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!
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.
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.