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Colette Patterns new Mabel & MonetaBy AlexisW on 4/16/14 1:15 PM

Colette Patterns new releases, Mabel and Moneta, are easy-to-sew summer styles designed specifically for knit fabrics.

The stylish simplicity of the Moneta dress will make it a go-to for all summer occasions. For more experienced sewers, this dress can be sewed up fast with few pattern pieces and concise instructions. The Moneta also has five additional collar options and three sleeve variations for endless possibilities!

We love Jenny80's new Moneta! She says, "An all-around great basic from Colette. Looking forward to seeing more knit and plus size patterns from them!"

The versatile Mabel skirt is a comfortable pull-on knit skirt available in three unique styles. The contoured waistband and mid-rise length compliments many different body figures. For beginner sewers new to knits, the Mabel makes for a great first project.

Read Reviews for Colette Patterns.

Shop Colette Patterns New Catalog.

 

Don't forget - Colette Patterns is our Indie Pattern Designer for the month of April!


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dmh1 said...
The nice thing about the dress is that the bodice is lined for version 1. Just downloaded it today, so we'll see how it makes up!
4/17/14 11:53 AM
amandals said...
I really like the dress but other than the neck variations it basically looks the same as Dixie Diy's ballet dress which is only $4 to downlso thinking i'll be sticking with that. Also I think that while the dress is great for curvier shapes you would have to be incredibly confident to wear that skirt if your curvy- I know I wouldnt want it showing off all my lumps and bumps!
4/17/14 4:57 AM
Sharonmichelle said...
One for the growing wish list, must buy the new book too
4/16/14 4:29 PM
Winter Street Dress Blog Tour - Part 2 & ContestBy Deepika on 4/15/14 4:19 PM

For the past two weeks it has been a blast waking up in the morning and going to our testers' blogs finding a beautiful rendition of the Winter Street Dress. I did a blog round up last week. Here's what we saw this week. Click on each tile to go to their blog and read more about their dress. My sincere thanks go to each and every one of you for taking the time to sew up the dress and help tweak the dress until it was perfect. Click here for Winter Dress Dress announcement. 

Image Map

When I designed this dress, I immediately thought of a few variations (to follow soon) but I never imagined it as a maxi dress. I love Jane's maxi and that might be the first one I'll copy. Another popular variation was color blocking and playing with prints. We will have tutorials for all these very soon but why stop here... 

 

Lets have a contest!

 

Sew up your own Winter Street Dress and share it here by posting a link to either your blog or your review. When the contest ends, we will ask our testers to vote. One lucky winner will get all 3 past PatternReview Patterns - Summer Street Dress, Rock n Roll Top, Annika A-Line Dress

AND 

Fabric from Emma One Sock  and Sawyer Brook Fabrics to make more Winter Street Dresses :) 

 

 

Get your own Winter Street Dress Pattern

 


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ASiverson said...
All versions of this dress are perfect and work wonderfully. And they are all so well done and beautiful too. Can't wait to see more, then back to the sewing room!
4/16/14 11:43 AM
velosewer said...
The variations I've seen have been awesome. And they all work too.
4/15/14 9:19 PM
Mollymax said...
Pattern testing for the Winter Street Dress was so much fun! I loved reading about all the variations and can't wait to see more in the upcoming contest!
4/15/14 5:05 PM
Tip Tuesday: Perfectly curved pocketBy AlexisW on 4/15/14 12:21 PM

Perfectly Curved Pocket

-by Home Grown Mama

I have put up a quick and easy tutorial on how to make a perfectly curved pocket using a gathering stitch and a piece of cardboard. I hope you will find it as handy as I do!

Underneath your pocket facing sew a gathering stitch around the curved edge of your pocket:

Turn your facing the right way round. Cut out a piece of cardboard in the same shape (just a little smaller) and slip it in on the underneath side.

Then pull your gathering stitches to curl up around the cardboard.

Carefully slip your cardboard out and iron down your edges.

Turn over and admire your perfectly curved pocket!

Then sew it on to your creation.

Easy huh?!

Republished with permission from Home Grown Mama.

 

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caper81 said...
Very cool! Thanks for sharing:)
4/16/14 5:57 PM
Adaire said...
Great hint! I shall use this! Thanks!
4/16/14 7:26 AM
Karine said...
Love this one - thanks!
4/16/14 7:10 AM
SandiMacD said...
So cute and easy
4/16/14 5:53 AM
Erin D said...
This is very clever-thank you for sharing!
4/15/14 11:01 PM
Member in Focus: crisfordBy AlexisW on 4/11/14 2:42 PM

Member Since: 2006

PR Name: crisford

Full Name: Cristina Ford 

Birthday: July 11th

Blog: musicalsewingroom.blogspot.com

How did you learn to sew?

"I still remember the ecstatic feeling that came over me when my grandmother showed me how to make tiny handsewn clothes for my Barbie doll, literally at her knee. From then on, I was hooked. Growing up in a small town, one of our recreations was the 4-H club which met at the different homes of volunteer teachers. Besides learning to knit and cook, we did garment sewing, and were encouraged to submit our projects to the state fair contests. Receiving my garment back with a ribbon prize pinned to it was always very surprising and rewarding!"

What’s your favorite pattern?

"If I MUST choose!...Very Easy Vogue 8724, a pattern for a knit dress with a crossover neckline. It is fast and easy, flattering, quick to put on, and I've made several. Thanks for reminding me, I guess I'd better review it soon."

What are you sewing right now?

"I am working on my second dress from the Japanese pattern book, 'Fascinating Dresses from the Fabulous 60s Movies'. I would like to sew my way right through this book! Only thing is, I just heard about the Colette contest this month, and I am tempted to do several of those!"

Which sewing book do you refer to most often?

"Oh, can I cheat on this one and name three? Sandra Betzina's 'More Fabric Savvy', Roberto Cabrera's 'Classic Tailoring Techniques', and Kenneth King's 'Cool Couture'. They are all treasure troves of info."

What aspect of sewing do you find most challenging?

"In high-school, I was very intimidated about having to hunt for all the notions I needed for a project, and self-conscious about having to ask about everything in a fabric store. Now, often it's the first cut into an expensive or irreplaceable piece of fabric that I find difficult to do."

Which sewing machine do you own? What do you like/dislike about it?

"My sewing machine is a Pfaff 1471 which I bought in 1987. The dual feed system is the best thing about this machine. However, what I dislike is the plastic portion of the casing in the top part of the machine. The rest of the machine has lasted this long and endured this much use. And even though the plastic is not essential to the function of the machine, it doesn't look good that it is falling apart."

What are your sewing goals for this year?

"As I have been "hired" to sew costumes for the opera that the local university puts on once a year, I would like to do enough sewing for myself and my family in the off season so that I wouldn't feel deprived of personal sewing time when I am working on the costumes. To me, this includes trying most of the patterns that I have purchased, as well as sewing Christmas and birthday gifts."

What you love most about PatternReview?

"PatternReview has just about the most supportive community I have ever experienced anywhere. And it is so mind-bogglingly large. Have you ever noticed the little line at the top of the page that shows how many members are currently online? For me, this is terribly exciting, as I don't have any sewing friends locally."

Any other favorite hobbies?

"Competitive fencing is what takes up all the rest of my time."

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

"I am a homeschooler mom with a 12-yr-old, and my volunteer activity is singing at church. I have a BS in engineering, but got out of the work force when my first child was born, with no regrets!"

Wonderful to hear from you, crisford!

Connect with crisford on PR.

Read all of crisford's reviews.


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Rpilver said...
I enjoyed reading your interview! You are a very talented seamstress. I can't believe the men's suit! Wow! I also learned how to sew in 4-H. I loved the fairs and the fashion shows.
4/13/14 10:03 PM
Sew Good said...
Thank you for sharing a bit about yourself. So glad to be part of the same sewing community as you :)
4/13/14 5:08 PM
annakeeton said...
Thanks for this interview. You are very talented and I always admire the sewn garments you review on PR.
4/13/14 7:54 AM
TJSEWS said...
Very nice to meet you. You have made some beautiful garments! All the best.
4/12/14 3:37 PM
Rhoda K said...
So nice to meet you and enjoyed your interview. Did you make the sweater/cardigan in the photo above? I really like your coat, too.
4/12/14 1:49 PM
caper81 said...
I enjoyed your bio very much:) Your sewing looks top-quality! Very impressive:)
4/12/14 7:23 AM
Quickie said...
Pleased to meet you , Crisford. It is nice to be able to see the work of people with a shared fun in sewing
4/12/14 5:09 AM
SewLibra said...
Very interesting bio, crisford! I enjoyed reading it and viewing your garments. All very well done and professionally sewn.
4/12/14 0:45 AM
daintydeb said...
Love the photo of the wrap coat. I also love Pattern Review. Wish it had been around when I was a young woman sewing all of my clothing. Except for family, we sewed in isolation in the seventies!
4/11/14 8:56 PM
Danmar said...
Very nice to meet you! I love Pattern review!
4/11/14 5:41 PM
Meet the Winners of the Fitted Blouse Contest!By AlexisW on 4/10/14 2:35 PM

The Fitted Blouse Contest challenged participants to create and model a collared blouse to showcase technical fitting skills. This contest was uniquely divided into three categories, so entrants could compete against other members of similar sewing abilities.

    

Contest criteria for all three skill levels focused on quality of construction, creative design elements, and garment gallery review. Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced contest categories each had a winner chosen by member vote.

Let’s meet them now!

 

Beginner Prize Winner: MrsCharisma for Butterick: 5678 (Misses'/Misses' Petite Shirt and Sash)

MrsCharisma says, "I am really, really proud of my work on this top! I swear I unpicked and restitched the topstitching on the cuffs like 6 times! This forced me to learn to use my walking foot - yay!"

 

Intermediate Prize Winner: acmena for Vogue Patterns: 7587 (Vogue Classic Blouse)

 

acmena says, "A basic princess seamed shirt, perfect size for me as it comes."

 

Advanced Prize Winner: clothingengineer for StyleArc: Brenda blouse (Brenda blouse)

clothingengineer says, "I will definitely sew this again. I think I perfected the fit and all I would need to do is adjust the sleeve length length for whatever season it is."

 

Congratulations to everyone who participated! Wonderful work!

Special thanks to the Contest Manager, jannw, for all of your encouragement and guidance.

Fabric Place Basement is the proud Sponsor of the Fitted Blouse Contest. Thank you!

Browse through the Fitted Blouse Contest Galleries to see all the entries.

Fitted Blouse Contest – Beginner

Fitted Blouse Contest – Intermediate

Fitted Blouse Contest – Advanced

 

Check out all the Currently Running Contests on PR.


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Arted said...
Hey, I feel pretty good I picked you. Congrats
4/14/14 3:01 PM
pdiddly said...
Well done to all the winners
4/14/14 3:25 AM
marjieco said...
All very nice blouses, congrats to the winners.
4/14/14 1:33 AM
Baja Susana said...
Congratulations a todos! You are the winners that I voted for as well. Each of you made a lovely top that fits you well. Enjoy your prizes. This was the fairest and best contest held by PR.
4/13/14 2:20 PM
Rhoda K said...
Congratulations to all the winners - beautiful blouses.
4/12/14 1:51 PM
Melissa Angus said...
I'm inspired by the winning blouses. I hope to sew that well.
4/12/14 9:16 AM
Sue Parrott said...
Congratulations on the winners! Your work is all beautiful and I hope you are proud to wear your creations!
4/12/14 8:57 AM
Quickie said...
Congrats to all who shared in the fun
4/12/14 5:11 AM
Erin Sooit said...
Congratulations to the winners! Beautiful work!
4/11/14 11:46 PM
sewcrazee said...
Congratulations..beautiful blouses!!
4/11/14 8:51 PM
Danmar said...
Congratulations!
4/11/14 5:42 PM
Onyee said...
Congrats ladies. You all did an awesome job.@mrscharisma your perseverence paid off :)
4/11/14 5:13 PM
slmstyle said...
Congrats to all of the Fitted Blouse Contest winners! They are all beautifully made blouses!
4/11/14 4:31 PM
SewLibra said...
Congrats! All 3 are awesome blouses!
4/11/14 12:23 PM
beanchor said...
Congrats everyone! Great results!
4/11/14 11:02 AM
Mrs.Butts said...
congratulations ladies
4/11/14 9:48 AM
Tee Jones Actie said...
Congratulations! All of the shirts were gorgeous!
4/11/14 7:20 AM
FreyaStark said...
Congratulations to all of you. The high standard of entries in this contest is really impressive.
4/11/14 5:58 AM
Danvillegirl said...
Congratulations to the three winners. It was a fun contest. Jannw-great job of managing this contest!
4/11/14 5:18 AM
supizoo said...
Congratulations to all of the participants! Truly inspiring work from everyone. I would put a row-full of exclamation marks except I tend to overdo exclamations marks....oh who cares!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
4/11/14 4:27 AM
Maureen Hole said...
Beautiful workmanship, to all of you congrats!
4/11/14 0:30 AM
marec said...
whoo hoo! Congrats to all three of you lovely ladies. You have inspired me to sew some crisp shirts and floaty blouses.
4/11/14 0:14 AM
TJSEWS said...
Congratulations to all of the winners! Job well done!
4/10/14 10:38 PM
ArtAttack said...
Congrats all the winners. So well deserved. Beautiful work by all at each level.
4/10/14 9:33 PM
clothingengineer said...
How exciting! Thank you everyone that took your time to vote and comment. And a BIG thanks to jannw for being the manager!
4/10/14 8:27 PM
Guelphgurl said...
Congratulations to all the winners! You are all inspiring!
4/10/14 8:03 PM
Nana27 said...
Congratulations to the winners!
4/10/14 7:29 PM
acmena said...
Many thanks to all those kind people who voted for me and for the many kind comments. I'm overwhelmed. Congrats to MrsCharisma and clothingengineer on a great job.
4/10/14 6:16 PM
sassykat said...
Congrats to All. Beautiful Job.
4/10/14 5:03 PM
MrsCharisma said...
I am squealing with excitement!!!! Thanks to everyone who voted and congrats to the other winners! I really, really enjoy this contest and seeing all of the amazing tops that are made.
4/10/14 3:46 PM
Don't miss out - Simplicity sale!By AlexisW on 4/8/14 3:55 PM

All Simplicity Patterns on sale for $3.99! 3 days only!

Hurry now for this great deal! Sale includes new Simplicity 2014 Spring Collection.

Buy new Spring 2014 Simplicity 1419 Misses' Dress and Jacket for only $3.99!

*Free members, join Friends of PR now to save even more on your order!

Sale ends Midnight EST on Thursday, April 10th.

 

Shop for all of your Simplicity favorites!


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Tip Tuesday: Collar staysBy AlexisW on 4/8/14 12:03 PM

Collar Stays

-by Richy

Collar stays are a great way of making sure your collar points stay firm and do not bend out of shape.

The method I use allows you to remove the stays easily before laundering and ironing. I have put together a little tutorial for creating slots for collar stays on an under collar.

First, you need to create the under collar pattern. In the picture above, the under collar pattern piece is above the top collar to show the amount I have cut away. The collar I use is a wide-spread collar so the pattern may look upside down since the collar points are pointing in the opposite direction a traditional collar points.

To clarify, you want to trim the side of the collar that attaches to the stand. I use a 5/8" seam allowance for that edge but 1/4" throughout the rest of the collar (disregard the pencil line - that is not the edge that gets folded).

Press the 5/8" allowance to the WS of fabric.

Using your top collar pattern, cut two extensions for the under collar.

Match the under collar with the extensions and baste top, bottom, and side edges. Do not baste pocket opening. If you usually trim the under collar to make it slightly smaller than the upper collar, do that now.

With a water-soluble marker, mark the seam allowance (in my case 1/4") where the pocket edge meets the bottom edge. Align the edge of your ruler with this mark and offset the ruler 1/4" at the top point (I use a clear ruler for this). Mark line, then mark another line 1/2" from the line you just drew.

First, stitch the longer line right on top of your marking line. Then, stitch shorter line and stop at pocket edge with needle down. Pivot, then edgestitch the pocket edge closed.

Done!

When both sides are complete, insert collar stay to ensure they fit (but remember to remove). Continue as usual for the remaining construction of the collar.

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Winter Street Dress Blog Tour - Part 1By Deepika on 4/7/14 10:49 PM

We're halfway into the Blog Tour of the new Winter Street Dress Pattern and I thought I'd share the lovely dresses which our testers made here. I love how they made the dress their own by color blocking, accessorizing and clever print placement. Lovely! 

 Click on the blog links below the image to go to their blogs to read more about each dress. More to come next week. Blog Tour Part 2 

Nakisha Nhi Maria Angela Erin Sherril Image Map

Winter Street Dress is available for instant download here

 

A shout out to pitttrading.com.au for providing fabrics and notions for Maria's dress

 

More Winter Street Dress on these blogs...  

sewcraftychemist.blogspot.com 4/2/2014

detectivehoundstooth.com 4/3/2014

cleverthinking99.com 4/4/2014

trumbelinasews.blogspot.ca 4/5/2014

danikate-designs.blogspot.com 4/6/2014

sewingsaga.blogspot.com 4/7/2014

sharonsews.blogspot.com 4/8/2014

stitchinginmykitchen.blogspot.com 4/9/2014

sewingforward.com 4/10/2014

helloushandmades.blogspot.co.uk 4/11/2014

craftedbycarrie.com 4/12/2014

janmade.blogspot.com 4/14/2014

juliabobbin.com 4/15/2014

 

Have you made yours yet?  Review it here. 


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Sew Good said...
Yes, I agree with SewLibra. They are all unique and lovely. So nice to see how each person made it their own.
4/14/14 9:50 PM
gallica said...
What creativity! They are beautiful! great job ladies.
4/8/14 8:03 PM
SewLibra said...
Wow, they're all so different one would never know it's the same pattern! Great job, ladies!
4/8/14 0:23 AM
New Vogue Patterns with Fabric Suggestions from Emma One SockBy AlexisW on 4/7/14 2:45 PM

Sewing for summer? Vogue Patterns 2014 Summer Collection features quite a few new chic styles. While it’s still a little chilly here, we’re wishful sewing for the next season! From vintage styles to classic silhouettes, we can’t get enough of these fashion-forward outfits. For more inspiration, Emma One Sock designer fashion fabrics gave us some fantastic suggestions!

Vogue Patterns 1398 Misses’ Dress has an eye-catching tiered skirt and fitted bodice for an ultra-feminine look. This Badgley Mischka design is a stand out from the crowd, perfect for weddings and formal ceremonies this summer.

Premium: 100% Silk 4-ply crepe Beautiful 100% silk 4-ply crepe, a more substantial weight silk with a luxurious drape, a more matte finish and wonderful body.

Budget: Hi-tech stretch crepe 'matte hybrid' - coral This is a new and wonderful stretch crepe, a high-tech weave that combines the drape of a 4-ply silk crepe with the stretch and look of a beefy matte jersey.

A great statement piece, Vogue Patterns 9004 Misses’ Top is striking with its color-blocking front seam detail. This structured top features a back zipper and shaped hemline for additional interest.

Premium: Fuchsia brushstroke abstract viscose woven This is a beautiful quality drapey viscose woven, lightweight but semi-opaque, with a lovely soft drape.

Budget: Italian natural clipped floral design cottonItalian mustard clipped floral design cotton This is a lovely quality Italian lawn weight cotton woven with a clipped jacquard floral design from a CA designer.

   

For a more casual look, Vogue Patterns 1395 Misses’ Dress is a pullover dress with an elasticized waist. Great for a backyard cookout or a day at the beach, this easy-going dress will be a summer staple.

Premium: Watercolor abstract floral design silk satin A gorgeous silk satin from a favorite supplier, opaque and drapey, with the luster of charmeuse but a teeny bit lighter in weight.

Budget: Fuchsia/cobalt decorative paisley viscose woven & Rose/lemon/jade paisley viscose woven This is a beautiful quality drapey viscose woven, lightweight but semi-opaque, with a lovely soft drape.

   

Visit Emma One Sock.

Shop Vogue Patterns Summer Collection.


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tailormaid said...
I love this idea of pairing fabric and patterns. Thank you Emma One Sock! I would love to see more!
4/10/14 6:52 PM
Baja Susana said...
The yellow scalloped dress and the color blocked dress are fabulous. This is a great idea pairing fabric and patterns.
4/10/14 2:22 AM
josh said...
Just love this, i always need help doing pattern/fabric. pairings
4/8/14 12:54 PM
josh said...
Just love this, i always need help doing pattern/fabric pairings
4/8/14 12:52 PM
ymfm said...
I love this feature. Pairing the new patterns with the appropriate fabric is such a great help. I with Emma One Sock would give suggestions to all of the patterns.
4/8/14 11:45 AM
marec said...
This is a great addition to PR. I really want to make up V1395 in a floral print.
4/8/14 10:33 AM
Fran G said...
Oh-h-h!!! Like this feature..EOS + VP = great inspiration.. Is this a new regular feature, Alexis W? I like!!
4/8/14 7:11 AM
Fran G said...
Oh-h-h!!! Like this feature..EOS + VP = great inspiration.. Is this a new regular feature, Alexis W? I like!!
4/8/14 7:10 AM
SewLibra said...
Ooohhh, love the dress with the scallops!
4/8/14 0:25 AM
Winner of the Book GiveawayBy AlexisW on 4/7/14 11:06 AM

Just for fun, we held a Book Giveaway for The Complete Photo Guide to Clothing Construction by Christine Haynes. We asked you how long you’ve been sewing and how this book can help you.  And wow, we loved reading your responses!

We’ve randomly selected a winner…

Congratulations, muddyduck! You’ve won the review copy of The Complete Photo Guide to Clothing Construction. We hope it will help you!

Muddyduck says, “I learned to sew patchwork in middle school home ec and then did nothing with it for the next 30 years. Just starting up again, and making clothes, not home items. This book would help me enormously because I struggle with patterns and terminology.”

Thanks to everyone who participated in this giveaway!

Review this book on PR or purchase a copy on Amazon.com.


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Alpine Queen said...
You got it, now use it! Wear it out learning, make stuff, write reviews, let us see your progress!
4/10/14 3:50 AM
AnneM said...
Have fun with your new book, Muddyduck!
4/8/14 5:50 PM
ASiverson said...
Congratulations Muddyduck, Enjoy!
4/8/14 8:16 AM
Member in Focus: TJSEWSBy AlexisW on 4/4/14 3:11 PM

Member Since: 2006

PR Name: TJSEWS

Full Name: Tomasa Jimenez

Birthday: May 7th

Blog: "I don't have a blog. Friends are encouraging me to start one and I probably eventually will. Perhaps I will during the summer when I have more time to devote to getting it up and running."

How did you learn to sew?

"My father purchased a sewing machine for my mother when I was about 8 years old. I remember it was a brandless sky blue metal straight stitch portable machine. My mother taught me how to use it since I was so fascinated by it. We frequently visited a local fabric store where we purchased fabric and notions. We would also look through the pattern catalogues and choose patterns we could work on together. I remember those days quite fondly."

Which sewing machine do you own? What do you like/dislike about it?

"I own a Bernina Activa 240. I love this machine. It enables me to sew with accuracy. It does great buttonholes. I love the knee lift. Best of all, I can easily sew (and have) everything from net to slippery silks to denim. I also have a Bernina 1300 MDC serger which can do the coverstitch. I love this serger. This serger produces high quality professional looking seams which I appreciate the most for knits and T-shirts."

What aspect of sewing do you find most challenging?

"My least favorite part is cutting the fabric. I enjoy the challenge of fitting the muslin and of course, sewing everything together is the most fun. It is like putting the pieces of a puzzle together."

What’s your favorite pattern?

"This is a hard one. I like many patterns and PatternReview definitely feeds that addiction! OK - if I must choose, I would say it is an out of print Vogue 2815 wardrobe pattern that has a jacket, halter top, skirt and pants (from 2003). I have made the jacket twice thus far and may make it again."

What are your sewing goals for this year?

"My sewing goal is one I have always had: To learn and improve as much as I can. I want my garments to look professionally made. I believe that if I am going to spend time and energy making a garment, it might as well be something professional-looking of which I can be proud; otherwise, I am wasting my time. To that end, I have taken many courses at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. I have earned certificates in Ladies Tailoring, Draping and Haute Couture techniques. Currently, I am pursuing a pattern making certificate. I published an article in the February/March 2011 issue of Vogue Patterns magazine. I also published an article in the ASG Notions magazine, Winter 2011 issue, and in Stitch magazine on making Dior fabric flowers. Maybe I should start writing again. I enjoyed it but time is always a factor. There just aren't enough hours in the day! I am also a pattern tester for Threads so I will continue testing patterns for them."

Which sewing book do you refer to most often?

"Fit for Real People. Just about every alteration you can think of is in this book."

What are you sewing right now?

"Right now I am working on a fitted blouse, Marfy 2155. It has armsceye princess seams with fun sleeves. I wanted to enter the Fitted Blouse contest but my Patternmaking professor is killing us with homework so I will not have time to finish the blouse until the course is over. I will be sure to post a review once I am done!"

What you love most about PatternReview?

"I love that it is a tremendous resource for reviews of not only patterns but of sewing machines, notions, classes and just about everything sewing. I like that everyone is supportive and encouraging of each other's projects. It is a wonderful community of sewists and that is most definitely the best feature of this site. I like to see what others have made. It is always a great source of inspiration."

Any other favorite hobbies?

"I enjoy playing with my little Bichon Frise, Zoe. I adopted her from a shelter 5 years ago. She has been such a blessing. I also enjoy long walks on sunny warm days. I love nature."

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

"Well, right now I do administrative office work (yawn). My dream is to someday make a living doing something sewing-related. I am a member of the NJ Chapter of the ASDP. I am married and have one daughter."

Thanks for sharing, TJSEWS!

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KEcupcakemaker said...
This is a great interview. You are a sewing maven! Thanks for sharing your knowledge and expertise with us. Congrats on a terrific job
4/13/14 9:50 AM
SewPassion7 said...
The clothes you make are not only professional but they fit you sew perfectly! Indeed you are very talented. Thank you for your friendly candor.
4/8/14 10:27 PM
nelnel said...
You are extremely talented and have a lot to share. You can certainly add my name to the list of people who believe you should have your own sewing blog. If you ever do start one, I'll be one of your charter subscribers. Happy stitching.
4/8/14 8:44 AM
cascadia said...
I am so envious! I would love to take pattern making courses at some point and to have a professional education in construction and pattern drafting.
4/7/14 3:51 AM
MRamos said...
Congrats!! Super cool,well spoken, and interesting interview :)
4/6/14 11:16 PM
MRamos said...
Congrats!! Super cool,well spoken, and interesting interview :)
4/6/14 11:15 PM
Renren said...
I enjoyed reading this in-depth interview . . . and from what I can see, anyway, little Zoe looks like a charmer. (I love those blue shoes, too!)
4/4/14 6:54 PM
Michelle Kaye said...
I have the pleasure of personally knowing Tomasa and have watched her use her draping and patternmaking skills to create beautiful, professional garments. She is also as nice as she comes across in this "Member in Focus." Congratulations, Tomasa, on the opportunity to share your love of sewing with PatternReview members!
4/4/14 6:17 PM
Angela64 said...
Wow, you have some great background knowledge, I would love to read a blog of yours. Good luck in your course! And, I admit to being jealous that you can take classes at FIT!
4/4/14 5:52 PM
Quickie said...
I think that patternmaking is one of the most useful issues when you are sewing, Congrats for being able to go to a course
4/4/14 5:06 PM
MrsCharisma said...
Thank you for sharing TJSews!!
4/4/14 3:48 PM
Vote in the Fitted Blouse Contests!By AlexisW on 4/3/14 11:51 AM

The Fitted Blouse Contests have concluded! This contest was uniquely divided into three separate skill levels (BeginnerIntermediate, and Advanced), so entrants could compete against others of similar sewing ability.

  

Guidelines for Voting

Voters should carefully consider the quality of construction, best overall fit, and criteria met for each entry. We created 3 separate contests, one for each skill level to accomodate all the different skill levels. You can vote in all the contests - BeginnerIntermediate, and Advanced

First prize winners will be selected for each skill level! 

When reviewing the contest submissions, be sure to keep these rules in mind (applies to all skill levels):

  1. Blouse must use shaping to follow the contours of the body
  2. Closure, collar, and set-in sleeves are required
  3. Woven or stretch woven fabric only
  4. Gallery photo modeled on a person

Remember, each member can vote on up to five entries in each skill level category.

We thank our Sponsor for providing generous prizes for each contest. 

Voting for all Fitted Blouse Contests will close April 9th.

 

Cast your votes today!

Fitted Blouse Contest – Beginner

Fitted Blouse Contest – Intermediate

Fitted Blouse Contest – Advanced


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Celebrating Indie Patterns - April - Colette PatternsBy AlexisW on 4/2/14 1:24 PM

We are happy to have Colette Patterns as our Indie Pattern Designer for the month of April!

Inspired by vintage styles, Colette Patterns have a classic look reminiscent of the past. In our chat with Sarai, founder and designer of Colette Patterns, she describes her love of designs from the 1920s through the 1960s. Flattering on many figures, they can be easily mixed-and-matched to create unique outfits.

To celebrate Colette Patterns, we’re giving you the chance to win some fabulous prizes! For the month of April, this contest will be to sew up a Colette Pattern and post a new review for each project. The more entries you submit, the better your chances at winning!

Celebrating Colette Patterns 

1. In the month of April sew a project using any of the Colette Patterns.

2. Write a new review on PatternReview with at least one photo.

3. Copy and paste a link to that review on -

Contest ends April 30th Midnight EST

 

FAQ

1. Why three places?

Because it increases your odds of winning!

2. Can I sew more than one project?

Yes of course. You'll just need to write a new review for each project, even if you use the same pattern. Again, this increases your chances of winning.

3. Can anyone participate?

Yes! Forward this to all your friends. As long as they join PatternReview (free membership will suffice) they qualify.

4. What are the prizes?

Two winners will receive a pattern bundle containing two new colette patterns for knits & an e-Book sponsored by Colette Patterns.

5. How will the winner be decided?

By random drawing.

 

Not sure what to make? Check out a few member favorites!

Hawthorne

Negroni

Beignet

 

See All Colette Patterns

Read Reviews of Colette Patterns

 

Related: March - Celebrating Sewaholic Patterns

Related: February - Celebrating MariaDenmark Patterns

Related: January - Celebrating Christine Jonson Patterns

Related: December - Celebrating Liesl + Co


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crisford said...
Here's my Licorice dress http://sewing.patternreview.com/review/pattern/97491
4/17/14 2:16 AM
michellep74 said...
I just made and reviewed the new Colette Mabel: http://sewing.patternreview.com/review/pattern/97472
4/16/14 3:23 PM
Jenny80 said...
Here's my review of the brand new Colette Moneta! http://sewing.patternreview.com/review/pattern/97467
4/16/14 1:56 PM
Deepika said...
fourkid, we will have these entries. No need to post again.
4/16/14 1:21 PM
fourkid said...
My review for the Laurel as a top. http://sewing.patternreview.com/review/pattern/97441 I also posted the link to the review on the Colette FB page and the PR FB page. Do you automatically have those entries - or do we need to let you know where we link them?
4/15/14 1:19 AM
humdidili said...
And... a Sorbetto http://sewing.patternreview.com/review/pattern/97437
4/14/14 10:39 PM
humdidili said...
Meringueskirt http://sewing.patternreview.com/review/pattern/97436
4/14/14 10:19 PM
lah119 said...
Zinnia skirt http://sewing.patternreview.com/review/pattern/97423 http://stitchininmykitchen.blogspot.com/2014/04/a-satin-y-zinnia-skirt.html
4/14/14 5:03 PM
amandalanh said...
Ceylon Pattern Review: http://sewing.patternreview.com/review/pattern/97221
4/8/14 10:13 AM
amandalanh said...
Ceylon Pattern Review: http://sewing.patternreview.com/review/pattern/97221
4/8/14 10:13 AM
ksgentry said...
I love Colette Patterns. They are wonderfully designed and packaged. Their sister site, Coletterie, is a great site for information. I found this indie pattern company when I participated in the Hawthorn Dress Sew Along, which I reviewed here on Pattern Review. If you haven't tried one of their patterns I suggest you do. You will be as excited as I am about this pattern company.
4/7/14 1:05 PM
cascadia said...
Sadly, I don't have her book yet :( It's on my Amazon wish list, though! But... hoping I can get at least two things made this month. So excited. Edit: I bought the Hawthorne and Zinnia patterns just for this contest!
4/6/14 7:07 PM
Deepika said...
@cascadia you can make any colette pattern. Even the ones from her Book.
4/6/14 10:58 AM
cascadia said...
LOVE Colette Patterns. I have a few including the Negroni, which I think I'll be trying to make for this. Do her Walden patterns count? I think the Negroni is one of them, so I'm assuming so. How about the Cooper? Does it have to be clothing or can we make that bag, too? Looooove the pattern and I've been wanting to make it for awhile.
4/5/14 3:08 AM
Deepika said...
@UglyCute, you don't. Just blog is fine too. But the more places you link to, it increases the odds of winning.
4/3/14 8:05 AM
UglyCute said...
Do you have to post on all three? I don't have a twitter account and don't plan on getting one any time soon.
4/3/14 1:46 AM
DonnaH said...
Oh, my! These could be a double whammy in the contests running this month. The Sorbetto for the Terrific Tanks Challenge contest, and the Hawthorne, Hazel, Laurel, and Lily (at least) for the Fashionista contest. Several of the dresses I've seen during my searches (for the fashionista) resemble those patterns.
4/2/14 5:21 PM

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