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How to Sew Designer Jean Pockets … Part 2 Adding the Coin Pocket

Here is part 2 for finishing off the front of your designer jean pockets.  This video will show you how to add a coin pocket, which is totally optional.  Sometimes I add a logo instead, just depends what kind of mood I am in 🙂   Of course I have to show off a few other features on the Brother Dreamweaver XE VM6200D, like using the V-Sonic PenPal to determine how wide my zigzag stitch will be – you really have to see it to believe it.  Now, I just have to finalize the last of the Angela Wolf Jean Patterns so we can ship them out soon, wish me luck!  xoxo Angela

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

Sewing the Front Pockets on Designer Jeans (part 1)

Another quick lesson on sewing designer jeans, sewing the front pockets.  I have broken this into two parts as this lesson will cover attaching the silk charmeuse lining and topstitching the pocket edge.  The next lesson shows how to add a coin pocket and closing up the lining.  To get started you will need your front jean pieces and the pocket lining.  You will usually find cotton as the fabric for the pocket lining, but I prefer to use something a little more luxurious, like silk charmeuse.  Because the silk is so thin you can’t see the pockets through the outside of the jean, not to mention the fabric feels awesome against the skin.

Again, experimenting with some of the new features on my Brother Dreamweaver XE VM6200D stitching this pocket is painless. First off, look at the size of the new “J” foot. (The picture has the original foot alongside the new foot).  The longer length really makes a difference when sewing across layers of fabric.  The foot glides across humps, thicker seams, even uneven edges as the pocket we will topstitch.  I call this a BIG plus!

Onto sewing the pockets … pin your silk charmeuse lining to the denim fabric along the curve of your pocket.  You can stitch from either side, I chose to stitch with the denim on the top so you can see the sew straight laser vision guide a little better.  I have aligned the laser with the raw edge of the fabric, allowing me to sew the entire pocket curve with a precise seam allowance.

Press the Pocket Lining … Turn the lining to the inside of the pocket and steam press, using the tailor’s clapper to permanently hold that crease (shown on video below).

Topstitch the Pocket Edge … Again, utilizing the laser light to make sure my first topstitch line is perfectly placed 1/8″ from the edge of the pocket curve.  Then I move the laser light to align with the previous topstitch line, but here is a new one for you.  I am able to use the v-sonic pen pal to touch where I want the laser light to move to.  You have to check out the video below to get the full visual of this unique feature, but simply put … engage the pen pal, touch the bed of the sewing machine where you want the laser light to shine, and hit OK.  That’s it!  Just imagine how easy sewing straight rows of topstitching will be 🙂

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

The Ruched-T Angela Wolf Pattern is Here!

I can’t believe it, but my first pattern is finished and printed!   What  an adventure this has been.  From a fashion designer perspective, I typically design a garment and have it made in a range of sizes … meaning I don’t have to supply directions with illustrations :).  Knowing I can’t be in your sewing room,  I wanted to guide you through every step in sewing a professional looking garment with a tutorial booklet.  So, I decided to ask my worst critic to review the new pattern format since he seems to be the one always sitting on my laptop keyboard, sewing machine, and papers.

This is what Tyler has to say about the first pattern AW1123 The Ruched-T

He loves the spiral bound direction booklet that accompanies every pattern, great to chew on … I chose this layout because it’s perfect to sit next to your sewing machine to follow along and take notes.

 

Tyler analyzed the directions and is happy to see detailed illustrations and designer sewing tips, now anyone can have a professional looking knit top in less than an hour with these easy to follow directions.  If you’re a beginner sewer there are extra sewing tips just for you.  If you are an advanced sewer, the booklet is laid out in a fashion that you can quickly skip ahead to the directions that you need.  Another great feature that will be available for all the patterns (coming in November) is a special area on the website for fitting with video’s and tutorials to help guide you through step by step.

This particular pattern has many design options including three sleeve lengths, ruching options, and various collars.  Sizing for the Angela Wolf Pattern Collection is based on the ready-to-wear clothing line so make sure to check the body measurements, this top is currently available in Misses size XXS – XL (women’s sizes will be out in January).  Checkout the website for more details.

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Last, but not least, is the quality of paper the pattern is printed on.  I can’t tell you how many of my tissue patterns Tyler has shredded into pieces so I had to find an alternative.  These patterns are printed on quality paper so not only will they not shred, they hardly wrinkle … you can even write on them and keep notes for fitting.  Because the patterns are printed on one continuous sheet, you can even request that the pattern be shipped in a tube, then you won’t even have fold creases.

“Love the patterns and the fit is awesome, so the big question is how many more patterns are coming?  This took forever and you are neglecting my brushing not to mention we haven’t played fetch in ages!” … Tyler

Did I mention my cat fetches a ball, rolls over, and begs for food – totally not normal!  Well, the jean patterns are almost finished, followed by the skirts, and then onto the jackets  …

Enjoy and Cheers!  Angela

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It’s Sew Easy Episodes Now Online!

Is your local PBS a little behind the times and not yet airing It’s Sew Easy?  No worries, every week It’s Sew Easy will show one of their weekly episodes online.  Totally free of charge and if you register on the website there are even additional tutorials you can follow.  A new episode starts every Friday at noon and today starts Episode 113. Rebecca Cornell and Christy Howden open the show with felting techniques for a fun toy. Next, Tricia Waddell and Katrina Loving have a mom friendly tip for reinforcing seams for heavy wear on stuffed animals and clothing. Then, Sheree Schattenmann creates a simple duvet for a baby’s room. Angela Wolf wraps up the show and the first season of It’s Sew Easy showing how to distress jeans for a fashion look suitable for kids, teens, and moms. 

The 2 Second Color Check …

The 2 second color check before you buy fabric and clothing …

 

Great silk charmeuse outfit ... Not so great color for me!

 The color of fabric or outfit you choose is as important as the style, if not more.  Just because a fabric may be so gorgeous you can’t resist, that doesn’t mean this will look good on you – wouldn’t you rather know before you spend hours sewing up the perfect jacket.  I will never forget when I made a pair of olive-green silk charmeuse pants with a coordinating wrap blouse.  I spent hours on sewing this outfit, not to mention the price tag of silk charmeuse!   I felt like a million bucks every time I put it on – the problem was that I didn’t look like a million.  Every time I wore this out people would ask me if I was feeling ok, I soon realized that the color was washing me out.  So here is your color tip … hold up the fabric to your face and look in the mirror:

  • If you look washed out or “sick” find another color or a different tone within that color pallette (for example instead of a yellowish teal look at the teal with a blue undertone)
  • If your cheeks become rosy and bright – BINGO you found one of your perfect colors!

This seriously takes 2 seconds, and works every time.  If you have a fabric that you know is not one of your “Bingo” colors, try layering it and using a better color closer to your face.  Good Luck!

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Thanks everyone who joined in the live chat on PR – very fun, but my fingers hurt from typing so fast 🙂

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