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Friday, March 18, 2016

The New Issue of Sew News Is Out and I Have 3 To Give Away!

The brand new April/May issue of Sew News is out and I have 3 copies to give away!!! 

This is a great issue. If you don't already have a subscription, you don't want to miss this issue. So be sure to leave a message on this post for a chance to win a copy!

As always, there are free patterns. The fun Maritime Tote is one that I can't wait to make. You can download the free pattern HERE.
There's also a free pattern for this must have summer favorite, the Uptown Folk Peasant Blouse. You can download the free pattern HERE. The patterns are only free until May 31, 2016, so don't delay in getting them downloaded.
The peasant blouse article includes the templates for the embroidery along with all of the instructions. 
This issue also includes a great article from Joi Mahon on fit that I'm sure you will want to read. 
You'll also find my article on the next sew along. If you've never sewn a bias garment, then you are in for a real treat. The Magic Bias Dress from Fashions In Harmony is a beautiful pattern. So many feel that they can't wear a bias garment. You most certainly can! A bias garment falls beautifully over curves and just skims the body making the garment not only comfortable, but quite attractive. The trick to a well fitting bias garment is to cut it with the appropriate amount of ease. We'll talk more about this in future posts. 
What I especially love about this dress, and what makes it rather magical is that the pieces are all cut on the straight of grain. No cutting on the bias!!!! You can't go wrong. The pieces are cut on the straight of grain, but when sewn together, the pieces wrap around the body and hang on the bias. It really is a very ingenious design.
Below is a drawing of the dress from Fashions In Harmony.  

And below is the line drawing along with measurements, suggested fabrics and yardage.
 The neckline of the dress is finished with a French piping.
It really isn't piping at all. You actually take a piece of bias, sew it to the seam and then roll the bias strip over the seam edge and stitch it down.  

 The pattern includes 3 sleeve styles. I chose the tulip sleeve. So fluttery and pretty. A great sleeve for summer.
The hem of the dress is a simple rolled hem. 
Be sure to stay tuned as I will have a pattern to give away. I'll post the pattern give away next week. In the meantime, leave a message on this post if you would like a chance at winning 1 of the 3 magazines

This sew along will begin the week of April 4th, so it's coming right on the heels of the Pepernoot Coat sew along, but just in time for summer, at least on my side of the world :). I have 2 of these dresses made and I am really looking forward to making another. I'll probably live in them all summer!
I'll announce the winners of the magazines next Friday, March 25, 2016. So you have until Thursday March 24, 2016 at midnight to get your name in for the drawing.
Good Luck!!!



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77 comments:

  1. I would love to win one of the magazines. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  2. I would love to have a copy of the magazine. It looks like a great issue. Thanks!

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  3. Agree---that nautical bag just screams summer and beach! Love it. And the bias dress that you don't have to cut on the bias. That certainly sounds interesting. So yes, I'd like to win the magazine.

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  4. I would love to have a copy ��

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  5. Thanks Rhonda for a great opportunity . The magic bias dress might just get me to try my first sew a long !!!

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  6. Enter me to win please







































































    enter me please. thank you

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  7. I would love to win a copy of this magazine, if for nothing else the article on fit.
    Thanks Rhonda

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  8. I've never heard of this magazine before. I'd love to see one.

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  9. This looks like a great issue of the magazine! I would love a chance to win one of the copies please.

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  10. Rhonda - what a fun dress pattern. I'm following along on the coat and someday I'll get brave enough to try one! I would love to win a copy of the current Sew News! Thanks for hosting this. g

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  11. What a great dress! I'm working on a travel wardrobe and a bias dress sounds perfect. I'd love to win a copy of Sew News too.

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  12. As always, thank you for hosting this -- as are most of the responses, I'm particularly intrigued by the dress. I would enjoy the Sew News as I always learn something new in each issue.

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  13. I would love to win. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  14. Sure, enter me as well. I would love to win.

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  15. Thanks for the giveaway! I've already saved that blouse pattern, and would love an issue so that I can try out your bias dress!

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  16. If I can enter in the UK I would love to. The dress looks gorgeous.

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    1. I can't wait for the next sew along! Winning a magazine would be awesome!!!!

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  17. I would love to win a copy of the magazine. The dress looks fabulous by the way.

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  18. Am very intrigued with the dress, would love to win this copy. Thanks for all you do for your readers.

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  19. That bias dress! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  20. Oh please pick me. I would love to sew a bias dress.

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  21. Hi Rhonda. I'd love to win a copy of the magazine. Thanks for the chance. Love that bias dress! Kathy B

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  22. I would love a chance to win also! Thanks!

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  23. Yes please I would love to win a copy of this edition of Sew News its jam packed with interesting articles and designs.

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  24. Please include me ... FIESTA :)

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  25. I'd love a copy of this issue, enter me also! Sue in Minneapolis

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  26. What a cute and innovative dress! I haven't actually participated in a sew along before, although I've followed along on some. I think this might just be my first.

    Oh yes, and I would love to win a copy of Sew News. I don't subscribe, but I always enjoy the articles when I pick up a copy.

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  27. I'm making that tote TODAY!
    PS: pick me!! :)

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  28. Hello Rhonda, I have been thinking of trying a garment in a bias design for some time, no guts up till know. Sounds like a good dress to start with. Magazine looks to have some good fit info; always needed. Thank you

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  29. I love the peasant blouse and trying my hand at the embroidery.
    I would love a copy of Sew News!

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  30. Love, love, love the dress! A free copy of Sew News would be awesome.

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  31. I love bias cut but have not successfully mastered it. There must be a secret and I'm anxious to learn it

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  32. I'm very interested in sewing bias garments!

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  33. It looks good. enter me to WIN !

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  34. I would love to win a copy of the magazine. I just discovered your blog and love learning the techniques and methods you post. The bias dress looks fun. I may get brave a try the sew a long!

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  35. It sounds like a good issue. Please enter me in your giveaway. Thanks.

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  36. Love the bias dress! Would love to win one of the magazines.

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  37. Yes please, I love the peasant blouse ��

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  38. Please enter me in the drawing. I would love to have a copy.

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  39. How very grnerous! I'd love a copy. Also, the idea of creating a bias dress that will work on a more mature figure is very interesting! Looks like a winner!

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  40. I love that the bias dress has the modern concept of blocking; I would like to enter to win. Thank you Rhonda.

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  41. I'd love to win the magazine. It looks like one I might want to get a subscription for soon.

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  42. Thanks for the giveaway! The Maritime Tote would be great for a trip to the seaside.

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  43. Winning a copy of this issue is just what I need to get started sewing again! Thank you for the opportunity.

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  44. That looks like a great issue! A lot of my favourite people writing in it :) And that dress is gorgeous too, lots of neat details.

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  45. Oh I'd love to win this magazine. And your next sew-along looks fabulous.

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  46. I would love a copy of this issue. I'm intrigued by the bias dress!

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  47. would love to win something. but your posts are a gift in themselves.

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    1. That is so sweet :), thank you. Your comment began my day. It's going to be a great day!!!

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  48. Just found your blog (from Diary of a Sewing Fanatic) That is a great dress! It would be so flattering on just about everyone. Thanks for posting it!

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  49. I love your blog and would really like to win ....

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  50. I follow via email and would love to win! :) Thanks for the opportunity!

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  51. Would love to win a copy of the magazine. Thanks!

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  52. The bias dress looks so interesting, hopping to win!

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  53. I would love to win the bias dress pattern!

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  54. Please enter me for a chance to win the new issue.

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  55. I have 12 young adults in my 4-H Sewing group, ages 7-16! Everyone is a joy and it is fun to watch them grow. Sewing magazines are wonderful to share with my group and they would enjoy this issue of Sew News.
    One of my young teenagers is making a top with hand embroidery SEW similar to the picture!
    Thank You!

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  56. If the giveaway is open internationally, count me in!
    Thanks Rhonda!

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  57. I would love to win! Thanks Rhonda!

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  58. thank you ! I'd love to win too.

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  59. I'd like to enter the drawing. Thanks!

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  60. This is a dress for me and wish I had it now. I would be making this to wear Easter. So flattering no matter what shape. Already digging thru my fabric stash.

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  61. I have the pattern from years ago, and it makes you eager to sew a dress without a lot of fuss! I do hope for one of the magazines, as well!

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  62. I would love to win a copy of this pattern. I love how nice your dress turned out.

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  63. your emails (posts) are always so entertaining. I would love to get a copy of the magazine.

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  64. just read the blog email I get Love the dress especially as it is 3 pieces!

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  65. I follow your blog by email. I'm enjoying your posts and use them to improve my sewing skills and for design inspiration. Winning the bias dress pattern would enable me to sew one soon.

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