Working with dressmaker vinyl (as opposed to upholstery grade vinyl) is fairly easy. It is a little slippery to cut, but taping the fabric to your cutting surface will keep the slippage in check.
Sewing outwear can be a challenge, but with the Sew Over It Cocoon Coat, even a confident beginner can tackle this pattern easily. The relaxed fit and drop shoulders give the coat a chic casual appearance. The coat is designed to be worn open and has no buttonholes, perfect for someone learning how to sew a winter coat.
Packing for a cruise vacation requires some cruise outfit essentials. You need several bathing suits, cover ups, a cocktail dress, and perhaps something for formal nights (if your ship has one). But you also need chic and fun cruise clothes — maxi dresses, tank dresses, cute pants, and wearable skirts in your cruise wear wardrobe.
I love a good knit skirt, and Simplicity Patterns 9788 has some nice details. It will make a nice addition to my summer and cruisewear wardrobe.
McCall’s Sewing Patterns are one of the more popular pattern brands available for home sewists. McCall’s patterns have clean, simple styles that are easy for beginners to sew. No matter what your skill range, you will enjoy sewing McCall’s 6559.
Vogue Patterns recently released their new Fall 2023 Pattern Look Book. I find scrolling through the Look Book (link below) to be extremely helpful when choosing sewing patterns. It is important to see the dress, shirt, pants, etc. made up and fit on a person. Many times, patterns simply show an artist’s rendition of how the completed garment will look — this may or may not be accurate. Let’s take a closer look at Vogue Patterns Fall 2023.
Well drafted patterns like the Dove Blouse are a wonderful introduction into the world of independent pattern makers. They typically are very stylish and wearable pieces. We sew to create a lifestyle that makes us happy — find you stlye groove and start stitching.
I have a collection of extensive Sew Alongs, sewing tips and tricks, Alterations, and more on my YouTube Channel Barrett’s Custom Design – Sewing With Sandi. We would love to have you subscribe and follow along.
You can also find Sew Along videos I have produced for Minerva TV. They are listed below.
I was asked by Minerva to make a sew along for Vogue Pattern 1312. Of course, I jumped at the opportunity because I love Vogue Patterns and this Lynn Mizono designer pattern is totally my style.
Get out your machine and add a few spring and summer fashion trends you can sew to your cutting table. There are still plenty of warm weather days left in the months ahead — plus you’ll be ready for snowbirding and cruise season.