Fabric Friday! Crossroads Denim

Since the launch of The Magic Pattern Book we have been having a blast picking out fabrics to make new samples. Of course we had to try some of the pieces in Crossroads Denim. Here are some mock-ups of what to come. I can’t wait to show you the finished garments!

We are making the Abigail dress out of the Soft Aqua Crossroads. In the denim weight this dress will be perfect for year round wear!


We are making the Delia out of the new Cactus Pink Crossroads color. Perfect as a throw on jacket for spring and summer.


We are using another new color, Wisteria on the Evangeline. This swing-like jacket would be great with skinny pants. -1

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BurdaStyle Magic Pattern Challenge

Introducing the BurdaStyle Magic Pattern Challenge!

Create a project from The Magic Pattern Book and upload it to BurdaStyle during the month of September. Check back to see other entries and get new ideas and inspiration! September 30th is the last day to enter the contest before voting begins on October 1st and the grand prize winner is announced on October 8th. And what does the grand prize winner get?? A Baby Lock Imagine Serger! Woo Hoo! There will also be weekly fabric and pattern prizes from Robert Kaufman and Indygo Junction. What are you waiting for? Make a Magic Pattern today!


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Win a New Pattern! Store In Style

Is your jewelry box a jumbled mess of earrings, rings and tangled necklaces? Mine is. I rarely wear any of my jewelry just because I don’t want to mess with the mess! It turns out that  a lot of people have a similarly messy jewelry box, so we decided to get everyone organized – in the cutest way possible. Enter the Store In Style organizer.


This hanging organizer is shaped like an A-line dress, or if you need something smaller, a shirt. The organizer slides onto a hangar for everyday storage, but you can also roll it up for traveling.PIJ1101CR-9TThe constructions is simple – don’t let all that vinyl scare you! This project goes together surprisingly quickly. The pockets are different sizes for versatility in storage.


5 velcro tabs around the neck provide storage for long hanging items like necklaces.


It works well for jewelry, but you can store anything in this organizer. Even sewing supplies!PIJ1101CR-6T

Would you like to win a copy of the Store In Style pattern? Simply leave a comment telling us what you would use it for and you’ll be entered! The contest runs through 12:00 PM Friday, August 29th. For US residents only. Good Luck!

Would you like to win a copy of the Bakery Baskets pattern? Simply leave a comment telling us your favorite kind of bread and you will be entered. The contest runs through 12:00 Friday, August 8th, for US residents only. Good luck! – See more at: http://blog.indygojunction.com/#sthash.lUg57AGL.dpuf




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Introducing: The Magic Pattern Book

We are so excited to introduce you to Amy’s new book, The Magic Pattern Book!


The Magic Pattern Book features 6 magic patterns that can be transformed into 216 different looks. Complete with beautiful full-color photos, step-by-step instructions and a CD of printable patterns, this easy-to-follow guide shows how 6 patterns x 6 looks x 6 fabric suggestions for each look results in a complete wardrobe.

So what is a magic pattern? It is a single master pattern that can be transformed into many different styles—for example, a single basic skirt pattern can create an A-line skirt, a maxi skirt, a pleated hem skirt, a pencil wrap skirt, a flared bias skirt, and a ruffled mini. Below, see all the different styles in the tank top family.


Each pattern comes with six fabric suggestions and can be made to fit sizes S – 2XL. Many can even be crafted with re-purposed fabrics such as menswear or denim jeans. Overviews of fabric types and preparation, plus basic sewing, alteration, and finishing techniques are also included, making The Magic Pattern Book a reference that readers will turn to again & again.



Inspired by the first lady of fashion Mary Brooks Picken’s belief that each design is like a different woman, Amy has playfully named each pattern variation and given it distinct personality – that is, until you stitch your own identity into it! And as fashions evolve, each design can easily be tweaked and changed – all you need is a little creativity.

The book includes six chapters: The Tank, The Skirt, The Dress, The Cardigan, The Coat, & The Accessories. Six different fashion styles are included in each chapter, each style with another six suggested fabrics. So many options!

Magic Pattern Grid

Learn more about Amy’s journey writing The Magic Pattern Book over on her blog. While you are there, enter to win a copy of The Magic Pattern & Vintage Notions! And stay tuned for information on our upcoming BurdaStyle Magic Pattern challenge – September 2014!


Upcoming Magic Pattern Events & Activities:

Sewing with Nancy – two-part PBS series titled Magic Patterns. Episodes begin airing September 2014. Check your local listings.

BurdaStyle Design Challenge – Create one of Amy’s Magic Patterns & you could win a Baby Lock Imagine Serger. Challenge begins September 2014. Sign up for our newsletter or check back here for further details as they become available.

The American Sewing Show - September 26 – 18, 2014 – Novi, MI

Quiltcon – February 19 – 22, 2015 – Austin, TX

Traveling Fashion ShowOriginal Sewing & Quilt Expo events across the country will feature fashions from The Magic Pattern Book in their runway shows, with Amy Barickman emceeing in select cities (starred below):


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Win a New Pattern! Woody & Sam

Here is a new pattern for those Halloween lovers out there (OK, or just fall lovers in general, or come to think of it animal lovers too!) Anyway, meet Woody & Sam! These softies are perfect do dress your home up for autumn, or make them in bright colors for year-round cuteness.


We chose to use our Crossroads Denim for the solids, and on Woody, paired it with fun fabrics from Marcia Derse for Windham.


The animals feature some raw edge details as shown on their facial features and especially on Sam’s stomach.


The animals are mainly filled with stuffing, but there is also a small pillow on the inside of the creatures filled with a heavier filling, like BBs to keep the animals standing.


Want to win a copy of the Woody & Sam pattern? Simply leave a comment below on your favorite Fall decorations and you’ll be entered. The contest will end at 12:00 pm on Friday, August 22nd for US contestants only. Good Luck! 

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Dimensional Denim Blog Tour Winners

A big thank you to all out Dimensional Denim bloggers and all of you who entered our contest!

Our Grand Prize Winner is…. Janine Roth! Janine, you will receive a copy of Dimensional Denim, a pack of Crossroads Denim fabric and assorted Crossroads patterns!

Our 10 runner-ups will each receive a copy of Dimensional Denim. Those lucky winners are: Sandy Wyngaard, Lisa Holmes Garret, Jeneta Masson, Marcia Perason Herath, Mary Jones, Linda Arnholtz, Robert Brazell, Janie McCombs, Ginger Rollins Cato, & Patty Tomlinson!

Congratulations to all our winners! Please keep an eye out for an email from us. Thanks!DImesional-Denim-CVR-Final-3

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Dimensional Denim Blog Tour: Coats and Clark Sewing Secrets!

Of course the creatives over at Coats and Clark would design a fabulous fall table runner for their stop on the Dimensional Denim blog tour. Check it out!



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Dimensional Denim Blog Tour: Whipstitch

Check out the adorable shorts that Whipstitch created on today’s Dimensional Denim blog tour stop! I want a pair too!dimensional-denim-shorts-w-ruffled-pocket

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Bakery Baskets Winner

I’m happy to announce that Donna is the winner of our Bakery Baskets  pattern. Donna wrote “I makeup the chedder bay biscuits that the family just loves and then theres the French bread we love and I sure could use both patterns.”

Keep an eye out for an email from me Donna and Congratulations! Thanks to everyone who entered!

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Dimensional Denim Blog Tour: Inventive Denim

Today’s stop on the Dimensional Denim blog tour is over at Inventive Denim. Check it out here!weave

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