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Making the Eureka Top with Long Sleeve

We know you all love the Eureka Top pattern but what about a sleeve? Variations on a pattern are so important and you can't live without this one. Adding a long sleeve makes the Eureka pattern even more versatile.
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Give the Gift of Sewing

Give the Gift of Sewing

What to Give in 2016 We welcome the festive month of December with a curated list of some of our favorite gift-giving options! Your go-to gift this holiday season? Sew Confident!2016's program has been a year of  talented artists sharing their inspirations with us by creating unique and excellent garments. From Nancy Shriber to Karen Tornow to...

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Short Sleeve Barcelona Top

Short Sleeve Barcelona Top

​Have you seen the Barcelona Top? Our brand new pattern is perfect for summer with one easy modification - shorten the sleeves. See how easy it is to make your Barcelona comfortable for the heat wave! 

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Introducing the Barcelona Top!

Introducing the Barcelona Top!

​We love pattern debuts around here at the Sewing Workshop! We finally get to spread the love about what we've been working on over recent weeks or months. The Barcelona Top has had many forms during it's design process. Through trial and tribulations, we're so happy with the result. A year round garment, depending on your fabric choice, the Barcelona looks great in lightweight knit gauze with short sleeves for spring and summer or try it in a medium-weight, stable knit for fall and winter, like this Houndstooth Print Pique. Here are a few of our favorite fabric choices.

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Sew Confident! Starting the Year Off Right!

Sew Confident! Starting the Year Off Right!
What a great start to our Year of Inspiration for Sew Confident! 2016. With a variety of topics, the inspiration will be limitless. From double-layer coats, to a curvy woman's wardrobe. Let's get started!

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Sew Confident! 2016

Sew Confident! 2016

Inspiration The process of being mentally stimulated to do, feel or imagine something, especially to do something creative.

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Metallic Bristol Dress

Metallic Bristol Dress

This Black Metallic Knit is quite stunning. The subtle amount of shimmer in the sequins, paired with black ponte knit makes this a relaxed, yet elegant look. Create your own Bristol with a fabric kit! Pattern is also on sale through Friday, December 11, 2015 for only $18.

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Liberty Shirt Class Favorite

Liberty Shirt Class Favorite

The Liberty Shirt pattern is among our favorites here at the studio. And apparently we're not the only ones!

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eJacket Pattern Debut

eJacket Pattern Debut

The eJacket is here! Introducing our new pattern download, the eJacket

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Pattern Debut - Tremont Jacket

Pattern Debut - Tremont Jacket

Introducing the New Pattern TREMONT JACKET only $18. Loose-fitting, a-line jacket with one-button closure, asymmetric, angled front hemline with side vents. Three-quarter sleeves with soft-fold cuff detail.

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Pattern Debut - Florence Shirt

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Introducing the New Pattern FLORENCE SHIRT only $18. Long sleeve, button front tunic has back yoke with mock button band, collar and stand. Pleated left breast pocket, deep center front tucks create lantern shape, soft hem.

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Now Spring Dress

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The tulips and irises are blooming. The toes are painted and sandals are out. It's spring! Wearing dresses is a simple way to get dressed in the morning, year round. But it's essential in the spring and summer to stay cool. In an effort to make every pattern into a tunic or dress, I tackled the Now Shirt.

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Bristol Pattern Debut

We love preparing for the Spring 2015 Tradeshows - starting with the Sewing & Stitchery Expo in Puyallup, WA. This year we had a big pattern debut the first day of the show - the Bristol Dress & Top. We love showing off our new designs in different fabric combinations so customers can really see how creative you can get with just one pattern!

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Introducing the eTee!

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eTee Evolution

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Pattern Kits Now Available!

F2 Emma 2015 Kits

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Haiku Two KITS Now Available

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Bristol Dress & Top

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Classics Promo

Fall in love with The Classics all over again! We've unlocked our pattern vault and reimagined these popular styles wth modern fabrics for a fresh new look. Don't miss out on sewing these fun patterns! Buy & download yours today. Just $12 each! Check out the Peony Vest, Era Jacket and the Fuji Mt Top.

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Join Linda Lee in Minneapolis!

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Sew Confident! Table Descriptions

2012 Individual TutorialsPriceDescription

2013 Individual Tutorials

PriceDescription2014 Individual TutorialsPrice Available 2015
How to MeasureFREEMeasurement Chart, Ease Charts & How to Measure GuideHow to MeasureFREEMeasurement Chart, Ease Charts & How to Measure GuideHow to MeasureFREEMeasurement Chart, Ease Charts & How to Measure Guide 
Sewing with Knits$24.99Understand sewing knit fabrics - notions, presser feet, tools & techniques.

Kabuki Patchwork  Jacket

$24.99Pieced, overlaying silk panels using a serger.Sewing with Knits UpdateAvailable 2015 Hard to sew knits, plus adding a long sleeve to the Eureka Top.
Sewing with Linen$24.99 Understand sewing linen fabrics - notions, presser feet, tools & techniques.Liberty Shirt as a Knit Pullover$24.99 Alter Liberty Shirt into knit pullover with cowl.T-Shirt VariationsAvailable 2015Modifying Olive & Urban T-Shirts into basic tees.
Sewing with Silk$24.99Understand sewing linen fabrics - notions, presser feet, tools & techniques. Urban Cardigan$24.99Raw-edge patchwork embellished Urban T-Shirt into Cardigan.Guide to Sewing Linings (coming soon!)Available 2015Adding lining to your favorite shirt/jacket pattern.
Making a Swing T$18.99 Alter Trio T-Shirt: lengthen + inverted pleat = Swing Trio.Collars & Stands$18.99Step-by-step  instructions for classic & contemporary methods for collars & stands.It's a Wrap! Graphic SkirtsAvailable 2015Return of the wrap skirts. Create the Sandra Betzina Skirt.
 Build a Core Wardrobe $18.99

Linda outlines 6 wardrobing concepts  using 9 patterns!

 Small Hems, Five Narrow Hem Options $18.99 Options: zigzag, triple stitched, baby, faux piped & doublefold hems.Sleeve PlacketsAvailable 2015 Step-by-step instructions for 2 types of sleeve plackets.
 Fitting Shoulders $18.99Five Shoulder Alterations: narrow, sloping, forward thrust, balancing and round back. Downtown Bags $18.99 Handbag zipper & pocket techniques, unique closure & hardware ideas.More coming soon!  

 Installing an Invisible Zipper

 $18.99Right tools, notions, skills - eliminate puckers & blip at the bottom of zipper.  DIY Pants Fitting$18.99 Common pants pattern alterations you can do on your own!   
 Crinkles, Gauzes and Stretch Lace $18.99 Essential techniques & tools to tame difficult novelty fabrics. Clothing: Zakka Style$18.99  Handstitching to handmade garments, accessories and interiors.   
Tanks Again $18.99Unique edge finishes, style & shape variations for a tank pattern. The Sewing Workshop Ensembles $18.99Sewing Workshop pattern combinations - create a wardrobe!   
 Setting in a Sleeve $18.99 Take the mystery out of setting in perfect sleeves in any fabric. Raw Edge Construction $18.99 Make the Opal Jacket using overlapping seams. Step-by-step instructions & techniques.   
 Modernists Concepts for Clothing $18.99Colorblocking Inspirational Tutorial Sewing Velvet$18.99 Understand sewing velvet - cutting & sewing techniques.    
Fitting the Bust $18.995 pattern alterations for adding bust fullness. Loops and Tubes $18.99Create button loops, cord-filled tubing & drawstrings quickly & easy.   
Bias Bindings$18.99French Bias Binding, Offset Binding & Trio Binding     
West End $18.9911 Great Tips for Better Results!     
Sew Confident! Yearly Subscriptions12 Tutorials12 Tutorials with 3 patterns
Sew Confident! Year 1 (2012)$99$145
Sew Confident! Year 2 (2013)$99$145
Sew Confident! Year 3 (2014)$99$145

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Gathering Up the Urban Tee


Here's a little tutorial so you can create your own Ruffle Urban T-Shirt!

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Knotted Scarf Tutorial


Scarves are definitely an accessory trend that isn't going away. A scarf can update and perk up any outfit! When wearing an ordinary tee and jeans, add a scarf and you instantly look polished.

After moving on from making pieced infintiy scarves, I decided to try a NO-SEW option. Perfect for a lazy night craft. Only one problem, once you start making them, you can't stop.

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Oh, Wait There's More - Puyallup 2013




Icon Vest in Jacquard


Left: Bells Shirt in Mixed Cotton Prints

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Sewing & Stitchery Expo 2013



  Top: Pearl Jacket in Linen Gauze

Middle:Pearl Jacket in Cotton Plaid

Bottom: Pearl Jacket in Stripe Knit


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Sew Confident!

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Techniques + Tutorials + Style = Sew Confident!

Sew Confident! Class in a Flash is an electronic educational program produced by Linda Lee that not only offers how-to tutorials relating to garment-making and The Sewing Workshop Pattern Collection, but gives you processes and ideas that enhance our collection with pattern variation suggestions, fitting solutions, wardrobe ideas, and signature sewing techniques.

The tutorials are presented in a step-by-step format rather than as a continuous video. By stopping the action at the point of interest, you will be able to work at your own pace and successfully recreate the technique that will give you the right results. Linda Lee shows you how to create more than you ever thought you could. Do even more when you buy the patterns, too.

Find out more quickly: Watch Preview, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, Download Help

Take a class on your time, any time!

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Any Excuse to Wear Sequins!


I love this time of year! December is in full swing with holiday parties, sparkling decorations, delicious winter treats and time with family & friends.  What do you think I look forward to most about these holiday festivities?

Sequins! Lace! Shimmer!

I'm not typically that fancy but there's something about sequins that brighten a cold winter day.

Something must have gotten into Linda and Kathy as well. Most of our Eureka Tops are perfect for special occasions!


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Class in a Flash 2014

Welcome to Sew Confident! Class in a Flash 2014


As the year goes on, a new tutorial will be added each month! Enjoy!

Click the links below to download your tutorials...

JanuarySewing with Knits Update - Make the Eureka Top + Eureka Top Long Sleeve Pattern
February Tee for Two - Modifications to Make Two Basic T-Shirts
March It's a Wrap! Graphic Wrap Skirts
April Sleeve Plackets + Shirt-Sleeve Placket Pattern
May Pantpourri

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Class in a Flash 2013

Welcome to Sew Confident! Class in a Flash 2013


As the year goes on, a new tutorial will be added each month! Enjoy!

Click the links below to download your tutorials...

JanuaryKabuki Patchwork Jacket
FebruaryLiberty Knit Top
MarchDowntown Bags by Linda Lee
AprilCollars & Stands
MaySmall Hems, Five Narrow Hem Options
JuneUrban Cardigan
JulyDIY Pants Fitting
AugustClothing: Zakka Style
SeptemberThe Sewing Workshop Ensembles
OctoberRaw Edge Construction
NovemberSewing Velvet
DecemberLoops and Tubes

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Everything You Need to Know about e-Patterns


If you're perusing the newstand this weekend, check out the latest Sew News magazine. All your ePattern questions are answered in Linda Lee's newest article All About e-Patterns.




We love the simplicity of our ePatterns! We can't get enough of the eShrug, eVest, eSkirt and eDress.

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More Stripes Please!


If you haven't noticed, we're a little obsessed with stripes around here. Knit stripes to be exact.  The evidence is all over our latest pattern download, the eDress (and don't forget the Skirt Variation).

We've decided to take the stripe trend a step further. 

First of all, we never shy away from horizontal stripes. Daring I know. This Skirt uses horizontal stripes in the skirt and bottom band.

When paired with a black Ann's Tank, the overall look is very slimming.

Using the same fabric, Kathy decided to change the look ever so slightly.  Notice the bottom band uses vertical stripes. Just that small change makes a huge difference. 

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Simple Tank - Simple Details

Simple Tank - Simple Details

Nine Times Out Of Ten I love a quick project. The Ann's Tank is a simple, one night sew. Start to finish.

Then again, there are nights when I'm in the mood to add a little more detail.  One easy way to do that is to start with a simple pattern like the Ann's Tank, one I know all too well, then add embellishment.


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Video: Sew Expo WRAP UP!

After a week in recovery mode, I think the dust has settled from our exciting trip to Puyallup, WA for the 2012 Sewing & Stitchery Expo

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We're Winding Down at the Sew Expo

In the past three days of the Sewing & Stitchery Expo we've talked to so many talented sewists.  We love seeing friendly faces & new - all happy to show off their creations.  Here's what we saw.

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The Sew Expo has Begun!

The 2012 Sewing & Stitchery Expo in Puyallup, WA starts now......... The sew expo is always filled with talented people & creative garments, set in the beautiful Northwest. Here's a little peak into our first few days at the expo.......

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Spring Scarves-Can't Make Just One!

Who says you have to stop wearing scarves as the temperature rises?  Scarves are a great way to transition into spring.  Create a wooly scarf to wear now or use spring colors & fabrics for the coming spring!

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Create-Your-Own-Stripe Infinity Scarf


Nothing says winter like a rich, classic Infinity Scarf. 

Create your very own using our luxurious Organic Fleece-Natural. This beautiful fleece comes in a 28" tube, which makes creating your Infinity Scarf really easy!


Tube: 1/3 Yard Organic Fleece-Natural
Knit Strips: 1/4 Yard Lightweight Viscose Knit (comes in 18 colors)
Fusi-Web or Iron-on Tape
Thread (2 colors: Scarf Fabric & Stripe Fabric)

To create your own Striped Scarf download this quick tutorial.

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Winter Sweater Knit Workshop

We love our new pattern, the Ann's Cardigan & apparently so do you!  We just completed our first Winter Sweater Workshop using the Ann's Cardigan. Since this workshop was such a great success we've decided to offer another one in May to create a Spring Cardigan!

For a complete listing of our events, view our Events Calendar.

The Ann's Cardigan class was very inspirational!  We had a full house with 14 participants, each with a complete cardigan by the end of the day.  Sewing the Ann's Cardigan is quite relaxing with an ultra flattering end result.

What a good looking group! I love how each person (well, almost each person-the Caramel & Brown Floral Wool Knit was quite popular) created a different look using the same pattern.  Such versatility in one style!

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Linda (left): Animal Print Wool Knit Ann's Cardigan

Kathy (right): Black & Grey Striped Knit Ann's Cardigan

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The Fabrics are Pouring In.......


Just when we thought activities would wind down around here for the holidays, we get an unexpected surprise!  Fabrics are just pouring in this week!  So we're starting off with the most unique first, textured jacquard weaves from France.  Here's a little more detail from Linda herself......

We just received some very unusual jacquard weave fabrics from France. The textured weaves are quite detailed and the colors are so rich. I can't wait to make a simple shirt like the Zen Shirt, the Liberty Shirt or a MixIt Shirt to wear as a jacket. Or the Tosca Dress always works well in purple jacquard. All of them are washable and won't wrinkle.  Very limited yardages available.

Here's a few similar styles just to give you an idea.....

Then let your imagination run wild!


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Sparkle & Shine this Holiday

The HOLIDAY SEASON is here! START the SEASON with a little GLITZ & GLAMOUR!

Create & give handmade this season!

Handmade gifts for the holidays! The eShrug is quick & easy with a versatile fit. Make in a shimmery knit, vivid red viscose or a black & white lace knit. The options are endless.

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Left: Charcoal Glisten Knit Lengthened eShrug, Sequin Tank (pattern coming soon!), Black Hudson Pants

Right: Lace Knit eShrug, Lace Knit Trio T-Shirt, Black 8th Avenue Skirt


Left: Red Knit Lengthened eShrug, Gold Lame Trio T-Shirt, Gold Silk Ikina Pants

More Holiday Glamour-Don't forget to Read More

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Luxury Warmth & Style

Is it possible to stay warm and stylish? We like to think so, especially when you add a touch of glamour with fur, wool & accessories.

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eStyling for Fall Weather

We've really been happy with the ePattern trend.  With our free time becoming more limited, it's nice to whip out a quick garment in 1 evening or over the weekend. Download the pattern, paste together, cut-out, sew & wear!

We started with the eShrug which is a great beginning project. Leave the edges raw with a rolled knit hem-perfect 1 night project. If you prefer a more finished look, hem the front & bottom edges. You could even try it in a woven. The options are endless.

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Left: Magenta Knit Trio T-Shirt, Stretch Lace Print eShrug, Hudson Pants

Right: Grey Knit eShrug (similar here), LetterKnit Alex Top

More eStyling after the jump......

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How Do You Wear the Stella & Luna Tops?

A great new pattern to style-Stella & Luna Tops! Great pattern with two styles, two great silhouettes. A pattern for everyone!


I love the Stella in a knit!  This elegant green lace knit simplifies the cowl shape and softens the fitted silhouette.

The Luna Top is normally my preference.  The boxy shape & short sleeve was great for summer.  But add a knit long sleeve tee underneath & I can transition easily into fall. And of course, the PLAID! I can't get enough of plaids.  This great Cotton Plaid - Pink & Grey also comes in Grey & Lime and Grey & Aqua.

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Left: Green Lace Knit Stella Top, Chocolate Brown Corduroy eSkirt
Right: Pink & Grey Cotton Plaid Luna Top, Grey Textured Linen Trio Pants

More Stella & Luna styling after the jump.....

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It's a Tosca Kind of Day....

We were jam packed in our Kansas Avenue studio with 14 lovely garment sewing teachers to Kick-Off Teacher Training for Sew Confident! (see more info here)

Whenver we have a Sewing Retreat or Teacher Training Workshop, our patterns are on display. It's like a fashion show.

Favorite pattern of the day? Tosca Dress

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Colorblocking Trend


Trends will come and go whether you're in favor of them or not.  This fall, there's one trend that seems to be hanging on from spring fashion: COLORBLOCKING.  Why change what seems to be working, right?  The colorblocking trend is fun, bright & cheerful.  You can keep it safe by wearing colors that make you feel comfortable, then take it up a notch. It's a chance to be a little wild in color, but keep the silhouette that flatters your body most.

Try Colorblocking out this fall with our Labor Day Weekend Viscose Sale! All solid color viscose knits are on sale!

Sale ends Sunday! Happy Shopping!

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Fabric Incentive Sale


SALE HAS NOW ENDED! Thank you all for your orders!

First sale of it's kind! Buy Fabric, receive up to 2 Free Patterns! You can't resist can you?

Fabric Incentive Details

Buy $50 worth of Fabric, receive the Tamari Apron Pattern Free

Buy $100 worth of Fabric, receive the Daily News Bag Pattern Free

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Summer Linen Sale!


The weather is toasty warm! This calls for light, airy fabrics in vivid pinks, greens and blues.  Or if light, pale hues are more your style, stick to soft pastels or "faded" vintage plaids. 


Here's how Linda stays cool in the Kansas humidity.

White Linen pants are a must! Top them off with a sheer button-down shirt or a short sleeve vest. I'm loving pink this summer! Can't get enough of it!


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How Do You Wear the Quincy?


We received such positive feedback with the How Do You Wear the Tosca Dress, we decided to do it again with our latest love, Quincy Top & Pants.




Linda, Kathy & Erin each have their own unique style. We decided put together a few looks to introduce our latest pattern, the Quincy Top & Pants. Three different people, wearing the same pattern in completely different ways. 

Read More for style tips from Linda, Kathy & Erin.......

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Summer Voiles


Lightweight cotton & silk, quirky squirrel prints, funky florals and delicate embroidery details: sheer voile & gauze is perfect for summer!

For a limited time, get select Cotton Voiles for 20% off!

3 Days Only! Good through June 11, 2011.


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Simple Tanks for Summer

Kansas summers are normally hot, muggy & humid.  So I live in simple, lightweight tanks all summer long!  Here's a fun update on the MixIt Tank using a sheer pink gauze layered over a soft cotton knit.  Nothing says summer like the perfect white tank.


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Some Garments Just Feel Good!

Certain garments just make you feel good! The Alex Top is one of those garments that's flattering on so many different people with it's shaped waistline & curved hemline. One problem, how to do wear it in the spring & summer?

Here's a great solution: sheer, stretch lace.  We're fallen in love with this type of fabric and we've acquired quite the selection.


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Perfect Collar Points


I don't know about you, but collars can be tricky.  Everyone wants their garments to look crisp & clean, finished with a professional look.  My downfall, precise collars.

Linda Lee can make crisp collar points each and every time. Jealous? I know I'm green with envy.  Now you can follow these 5 easy steps to sew perfect collar points!

To download the full step-by-step tutorial, click here.

Now go, show off your amazing sewing skills!

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Sewing an Asymmetric Mitered Hem


One of the most interesting features of the Liberty Shirt is the beautiful hem finishing. Since the back is longer than the front, there are two corners that need attention in a special way. The bottom hem in the back is a 2 1/2” finished hem and the adjacent side vent hems are 1 3/8”. The instructions for mitering this corner condition is just one of the seven mitering techniques that Linda has written in her book, Mastering Miters.

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San Diego Tunic


I do believe that spring is going to grace us with it's presence this weekend.  Finally, I can wear floral without a wool cardigan, scarf & gloves.  What a concept! I'm ready to pull out the lightweight linen, colorful florals, and vivid accessories.

And when the garments in my closet don't excite me for the upcoming season, why not create something new? Using a pattern that never fails, Linda created a fresh new San Diego tunic.

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Outfit of the Day: Sunday


Linda & Kathy are headed to the expo.

Handwoven Trio Top

Hand-dyed Trio Top.

I love this Animal Print L2 Bag! Why make a bag that doesn't stand out in the crowd?

I'm telling you, the look of the Origami Skirt is coming back! First the inspiration from Fashion Week (see A little dream, a little fashion post) and now this beautiful Blue Velvet number. Great look for winter!

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Outfit of the Day: Saturday



Erin wore a Purple Polka Dot Tosca Dress, belted with tall black boots.  Too add a little bit more, she wore it as a “jumper” with a Urban T-Shirt underneath.

Linda kept it simple wearing a Black Tosca Dress, leggings and her beautiful quilted ankle boots. Sadly, in all the hustle & bustle Linda's picture wasn't taken in full.  But here's a great group shot taken after a hard days work!

The customers seemed to really like seeing our new pattern on all 3 of us.  We made a statement!

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Outfit of the Day: Friday


Truthfully, I wouldn't have put this outfit together myself. I tend to shy away from a-line tops.  But the way the Alex Top & the eShrug work together, it's really quite slimming.  The Hudson Pants really pull the entire look together. Guess it pays off listening to Linda & Kathy. They really know their fashion!

Linda looked great Friday in her signature color, citrus green.  She put together an unexpected combination of the Whistles Shirt, eShrug & Hudson Pants. The outfit looks fabulous using simple colors & drapey fabric.

So what's in store for tomorrow? Have we got a surprise for you. One hint, "How do you wear it?" Check back in tomorrow for more outfits.

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Sewing & Stitchery Expo 2011: Friday



The perfect coat for this Northeast rainy weather, the Soho. I love the vibrant red with the black toggles. Great detail!

Color blocking is so in fashion lately.  And Marilynn always knows how to pull it off!  I think someone found her new “signature” color. That teal blue is dynamite in the Liberty Shirt!

We finally have a new dress pattern! And with all the Tosca Dress garments we keep seeing at the expo, it seems our customers were excited too!  I love it in this Grey Wool Knit. So flattering!

I think Karen likes the San Diego Jacket pattern (she was wearing 3 yesterday) Shown here as a vest in the most glorious crinkle fabric.  I think we need to go fabric shopping together.

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Sewing & Stitchery Expo 2011: Thursday

The first day of the Sewing & Stitchery Expo is complete-and we had a blast! It’s always so fun to meet & be reintroduced to all of our loyal & inspiring customers. We love when customers come up to the booth wearing our patterns. Whether the patterns (and fabric too) were purchased in our booth last year, or many years before, it’s always fun to see how each individual creates the pattern for them. The fabric choices, the design elements, the details that really make the garment all about them!

Here are just a few great pictures that I captured today.



This Trio Top is fabulous! The blend of black & white cottons and linens is subtle, yet dramatic with the piecing in front, as well as on the back yoke.

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Outfit of the Day: Thursday

Linda, Kathy & I have fun figuring out what we’re going to wear for each day of the expo.  It’s quite the process actually.  So each day I will post the “outfit of the day”.

Here’s what we came up with for Thursday.  I know I felt really comfortable yet stylish.  I think Linda & Kathy would agree, Thursday’s outfits were a success! What do you think?


Linda: eShrug in Black Pebble Knit (new pattern coming soon!)

Alex Top in Purple Print Knit

Zigzag Pants: Black Cotton Lycra Blend

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A little dream, a little fashion......


Long Verona Coat in leopard print would be divine. Pair with the Zigzag Pants.

Image via Refinery 29 Street Fashion


Since I would love to make every pattern a dress, I see a Now Shirt "Dress". This idea is in the works right now in a silk print. Can't wait to show off the results!

Image via Lucky Magazine "Lucky Right Now"

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How do you wear the Tosca Dress?

We've had so much fun the past couple of days doing a photoshoot! We're like kids in a candy store. Playing dress up: putting on garments, mixing & matching, layering and adding accessories. What better way to spend an afternoon.


Linda, Kathy & Erin each have their own unique style. We decided put together a few looks to introduce our latest pattern, the Tosca Dress. Three different people, wearing the same pattern in completely different ways.

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Holiday Gifts 2010

Need a last minute gift idea? The holiday season is quickly approaching. I have so many family & friends that deserve amazing gifts this season. I love having the talent to create gifts for my loved ones. It makes the gift giving season feel so special.

Here's a few gift ideas brought to you by The Sewing Workshop!

Every girl needs a new handbag. Why not create the Village or Daily News Bag using our new "Shades" fabric from Echino. This fabric comes in green or black with this amazing laminate coating. You can create a stylish bag that's also very practical.


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Rich Textures for Fall

New luxurious fabrics are coming in everyday, just in time for fall. The temperatures are dropping which makes me excited for lush & sophisticated jackets like the Verona Jacket. Try out this flattering jacket using Wool Damask Knit or Damask Print Velvet.



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October Sewing Retreats

October has been the month for sewing! We've been traveling here, there and everywhere teaching great sewing techniques. We've even hosted a few events here at our studio in Topeka, KS. It's so nice to meet and get reacquainted with all of our customers. The intimate setting is perfect for learning, creating and sewing.

If you haven't had a chance to visit us for one of our sewing retreats, we would love to see you soon! See where Linda will be next: Getaways and On the Road.


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ASG National Conference 2010

Linda just returned from the American Sewing Guild Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. What a great show! It's always so fun to see all of our customers wearing their Sewing Workshop garments. See some of the garments here.

The Trio was quite popular!



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Create a Cotton Voile MixIt Top

I don't know about you, but I'm ready for fall. Just one problem, the temperature outside is still reaching the upper 80's.


So I need a few garments that will transition into fall. It needs to be light enough to wear in the August heat. Once the temperature drops, it should easily work with a cardigan or jacket.


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Rediscover the Ikina Jacket

Have you ever browsed through your closet and found a hidden gem? We recently found a beautiful, red silk Ikina Jacket in our collection.


This Ikina Jacket has always been beautiful. It's mixed with 4 different vintage kimono pieces that blend together wonderfully. For one reason or another, this garment was rarely worn.


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The Ever Versatile Liberty Shirt!!

Do you know what I love about sewing? The endless possibilities! You can create multiple garments from just 1 pattern.

The Liberty Shirt is a perfect example. You can make the pattern the way it was intended, using a shirt-weight cotton.

But what fun would that be? Mix it up a little; try using a knit. But don't stop there-use 2 different knits; a solid and a vivid stripe.


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Verona Jacket for Summer

The heat is blazing outside. This afternoon, I believe it's going to top out at 98 degrees here in Kansas. Hooray for summer!

But when the sun is overwhelming outside, the AC is working in overdrive on the inside. This situation calls for a summer jacket. My go-to work appropriate jacket this summer? A sophisticated Verona Jacket. Make this new jacket in a classy, floral brocade and you will turn heads at the work place.



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Get Ready for Summer!

Whether your summer is cool, hot or somewhere in between, summer is on it's way. Get ready for the season with new fabrics from The Sewing Workshop!

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Linda Lee - Craftsy Classes

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Mastering Miters by Linda Lee.

Learn one-on-one with Linda through her in-depth Craftsy Classes!

You get an average of 2.5 hours of lessons in each class. Start, stop, rewind and review as often as you want.

She is now teaching 8 classes (click for more info):

  1. The Ultimate Guide to Sewing Knit Fabrics
  2. Sewing Luxury Fabrics: Pillows
  3. Underneath It All: Guide to Interfacings, Linings & Facings
  4. Sewing Fashion Knits
  5. Sewing with Silks: Sewing the Liberty Shirt
  6. Mastering Miters 
  7. Sewing Notions Workshop
  8. NEW! Fitting Solo: From Measurement to Muslin


Fitting Solo: From Measurement to Muslin

Find your fit without a partner! Learn how to take your own measurements, make basic pattern adjustments and create fitting muslins for personalized garments.

Discover how to measure yourself on your own with expert sewing instructor Linda Lee's easy-to-follow techniques. Start by finding the correct pattern size for your body and taking accurate measurements. Then, make basic pattern adjustments and evaluate fit using muslins. From there, you'll lengthen, shorten, narrow or widen a top pattern while keeping the seams correctly aligned. Once your adjustments are made, you'll create a fitting muslin, mark alterations and apply them to your pattern. Stretch your skills as you fit a pair of pants by changing width, knee placement, and both stride and total length. Ensure your pants will be comfortable and flattering by making adjustments to your muslin and pattern. Plus, see how to apply the same fitting process to a skirt pattern. For essential finishing touches, learn a waistband alteration trick and make final adjustments for your specific shape.

Sewing Notions Workshop

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