Wednesday, March 30, 2011

April is Digital Delivery Sewing Month!

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I will be featured in the April Digital Delivery Sewing Month with Sew Mama Sew!! During the month of April they will feature epattern designers, show you how to use epatterns, describe how to make your own and host free digital tutorials!!! I am so excited! Can’t wait to see who else will be featured! Thank you Kristin and Beth at Sew Mama Sew for putting all of this information together about digital patterns! 
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The March Giveaway for a signed copy of Chic and Simple Sewing by Christine Haynes is still running through March 31, 2011!!! Click here to enter to win!
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Monday, March 28, 2011

Giveaway and Crafty Goodness!

The March Giveaway for a signed copy of Chic and Simple Sewing by Christine Haynes is still running through March 31, 2011!!! Click here to enter to win!
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I recently came across some wonderful April sewing and printable projects and I want to share them with you! I love finding new printbles!
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These vintage Easter labels are adore! She shares how you can print them on paper bags to give to family and friends.
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Make these cute shoe laces for your little ones or your self!
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This is awesome! I have always wanted to make a beautiful umbrella.
Thank you to these blogs for sharing all of your crafty adventures!
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Friday, March 25, 2011

March Chic and Simple Sewing Book Giveaway!{CLOSED}

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March Giveaway is being sponsored by the author Christine Haynes. Christine has written Chic and Simple Sewing, a wonderful sewing book filled with 23 patterns for you to choose from. All of the templates are full size and located in a side envelop pocket for easy storage. Her book is divide into the seasons of the year. You no longer have to wait till spring and summer to sew clothes for yourself. Anytime of the year you can fine a chic and simple project to spruce up your wardrobe.
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If you haven’t already, you can read all about Christine and her book in our interview.
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There is also a Flickr: Chic & Simple Sewing: The Creations photo sharing group where you can see more chic and simple projects completed.
Now for the best part Christine has sponsored one signed copy of her book, Chic and Simple Sewing!!!
The giveaway will run through midnight on March 31, 2011 with the winner being announced on 
April 1, 2011! What do you have to do to enter to win? Post a comment below, only one comment per person, about your adventures in sewing for your own wardrobe. Or if you have never made clothes for yourself, tell us what project you would love to make first (skirt, tunic, dress, jacket, etc.).
Good Luck Everyone!
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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Wrap Skirt from Chic and Simple Sewing

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I made this wrap skirt from Chic and Simple Sewing written by Christine Haynes. I loved making it because the skirt itself is one piece with ties you sew on to it. So it is a great project for someone who is a beginner. Simply cut the skirt and ties, iron and sew!
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Christine Haynes wrote in her book that this skirt started it all. I can see why! It is simple to make and looks great on any body shape.
Tomorrow you can enter to win a signed copy of Chic and Simple Sewing. It is filled with great projects, like this one, for any season! The book also comes with full size templates!
See you tomorrow!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Favorite Fabric Finds on Etsy!

I am always on the look out for new beautiful fabrics! Here are a few fabrics I love and Sew Spoiled projects that would look great. I wish I had hours of time to sew to my hearts content. The trouble is it is never enough!
I hope you are enjoying the wonderful weekend!
Next week is the Chic and Simple Sewing book giveaway, starting March 25th!
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Anything made from these prints by Rosanna Bowles would look awesome but I first thought of the Sew Spoiled Ladybug Apron when I saw them together.
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A new mother would love a new Sew Spoiled Diaper Bag made in these prints by Katie Spain.
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If you are thinking about teacher gifts for the spring, the Sew Spoiled Wristlet would be a super sweet gift in these fabrics by Riley Blake.
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I love the contrast between the yellow and dark black and grey. That is why the Sew Spoiled Cabrio Tote would be fun to make with these fabrics.
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The grape and moss duo would be fantastic as a new Sew Spoiled iPad 1 or 2 case!
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These fabrics would look great in the Sew Spoiled Mommy and Me Ladybug Back pack pattern.
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Happy Sewing!
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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Chic and Simple Sewing Interview with Christine Haynes

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Today, Christine Haynes from Chic and Simple Sewing joins us to share more about herself, sewing tips and upcoming projects. Her amazing book Chic and Simple Sewing has become one of my favorite sewing books. March 25th we will be hosting a giveaway with the winner receiving an autographed copy of her book Chic and Simple Sewing.
Sew Spoiled: How did you learn to sew?
Christine: I was lucky that my mom was crafty and taught me to sew at a young age. I
didn’t really do it on a serious level until after high school when I
bought my first serger. That was amazing and I was officially bitten by
the sewing bug! I’ve pretty much been sewing ever since!

Sew Spoiled: What were your favorite projects as a beginner seamstress?
Christine: When I first started sewing as a kid, I tried skirts. But honestly I
hardly finished anything. In my late teens when I bought my serger, I went
a bit crazy with dresses and skirts, and that’s pretty much where my love
still is! I think beginners should try something that they love so they
have the motivation to finish the project. It’s easy to give up when the
going gets tough if you’re not in love with the picture on the pattern.
You need to want it bad enough to fight through the issues that will come
up along the way!

Sew Spoiled: Where do you find inspiration?
Christine: I find a lot of inspiration on real people, both in life and on the web. I
love traveling and watching people wear fashions in their everyday lives.
As great as editorial imagery is, I really find it so far removed from how
we really live in fashion, and that is what interests me most. I read
blogs like The Satorialist everyday and have folders of photos stored on
my computer. I also love and collect old yearbooks, both high school and
college. Again, seeing how people really dressed versus how they are
portrayed in old films is quite different. I like seeing the real life
images!

Sew Spoiled: Do you have a favorite sewing tip or accessory that makes sewing
easier?

Christine: My answer is always the same when people ask me for my favorite tools
and/or tips: good scissors and a good iron! It’s impossible to sew well if
your cut edges are not cut well at the very beginning. It’s a domino
effect and each step will be more accurate when it’s cut well in step one.
As for the iron, proper pressing can elevate a garment dramatically!

Sew Spoiled: What new projects can we look forward to? (Can you give us the inside
scoop?)

Christine: I cannot spill any beans on upcoming books, but I can let everyone know
about a couple of other things. First off, I’m very excited to be shooting
an episode of Sew It All with Ellen March for PBS. It’s for season two and
I have no idea yet when it will air, but if you stay tuned to my blog, I
promise to let everyone know when it’s on.
Also, I am teaching at the American Sewing Guild Conference that’s taking
place in Los Angeles this August. I will be teaching an all-day workshop
of the Baby Doll Dress from my book and will be teaching two lecture
workshops about sewing runway and vintage inspired fashions for the home
seamstress. I’m very excited and honored to have been asked to be part of
both the show and the conference!

Check out her site ChristineHaynes.com to find out more. Thank you Christine for stopped by and giving us some tips and upcoming events to look forward to.
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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Silhouette Fabric Applique Tutorial

You can buy the Silhouette fabric interfacing (sewable or clean cut) or you can buy HeatnBond (Sew or ultra hold).
The price difference is $5.00 for the same amount of interfacing (17” X 36”).
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You can see what I chose.
Step 1: Cut your fabric and interfacing the same size. Make sure it will fit your adhesive mat. It works best on the thicker mat.
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Step 2: Iron the fabric to the interfacing and peel away the paper side.
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Step 4: Go to your computer, set up your applique design. Click send to Silhouette.
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Step 5: Send the cutting job to your Silhouette.
Use the pink cap, set the speed to 3-5 and the cutting thickness to 25-30.
You might want to double cut, depending on the fabric you are using.
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Step 6: Peel away the excess and then your applique.
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Step 7: Use your beautiful applique!
Happy Sewing!
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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Sew Spoiled iPad Folding Case is Compatible!

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The iPad 2 is here and has been in Mac stores since Friday! I want to buy one but the lines for the iPad 2 are insane! I did get to look at this one on display. I just happened to have my leather Sew Spoiled iPad Folding Case with me (wink;) and tried it on. I was worried about the 33% smaller iPad 2 not fitting snuggly into this case however my worries are over. It does fit. I do plan to take a closer look at the iPad 2 and the Sew Spoiled Folding Case and make a few updates. The iPad 2 has magnets set inside, this allows for the iPad to fall asleep when the case is closed. I plan to see about using this technology in my updated design and making a few other modifications.
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Did anyone succeed at buying an iPad 2 this weekend? Tell us about your experience!
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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Sew Spoiled Flickr Group Pictures

It is no secret that I love Flickr! I have posted almost every sewing project that I have ever made on Flickr.
I have also started many Flickr groups, the first called Flickr: The Sew Spoiled Pool. It has a total of 267 members, all sharing sewing projects that are handmade to Spoil someone else. Here are a few fantastic pictures!
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Join in the fun and post your pictures! Thank you to the members that love to make handmade gifts.
Happy Sewing!
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