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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The Sew Stylish Cover, The Inside Story

I'm still pinching myself as it just doesn't seem like it can really be! But it is!! It's just so incredible that a little top and skirt that I made would actually make the cover.
When Thread's sent the pattern, this was my instruction sheet. When I received the pattern, it had not been printed and released to the public, so I got it in a rather raw state. From this sketch and the pattern pieces, I had to figure out how it all went together and also decide what I would do with the pattern. 

As I shared with you in when I first found out that my outfit would be on the cover, I didn't have a lot of time to get this completed, so I needed to keep it some what simple. Also, I only had 2 pages in the magazine, so I couldn't do anything too involved. So I added to the tie closure to the shoulder, shortened the skirt and added the flounce.  
 The skirt and pants both have pockets.
 The waistband has a piece of elastic sewn to the interior.
 Because of the loose weave of my fabric, I underlined the skirt.I also cut bias strips and used them to bind the edge of the waistband as well as my hem.
 I sewed the flounce to the lining. The lining pattern is not included in the pattern.
 Since my fabric for the top is very light and gauzey, I faced it with the lining fabric and sewed the seams with a French seam finish. I also cut bias strips from the lining fabric and used it to finish off the hem.
 The neckline of the blouse.
I did not sew to ties to the shoulder as it is printed in the magazine. They couldn't figure out a way to explain what I did in an easy manner, so it was changed and made a little easier. What I actually did was I completely finished the top, but left the shoulder seam open on the side where the ties were to be inserted.
 Then I reached inside and sewed the seam, encasing everything very neatly inside the facing of the blouse.
I ordered 2 copies of the magazine because I was so excited when I heard the news that my garment would be on the cover. Threads gave me an issue, so I now have 3. I'm sure you know where this is going!! I really don't need 3 copies, so I would like to give 1 away. If you would like a chance to win a copy of the magazine, just leave a comment on this post. I will announce the winner on Tuesday, March 4th. So you have an entire week to enter.
Thanks so much for dropping by!
Rhonda



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33 comments:

  1. I don't need a copy of the magazine as I picked one up last week (so don't need to be in drawing). It's so fun seeing your work in a magazine layout and on the cover page! Contrats again! and thanks for the backstory. Very interesting!

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  2. What a cute outfit. I found your blog a few weeks ago (I think through a Pinterest pin), and love how you share your patterning and sewing techniques. Congratulations on the cover! I'd love to check out that magazine, too.

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  3. Hi, that is so awesome...every designers/creative person's dream...congrats. don't stop what you are doing Am happy for you.
    I would love to win a copy :)

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  4. I think that's a most amazing outfit, Rhonda; so worthy of cover status! I'd be delighted to win a copy, and even if I don't, I'll be hunting one down at the newsstand. Well done!

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  5. Congratulations Rhonda, you are so very talented and I am planning on making some items based on your instructions. I wish I can be such an accomplished designer and seamstress like you, however I was completely self trained and miss some pieces in order to make my work better. Well, I guess one always learns. Thanks for sharing

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  6. How nice outfit and perfect finishes. Sure I'd like to win one of these magazines, but do not think it possible to be part of the competition from Spain.

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    1. Of course you are a part of the drawing!!

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  7. What an absolutely beautiful outfit! And I LOVE the idea of adding elastic to this type of waistband, as well as the bias strip to finish the edge. This type of waistband is my favorite to use, but I prefer to add a little extra ease to my waistbands, which often results in them settling on my hip bones with the zipper spinning to anywhere but where it's supposed to be! Adding just that touch of elastic will help keep it where it belongs!

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  8. Congratulations on your mag spread. How exciting. And what a gorgeous outfit.

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  9. Wow!!! Congrats on the cover. Oh yes please, I would love the magazine. I was just looking it on the IPAD and wondering if I should order it. BTW, love the blouse and skirt, pretty colors for Spring and the styles are so cute.
    Karen in Illinois

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  10. Congrats on your work being on the cover, very cool., I like the colors that you used, happy sewing

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  11. Fantastic news that you are on the cover, a well deserved recognition of your wonderful work and to have a copy of the magazine for myself would be amazing.

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  12. Rhonda that is awesome! I'm so happy for you. I told you ages ago in an email that I thought you were a rock star, and now everyone can see it is true. Congratulations!

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    1. Hi Anne, I am ashamed to say that I had forgotten about that comment. Thank you so much for reminding me of it. It is so very appreciated :)

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  13. So happy to see you on the front page. So fitting that you should be on the front page. Thank you for all that you have done for the sewing world.

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  14. Well deserved congratulations on the magazine cover! I'd love to go in the draw for a copy of the magazine. Thanks!

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  15. Beautiful outfit! I would love a copy of the magazine.

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  16. Wow, congratulations for making the cover! I love the colours and I especially like the top.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  17. Congrats, Rhonda. It's so nice knowing someone from the local ASG Chapter and Haute Couture Club is becoming well-known in the sewing community! Good work. Would love a copy of the magazine, signed of course!

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  18. Wow! Congratulations! It must be very exciting having your own work on a magazine cover. Your top is so lovely, and the color choice is very nice. I would love to have the magazine to try sewing the top and the skirt. Besides, I don't have any subscription of this magazine and it would be a nice way to try it before I subscribe. Keep up with your work, you are very talented. Thanks!

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  19. Congratulations, Rhonda. This is such a coup! and well deserved! I will only enter your magazine contest if you sign the cover for me! You are such an amazing member of the sewing community. I see a book in your future and would buy it in a heartbeat.

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    1. If you win, I will happily sign the magazine for you :)
      And a big thank you for your vote of confidence. Fingers crossed!

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  20. I don't usually buy this magazine but I have just started following your blog and I am very much impressed by your skills so I would be pleased to receive this issue with you in it. PS I love the trick with the elastic at the waistband.

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  21. Well done. Great outfit and excellent execution. I would love to be entered for the free draw. Fingers xd

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  22. Congratulations! Font cover! I really like the top, very pretty.

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  23. Congratulations! I think you did a marvelous job - especially when I consider what they gave you to work with. Hooray for you!!

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  24. Thank you for hosting the give-away. I would like to throw my name in if it is not too late. Congratulations on the cover and feature article!

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  25. Congratulations! Your outfit is beautiful. I would love to win the magazine.

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  26. I'm new to discovering your blog, but enjoy reading all of your posts. How exciting for you to be on the show and be in the magazine. The outfit looks very nice. I would love to win the drawing and read the full article.

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  27. I don't often buy magazines by the issue, but this issue with your work in it is a real beauty. I have never been able to get that kind of waistband to work for me. Maybe the instructions about adding the elastic to the waist would help me. I like that it doesn't appear that there is elastic. Thanks

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  28. I'd love to win...this issue is beautiful!

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