Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Episode 19 - Sandra Betzina

Interview with Sandra Betzina

Sandra Betzina Check out all the links for information. Submit photos to the Gallery for the Vogue patterns.

Amazon For Sandra's Books and DVDs - just type "Sandra Betzina" in the search field

San Francisco Experience Information on Sandra's week long sewing experience

Inspirations Pictures of garments made by Sandra from her Vogue Patterns.

Project Mercy

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Episode 18 - Holiday Music

Just a few holiday songs. Thought they might be enjoyable during your gift sewing time.

Thank you all for listening to the Sew Forth Now podcast, your emails, kind comments and notes on your blogs. I am so thankful for your support.

Music from the Podsafe Music Network

Gentle Snowflakes

We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Jingle Bells

Holly and Ivy

Here We Come a-Caroling and Deck the Halls

We Three Kings

Making Angels

Santa is Coming to Town

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Episode 17 – Adjustments and Ezines

Books on Fitting

Title: The Perfect Fit: Singer Sewing Reference Library
ISBN: 0-86573-213-2

Title: Fitting Finess

Author:Nancy Zieman

ISBN-10: 0848714377

Title : Fast Fit
Author: Sandra Betzina
ISBN 978-1-56158-649-3

Title: Fit for Real People

Author: Pati Palmer & Marta Alto

ISBN 9780935278651

Check out

Sew Mama Sew Blog for Handmade Holiday - gift sewing ideas, tutorials, etc


Sandra Betzina's website see podcast category for Sandra's podcast on t-shirts

Jalie 2682

Simplicity 3624

My version

Sewn Magazine

Check out the SWAP for the new contest and pictures from previous years

Timmel Fabric

Eli Whitney Museum

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Episode 16 - Let's Start with a Muslin

Simplicity's Project Runway patterns 3529 to 3541

E-zine websites:

Sewn Magazine

Sew Inspirational

Shannon Gifford information:
Pattern Review Classes

Sensible Sewing

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Episode 15 – machine shopping

Sewing History

America Sews

Husqvarna Viking

My template instructions, click on picture to see it larger.

McCall's 5471 blouse and Butterick 5100 tunic

Thursday, November 1, 2007

The Winner of the interfacing

Stitchy Fingers - Congratulations. Email me your mailing address and I will get on the way to you.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Episode 14 –Let’s Get Started Sewing for the Holidays

Want to now how many days until Christmas? This will tell you the days, hours and minutes:

Countdown to Christmas

Line drawing for Burda World of Fashion 8/2007 #107

Gift sewing idea links:

Embroidery Library -

Sewing About -purses


Whip Up

Crafster - check out their purse forum - many, many tutuorials. You do not have to be a registered user to read, just to post to the discussions

Craft Apple - tutorial links

Interview with Autum of Creative Little Daisy - check out her fabulous tutorials, tutorials by others and fun places to shop

Ebay Purse supply store - a place I found on ebay

You Tube - check out the how to and diy link

What about you - any favor gift idea sites, tutorials, etc? Please post a link in the shownotes if you would like to share.

Here are some more I have found since recording the podcast

More potholders
and yet more potholders
Many free patterns - nice variety
Purses, Ipod cases
Needle and scissor case
table runner
table runner, napkins and napkin rings
holiday coasters

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

The Winners are.....

Simplicity Pattern 3631
2 in size 8 to 14
2 in size 14 to 22

Let me know which size range you need:
Everyday sewist

If you already have this pattern let me know and I will draw for another winner.

Thanks for all the wonderful comments, they are so kind and so encouraging.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Episode 13- Sew For Your Health

Sewing stress buster links:

Find Articles

UKY site

Robert Kaufmann fabric Hooty Owl fabric

What I am sewing:
Pattern List:
Onion 5038
Simplicity 3627
McCall's 5479
Vogue 8202
McCall's 5471

From the interview:

Sew Exciting Interfacing

Hemostat - Pam's favorite notion

Book mentioned in the interview

Friday, September 21, 2007

Episode 12- It's all in the Pattern

Interview with Deborah Kreiling,

Design Development Director
Simplicity Patterns

Simplicity's website

If you liked the interview please leave some feedback at Simplicity:

Simplicity's feedback page

In the Novi area - stop by the Simplicity both and tell Deborah hello:

Novi Sewing Expo

Leave a comment on the blog before October 15, 2007, and you could be the winner of this
pattern. As seen in Sew Stylish magazine. I will randomly draw a winner from the comments and the pattern will be mailed to you.

Please note: My internet is down, I posted this podcast from a friend's. I hope all went well with it and thanks for listening.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Episode 10 – Your Wardrobe – Plan and Sew


BBC's What Not to Wear

Newsport News 10 Pieces 10 Ways

Marcy Tilton's Site

Woman Wardrobe Needs - Fall 2007

Onion Patterns

McCall's 6468 dress

What was mentioned in the interview

Episode 9.5 - Where am I?

I haven't forgotten you, just having technical problems and busy life problems.

Check this out for patterns:
Click on the issue to the far right.

Sorry for the delay but a great one in the works.

Saturday, August 4, 2007

Haven't forgotton

The next episode will be a bit late, too much vacation, too much catching up at home and work and my ISP has been having issues all week. It is a great episode in the works, thanks for being patient.

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Episode 7 - Material Matters

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Fabric Information

Bamboo knit

Fabric Canvas from Fabric.com

Sew Mama Sew Blog

Fabric and Notions Group at Yahoo Groups

Or email Ressy for a invitation to the group RESMITH315@aol.com

Episode 7 - Material Matters

I put Episode 7 up a bit early with the holiday week in the United States.

To download episodes or subscribe via iTunes, check the information on the left.

Fabric Information

Bamboo Knit

Canvas for purses

Sew Mama Sew Blog and contest information

Fabric and Notions Yahoo group

To receive an invitation to the Fabric and Notions group, email Ressy RESMITH315@aol.com

Monday, June 25, 2007

Episode 6 - still trying to get it right

Episode 6 had some audio troubles and I hope to have made it better. I am very, very sorry. If you d/l this episode between Friday and Monday (3 p.m Central time) then delete it from you iTunes and get it again.

Sorry again listeners and very sorry to Stacy.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Episode 6

Fixed now - iTunes will pick up my feed within a few hours. You can download via information on the left. Lesson learned - don't assume it is there! Thanks Sue for the email and the compliment.

It is coming, my ISP has had issues the last 2 days. I thought I had the podcast uploaded yesterday but alas, no. I am working on it now. Should be up in a bit.


Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Episode 6 - A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

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Purse Information

Please note - I misspoke in the podcast the top line for the bag is 13" - I have that on the pictures and it is on Craft Apple's instructions
Craft Apple's Blog
Craft Apple's Lotus Bag Instructions

The straps used on the Lotus bag are 1/2" saddle strings purchased at Tandy Leather. These come 48" long and she cuts them in half.

Another place I found straps:
UMEI site to purse straps

What I am working on

Yo-Yo tutorial by Heather Bailey

Heather Bailey's Fabric I am using for my new purse

Photography Interview

Stacey's Blog The Land of K.A. Be sure to check out the photography category.

Some tutuorial links

Photoshop Tutorial

Photoshop Tutorial blog

Scrapbook Bytes tutorial

Picasa Program - free photograph editing software

Pictures of drafting Lotus bag pattern


My Fabric:

Music on the Podcast
From the Podsafe Music Network

Bari Koril - Aspiring Angel
Frank Royster - I Don't Know
Jenny Dalton - Circles

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Episode 5 - Dive into Swimsuits

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Swimsuit history

Swimsuit History website
Websites to check out to help in picking a swimsuit style.
News Morning show video
Free Beauty Tips- Swimsuit style suggestions for your body type
Sew News article - 2002

Also, the latest Threads Magazine (June/July 2007) has an article about swimsuit sewing, it is on the cover

Interview with Anne St. Clair of Needle Nook Fabric it is all about swimsuit sewing. All the following information was provided by Anne for the Sew Forth Now podcast listeners.

Measurement chart
Kwik Sew Sizes

Add to the chart these measurements
Crotch Length: XS-25", SM-27",M-29',L-31", XL-33.5"

Fabric Stretch

Most swimwear or activewear patterns are designed with 75%-100% stretch for around the body and 35%-50% stretch for the length of the body. The amount of stretch varies in each piece of fabric, so it is very important to check each piece before cutting out your garment. To check the amount of stretch, fold 3”-4” away from the cut or selvage edge take 4” on this fold and GENTLY stretch along a ruler to determine the amount of stretch the fabric has. 5.5” = 35%; 6”- 50%; 7”=75% and 8” = 100%. Be sure to measure your fabric in both directions. If your fabric has LESS STRETCH than what the pattern is designed for, it will be necessary to make some adjustments.

If you fabric has MORE STRETCH sizing adjustments are not usually necessary.

Elastic Measurements

ELASTICS—It is important to use an elastic that is designed for swimwear. 3/8” is the most common width. It is BASICALLY put on in a 1:1 ratio except for the back leg of the garment. The formula that I use for a basic one piece suit is: ARMHOLES—less 1”, NECKLINE—less 2”, LEGS -
Front less 1” and Back less 3”. You should always measure your pattern pieces and not your garment. Be sure to deduct any seam allowances from your measurement and then deduct the appropriate amount for each area. The elastics are designed to keep your suit in place and not to pull the fabrics to the body to make it fit you.

Pattern is chosen by BUST size adjusting all other needed areas. The 3 bust measurements not only determine the swimsuit size, but your bra size as well. Bra Size is Rib Cage + 4” = Bra Band Size, Fullest Bust less Chest = Cup size (1” = letter) Waist, Hip and Back Shoulder are determined by the chart for size.

Back Waist and Crotch Depth are compared to Girth to determine if you need to adjust the
Length of your garment. If you are shorter than the pattern, you only deduct 1/2
of the adjustment amount.

MEASUREMENTS NEEDED: All should be taken SNUG, but not pressing in on body tissue.


At Underarm CHEST______________________________________________________
At Fullest part BUST________________________________________________________
Just uner Bust line RIB CAGE____________________________________________________

At natural side to
Side bend WAIST_______________________________________________________
At Hip Bone HIGH HIP_____________________________________________________
At Fullest Part LOW HIP_____________________________________________________

From bone at base
Of neck to waist BACK WAIST__________________________________________________
Sitting on FLAT
surface from waist
to surface CROTCH DEPTH__________________________________________________
From cervical bone at front neckline
thru the crotch to the base of the neck
Across the high shoulder from
side to side BACK SHOULDER__________________________________________________

1. Prepare Bandeau or Bra Cup Insert, also front lining if using power net for tummy control
2. Pin suit and lining together at side seams and shoulder seams as below and stitch.
Laying pieces on table top: LINING BACK—right side up
BANDEAU or BRA CUP INSERT—wrong side up
LINING FRONT—wrong side up (right side to bandeau wrong side)
FABRIC FRONT-right side up (wrong side to lining front wrong side)
FABRIC BACK—wrong side up (right side to front fabric right side)
3. Pin center back seam with fabric right sides together and lining right sides together (NOTE: one
Side of the back lining will wrap around suit to match right sides together) Stitch.
4. Pin crotch together and stitch. Right sides of fabric together and right sides of lining together.
(NOTE: you will wrap the front lining around the suit to match right sides of lining together)
5. Apply Elastic to wrong side of suit. Turn fabric over elastic to wrong side and stitch over previous

Full Bust Adjustment for Swimsuits, click to enlarge

Peapod - Summer of Life

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Episode 4 - Did you say free?

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An interview with Stacy of Stacy Sews. Stacy is very familar with the Burda Style website and she will give us all the information on this open source pattern site. It isn't just patterns but so much more.

Meet Stacy wearing Burda WOF 3/07 Tunic

A bit about presser feet. I will talk about these feet. Please feel free to leave a comment on your favorite foot or feet. We can all learn from each other.

edge joining foot

open toe foot

Piping foot

1/4" foot

Presser feet pictures are from the Husqvarna Viking website

Music used on this podcast is from the Podsafe Music network. Thanks to these artists, please visit these links and check out their music.

Alex Giordani - Arrive on Time
Country Blue - Carly's Song

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Listed in iTunes

Okay, the podcast is up and running in iTunes, check the link to the left to subscribe. Thanks

Monday, May 7, 2007

Episode 3 - Organizing our Fabric and Pattern Stash

Sorry to say there is a couple minutes in the middle of the podcast where the volume is very low, I apologize for that. I will work on keeping my levels up for the next podcast.

Download Episode 3 Click on the link, then right click on the episode you wish to download, choose save as target choice from the dropdown menu.

This episode has a wonderful interview with Teri. Teri gives us some great ideas on organizing your fabric and your patterns.

Websites discussed:
Frugal Fashionista
Simplicity's Sewing Basics
Sew News Library

Music used on this podcast is from the Podsafe Music network. Thanks to these artists, please visit these links and check out their music.
Winter's Longing - Warm Up My Life
Blue Matters - Sweet Inspiration
Allan Richard Feliciano - Chances Are

Friday, May 4, 2007

Subscribe in iTunes

Okay, I have submitted my podcast to iTunes but it might take a few days for it to show up in the search engine. Until then you can subscribe through iTunes by opening your iTunes on your computer then:

  1. Click on Advanced menu
  2. Select "Subscribe to Podcast"
  3. Paste this url feed: sewforthnow.libsyn.com/rss into the dialog box

I just did this and the latest episode downloaded into my iTunes. I will let you know when it appears in iTunes search.

Now back to working on Episode 3, curious? One word "Stash".

Friday, April 27, 2007

Episode 2 - To Knit or Not to Knit

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This podcast has an in-depth interview with Anne St. Clair, owner of Needle Nook Fabrics. The inteview pertains to knit fabric: types, construction tips and prewashing and that is just the beginning.

Music used on this podcast is from the Podsafe Music network. Thanks to these artists, please visit these links and check out their music. Only one song for this episode.
Adam Woodall Band - Coming Home Soon

Monday, April 16, 2007

Episode 1 - You Have to Start Somewhere

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Sites from the Podcast

Be Sew Stylish
Ottobre Magazine
Australian Smocking & Embroidery
Gorgeous Fabrics

Music used on this podcast is from the Podsafe Music network. Thanks to these artists, please visit these links and check out their music.
3 Blind Mice-Call Me Beautiful
Adrienne Pierce - One Perfect Day
Country Blue-Fast Cars and Cheap Cigars