Friday, December 19, 2008

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Episode 40 - Pockets

Information on magazine holder/ protectors:

Courtesy of Anne

Take a see-through shower curtain ( IKEA shower curtain) and cut off the top with the holes for the shower curtain rings. Cut it into pieces of 27" x 10.5" (68 x 27 cm). Take some cotton fabric and cut strips of 2" x 14" (5 x 34 cm), two strips per magazine pocket. Bias cut not needed. Fold the strips lengthwise and press. Fold the plastic shortwise (is that the correct word?) making two layers of 13.5" x 10.5". Put the strips around the lengthwise opening and stitch with min. ½" seam allowance and a straight long stich from the bottom. An inch before the top, make a curve and stitch towards the corner. Repeat for the other side. The cotton has to be on the outside, otherwise the sewing machine cannot sew the very slippery plastic - it enforces the seam as well.

The pocket should be fairly snug so that the magazine is kept flat. The curves in the top will ease insertion. It can now even be stored vertically in a box. You can use different colours of fabric to colour code - red for 2007, blue for Ottobre, yellow for the ones with your favorite, pink for the ones with work in progress, flowers for the ones with girl's clothes - endless possibilites. If you like it a bit neater, you can make two fold binding tape or buy the tape. I personally don't mind the ravelery - it is faster and cheaper this way. :-)

I have also photocopied all the pages with the overview of the patterns in all my magazines and put it in sheets protectors and in a binder. This way I don't need to flip through all my magazine when I look for something specific. It took a looong time to scan and print all that but now I just need to do it every three months with the latest magazines

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Episode 39 – Sashiko and More

What's new on the web
Stitch Magazine
Mystery game in Sewing store
Needle cases

Find your country, then inspiration, then dressing room. Use an avatar with your measurements and try garments on the avatar for ideas and inspiration.
Puyallup Show
ASG Creativity Contest
Soy and Bamboo Article

Sandra Betzina's site

Interview with Nancy Shriber on Sashiko, check out her site for information
Nancy Shriber's site

If you would like book information or questions on Sashiko emal Nancy at

Sashiko tutorial at Purl Bee site

Length of podcast: 45 minutes

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Episode 36- National Sewing Month

September is National Sewing Month

Check out for information and look at the featured sewing/craft room link

Burda Stylehas children's patterns now
Mini-Wardrobe winner at Pattern review
Lined Jacket winner at Pattern review

Facing/Interfacing tutorial on my sewing blog

Silhouette Patterns
Podcast approx 42 minutes long

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Episode 35 – The Industry

Jalie 2787

Interview with Connie Crawford
Her favorite Jacket pattern - Butterick 5053
New pattern nov 1st – 5300 – master blouse pattern, side bust dart
Check out her links for books, DVDs, notions, interfacing and patterns.
Podcast length - 66 minutes

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Exciting News

Mary Ray posted on the Craftsylish website about the podcast. Check it out:
Blog Post at CraftStylish

Thanks Mary!

Episode 34- Wedding Bells

Podcast all about wedding dress sewing.

Some sites with history
History of Wedding Dresses in America
History of Wedding dresses in Britian
Construction information
Information on sewing a wedding dress
Ehow article on sewing a wedding dress

Sits on the internet, books and new products
Machine Maintenance

Bridal Books
Large ironing board site
ASG site for information on Hong Kong trip
Auto lift iron

Podcast lenght 28 minutes

Monday, July 28, 2008

Episode 33- Sharing the Gift of Sewing

My top Simplicity 2980

Kid Sew
Love to Sew
Sewing Prose
All Crafts

Tips for Teaching Kids to Sew


Basic Pillowcase

Pillowcase with options

Article for Teaching sewing tips:

Sew News Article by Nancy Zieman

Vodcast, tutorials, featured project site:
DIY Style

Purses pattern site:
Sew Serendipity

Meggie Lulu's Reviews - 64 reviews by our first feature interviewee:

Meredith's quilt:

The prize to one lucky winner - Meredith will make a clock like this one. Leave a comment on the blog - – maybe an idea for a beginner, how you learned to sew, or if you teach someone to sew. We will draw for the winner on August 15th.

Podcast length: 50 minutes

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

We Have Winner

Cheryl Still Sews is the winner of the Hot Pattern.

Cheryl please email me at


Thanks for all the comments.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Episode 31- Patterns, Patterns and More Patterns, oh, my!

Hot Patterns
Burda Style

My sewing blog
Girls in the Garden

Now if you listened to the podcast, you know what to do!

Length of podcast 48 minutes

Friday, June 6, 2008

Friday, May 16, 2008

Episode 29 - Chatting with Marcy Tilton

Pattern Review - Simplicity 3678

Interview with Marcy Titlon;
Marcy Tilton's homepage
Dart information on Marcy's website

New Jalie patterns
Jalie's homepage
The t-shirt pattern numbers 2804, 2805, 2806

Podcast length: 75 minutes.

See you in June.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Episode 28 - Dress Forms

First, anyone catch my mistake - on the podcast I said Episode 29, oops, it is only Episode 28. I didn't want to edit again, so I left it. Sorry.

Dressform information:
History information on dress forms

Types and other information

What are dress forms and how do I get them
Fashion Incubator dress form information
English site -dressforms with adjustable torso length
Sew News article

How to make a duct tape dress form:

You Tube video

Etsy blog

My blog for what I am sewing pictures and information
Girls in the Garden

Other items talked about
Timmel Home page

Big List of Sewing Blogs

The Big List of Sewing Blogs

ASG National Convention

Podcast length 23 minutes

Thursday, May 1, 2008

The Winners Are....

Fashionista Fabric Gift Certificate - Dinah Miller from Indiana
Christina from Assorted Notions - Book from Anne St. Clair
Ruth from Sew Chic - Interfacing from Pam Erny

Please email me
with your mailing address. Dinah I just need your email to get the gift certificate code to you.

Thanks all for listening and leaving such great comments.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Episode 27- Time to Sew

Some of the tops I have made from Simplicity 4076

Tips for finding time to sew in this episode.

Check out these books for more timesaving ideas:
Nancy Zieman's book

Sue Hausmann's book

Websites mentioned in this podcast:
Sewing Republic
Craft Stylish

Don't forget to leave a comment on the blog to be entered for the anniversary drawing.

Podcast length: 28 minutes

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Episode 26 - A View and Another Year

Trench for my daughter, McCalls' 5525

Sewing Machine Needle Information:

Taunton Article article

Interview with Cheryl Weiderspahn of Homestead Specialities

Low-Sew Boutique book
Funny Farm Story

Low-Sew Boutique Contest - you have plenty of time to enter the deadline is October 1, 2008

Happy One Year Anniversary to the Sew Forth Now Podcast

For the month of April 2008, leave a comment on the blog stating what country you are from, why you listen, and if you listen a few episodes at a time or keep current. This will automatically enter you in the drawing for the following prizes:

Fashionista Fabric - A $20 gift certificate donated by Melody

Intimately Yours Bras Book - This book donated by Anne St. Clair

Fashion Sewing Supply Interfacing - Interfacing donated by Pam Erny

Thanks to these kind and generous ladies for their donations.

Don't forget to enter

Length of podcast: 51 minutes.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Episode 25 - Couture Details

History of couture:
Fashion Era
The History of Haute Couture
Haute Coutue Impeccable Style and History

Interpret Couture into our sewing
Couture Sewing

Interview with Susan Khalje
Susan Khalje Website
Susan's Books

Article on HGTV website about sewing schools:

HGTV article

Length of Podcast - 46 minutes

Friday, March 7, 2008

Episode 24 - A Good Foundation

Elastic wasitband tutorial

Sew ends of elastic together, section the elastic into quarters. This elastic is marked with pins, you could use a fabric washable marker. Quarter mark the garment's waist also.

Begin serging the elastic to the garment. Make sure you have a few stitches secured before you stretch the elastic.

A view of the serging.

Quarter mark. The pin on the elastic is matching with the seam of the pajama pants. Remember to remove your pin before the serger blades hit the pin.

Completed serged waistband

Next, sew the the casing down, use your coverstitch or sewing machine.

Once again, match the seams. This will help the waistband lay flat. See the seam on the casing matching up with the side seam on the wrong side of the garment.

Shot of steam to draw up the elastic.

Finished elastic waistband. I hope this helped.

The interview on today's episode is with Anne St. Clair owner of Needle Nook Fabric
Anne has been a guest on the show a few times and is a wealth of information.

Anne mentions these sources for bras
Elite Bra pattern (her own design) check her blog for ordering information
Kwik Sew lingerie patterns
Elan patterns

You can Email Anne with any questions.

Thanks for listening and posting comments. I try to reply to all I can. Sometimes blogger doesn't show the email address, just a non-reply note. I do appreciate all the comments and ideas. Thank you.

I will start posting the length of the podcast on this blog. Maybe that will be helpful to those who listen via the computer. This one is 52 minutes long. That might be a record!

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Download problems

I have had a couple of emails concerning problems downloading the podcast. I have downloaded Episode 23 via the libsyn site and iTunes. These downloads did not have a problem, so hopefully all is well again. I think it might have been a slight hiccup with my podcast hosting server. Good luck and I hope it works.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Episode 23- Adding Texture to Garments

Thread's Tips and Hints

Ann's Jacket information

Craft Stylish Website

Interview with Mary Ray on Quilted Garments - Adding Texture

Mary Ray Designs website

Gorgeous Silver Jacket

Skirt Hemline
Evening Jacket with quilting details

Here is the cover of Threads issue 103, November 2002. Article starts on page 37.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Episode 22- The "S's" Have It - Scissors and Sergers

Buttonhole scissors

My blouse 1/2008 # 107

Burda World of Fashion photo for #107

Skirt for #112

Information for Scissors:

Gingher repair service

Wenger swissors article on scissors

Interview with Pam Mahshie

Babylock website

Babylock matchmaker page

Pam's articles on Babylock site

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Episode 21 - Slinky and a Story

Threads reference site
Sewing Muse

Ottobre magazine issues and back issues
My jeans and dress pants are from Ottobre Woman 5/2007
Ottobre site
Check these sources for back issues:
Dots n Stripes - UK source
Wooly Thread

Needle Nook Blog check out this site for specials, coupons, fabric of the week and inspiration
Ready-to-wear sites for slinky (travel) wardrobe ideas
Coldwater Creek

Kwik Sew patterns Ann recommends for slinky
2243 - top - out-of-print
2056 -slacks out-of-print
2900 tshirt
2740 closer fitting t-shirt designed for 50% fabric
check Kwik Sew for the out-of-print patterns and Ebay

Needles for slinky 75/11 and a fine strong thread (Mettler, metrosene)

BWOF #116 1/2008 wrap top

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Episode 20 - Buttoning up Your Wardrobe Plans

Artisan Square for SWAP discussion and other fabric and crafting discussion

Buttons and buttonhole links:
History of buttons and buttonholes

DIY Network buttonhole article

How to fix a buttonhole mistake

You Tube Video on buttoholes

Changing sizes

Corded Buttonholes

How to measure the buttons

Needle Nook Blog Ann St. Clair's blog, information on classes and pictures of fabric available at your store

Burda English Yahoo Group -email discussion group pertaining to the garments in Burda World of Fashion Magazine

LoriV Reviews - the link to my reviews.

Interview with Nancy Nix-Rice, wardrobing consultant:
Nancy Nix Rice website

New Professional Image Book available at Amazon

Looking Good Book available at Amazon

Wardrobeworks is available at her website (see link above)

DVD available via:
Palmer and Pletsch website and look for that in February

ASG website for National convention information July 10 - 14, 2008, Chicago

Contact Nancy for seminar information: