Tips for Sewing with Young Kids

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Summer is a great time to start sewing with kids and teach them how to sew. Life is moving a little slower for most of us and it creates time for sewing moments that we may not get during the school year. I have been sewing with my kidos more and I want to share with you the tips that I have discovered for many learning to sew a great memory. (P.S. these tips work with older kids and adults,too.)

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Don’t Over Think it: 4 Tips To Just Let Go and Create.

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I have been working with some fashion design students lately, giving them feed back on their work for an upcoming competition. I found myself saying over and over don’t over think it and encouraging them to try it out. These interactions them have really made me think about the design process, specifically my own design process.

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Pin Free Fabric Cutting with Freezer Paper Patterns

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As a modern sewer with limited time, I am always looking for was to improve my sewing efficiency, without effecting my sewing quality. I have found that using freezer paper patterns allows me to reduce a set or two when cutting out fabric, making pattern cutting pin free.

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PDF Sewing Pattern Prep Made Easy!

df prepOne of the down sides of PDF sewing patterns (and the only one I think) can be the time it takes to get the pattern set up to sew. After many attempts to speed up the process, I have come up with a strategy that works great and makes the whole process go much faster.

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Introducing my new PDF sewing pattern: The Natty Top

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I am very excited to offer my first PDF pattern to my readers. The Natty Top is an easy to sew top that is great for new sewers and for more advanced sewers, who just need a comfortable and flattering top.

I designed this top during my 6 month project. I needed a comfortable basic knit top, that I could sew quickly. It has a back seam that curves in at the waist to accent and flatter you shape. It is designed to truly be a 1 hour or less top. It is great to have in basic colors, as a wardrobe staple, or to sew up in fun prints, like above.

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Creating is the best therapy!! Go create and feel great.






Celebrating Student Work: The Art of Fabric Manipulation Fashion Show

I want to take the opportunity to share my students work, and write briefly about the experience of working with fashion students and planning a fashion show.

Teaching fashion design and fashion marketing can be an emotional experience. Teaching has proven to be an experience providing me with the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. There are some days that I actually have experienced them both. I don’t know if it is the emotions that comes with creative fields or the passion that comes with teaching something that I love. I recently experienced one of the greatest nights of my teaching experiences so far, and that was to see the talents of many of my students come together to create a wonderful fashion show.  (more…)






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