Thursday, November 15, 2012

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sew Deals

Black Friday and Cyber Monday
is coming soon…
 and Martha Pullen’s Store and Sew Beautiful magazine have pulled all the stops 
to make sure you get great deals for all your heirloom sewing needs.

Take advantage of low prices to get stocked up for Easter.

 Turquoise and Shrimp silk dupioni layered beneath organza create the 
canvas for Kari Mecca's lace appliqué technique coming in the 
January 2013, Easter issue due out in mid December.
I am going to cheat just a little here and give you a sneak peak at two of my favorite dresses coming up in the new Easter issue, due to release in mid December. Why not take advantage of Black Friday deals for your Easter sewing? When you’re ready to dive in, everything you need will be waiting on your sewing table, and you will be able to pat yourself on the back for buying early at the best prices. Use the Black Friday or Cyber Monday discount to stock up on beautiful shrimp silk or turquoise silk dupioni and some silk organza to make one or both of these designs. We promise, these are “easier-to-make-than-they-look” dresses. All of the step-by-step instructions for creating this lace look will be included in the January 2013 issue, and the pattern is “Fairytale Dreams,” new from Kari Me Away. Plan ahead, save now, and you’ll be ready to start on this amazing design as soon as your magazine arrives.

 Sweet Swiss Dot!!! 
This dress by Kathy Dykstra is the FREE PATTERN in our January 2013 issue.
Perhaps you favor a more traditional heirloom look and are thinking along the lines of dotted Swiss, or maybe heirloom batiste, which  you can snag for a special discount with a coupon from November 22-25. The FREE pattern next issue is perfect for heirloom fabrics, and it’s just your style. Designed by Kathy Dykstra, “Olivia’s Swiss Dots and Rosebuds” is fashioned with a unique, asymmetrical placket. This pattern will be provided on the pullout centerfold in sizes 2m to 24m, and the details include delicate little bullion roses and a sweet-and-easy smocking plate. After flipping through pages of beautiful batiste dresses shared throughout the upcoming issue, you’ll not only be ahead of the Easter planning rush, you’ll be ahead on your budget when you take advantage of our pre-season deals.


 All of these dresses were made using the "Pascale" pattern
Okay, I get it. It is Christmas time!! I apologize if pushing Easter at Christmas is putting a damper on your holly jolly spirit. So for you quick sewists who are just getting started on your holiday finery, we have lots of festive fabrics. Be sure to check out the rich scarlet red, wine, green and silver holiday silks for those amazing smocked portrait dresses. Don’t forget the great value in a “Pascale” pattern as well. You probably recognize the "London Bridge" dress in wine silk by Janet Gilbert from the current November 2012 issue (it includes a free smocking plate). In last year’s holiday Sew Beautiful (Issue #139), we featured our popular “Pascale” pattern in three different ways (pictured above). One was a winter wonder in white velveteen with black soutache trim; it included instructions for designing with soutache braid by machine. The other two were scarlet red silk dupioni dresses. One was smocked with an original design by Helen Lively (included in the magazine) and the other was an original bodice pattern by Khristal Jouett (included on the pullout centerfold). This issue was one of my very favorite back issues because it was packed with so many Christmas ideas. 

I still get calls about the free little “Elf Feet” smocking plate from the Chadwick Heirlooms pictorial (pg. 19). Another one of my favorite articles from that issue is the Sweater Refresher from Patricia Key. This designer is a genius at repurposing out-of-date sweaters into new, wearable art.  Her instructions are easy to follow, and so many people have discovered how fun it is to actually design sweaters using their sewing machine instead of knitting needles (a great recycling project for gift-giving). We still have a few of these back issues available and print copies of all back issues will be 50% off on cyber Monday; so don’t miss your chance to get one before they are all gone. 

Merry Sewing Season,
Kathy Barnard


  1. Hopefully you will post the pattern measurements, fabric requirements and types before the big shopping day.

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