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Shannon Gifford has done it all! Sewing, quilting, costuming, knitting, crocheting, tatting, needlepoint, cross-stitch; if it involves needle and thread, she's given it a try.

At age 16, she won a local sewing competition. As a college student, she worked as a costumer, making as many as 50 costumes per production. This experience taught her to sew quickly and accurately, and opened her eyes to design techniques.

Shannon was also a favorite teacher at Patternreview.com online classes. Her passion for sewing and teaching came across in her online classes and now in these eBooks.

On April 18th, 2010 we said goodbye to Shannon Gifford, but her legacy remains on PatternReview in form of her lessons which have been converted to an easy to follow eBook format by Mike Gifford (her husband). Stay tuned for more popular classes from Shannon Gifford.

Shannon Gifford
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ZIPPERS - A downloadable Book by Shannon Gifford
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ZIPPERS - A downloadable Book by Shannon Gifford

Learn several methods for sewing a variety of zipper applications and determine which technique is best for the project at hand, based on the strengths and weaknesses of the method used.

Each technique is presented with a step-by-step demonstration of the process. These demonstrations include many photos. As a bonus, you'll find links to videos of some of the techniques that might be difficult to visualize in still photography. Each technique begins with a bulleted outline of the process, followed by a heavily illustrated guide.

Over 280 Photos PLUS Access to 8 Bonus Videos!

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Stitch 'n' Flip Jacket Construction - A downloadable Book by Shannon Gifford
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Stitch 'n' Flip Jacket Construction  - A downloadable Book by Shannon Gifford

Would you like to make a lightweight, beautifully finished jacket in a few sewing sessions? Using a very simple technique, you can sew a lining for your jacket that will clean finish the seams, provide some structural support, and streamline the construction process.

Create an easy jacket using the "stitch-and-flip" lining technique.

You can use this technique to modify a favorite jacket pattern construction, or try it on a new pattern.

Lesson One: Preparations for the project, such as pattern choices and fabric recommendations, will be discussed. Interfacing choices will be addressed, as well as modifications that may be necessary for use of the technique. The basic stitch-and-flip technique will be introduced, using simple square shapes. The resulting sample can be finished into a reversible scarf.
Lesson Two: A sewing sequence will be given for two styles of jackets. You'll be able to adapt the technique for a princess-line jacket or a darted-front jacket using the stitch-and-flip lining. Pocket placement and construction will be discussed.
Lesson Three: Sewing sequence will be given for a jeans-style jacket with a yoke. You will learn how to attach a yoke with the same technique as the vertical seams. Sleeve seams will also be addressed in this lesson. Reversible garments and heavier weight garments will also be discussed.
Lesson Four: Finishing touches, such as facings, bindings, shoulder pads, and hems, will be covered in this lesson. A short discussion of how to adapt the technique to other garments will be included.

Suggested Patterns
Jalie 2559
Loes Hinse Tuxedo Jacket Loes Hinse Piazza Jacket
Burda 8594 Burda 8469
Kwik Sew 3118 Kwik Sew 2713
New Look 6114 New Look 6412 This book is downloadable. Buy it today, use it today! (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)

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Beginner Sewing Lab 101 - A downloadable Book by Shannon Gifford
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Beginner Sewing Lab 101  - A downloadable Book by Shannon Gifford

"Before you Cut"

If you always wanted to learn sewing but didn't know where to begin, or if you are looking to refresh your sewing skills, we have the answer for you.

In this easy to follow eBook format Beginner Sewing Lab 101, you will learn:

  • Setting up your sewing area
  • Choosing your project
  • Fabric
  • Notions
  • Interfacings
  • Making your pattern fit (Basic pattern alterations)
  • Using your sewing machine
  • Practicing easy stitches
This book is downloadable. Buy it today, use it today! (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)

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Beginner Sewing Lab 104 - A downloadable Book by Shannon Gifford
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Beginner Sewing Lab 104  - A downloadable Book by Shannon Gifford

"Skill Building"

If you always wanted to learn sewing but didn't know where to begin, or if you are looking to refresh your sewing skills, we have the answer for you.

In this final lab from our Series of Beginner Sewing Labs you'll build your skills up to the intermediate level and will no longer be afraid to tackle any sewing project.

  • Patch Pockets
  • Making gathers
  • The easy fly zipper technique
  • Interfacing pointers
  • A simple collar
  • Neckline facings
  • Elastic casings
  • Setting in a sleeve
  • In-seam pockets
  • Basic waistbands
This book is downloadable. Buy it today, use it today! (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)

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Beginner Sewing Lab 102 - A downloadable Book by Shannon Gifford
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Beginner Sewing Lab 102  - A downloadable Book by Shannon Gifford

"Cut, Mark and Fuse"

If you always wanted to learn sewing but didn't know where to begin, or if you are looking to refresh your sewing skills, we have the answer for you.

After you choose your project, it's time to cut out and prepare to stitch. Preparation of the pattern, pattern markings and guidesheets, cutting accurately, and marking reference points will be covered in this lab session.

  • Pattern pieces and symbols; what they mean
  • Layout charts and how to read them
  • Getting your fabric ready to cut
  • Grainlines
  • Laying out your fabric accurately!
  • Cutting and organizing
  • Applying the interfacing
  • Marking the pieces
  • Testing the fabric

This book is downloadable. Buy it today, use it today! (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)

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Beginner Sewing Lab 103 - A downloadable Book by Shannon Gifford
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Beginner Sewing Lab 103  - A downloadable Book by Shannon Gifford

"At Your Machine"

If you always wanted to learn sewing but didn't know where to begin, or if you are looking to refresh your sewing skills, we have the answer for you.

In this third lab from our Series of Beginner Sewing Labs you'll finally be able to make a complete project using all the knowledge you've gained from the Beginner Lab 101 and 102. You'll also learn how to read through the pattern guidesheet :

  • Basic seams (straight, curved, angled)
  • Clip, trim, grade your seams
  • Press your seams
  • Three simple seam finishes
  • Buttonholes and Buttons
  • A simple zipper method
  • Machine hemming
  • Three basic hand stitches
  • The little closures (snaps, hook and eye)
  • Additional seam finishes
This book is downloadable. Buy it today, use it today! (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)

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