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It's Sew Easy
It's Sew Easy puts a new spin on sewing. Sewing and design experts from across the country, including Angela Wolf, use time-honored techniques together with the latest sewing tools and technology to create today’s hottest fashions and home décor. They reveal tips and techniques for garment construction, fabric selection, fit and couture details, and more. The projects are easy enough for beginners but creatively challenging to pique the interest of all sewing enthusiasts.
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Let's Dress Up
Along the path to sewing, the need for a costume is a great reason to start to sew. Sewing experts Janet Pray and Jessica Johnson alter a basic pattern to make a cute, cuddly and safe toddler costume. Fashion designer Angela Wolf shares a neckline tip and fabric artist Terry McFeely creates whimsical fairy wings for anyone.
Sometimes a photo in a magazine can lead the way toward sewing custom fashions and accessories. Couturier Angela Wolf sews a fashionable fleece jacket and then fringes wool to create a flirty handbag. Designer Kay Whitt creates a colorful custom bag with a handy concealed zippered pocket.
Once you gain sewing confidence, you can explore new possibilities. Cosplay enthusiast Cheryl Sleboda fearlessly sews with unusual fabrics to create today's trendiest costumes. Angela Wolf embroiders on leather and embroidery educator Rebecca Kemp Brent creates changeable body art with faux tattoos for fun and fashion.
The pathway to sewing may lead right down the aisle. Fashion expert Angela Wolf shows how to embroider on tulle to create a stunning one-of-a-kind wedding gown. Quilt designer Kim Montagnese creates a keepsake ring-bearer pillow with computer design software and creative embellisher Clare Rowley tops it off with custom-made bridal veils.
Many people who never sewed before are sewing spectacular costumes for cosplay events. Rebecca Kemp Brent, sewing educator, shows how to make a Renaissance-inspired suit of armor from a sweatshirt and designer Angela Wolf adds top-stitching for fashion effects. Cheryl Sleboda, costume enthusiast, lights it all up by adding lights to garments, costumes and accessories.
Sewing for People with All Abilities
Sometimes we sew to adapt clothing for people with special abilities or sew to help others. Fitting expert Peggy Sagers shares simple techniques to make contemporary fashion comfortable and functional for anyone. Designer Angela Wolf changes the angle of a pocket to update the look. Sewing educator June Mellinger presents easy, meaningful and useful sewing projects to benefit important causes in your community.
On your journey toward sewing, release your inner designer. Joanne Banko, sewing and embroidery educator, creates a sharp Western-inspired jacket. Angela Wolf shares couture tips for belts and embroidery expert Rebecca Kemp Brent customizes embroidery to make badges, patches and insignias for costumes or jackets and hats.
Let's go back to sewing basics. Sewing industry insider Janet Pray shows how to sew more efficiently and comfortably with good sewing ergonomics. Lynn Lunoe, sewing educator, explains how to use the feet and accessories that come with a sewing machine. Blogger and designer Heather Valentine quickly sews up a fun, fashionable and super-simple skirt.
Decorating at Home
When the pathway leads to a new house or apartment, make it feel like home by sewing decorator accents. Lisa Shepard Stewart, author, designer and fabric expert, makes designer-quality pillows with faux piping trim. Angela Wolf, custom fashion designer, has a tip for cutting buttonholes. Quilt designer and fiber artist Kim Montagnese adds color and texture to a contemporary wall-hanging with thread painting on a frame.
Step off the traditional path and sew your own signature style. Designer Kay Whitt adds decorative hem bands to create colorful on-trend fashions. Pattern designer and custom clothier Angela Wolf shows how to create a perfect hem. Then, she redesigns vintage ready-to-wear to channel today's runway look.
Fashions and Fit
Achieving a perfect fit inspires many to start to sew. Using custom measurements, sewing educator Joanne Banko creates a well-fitting boho skirt on the serger. Angela Wolf, author and designer, shows how to sew flat-felled seams for a tailored look. Then, she shows how to make custom-fitted pants and jeans that flatter any figure.
Sewing As A Business
Your pathway to sewing may lead to a career in design, sewing or embroidery. Commercial embroiderer Paulette Bell shows how to start your own custom embroidery business. Angela Wolf, designer and pattern creator, adds sparkle to table accessories and shares her experience as a successful entrepreneur developing a custom sewing and fashion design business.
Accessories and Simple Sewing
The experts break sewing into manageable parts as they share their unique style. Designer and blogger Gretchen Hirsch opens the premiere show demonstrating how to make an updated skirt with a retro vibe. Then, Editor Tricia Waddell creates a silk scarf with simple sewing. Lastly, Trish Preston has tips for making fashion forward purses and totes to coordinate with every outfit.
Apparel Details and Embellishments
Don't settle for a cookie cutter look to sewing. Designer and teacher Londa Rohlfing is first with a tutorial on creating your own bias embellishments. Then, it's some easy decorative embroidery details with Tricia Waddell. Next, expert Bobbi Bullard demonstrates perfect placement for machine embroidery designs. The final segment features Angela Wolf with her first lesson of the season on jeans - learn the easy way to topstitch.
Simple Sewing and Easy Tricks
Make sewing simpler with tips and tricks from the pros. Top stitch basics is the first segment of the show with designer Shannon Dennis. She shows how to match thread, feet, and stitches for a great result. Then, Angela Wolf has a second denim lesson on hemming jeans for a professional look. Lastly, expert Janet Prays shows how to install zippers using a method from the ready-to-wear world.
Make It Personal
Use sewing as a way to express your personality. Suede of Project Runway fame is the first expert on the show. He creates a unique look based on three types of style and shares his insights on creating your own fashions. Then, Tricia Waddell shows how to complete those garments with a personalized sewing label. Stephanie Kimura uses the kimono shape as the basis for unique fashions in the final segment.
Dress Up Ready Made Home Decor
Personalize readymade home decor items - the key is in the details. Editor Eileen Roche starts off the show demonstrating easy techniques for monogramming napkins and towels. Then, Editors Tricia Waddell and Katrina Loving show how to use simple needle turn applique to embellish pillows and wall hangings. Home decor expert Pam Damour wraps up the show with the 10 steps to a perfect pillow - whatever the design style.
Garment Construction Tips
Start with good construction for a stylish and successful sewing project. The first segment features couture designer Angela Wolf showing techniques for sewing on knits - giving a basic t-shirt a personal touch. Next, Tricia Waddell demonstrates the importance of stay stitching and under stitching. The last segment is with pattern designer Gina Moorhead using ruching, exposed zippers, and patch pockets to update existing garments or change a pattern.
Learn how to alter or adapt patterns for a personal style. The show begins with fashions from designer Valerie Mayen of Project Runway fame. She brings style to new levels from her own pattern designs. Next, Tricia Waddell and Katrina Loving teach about the difference between good and bad darts. Lastly, Peggy Sagers discusses why patterns are just the first step to a correct fit as she shows how to make perfect sleeves and armholes that fit.
Add interest to the surface of sewing projects with threads, beads, and scraps. First, is pattern designer Sheree Schattenmann with thread painting at a basic level. Then, Tricia Waddell explores the basics of bead embroidery for an instant update. Pam Damour is featured in the last segment. She uses fabric scraps and unfinished projects to create one of a kind head boards.
T-shirts are a perfect canvas for creating a personalized garment. Editor Eileen Roche begins the show with a flower design featuring embroidery for an exclusive fashion statement. Then, Tricia Waddell and Katrina Loving demonstrate a reverse applique technique as an apparel detail. Lastly, Linda Augsburg shows how to make over a favorite t-shirt into a bag, tote, or messenger.
Style on the Edge
Start your style at the very edge. Garment sewing expert Rebecca Kemp Brent finishes seams in various ways for a couture look. In the style tip, sewing educator Joanne Banko brings lace in from the edge to create reverse applique motifs. Designer and sewing engineer Gretchen Hirsch uses border prints and scalloped edges to style her designs.
Make your style statement from head to toe with accessories. Blogger and designer Cheryl Sleboda makes colorful espadrilles. In the style tip, sewing educator Joanne Banko adds texture and style to basic garments using decorative stitches. Fabric artist Kim Montagnese embellishes in free motion to create a go-everywhere tote bag.
Your home reflects who you are. Using an easy smocking technique, sewing enthusiast Cheryl Sleboda makes colorful, patterned pillows to showcase her style. Blogger Heather Valentine combines unusual materials to create a handy caddy for her studio. With hand-dyed wool and nubby fibers, author Lisa Shepard Stewart stitches a lush wall-hanging.
Make a truly personal style statement. Embroidery expert Eileen Roche restyles a t-shirt with embroidery, then laces it up to create a boutique look. Designer Angela Wolf has a style tip for quickly updating a classic jacket. Educator Rebecca Kemp Brent uses basic computer fonts and a sewing machine to create beautiful monograms.
The Stylish Girl
Kids like to create their own style. Designer Carla Macklin sews a super-cute, versatile vest for boys or girls. In the style tip, sewing educator Deb Barcello shows an easy way to make a narrow hem. Fashion designer Angela Wolf gives a professional finish to knit hems and Deb Barcello returns to make a fun and sassy circle skirt.
Design details make the style statement. Fashion designer Kay Whitt shows how to sew classic set-in sleeves. In the style tip, fashion stylist Judy Kessinger installs a zipper in a new way. Sewing educator Rebecca Kemp Brent has a tip for sewing elastic. Designer Heather Valentine adds spirit and style to a fleece vest with color-blocking and distinctive zippers.
Style for Evening
Evening-wear for men and women offers endless style opportunities. Designer and educator Louis Carney adds glitz and glamour to men's fashions with metallic thread and crystals. Embroidery educator Joanne Banko creates beautiful, Asian-inspired sleepwear with embroidered details and stylish closures.
Shape and Style
Good fit compliments any style. Fitting expert Judy Kessinger creates a variety of pant styles from one pattern. Couture designer Angela Wolf shares tips for selecting and cutting out knits. Fashion and sewing blogger Gretchen Hirsch adds eyelets to create a lace-up bodice to accent the feminine shape.
Today's active lifestyle demands fashion that fits and functions. Sewing educator Joanne Banko selects fabrics, notions and shows her favorite techniques to sew a custom-fit swimsuit. Cheryl Sleboda has a style tip to make jeans fit better. For active days indoors and out, designer Angela Wolf creates well-fitting leggings with today's sportiest look.
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