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Up in Arms Blouse in Sew News Feb/March 2016

My Up In Arms Blouse, which I originally wrote for Sew It All TV, was published in this month’s (February/March 2016) Sew News Magazine. The fun thing about the version in the magazine is that it highlights all four different sleeve options! I think one of the great things about such a simple blouse is that changing up a single detail – like fabric choice or sleeve choice – really gives a totally different feel for each garment. It’s always fun to get samples back, and the awesome part about this blouse is that, because it’s gathered above the bust, I can actually still wear it right now! The armscyes are a bit tight (as, with the 30 lbs I’ve gained in this pregnancy so far, I’m definitely no longer sample size) but the blouse fits over my bust and my babybump! Of course it ends up stopping mid-belly, but …

Breezy Blouse in Sew News Magazine April/May 2015

My mom is always the first person to be proud of any accomplishment of mine (although my husband now fights with her for that title), but I have to admit that my mom was excited that my Breezy Blouse pattern was going to appear in Sew News Magazine April/May 2015 for more than just pride – she wanted me to give her the samples! I originally drafted the pattern for my mom and its working title was simply “Mom’s Blouse.” It was inspired by a RTW blouse that she liked. I have already made her 3 versions with the batik rayon version her definite favorite and the beige silk version a strong second. Sew News is offering the pattern available as a free download (until May 31, 2015) although you will need to buy the magazine for the instructions, so pop on over now if this is a pattern that …

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Sew News Braided Scarf

While I’ve clearly been busy with getting married this weekend and preparing to leave the country (and my sewing machines!) for four months tomorrow, a couple of exciting things that I’ve been working on have recently seen the light of day. My first article in Sew News magazine came out in the August/September 2014 issue – keep your eyes out because I have several more articles coming out in future issues. The pattern in the Aug/Sep issue was named Do The Twist and shows how to “create a versatile silk scarf that only looks complicated.” It explains how to make an 8-stranded braid of fabric and sew it into a scarf. I will admit that I like the shorter corduroy version more and will definitely be wearing that sample this winter! It’s a pretty easy project but it has a high impact and just think of all the different colors and …