Diving In To Scuba By Kerrie Barber

Posted by Kelsey Sauer on June 5th, 2018

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Forgive my pun but the most beautiful Scuba knits came in recently, a large scale floral print in vibrant pinks and blues – very striking!   And having never sewn Scuba before, I really was diving in!

After taking Basics in Lycra Class with Loralee, I learned some very practical ways to approach knit fabrics and it was time to give sewing Scuba knits a try. ( I recommend signing up for this class next time we offer it)

The first stop is always the pattern catalog for ideas, and the new eveningwear separates from Simplicity seemed a perfect choice.  From Simplicity patterns 8597 and 8598 I chose top A, a basic top with bust darts and raised waistline, and skirt C, a trumpet style skirt which would suit the scuba knit’s firm texture.

I chose the blue floral scuba knit and four yards of fabric, the extra yardage allows for pattern matching. For the pattern layout, I decided to run the pattern through the largest blue flower, using the printed pattern grainlines to align the fabric pattern horizontally and vertically.

This method also allows each pattern piece to end up at the same place along the hem, but you must know your hem length beforehand and leave room for your hem allowance as well. Since I was attaching horsehair braid I had a very small hem allowance and ended each pattern piece about an inch below the large blue flower.



Pattern matching is entirely up to the sewer, it is not necessary but is a fun custom touch that adds something special to the garment.

I saved all the fabric leftovers to test seams, iron settings, etc. Testing on scraps is a good way to find out what works when constructing with a fabric for the first time.  As it turns out, Scuba sews very nicely with a regular 90 needle and poly thread, and it takes heat and steam very nicely.

Once the skirt was completed, it seemed a little horsehair might be necessary to define the hem, and an interlock knit lining was added as the Scuba is somewhat see through. Although it was not necessary since the skirt had a lining, I did serge the seams to reduce bulk of the seam allowances.

Below you can see the hem hangs a little limp.


A three inch white horsehair braid makes the hem flare out nicely.


To begin constructing the bodice, I underlined each pattern piece with stretch mesh from the Lycra room.  Later, this will allow the top of the bodice to be cut away along the floral lines and leave the top of the bodice with only a layer of sheer mesh to show the skin of the wearer.  No lining was added to the bodice but the mesh does add a layer of opacity. Use a very sharp pair of scissors when cutting the floral outline to avoid jagged edges. Practice on a few scrap pieces if necessary. To keep the cut floral edge from falling away from the mesh, a combination of machine and hand stitching was applied after glue basting the cut edge to the mesh on a flat surface.  It is better to complete this step before darts and seams are put in as the pattern pieces lie perfectly flat and allow the two layers to be joined smoothly.

Once this was done, the front and back of the bodice will have an uninterrupted line of flowers that will have crystals applied.  From a construction point of view this presents a few problems as l did not want a zipper running through the center back. To avoid this, a side seam separating zipper was used but another closure must be added to the shoulder seam to allow the wearer to pass the garment over their head.  Traditionally this is done through buttons or hook and eye, but with zippers being very popular as embellishments, I decided to add a zipper to the shoulder seam, keeping all the closures of the same type.  The neckline was finished with a binding made from the mesh and a small hook and thread chain were also added above the zipper in the shoulder seam.  Once installed the zipper is barely noticeable. To shorten the separating zipper simply cut it the length needed at the side seam and add zipper stops at the top. The armhole facing hides the top of the zipper tape nicely. To hem the bodice, I used double sided fusible tape followed by a flat catchstitch, this leaves no visible stitching on the hem which makes the spot where the floral pattern meets at the waist more attractive.


Once all garment construction is completed, it is time for the Swarovski rhinestones!

Color choice and pattern are entirely up to the sewer!  It is best to take a swatch of your fabric up to the front counter of The Sewing Studio and decide what colors to choose from the chart.  After the rhinestones are purchased, take them home and try out different patterns on a piece of scrap fabric, -don’t use glue! Just lay them out on the fabric and rearrange until a pleasing pattern is achieved.

This is sometimes called “auditioning” and there is no right or wrong way, but using different sizes does tend to give the best effect.


Take your time when stoning, I like to use toothpicks to grab a bit of glue and then pick up the stone by the back with the glue, then place it on the fabric glue side down, lay your other finger over the stone and pull the toothpick away.  If you don’t care for that method, the Sewing Studio also carries some very handy tools for stoning in the notions section. Allow plenty of time for drying, overnight at least.


I hope this inspires you to give Scuba a try, it is delightful to sew and can shine in garments from a simple sheath dress  with cold shoulders to a more formal gown like the one I made.


Please post your finished garments on our Facebook site so everyone at the Sewing Studio can enjoy them.


Kerrie Barber

To purchase Scuba Fabric, Click Here


Alice’s Adventures in Aprons

Posted by Stephanie Stachow on May 22nd, 2018

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Hello again friends! We got the CUTEST Alice in Wonderland fabric in a little while ago and as soon as I saw it I knew that I had to make something with it.


These fabrics are a cotton-linen blend, so they’re thicker then regular cottons. I thought this texture would lend itself well to an apron. So I went to our pattern books and found a super cute apron pattern that mimicked Alice’s full skirt. I really loved the all-over print and I wanted that to be the main fabric and just use the border print for accents.


The pattern that I chose does have an option for border print fabrics so if you wanted to make your life easier, you could just use the border print fabric and option C from this pattern. I never do anything the easy way (as you will see). I chose to follow option D (without the eyelet lace), but added the pocket from option B since it would fit the border print perfectly.

For this project I got:

Simplicity pattern 1221

2 1/2 yards of 206515 (this is the fabric with the all-over design)

1 1/8 yards of 206514 (this is the fabric with the border print)

Matching thread

General sewing supplies like pins and scissors.


Looking at the cutting layout for my pattern, I noticed that the waistband pieces were laid out in the wrong direction. The fabric has the characters upside down and right side up so it’s not directional in that sense, but if I cut the waistband the way it has in the layout then the characters would be on their side. The waistband is thick enough at the center front that I thought it would be noticeable so I wanted to cut it in the proper direction and I cut the straps and the pocket out of the border print fabric so I had a little room to fussy cut.

apron-bib-layout In case you’re not familiar with that term; fussy-cutting is when you cut a specific area of the fabric usually to showcase or highlight part of the print. For example, when I cut the bib of my apron out, I centered a part of the design that I particularly enjoyed.


When I’m not following the given layout, I start with my biggest pieces first. I paid special attention when I was cutting out the skirt front and skirt back (the two biggest pieces) because the fabric kind of goes in rows and I wanted to make sure my rows lined up as best they could. These rows have different size motifs within each row so I knew they weren’t going to be perfect, but I at least wanted to have them in the ball park.


I also obviously fussy-cut the pocket out of the border print. And I was actually able to fussy cut the straps out of the remaining print at the bottom of the border with the bows and lace.


Back to the waistband. I knew cutting out the waistband was going to be tricky so I saved it for last. If I wanted to have my characters going in the same direction on the waistband as they were on the rest of the apron I was going to have to piece it because the fabric was not wide enough otherwise.


I started by cutting off the selvage on the scrap I was working with and marking 5/8″ in from the edge for my seam allowance.


Then I traced my new seam line onto my pattern.


I marked 5/8″ on my next scrap for seam allowance.


And I lined up my seam line that I drew on my pattern piece. Once my seam was lined up, I cut the second half of the pattern piece out from there.


I then lined up my seam lines and sewed the pieces together.


I started sewing it together following the pattern’s instructions. When I got to where you sew the waistband to the bib of the apron I cheated a little. The pattern wants you to sew this seam right sides together, but I can never get these kinds of seams to lay correctly when I sew them like that. So instead, I pressed 5/8″ under on the top edge of the waistband and lined up the piece where it was supposed to go and pinned it in place.


Then I lined up the edge of the waistband with the inside edge of my presser foot and I topstitched the seam and it looked beautiful!


As I said, I wanted to use the pocket from another apron in the pattern so I sewed the pocket according the their instructions and clipped my curves.


I then centered the pocket from side to side on the front skirt piece. To find the placement top to bottom, I held up the skirt to my waist and reached my hand down as if I were reaching for something in said pocket. Between that and lining it up with one of the “rows”, I got a placement for the pocket. I tucked the sides under, pinned it, and sewed around every edge except the top.


I then measured in 8″ from each side and pin marked a straight line. I topstitched following the pins to divide the pocket into sections.


I continued to follow instructions and when it came time to finish my waistband with the lining I had to adjust it slightly because of how I topstitched my waistband earlier. I pressed the top edge of the section that would lay behind the bib of the apron under 1/2″. When I came to that step, I pinned from the front side next to the seam so that I caught the lining on the back.


Here is another picture from the back side of the waistband to help illustrate this step. Once it was pinned, I stitched in the ditch next to the waistband seam.


I finished the steps in the pattern and VOILA! An adorable apron fit for Wonderland! It would be perfect for your kitchen or for keeping threads off you and holding your notions while you sew! Happy sewing!


Easy Running Skirt

Posted by Stephanie Stachow on April 30th, 2018

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Hello fellow sewists! It’s been too long! Long story short, I’m back for the summer and I wanted to share what I’ve been working on! My husband and I signed up for the RunDisney Star Wars Dark Side 5K at Walt Disney World and OF COURSE I had to make a little something for the occasion. My husband is 6’4″ so I decided he HAD to be Chewbacca and the logical choice was for me to be Han Solo. I didn’t have a ton of time leading up to the race since I was training, but I still wanted to make a little something. I got my hubby a Chewie t-shirt to wear instead of a full fur suit. I was able to find a white shirt and black vest fairly easily so naturally I decided to make a skirt that looked like Han Solo’s pants. Disclaimer: This is a fairly simple skirt that is mainly meant for decorative/costume purposes. I absolutely had to wear bike shorts with it for my run. If you are looking for actual active-wear, I highly recommend Loralee’s Serged Running Skort class. However, I still wanted it to be lightweight and comfortable to move in, so I went straight to our lycra department and found the perfect options.

I got 2 yards of navy Milliskin lycra for the main skirt

1/3 yard of red Mystique lycra for the stripe on the side of the skirt

1/3 yard of brown Milliskin lycra for the waistband

1/8 yard silver Mystique lycra for the belt buckle

I also picked up some navy and brown serger thread

I used my Babylock Diana serger to assemble the projectimg_8381

I actually started by making a basic circle skirt pattern which I can talk about in more detail in another post, if that is something that would interest you. But you can use any circle pattern that you’re comfortable with. We’re going to be adding about 4″ total to our waistline when we add the red stripe down the side so take that into account when you’re choosing your size. I like to cut out knit fabrics with fabric weights, a cutting mat, and a rotary blade. Knit fabrics tend to wiggle so using this method will help with your accuracy.


I also cut two strips out of the red Mystique fabric at 2 1/2″ by the width of the fabric. You can then measure the side seam of your pattern and cut them down accordingly.


I decided to use a 5 thread – Chain Stitch w/3 thread Overlock for my seams because it is the most secure and it sews and finishes my garment all at once!


I started sewing it together by sandwiching my red strips into my side seams. The main thing to focus on here is to not stretch either the skirt or the strip as your sewing them.


Since it was made from 4-way stretch fabric. I knew I wasn’t going to need to fuss with a zipper so I did this for all 4 seams. The main part of my skirt was complete!


The next step for me was to cut out my waistband. If you’re using a pre-existing pattern, follow the instructions. I cut 2 pieces that were 3″ wide and about 4″ smaller than my waist.


I sewed the long edges of the waistband together with the same 5 thread stitch. I then switched to a normal 2 thread chain stitch and understitched the top edge of the waistband because I’m a nerd and love understitching. This step is probably optional if it isn’t your thing.


Depending on your pattern, you may have to ease the skirt onto the waistband. Luckily, that is relatively easy when working with knits as long as you space it out evenly. I then flipped the piece of the waistband with understitching on it inside and stitched in the ditch with the chainstitch to finish it.


Han Solo has a whole multi-belt holster contraption that he wears and I felt that would add too much bulk and weight to my skirt but I did want to try to emulate part of it. He has a fairly distinctive belt buckle which I thought would be a nice touch. Looking at a picture that I found online, I used the different angles on my Omnigrid quilting ruler to rough out a pattern that looked similar enough to Han’s belt. I cut it out, sewed around the edges, turned it right side out, and topstitched it closed. I tried my skirt on for placement and pinned the buckle where I thought it looked best. I then hand stitched the edges of the buckle to the waistband.


If you take one thing away from this post let it be this: when sewing with knits, put stay tape in your hem! It makes a world of difference! I ironed stay tape to the edge of my hem (watch the heat settings on your iron when working with lycra) and then folded it up the width of the stay tape and ironed it again. Then I used my serger to cover stitch the hem and it looked perfect and super professional.


Ta da!!! I still had time to train for the race AND the real Chewbacca loved us! Again, if you’d like some hands on help with anything knit/serger related I highly recommend Loralee’s classes.


Hop Into Spring Shop Hop

Posted by Kelsey Sauer on March 19th, 2018

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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 purchase at each shop. This time around, each store is giving away a Moda Grunge Fat Quarter in a spring color (the last color not pictured is white). 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 our sample made with the shop hop fabrics:


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!









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: http://wendysquiltsandmore.blogspot.com/2017/09/holiday-homies-by-tula-pink.html

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:

p4299-55-charcoal p4299-562-blooms

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: https://www.accuquilt.com/shop/go-spool-6-finished.html


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: https://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Garden-Flag)

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: http://www.emblibrary.com/EL/ELProjects/Projects.aspx?productid=pr1544



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!


Shop Here for Whistler Suede