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A BIG THANK YOU!!!!

Vote for me for Craftsy's blogger awards!I woke up this morning to an email that made me very happy and I have YOU to thank 🙂  Just so you know, you made my day!!!!!  In case you missed it, Craftsy is holding their 2013 blogging awards.  Round one of voting is finished and your votes placed my blog into the finals in the category of Sewing – Best Craftsy Instructor Blog.  There are only 4 of us and now another round of voting continues until October 29th – Of course I am hoping you will vote again 🙂

First, let me tell you how encouraging this was to hear.  Writing a blog and posting video tutorials does take up quite a bit of time, but I personally do so in order to  encourage you to sew.  Not only sew, but to sew clothes and sew clothes that look like they walked out of a boutique with a high price tag.  I have been sewing my own clothes for over 20 years (that just gives me a reason to buy more shoes and handbags LOL) and I love sharing what I have learned with you.

So what happens now?  There is a final round of voting that will end on October 29th and Craftsy is offering a free class to one of the lucky voters.  For me, I already feel like a winner.  As a special thank you for the support you have already shown and encouragement for you to vote again during these final weeks (bribery never hurts right :)) I am going to offer a few giveaways. Angela Wolf Bootcut Jean

Recently I offered a free Crafty class to my new Sewing Designer Jeans class that will launch later this month and a huge CONGRATULATIONS to the winner Marie C..  Well, the class doesn’t include a pattern.  Why?  Because maybe you copied your favorite pair in Kenneth D. Kings class or you already have a favorite jean pattern from my friend Jennifer Stern or you like the range of sizes in Jalie … just to name a few of my favorite reasons.  During the class, I will be using my  Angel Bootcut Jean pattern (my current pattern includes misses sizes 0 – 16 and I am diligently working on the women’s sizes 16W – 24W) and I even show you how to alter the pattern for a higher or lower waist (amongst other fitting issues).  So, it only seems appropriate to giveaway one of my jean patterns.  How can you win?  Pretty simple – let me know why you want to sew my jean pattern and please vote in the final round on Craftsy (remember you can win a free class on Craftsy just for voting).  Afraid of sewing jeans – no worries, it’s really easy.  Remember back when I showed you videos on how to sew pockets.  There are lots more, just scroll through my posts about sewing jeans.  I will announce the winner of jeans pattern on Monday and I will announce another “thank you” giveaway tomorrow.

Again, THANK YOU so much for making my day today 🙂  xoxo Angela

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Sewing Designer Jeans FREE CLASS Craftsy Giveaway!

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I know you usually don’t hear about my new classes until the day they start, but not with this one!  Sewing designer jeans will start later this month on Craftsy and I am offering a FREE CLASS to one lucky winner. This class will take you from A to Z in sewing your own designer jeans.    Click here to enter!  (The contest closes at midnight on Sunday, October 6, 2013) and the winner will be announced next week.  Good luck!

So how did the shoot go?  Well, I was in Denver for the torrential downfall and it was heart wrenching to see the damage shown on the local news.  Fortunately downtown Denver fared with very little flooding despite the many dark, rainy days.

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The Craftsy studio has been redesigned since my last taping Creative Serging and I had a great team to work with!  The set was equipped with the best of the best, including the Brother DreamWeaver XE Innovis-VM6200D sewing machine.  Although these are long days of taping, when you are having fun, the hours fly by.

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Below you can see 3 of the best jean tools in the sewing room … a pink hammer, sand paper, and a tailor’s clapper.  Not only will this class walk you through sewing a pair of designer jeans, I show you how to distress the jeans as you go.  Once you sew a pair of stylish jeans that fit perfectly, you will be hooked!  Enter to win a free class today.

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The blog has been a little quiet lately as I have been traveling A LOT lately … taping with Craftsy, It’s Sew Easy TV, and Threads magazine.  I will be back tomorrow with more photo’s and inside scoop on what’s coming out soon.   While you are at it … Craftsy is asking about your favorite blogs.  I would love your vote  🙂    Cheers, xoxo Angela

“Contemporary Couture Jacket” Online Class on PatternReview.com

Angela Wolf sewing couture jacketA well-made jacket can show off an outfit to its best.  Join me on PatternReview  for the fundamentals and fine points of creating a contemporary couture jacket (hint: my version of the traditional Chanel jacket).

You’ll love the comfort and style of this jacket… it feels more like a sweater! It’s the perfect topper for jeans or more formal dress.  This couture jacket is a must-have for the modern lifestyle!

The class offers 12 videos with 2 hours and 45 minutes of HD video.  There is also a 164 page PDF file with photos and close up details of every step.

  • Selecting fabric and lining.
  • Creating a 3-piece sleeve, laying out the pattern, and cutting the fashion fabric.
  • Attaching fusible interfacing, finishing the edges, and cutting the lining.
  • Using a couture technique to quilt the lining.
  • Sewing a jacket with a plaid.
  • Preparing and hand-stitching the lining.
  • Sewing the sleeve vent and attaching sleeves.
  • Covering shoulder pads.
  • Trim ideas, including a tutorial on how to crochet your own trim!
  • Closure options including custom covered buttons.
  • Pockets with a couture touch.
  • And last but not least, adding the prestigious weighted chain.

  Join me 🙂

Thinking you don’t have time for a few hours of hand-stitching a couture jacket?  Why not bring the jacket with you!  Seriously, I hand-stitched the lining on this jacket while fishing (see the finished jacket below).  The lining is hand-dyed (and not with fish blood and guts :))    Fishing and sewing might be an odd combo, but it worked.  How about you, any fun sewing stories that can beat fishing?  Now be nice 🙂   Cheers xoxo Angela

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Princess Embroidery on Silk

First off, thanks so much for the embroidery tips!  I started with simply adding letters on sueded silk, just trying to get a grip on rotating the word and changing the overall size.  I am happy to announce, embroidering letters is much easier than I thought.

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I choose a font from the Brother Dreamweaver XE and all you have to do is push the letters on the touch screen.  Changing from upper case to lower case is a breeze.  Then another push of the button and the entire word rotated directions.  (I know I said no monogram towels for Christmas gifts, but I think I changed my mind – this is way too much fun!  Now I just need the machine to offer spell check :))

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So here is where I screwed up … I was in a hurry and  grabbed a bobbin that was 1/3 full.  Instead of taking all that thread off the bobbin and starting fresh, I added more thread to that bobbin.  Not a big deal, unless you run out of bobbin thread!   This sewing machine has an automatic sensor that tells you when you are going to run out of thread.  Very cool feature, unless the machine doesn’t know you are going to run out of thread, which is exactly what happened here.  I was lucky the thread ran out at the end of my first “S”, but I still had to line up another “S” or change my idea to Princes (on pink fabric).  I played around with the laser light and found that I could tell the machine where to start the last letter.  Not too shabby!

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I have big design ideas for my newly found passion for embroidery, but for the first few tests I am going to work on small pieces of fabric and share with those of you that are as much a novice as I am on this.

A few emails rolled in about how exactly to embroidery the jeans and I thought this photo might help.  Remember there were 3 hoopings on each leg.  The front pockets were already attached and the back was finished, except for the back pocket.  I waited to add the back pocket because I was worried the fabric would be too thick under the embroidery hoop.  You can see how the design started large near the hip, then smaller, and then even smaller at the ankle.

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I am off to buy more embroidery thread and needles.  Thanks to many of you for your advice, I think this is going to be fun.  In the next post I will show you what the Princess is for and add more texture to the fabric.  Have a great week!  Cheers 🙂  Angela

How to Sew Texting Gloves with Angela Wolf

texting gloves angela wolf With Christmas around the corner, you know I can’t resist coming up with a few fun gifts items to sew. How about a pair of texting gloves! I don’t know about you, but I really get annoyed when I have to take off my gloves in order to answer my phone, text, or check an email. Instead of buying gloves and cutting off the fingertips, I decided to whip up a pair of custom gloves. These are easy and fast to sew, not to mention you can customize how tight and tall you want them and not worry about your rings getting in the way.  Did I mention they are GREAT for fishing!

The video below walks you through the entire process, including another glimpse at the V-Sonic Pen Pal feature on the Brother Dreamweaver XE.  In short, here are the steps:

1.  Measure around your knuckles, this will be the width of your gloves.

2.  Measure from your knuckles up your wrist and come up with a length measurement.

3.  Chalk mark your stitch lines, making sure to block out the area for your thumb.

4.  Stitch and press your seam allowance open.

5.  Fold the glove in half so the folded edge is at your knuckles.text gloves Angela Wolf

6.  Hand stitch the thumb hole closed.

7.   Serge the raw edge.

That’s it!  You can add beading, decorative stitching, embroidery … by the way, if you add embroidery, do so before you sew the gloves together.  This is such an easy project.  Show everyone how creative you are and post photo’s on my facebook or pinterest page of your new gloves.  Let me know if you have any questions.

Until then,  cheers and stay warm!  xoxo Angela      … wait until you see my next gift idea  🙂

Brother™ has provided me with the DreamWeaver XE, but all opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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How to Hem Jeans with the Brother MuVit Digital Dual Feed Foot

Dark jeans are really in trend this fall so that means distressing with a hammer might not be an option.  I have tested the MuVit Digital Dual Feed Foot on the Brother Dreamweaver XE and believe it or not, after sewing over many thick seams there was not one skipped stitch!  The only thing I added was a #14 denim jean needle and various thicknesses of denim.  This foot is different from a walking foot, not only because it has a rolling belt, but the foot plugs into the sewing machine giving the foot it’s own brain … or something like that.  You can then adjust the foot by pressing a few buttons on the sewing machine.  I have to say technology is really making sewing fun and easy!

The video below shows you just how smooth this digital dual feed foot works and I even tested it on one of my new jean patterns.  Which by the way,   I am happy to announce my first two jean patterns are up and available!  Both patterns come with detailed sewing instructions in a book format, very easy to follow.  The other bonus that comes with both of these jean patterns is a downloadable PDF file, download to your tablet and you can enlarge the photos for detailed viewing.  The PDF file offers color photos and details on where to distress the jeans as you sew.  My goal is to help you sew jeans that fit perfect and look expensive 🙂  Enjoy and don’t forget about the previous videos on sewing jean pockets if you need a little extra help.  Hope you had a great Thanksgiving weekend, lot’s of family, food and shopping on my end.  Wait until you see my new shoes (and yes that’s plural!)  xoxo Angela

   

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Brother™ has provided me with the DreamWeaver XE, but all opinions expressed are entirely my own.

How to sew topstitching that looks professional on jeans and jackets …

I hope you are all safe from hurricane Sandy and my heart goes out to all those affected.  We even experienced severe weather here in Michigan!   I made it to the beach yesterday and after getting stuck in the sand with our SUV, I was able to snap a few shots.  Unbelievable waves on Lake Michigan, over 20 footers.  I think I’ll pass on fishing for a few days 🙂

Lake Michigan during hurricane Sandy …over 20 foot seas!

Now onto sewing …. more specifically topstitching.  Topstitching jackets and jeans are not only a designer touch; this has become a main focus in today’s fashion.  The more creative the topstitching the more expensive your garment looks.  On that note, have you ever finished a great looking jacket only  to discover  you can’t find a matching color in the thick topstitching thread?  Would you like to hem your favorite jeans – again not being able to match the original jean thread color.  This video shows you an easy way to solve that problem, using two spools of Coats & Clark polyester thread and a #14 denim jean needle.  You will even get a peek at the automatic needle threader on the Brother Dreamweaver XE, yes it even works with 2 threads!  Enjoy 🙂

Brother™ has provided me with the DreamWeaver XE, but all opinions expressed are entirely my own.

How to Make Bias Tape the Easy Way with Simplicity

Making bias tape has never been easier!  It is really important to make sure your bias strip are really cut on the true bias.  Here are a few tips to make sure you have success:

 To find the true bias:  lay your fabric on a flat surface.  It is easier if there is a grid to follow in order to line up your grainlines.  Here I line up the crosswise grainline and the fabric salvage.

Take one corner and pull the fabric to match the selvage with the crosswise grain.  This will create a triangle.

When working with slippery fabric, use a weight at one end so you can maneuver the fabric around.  The bias is along the folded edge.

Align a see through ruler along the bias edge.  I want 2″ bias strips so the first cut will be at the 1 inch mark because I am on the fold.

Now you will see you have a nice cut line on the bias.  I then take the bias line and fold the fabric in half, so I don’t have to cut so far.  I also move the fabric so I can line up the edge of the fabric along my grid underneath.

Again, using the see through ruler, cut every 2 inches.

Keep cutting strips until you run out of fabric.  I always cut more than I need, you never know when you might need a strip of bias!

Does anyone have any other tips for cutting bias strips …  especially when cutting slinky, slippery fabric?  I would love to hear your ideas.

Fabric for the Holiday Season by Angela Wolf on PatternReview.com

Get inspired to sew something for the holidays with this months Fashion and Trends Column on PatternReview.com

Angela Wolf Collection Photographer: Johnson-Rauhoff Model: Amy McWhirter

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Photographer:  Johnson-Rauhoff      Model:  Amy McWhirter

Sewing with Faux Fur on PatternReview by Angela Wolf

Faux Fur is a must have for this season!  I have a few tips for sewing with these messy fabrics on PatternReview  and I see that Kenneth King is teaching an online class on sewing a faux fur coat.

I found these gorgeous faux furs at Haberman Fabrics in Royal Oak, Michigan.  Now I am just trying to make up my mind on what to make,  probably a vest out of one and a collar out of another.  I am cutting this afternoon so we’ll see 🙂