FUN project to create!

You will need:

2 – Burlap Fat Quarters or 1/2 yard

1 1/2 yards of ribbon or trim of your choice

a machine embroidery design. I used a 5″x7″ cross-stitch design from Sudberry House.

1 hooping of tearaway stabilizer

1 piece of no show mesh fusible for the back of your burlap

1 piece of water soluble topping for the top of your burlap

1 lawn flag (I purchased mine at Orchard)


After a quick internet search, I determined the standard size of a garden flag is 12″x18″ .  (reference:

Step 1 – I embroidered my design centered on one piece of 18″ x 25″ burlap and then trimmed down the burlap to 12″ wide by 22″ long. The additional 4″ on the length gets turned to the back side and sewn down to create a pocket for your lawn flag holder to go through in Step 4


Step 2: Once your embroidery is complete, tear your design out of the hoop and cut away the excess cutaway stabilizer. Tear away the water soluble topper and dab the rest away with a wet towel .


Step 3: Trim down the second piece of burlap to the same size as the first that you just embroidered. Sew the second piece to the first piece so that the wrong side of the embroidery is now covered. Sew up and down each side of the length once with all purpose sewing thread in a neutral color. Sew the bottom shut. Do not worry about fraying because that rustic look is in right now. (Thanks Chip and Joanna!)

Step 4: Turn the top 4″ to the wrong side to create a pocket for the flag holder. Sew the pocket.

Step 5: Place Your house number. I glued house numbers on with E-6000. I purchased these numbers from Orchard. An attendee of the club suggested leaving the design in the hoop and stitching out your numbers or using your Scan N Cut to cut numbers out of HTV, how you choose to apply your numbers is totally up to you.


I got the lawn flag holder and house numbers from Orchard. This is Desi, she is friendly and helpful! Also, you get a free apple when you make a purchase at Orchard.


Step 6: Play around with where you would like to place your ribbon/trim and other adornments. Once it is in the desired spot, topstitch down.


Tips to embroider on Burlap successfully were found here:



Whistler Suede and New Look Pattern 6524 By Kerrie Barber

Posted by Kelsey Sauer on October 9th, 2017

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Fluted sleeves are everywhere this fall, so I thought I might make up a sample using New Look pattern 6524 in the Whistler Suede, located in the suiting section of the Bridal department.


A Bemberg lining was also added, because the color was a perfect match and Bemberg feels so nice on the skin. It is not necessary to line the dress (the New Look pattern does not include instructions for it.)


The pattern features a shift dress with different styles of bell and fluted sleeves. For anyone who likes to sew for themselves, this is a great pattern in a classic style that can be saved and used again for every season in different fabrics.

Having never sewn suede before, it seemed a little research was in order, here are a few things I learned- some the hard way!

While cutting the pattern out, pattern weights were used since pins do not penetrate the suede well. It is a little tricky to line up the grainline but it still works. A nap layout is necessary to prevent shading.

For sewing the suede, Schmetz microtex needles work best in size 80/12. Basting suede is not suggested, as the needle marks will not steam out and pins don’t work well either, so using fabric clips is a great substitute for pins- thanks very much for the suggestion, JaneAnn! I did baste the back pleat according to the directions since the fold placement was critical, but since the basting ended up on the fold, it was not noticeable.

In general when trying a new fabric, I find either Claire Schaeffer’s Fabric Sewing guide, or Sandra Betzina’s Fabric Savvy, very helpful. I also like to take scraps after cutting the pattern out and test stitches, interfacing, and steam tolerance.

French fuse interfacing works well to stabilize the darts, as they can be somewhat droopy without it.  The suede itself was easy to sew, as long as I went slow and used a Teflon foot, as the fabric tends to back up behind the presser foot without it.

Overall now that the dress is finished, I think the suede was a wonderful choice, and the fluted sleeves add a perfect touch to a classic shift style dress.

If you try this pattern, or make anything out of the Whistler Suede, please post it to The Sewing Studio’s Facebook page, I would love to see it!


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Sew A Child’s Vest & Tie With Carolyn

Posted by Kelsey Sauer on October 2nd, 2017

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Hi, I am Carolyn and I have been sewing since I was a little girl and I really enjoy making things- Clothes, Quilts- Whatever! I love working here at the store and have been here many,many years.


I made this cute little vest and necktie for our Christmas in July Celebration and I would glad to help you make one. It was easy as can be except for a bit of a tricky part with the lining. But I can help you through that. Don’t you know a little boy who would look darling wearing this? Check the schedule for the class and I look forward to seeing you.



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Make Your New “Go To” Kimono For Chilly Places

Posted by Kelsey Sauer on August 3rd, 2017

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Everyone needs a little wrap this time of year.  We dress for the heat of summer and then go into a restaurant or shopping center where we freeze and wish we had brought in a light wrap.  I am excited to show you my summer wrap.  This season fashion is referring to the wrap as a kimono. Wrap or kimono, either way you will want to make this one.  I selected this pattern because it was a boxy fit so it lends itself to draping softly on the body.  It will look great casual or dressy. I choose a beautiful 100% cotton fabric by Clothworks. The print reminded me of an English garden.  With the softness of the fabric and the print, I imagined myself sitting in that garden having afternoon tea.

The pattern we will use in class is Pattern: KwikSew K4208 available in our pattern section. This is a beginner to intermediate skill level project. I hope to see you in my class 🙂


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McCalls 7085 Made Out Of Our Beautiful Jana Knit

Posted by administrator on July 21st, 2017

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Hello there, it’s Kerrie-you may recognize me from the Bridal Department. For about ten years, I sewed as a hobby, but a few years ago, I learned to sew professionally after taking a sewing program at Orlando Tech.  I love making clothes and am obsessed with all the fabrics at the Sewing Studio!


There is nothing like hunting for a new fabric! It is always an exciting part of beginning any sewing project. One of the many reason I love the Sewing Studio is the thousands of fabric bolts available to choose from.  With fewer and fewer brick and mortar fabric stores around, I appreciate being able to handle a fabric in person before purchasing it. There is simply no substitute for feeling the fabric’s weight, and texture, not to mention seeing the color in person to make sure it is the right choice for your project, especially if you are trying to coordinate multiple fabrics!

I’ve had my eye on this selection of Jana knits for quite some time, and now they are on sale! They are available in four colors and have a weight and stretch similar to a Ponte knit. The fabric has a beautiful floral lattice design.  McCall’s 7085, a simple sheath dress pattern with neckline options and contour darts, was used to create a store sample. The dress was also lined with a white interlock, which is a perfect lining for double knits. To save time and give a nice look to the inside of the dress, seam allowances were serged and the hem was coverstitched using MaxiLock thread with Maxi Stretch thread in the upper looper.

Notions for this dress include: hook and eye, invisible zipper, Guterman polyester thread, Maxi lock serger thread, and knit stay tape at the shoulder seams and zipper.


Galaxy Shoes: A Fun and Easy Project

Posted by Kathryn Conte on June 10th, 2017

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Galaxy Shoes: A Fun and Easy Project

By Kathryn and Lena Conte

One of my good friends spent a lazy Sunday afternoon spending time with her Daughter making up awesome new shoes, and posted the cutest picture on Facebook.  I knew I had to do the same with Lena!  So we each created our shoes with different methods, while laughing and joking the whole time!

To make this project you will need:

Tulip Fabric Markers OR Sharpie Markers

DecoArt SoSoft Fabric paint in Ultra White and Glimmer Glitter

Rubbing Alcohol

Eye dropper

Fine tip paint brush

Cotton Swab size Paint Brush

White Canvas sneakers (Walmart or Target)

Painters  tape

  • Start by placing painters tape around the sole of your shoe. We did not have any on hand – and our ink bled onto our soles.

My Way:



I am no artist, but I wanted swirly Milky-Way looking galaxies, and swaths of cosmic dust clouds.  I wanted a bit of definition between my colors, so I used our TULIP Neon Fabric Markers.  I stared at the toes and worked my way around to the heels.  I did some circular clouds and some wavy lines.


Lenas’ Way:


Lena used Sharpie markers for her sneakers.  She colored quarter sized blots of colors, some oval shaped blots, and others like a rounded lower case n.  She was heavy handed and really let the Sharpie soak in.  Lena started at the sides, and worked her way all the way around.


Final Step For Both Methods: Once you have covered your sneakers in color, you fill a small cup with rubbing alcohol.  Use your eye dropper to fully soak your sneakers with the rubbing alcohol.  This will soften the edges for fabric maker shoes, and will bleed colors into one another with the Sharpie markers.  Let your shoes dry completely to the touch .  Put a pea size dollop of the white fabric paint in a small cup.  Take your fine tip paint brush and make star specks and a few asterisks.  Let your stars dry completely.  Put a grape size dollop of the Glimmer glitter fabric paint in a small cup.  Take the cotton swab sized paint brush and fully coat or glaze your entire shoe.  Wait for the shoes to dry, pull off the painters tape and you are done!