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It's Sew Easy Series 500...

It’s sew easy – the place for  creative and contemporary  sewing with instructions, videos, patterns and projects presented by leading sewing experts  for beginners and experienced sewers.  Featuring apparel, quilting and home dec.

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Altering Patterns
This season is all about changing or altering, beginning with patterns. Don’t be limited by what’s in the pattern envelope, simple steps can change a pattern to fit personality and size. Londa Rohlfing starts out with easy flat pattern alterations and adding a cowl neck to a simple top for elegant draping. Then, it’s Peggy Sagers, the fitting expert, with many looks from just one basic tee shirt pattern. We finish up with Angela Wolf, our couture expert, as she begins a beautiful jacket that will be completed over the series. 


Pencil Skirts
Every closet has a few key pieces like a straight pencil skirt. Today’s experts are altering or changing that basic with a few key add-ons. Gretchen Hirsch starts out with a kicky addition to a straight skirt with the vintage influence she’s known for. Then, we take a break from our jacket tutorial and a visit from Sarah McFarland. It’s hard to recognize the basic skirt silhouette beneath the layers of trim. New expert, Sunni Standing finishes up with adding a round pocket to the basic pencil skirt.  


Custom Jackets
Let the experts guide you on a jacket journey. This season each week features a tutorial from Angela Wolf on making a custom jacket. Today’s lesson is prepping the pattern with fusible and sewing the jacket body. Then Londa Rohlfing is back with her fabulous sweatshirt jackets and two ways to fit these stylish designs.


Designer Style
Fashion designers have learned to experiment, modify and add an element of creativity to their looks.  What comes first the pattern or the fabric?  Runway expert Christopher Straub has the answer and an interview on his design process. Next, designer Gretchen Hirsch explores underlining; it’s easy when you learn why and when. Finally, Angela Wolf is back to work on her custom jacket. Today’s feature is the curved welt pocket; a figure flattering design element.


Well Dressed House
Our home should be just as fashionable as our wardrobe but it’s not always feasible to change your furniture. Changing accessories is a great alternative. This episode features simple items that can freshen the look of any room. Colbey Decker begins with an amazing chandelier to add instant glamour. Then, meet Donna Babylon for a versatile cube footstool.  We finish up with Angela’s jacket lesson and prepping the collar and lapel.


The Fashionable Baby
It’s never too early to inject a little style into life beginning with babies. What are the fashionable babies wearing today? You can be sure it’s not boring disposable diapers. Meet Krista Tracy with a lesson on adding embroidery to custom diaper covers. Next is designer Pearl Krush with a modified diaper bag with added insulation for busy moms. We finish up with jacket designer Angela Wolf.  It’s time to sew the collar and facing.


Aprons and More Aprons
Even beginners can make changes to patterns.  Aprons are the perfect beginning garment. There’s virtually no fitting, and many ways to change them. Joy Macdonell has made aprons her signature look on her TV show Crafting at the Spotted Canary. Then, it’s an apron party with designer Trish Preston. Make an apron as a party favor for the birthday girls and their favorite dolls. Last up, Angela Wolf continues the jacket and hemming the sleeve and vent.


Fashion Accessories
This season is all about altering, modifying or changing. Texture is what makes these projects different.  Runway designer Christopher Straub is back for a lesson on texture and creating a custom bag. Next is couture designer Kenneth D. King.  He’s known for wow embellishments. Today is ribbon techniques for embellishment. We finish up with Angela Wolf.  It’s time to prep the sleeve.


Stitch Magic
Machine stitching can be a lot more than simple straight lines.  It’s a design element all by itself and creative sewing can yield impressive results. Rebecca Kemp Brent is first with the basics of free motion quilting. Create surface design and learn about the basics of quilting. Then, meet pattern designer Melissa Stramel for her signature faux smocking technique using bias tape rather than traditional shirring.   We end with adding lining to our feature jacket with Angela Wolf.


Cutwork Embroidery
The term cutwork conjures up images of ladies of years past hand stitching to create intricate designs.  Replace that picture with the modern sewer at her machine using the latest technology to create cutwork the modern way. The only thing that stays the same is the delicate beauty of these cut out designs. Up first is Rebecca Kemp Brent and a very simple explanation and tutorial on simple cutwork done with just straight and zigzag stitches. Then, Eileen Roche shows the embroidered version of cutwork. Last up, it’s another jacket lesson with Angela Wolf and techniques for tacking the jacket hem. 


Pillows Plus
You’ll never run out of sewing projects when you expand your experience to include pillows.  It’s the quick and easy way to perfect a new technique on a small scale and create functional and fashionable home décor.  Donna Babylon, the home dec expert, is up first with an economical design. Create a pillow cover to change with the season. Then, Rebecca Kemp Brent has the first steps in pieced quilting. Learn to manipulate strips for a basic pattern that will open the door to hundreds of designs. We end with Angela Wolf and time to topstitch and add trim to a jacket.


Tucks, Pleats and Panels
Simple garments get all dressed up with tucks, pleats and panels. Start simple and alter for unique designer looks. Susan Khalje, couture expert, begins with hemming tips for a professional finish. Then we have a double dose of Angela Wolf. First, it’s her unique way of making pleats using a cover stitch style machine. And then, it’s time to add buttonholes to finish up the custom jacket.


The Gift of Sewing
Share your sewing style with your friends. Marie Zinno is the first designer and custom embroidery expert. She shares a favorite house warming gift of personalized towels and ribbon.  Next, Eileen Roche has the perfect way to dress up shoes with embroidery. Finally, we finish up with the finale to the custom jacket with Angela Wolf.  All that’s left is the buttons!

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