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Sewing Machines - Review HighlightsBy AlexisW on 7/22/14 2:50 PM

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Janome Horizon MC8900 QCP

Fliggie on the Janome Horizon MC8900 QCP Sewing Machine

Fliggie says, “I was impressed by how solid this machine felt in comparison to my Babylock Espire, which I had used to trade in. It sounded smooth when it sewed and I was and still am impressed by the wide harp space. The extra 2" of space does make things much easier.”

“It is a lot of machine, but I think its a good solid machine. I am a little discouraged when I piece with this machine. Seems fussy about hopping over thicker seams, as noted above. I haven't had it long enough to really say, 'Yes, buy it!' or 'No, its a lemon'. Actually, I think once I learn to use it better and make adjustments (and if I can ever get in for some lessons), I will probably really love it.”

Read fliggie's full review.


Baby Lock BLE1AT Imagine

EastwoodFan on the Baby Lock BLE1AT Imagine Serger 

EastwoodFan says, “Extremely impressed. Especially after having a Brother 1034D that didn't work out during a very short run. Good manual and workbook and a cheat sheet (large card). Came with a DVD too. It sews great through denim, plastic colored screening, fleece, cottons and knits.”

“As above, no problems at all ever. I love that fact, because I wasn't a 'serger' person. Like I said I had tried the Brother one and took it back to Walmart in a week. It was hard for me to thread and gave me nothing but problems. The Babylock has a been a dream. My only complaint is that the on/off switch is in an awkward position, and sometimes I wish this serger had a free arm. But not really a big deal. I've definitely gotten my money's worth on this machine.”

Learn more about the Baby Lock Imagine.


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Baja Susana said...
I had the Brother 1034 and it was just plain junk. When I had a dramatic meltdown over it one night, DH came in my sewing room and said, " Buy the Babylock," I bought a used one over the phone. I live in Mexico, and found a dealer in the Seattle area near where a friend was visiting. The friend was driving back to MX, so she agreed to bring the machine. The saleswoman agreed to let me call her if I needed tech support. I have only had to call her twice, and both times were user error. This is a wonderful, solid, reliable machine.
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Emma One Sock Fabrics for Colette Patterns Myrtle DressBy AlexisW on 7/18/14 12:37 PM

Colette Patterns new Myrtle dress joins the Mabel and Moneta in their new line of knit patterns. The Myrtle is a breezy summer dress with an elasticized waist that defines the figure for a flattering silhouette. With plenty of shape and ease of wear, the Myrtle offers a comfortable fit with a draped neckline and gathered skirt. Great for beginners and available in sizes XS-3XL, this dress is a versatile go-to piece for this summer. Did you know that you can also sew the Myrtle with woven fabrics? Read more about Sarai’s step-by-step instructions for this alternative version on the Coletterie.

With so many fabric options available for the Myrtle dress, it’s difficult to choose! To help us decide, Emma One Sock has suggested some beautiful new fabrics.

Knit Fabrics

Yarn-dye novelty knit - black/cream - This great-looking novelty knit has a wavy, textured yarn dye design with a 2.25" repeat, in black and creamy white. 15% stretch in the width only, with a wonderfully soft drape and dry hand. Lightweight yet fairly opaque. It has a wonderful design with gathered-looking diamonds in a geometric arrangement. Not a print--the design is knitted in, and the reverse very pretty also!

French digital amber/mauve floral scrapbook knit - From a brand new shipment just in from French mills, this is a beautiful rayon/lycra 2-way stretch knit, lightweight, with lovely drape, and the print is a digital floral scrapbook design with a 28.25" repeat in soft shades of mauve, amber, plum, raspberry, tinted black, sage, etc. 15% stretch in the width (about 5% in the length) with perfect recovery. Beautiful quality.

St. John stylized croc print knit - espresso/cream - From a new lot just in from St. John Knits, this is a fabulous stylized crocodile design with an 11" repeat, a beautiful quality 4-way stretch knit with 20% horizontal, 10% vertical stretch. Colors include espresso, taupey gray and creamy ivory. Soft and lightweight jersey.

Oatmeal heather 14 oz. rayon jersey 4-way - Back by popular demand! A beautiful 14 oz. rayon/lycra single knit jersey in an oatmeal heather. 14 oz jersey is a bit beefier and more substantial than the 11 oz, but still works for all the same types of patterns. Rayon/lycra is cool, comfortable, incredibly soft and drapey, has great recovery.

Woven Fabrics

Mini daisy graphic drapey viscose woven - This is a beautiful quality drapey viscose-rayon woven, lightweight but semi-opaque, with a flowing, soft drape. The print has little daisies floating on a black background, in white, light silvery gray, kelly green, orange and yellow. Delightful!

Floral poly crepe de chine - butter/cobalt/spearmint - This is another wonderful new technology polyester woven that mimics the qualities of silk, and this one is very much like a crepe de chine but with a more matte finish and a distinctively soft hand. It's a drapey blouse/dress weight, almost opaque, and a beautiful quality alternative to silk. The print is SO lovely, a smaller scale stylized floral in tones of cobalt, spearmint, coral, red and black on a buttery ivory background.

Browse all Emma One Sock fashion fabrics.


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New Jenny Tee from In-House PatternsBy AlexisW on 7/17/14 1:12 PM

Tailored to fit you with a sleek fit and minimum ease, In-House Patterns are a distinct mix of professional yet fashionable styles for your wardrobe. Developed specifically for proportional hour-glass shapes with full busts, In-House Patterns are intended to flatter the average figure.

New from In-House Patterns, the customizable Jenny tee features A/B or C/D cup sizing, options for long or short sleeves, and is available in women’s sizes XS-XL. Designed exclusively for stretchy knit fabrics, the Jenny tee has a semi-fitted waist and professional finishes for a more sophisticated look. Pair this modern basic with a structured blazer or layer with a bright cardigan.

Available now as a digital PDF pattern for instant download. Pick up the Jenny tee today!


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Emhoffe said...
Simple elegant tee pattern
7/20/14 1:07 AM
Sewing Machines - Review HighlightsBy AlexisW on 7/16/14 1:55 PM

Have a question or comment about your sewing machine features? Browse through our Sewing Machine Forum for practical opinions and recommendations from our experienced members!


Pfaff Performance 5.0

knit techie on the Pfaff Performance 5.0 Sewing Machine

knit techie says, “I decided to buy this machine after a two-year search for the right new machine for me to replace or augment my Bernina 435 Anniversary Edition (450), which had replaced my Pfaff 1475. I was never completely happy with the Bernina. I missed the Pfaff IDT dual feed terribly, and I wanted pivot and automatic thread cutting and excellent lighting, but didn't need embroidery. I almost bought the Pfaff Quilt Expression 4, but I read here about the problems with that machine."

"But glad I waited, because this Pfaff Performance 5.0 has all of the features I wanted within my budget and they work very well. Overall I am very happy with my new machine! So far I've made heavy cotton curtains with ball fringe trim, pieced a wall quilt top, mended, added binding to pot holders, and tested free motion work. Most of my sewing is quilting, home dec, bags and accessories, crafts, dog costumes, and occasional garments.”

Learn more about the Pfaff Performance 5.0.


Elna 664 Pro

brandywine on the Elna 664 Pro Overlock

brandywine says, “I named my machine 'Brunhilda' and I am delighted with her. This is my first ever overlocker, my mother had a Globe, so I don't have much to compare it to. I picked the Elna because I have an Elna sewing machine that I love, and I wanted to stick to the same brand.  Also, she is pretty. Pathetic I know, but I really liked the design, no knobs everywhere, and the COLOUR CODING. I love colour coding."

"Also, the instruction panel that tells you exactly what setting to have everything for a given stitch is handy, especially for a complete dummy like me. I would lose a reference book. Having the tools attached behind the cuttings tray is handy as well. She runs really well! I have yet to try and sew through something and it hasn't worked. My clothes all look so much nicer on the insides now, and it's so satisfying.”

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Fall McCall's Fabrics with Elliott Berman TextilesBy AlexisW on 7/15/14 2:43 PM

McCall’s Patterns recently released Early Fall Collection is an eclectic mix of comfortable knits, Halloween costumes, and vintage pieces. To help us pair McCall’s new patterns with the appropriate fabric, Elliott Berman Textiles gave us some fabulous fabric suggestions!

Have a flair for vintage? McCall’s 6996 Misses’ Skirts and Belt by The Archive Collection features two styles of skirts with raised waists. Create a semi-fitted skirt with front pleat underlay, or a loose-fitting skirt with self belt.


Denim Look Wool Suiting - This is a very interesting and beautiful suiting with denim look. It has a pants weight and is ideal for a skirt, jacket, skirt. Heather combination between Ebony and Nightshadow Blue. Fiber content: wool. Width: 60’’. Imported from Italy.


Ponte Poly Knit in Solid Colors - Yolk Yellow with Mustard Hue; Honey Mustard; Medium Green; Teal Green. Fiber content: polyester. Width: 56". Imported from France.


Available in four unique styles, McCall’s fashion-forward 6991 Misses’ Top is a pullover, mock-wrap top with multiple sleeve variations that can be easily glammed up for a night out on the town.

Silk Crepe Stretch - Deep sand dune. Fiber content: 100% silk. Imported from Italy.

Printed Poly Crepe de Chine - This poly crepe de chine is very fluid and has amazing drape. It is simply ideal for a blouse, skirt, dress, or wide bottom pants. Irish green, deep periwinkle, sea blue, dull sea foam, soft black. Fiber content: polyester. Width: 59''. Imported from France.

DKNY Designer Silk Crepe Chiffon Satin FinishPlacid blue, white, light grey, black. Fiber content: silk. Width: 55".

Hugo Boss Designer Silk Georgette Zebra Print - It has beautiful drape, semi-sheer, it will be ideal for a blouse, dress, tunic. Black, midnight blue. Fiber content: silk. Width: 56''. Imported from Italy.

Images clockwise: Silk Crepe StretchPrinted Poly Crepe de ChineDKNY Silk Crepe Chiffon Satin FinishHugo Boss Silk Georgette Zebra Print.

With options for long-sleeves, the versatile McCall’s 6986 Misses’ Dress is perfect for autumn weddings and formal events. This semi-fitted wrap dress also includes front shoulder pleats and shaped hemline details.

Tropical Stretch Wool Suiting - Soft hand, lightweight, ideal for Spring/Fall or chill Summer days. It will make a nice dress, skirt, pants. Sharp Green but softer. Fiber content: wool, lycra. Width: 60’’. Imported from Italy.

Visit Elliott Berman Textiles for more fabric choices and inspiration.


Now's a great time to pick up the new McCall's Early Fall Collection for only $2.99! Shop for your favorite McCall's by Wednesday, July 16th to take advantage of our surprise sale!

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McCall's $2.99 Sale - 2 Days Only!By AlexisW on 7/15/14 10:05 AM

For a limited time, all McCall's Patterns are now on sale for $2.99 beginning today!

This great deal is available for only 2 days, so don't miss your chance to pick up McCall's new Early Fall Collection!

Buy Early Fall 2014 McCall's 6996 Misses' Jackets and Belt for only $2.99!

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

Sale ends Midnight EST on Wednesday, July 16th.


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Member in Focus: TwinsetBy AlexisW on 7/11/14 4:53 PM

Member Since: 2007

PR Name: Twinset

Name: Virginie

Birthday: March 23rd


How did you learn to sew?

“I started sewing at age 11 in Home Economics class with a simple blouse (still remember that Simplicity pattern). From there, I was hooked! That taught me the basics, and after that I pretty much experimented on my own through a lot of trials and errors. As a teenager I wasn't very patient and I had no idea of what was a muslin, so I often came up with wadders. For some unknown reason I've always been interested in textiles and I worked in a high end fabric store later when I was a student. This is where I acquired an eye for quality and observed the dramatic impact quality fabric has on a sewing project. I also had the chance to work with two professional seamstresses/designers later in life, who made clothes for me or helped me with fitting the clothes I was making. Just observing them helped me with my fitting skills. I think PR also helped me tremendously in my sewing, in various ways. It's pretty much that!”

What aspect of sewing do you find most challenging?

“Fit, fit, fit. To me it's the never ending quest. By discussing fitting problems with professionals, I realized that there is not just one way to do things and solve problems, and you have to find the way to do it that works for you. I'm always very satisfied when I come up with a good fitting garment, I find it very rewarding. I've learned a couple of things over the years but I'm far from being a fitting goddess! At least I can recognize what's the main thing I must be aware of when fitting myself (square shoulders), and what kind of fit I'm after (generally I lean towards a close to the body fit).”

What are your sewing goals for this year?

“My goals this year are to make more different patterns, sew more from my sewing magazines and sew at least one of the beautiful vintage patterns I own. I'm the kind of girl who makes multiples of the same pattern; that's a good thing 'cause I can perfect the pattern, but I would like to have more variety in my sewing this year. What slows me is usually the muslin process, sometimes just the thought of it makes me abandon the project! I've also built a solid collection of Burda, La Mia Boutique and Patrones magazines and there are many patterns I'd like to sew from those. And as for my vintage patterns, I definitely want to make a gown for an upcoming event, or maybe try that iconic Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dress (Vogue 1549).”

What do you like/dislike about your current sewing machine?

“I work currently with my Juki HZL-F600 as my Singer 201 needs a maintenance job. What I like the most about it is the tremendous feeding ability - it can handles any fabric from thin to thick with equal power and precision. It also makes great buttonholes. The only minor dislike I have about it is that I wish it would come with a narrow straight stitch foot, it would make sewing shirt collars easier.”


What’s your favorite pattern?

“Oooh, that's a tough one, like having to choose between your children! But since I have to answer something, I'll say that one pattern I come to repeatedly is a draped knit top copied from RTW. It has interesting details, it's fun to construct and it always makes me feel good when I'm wearing it. I love having it in my pattern collection.”

What are you sewing right now?

“I'm making a summer dress, an OOP Michael Kors pattern (Vogue 2740).”

Which sewing book do you refer to most often?

“My main concern is usually fit problems, so the first book I will refer to is 'Fitting & Pattern Alteration' by Liechty, Rasband and Pottberg-Steineckert. It's a multi method approach and covers fit problems quite extensively. I also like to read about sewing techniques and pattern alterations.”

What you love most about PatternReview?

“I love that it's a place where you can find so much information on any sewing subject, whether it's from a review or from the forums; my sewing has improved a lot since I became a PR member (2007). What I also appreciate is the motivation I find by seeing what others are doing, not to mention the sewing ideas. How many times would I have overlooked a pattern but put it on my sewing list after seeing a wonderful rendition of it on PR?”

Any other favorite hobbies?

“I've always been interested in foreign languages - I'm learning Portuguese when I have time to take classes. I love pretty much any kind of movie from any era as long as it's well made and well played; these days I've watched a lot of Danish cinema through my favorite actor, Mads Mikkelsen. I also like to travel and I just love meeting with people from different cultures.”

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

“I live in the beautiful Quebec City, Canada. I'm a professional singer (mainly jazz), and also a voice teacher. I lead different musical projects and sing in various contexts, here and outside Quebec.”

Great to hear from you, Twinset!

See more reviews by Twinset on PR.

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Rhoda K said...
Nice to meet you! Great interview.
7/11/14 5:49 PM
Aixoise said...
You're such a stylish and accomplished woman. It's a pleasure to get to know you a little. And, BTW, I love Quebec City. It is indeed beautiful.
7/11/14 10:10 PM
TJSEWS said...
I am glad to see you as a member in focus. I have always enjoyed your blog posts and admired your beautifully made creations. You are so talented! All the best to you!
7/11/14 11:47 PM
Danvillegirl said...
Great interview! I like your style.
7/12/14 7:53 AM
crisford said...
I always enjoy seeing your projects!
7/12/14 11:09 AM
emmalacroix said...
You have impeccable taste in fashion and style and you are a very talented sewist. I'm happy to have met you and am looking forward to following your blog.
7/15/14 8:04 AM
Christas said...
I've been a follower of yours for years. You have always made beautiful garments, and I've always been impressed with the fit, style, and quality of the clothing you make. It's so nice to learn more about you!
7/15/14 8:16 AM
Nancy Rhodes said...
Nice to get to know you! and I agree, PR rocks the sewing community - making a solitary hobby less so... should that be sew?
7/15/14 8:24 AM
Quickie said...
Twinset I love your style of clothing in relationship with your body
7/15/14 8:33 AM
Ginger S. said...
Wonderful interview! I enjoyed reading it. I looked up the review for the gown your wearing in the last picture. I agree, the black and white pictures are awesome.
7/15/14 8:42 AM
Heavenly Design said...
Beautiful pieces! Love all your work here and especially love the long sleeve magenta top that ties at the neckline and would love to know the pattern info....stunning!
7/17/14 10:50 PM
Who won the Outerwear Contest? Find out here!By AlexisW on 7/11/14 10:23 AM

From rain jackets to trench coats, the Outerwear Contest featured outstanding adult and children garments. And whether we like it or not, fall is on its way! Early autumn pattern collections are now being released, so it’s a great time to start planning ahead. With that in mind, the Outerwear Contest encouraged participants to sew a garment that is designed to be outerwear, such as parkas and ponchos, perfect for cool summer evenings or destination vacations. Special criteria members considered while voting included quality construction methods, lining techniques and seam finishes.

You voted! Let's meet the winners now...


First Prize Winner: ColeenS for Burda 7347 (COAT & JACKET)

Congratulations, ColeenS!

ColeenS says, “I'm very happy with it. Actually looking forward to the fall so I can wear it.”


Second Prize Winner: Lynnelle for Indygo Junction 740 (Trench Topper)

Congrats, Lynnelle!

Lynnelle says, “Having sewn this coat before, the second version of course did not take nearly as long. In fact, it took me around 5 days to complete. Oh the joys of having TNT patterns!”


Congratulations to everyone who participated in the Outerwear Contest!

Special thanks to the Contest Manager, Aroura.

PatternReview is the proud sponsor of the Outerwear Contest.

Browse the Contest Gallery to see all entries.

Read the behind-the-scenes Contestant Discussion.

Review the Contest Rules and Report.


Join a contest today! View all Currently Running Contests on PR.

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Nancy Rhodes said...
Winners = all who entered. WOW Factor Winners: Lynnelle and Coleen! Both have made exceptional garments... stylish, eye-catching and such perfect fit... I congratulate you both
7/11/14 2:09 PM
MrsCharisma said...
CONGRATS!! Beautiful winning entries!
7/11/14 4:29 PM
Rhoda K said...
Congratulations to the top 2 and to all who entered. All entries were very good.
7/11/14 5:51 PM
beanchor said...
7/11/14 6:59 PM
Aroura said...
Congratulations winners and everyone who entered! Gorgeous winning work!
7/12/14 4:31 AM
Darlenesews said...
Both are fantastic coats. I really like the black and white fabric. Congrats to both!
7/13/14 1:56 PM
PattyE said...
7/13/14 11:33 PM
velosewer said...
Congratulations. They are fabulous coats.
7/14/14 5:44 AM
Tee Jones Actie said...
Congrats, just love that black and white fabric!!!
7/15/14 7:23 AM
emmalacroix said...
Both coats are outstanding. Well done to you both!
7/15/14 8:59 AM
annem54 said...
Congratulations to the winners. I enjoyed looking at all the entrants.
7/15/14 10:05 AM
carolynw said...
Great sewing and congrats to you both for outstanding entries!
7/15/14 10:50 AM
whatlarks said...
Making a coat is real test of a sewer. I'd say you passed with flying colors.
7/15/14 11:28 AM
tiajah said...
Yay! Two of my favorites! Beautiful garments that I'd love to wear.
7/15/14 12:18 PM
travel4fabric said...
excellent style and excellent sewing techniques Congrats to the fabulous winners
7/15/14 9:24 PM
Editorial Book Review - Little One-Yard Wonders By Deepika on 7/10/14 12:27 PM

As a mom of a very fashionable 3 year old, I was excited to receive this book for a review. If you know me at all, you know how much I love pattern books. Almost as much as I love to buy 1-yard cutsThat's precisely the reason, I don't need a stash inventory system. Because most of my fabric doesn't last for more than one projectMarry those two and you get this book. 

Rebecca and Patricia have done it again! See our review of Fabric by Fabric One Yard Wonders book here

This beautifully curated, edited and photographed book contains 101 projects you can make for your kids from babies to 12 years old. From Nursery to Bedtime to Outdoor Play, they've got you covered. The first thing you'll see when you open the book is, you guess it right - PATTERNS!

A handy pocket holds all of them right there in the book for easy organization.

Check out the variety of projects in the book! It'll keep you busy for a very long timeAnd you can finally use those 1 yard cuts. My favorite thing about buying one-yard cuts is that I can splurge on some special fabrics ((Nani Iro, Liberty Lawn etc ) without spending too much. 


How cute is this Crib Mobile! 

And they'll love you to the moon if you make them this I-Spy game. 


But the real value for me are the gamernt patterns. Just the swing dress, board shorts and the western shirt alone are worth the price of this book. 

There may be 101 projects in this book but no corners are cut in showing you how to sew each and every detail. The western shirt is like a mini-sewing lesson. 



Flipping through the patterns I found something which is perfect for my first project. A sun hat with a keyhole for a ponytail! 


My only regret? Why didn't this book come out 3 years ago when I started sewing for my little one :) 

If you have little ones to sew or know anyone who sews for kids, this book should have a place on your bookshelf.



Tell us about your favorite one-yard or less project below and you'll be entered into a drawing to receive this book! Giveaway ends Sunday, July 13th. Thanks to Storey Publishing for sending us this book for a review and giveaway. 


To qualify for this giveaway you must have an account with PatternReview and must have a photo as your avatar. If you don't have a photo, its super quick to add one by editing your profile

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UPDATE July 14th 2014

The Giveaway is now closed. The winner by Random selection is beanchor! Congratulations beanchor. I hope this book brings you hours of joy sewing for your little ones. 


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michellep74 said...
I would love to win a copy of this book--from the list, it looks like it has a LOT of great projects to make for my 2-year-old. I'd most like the Ruffled Romper--I love dressing Eva in rompers for the summer, and she loves anything with ruffles on it right now.
7/10/14 5:10 PM
Kathhhhhy said...
I actually have the book (don't count me in the drawing!!). Overall it's such a fun little book but it's VERY girl oriented overall for the wearables. While the toys and things I think are unisex the clothing lacks for boys :( There's 18 girl dresses/tops/skirts/etc while only 4 boy specific things. Then there are 3 unisex patterns for clothes. Otherwise it's a sweet resource for useful and fun baby/toddler sewing projects!!
7/10/14 8:06 PM
Kabunta said...
I was waiting for this book to be released... I like so many quilting fabrics and usually buy them in small amounts since there are so many prints available. My favorite project so far is pants for my 2 years old boy ... and I have done many already ... next I want to get some shirt pattern to TNT but he is growing so fast. And I have to start add pockets to his pants as well since he now learned how to use them :) Sad to hear there are not so many options available for boys.
7/11/14 7:45 AM
dinagideon said...
I would love to get this one. Three kids to sew for? Yes, please. ;)
7/11/14 8:22 AM
Deepika said...
@Kathhhhhy you are right that it does have more clothes for girls than boys but there are still a LOT of projects to sew for boys. I like to think outside the box when I sew for my girl. Sometimes I even buy from the boys section. The board shorts, The Tee-shirts are some of these projects which can be made in plain fabric and customized. Think freezer paper stenciling, stamping and so much more.
7/11/14 11:04 AM
Moxie Carol said...
I love the sunhat with ponytail escape hatch! I have several neighbor girls I could make it for (wish my hair was long enough, it's so cute!). And grand-nieces, too. I'd love to win this one!
7/11/14 2:05 PM
phuys said...
My favorite one yard wonder is a wrap around bAllet skirt. My 16 year old dances ballet in company loves that i can whip her one up in no time with ons yard of fabric and my trusty serger!
7/11/14 8:21 PM
VivianZ said...
My favorite 1 yard project I have done was the one I just recently wrote for the Infant Peasant Dress by Sew Much Ado. I would love to have this book to try more children projects, just to make gifts. I especially love the western shirt in this book!
7/12/14 2:57 PM
Srk1 said...
I've mostly just made a few quick skirts for my two girls but I would love a copy of this book to break out of my rut. I'm a big fan of the remnant bin so most of my stash is 1 yard or less.
7/13/14 0:07 AM
beanchor said...
My favorite one-yard or less project are bags, zipper pouches, wallets; stuff holders :) They are so handy to toss in my giant purse and keep things separate.
7/13/14 0:30 AM
arianamaniacs said...
My favorite 1 yard projects are pillow cases and fun throw pillows for the couch. I also like placemats and small stuffed animals. Ive made some moose and bears and a Halloween witch face shaped like the moon. Those are good to use with stash on hand. This book looks really fun for small kids :)
7/14/14 7:00 AM
beanchor said...
Yea randomness! Thanks!
7/15/14 8:28 AM
bluewillow said...
Oh my gosh I am so excited about the pony tail sun hat pattern!!! What a wonderful book! I wish I'd had it 30 years ago when my kids were small! I love making pillows and accessory bags with one yard or less! Thank you for the giveaway opportunity!
7/15/14 11:17 AM
Js1747 said...
I have the book "One Yard Wonders". It was suggested to me by a member of PR a few years ago when I was taking up sewing again after many years away from it. It was a wonderful way to practice basic sewing skills while making really fun projects. As a matter of fact, I still pull out that book from time to time when I want to do something quick and fun with leftover fabrics. Soon I'll be passing it on to my cousin who wants to learn to sew. I can't wait to get this new book sonI can make some great stuff for my niece who is 8.
7/15/14 4:02 PM
Sewing Machines - Review HighlightsBy AlexisW on 7/9/14 2:12 PM

If you’re stuck choosing between two different sewing machines and can't decide which model you'd prefer, browse through our members’ highly-rated machines or compare features for more advice!

Bernina 750QE

mollycoomer says, “When I discovered the 750 I was elated. It had everything on both my lists, and more…I like being able to see how the stitches will form. I've had no problems putting in or taking my bobbin out after the first time. I read the instructions in the manual along with watching it on the screen tutorial. I find the online tutorials helpful and easy to navigate. As a quilter I love that the bobbins hold more thread, and how easy it is to wind a bobbin. Which you can do while still sewing because of the separate motor. I find both the instruction manual and online tutorials user-friendly. I love sewing on it as it runs so smooth. I just pieced a quilt in two days with every corner precisely matched up.”

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Baby Lock Ovation

joycea says, “I used this machine at a presentation given by a Babylock Representative provided by the sewing machine store for one day. The other ladies had their own Evolves. The owner knew I was considering trading in my Enlighten for this machine. I liked the placement of the foot lever, the extra space to the right of the needles and as with my Enlighten, the ease with which stitches come out balanced without fussing. I also discovered that air threading could be bypassed if thicker thread was used from the sewing shop owner, but have not tried it yet. On my Enlighten wooly nylon at times would break or not thread without the wire to guide it through.”

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Grainline Studio Contest Winners & New PatternBy AlexisW on 7/7/14 12:28 PM

Grainline Studio was our featured Indie Pattern Designer for the month of June! Grainline Studio Patterns are versatile basics that can be easily altered to create many unique styles. Owner and designer Jen Beeman, also offers helpful sewalongs, pattern hacks and tutorials on her blog. In celebration of Grainline Studio, contest participants posted new reviews of Grainline Studio projects for a chance to win some fabulous prizes!

Two winners have been drawn for the Indie Pattern Designer Contest, let’s meet them now…

lumiukko for Grainline Studio 31004 (Archer Shirt)

lumiukko says, “As evidenced by this pattern being one of the top patterns of 2013, this is an excellent pattern that is very versatile. This is a really great basic pattern that can be adapted in so many different ways. I like the relaxed fit of it and have worn my shirts often.” 


KG2 for Grainline Studio 31002 (Scout Woven Tee)

KG2 says, “This is a great pattern. Great base pattern easy to alter to make different looks.”

Congratulations, winners!

Thank you to everyone who participated the Indie Pattern Designer Contest

Special thanks to Grainline Studio for sponsoring this contest!


Recently released Alder Shirtdress by Grainline Studio is now available on PR! 

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Read more from our Indie Pattern Designer series:

June - Celebrating Grainline Studio Patterns

May - Celebrating Angela Wolf Patterns

April - Celebrating Colette Patterns

March - Celebrating Sewaholic Patterns

February - Celebrating MariaDenmark Patterns

January - Celebrating Christine Jonson Patterns

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ConnieBJ said...
Based on the great results I had with my Maritime shorts I've already downloaded this new pattern!
7/7/14 1:43 PM
ASiverson said...
Oooh, a new pattern. Thank you! And Congrats to the winners! Also a very nice thing!
7/8/14 4:40 PM
ASiverson said...
Oooh, a new pattern. Thank you! And Congrats to the winners! Also a very nice thing!
7/8/14 4:40 PM
megdortch said...
Jen and her tutorials are the best! Thanks for featuring Grainline.
7/9/14 12:05 PM
Vote Today in the Outerwear Contest!By AlexisW on 7/3/14 3:16 PM

Voting for the Outerwear Contest has begun! For cool summer nights, rainy days, or the coming autumn season, this month-long contest encouraged participants to sew a well-constructed outerwear garment.

Open for both adult and child clothing entries, the Outerwear Contest featured many unique outfits. For those of us in New England, we know that you can never have enough jackets!

See all candidate entries and vote in the Contest Gallery page.

Special criteria to consider while voting in the Outerwear Contest includes eligible clothing types, such as raincoats, parkas, coats, jean jackets, ponchos, ect. Contestant reviews should also have photos demonstrating the front, back, and interior finish of the garment.

Review the Contest Rules for additional details about this contest.

Voting for the Outerwear Contest begins today and will close on Wednesday, July 9th. Vote now!

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Sewing Machines - Review HighlightsBy Deepika on 7/2/14 11:51 AM

On the hunt for a new sewing machine? See what our members have to say!

Bernina 550 QE

Whippet girl on the Bernina 550 QE Sewing Machine

Whippet girl says, "As a long time Bernina user my first impressions of the 550 were familiarity up to a point. Having traded in my 750 for her I had to get used to the more basic interface. That was not a problem, but I did keep trying to touch the screen! Slower learner alert! The machine is quiet, smooth and precise, as I would expect from Bernina."

"I would wholeheartedly recommend this machine to others. I have to say it has made me realize that I have gone for machine with more than I need on at times, and that has not always been the best course of action. I wanted the dual feed on the 750 and I thought I would really miss it, being a huge PFaff fan too. I have not missed it at all! Bearing in mind I have access to it on other machines. The feed on the 550 is excellent as it is and has coped with some seriously tiddly bits of starting points."

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Baby Lock BLCS

Scottiechick on the Baby Lock BLCS Coverstitch

Scottiechick says, “I've read so many positive things about this machine here on pattern review. When I found one on my area craigslist for $500 I snapped it up! I sew primarily with knits, so this was a type of machine I was strongly considering for some time, and after reading peoples' struggles with the Janome coverstitch only machines, I was hoping for the BL, but the $1000+ retail price tag was more than I would spend; that's more than my sewing machine, and double the price of my serger!”

“The tension takes a bit more work than I was expecting from other reviews of this machine that were indicating it was more 'set it and forget it' for them. I've also been switching between Maxilock and Wooly Nylon in the looper, which is probably why I'm requiring more tension adjustments. I'm no stranger to adjusting tension, but it was more than I was expecting. Adjusting the tension also isn't that intuitive in terms of what you must loosen/tighten when seeing problems. Thankfully I've easily been able to troubleshoot by searching the message boards here on PR.”

“Overall, I'm very pleased. I can tell that it's taken my finishing up a notch, and I got the machine at a price I was happy with. Win-win in my book!”

See Scottiechick's full review here.


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MHCrowe said...
best jeans pattern
7/4/14 4:30 PM

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