French Sewing Goodies Winner!

July 28, 2014


Thanks to all of you who entered my giveaway both on my blog and on my Instagram feed to win the fabric, buttons, and tote bag that I brought back with me from France! I loved reading all of your "favorite" French things and the range of answers was so great! Everything from the food (no surprise there), to French Onion Soup (not sure if that's actually French), to French seams (naturally), and French husbands (awwww!).

I was blown away by the number of entries and to keep things fair, I drew a name at random to find our winner! Just an FYI on why I don't use the Random.org app to find a winner, it never picks the first person or the last person, and always seems to find a number somewhere in the middle, which I find seriously unfair. So I actually print out all the comments, cut them up into little strips, then draw a name from a bowl, old-school low-fi style. It just seems to be the most fair!

So, without further ado, the winner is:

        My favourite thing about France is Paris - my husband and I had our first date in Paris almost 10 years ago and always smile when I think of it!

Congratulations Jenna!!! Email me your mailing address and these little goodies will be out and in the mail to you! I hope you love them!

Thanks as always to everyone that reads my blog and follows me various feeds around the web. I couldn't do this without all of you and I love each and every one of you for it!

August Class Schedule!

July 24, 2014

I'm super excited to announce my August classes, as they include some fun new garments from some of my favorite indie pattern companies, including Sewaholic and Deer & Doe! Read below to see my whole schedule and then join me for a class! Spaces are limited, so don't delay!

All classes listed below are taught at Sew L.A. at 3153 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039. Contact the shop directly to sign up or visit the website at the link for each class to sign up on-line!

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Belcarra Top by Sewaholic
Everyone needs some good staples in their closet and the Belcarra Blouse from Sewaholic Patterns is exactly that! Ideal for dressing up or dressing down, this simple shape can be worn with everything from summer shorts to fancy skirts. In this 3-part class, we will learn to make view A, a simple shell that has raglan sleeves, bias-bound neckline, and no fussy details, making it a great choice for new sewers and beyond.
Limited to 8 students
3-part class starts August 2
11am-2pm
$125
(Photos above from Sewaholic, Sew Well, and Guthrie & Ghani)

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Aubépine Dress by Deer & Doe
Throwing on a dress is such a quick and easy way to look pulled together, but when it’s also cozy and comfortable to wear, it’s a bonus! The Aubépine Dress from Deer & Doe Patterns is exactly that. Full of lovely details, this dress features an empire waist with pleats and a drawstring casing, tucks across the bust and around the sleeves, bust darts, and it’s even fully lined! This is a serious skill builder that is bound to be your next toss-it-on-and-go dress!
Limited to 6 students
4-part class starts August 16
3-6pm
$165
(Photos above from Deer & Doe, Jolies Bobines, and Paunnet)

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Stand Up Zipper Bags by Noodlehead
These handy bags are amazingly useful to have around for on the spot organizing! They also make fantastic crafty gifts for friends & family. Bags are lined and have boxed corners, and they stand on their own so your stuff is easy to get to. The end of the exposed zipper is covered with the cutest little tab. Great for makeup, travel, school supplies, or anything you need to corral inside your purse. Once you make one you’ll be addicted [trust us], and you’ll be whipping up a whole set in no time.
Limited to 8 students
1-part class on August 1
6:30-9:30pm
$65
(Photos above from Noodlehead, Sew L.A., and Noodlehead)

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Easiest Skirt by Sew L.A.
You've seen me in this skirt many times, and though it's super duper easy (which makes it perfect for beginner sewers) it's also really cute and great for these hot summer days with a tank or t-shirt. The Easiest Skirt has a yoke with elastic in a casing at the waist, so it’s comfortable but not too bunchy under an un-tucked top. Learn about using a commercial pattern, pinning & cutting accurately, gathering, hems & casings – and get more practice sewing straight and zig-zag stitches.You can choose to make the shorter or longer length in class.
Limited to 8 students
2-part class starts August 15
6:30-9:30pm
$95
(Photos above by me & Sew L.A.)

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Throw Pillows
Whip up a pair of quick and easy throw pillow covers and add some instant style to your home! Or, it’s a perfect gift for your friends and family! Make these 16” square pillows and learn fabric and pattern construction basics, sewing straight seams, zig-zag stitching, and pivoting corners. A great beginner class!
Limited to 8 students
2-part class starts August 27
6:30-9pm
$85
(Photos above by me)

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Machine Intro
The most basic class at Sew L.A.! This one’s for you if you just purchased a machine and you have no idea how to get it started, or if you’d like to become familiar with a machine before getting one of your own. Also good for general knowledge if it’s been awhile since you have used a machine! Following a brief discussion about sewing tools & supplies, you’ll learn how to prepare the machine for sewing: threading the top thread, winding a bobbin and installing it, and inserting a needle. Also, you’ll learn how to change stitches along with their length and width. Practice sewing some seams and finishing the edges, and voila! You have a cute tote bag to carry your sewing supplies in!
Limited to 8 students
1-part class on the following dates and times:
August 8, 6:30-9:30pm
August 9, 3-6pm
August 20, 6:30-9:30pm
August 30, 11am-2pm
(Photos above by me)

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