Create The Perfect Fit Winner


Congratulations to Elizabeth K. who is the winner of Create The Perfect Fit. Elizabeth commented “I’ve just discovered Joi and this book is on my wishlist.” Elizabeth, keep an eye out in your email for a message from us. Thanks to everyone who entered.

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Serged Style: The Modern Silhouette Vest


Our Modern Silhouette Vest has become our top-selling garment pattern – and it is easy to see why. The flattering fit with so many design options lets sewers create a garment that is perfect for their shape, size and style.


The vest is created with only four panels. The seams can either be serged and exposed or overlapped and topstitched.


Each length (short, medium and long) has a staggered hemline that extends in the back. In case you need a little coverage, you know?


We love the look of the serging option for the vest. You can really create a unique design by simply taking advantage of thread color. Notice in the vest above how the high contrast serging really highlights the seaming.


If you aren’t a fine of such a stark contrast look, you can go more subtle. Here we used dark gray thread to create a quieter contrast on our Crossroads Denim Charcoal Black fabric.


Of course, you don’t have to create contrast at all. This vest, made from our Crossroads Denim Mushroom fabric uses a thread that is very close in color. In this sample, the seams blend right into the garment.

Have you made The Modern Silhouette Vest? I would love to see pictures of your finished garments. Email pics to – I can’t wait to see your finished creations!


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The Magic Pattern Book Blog Tour

Welcome to the last day of The Magic Pattern Blog Tour! Thanks to all the bloggers as well of those of you who have been following the tour.


In case you haven’t been following the tour, let me introduce you to The Magic Pattern Book! The 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.


If you read Amy’s Magic Pattern Story then you know that we are sending Magic Pattern samples out on the road. The Magic Fashion Show is touring with the Original Sewing & Quilt Expo, and there will be trunk shows crossing the nation as well. Check with your local store to see if they will be featuring The Magic Pattern Trunk Show!


The Evangeline Jacket in Crossroads Denim Charcoal Black and Alexander Henry’s Yuka. Notice the self-covered button option.

To prepare for all this travel we created brand new Magic Pattern samples in current fashion-forward fabrics, using fabric lines that will be available for some time, like Amy’s Crossroads Denim line. She recently launched this line of 18 colored denims, which are perfect for garment sewing. The denim is a fun fabric to work with because it easy to sew and drapes really well but is also functional and durable. Below, see new Magic Pattern samples that we created with Crossroads Denim.

The Abigail Dress made in Crossroads Denim Soft Aqua

The Abigail Dress made in Crossroads Denim Soft Aqua

The Evangeline Coat made in Crossroads Denim Charcoal Black and Brandon Mably's Jazz Corduroy

The Evangeline Coat made in Crossroads Denim Charcoal Black and Brandon Mably’s Jazz Corduroy. This sample uses purchased buttons.


The Daisy jacket in Crossroads Denim Ice Blue

The Delia Jacket made in Crossroads Denim Cactus Pink

The Delia Jacket made in Crossroads Denim Cactus Pink

Want to read more about the inspiration behind The Magic Pattern Book? Check out Amy’s blog for the full story. Enter to win a copy of The Magic Pattern Book and Crossroads Denim yardage by leaving a comment letting us know your favorite Crossroads sample from The Magic Pattern Book. Good Luck! The contest runs through 10/31/2014

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Create the Perfect Fit Blog Tour


Earlier this year I had the pleasure of meeting Joi Mahon at the Baby Lock tech conference in St. Louis. Joi is a fashion designer, pattern designer, garment fit specialist, Baby Lock ambassador, teacher and now author! Joi has been sewing since she took her one and only lesson in 6th grade. When she was 14 she started working with a tailor, learning the fitting and altering techniques that educate her work today.


Joi is well-known in the sewing industry as a fantastic fit teacher. However, since not every seamstress can have access to Joi at all times, she realized that she needed to compile her fit techniques into a book – Create The Perfect Fit.


Joi’s book focuses on real people, real garments and real fit issues. The bulk of the book teaches the reader about various body parts to measure and how to easily increase or decrease a corresponding pattern. I love Chapter 10 where Joi demonstrates real-life fit issues on real people (i.e. not models). The techniques that Joi teaches in the book work for all shapes and sizes – after all, no body is perfect!


Joi has such an amazing talent as a fit guru and as a designer; those are her designs for McCalls Patterns, above. I was excited to see a trunk show of Joi’s work on display at the Baby Lock Tech Conference. See some of the images I snapped below of her beautiful work.


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Guess what – today we are going to give one lucky winner a copy of Create The Perfect Fit! To enter, simply leave a comment telling us your biggest fitting issue. Contest runs through October 27 2014. Good Luck!

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Holiday Gift List: The Quilted Kitchen

Yesterday I realized that it is time to get my ducks in a row and Christmas projects planned and started. Maybe some of you folks are better organized and are already knee-deep in gift-sewing? Good for you!

For those of you who haven’t started your gift planning, I will be posting quick gift ideas on Fridays as we get closer to the holiday season.

The Quilted Kitchen is a great project that is universally functional – I mean, who doesn’t need new oven mitts? Here you can see it in some adorable Christmas fabric from Riley Blake.


We created the square patchwork oven mitt as well as the double sided mitt. The pattern also offers instructions for a patchwork round hot pad and a pot handle protector.


The fun thing about the double sided oven mitt is that you can turn it upside down to use on the table as a trivet.


Kitchen projects are perfect vehicles for novelty fabrics that you wouldn’t necessarily use for garments or in a big quilt. In a small accessory like this, you can let your imagination go wild with fabric choices!



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You Made It! Woody & Sam


Sue Haussman’s 6 year old granddaughter Brooke loves owls and asked her grandma if they could make one out of fabric that Brooke picked out. Sue immediately thought of our Woody and Sam pattern! Brooke created Woody all by herself, even stitching the applique. Great job Brooke, the owl is adorable!!

Thanks to Brooke and Sue for sending us the pictures – we love to see our customer’s creations!




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Magic Pattern Challenge Voting

The Magic Pattern Challenge has closed for entries, but now it is time to vote. Head over to BurdaStyle to see the entries and vote for your favorite. The Grand Prize winner will receive a new Baby Lock Serger!

Also, for our Kansas City Area friends, stop by the Original Sewing & Quilt Expo in Overland Park this weekend to visit our booth and see The Magic Fashion Show, hosted by Amy. It will be so much fun!

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The 5-Way Wrap: A Fall Favorite!

With fall coming on strong, it’s nice to have an extra wrap at hand to ward off the chill. The 5-Way Wrap is one of our most popular garment patterns (it’s super easy to make and flattering – a killer combo!) But why is it The 5-Way Wrap? Don’t you just wear it as an open vest?


Nope! You can actually wear this one piece of clothing 5 different ways! My favorite is to fold it over and wear it as a cape, shown below.


But maybe you have a fantastic brooch you want to show off (a Fabric Flower perhaps?) then you will want to pin it at the waist.


Of course sometimes you don’t want to accentuate your waist. Then you can pin at the shoulder.


For a more sophisticated look, you can even belt it!


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The Magic Pattern Book Road Show


Starting this weekend The Magic Pattern Fashion Show will be traveling across the country with the Original Sewing and Quilting Expo. In fact, you can see Amy emcee the show this weekend at the Expo in Fredericksburg, VA. (See her full Expo schedule here.)

We have been busy creating beautiful new samples from The Magic Pattern Book not only for the Fashion Show, but also for The Magic Pattern Trunk Show that will be visiting a retailer near you! The trunk show will feature 13 Magic Pattern projects in fashion-forward fabrics from Robert Kaufman, Free Spirit & Westminster Fabrics and Crossroads Denim from James Thompson, as well as some of our favorite original samples seen in the book. Each chapter is represented so you will see finished projects from The Tank Top, The Skirt, The Dress, The Cardigan, The Coat and The Accessory.


I love that trunk shows give customers the opportunity to see the finished garments in person. They can see the finishing techniques, look at all the unique details and maybe even try a piece on to see how they fit. I hope that you are able to visit The Magic Pattern Trunk Show to view the finished Magic Pattern projects and be inspired to create your own.

See The Magic Pattern Trunk Show at a retailer near you!

Oct 1 – Oct 15: Sew Inspired Simsbury, CT

Oct 20 – Nov 3: Crooked Stitch Rocky Mount, VA

Nov 7 – Nov 21: Mea Bernina Lawrence, KS

Dec: Pins & Needles – Stores throughout Ohio

Jan 19 – Feb 2: Sew Biz Radford, VA

Feb 9 – Feb 23: Sewing Arts Center Santa Monica, CA

Feb 9 – Feb 23: Bernina Sewing Center Topeka, KS

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The Magic Pattern Challenge – Deadline Extended!

BIG NEWS! The deadline for submissions to the BurdaStyle Magic Pattern Design Challenge has been extended to 10/6. So you have 6 more days to create a project from The Magic Pattern Book (Find the Francesca and Adelaide pattern here for FREE) and enter to win a Baby Lock serger. Get sewing!

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