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SewStylish Summer 2012 is here!

The SewStylish Summer Fashion 2012 is now available, and you won't want to miss it. It's filled with great techniques and easy-to-sew summer fashions.

The Highlights:

• Guided by Stitches. Save time and let your machine do the marking.

• Surprising Notions. 25 odds and ends to put to work in your sewing.

• On the Edge. Use binding or piping for a smart finish.

• Sewing Without a Map. Find your way when the instructions go missing.

• Sheer Over Short. Get the runway look with a mini-maxi layered skirt.

• Variations on a Pattern. Make simple pattern changes to create your own styles.

• Zero-Waste Sundress. Sew this superfast, eco-friendly pattern.

• Jeans in Distress. Learn a designer's techniques for giving denim a well-worn look.
Online Extra: Get denim fashion tips from designer Angela Wolf.

• Suede Says: Express Yourself. Let his creative design approach inspire your sewing.

• Jersey Sure. Essential techniques for sewing this popular knit.

• Fashion Illustration Basics. Sketch a figure and bring your designs to life.
Online Extra: Take an up-close look at illustrator Yelen Ayé's sketching technique.

• Sew It, Style It. Go from colorful days to enchanted evenings.

• Roll Out a Print. Paint designs on fabric with a brayer.

• Quilted Convertible Bag. Make a soft bag that goes from purse to clutch.
Online Extra: How to Enlarge a Pattern

• Fashion Your Own Cutwork. Cut and stitch this artistic detail on knits.

And of course, you'll also find our regular departments:

• Designer Insider. Meet multitalented author Brett Bara.

• Fabric Lab. Invest in mesh for high summer style.

• Cool Tools. Custom labels, vintage-style machines, and more.

• Trend to Technique. Sparkle this summer with this quick shoe embellishment.

• Couture Know-How. Hidden lingerie guards keep clothes in line.

• Fast & Fabulous. Create a stand-out accessory with this 3-D belt.
Online Extra: See a version in striped fabric.


Comments (4)

sewquilter sewquilter writes: I also need to add that I will be making two dresses for work, and a blouse, which I just bought patterns for just recently.
Posted: 4:03 pm on June 9th

sewquilter sewquilter writes: I am making a between friends quilt right now, I will later on be making Christmas presents, two zippered bags with quilted material and an embroidery pillow for a special relative. I am also making a mug rug for another friend for Christmas. Then I will start on purse for me.
Posted: 4:02 pm on June 9th

Villa_for2 Villa_for2 writes: I'm sewing simple a-line sleeveless summer dresses. I prefer a cool cotton, or linen with a cute dress's jacket from Simplicity 5957. I set the cotton colors in vinegar water, and baby the fabric by hand washing. I will make underarm pads so they last longer.

I do have a question. I am taking the fullness out of a skirt in a dress pattern, with elastic in the waist. However the waist on the pattern curves up in the front a little. Should I lower or raise the waistline when it is curved and I am removing some of the fullness?

Its an easy pullover dress pattern with v- neckline and pockets (Mc/Calls 2572) from 1983, but the skirt is too full. Should I take out the fullness from the center of the pattern, the side or front? The skirt and bodice have a seam down the front. The grain is on a slight diagonal for the skirt. Virginia
Posted: 2:39 pm on June 8th

JDNow JDNow writes: Just made a knit maxi dress ( are they sill called that? ) for a daughter staying in Norway and shipping cost more than the dress! Love to sew for my adult daughters but, yesterday I purchased a large floral print twill for ankle length cigarette pants for me.
Read in a fashion mag that ankle length is the new length; fit, flared or wide legs.

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Posted: 5:59 am on June 6th

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