As we move into spring, having a light weight sweater sewn by yourself to throw over your shoulders is a great way to express your style. Check out this tutorial on how to drape a sweater jacket. Check out my tutorial on It’s Sew Easy episode 1408:
If you like this style of sweater you might enjoy the Rachel Twin Set sew-a-long! This Behind the Scenes series of tutorials walks you through how to sew my Rachel Twin-Set pattern, fabrics to use and techniques to complete a sweater set! Join me on Behind the Scenes live onFacebookandYouTube every Wednesday at 1:30pm Eastern.
Any one of these fabrics would make a great square sweater jacket or Rachel Twin Set!
This softique rayon viscose knit fabric is sold by the yard and comes in four colors, coral, green, white, black, and yellow. The white is a great fabric to experiment fabric dying with!
The Rachel Twin-Set pattern
Pattern includes tank and sweater, avaiable in paper and pdf in misses XXL to XL and plus XXL-5X.
Now that you know the basics of using your serger, let’s check out some of the decorative stitches. Join Angela Wolf for a 90 minute virtual class and learn how to use your serger for a few creative stitches and serger a fashionable infinity scarf.
Learn how to set up and serge:
Blind Hem Stitch
Learn tips for starting and ending rolled hem stitches and then practice these stitches by making an infinity scarf. Learn how to hem with a blind hem, a technique that cuts and finishes your hem in once step. Connect seams and fabric with a flatlock stitching and decorating fabrics with narrow pintucks.
Note: This class can be used with any serger, but you will need your serger manual on hand as each serger is a little different.
This is a virtual class, live with Angela Wolf taking time for Q&A. You do not have to be present to enjoy the class, as the class will remain open after the live session is over to watch and re-watch as many times as you like!
Join us LIVEFriday, March 5, 2021 at NOON Eastern or catch the replay.
This is going to be such an informative class filled with techniques!
If you would like a chance to win this class, leave a comment below and let me know why you want to win this class. You can also leave a comment onFacebookand Instagramfor extra chances to win. I will draw 1 random winner Friday, March 5, 2021 at 10:00AM Eastern. If you are the lucky winner and already signed up for class, I will refund your class fee or you can gift it to a friend.
Can’t wait to see you all in class for the live session or the replay.
Episode 133 ~ At your side 🧵 Virtually! Organizing and Sewing Clear Vinyl
It’s January and that means it time to organize for a new year! Today I show how to sew clear vinyl for bags to store patterns and ideas for organizing button and beads; two of my my favorite things. Actually, I have more than two favorite things, but its a good place to start.
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Be sure to catch At Your Side Virtually! every Tuesday and Thursday at NOON Eastern and Behind the Scenes live onFacebookandYouTube every Wednesday at 1:30pm Eastern. I will post the replays here on the blog too 🙂
2. WICK AWAY: If you plan on working out, look for moisture wicking fabric. Wickaway moves sweat to the outside of the fabric and quickly dries, so your sweat doesn’t soak the fabric.
3. FITTING: Athletic wear is usually fitted, especially leggings. Check the exact measurements on the pattern and compare to your exact measurements. You will want to have the outfit at least 1″ smaller than your size (more than 1″ depending on your size too). This is what we call negative ease.
4. NEEDLES: Use a stretch in the sewing machine, serger, and coverstitch.
5. THREAD: I useWooly Poly or Wooly Nylon in the upper and lower loopers on the serger.
6. SERGER STITCH: A 4-thread overlock stitch is stronger than a 3-thread overlock stitch. I use the 4-thread for leggings, fitted workout tops, and sport bras. I use the 3-thread overlock stitch for loose fitting knits and items that won’t have a lot of stress.
7. SEWING: If you don’t have a serger, you an use stretch thread in the sewing machine. Wind the bobbin slowly and use the stretch thread for both the upper thread and bobbin with a straight stitch. Another option is using universal thread and a narrow zigzag stitch.
9. HEMMING: performance fabric can be slippery and tricky to sew. I steam press the hem and use a tailors clapper to create a creased fold. Then when I run the fabric through the coverstitch machine or sewing machine using a twin needle, the fabric lays nice and flat.
10. ADD A TOUCH OF MESH: Use a coordinating mesh fabric to leggings as an accent to hold your cell phone or inserted into a tank for a trendy style.
An apron is such a fun accessory to wear in the kitchen, at work, while dyeing fabrics, gardening, you name it! I thought it would be so fun to sew an apron and each day have guests on the live show showing how to embellish with embroidery, quilting, applique, and more.
I will be using Molly Madison’s Apron Pattern, but feel free to use any apron pattern you might have on hand. Molly is a friend of mine and I just love the variations on her pattern as you see above.
Here is the schedule of live shows and I will include links to the live shows each morning: