Birthday Week Sewing Marathon!!!

Birthday Week Sewing Marathon!!!

Episode 104 Behind the Scenes LIVE ? Houston Quilt Festival Recap, Tutorial on using the Projector for Embroidery, Announcing New Events in 2019 and Getting Ready for Original Sewing & Quilt Expo in Novi ? See you soon! xoxo Angela

Launching Birthday Week Sewing Marathon! 

 

I love this time of year, escpecially because I try to take a few hours each day to focus on sewing for myself.  Although, the week never takes on the full sewing vacation I would love to enjoy, but at least it gets me thinking about new projects and adds a few new outfits to the closet.  I have included all of the live videos that week and each has lessons that will give you ideas for customizing your clothing.  

Vlog Episode 106:  A look at some fabric I found lat week in Novi and some ideas for sewing projects this week, particularly patternhacking the Delila into a dress.  This episode will show how to alter your pattern and create a stylich dress.

Vlog Episode 107: Our usual weekly live show, Behind the Scenes shows the finally with my new delila pattern hack.  I also sho

Vlog Episode 108:  Check out this lace and bleaching kit I found in my stash while unpacking at the new studio!  I also show how I transformed a Ruched-T pattern into this fabulous stretch fleece sporty top with coverstitch or souble coverstitching.  

Vlog Epsiode 109: Sherpa fabric and a look at my custom couture crocheted trim

 

At the end of the week I took some time for a steelhead fishing trip on the St. Joseph River sporting my sherpa jacket!  I hope you had as much fun as I did this week and as you heard in the last video, I am sewing until Christmas!!! Be sure to leave your comments below and let me know what you are sewing this season.  

See you next week,

xoxo

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The Shirley Faux Wrap Top & Dress Sewing Pattern

The Shirley Faux Wrap Top & Dress Sewing Pattern

The Shirley Faux Wrap Dress & Top I designed this pattern as one of the wrap style dresses and tops for season 19 of It's Sew Easy tv. The Shirley wrap can be sewn as a top or a dress.   Because the style must pullover the head, this top must be sewn with a...

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DIY: Refashion Jeans with Trim

DIY: Refashion Jeans with Trim

Refashion Jeans with Trim 

You might have noticed some of the fashions of the late 60’s and 70’s making a comeback on the store shelves, from floral fabrics to embellished jeans. How about adding crocheted ribbon trim along the outside leg!  This is so easy!!!

Supplies:

  • Jeans
  • Measuring tape
  • Pins
  • Ribbon or trim (check that the trim is washable)

PREPPING

  1. Measure the outside of the jean leg from the bottom edge of the waistband to the hem.

2. Add 6 inches to the outside leg measurement and cut 2 pieces of trim that exact length.

3. Starting at the edge of the waistband, center the trim with the outside leg seam. Fold under the raw edge of the trim about ½” and pin.

4. Continue to pin the trim along the outside leg seam. Be sure to look for metal rivets or other hardware! Here I have a rive and I will make sure to mark this spot as to not break the sewing machine needle.

5. Pin the ribbon/ trim all the way to the hemline. If you plan on folding up the jeans, measure 4 inches below the hemline and cut the trim.  If you are not going to fold up the jean hem, measure 2 inches and cut off any excess ribbon.

6. Turn the jeans inside out. Center the ribbon on the seam allowance, fold under the raw edge ½” and pin in place.

7. Follow these steps on both outside leg seams.

 

SEWING

Depending on the style and size of the jeans, it can be challenging sewing all the way down to the narrow hemline.  To make is easier we are going to utilize the sewing sideways feature!

8. Set up the machine for sewing a straight stitch and move the needle all the way to the far-right position. Slide the jeans under the foot starting at the waistline. To read the full blog post, head over to my post as a Brother Expert Consultant on the Brother Stitching Social.

Looking for more ideas on refashioning jeans, check out my blog post on embellishing jeans with embroidery.Be sure to share photos on the social side #angelawolf – I always love to see what you are working on!

Cheers,

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Kate Skirt Meets Loved To Pieces from Mister Domestic

Kate Skirt Meets Loved To Pieces from Mister Domestic

I am very excited to team up with Mathew Boudreaux (Mister Domestic) as part of his blog party launching his new fabric collection Loved to Pieces!  I had the choice of many of his beautiful fabrics and chose a beautiful 100% rayon fabric to sew the Kate Skirt Pattern. Of course I needed a top to go with the skirt, so I opted for a cotton / lycra knit Art Gallery Fabric with a color that coordinated with small circles in the rayon fabric.

When this fabric arrived it was even better than I expected.  The drape of the rayon was so light and airy and the cotton knit had great recovery!

Pre-Shrink

The first step is to pre-shrink the fabric.  I washed and dried each piece individually, just in case there was any bleeding. Both pieces came out just fine, in face they hardly wrinkled at all!  The rayon fabric frayed slightly and the cotton fabric tends to roll at the ends, but those are easy to work with.

Cutting The Kate Skirt

Because of the print, I chose to cut the skirt with one layer of fabric (meaning I didn’t fold the fabric).  The fabric is so lightweight and tends to shift which can cause issues matching up prints and grainlines.  After laying out the fabric, I used a yard stick to check the fabric grainlines.  They look pretty straight here, so I cut one side of the skirt and then folded the pattern over to cute the other side.

Bias Waistband

I altered the Kate Skirt pattern by cutting the waistband on the bias.  This fabric is so lightweight, it reminds me of silk charmeuse. I prefer bias waistbands for silk skirt, so thought the same for this one.  Not only is it comfortable, it works the print.

Finishing the Edges and Zipper Insertion

As I mentioned earlier, the rayon fabric tends to fray a little.  After cutting out the skirt, I ran the edges through the serger to finish the edges (I used a 3-thread wide overlock stitch).  But before serging the edges, press the fusible interfacing in the zipper location (see pattern instructions).  The fusible interfacing is light enough to not show through the fabric right side and prevent the fabric from stretching out while sewing in the zipper.

The next step is to sew in the invisible zipper and sew the side seams.

Check the pattern lining up on the side seam.  It looks pretty good here 🙂

The next step is to attach the waistband …

And lastly, the hem.  Turn the bottom of the skirt up 1/2″ toward the wrong side of the fabric and press.  Use a tailor’s clapper for a crisp crease.  Turn the hem up another 1/2″ and press. Topstitch the folded hem in place.

Here are a couple of YouTube videos showing how to sew the skirt if you want to follow along:

Here is a list of all the talented bloggers sharing in Mathew’s big fabric launch for Art Gallery Fabrics. And be sure to visit Mathew’s Mister Domestic Instagram for weekly fabric giveaways!

MISTER DOMESTIC’S LOVED TO PIECES BLOG PARTY

I will talk about the cotton shirts on Episode 88 of my facebook live show Behind the Scenes Wednesday, July 18th at 11:00am , where I will also interview Mathew about his new fabric launch.  Be sure to join us live or on the replay!

Cheers,

TUTORIAL: DIY CUSTOM MONOGRAM EMBROIDERED FABRIC ENVELOPE

TUTORIAL: DIY CUSTOM MONOGRAM EMBROIDERED FABRIC ENVELOPE

Easy Sewing Project for Mother’s Day or Any Special Day ♥

I was recently going through memory boxes and came across letters from a few people so dear to my heart that have since passed away.  This made me think, I hardly write letters anymore!  An email, text, and the occasional phone call – that’s the trend these days.  With Mother’s Day coming up I thought this would be a perfect time to get the pen out.  Even better, embroider a custom envelope Mom can keep the letters in ?

Each year I try to come up with something unique and personal to send my Mom on Mother’s Day.  She love’s handwritten letters, so why not add a custom monogrammed envelope that she can keep the letters or use for something else – maybe to hold makeup or coupons.  Something small she can carry that will remind her how special she is to all of us kids ♥

This project is very easy and only takes about 30 minutes (even faster if you are on the Brother 10-needle)

Supplies:

To read the full blog, head over to my post as a Brother Expert Consultant on the Brother Stitching Sewcial. This envelope is a cute idea for any gift, now I just need to add the personal note ♥Let me know what you think and be sure to share photos of your embroidered envelope.  #brothersews #angelawolf

Happy Mother’s Day ♥

 

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Shirt Dress Sewalong: Sewing the Sleeve Placket

Shirt Dress Sewalong: Sewing the Sleeve Placket

It’s Sew Easy TV’s Shirt Dress Sewalong 

Part 4: Sewing the Placket on the Sleeve

There are many ways to sew the sleeve placket and depending on your pattern you might have a one piece or two piece placket.  If you have a two piece placket, you can change it to one piece and follow the steps I have shown in the tutorial.  I learned this technique from altering men’s ready-to-wear and thought THIS WAS SO EASY (It’s Sew Easy LOL!)

The video from It’s Sew Easy tv is a brief tutorial on sewing the placket including pressing and topstitching. As far as interfacing, keep the interfacing out of the seam allowances or the placket will be too stiff.

I am going to work on another shirt dress out of chiffon and definitely going to add embroidery.  Now is the time to embroider the sleeve, before we sew the side seams.  Just an idea 🙂

 

 Supplies used in this videoSEWALONG SALE

Sewalong Schedule

Here is the blog schedule for the season long sew-along with links to the tutorials and live Q&A on my blog (each link will open on the date listed).  Season 14 of It’s Sew Easy had begun airing on PBS and Create TV; you will be able to watch each episode there first (depending on when your specific station begins airing the show).

Part 1: Announcing the Shirt Dress Sewalong with Angela Wolf on It’s Sew Easy

Episode 1401: Choosing and prepping fabrics, patterns, and sizing

Part 2: Sewing the Front Placket Episode 1402: Sewing the front placket

Part 3: Attaching the Collar  Episode 1404: Attaching the collar

Part 4: Sewing the Placket on the Sleeve  Episode 1405:  Sewing the placket on the sleeve

Part 5: Sewing the Sleeves and Side Seam  Episode 1406: Sewing the sleeves and side seams  (1/27/2018)

Part 6: Sewing the Cuffs  Episode 1408: Sewing the cuffs  (2/3/2018)

Part 7: Sewing the Buttons and Buttonholes  Episode 1409: Buttons and buttonholes  (2/10/2018)

Part 8: Finishing the Hem  Episode 1413: Finishing the hem with a rolled hem  (2/17/2018)

 

Join us! A new video will arrive on YouTube every SaturdaySign up here and never miss a blog post and join the fun on facebook, instagram, twitter, and pinterest . We will share photos on the social side using hashtags #angleawolf #itseweasy

Can’t wait to see what you sew up!  Leave your comments & questions below …

Cheers,

 

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Shirt Dress Sewalong: Sewing the Sleeve Placket

Shirt Dress Sewalong: Sewing the Sleeve Placket

It's Sew Easy TV's Shirt Dress Sewalong  Part 4: Sewing the Placket on the Sleeve There are many ways to sew the sleeve placket and depending on your pattern you might have a one piece or two piece placket.  If you have a two piece placket, you can change...

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Behind the Scenes LIVE with Angela Wolf

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Let’s Talk …

Watch each episode live on facebook or catch the replay here!

Shirt Dress Sewalong: Attaching the Collar

Shirt Dress Sewalong: Attaching the Collar

It’s Sew Easy TV’s Shirt Dress Sewalong 

Part 3 Attaching the Collar

Sewing the collar and collar band can be intimidating, but it’s easier than you might thing. The most important is the topstitching, this is what makes your shirt or shirtdress look expensive.  Watch the video below for a quick preview of sewing the collar.

 

Sewing Tools Used in this Tutorial:

SEWALONG SALE

Sewalong Scheduleangela wolf shirtdress

Here is the blog schedule for the season long sew-along with links to the tutorials and live Q&A on my blog (each link will open on the date listed).  Season 14 of It’s Sew Easy had begun airing on PBS and Create TV; you will be able to watch each episode there first (depending on when your specific station begins airing the show).

Part 1: Announcing the Shirt Dress Sewalong with Angela Wolf on It’s Sew Easy

Episode 1401: Choosing and prepping fabrics, patterns, and sizing

Part 2: Sewing the Front Placket  Episode 1402: Sewing the front placket

Part 3: Attaching the Collar  Episode 1404: Attaching the collar

Part 4: Sewing the Placket on the Sleeve  Episode 1405:  Sewing the placket on the sleeve  (1/20/2018)

Part 5: Sewing the Sleeves and Side Seam  Episode 1406: Sewing the sleeves and side seams  (1/27/2018)

Part 6: Sewing the Cuffs  Episode 1408: Sewing the cuffs  (2/3/2018)

Part 7: Sewing the Buttons and Buttonholes  Episode 1409: Buttons and buttonholes  (2/10/2018)

Part 8: Finishing the Hem  Episode 1413: Finishing the hem with a rolled hem  (2/17/2018)

Join us! A new video will arrive on YouTube every SaturdaySign up here and never miss a blog post and join the fun on facebook, instagram, twitter, and pinterest . We will share photos on the social side using hashtags #angleawolf #itseweasy #shirtdresssewalong

Can’t wait to see what you sew up!  Leave your comments & questions below …

Cheers,

 

 

Behind the Scenes LIVE with Angela Wolf

 

 

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Facebook LIVE every Wednesday at 1:30pm EST

Let’s Talk …

Watch each episode live on facebook or catch the replay here!

 

 

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