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The secret to overlapping seams + the Chateau Popover tutorial

The secret to overlapping seams + the Chateau Popover tutorial

​Overlapping seams are a wonderful finishing technique to use on fabrics that won't fray. Many of you were introduced to the technique with our Chateau Coat, where we integrated overlapping seams into the construction method. In this month's Sew Confident! Linda creates a variation on the Chateau Coat, using wool jersey. Today we want to share with you her tips for creating overlapping seams with wool jersey, as well as give you a peak at the Chateau Popover tutorial. Enjoy!

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Making the Florence Tunic in a knit.

Making the Florence Tunic in a knit.

We love the look of our Florence Shirt. It combines all the classic elements of a button-down shirt with unexpected twists like a draped front tuck and a back band with button details. Though not hard to make, a garment pattern this detailed does take some time. And sometimes, you just want to knock out a new project. Something simple that you can cut, sew and wear in just a day. With that in mind, Erin came up with a variation on the Florence. It has the same great look, but made from a knit and it goes together in no time!

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January Sew Confident! The San Diego Bomber

January Sew Confident! The San Diego Bomber

​It's here! The first Sew Confident! tutorial of 2017, the San Diego Bomber. If you haven't used our Sew Confident! tutorials before, they are our monthly digital tutorials that can be subscribed to by the year, or bought individually as they are released (a first for 2017!). This year our theme is Variations With Verve and each month we will be sharing techniques for customizing patterns for your unique style, To kick off the year, Erin demonstrates how she transformed our San Diego pattern into this on-trend bomber jacket. 

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Sewing with Velvet

Sewing with Velvet

​Velvet is the ultimate luxury fabric. For many, the deep, rich qualities of velvet bring to mind everything from sumptuous royal gowns to memories of special occasion holiday dresses worn as a child. As this holiday season approaches – and the holiday party invitations start trickling in – I have found myself thinking of creating new velvet pieces for my wardrobe. But I don't want these garments to be worn just for special occasion, I want to be able to bask in the luxury of velvet after the party season ends. 

Erin is wearing our Stella top and Valencia pants. The dark purple velvet of the Stella top has a subtle print that makes the color even richer. The Stella top is a great choice for this fabric because it really shows off the drape of the velvet fabric. While the Stella on its own is a loose fitting garment, it isn't so blousy that you can't tuck it in. A trendy wide belt is the perfect accessory to pull the outfit together, while accentuating your waist line. 

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An Unexpected & Essential Sewing Tool

An Unexpected & Essential Sewing Tool

Sometimes the simplest tools can be the best. Take the humble tweezer. Sure, it has been stereotyped as a bathroom-only apparatus used only for splinters and the stray eyebrow hair. But the tweezer is more than that, it is an apparatus that can be used in the most delicate of sewing situations. 

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Sewing with Faux Fashion Leather

Sewing with Faux Fashion Leather

Fall fashion trends come and go, but few have the staying power of leather. The leather motorcycle jacket became a classic look the instant Marlon Brando roared into movie theaters on his motorcycle in The Wild One in 1953. Nothing says sleek, sexy – and rebellious – like leather. Whether you are wearing a full jacket or just a pop of leather trim, leather can take your look to the next level. 

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Sew Confident! May 2016

Sew Confident! May 2016

​Some of you have been anxiously awaiting this month's Sew Confident! tutorial. It's finally here!

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Sew Confident! March 2016

Sew Confident! March 2016

In our latest installment of Sew Confident! 2016, guest artist Barbara Williams makes upcycling TRULY upscale.

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Plaid Flannel Florence Shirt

Plaid Flannel Florence Shirt

One of the pleasures of having my daughter home for Christmas is to get to sew for her. This year's request was for a plaid shirt.

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Mood Boards

Mood Boards

There's definitely something in the air. At the same time that I was producing the June Sew Confident! tutorial about using photos and magazine images as inspirations to build mood boards for wardrobe and sewing concepts, my daughter, Alex, was doing a similar thing in her fashion design class at ESMOD design school in Paris, France.

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Faux Leather Fashion

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eTee Evolution

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Sew Confident! as a Gift

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Texture Play Zen Jacket - Sew Confident! January 2015

ZenJacket Tri Blog 

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Haiku Two KITS Now Available

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Sew Confident! Table Descriptions

2012 Individual TutorialsPriceDescription

2013 Individual Tutorials

PriceDescription2014 Individual TutorialsPrice Available 2015DescriptionHow 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 patternsSew Confident! Year 1 (2012)$99$145Sew Confident! Year 2 (2013)$99$145Sew Confident! Year 3 (2014)$99$145

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!

• Available on a Flash drive or download from our website• View it on your computer, iPad, Kindle or other portable device• Start, stop and restart any time• Reuse as often as you like• Print the program content (it's a PDF) and build your sewing library• Choose a specific class or buy a whole year (12 classes) and SAVE!

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Class in a Flash 2014

Welcome to Sew Confident! Class in a Flash 2014

EASY ACCESS - ALL THE TIME!

"How to Measure" PDF - Measurement Chart, Ease Charts and a How to Measure Guide

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 PatternFebruary Tee for Two - Modifications to Make Two Basic T-ShirtsMarch It's a Wrap! Graphic Wrap SkirtsApril Sleeve Plackets + Shirt-Sleeve Placket PatternMay PantpourriJune July August September October November December 

Class in a Flash 2013

Welcome to Sew Confident! Class in a Flash 2013

EASY ACCESS - ALL THE TIME!

"How to Measure" PDF - Measurement Chart, Ease Charts and a How to Measure Guide

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

Click the links below to download your tutorials...JanuaryKabuki Patchwork JacketFebruaryLiberty Knit TopMarchDowntown Bags by Linda LeeAprilCollars & StandsMaySmall Hems, Five Narrow Hem Options JuneUrban Cardigan JulyDIY Pants FittingAugustClothing: Zakka StyleSeptemberThe Sewing Workshop EnsemblesOctoberRaw Edge ConstructionNovemberSewing VelvetDecemberLoops and Tubes

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