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Project Chronicles: Movie Night PJs & Simplicity 8803- Vintage

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Another completed project for the holidays.  This is the series of pajamas I made during the holidays for the myself and the family as part of my YouTube Series called - "Sew & Chat LIVE with Sew-To-Fit".  In this live video series, I spend time sewing my projects while live-streaming on my channel.  The PJ series, included this white set, I'm wearing, along with the grandchildren's sets. The grandkids set was made using the Movie Night pj pattern from Sew A Little Seam . another Simplicity 8803 Pajama Set Video Links: Pajama Pants & Shirt- Sew & Chat LIVE with Sew-To-Fit This video details the changes I made to the top and how I sewed the piped trim around the edge of the front.   Movie Night Pjs for the Grands- Sew & Chat LIVE with Sew-To-Fit I sewed one pj in this video to demo the sewing of the leg openings along with the use of the trim for the cuffs and neckline.  

Project Chronicles: Burda 8487 (OOP): Wrap Top (Edited)

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This wrap top was completed back in late November.  Although, I did my best to blog about it, I failed miserably at trying to schedule out my post using the "Schedule Post" feature.  LOL...On thing I realized: You need to complete writing the post first, then schedule. The process avoids post going live that are merely drafts.  Oh well.... well here is the full review.  Thanks for your patience. The blouse was one on my list for years, which explains the out of print pattern.  I am still happy I made it after all.  I do like the design, including the 3/4 sleeves and wide "70ish" collar.  The front is faced from the shoulder to the tie-front extensions.  Of course I did a Sew & Chat LIVE with Sew-To-Fit on my YouTube channel that you can follow along with the sewing of this gem.   The ties, extend from the front where it is pleated first and then the ties extend from there.  The blouse is tied at one side with the under left extension and tie passing t

Project & Social Updates: Instagram

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Learn to sew while watching a pro work. I'll be sewing live again. This time, Simplicty 8803 PJ and lounge wear for women. The Pattern review and a few fitting tips are usually included in the video with FULL Extended video pattern fitting tutorials available as part of my Patreon Site. ⁠ ⁠ ---FABRIC: Vintage inspired Cotton... It says, “You better like this!.” Lol 😝 @simplicity is going all out on touching our inner sewist with this #fabric which I got from JoAnns. A #vintagefabric and design.⁠ ---PATTERN: Simplicity 8803 Womens Loungewear⁠ ---ALTERATIONS & Size information will be mentioned in the video. ⁠ ⁠ #Instasew #dressmaking #dressmaker �#sewingvlogger #sewingproject #patternadjustments #sewingvideo #youtubetutorial #sewingvlog #sewsocial #imadethis #isewclothes �#handmadeeveryday #sewcialist #sewistsofinstagram #sewingamuslin #sewingismytherapy #sewersofinstagram�#lovesewing #isewmyownclothes�#sewersgonnasew #sewingvintage #vintage ⁠ via Instagram

Marfy-Sewalong2019 LIVE Update and Q&A. Welcome back!!

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WELCOME BACK!!! We are looking forward to you coming on live tonight (Sept. 7th @7pm Central) with your questions and chat about the current #sewtofitmarfysewalong as part of the #sewtofitmarfychallenge ---Becki and I will be answering your questions and discussing our upcoming plans for your continued involvement in the Marfy Challenge for Season 2. See you on the livestream!! Click here if you don't see the video: https://youtu.be/Qr_syIXwk0U Our Marfy Sewalong is underway. Let’s talk plans and answer your questions. #sewtofitMarfySewAlong2019 has begun. Becki and I are back and well rested from a great summer break. USE #sewtofitmarfychallenge @sewmuchfabric @sewtofit and @bekichitwood on Instagram to enter the giveaway Giveaway will be announced on the first week of October. PRIZES: 1- $50 gift certificate from @sewmuchfabric 2- Marfy Catalogue 3- Pattern from Marfy 4- Bonus 1hour Private Fitting consultation with @sewtofit $55 value Sewalong Videos to

Ultimate Marfy Sewing Pattern Haul

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I got a really big pattern Haul from Marfy Fashions. I don’t know where to start with all these fun designs. In this video I tried to give you a clue to my thought process and share some of the fabrics I hope to use with these lovely patterns. Who knows, I may just be a hoarder. Check it out. https://youtu.be/AO434zaBr3s ---------------------------------------------- - Patterns in this video.  Marfy 1949- Skirt SZ48 Marfy 1948 Shirt SZ46 Marfy 6193 Dress SZ48 Marfy 1864 Jacket SZ46 Marfy 1862 Dress SZ48 _______________________________________ Remember, we  are gearing up for another wave of Marfy pattern challenges this fall. Check out the last post about which pattern we’re using for the Sewalong in September.  See what we have gotten and where we are headed with this challenge in the upcoming months. We are shaking up a few things around here, so join in and find out more.... about the “Monthly Marfy Sewing Pattern Challenge"  https://youtu.be/42NeW0fitF8

Marfy SewAlong 2019

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Summer break is almost over, and it’s time to gear up for the next season of the #sewtofitmarfychallenge sewing challenge. In doing so, I can’t forget how much your participation has made this whole first season possible!!!    Thank you from both myself and Becki, for making this all worth it and fun!!! The new fall season of the Marfy Challenges will have more viewer participation, prizes from Sew Much Fabric giveaway and Marfy Patterns discounts plus a new sew-along to help you conquer your Marfy fear!   To kick off the new season, I’ve created this  video   as a lookbook of all the pattern selections from Season One.  Please take this opportunity to select your all-time favorite pattern that you want to sew during the Sewalong. Watch the  video , click on the " Voting Link ", and place your vote.    You have until Friday 8/16 at midnight CST to make your selection.   Here are the Season One episode links, in case you need to catch up.  Episode 1 (F

Studio Update and Custom Patterns

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It's a studio Update. 

I’m teaching in Michigan!!!

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EDITED TO ADD::  Additional class time for Sunday, 7/14-   https://www.habermanfabrics.com/classes/new-section-understanding-pattern-fit I’m on my way out for a vacation and one of my layovers will be in the “Motor City”, Detroit!! By chance, I happened to call the lovely folks at Haberman Fabrics, and from that conversation, came a great big surprise for you all..... I’ll be teaching a short lesson on fit! Consider my excitement when Patty the owner, accepted my offer to drop in for a quick demo/lecture. And on such a short notice of all things!! I’ll be demonstrating how to choose a pattern size, as well as explain the three types of fitting methods, and to top it all off, you will have the chance to actually try on a sewn commercial pattern sloper to see just how industry pattern sizing works and discover how to work with their sizing compared to your own. Registration is required and very limited, so try to sign up early! Click the picture above to regist

Fitting of Marfy 6253: Monthly Marfy Challenge Ep. 4-Part 1 (May)

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Hello again everyone.  I'm excited to share the latest Marfy pattern fitting discussion.  This dress is the third installation of the #sewtofitmarfychallenge , that I started back in February, on my youtube channel.   I can't believe I have gotten board yet.  I really hope you have enjoyed these post.  I enjoy a challenge, yes I do, and this one was that challenge! I sewed the Marfy 6253 that you all voted on during the Saturday evening live-stream .  (See details below.) In the above picture, I thought is good to show me in the muslin to give you an idea how my dress looked void of all color.  We tend to see only the fabric in most cases. I did the pattern review on the video from last Saturday's live-stream reveal on my channel.  You don't have to watch, that is quite fine.  Just know it will be a while before I get to the full review here on the blog. Pattern Description: This dress has a central fastening, inset armholes, a V-neckline with strip collar, the da

Episode 4: Pattern Review and Reveal- Marfy 6253 and Marfy 6180

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Today is the day for the May Marfy challenge reveal.  Becki and I will be reviewing our April Marfy sewing projects on Episode 4, tonight, Saturday,  I had a great time fitting this lovely dress The April’s pattern for me was Marfy 6253 and for Becki, it was Marfy 6180.  We will be doing our "Sew-N-Tell" tonight on my YouTube Channel, LiVE at 8pm Central USA.  Don't forget to set your reminders, so you can come and vote on next months' challenge pattern and weigh-in on how you feel about the makes.  We really do love having you live to chat with us. This challenge has been educational and fun, and has taught me a great deal about how Marfy patterns are drafted. I have serious respect for their attention to details and the small, almost unnoticeable fitting details they have hand drafted into these patterns.  Some of the lines are so minor, but make a great deal of difference.  If you don't pay attention you would easily cut out these fine details whil

Studio Update: 4-27-19: Sewing Projects, Patreon, and Weightloss Chat.

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This Sewing Studio Update is a discussion of my current sewing projects and personal thoughts regarding the sewing community and sharing sewing and fitting tutorials compared to classes and ecourses.  What social media and YouTube is all about for me and how I want to share with you regularly without restrictions and problems posed on the social platforms.  It's been a while since I've done a studio update and chatted about what's really on my cutting table. I also discuss a little about my Club Sew-To-Fit( and the use of a new platform, Patreon.  Patreon is only the platform I have decided to move my current Club Sew-To-Fit Membership to, instead of the one I have been using for the last 3 years.  Here is the video link:  https://youtu.be/Pp4kF8-VgqE

Fitting of Marfy 5124: Monthly Marfy Challenge Ep. 3-Part 1 (April)

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The Monthly Marfy Challenge is still going strong.  I have been working my way to completing this months pattern which you voted on, during the March 3rd live video, for the #sewtofitMarfyChallenge.  I must admit, it is really hard not to share too much of the details of my progress with you on my IG account.  To help me stay excited and motivated, I may have dropped a small nugget of information about my sewing project onto my Instagram stories throughout the month.  Although, I made the rules, I find it really difficult to stick to them.  I began studying the pattern and preparing for the adjustments soon after you selected my assignment.   Here are the steps I took to make the adjustments needed.

Fitting of Marfy Pattern 5209: Monthly Marfy Challenge Ep. 2-Part 1

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I wanted to share with you my pattern fitting process I did in preparation for Episode 2 of the video series, the "Monthly Marfy Challenge" which airs live on my YouTube channel. (Full details of the challenge is below.) The pattern you voted for me to sew is Marfy 5209, a gorgeous shirt with insets and neck ties which are part of the collar band. I love a button down!

To Italy and Back- Challenges that Forge Friendships & a Pair of Pants

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I thought I might share a pant and fabric review and a story of my long vacation to Italy I took with a fellow fashionista, Becki.  This vacation is what lead me to want to do something on my YouTube channel that would bring all the memories back like a flood. I wanted to do a "VLog" of my vacation.  Lately, I have been in the need for a good walk down memory lane.  I know there are other places in the world that cause the feelings a trip to Italy can bring.  But, we will just start with Italy for now.  Particularly, the Province of Ferrara, Italy. 

New Series: Monthly Marfy Pattern Challenge

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Introducing a new Sew-To-Fit LIVE video series: The Monthly Marfy Pattern Challenge . In this series, sponsored by Sew Much Fabric, my new Co-Host Becki Chitwood, and I will challenge one another to complete an outfit each month using a Marfy.it pattern. Your participation during this Live Webcast, will be to decide what pattern we will sew each month, via voting during the live show. The show will be the first Saturday of each month, beginning this Saturday, February 2nd @ 8pm CST. This show is a fun challenge, in addition to my regular Saturday Night Sew-To-Fit Live Webcast.

Fitting a Blouse with Raglan Sleeves and a Portrait Collar Neckline

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In this video I demo how to fit a raglan sleeve blouse with a portrait collar so it won't gap and pull. I continue the fitting series in this live video with how to use your #sloper or TNT pattern Block when fitting your commercial Patterns.  The pattern being demonstrated in this video is the McCalls 6286 (oop) that I have wanted to make for ages. Please NOTE:  This video will actually Premiere on Saturday, 1/26/2018... I will be live in the chat with you, as we watch together and discuss the details of the demonstration.  Please set your reminder . You can also check out the latest videos in the fitting series playlist to catch up on other fitting video I have done lately. IMPORTANT LINKS: Online Courses with Andrea:  https://goo.gl/a5yHtL How To Grade a Pattern Video:  https://youtu.be/EkY9ifPrt48 Fitting Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLeGwfW96f3jVjXkmzr_j4wKd_ofMhh1Cs Customized Patterns: 20% Discount code:  sewtofit20-  https://goo.gl/YJb6Dv

Newsletters and Saturday Night Live Webcast- Are you missing something?

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"Saturday Night Live Webcast" I considered not sharing a copy of the last email newsletter which went to my subscribers only. However, I figured I’d let you know there is a conversation going every week, that you may want to join.  If you don’t want to miss our private conversations,you can participate here::   Join the SewToFit conversation... Newsletter 1/17/2019 Thanks to everyone for checking in on the livestream last weekend. I hadn't realized how much you enjoyed these  Saturday night livestreams on youtube . You showing up, tells me I must be doing something right! The next webcast is this Saturday, 1/19/2019 @ 8pm CST.  (Set your reminder.) Saturday Night Live Webcast...1/19/2019 This week we are discussing the "Jasmine" tunic pattern design from the new "Let's Design" Video Series. If you missed it, here's the  link  for you to catch up before we go live:  Designing a Tunic Top This wee