Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Sew Spoiled September Giveaway!

I have had so much fun this month with Learning to Sew with you! I hope you have pick up a few tips and tricks along the way.
Don’t forget all month you can receive 15% off all Sew Spoiled Patterns by entering the Coupon Code: SEWTEACHME.
Only available in my Sew Spoiled Etsy Shop for the entire month of September 2011.
Now for the Sew Spoiled September Giveaway! It is for a Sew Spoiled Bundle Pattern Package of 4!! That means the winner will choose 4 Sew Spoiled Patterns from my Etsy Shop. Simply post a comment on this blog post to enter to win.
Please one post per blogger.
The winner will pick 4 patterns from any of these…
The links are pictures of each pattern.
Giveaway Rules!
+Our Giveaway will run September 28-30, 2011, with the winner being announced October 1, 2011!
+The winner will be selected by
+The Sew Spoiled bundle will be emailed to the winner by October 3, 2011.
+ To enter to win post a comment on this blog post!
+Only one comment please per person.
+This giveaway is open to everyone.
+Leave your EMAIL ADDRESS, you can leave it as: leah(dot)sewspoiled(at)gamil(dot)com
+This giveaway ends September 30, 2011 at 8PM Eastern Standard Time.
Next Month’s blog theme is Organization!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

New Crafsty Website!

Crafsty has a new fun website! You can create a profile and upload your own favorite projects! They also have online classes for all skill levels. Each class is a collection of tutorial videos by experts in each craft. You can see Gretchen Hirsch’s, Sew Retro class is on the front page. I think I might have to sign up. (Smiles)
Have you tried an online sewing class? What was your favorite part?? Let us know your thoughts!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Commonly used Sewing Terms

Baste stitch is to sew two pieces together with longer stitches, and just enough stitches to keep the pieces together. It is used when pinning would not be enough to secure the two fabrics together. This technique is used so you can go back and sew without the fabric shifting around.
Gather- I like to use a long baste style stitch and tug at the bobbin threads. This pulls the fabric together like a shower curtain on a rod.
Hem is to make a finished edge. You usually turn the raw edge over twice and sew the edge of the fold.
Patchwork is to sew two or more fabric pieces together.
Rights Sides Together means to place two pieces of fabric together and the pretty sides are touching.
Seam Allowance is the distance from the raw edge to the stitch line.
Topstitching is a stitch that helps the main fabric stay in place.
I hope these terms and pictures help you!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Measuring for Sewing Patterns

There are some great sites for learning how to measure your body. It is best to do this with a friend who can help you hold the measuring tape around your body. If you do not have a close friend nearby to help you. Remember you have a closet filled with clothes that fit the way you like.
Take the measurements of your clothes and then add 2” for ease and seam allowance.
This technique can also help you choose the correct template size to cut out for a new sewing pattern.
Here is a cute worksheet you can print and write down the measurements. It is nice to keep these over the years to see their growth.
This worksheet by Keyka Lou Patterns is so wonderful.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

What should you look for??

When you first set your eyes on a sewing pattern you should look for some information from the pattern.
What do you need to know?
1. The end product’s size.
        2.        The amount of fabric needed to start the sewing pattern.
(Make sure you have all the sewing supplies you need to start.)
        3. Skill level or what sewing techniques you might need to know before sewing the pattern.
(If you do not know a technique remember you can look it up or watch a video tutorial.)
Usually, you can find the answers to all of these questions on the back of the envelope or the pattern description if it is a Epattern.
If you are a novice sewer, I would choose a pattern that is labeled Easy. Look for straight stitching, with no curves.
Also I would not choose a close fitting outfit. Look for loose fitting clothes or maybe a pattern that size does not matter, perhaps a bag, apron or blanket.
Tomorrow we will look at Sizing and where and how to get your size measurements.
Also all month you can receive 15% off all Sew Spoiled Patterns by entering the Coupon Code: SEWTEACHME.
Only available in at Sew Spoiled’s Etsy Shop for the entire month of September 2011.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Reading a Pattern Week

This week is all about reading a sewing pattern!!
We will show you where to look and what you need to know from your pattern before you start on your sewing adventure.
Here is this weeks line up;
Tuesday= What you need to know?
Wednesday= Sizing
Friday= Frequently used Sewing Terms
Also all month you can receive 15% off all Sew Spoiled Patterns by entering the Coupon Code: SEWTEACHME.
Only available in at Sew Spoiled’s Etsy Shop for the entire month of September 2011.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Free Sewing Patterns and Collections

I love I started collecting epatterns at YCMT and then began writing my own in 2008.
Apron in an Hour by Jona Giammalva
This is always my first suggestion to any beginner seamstress!
Please take a look at my other free Sew Spoiled Tutorials.
Creative Little Daisy Tutorials by Creative Little Daisy
She too is from NC, I love Autum’s blog!
The first project you make to wear should be a Skirt!
This site has everything but I love all of the sewing for charity tutorials!
This is where I found a plastic grocery bag holder tutorial but it has tons of tutorials.
She has such a cute sense of style! I made this hat from one of her summer tutorials.
This is only one of many tutorials in this collection. Also she has collected tutorials from all around the world!
I hope you enjoy these sites.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Learn to Sew Online!

What better way to learn? Online! You get to be in the comfort of your own home. Set up your laptop, sewing machine and notions and you are ready to learn.
Here are some of my favorite video sites!!!
You can make a free Burda profile and add your projects to the mix.
Sew What’s New has a video bank full of sewing how to’s!!!
The DIY Dish has many tv episodes. Showing how to make everything from aprons to pillows.
from Threads Magazine
Crafsty has instruction videos that you pay for to learn about sewing or other crafts by a well know crafter.
I hope you enjoyed these video sites. If you know of any fun sewing video sites that are not listed here please post a comment with your favorite sewing videos!
I would love to see your favorites!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Sewing Book Bliss

You can learn so much from a book. I love each of these sewing books for different reasons. I hope you are able to pick up at least one of these and learn a new sewing technique or make a beautiful new handmade piece.
Sewing today is not like it was when your grandmother started to learn.
Look at this skirt! It is perfect! I want one too! Most of sewing is in a straight line!
To know your sewing machine, is to know your best friend.
Diana Rupp makes everything look so easy and fun!
These clothes almost make themselves! This is the perfect book if you want to learn to sew your own wardrobe.
If you want to learn a new technique or you need a reference guide this is the book for you.
I have made 5 patterns from Heather Ross’s book, Weekend Sewing!
I hope you enjoy this list.
Please share your favorite sewing books that are not listed here. Post a comment and share your favorites!