What to Give in 2016 We welcome the festive month of December with a curated list of some of our favorite gift-giving options! Your go-to gift this holiday season? Sew Confident!2016's program has been a year of talented artists sharing their inspirations with us by creating unique and excellent garments. From Nancy Shriber to Karen Tornow to...
We love pattern debuts around here at the Sewing Workshop! We finally get to spread the love about what we've been working on over recent weeks or months. The Barcelona Top has had many forms during it's design process. Through trial and tribulations, we're so happy with the result. A year round garment, depending on your fabric choice, the Barcelona looks great in lightweight knit gauze with short sleeves for spring and summer or try it in a medium-weight, stable knit for fall and winter, like this Houndstooth Print Pique. Here are a few of our favorite fabric choices.
The tulips and irises are blooming. The toes are painted and sandals are out. It's spring! Wearing dresses is a simple way to get dressed in the morning, year round. But it's essential in the spring and summer to stay cool. In an effort to make every pattern into a tunic or dress, I tackled the Now Shirt.
We love preparing for the Spring 2015 Tradeshows - starting with the Sewing & Stitchery Expo in Puyallup, WA. This year we had a big pattern debut the first day of the show - the Bristol Dress & Top. We love showing off our new designs in different fabric combinations so customers can really see how creative you can get with just one pattern!
|2012 Individual Tutorials||Price||Description|
2013 Individual Tutorials
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|How to Measure||FREE||Measurement Chart, Ease Charts & How to Measure Guide||How to Measure||FREE||Measurement Chart, Ease Charts & How to Measure Guide||How to Measure||FREE||Measurement Chart, Ease Charts & How to Measure Guide|
|Sewing with Knits||$24.99||Understand sewing knit fabrics - notions, presser feet, tools & techniques.||$24.99||Pieced, overlaying silk panels using a serger.||Sewing with Knits Update||Available 2015||Hard to sew knits, plus adding a long sleeve to the Eureka Top.|
|Sewing with Linen||$24.99||Understand sewing linen fabrics - notions, presser feet, tools & techniques.||Liberty Shirt as a Knit Pullover||$24.99||Alter Liberty Shirt into knit pullover with cowl.||T-Shirt Variations||Available 2015||Modifying Olive & Urban T-Shirts into basic tees.|
|Sewing with Silk||$24.99||Understand sewing linen fabrics - notions, presser feet, tools & techniques.||Urban Cardigan||$24.99||Raw-edge patchwork embellished Urban T-Shirt into Cardigan.||Guide to Sewing Linings (coming soon!)||Available 2015||Adding lining to your favorite shirt/jacket pattern.|
|Making a Swing T||$18.99||Alter Trio T-Shirt: lengthen + inverted pleat = Swing Trio.||Collars & Stands||$18.99||Step-by-step instructions for classic & contemporary methods for collars & stands.||It's a Wrap! Graphic Skirts||Available 2015||Return of the wrap skirts. Create the Sandra Betzina Skirt.|
|Build a Core Wardrobe||$18.99|
Linda outlines 6 wardrobing concepts using 9 patterns!
|Small Hems, Five Narrow Hem Options||$18.99||Options: zigzag, triple stitched, baby, faux piped & doublefold hems.||Sleeve Plackets||Available 2015||Step-by-step instructions for 2 types of sleeve plackets.|
|Fitting Shoulders||$18.99||Five Shoulder Alterations: narrow, sloping, forward thrust, balancing and round back.||Downtown Bags||$18.99||Handbag zipper & pocket techniques, unique closure & hardware ideas.||More coming soon!|
|$18.99||Right tools, notions, skills - eliminate puckers & blip at the bottom of zipper.||DIY Pants Fitting||$18.99||Common pants pattern alterations you can do on your own!|
|Crinkles, Gauzes and Stretch Lace||$18.99||Essential techniques & tools to tame difficult novelty fabrics.||Clothing: Zakka Style||$18.99||Handstitching to handmade garments, accessories and interiors.|
|Tanks Again||$18.99||Unique edge finishes, style & shape variations for a tank pattern.||The Sewing Workshop Ensembles||$18.99||Sewing Workshop pattern combinations - create a wardrobe!|
|Setting in a Sleeve||$18.99||Take the mystery out of setting in perfect sleeves in any fabric.||Raw Edge Construction||$18.99||Make the Opal Jacket using overlapping seams. Step-by-step instructions & techniques.|
|Modernists Concepts for Clothing||$18.99||Colorblocking Inspirational Tutorial||Sewing Velvet||$18.99||Understand sewing velvet - cutting & sewing techniques.|
|Fitting the Bust||$18.99||5 pattern alterations for adding bust fullness.||Loops and Tubes||$18.99||Create button loops, cord-filled tubing & drawstrings quickly & easy.|
|Bias Bindings||$18.99||French Bias Binding, Offset Binding & Trio Binding|
|West End||$18.99||11 Great Tips for Better Results!|
|Sew Confident! Yearly Subscriptions||12 Tutorials||12 Tutorials with 3 patterns|
|Sew Confident! Year 1 (2012)||$99||$145|
|Sew Confident! Year 2 (2013)||$99||$145|
|Sew Confident! Year 3 (2014)||$99||$145|
Scarves are definitely an accessory trend that isn't going away. A scarf can update and perk up any outfit! When wearing an ordinary tee and jeans, add a scarf and you instantly look polished.
After moving on from making pieced infintiy scarves, I decided to try a NO-SEW option. Perfect for a lazy night craft. Only one problem, once you start making them, you can't stop.
Sew Confident! Class in a Flash is an electronic educational program produced by Linda Lee that not only offers how-to tutorials relating to garment-making and The Sewing Workshop Pattern Collection, but gives you processes and ideas that enhance our collection with pattern variation suggestions, fitting solutions, wardrobe ideas, and signature sewing techniques.
The tutorials are presented in a step-by-step format rather than as a continuous video. By stopping the action at the point of interest, you will be able to work at your own pace and successfully recreate the technique that will give you the right results. Linda Lee shows you how to create more than you ever thought you could. Do even more when you buy the patterns, too.
Take a class on your time, any time!
I love this time of year! December is in full swing with holiday parties, sparkling decorations, delicious winter treats and time with family & friends. What do you think I look forward to most about these holiday festivities?
Sequins! Lace! Shimmer!
I'm not typically that fancy but there's something about sequins that brighten a cold winter day.
Something must have gotten into Linda and Kathy as well. Most of our Eureka Tops are perfect for special occasions!
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As the year goes on, a new tutorial will be added each month! Enjoy!
|January||Sewing with Knits Update - Make the Eureka Top + Eureka Top Long Sleeve Pattern|
|February||Tee for Two - Modifications to Make Two Basic T-Shirts|
|March||It's a Wrap! Graphic Wrap Skirts|
|April||Sleeve Plackets + Shirt-Sleeve Placket Pattern|
EASY ACCESS - ALL THE TIME!
As the year goes on, a new tutorial will be added each month! Enjoy!
|January||Kabuki Patchwork Jacket|
|February||Liberty Knit Top|
|March||Downtown Bags by Linda Lee|
|April||Collars & Stands|
|May||Small Hems, Five Narrow Hem Options|
|July||DIY Pants Fitting|
|August||Clothing: Zakka Style|
|September||The Sewing Workshop Ensembles|
|October||Raw Edge Construction|
|December||Loops and Tubes|
If you haven't noticed, we're a little obsessed with stripes around here. Knit stripes to be exact. The evidence is all over our latest pattern download, the eDress (and don't forget the Skirt Variation).
We've decided to take the stripe trend a step further.
First of all, we never shy away from horizontal stripes. Daring I know. This Skirt uses horizontal stripes in the skirt and bottom band.
When paired with a black Ann's Tank, the overall look is very slimming.
Using the same fabric, Kathy decided to change the look ever so slightly. Notice the bottom band uses vertical stripes. Just that small change makes a huge difference.
Nine Times Out Of Ten I love a quick project. The Ann's Tank is a simple, one night sew. Start to finish.
Then again, there are nights when I'm in the mood to add a little more detail. One easy way to do that is to start with a simple pattern like the Ann's Tank, one I know all too well, then add embellishment.
Nothing says winter like a rich, classic Infinity Scarf.
Create your very own using our luxurious Organic Fleece-Natural. This beautiful fleece comes in a 28" tube, which makes creating your Infinity Scarf really easy!
To create your own Striped Scarf download this quick tutorial.
We love our new pattern, the Ann's Cardigan & apparently so do you! We just completed our first Winter Sweater Workshop using the Ann's Cardigan. Since this workshop was such a great success we've decided to offer another one in May to create a Spring Cardigan!
For a complete listing of our events, view our Events Calendar.
The Ann's Cardigan class was very inspirational! We had a full house with 14 participants, each with a complete cardigan by the end of the day. Sewing the Ann's Cardigan is quite relaxing with an ultra flattering end result.
What a good looking group! I love how each person (well, almost each person-the Caramel & Brown Floral Wool Knit was quite popular) created a different look using the same pattern. Such versatility in one style!
Linda (left): Animal Print Wool Knit Ann's Cardigan
Kathy (right): Black & Grey Striped Knit Ann's Cardigan
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Just when we thought activities would wind down around here for the holidays, we get an unexpected surprise! Fabrics are just pouring in this week! So we're starting off with the most unique first, textured jacquard weaves from France. Here's a little more detail from Linda herself......
We just received some very unusual jacquard weave fabrics from France. The textured weaves are quite detailed and the colors are so rich. I can't wait to make a simple shirt like the Zen Shirt, the Liberty Shirt or a MixIt Shirt to wear as a jacket. Or the Tosca Dress always works well in purple jacquard. All of them are washable and won't wrinkle. Very limited yardages available.
Here's a few similar styles just to give you an idea.....
Then let your imagination run wild!
The HOLIDAY SEASON is here! START the SEASON with a little GLITZ & GLAMOUR!
Create & give handmade this season!
Handmade gifts for the holidays! The eShrug is quick & easy with a versatile fit. Make in a shimmery knit, vivid red viscose or a black & white lace knit. The options are endless.
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We've really been happy with the ePattern trend. With our free time becoming more limited, it's nice to whip out a quick garment in 1 evening or over the weekend. Download the pattern, paste together, cut-out, sew & wear!
We started with the eShrug which is a great beginning project. Leave the edges raw with a rolled knit hem-perfect 1 night project. If you prefer a more finished look, hem the front & bottom edges. You could even try it in a woven. The options are endless.
More eStyling after the jump......
A great new pattern to style-Stella & Luna Tops! Great pattern with two styles, two great silhouettes. A pattern for everyone!
I love the Stella in a knit! This elegant green lace knit simplifies the cowl shape and softens the fitted silhouette.
The Luna Top is normally my preference. The boxy shape & short sleeve was great for summer. But add a knit long sleeve tee underneath & I can transition easily into fall. And of course, the PLAID! I can't get enough of plaids. This great Cotton Plaid - Pink & Grey also comes in Grey & Lime and Grey & Aqua.
More Stella & Luna styling after the jump.....
We were jam packed in our Kansas Avenue studio with 14 lovely garment sewing teachers to Kick-Off Teacher Training for Sew Confident! (see more info here)
Favorite pattern of the day? Tosca Dress
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Trends will come and go whether you're in favor of them or not. This fall, there's one trend that seems to be hanging on from spring fashion: COLORBLOCKING. Why change what seems to be working, right? The colorblocking trend is fun, bright & cheerful. You can keep it safe by wearing colors that make you feel comfortable, then take it up a notch. It's a chance to be a little wild in color, but keep the silhouette that flatters your body most.
Try Colorblocking out this fall with our Labor Day Weekend Viscose Sale! All solid color viscose knits are on sale!
Sale ends Sunday! Happy Shopping!
SALE HAS NOW ENDED! Thank you all for your orders!
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The weather is toasty warm! This calls for light, airy fabrics in vivid pinks, greens and blues. Or if light, pale hues are more your style, stick to soft pastels or "faded" vintage plaids.
Here's how Linda stays cool in the Kansas humidity.
White Linen pants are a must! Top them off with a sheer button-down shirt or a short sleeve vest. I'm loving pink this summer! Can't get enough of it!
Linda, Kathy & Erin each have their own unique style. We decided put together a few looks to introduce our latest pattern, the Quincy Top & Pants. Three different people, wearing the same pattern in completely different ways.
Read More for style tips from Linda, Kathy & Erin.......
Certain garments just make you feel good! The Alex Top is one of those garments that's flattering on so many different people with it's shaped waistline & curved hemline. One problem, how to do wear it in the spring & summer?
Here's a great solution: sheer, stretch lace. We're fallen in love with this type of fabric and we've acquired quite the selection.
I don't know about you, but collars can be tricky. Everyone wants their garments to look crisp & clean, finished with a professional look. My downfall, precise collars.
Linda Lee can make crisp collar points each and every time. Jealous? I know I'm green with envy. Now you can follow these 5 easy steps to sew perfect collar points!
To download the full step-by-step tutorial, click here.
Now go, show off your amazing sewing skills!
One of the most interesting features of the Liberty Shirt is the beautiful hem finishing. Since the back is longer than the front, there are two corners that need attention in a special way. The bottom hem in the back is a 2 1/2” finished hem and the adjacent side vent hems are 1 3/8”. The instructions for mitering this corner condition is just one of the seven mitering techniques that Linda has written in her book, Mastering Miters.
I do believe that spring is going to grace us with it's presence this weekend. Finally, I can wear floral without a wool cardigan, scarf & gloves. What a concept! I'm ready to pull out the lightweight linen, colorful florals, and vivid accessories.
And when the garments in my closet don't excite me for the upcoming season, why not create something new? Using a pattern that never fails, Linda created a fresh new San Diego tunic.
Linda & Kathy are headed to the expo.
Handwoven Trio Top
Hand-dyed Trio Top.
I love this Animal Print L2 Bag! Why make a bag that doesn't stand out in the crowd?
I'm telling you, the look of the Origami Skirt is coming back! First the inspiration from Fashion Week (see A little dream, a little fashion post) and now this beautiful Blue Velvet number. Great look for winter!
Erin wore a Purple Polka Dot Tosca Dress, belted with tall black boots. Too add a little bit more, she wore it as a “jumper” with a Urban T-Shirt underneath.
Linda kept it simple wearing a Black Tosca Dress, leggings and her beautiful quilted ankle boots. Sadly, in all the hustle & bustle Linda's picture wasn't taken in full. But here's a great group shot taken after a hard days work!
The customers seemed to really like seeing our new pattern on all 3 of us. We made a statement!
Truthfully, I wouldn't have put this outfit together myself. I tend to shy away from a-line tops. But the way the Alex Top & the eShrug work together, it's really quite slimming. The Hudson Pants really pull the entire look together. Guess it pays off listening to Linda & Kathy. They really know their fashion!
Linda looked great Friday in her signature color, citrus green. She put together an unexpected combination of the Whistles Shirt, eShrug & Hudson Pants. The outfit looks fabulous using simple colors & drapey fabric.
So what's in store for tomorrow? Have we got a surprise for you. One hint, "How do you wear it?" Check back in tomorrow for more outfits.
The perfect coat for this Northeast rainy weather, the Soho. I love the vibrant red with the black toggles. Great detail!
Color blocking is so in fashion lately. And Marilynn always knows how to pull it off! I think someone found her new “signature” color. That teal blue is dynamite in the Liberty Shirt!
We finally have a new dress pattern! And with all the Tosca Dress garments we keep seeing at the expo, it seems our customers were excited too! I love it in this Grey Wool Knit. So flattering!
I think Karen likes the San Diego Jacket pattern (she was wearing 3 yesterday) Shown here as a vest in the most glorious crinkle fabric. I think we need to go fabric shopping together.
The first day of the Sewing & Stitchery Expo is complete-and we had a blast! It’s always so fun to meet & be reintroduced to all of our loyal & inspiring customers. We love when customers come up to the booth wearing our patterns. Whether the patterns (and fabric too) were purchased in our booth last year, or many years before, it’s always fun to see how each individual creates the pattern for them. The fabric choices, the design elements, the details that really make the garment all about them!
Here are just a few great pictures that I captured today.
This Trio Top is fabulous! The blend of black & white cottons and linens is subtle, yet dramatic with the piecing in front, as well as on the back yoke.
Linda, Kathy & I have fun figuring out what we’re going to wear for each day of the expo. It’s quite the process actually. So each day I will post the “outfit of the day”.
Here’s what we came up with for Thursday. I know I felt really comfortable yet stylish. I think Linda & Kathy would agree, Thursday’s outfits were a success! What do you think?
Linda: eShrug in Black Pebble Knit (new pattern coming soon!)
Alex Top in Purple Print Knit
Zigzag Pants: Black Cotton Lycra Blend
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Since I would love to make every pattern a dress, I see a Now Shirt "Dress". This idea is in the works right now in a silk print. Can't wait to show off the results!
We've had so much fun the past couple of days doing a photoshoot! We're like kids in a candy store. Playing dress up: putting on garments, mixing & matching, layering and adding accessories. What better way to spend an afternoon.
Linda, Kathy & Erin each have their own unique style. We decided put together a few looks to introduce our latest pattern, the Tosca Dress. Three different people, wearing the same pattern in completely different ways.
Need a last minute gift idea? The holiday season is quickly approaching. I have so many family & friends that deserve amazing gifts this season. I love having the talent to create gifts for my loved ones. It makes the gift giving season feel so special.
Here's a few gift ideas brought to you by The Sewing Workshop!
Every girl needs a new handbag. Why not create the Village or Daily News Bag using our new "Shades" fabric from Echino. This fabric comes in green or black with this amazing laminate coating. You can create a stylish bag that's also very practical.
New luxurious fabrics are coming in everyday, just in time for fall. The temperatures are dropping which makes me excited for lush & sophisticated jackets like the Verona Jacket. Try out this flattering jacket using Wool Damask Knit or Damask Print Velvet.
October has been the month for sewing! We've been traveling here, there and everywhere teaching great sewing techniques. We've even hosted a few events here at our studio in Topeka, KS. It's so nice to meet and get reacquainted with all of our customers. The intimate setting is perfect for learning, creating and sewing.
Linda just returned from the American Sewing Guild Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. What a great show! It's always so fun to see all of our customers wearing their Sewing Workshop garments. See some of the garments here.
The Trio was quite popular!
I don't know about you, but I'm ready for fall. Just one problem, the temperature outside is still reaching the upper 80's.
So I need a few garments that will transition into fall. It needs to be light enough to wear in the August heat. Once the temperature drops, it should easily work with a cardigan or jacket.
Have you ever browsed through your closet and found a hidden gem? We recently found a beautiful, red silk Ikina Jacket in our collection.
This Ikina Jacket has always been beautiful. It's mixed with 4 different vintage kimono pieces that blend together wonderfully. For one reason or another, this garment was rarely worn.
Do you know what I love about sewing? The endless possibilities! You can create multiple garments from just 1 pattern.
The Liberty Shirt is a perfect example. You can make the pattern the way it was intended, using a shirt-weight cotton.
But what fun would that be? Mix it up a little; try using a knit. But don't stop there-use 2 different knits; a solid and a vivid stripe.
The heat is blazing outside. This afternoon, I believe it's going to top out at 98 degrees here in Kansas. Hooray for summer!
But when the sun is overwhelming outside, the AC is working in overdrive on the inside. This situation calls for a summer jacket. My go-to work appropriate jacket this summer? A sophisticated Verona Jacket. Make this new jacket in a classy, floral brocade and you will turn heads at the work place.
You get an average of 2.5 hours of lessons in each class. Start, stop, rewind and review as often as you want.
She is now teaching 8 classes (click for more info):
Fitting Solo: From Measurement to Muslin
Discover how to measure yourself on your own with expert sewing instructor Linda Lee's easy-to-follow techniques. Start by finding the correct pattern size for your body and taking accurate measurements. Then, make basic pattern adjustments and evaluate fit using muslins. From there, you'll lengthen, shorten, narrow or widen a top pattern while keeping the seams correctly aligned. Once your adjustments are made, you'll create a fitting muslin, mark alterations and apply them to your pattern. Stretch your skills as you fit a pair of pants by changing width, knee placement, and both stride and total length. Ensure your pants will be comfortable and flattering by making adjustments to your muslin and pattern. Plus, see how to apply the same fitting process to a skirt pattern. For essential finishing touches, learn a waistband alteration trick and make final adjustments for your specific shape.
Sewing Notions Workshop