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Tunic M1011 from My Image pattern magazine

Hope you all had a very Merry Christmas!  We escaped the winter weather here in Illinois for a week in sunny and warm New Orleans.  If you haven't been, it is definitely worth a trip- delicious food, beautiful surroundings and great jazz!  We luckily avoided all of the airport delays that the news is reporting.
But now we're back to the frozen tundra, and I'm happy to be sewing again!

I'm still loving all of the knit tunic patterns in the new European pattern magazine- My Image!  We are expecting our second shipment of this pattern magazine to arrive any day now.  All of this upcoming shipment has sold out.  They were ordered back in early December, but with this crazy winter weather, things are taking a long time to get here from Europe. 

I made M1011 from a plum wool jersey with a tiny gold grid when you see it up close.   Wool jerseys are hard to come by, but so much nicer to wear in the cold winter than cotton or poly knits- so grab them whenever you can find them!…

Giveaway Day!

Congratulations to Genevieve P!  She is the winner of the SewBaby News Giveaway prize.  This Giveaway is now closed.  Thanks to everyone who made such nice comments!
The popular blog SewMamaSew is sponsoring a Giveaway Day!  We are participating and would like to offer a prize of 3 SewBaby patterns!  If you are new to us, we offer over 45 patterns for baby and children's clothing, accessories and toys.   Below is just a sample of what we offer. Please visit our webpage to see our complete selection, as well as our great selection of children's fabrics, snaps, and other unique children's patterns from independent designers.


To enter, just leave a comment about which SewBaby brand pattern you would like to win the most.  (Please note that although we carry other brands, this giveaway is for our SewBaby brand patterns only.)  We will ship internationally, and the prize winner will be selected randomly on December 17th.  Make sure to leave a way for us to contact you if …

McCalls 6242 Iridescent Knit Tunic

I received a very unusual fabric in my last FabricMart mystery bundle.  It looked like a black mesh sports fabric in one light, but if you turned it another way, you could see royal blue sequins.

I wasn't sure what to call it, but I found this definition and thought it fit the fabric:
"Iridescence is an optical phenomenon of surfaces in which hue changes in correspondence with the angle from which a surface is viewed."

I wanted to make something for parties that myself and my daughters could all share, and I thought my daughters would like McCalls 6242.  This is a real sleeper of a pattern, as you cannot tell from the cover photo how neat the construction is for the sleeves.  





















The sleeves are two pieces and they have a hidden gusset underneath, so that you can wear the top without your bra showing under the arm.  I love this feature.  I am wearing a cami with this one though, just because my fabric is a little sheer.  It's also a little itchy.  I do like…

Why My Jacket Became a Vest- A Lesson in Pre-shrinking

I was anxious to try out the Colbert Jacket Style M1006 pattern from My Image magazine, and knew I wanted it to be black, after Dei at SewHotMommi blog wrote a post about every woman needing a LBJ (Little Black Jacket).  I had a pretty loosely-woven basket weave black wool in my stash that I could envision as a jacket.

So excited to make this jacket, I didn't want to take the time to preshrink the fabric.  After cutting, I decided that ALL of the pieces needed to be interfaced, as the fabric didn't have the substance it needed by itself, and would just be a wrinkly mess without completely interfacing every piece.

At this point, a little bell went off in my head.  "You better not use any steam to fuse this interfacing, as this wool is too loosely woven and is going to shrink like crazy."  So, I did "dry" fuse the interfacing, and could clearly see the interfacing bubbling where the fabric had already begun to shrink underneath it, even with no steam, just hea…

Sew Forth Now Podcast

Lori V from the wonderful blog, Girls in the Garden, has a monthly podcast,  Sew Forth Now, where she talks about sewing news on the web, what she's sewing, and interviews people in the sewing world.   This month, she interviewed me!

If you've not heard a podcast before, it is like a radio talk show that you can download to your computer or any type of MP3 player and listen to while you exercise or commute or even sew!  It's a neat idea, and if you'd like to listen to the episode with our interview about how I started SewBaby and the changes I've seen in the sewing business, you can find it here

Thanks, Lori, for putting together these fun episodes!

Vogue 1198 Wool Jacket

If there was a Hall of Fame for patterns, I would be nominating Vogue 1198.  This is the pattern I used for my Leather Jacket which everyone loves, including my 17 year old daughter, who was constantly "borrowing" it.  We decided it was time for her to have her own Vogue 1198, but with winter in full force here, she decided to choose a wool. 

I had about 10 options for her to choose from in my stash, not thinking that she would ever choose my favorite.  It was a blue-grey wool from Ralph Lauren- very high quality.  I had earmarked that one for ME.  But, what can I say- the girl has good taste.  She chose that one.  When I told her that I really didn't think she was "ready" for it, that she needed to be older and more responsible, and that I really wanted that one for myself, she said "But I REALLY want it, Mommy".  Oh well.


How do I love thee, Vogue 1198?  Let me count the ways.

1.  Back double elastic belt.  This is everyone's favorite …

My Image Magazine 1003 Wrap Tunic and 1005 Vest

When I first got my sample copy of My Image magazine, I was anxious to try out some styles to see how the fit was.  I decided to try the designs for the Wrap Tunic and Vest.  I cut size 42 which is my standard European pattern size, and the fit was perfect.



I used a printed poly knit for the wrap tunic and a brushed microfiber jersey for the vest.  These went together so easily.   I had them both made within an afternoon.  The wrap tunic is just 4 pieces- sleeve, back, right front and left front.  The vest is just 5 pieces- sleeve, back, pocket, front panel and back facing.
I did find the translated instructions to leave a little bit to be desired as they use terms that aren't familiar to me, but these are pretty basic so that if you have some sewing experience, you can decipher them.











This is the first wrap top that I've made that I haven't had trouble with gaposis in the front- it fits very nice and snug, and I didn't use any extra elastic to get it that way.…

Zippy Bunting Sample and Pattern Giveaway

To celebrate the first snowflakes of the year, we're giving away one of our Zippy Bunting sample garments and a copy of  the pattern so you can make your own! 
This sample will fit infants up to 18 months and is great for a boy or a girl!


Here is what the designer, Heather Jamison says about this pattern:


    I  first had the idea to make this pattern while making clothes for my daughters’ dolls.  The first one was a 12” doll and it turned out so cute that I soon enlarged the pattern for their larger dolls.  When our youngest daughter was about 7 months old, it was wintertime.  I found that it was a hard age to keep blankets on while going out.  That was when I decided to enlarge the pattern once more and make a bunting that would fit her.  We got many comments on her “coat” and how she looked so “warm and cozy”.
     There are several things about the Zippy Bunting that I really like.  It is very easy to put on a baby since there aren’t any legs in it.  It is made wide enough a…