September Classes (Including an Emery Class!)

August 20, 2014

If you're in the Los Angeles area, how about joining me for a class? I teach everything from Machine Intro, where you've never touched a machine before, to advanced dresses, like my upcoming Emery Dress workshop. Read below for all the details and then sign up today! Spaces are limited and most of my classes sell out! So don't wait! 

All my classes are taught at Sew L.A. in Atwater Village. Click on the link for the class you're interested in and sign up directly with the shop. 

Emery Dress Workshop
The Emery Dress has been more popular than my wildest dreams! Want to make your own? This is my last Emery workshop for the year so if you're interested in learning how to make the Emery with me, this is your chance! Learn set-in sleeves, lined bodice, gathering, darts, and so much more!
Limited to 6 students
4-part class starts September 13
(Photos above from Sew L.A. and me)

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Belcarra Top by Sewaholic
Everyone needs some good staples in their closet and the Belcarra Blouse from Sewaholic Patterns is exactly that! Idea for dressing up or dressing down, this simple shape can be worn with everything from summer shorts to fancy skirts. In this 3-part class, we will learn to make view A, a simple shell that has raglan sleeves, bias-bound neckline, and no fussy details, making it a great choice for new sewers and beyond.
Limited to 8 students
3-part class starts September 20
(Photos above from Sewaholic, Sew Well, and Guthrie & Ghani)

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Stand Up Zipper Bags by Noodlehead
These handy bags are amazingly useful to have around for on the spot organizing! They also make fantastic crafty gifts for friends & family. Bags are lined and have boxed corners, and they stand on their own so your stuff is easy to get to. The end of the exposed zipper is covered with the cutest little tab. Great for makeup, travel, school supplies, or anything you need to corral inside your purse. Once you make one you’ll be addicted [trust us], and you’ll be whipping up a whole set in no time.
Limited to 8 students
1-part class on September 6
(Photos above from Noodlehead, Sew L.A., and Noodlehead)

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Easiest Skirt by Sew L.A.
You've seen me in this skirt many times, and though it's super duper easy (which makes it perfect for beginner sewers) it's also really cute and great for these hot summer days with a tank or t-shirt. The Easiest Skirt has a yoke with elastic in a casing at the waist, so it’s comfortable but not too bunchy under an un-tucked top. Learn about using a commercial pattern, pinning & cutting accurately, gathering, hems & casings – and get more practice sewing straight and zig-zag stitches.You can choose to make the shorter or longer length in class. 
Limited to 8 students
2-part class starts September 14
(Photos above by me & Sew L.A.)

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Machine Intro
The most basic class at Sew L.A.! This one’s for you if you just purchased a machine and you have no idea how to get it started, or if you’d like to become familiar with a machine before getting one of your own. Also good for general knowledge if it’s been awhile since you have used a machine! Following a brief discussion about sewing tools & supplies, you’ll learn how to prepare the machine for sewing: threading the top thread, winding a bobbin and installing it, and inserting a needle. Also, you’ll learn how to change stitches along with their length and width. Practice sewing some seams and finishing the edges, and voila! You have a cute tote bag to carry your sewing supplies in!
Limited to 8 students
1-part class on the following dates and times:
September 13, 3-6pm
September 21, 3-6pm
(Photos above by me)

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Bombshell Swimsuit Pattern Giveaway!

August 18, 2014

Over the weekend my two-part Bombshell Swimsuit sewalong published on the Craftsy site! It was a big undertaking but I'm so happy to help guide others through this adorable pattern. My version was nearly a perfect fit and I look forward to making another one with some small changes. I already have some new swimsuit fabric from a recent stop at The Fabric Store.

So, are you ready to make your own suit? Let me tell you, it's daunting at first, but honestly, it is a lot easier than you think it's going to be. So if you want to give it a try but don't yet have the pattern, today is your lucky day! The lovely Heather from Closet Case Files, who designed the Bombshell Swimsuit, agreed to give one of you lucky readers a copy of the pattern!

Here's how you can win:

  • Visit either Part One or Part Two of my Craftsy blog posts
  • Return here to my blog
  • Leave a comment on my blog about the part of the sewalong you found to be most challenging, helpful, or the part that you are most excited about

That's it!

Giveaway is open to anyone anywhere and the winner will receive the PDF pattern for the Closet Case Files Bombshell Swimsuit PDF pattern. Giveaway is open until Thursday at midnight, PST. Winner will be announced Friday right here on my blog!

Good luck!!!