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My Daily & My Dearest - Jennifer SternBy AlexisW on Today at 11:06 AM

Jennifer Stern, one of our popular sewing instructors, has shared with us two garments that are most close-to-heart.  Jennifer’s 'daily' piece is an everyday item that you know fits great and feels good.  Her 'dearest' outfit is one that took quite some time to make and is worn mostly on special occasions.

My Daily

"I have spent a lot of time at the mall looking for the perfect white shirt.  I found that almost every ready-to-wear shirt that I tried on suffered from 'button strain' because of my large bust size. I decided to take matters into my own hands and I drafted a cup-sized pattern.  Then I played with the pieces until I got a great fit... and relaxed buttons."

"Since then, I've fallen in love with the classic button down shirt.  This is one of my favorites... a sleeveless white silk top with that features contrasting blue cotton facings and french seam construction."

"This shirt was definitely a labor of love, when I was working on the collar I took the time to coax perfect points.  It's constructed from blue woven cotton and the edge is finished with 1/4" topstitching."

"The narrow button placket frames an open neckline... the first button is position just above bust level."

"Gentle shaping is provided from but bust and waist darts…and a perfect fit!"

"Because I never tuck my shirt in, I decided to finish this shirt with a shirt tail hem."

"Here's a peek at the inside.  Carefully stitched darts, hand-stitching to finish the inside of the button placket and the button of the collar stand and french seams."


My Dearest

"In 2004 I created ...and the Oscar goes to... for the Bernina Wearable Arts Fashion Show."

"This long silk velvet coat is embroidered with floral designs that I digitized from original sketches."

"It started out as an entry to a contest, but by the time I finished it (6 months later), I was in love... It's a perfect example of my design process... I started with a sketch, and it came alive stitch by stitch."

"As I worked, I was very flexible.  Some details were added as I went along, while other details were left on the floor..."

"To create the almost 3-D effect of the embroidery around the bottom of the coat, I free-motion stitched around all the designs, completely covering the base fabric (silk organza).  To give the coat soft shape, I used silk batting."

"The silver 'diamonds' in the center of the flowers were created using Sulky Holoshimmer thread.  This thread is really a tiny ribbon of holographic material.  By using it in combination with satin and candlewicking stitches I was able to create and interesting metallic affect that looked a lot like diamond crystals."

"The lapels and center back detail on the back of the coat is reverse appliqué embroidery.  I started by embroidering on a silk velvet with a piece of silk organza over it.  After stitching the outline, I trimmed the organza out of the center of the design.  Then I embroidered the remainder of the details."

"This is a close up of the embroidery on the sleeve."

Thanks, Jennifer!

Learn more about Jennifer Stern's online classes available on PR.

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nothy lane said...
I love Jennifer Stern's patterns. Great interview...
10/31/14 at 12:52 PM
mrsbewley said...
Both garments are gorgeous, with beautiful workmanship!
10/31/14 at 12:51 PM
Sale! New Simplicity Winter/Holiday CollectionBy AlexisW on 10/30/14 11:46 AM

Just until Friday, all new Simplicity Patterns from the Winter/Holiday Collection are on sale for a limited time!

Pick up these brand new releases for up to 30% off for FoPR members and 20% off for all others.

Join the Sew-Along for the Simplicity 1254 Misses' Leane Marshall Easy Lined Coat or Jacket.


And remember – there’s FREE domestic shipping for pattern orders of $25 or more for Friends of PR members!

If you're a not an FoPR member, you'll receive FREE domestic shipping for pattern orders of $99 or more. Or, join Friends of PR to take advantage of these great benefits!


Shop the new Simplicity 2014 Winter/Holiday catalog today!


Sale ends Midnight EST on Friday, October 31st.

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Ina Skirt Sew Along - Wrap upBy Deepika on 10/29/14 10:36 AM

Our Ina Sew-Along ended a few weeks ago but the photos are still coming in so I thought I'd show a few of the Inas we've seen so far. For those who are just joining us, learn more about the Ina skirt here

Lets start with Catina'sMaxi Skirt. She used a stretch corduroy for her fall inspired maxi skirt. I love how she used the wales in her corduroy to highlight the godets. I asked her how she made it work. 

"The fabric was a fluke of a find!  It's cotton corduroy that must have a toss of spandex in it- although the bolt label said 100% Cotton.  It stretches ONLY in the width, I think a mere 30%.  It was just enough to be able to make it without a zipper or any darts.  I used your trick of using spandex for the inside of the waistband and eased a wee extra of the corduroy onto it.  I had to add to draft in a little more room in the hip area at the side seams.  I though I would want it short, but I really love it long!" - Catina



Quickie made yet another Ina Skirt. This time she frankenpatterned it with Jalie 2682 to create a lovely dress and even bagged the 2nd prize in our frankenpattern contest

Once cgmemphis figured out how easy it was to sew the Ina, she couldn't stop and pretty soon all her Daughters-in-Laws got one each. Lucky them! Look at the color explosion! Review here.

"What have I learned from this Sew-Along? What wonderful, helpful, and fun PR members are out there--thank you so much!"
- Cheryl (cgmemphis)

Nancy (Nan Kay) is addicted to the pattern. She made 3 more for the sew-along but my favorite is her polka dot maxi skirt (of course!) Look at the fabric placement. Isn't it lovely? If memory serves me right, this is her 7th Ina! 

Mssewsue is looking lovely in her new Ina. I guarantee there will be many more for her. 

SkirtFixation reviewed the Ina Skirt on their blog. I love that she paired it with a black buttondown. So unexpected but it totally works!

TinaLea used the Tribal Striped Print from Elliot Berman Textiles to fashion her lovely Ina skirt. Full review here and here.

Sharon made two Ina Skirts. I am loving the plain black Ina as much as the striped version. But yes, everyone needs atleast one striped Ina in their closetReview here.

Looking at all your skirts in the last few weeks, its safe to conclude that Ina Maxi Skirt is addictive and I for one am really happy about this addiction. I have sewn 4 Ina Maxi Skirts now and no hope of stopping any time soon.


More Ina Maxi Skirt Reviews


Ina Skirt Flickr Group

Ina Skirt Sew-Along Topic on the Forums

Ina Maxi Skirt Pattern

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Quickie said...
I am so very glad that we have our own Ina-queen, Catina, now in top of this list. We all thank her the draft , with specially the beautiful godetpieces. Thank you so much for thefun we could have testing and making them and partly also for the many striking results for all who made up the pattern
10/29/14 1:42 PM
cgmemphis said...
Love all of the skirts! Sew-Along was loads of fun!
10/29/14 1:22 PM
Member In Focus - 3kids1036By Deepika on 10/27/14 11:15 PM

Member Since: 2006

PR Name: 3kids1036

Name: Adrienne Nixon

Birthday: November 7th


How did you learn to sew?

“I was mainly self taught. I did take one class at Hancock Fabrics just to make sure I knew what I was doing. I never finished the class lol.”

What aspect of sewing do you find most challenging?

“Welt pockets. I did see a great demo this summer that I can't wait to try!”

Which sewing book do you refer to most often?

“Fit for Real People. When I started my custom sewing business, there were a LOT of things I didn't have to do. I've had to learn since I'm now working with different body types.”

What are your sewing goals for this year?

“This year my only plan/goals is to fill the holes in my closet. There are key pieces that I'm missing and I'm working on that now.”

What’s your favorite pattern?

“If I have to only pick ONE pattern it would have to be Simplicity 2700. I don't make pants often because I'm addicted to dresses but I have four pair of these that I made FIVE years ago that I still wear. I know I have about 10 of these patterns in my pattern drawer. Yes I hoard patterns lol.”

What are you sewing right now?

“This very moment I have a jacket in progress.”

What you love most about PatternReview?

“I love being able to look up a pattern before I make it to see if there are any trouble spots I need to be aware of.”

Any other favorite hobbies?

“I own a lot of scrapbooking things I haven't had time to touch lol, I love photography and knitting. I dabble in jewelry making but I haven't done much of that in a while now.”

Tell us a little more about you - profession, where you live, etc.

“I have my own business Adrienne's Essentials where I create custom clothing, spa products and I offer complete photography services. I co-own Stitched9 (a made to order clothing company). I currently live in Birmingham, Alabama with my husband of 17 years and my two children (15, 12). One child has left me for college lol (18).”

Thanks for sharing with us, 3kids1036!


3kids1036 has over 250 reviews on PR - wow!

Check out all of 3kids1036's reviews in the gallery.

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ehashley said...
What a beautiful collection of handmades! Enjoyed learning more about you!
10/30/14 5:42 PM
sew fresh said...
you do a grea job at sewing your dresses are always beatiful!
10/30/14 11:08 AM
mssewsue said...
Your work is fabulous and you look good in everything.
10/30/14 2:03 AM
carolynw said...
One of my favourite reviewers. Not only are all your clothes drop dead beautiful but your accessories are so gorgeous - you must own a hundred pair of shoes and I love every one of them. This white cape - well if I could I would steal it from you in a nano second.
10/29/14 10:38 AM
3kids1036 said...
Thanks so much for your kind words everyone :)
10/29/14 7:38 AM
Barbara V said...
Adrienne, Your garments, outfits and smiles are always 'top notch'!!! I always enjoy seeing your gorgeous creations. Thank you for sharing.
10/28/14 7:23 PM
Connie Turner said...
Girl, that white cape with the leopard print hat is to die for. You have great style and great skills.
10/28/14 4:34 PM
Sewing Gal said...
All of your dresses are fabulous but the blue one really is very pretty! You wear all of your dresses very well.
10/28/14 12:41 PM
mep1951 said...
Your garments fit you so well - I love reading your tips & tricks . You have a great sense of style also
10/28/14 12:33 PM
Danmar said...
What a lovely sense of style you have! You outfits are terrific and your sewing skills are awesome! Thank you for sharing.
10/28/14 10:22 AM
RadarRadiance said...
I have always enjoyed all your reviews, sense of style and infectious smile!
10/28/14 10:19 AM
jjosiejo said...
Very elegant, thanks for sharing this insight into your sewing life!
10/28/14 9:38 AM
Gilberta said...
All of your garments look fantastic on you--very inspiring!
10/28/14 9:35 AM
Lori V said...
Gorgeous clothes and it was so fun to learn more about you.
10/28/14 9:28 AM
Nittywitter said...
I can see why you love dresses! The photos show many styles, all of which fit you beautifully and look wonderful. Thanks for the inspiration!
10/28/14 9:06 AM
nothy lane said...
I love the wardrobe you made. And I am so impressed with all your accomplishments.
10/28/14 7:59 AM
nancynash said...
Girl, you've got style!
10/28/14 7:32 AM
Arted said...
Nice work and thanks for sharing
10/28/14 1:59 AM
Vonnevo said...
Congratulations on all your achievements Adrienne :) You always inspire me with your garments and inspiration ! Love your big smiles too :)
10/28/14 0:45 AM
ggf2005 said...
Thanks for sharing! Happy sewing!
10/28/14 0:42 AM
Meet the Frankenpattern Contest WinnersBy AlexisW on 10/27/14 2:24 PM

With Halloween almost here, we held a festive contest inspired by this spooky holiday. Coined from the tale of Frankenstein’s monster, a frankenpattern is created when individual pieces from different patterns are merged into one design. Throughout the month of October, the Frankenpattern Contest challenged contestants to combine two or more commercial patterns into a single garment. Such creative entries! Check out all of the participant submissions for the Frankenpattern Contest in the Gallery.

Time to meet the contest winners...


First Prize Winner: mangoflavor for the By Hand London Flora Dress

Lovely dress, mangoflavor!

mangoflavor says, “I was afraid that the fabric design would be too home-dec like, but I wanted a party dress that's a bit different. I think the strapless bodice works well with this full skirt. I'm looking forward to rocking this at an upcoming wedding. Both pattern pieces are great, and I would frankenpattern both again.”


Second Prize Winner: Quickie for the PatternReview Ina Maxi Skirt

Congratulations, Quickie!

Quickie says, “The frankenstein work was in the middlesection of the dress. I had to find out how long the middle section of the dress (empireline to seam of godet) had to be, in order to get an overall correct dress-length... I have used all those patternparts before and like them used in the pattern where they belong. Together they make a totally different garment. That was fascinating in this contest.”


Congrats to everyone who participated in the Frankenpattern Contest!

Special thanks to the Contest Manager, froggiegirl.

Patterns from the Past is the proud Sponsor of the Frankenpattern Contest. Thank you!

Follow the Contestant Conversation.

Review the Contest Rules and Report.

Browse all entries in the Contest Gallery.


See all of the Currently Running Contests on PR and join today!

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SewandWeed said...
I like both dresses and congratulate the winners. Particularly like the fabric choices.
10/29/14 6:28 PM
carolynw said...
Well done - love both entries. Brilliant work!
10/29/14 10:32 AM
A of the M's said...
Both projects are stunning. Both are true winners. Congratulations ladies!
10/28/14 1:41 PM
mangoflavor said...
Thanks to everyone who voted/commented! I'm beyond thrilled with my finished project.
10/28/14 8:33 AM
jjosiejo said...
Both fantastic projects - I am inspired to do something similar with the Ina skirt as a maxi dress now!
10/28/14 4:50 AM
ASiverson said...
Congratulations to the winners! Annette
10/28/14 0:22 AM
Vancouvergirl said...
Both are fantastic projects! Very inspiring!
10/27/14 9:56 PM
DonnaH said...
How appropriate (with this prize) that both winners have a modern vintage feel to them!
10/27/14 5:50 PM
acmena said...
Congratulations to both...worthy winners
10/27/14 5:33 PM
Quickie said...
thank you for your comment. Your dress was beautiful. Thank you for your work as contestleader
10/27/14 5:28 PM
froggiegirl said...
Great work ladies.
10/27/14 5:22 PM
Join The Great PatternReview Sewing Bee Contest!By AlexisW on 10/24/14 2:54 PM

Our surprise contest has been secretly in the works and we’re thrilled to finally announce The Great PatternReview Sewing Bee contest! You can even sign up now!

So what’s this surprise sewing bee all about?

Based on the popular BBC show The Great British Sewing Bee, participants are competing in four rounds of challenges with prizes awarded each week. At the end of the contest, a grand prize winner will be announced!


For each round, contestants will have a little under a week to sew the mystery item announced that day, with particular guidelines set by the Contest Committee. Our Contest Manager, Clareew, will also be here to act as your mentor throughout the bee. By the deadline date, participants must have their submission posted. Taking clear photos and writing detailed reviews of your item will make it a stand-out in this competition. While we can’t spill the beans about the challenge items beforehand, we can say with some confidence that if you have a small stash at home, you’re ready to begin.


After each round, there will be a number of eliminations, based on the total number of entries. Only the selected participants will move on to the next round. But don’t worry - this sewing bee is all about making great projects and having fun along the way!


The Contest Committee will judge all entries for each round, along with a surprise guest judge. For the first round, we have our very own The Great British Sewing Bee alum, Tilly Walnes!

How to Enter

Registration for The Great PatternReview Sewing Bee contest is open until November 7th.



1st Round – $100 Gift Package including Love at First Stitch and more from Roost Books

2nd Round – $100 Gift Certificate to shop at Elliott Berman Textiles

3rd Round – A Reliable Sensor Velocity V200 Iron courtesy of Reliable Corporation

4th (and Final) Round – Grand Prize of a Bernina 800DL Serger sponsored by Bernina


Saturday, November 1st - First Round Opens

Friday, November 7th – First Round Closes – Reviews due

Saturday-Sunday, November 8-9th – Voting / Judging

Sunday, November 9th – Winner(s) / Eliminations announced


Contest Eligibility

Any member of PatternReview, either paying (FoPR) or non-paying, who's been a registered member on the site for 90 days prior to the end of a contest is eligible to vote in a contest.


Join the Official Great PatternReview Sewing Bee Forum to follow the contestant discussion and post questions.

Register for The Great PatternReview Sewing Bee contest today!

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Getting1 said...
It's great motivation for me to start tackling my fabric stash.
10/28/14 1:53 PM
taylormade said...
I would to participate, but am traveling until Nov 23rd so I will wait for the next contest!
10/25/14 5:46 PM
LaMadalena said...
I would love to, but I am such a baby-sewer/sewist that I just don't dare to participate. It would be interesting to watch, though! Great contest!
10/24/14 3:59 PM
Exclusive Interview with Tilly and the ButtonsBy AlexisW on 10/22/14 11:34 AM

We’re very excited to now carry Tilly and the Buttons digital patterns here on PR! We caught up with founder and author Tilly Walnes for an exclusive interview about the inspiration behind the designs…


What inspires your personal style?

"My main sources of style inspiration are 1960s French New Wave movies and those gorgeous illustrations on the covers of 1960s and 1970s sewing patterns - swoon! I like to wear clothes that are chic yet comfortable, with a slight 1960s or 1970s vibe but ultimately modern and wearable."

What’s the most unique piece of fabric in your stash?

"A great piece of fabric that's on my mind right now is some gold denim - yes, gold denim! I must remember to wash it this weekend because I'm itching to make a collar out of it for a shift dress."

Do you have a favorite garment you like to make?

"I'm addicted to making Coco tops and dresses. They're so speedy to whip up, with no zips or buttonholes required - two or three hours from start to finish! Plus they're soooo easy to wear... particularly in stripes! Just throw the dress on with coloured tights and a necklace, or wear the top over jeans. I'm wearing a Coco right now :)"

Are you a digital or paper pattern person?

"Both. If there's a choice between the two, I'll go with the paper one, as I like to add lovely patterns to my collection, and I'd rather pay the extra money to have it pre-printed and ready to use. However, digital patterns are wonderful too. They allow creativity to spread all over the world (without postage costs!), and if you get the sudden urge to make something, you can download it in an instant. Plus the format allows indie designers to start getting their work out into the world and test the waters before investing in printing, so are a great model for small businesses. Yay small business!"

Can you tell us a little about your book, Love at First Stitch? 

"Love at First Stitch is the book I wish had existed when I started sewing. It takes you from the absolute basics of threading a sewing machine through to creating a wardrobe full of clothes you can be proud to say you made yourself. Each chapter focuses on a gorgeous garment project and teaches you the techniques you need to make it, so you can get started straight away without having to plough through a whole reference manual first. My professional background is in designing learning programs, so it was important to me that the tone and structure of the book reflect how people actually learn stuff - through fun, encouragement and getting stuck in! If you already know how to sew, you can skip over the techniques and simply follow the steps to make the patterns that are included in the book - from everyday pajama bottoms through a cute blouse and stunning dresses."

How was your experience on the Great British Sewing Bee?

"The Sewing Bee was so much fun! Filming the show was incredibly intense and tiring, and when it was on TV it was a bizarre experience to see yourself edited into a particular story line and to be plunged into the spotlight like that. But all in all it was a fantastic experience, and an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see behind the scenes on how a TV show is put together - I kept pinching myself that it was actually happening! We had a lot of fun with the presenter and other contestants on set, and a couple of them are still really good friends."

What has been your most challenging sewing project?

"It would have to be something I made on The Great British Sewing Bee! When you sew at home, you can relax and take your time to get the stitching and the fit right, and if there's a technique you're unsure about you can look it up online or in a book. On the show, you are working to a tight deadline, under hot lights, while being interviewed by camera crews the whole time. It's so easy to forget the basics and mess things up under that kind of pressure! I remember doing some really silly things, such as leaving a hole under the fly of the trousers I was making - I hadn't even noticed until the judges pointed it out, hahaha!"

What’s next for Tilly and the Buttons?

"I'm just putting the final touches to the next sewing pattern, which will (fingers crossed) be out in early November. You heard it here first! As well as working on new patterns, we've also started running sewing workshops from our gorgeous new studio in South London. Some day I'd love to put them online so everyone can join in!"

When you have a spare moment from designing and creating, what do you like to do? 

"Most of the time I'm working on business admin, hahaha! But when I take time off, my favourite day of indulgence would include a morning in bed geeking out on Pinterest, lunch with my guy at my local market (the sourdough pizza place in Brixton Village is our favourite), and going to the movies. I'm a massive film geek :)"

Any final thoughts or tips you’d like to share with the PatternReview community?

"We're in such an exciting time right now with sewing becoming popular with more and more people. Let's all continue to spread the love and encourage each other's creativity :)"

Thank you, Tilly! 


Read our recent book review for Love at First Stitch.

See member makes of Tilly and the Buttons patterns.

Shop Tilly and the Buttons today!

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dianelwilson said...
She's the cutest thing ever!
10/24/14 7:19 AM
Vogue Patterns Winter/Holiday CollectionBy AlexisW on 10/21/14 11:44 AM

Vogue Patterns new Winter/Holiday 2014 Collection has quite a few eye-catching dresses for your holiday events. It’s never too early to start planning!

If you love lace and long sleeves, Tom and Linda Platt’s 1428 Misses’ Dress is for you! This lined dress has an elegant sheer bodice and sleeves with a pleated skirt. Just the dress to ring in the New Years!

Claire Shaeffer’s 9046 Misses’ Dress features lovely front and back tucks with shoulder pleats for a unique style. Sew up this ultra-chic dress in silk dupioni or crepe for an upscale look.

Marcy Tilton's 9060 Misses’ Skirt has a fashion-forward shape with a fold-over waistband and seam detail. Tilton's unusually cut pull-on skirt is best suited for moderate stretch knit fabrics including jersey and ponte. You can even wear this skirt reversed – front to back or back to front!

For fashion risk takers, Bellville Sassoon’s 1423 Misses’ Dress with trendy neckline cutouts are certainly an attention-grabber. The flattering a-line skirt and fitted bust makes this lined dress a stand out in medium-weight woolens. A perfect piece for upcoming holiday celebrations.

See all the new releases from the Vogue Patterns Winter/Holiday catalog today.

You can save 10% off these patterns instantly if you're a Friends of PR member! Learn more about FoPR benefits here.

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Frankenpattern Contest - Vote NowBy Deepika on 10/18/14 12:08 PM

Just in time for Halloween, the Frankenpattern Contest challenged participants to combine two or more commercial patterns into a single design. Coined from Mary Shelley’s tale of Frankenstein’s monster, a frankenpattern is made up of individual pattern pieces merged into one garment.

For this contest, self-drafted pattern pieces could not be incorporated, although contestants were allowed to use alterations for a proper fit. For voters to identify each pattern piece, participant submissions also listed all pattern numbers and companies used to create their garment. For further information about this contest, please see the Rules.

Review the Gallery for all contestant entries in the Frankenpattern Contest and vote today!

Voting for the Frankenpattern Contest begins October 18th and will close on October 24th.

Make yours count - vote now!

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Pattern Hack - Easy Elsa Dress in a Knit FabricBy Deepika on 10/16/14 10:50 AM

Like a million other girls, my daughter also wants to be "Elsa" this halloween and hums "Let it go" all day long. And like a million (ok maybe not a million) other sewing moms, I too bought the McCall's 7000 pattern after reading some excellent reviews.

And then I realized... I have a "real" princess on my hands who does not like itchy things. So it needs to be made from a knit. There goes the "easy" way using a pattern. But if you read this hack you'll see it was even easier.

After a few sleepless nights, I came up with a plan. What if I hack my trusty Jalie 2805 to make a fitted shirt and add a sweetheart neckline overlay on it. Then I could draft a simple skirt from satin and add the cape to the top. It being a two-piece would mean that it'll be even easier to clean if she gets it dirty before halloween.

Since my sketching skills are best reserved for my head, I am going to try to explain this in words :)

The Pattern Hack

For the top I simply took the pattern front and back pattern pieces, chopped it off at the bottom to make it into a V. For the sequin overlay, I drew a simple sweetheart shape and traced it off from the front. The sweetheart was only on the front. The cape was going to get attached at the back so it should be straight. Here are what my pattern pieces look like. The other two pieces I used were the sleeves and binding (not shown).

For the skirt, I drafted a simple skirt following my peplum top method. I measured the length I needed as well as the width of the fabric and made it as flared as I could using the width of the fabric. I added a couple inches ease to the waist which would be gathered slightly since I was not using a knit for the skirt.

Instead of using a mesh for the top, I decided to use a silver dancewear knit. This stuff is very strong and very stretchy. The overlay is a thin slightly see-through mesh sequin knit. For the skirt I picked out a coordinating sparkle polyester satin and finally for the train/cape, a mesh knit with sparkly flowers which sort of look like snowflakes.

Sewing was simple. I constructed the top as instructed in the pattern. For the overlay, I sewed the side seams, turned under the sweetheart neckline of the overlay and simply topstitched in place on the top. I left the bottom edge raw because I wanted to attach a trim later. The only fringe trim I found was non-stretchy so I decided to only put it in the front so it wouldn't interfere with the stretch of the fabric too much.



The skirt was simple, I sewed the side seams, narrow hemmed the bottom. For the waistband, instead of elastic, I cut a 2" wide piece from the silver knit and cut it a little bit smaller than her waist. Sewed it into a circle and serged it to the skirt to make a stretchy waistband which worked out great.

I also added these little snaps on the top and the skirt to keep both the pieces together when she twirledDon't want a belly baring dress do we?

I gathered up the mesh knit and simply topstiched it (using zigzag stitches) to the top back bring it just slightly to the front. And boy, that rounded out the whole look!


At the final fitting, when Dia tried it on, she was overwhelmed with joy and as she twirled she would stop and hug me every few minutes. "Thank you Mama. You're the best Mama ever". Sewing has brought me so much joy over the years but this one tops it all. This is why I sew!


So there you have it. A super simple Elsa dress using a trusty t-shirt pattern. Much easier than scouring the malls for an Elsa Dress!



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Lee Ann Hawkins said...
Welcome to the wonderful world of creating costumes! It is so much fun as one really doesn't have to follow the rules we have stuck in our heads for so many things. . .and instead just let creativity flow. I bet she will wear this every day for a year. . .or more. Congratulations, and watch out, Dia may be picked up by a modeling agency!
10/30/14 1:41 PM
dorothyann2 said...
Great job!
10/25/14 5:05 PM
BlossomKyle said...
Totally adorbs and clever!!
10/21/14 8:38 PM
Deepika said...
Ann, that's brilliant. I'll keep that in mind for next year. Of if she asks me for another dress.
10/21/14 3:51 PM
USMCMom said...
Dia is a very lucky little princess! And so lovely! Three cheers for Mom!
10/21/14 3:03 PM
Ann Smith said...
I made an Elsa dress for my granddaughter almost the same way. I went one step further to make it easy, a purchased dance leotard! Attached bodice and skirt to it. She can pull it on easily.
10/21/14 10:39 AM
jjhallum said...
How precious!
10/21/14 10:28 AM
Shixylna said...
So awesome!
10/21/14 9:45 AM
Popculturemom said...
Personally, I think this is much better than the McCall's pattern! This is fabulous!
10/21/14 8:31 AM
snow day said...
Wow, Deepika!! The dress is great- how fun is it to work something out like that?! But the best part of your write-up is seeing your daughter. She is so cute! Thanks for sharing her pictures and the costume with us.
10/21/14 8:04 AM
Sewnla said...
What a great idea. You are the "best mama ever", to be seen like that in the eyes of your daughter is just precious.
10/20/14 10:41 AM
daintydeb said...
Great idea and much less complicated than the McCalls pattern.
10/18/14 9:04 AM
taylormade said...
Better than any purchased dress she could have had! You did a wonderful job, and the fringe adds just the right bling to bring it over thE top. Great job, Deepika, and your daughter is adorable and she obviously Loves her dress!
10/18/14 7:17 AM
cgmemphis said...
Perfect for the Princess! Love the costume and your precious daughter--great job and thanks for the construction detail!
10/17/14 9:47 PM
CSM--Carla said...
Clever idea!! And Dia is just adorable!! Thanks for sharing!
10/17/14 12:30 PM
ASiverson said...
What a lucky girl, your daughter (and you!). Her Princess Elsa dress looks fabulous, you did a very good job. TFS!
10/17/14 9:31 AM
mrsbewley said...
Dia's adorable in her Elsa dress - good job Mama!
10/17/14 8:39 AM
Sew Whatever said...
Love Mum's matching nail colour! Making costumes is one of the best ways to lose the fear of trying something out! Well done. Sandy (Sew Whatever)
10/16/14 5:44 PM
Quickie said...
Lovely and cute. More beautiful than Elsa herself
10/16/14 3:37 PM
michellep74 said...
Adorable! I'm working on the Simplicity version of this dress right now.
10/16/14 2:12 PM
speattle said...
Looks lovely! I just finished the McCalls pattern and it is a bit of a bear!
10/16/14 2:02 PM
kathleen1304 said...
It's hard to concentrate on the dress. Dia's adorable!
10/16/14 1:54 PM
Sewing Spaces - Kathi R ToursBy AlexisW on 10/15/14 2:30 PM

It’s tough to combine work and play, but Kathi R shows us how she uses her multifunctional room as both a sewing and office space. Lots of great ideas here!

Kathi R says, "View from my entryway makes me happy...every time I come in the front door or down the stairs I see my special place."

"Then, the sewing side of the room - bookcase has my shoe boxes of most frequently used notions, magazines and books. Serger and sewing machine fit on top of desk, another sewing machine in lower left side of desk (where the computer is supposed to be). Overhead lamp on bookcase is peaking out – very useful little light from Ikea."

"This is the rug that won’t stay flat - I think I’m going to move it to the master bedroom and bring the thin rug down from there to here. The color and pattern are perfect for the space, it just isn’t functional. As soon as I roll the chair around it gets wonky."

"The best cutting table ever! Lots of stuff lined up to cut today - Penny’s bench needed a throw rug on top to keep her from sliding. The cutting table is positioned out from the wall a few inches so that fabric can overhang each end if needed."

"Tucked behind one of the bifold doors is my bucket of tall paper rolls and yard sticks. Removable hooks on the wall for rulers and hangers – great product. I’m sure I will be adding more hooks here."

"Ikea bins aren’t attractive but the small drawers are handy for often used patterns (about ½ the collection is boxed and stored upstairs), the big bins are great for bulky fabrics like knits. Steam press sits on top of the unit so it is now very easy to use."

"Can’t have enough drawers...when everything is put away and has a place I feel like all is right with the world."

"Only a sewing sister can appreciate how good it feels to have everything with a proper place."

"The work corner – gotta make the money to fund the hobby. Work corner is very compact but efficient – separated my work and play (sew) space, helpful in staying focused."

"This is a dense collection of electric stuff - TV, Roku, DVD player, computer, printer, charging station for phone, camera, electric scissors, overhead lamp on top of bookcase matches the overhead above the sewing table.

Next to the desk is a nightstand that matches the dressers - someplace to stash my project books and work related stuff…and someplace to store my coverstitch machine."

Republished with permission from Kathi R.

Thanks for showing us around, Kathi R!


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Images top row: Ikea Hemnes Chest, Martha Stewart Spool and Bobbin Storage, Ikea Hemnes Bookcase

Images bottom row: Ikea Hemnes DeskMartha Stewart Corkboard, Ikea Hemnes Dresser


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Lee Ann Hawkins said...
Beautiful, thank you for sharing. I, too, love the idea of the back to back dressers for a cutting table base. IKEA has some interesting kitchen carts with lots of drawers and a wood top that I considered trying to do this with, but didn't have the space. Your rug is so pretty--could you use a plastic floor-protector from an office supply under your rolling chair over the rug to allow you to keep it there?
10/30/14 1:51 PM
Sewncooknmom said...
What an absolutely wonderful sewing space!
10/26/14 1:40 AM
Keiko111 said...
This is such a wonderful space! I too have a room that doubles as an office and my sewing space, but definitely not as organized as yours, or as calm feeling. You've given me inspiration!
10/24/14 5:28 PM
JodieT said...
I absolutely love your space and organization. I really like how you use two dressers back to back for your cutting top. I will look up this dresser to see how tall it is. I am 5"8 1/2" and have problems having to bend over too much.
10/24/14 12:45 PM
Kathi R said...
Thanks everyone for the nice comments - Grace - I keep the fabric vertical by filling the drawers! I guess if I ever sew down the stash I could fill the void with a pile of patterns, or just move some of the stash from the Ikea bins. I have templates cut for folding to make sure the pieces are the right shape to fit either the deep or narrow drawers.
10/21/14 3:46 PM
kaylewis said...
Ohhh. What an inspiration! I get lost in my "space" trying to organize - but never have much to show for it. Maybe this beautiful space will help me focus on a "completed" mental picture, for starters!?!Thanks for the inspiration.
10/21/14 2:53 PM
Tee Jones Actie said...
Very nice space!
10/21/14 11:57 AM
Linda500 said...
What a great space! Everything in one room. I love it! Maybe an office floor plastic (for desk chairs) over the rug would keep it smooth.
10/21/14 11:44 AM
Patti B said...
Kathi, great job on making your space work for two disparate functions. Inspiring!
10/21/14 11:09 AM
Grace Ross said...
How do you get your fabric to stay vertical so you can see it like that? I would love to avoid digging through so many piles
10/21/14 10:56 AM
Elisabeth Lee said...
So you work from home? I do also & it is difficult to find the balance by combining two rooms in one. All I really want to do is sew. Your layout is efficient.
10/21/14 9:04 AM
mastdenman said...
I love your sewing room and love how neat and tidy looking it is.
10/21/14 8:27 AM
ASiverson said...
Yes, I totally agree, you can feel all is right with the world when everything is in its place! Now, if I can get that feeling.....! LOL! And TFS! As gneebee said, "Still working on mine...."
10/16/14 11:01 AM
rtrittel said...
Very nice! I like your machine covers and your color palette of greens and blues is very calming. TFS!
10/16/14 10:56 AM
gneebee said...
Love this beautiful room. The organization is impressive. 'Still working on mine :) Thank you for sharing, Jeanie
10/16/14 9:29 AM
cleverkitty said...
Those back to back dressers make a perfect cutting table, I'm impresessed with your set up. I also can appreciate your organization Thanks for sharing Kathi :)
10/15/14 9:03 PM
Sale! All McCall's Now $2.99By AlexisW on 10/14/14 4:10 PM

All McCall Patterns are on now sale for $2.99!
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Shop the new Fall 2014 Collection for some fantastic steals.

New McCall's 7026 Misses' Jackets and Leggings is only $2.99 for a limited time.

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Sale ends Midnight EST on Wednesday, October 15th.


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Love at First Stitch - Book Review & GiveawayBy Deepika on 10/13/14 9:00 PM

I may not have fallen in love at the first stitch but I was most certainly head over heels in love when I completed my first garment. And 13 years later I am still very much in love... with Sewing. And that's why the title of this book really resonates with me. Love at First Stitch is Tilly Walne's first book.  I say first, because I am sure we will be seeing many more books from this talented sewist. We've featured Tilly before on our blog with her bow belt tutorial and are now thrilled to carry her PDF patterns for PR members. 

I am honored to be reviewing this book which has just been released in the States by Roost Books

Love at first stitch is so much more than a pattern book, although that's what I love most about this book. Tilly starts off by sharing her story with the readers and inspiring them through her journey. Flipping through the pages, I can see her personality is scattered throughout the book but even if you don't know her you'll want to, after you read this book. 


The book starts off by explaining the uses of different tools and notions we need when we sew garments. I like that she lists must have and nice to have separately so as to not overwhelm the reader if they are new to sewing.


Are you an absolute beginner? You'll love that all the features of a sewing machine are explained! 


And I love that unlike most books which show you how to make a pillow as your first project (no offense), Tilly shows you how to make this cute headscarf.

So cute that I had to stop reading and make one. And I did.... And I couldn't stop after making it... So I made PJs! The point I am trying to make is that she got me excited about sewing right then! Next on my list is the Delphine Skirt which is already getting rave reviews. 

Speaking of patterns, the highlight of the book is its 6 full size patterns which are printed on heavy paper and neatly tucked inside this pocket at the back of the book. 

Birgitte Scarf 

Margot Pajamas

Delphine Skirt

Mimi Blouse 

Megan Dress

Lilou Dress

Each project is a mini book itself which talks not only about how to measure yourself, or how to prepare a pattern but also things like staystitching, basting and pressing. Things I wish someone told me when I started sewing. How great is that?


Each pattern comes with not only its own set of instructions in the book, but also ideas on how to make it your own.

Armed with just 6 of these patterns, you can create a multitude of looks for yourself. And if you're worried about sewing vintage style patterns, don't be. These patterns are like blank canvas. You can make them as modern or as simple as you like. 


As you graduate from one pattern to another, you'll notice your skills improving and you'll be sewing like a pro in no time! There is absolutely no need to fear that zipper. 

The photography in this book is breathtaking. With really close up photographs of techniques and garments. It really draws the reader in. Kudos! I only wish that it came spiral bound. That would have helped the book lie flat as I sewed. 


Even though this book is geared towards beginners, I recommend it to everyone just because I think you need to make all the cute clothes from the patterns in this book. I know I will! 

And now for the exciting news. 


We have a copy of Love at First Stitch for one lucky patternreview member. All you need to do is post a comment below. Tell us what you'd like to make if you get this book. Giveaway ends 10/21. 


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2. You should have been a member for atleast 3 months. 

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Member in Focus: Barbara VBy AlexisW on 10/9/14 3:41 PM

Member Since: 2002

PR Name: Barbara V

Name: Barbara Vieira

Birthday: February 25th

How did you learn to sew?

“I was mostly self-taught beginning in junior high school. With the successful completion of that first project, I was hooked. From then on I pestered my parents for more fabric for new outfits. They told me years later they always found the funds to keep me busy with sewing development rather than getting into mischief. I sewed avidly through high school and even tackled a couple of prom dresses. In my senior year I was recognized in the year book as best dressed…no turning back!”

What are you sewing right now?

“Presently, I am sewing Vogue 8834, a Katherine Tilton top.”

What are your sewing goals for this year?

“To begin with, I would like to sew some warm tops for fall and winter. Mostly though, the next six months are going to be extra busy as my daughter is getting married in the spring and we are busy planning for that - and no, I won’t be sewing the wedding dress (everyone is asking that). I’m looking forward however to sewing flower girl dresses for my granddaughters. I think that will be most enjoyable and rewarding.”

Which sewing book do you refer to most often?

“I own many sewing reference books and enjoy looking through them. Perhaps the two Power Sewing books by Sandra Betzina have been most used.”

What aspect of sewing do you find most challenging?

“Fitting is the ongoing challenge for me. Just when I think I have it figured out, my shape, posture, measurements shift so that there is something new to learn and apply.”

What’s your favorite pattern?

“It will have to be Vogue 2759, a fitted, pullover, mock wrap top. With a high collar and cross front it is perfect for winter to keep my neck warm without being choking in the front like a turtle neck top. While this pattern is out of print, there are many current patterns with same style.”

What you love most about PatternReview?

“I have enjoyed and appreciated PatternReview over the years as a place of learning, a place to make friends and a place of support and encouragement from fellow members.”

Any other favorite hobbies?

“Knitting! I love knitting and usually have a project or two going. Gardening! A little bit of that. Reading! Always love a good book.”

Tell us a little more about you - profession, where you live, etc.

“Music! My degree was in music and I taught piano in my home studio for 22 years. I retired from that about 9 years ago to keep up with everything, but recently, I started teaching my grandchildren and have been enjoying the experience with each one of them.

I live in the central valley of California on a walnut ranch. My husband grows both walnuts and almonds and is quite busy right now with harvest. I thought it was rather sweet of him to take the time to be my photographer.”

Great to learn more about you, Barbara V! Thank you for sharing with us.


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sosat said...
I've noticed your pattern reviews and always thought you had a terrific sense of personal style as well as great sewing skills. Nice to see I'm not the only one who noticed! Thanks, it was nice to learn a bit more about you.
10/20/14 8:06 AM
lamstu said...
Barbara's reviews and garments are always equally lovely. She is also a supportive reader and diplomatic commenter of others reviews. So nice to 'know' a real lady with tons of class and supreme sense of style!!
10/17/14 8:42 AM
Jonelle3 said...
Barbara is always so helpful in her pattern reviews. I love her style and wait anxiously to see her "next" outfit.
10/15/14 12:24 PM
cmcarr said...
I love your style and elegance. I too look forward to reading your reviews. I think I have read all of them. I dream of being able to know how to "fit" patterns like you. I can sew just about anything but mess up when it comes to the fit. I love you in the photo with glasses. Look forward to reading more reviews soon. Congratulations.
10/15/14 11:33 AM
Michelle Guadarrama said...
What an enjoyable interview. Thank you!
10/15/14 9:35 AM
waltzqueen said...
I ALWAYS look at your reviews first. I love the way every garment you sew everything is gorgeous, especially your color palette which I cannot wear, and looks wonderful on you.
10/14/14 12:05 PM
Cre8tv said...
You have impeccable style and taste. Your work is stunning and a grand accomplishment! I enjoyed getting to know you, thanks for sharing.
10/14/14 9:56 AM
MelissaB in WA said...
Loved getting to know you better! You're always so put together and stylish in everything you create.
10/14/14 9:05 AM
Lori V said...
So nice to learn more about Barbara, she is so talented.
10/14/14 8:55 AM
cindyann said...
Such a stylish and lovely woman. I always look forward to your reviews.
10/14/14 8:03 AM
FreyaStark said...
I have a lot of respect for Barbara's sewing skill and her sense of style. She makes wonderful, distinctive garments, and is an inspiration to the rest of us.
10/13/14 6:45 PM
Arted said...
You have really nice pieces and the pictures are great. It was great reading about you and your ranch.
10/13/14 5:38 PM
persevering said...
Dear Barbara, Thank you very much for making such efforts to post and share your sewing. Yes, I agree with everyone, you are inspirational and elegant in a kind encouraging way! With appreciation, Lynda
10/13/14 12:40 PM
CypGrl said...
Thank you, Barbara, for sharing your sewing knowledge in your reviews, comments, and messages. I couldn't wait to read this In Focus post.
10/13/14 11:35 AM
TJSEWS said...
So nice to read this! I have always enjoyed your posts and have always admired your exquisite garments!
10/12/14 8:52 PM
Guelphgurl said...
You are sort of my idol - in terms of both sewing skills and style!
10/12/14 1:01 PM
Samina said...
All the garments you're wearing in these pics are fabulous! May I also compliment your husband for taking great photos. Love the one with the pomogranate tree backdrop!
10/11/14 8:23 PM
Barbara V said...
Oh my, what lovely is so appreciated.....thank you to all!
10/11/14 0:17 AM
DorothyK said...
Everything you make, wear, do and say is tasteful and with style. Your reviews are helpful and thoughtful. What a special lady!
10/10/14 8:13 PM
Michele Lommasson said...
So nice learning more about you, Barbara. Your work is lovely.
10/10/14 5:42 PM
SewWil said...
Wonderful to see you here. I always enjoy your reviews. You have a beautiful way of bringing out the best in a pattern with your choice of fabric and excellent technique. Keep those reviews coming!
10/10/14 5:42 PM
Rhoda K said...
I, too, always enjoy your reviews - very nice interview.
10/10/14 5:16 PM
KarlaB said...
I always enjoy reading Barbara's reviews, and I agree with several others who commented that her creations are inspirations!
10/10/14 2:57 PM
mlclements said...
It was nice to read about you Barbara. Great to see you as the featured member! Love your style and pictures!
10/10/14 2:20 PM
cleverkitty said...
Barbara I love you style and interesting details, I aspire to sew like you. Trually a talented woman, thanks for sharing :)
10/10/14 1:53 PM
Danmar said...
So nice to learn a little about you. I will definitely be seeking out your reviews! Beautiful garments
10/10/14 12:22 PM
Ann Smith said...
Best Dressed in high school! That figures. Still the best dressed lady.
10/10/14 11:55 AM
ASiverson said...
Inspirational! I love Barbara's style and panache! Congrats Barbara! Way to go....!
10/10/14 10:08 AM
PolishPoppy said...
So pretty! All the outfit look great!
10/10/14 9:50 AM
marjenann said...
Lovely creations! You look absolutely captivating! Thanks so much for inspiring us!
10/10/14 9:05 AM
GoodbyeValntino said...
Barbara, you have such a beautiful style! So fitting that you are the featured member.
10/10/14 8:44 AM
LlanoGirl said...
Thanks for sharing your many talents with us, I am always excited to see a review from you as your style is so smart and flattering. Love all your pictures, they are amazing!
10/10/14 8:21 AM
Nan Kay said...
Love your style! I always enjoy your reviews.
10/10/14 8:08 AM
cgmemphis said...
Lovely lady, lovely clothes! Thanks for sharing your info, inspiration, pictures, and ideas with us!
10/10/14 7:58 AM
Danvillegirl said...
I am always impressed with the garments you make. You are in tune with your style and the garments you create clearly reflect your understanding of your body shape and what is flattering to you. It is nice to learn more about you. Always look forward to reading your reviews.
10/10/14 5:14 AM
jjosiejo said...
Very interesting and inspiring - I will look out for your reviews in future!
10/10/14 2:58 AM
ISewedIt said...
Beautiful style and clothes!
10/10/14 1:12 AM
carolynw said...
Barbara is a true inspiration for me and I love everything she reviews. She carries off everything so well with her nice figure. Nice to see her in focus and learn more about her.
10/10/14 0:10 AM
Jstarr4250 said...
It's wonderful to know more about you, Barbara. I always enjoy your style, taste in patterns, beautiful sewing and thoughtful comments.
10/9/14 11:25 PM
Enid E said...
Yes, Barbara, you know your style, and it is always so nice to to read your reviews and see you in all the nice creations you sew. Again, thank you for sharing your talents with us.
10/9/14 10:53 PM
Twinset said...
Barbara V: a beautiful woman of taste and talent!
10/9/14 9:31 PM
Quickie said...
Nice to read about you, Barbara!
10/9/14 4:54 PM
annie11 said...
I love everything Barbara makes! She has the best eye for cool fabrics and interesting patterns. Always inspirational!
10/9/14 4:46 PM
Loualibar said...
I always love Barbara's reviews and that she shares them on Pattern Review. Her creations are always very elegant and tasteful. Keep up the reviews!!
10/9/14 4:42 PM
New Bluegingerdoll Patterns - Bonnie & OdetteBy AlexisW on 10/8/14 2:07 PM

Feminine with a vintage twist, Bluegingerdoll Patterns are reminiscent of a bygone era. New for the autumn season, Bluegingerdoll has released two patterns for your fall wardrobe.

You can never have enough sweaters! The Bonnie is a comfortable knit pullover that is quick to sew with three distinct variations to suit your style. Choose from a 1940’s inspired cropped sweater with flutter or three-quarter sleeves, paired perfectly with trendy high-waisted jeans. Cropped tops not your thing? The Bonnie can also be made up with long sleeves, boat neckline, and a hip-length bodice. Great for layering through the seasons, this versatile sweater is easy to make and available in sizes 4-24. The Bonnie is designed for stable light to medium weight jersey/knit fabrics, including merino wool and acrylic blends.

Bluegingerdoll’s Odette Dress features an eye-catching bateau v-neckline with contrasting inserts. This fully-lined, fitted dress has a gored skirt with a slight flare, hidden in-seam pockets, and invisible zipper. Get creative with contrasting colored fabrics to make many unique versions of the Odette! Available in sleeveless, short sleeve and three-quarter sleeve lengths to compliment your taste. Designed for intermediate level sewers, the Odette Dress is measured for a D cup size, and intended for cotton blends and lightweight fabrics.

Each Bluegingerdoll pattern is packaged in a handmade envelope and printed on traceable, sturdy paper with visual-friendly instructions. Available now for paper, copy shop, and digital download!

Browse more from Bluegingerdoll Patterns and shop the new releases today.

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Sewing Machines - Review HighlightsBy AlexisW on 10/7/14 12:45 PM

If you’ve recently acquired a new sewing machine and would like to learn how to use its unique features, consider taking one of our helpful online classes! Jennifer Stern’s Break Your Serger Out of the Box class will teach you time-saving techniques and have you feeling confident using different stitches in no time.


Viking Designer Diamond Deluxe

mariposa278 on the Viking Designer Diamond Deluxe

“This machine has amazing features and a large embroidery field. You can do quite a bit with the on screen editing for embroideries, and you can combine multiple stitches that already exist to create new stitch combinations for sewing.

Sewing advisor is helpful... sets all the default settings it recommends once you tell it the kind of fabric you are using. Does free motion quilting too. Embroidery advisor was less helpful to me, but nice to have. My favorite feature was the touch screen and on it was a little ‘?’ icon. You could touch that ‘?’ and then touch anything else on the screen and it would tell you what you had touched and give recommendations. To me the user interface seemed very intuitive. I really loved the ease of aligning designs from multiple hoopings and the hundreds of stitches.

I think for a beginner, the machine could seem overwhelming, but I personally liked it as I wanted room to grow. This was not my first embroidery machine, but definitely the biggest. I loved the features of this machine... but it sadly didn't love me back. As long as it works, it's a dream; but when it doesn't work, it's the longest nightmare ever.”

Learn more about the Viking Designer Diamond Deluxe.


Juki TL-2010Q

sosat on the Juki TL-2010Q

“The machine is well constructed and very sturdy. I love the foot pedal design because it's very big and easy to press. I often sew standing up and the little pedals just don't work for me.

I love that I can sew through multiple layers of thick material (making diapers at the moment) without warping and breaking my needle as I did so often with my Janome.

I just wanted to let anyone who maybe doesn't know that much about machines and is fairly new to sewing that yes, there is definitely a difference in quality between the household machines designed for light use and the more ‘industrial’ type designed for professionals. Amazing machine, I am so thrilled with it right now.”

Read sosat's complete review for the Juki TL-2010Q.


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My Daily & My Dearest - Kenneth KingBy AlexisW on 10/6/14 10:33 AM

Sewing instructor Kenneth King shares with us two of his most self-expressive outfits. An everyday piece that makes you feel comfortable & confident, and a special outfit that you've spent precious time (and sanity) sewing up for a memorable occasion.

My Daily

"Since I don't really have one or two 'go-to' outfits I wear consistently, I've chosen my favorite as one piece - the pink 'horsie' jacket.  I wear it whenever I need a lift - it amuses me whenever I put it on!"

"This is the front of the jacket, which I found in a vintage store in Toronto.  I loved the color on first sight, before I even saw the detail.  And fringe:  I adore wearing fringe, and am very happy that it's back in fashion right now.

This jacket, which was made in the 1940's, is really detailed.  The back has the horsie on it, and there are cowboys on the sleeves."

"Here's a photo of the horsie.  What's difficult to see in the photos, is that this is reverse applique - the mustard-colored suede is cut out, so the black suede shows underneath.  This isn't embroidery, which is what one might expect."

"On the sleeves are cowboys, also done in reverse applique."

"Even the pocket here, is detailed nicely."

"The trim on the collar, yoke, and down the front, is black suede.  The mustard-colored suede edging on the border, is actually cut to shape and sewn on, instead of being one long strip of suede stretched and angled, and sewn.  Lots of controlled cutting was required for this!"

"The buttons, which are carved bone, sit on an angle, because the buttonholes are worked at an angle as part of the border.  Details, details - which makes this my favorite!"

My Dearest

"One of the most precious pieces I've made, is the button jacket.  It started with a gift of over 75 pounds of brass uniform buttons.  Some of the buttons are garden-variety brass, others are rather precious and valuable.  What appealed to me was mixing the valuable and commonplace all on one piece."

"This jacket took some doing, particularly attaching the buttons, while keeping the fabric from completely stretching out of shape.  Attaching the buttons required some case - I didn't want them wobbling, so needed to pop the shanks through to the back of the fabric, and stitch."

"Since I was going for a bullfighter's jacket, I chose not to completely cover the jacket, as you can see.  To keep the shape of the jacket, I needed to install canvas in the areas where the buttons would hang."

"I needed to work the sections separately, then construct the jacket.  To allow for sewing the pieces together, I left space between the seams, to fill in after the piece was sewn together."

"Once the entire thing was sewn together and the gaps filled in with buttons, a lining, and - voila!  A jacket, that is fun (though exhausting at 25 pounds) to wear!"

Want to learn more from Kenneth King? Browse his popular Online Classes on PR!

Read more from this series:

Daily & Dearest - Deepika

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sewtoad said...
You find and make the most amazing garments!
10/8/14 3:13 PM
Quincunx said...
It's modern scale mail!
10/7/14 9:53 PM
c.k. paz said...
Kenneth, your styling inspires me to do more, get more creative, and learn to stand out. I am in awe of the fringe and reverse applique! I'd say "simply stunning" but there's nothing simple about your pieces!!
10/7/14 3:52 PM
Barbara Ogden said...
Both jackets are of wonderful designs.
10/7/14 2:45 PM
prkj said...
The horsie jacket is Mexican. The cowboy wears a sombrero, and the barrel buttons used to be used on Mexican shirts, too. Wonderful work, style from edge to edge, and in perfect condition.
10/7/14 11:20 AM
crisford said...
Dude! Those are so "you"! Amazing, and thanks for sharing.
10/7/14 11:00 AM
Ann's Fashion Studio said...
Amazing jackets. The details are stunning!!
10/7/14 9:54 AM
ASiverson said...
I love these jackets, but don't know if I would have looked at them without Mr King's input!
10/7/14 9:44 AM
CShelley said...
Wow what amazing details on each jacket. Love them both, thanks for sharing!
10/7/14 7:37 AM
Danvillegirl said...
These jackets are stunning! and then I would expect that seeing how it is Kenneth King's perfectly designed jackets! Thanks for sharing both with us.
10/7/14 5:15 AM
Karen6790 said...
I just want to play dress-up in Kenneth's closet. Is that so wrong?
10/6/14 4:11 PM
Monsoon1 said...
Beautiful jackets!
10/6/14 3:44 PM
Samina said...
Fantastic jackets, both! Does the button jacket make jangly noises, though? Just curious.
10/6/14 2:23 PM
Fabric Stash Contest WinnersBy Deepika on 10/3/14 3:46 PM

The Fabric Stash Contest gave participants the chance to sew up as much from their fabric stash as possible! The challenge was to sew an item using older, unused fabric that you’ve had for at least six months. As long as the project is limited to five yards, all sewn items were allowed in this contest, including home décor, pets clothes, and accessories. Members could get creative with Frankenpatterns, self-drafted patterns or use no pattern at all. Participants were encouraged to have fun and sew as much yardage as feasible to increase the contest total. There's over 400 projects entered in this contest - fantastic work everyone!
For extra motivation, Montarville compiled all the yardage stats from previous Fabric Stash Contests!
2003: 608 yards
2004 I: 963 yards 
2004 II: 675 yards 
2004 III: 351 yards 
2005: 1278 yards
2006: 844 yards
2007: 1919 yards
2008: 524 yards
2009: 2406 yards
2010: 1507 yards
2011: 1257 yards
2012: 1043 yards
2013: 1082 yards
The Fabric Stash Contest is based on a point system, where each contestant earns one point per yard. The first prize winner is determined by the total yards sewn during the contest timeframe, and the second prize winner is chosen through random drawing.
Let’s meet our winners now…
First Prize Winner: divas11 with 95 points
Congratulations, divas11! Amazing job.
Second Prize Winner (picked randomly): egwene 
Great work, egwene! Congrats!

Congratulations to all participants of the Fabric Stash Contest!

Many thanks to the Contest Manager, arianamaniacs.

The Smuggler's Daughter is the proud Sponsor of the Fabric Stash Contest. Thank you!

Browse all entries in the Contest Gallery.

Follow the Contestant Conversation.

Read the Contest Rules and Report.


Join a Currently Running Contest on PR today!

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egwene said...
Wow, I can not believe that I was picked as random winner. I just came back from holiday and found the email in my mail box. Thanks to everyone for this challenge and to Smuggler's Daughter for the sponsorship.
10/5/14 2:32 PM
hopflower said...
Ladies: Congratulations! You both deserved this winning.
10/4/14 10:22 PM
ASiverson said...
Congratulations to the winners and to all who participated. Great Work!
10/4/14 7:59 PM
Rhoda K said...
Congratulations to all!
10/4/14 1:14 PM
divas11 said...
WOW, Thanks Smuggler's Daughter for the sponsorship. I enjoyed the challenge this was my first contest of this type, the last few days I really got my completive juices flowing. Great work all around from all contestants. THANKS FOR THE CHALLENGE.
10/4/14 8:03 AM
Jill A. Johnson said...
Congrats Gals! :)
10/3/14 6:46 PM
You're Invited! PR Day New YorkBy AlexisW on 10/2/14 1:12 PM

November is PatternReview's birthday! And we're having a PARTY hosted by Elliot Berman Textiles in New York on November 7th!

If you remember our Little Black Dress Party from last year, you know how fabulous it was. EBT sure knows how to show us a good time don't they?

Join us this November to celebrate PatternReview's 13th Birthday (there will be a cake Smile) in New York. Space is limited, so RSVP soon.

RSVP for the Party Here (there's only 40 spots!)

Bonus: Tour the McCall's Pattern Company's Office at 4:30 PM. RSVP Required

Want to chat about the Dress for the Era party? Join us on our Facebook Event page!


If you can't make it to New York and want to throw your own local PR Day party, let us know!

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