Monday, July 1, 2013

Looking for a sensational summer sewing project?

August/September 2013 edition
Our August/September 2013 edition just hit newsstands, and it is full of summer sewing inspiration! Inside, you'll find contemporary heirloom dresses from Oliver + S, tasteful warm-weather outfits from The Children's Corner and ideas for sewing matching dresses for little girls and their 18-inch dolls. Our casual cottons section focuses on sewing for summer in light, airy fabrics and playful cotton prints. And for fans of traditional heirloom, embellishment takes center stage in our special fine sewing section. We also have a feature on a beautiful Normandy lace pillow from Martha's Attic and an excerpt from our new book, Sewing for a Royal Baby. Read below for more about this new issue:

Smocked Peasant Top and Capri Pant (left) and No-Pattern T-Shirt Dress
Perfectly Pretty Smocked Peasant Top and Capri Pant: Our free pattern in this issue, as seen on the cover, is a two-piece smocked peasant top and Capri pant ensemble from designer Kathy Dykstra. Find the pattern on our pullout centerfold of this issue, and get your exclusive materials kit from the Martha Pullen store during the month of July.

No Pattern T-Shirt Dress: This adorable dress from designer Dawn Wilson was made using a simple knit T-shirt. The comfort of the knit top combined with a coordinate print creates an easy-wear option for occasions that call for something a bit dressier than play clothes.
Liberty Prints (left) and Pattern Adaptations for Boxed Pleats
Liberty Prints: Liberty of London prints are perennial favorites for anyone who sews for little girls. Connie Palmer used the jewel tone Mauvey design from Liberty in Classic Tana Lawn and tweaked our "Natalie" pattern, adding a 1-inch ruffle to the princess seams. Kits for this dress will be available from our store during the month of August.

Pattern Adaptations for Box Pleats: Something as simple as adding contrasting pleats to a classic pattern can result in a fresh, new look. Here, Janet Gilbert demonstrates how you can play with fabric coordinates and pattern drafting by adding contrasting pleats to our Sew Beautiful Collection pattern "Dainty Designs."

Royal Christening Gown (left) and Classic Shirt Construction Details
A Glimpse at Our Take on the Royal Christening Gown: Connie Palmer and Kathy Barnard show you how to apply a wide gathered netting ruffle to any round neckline in an excerpt from our newest heirloom sewing book, Sewing for a Royal Baby. 

Classic Shirt Construction Details: In sewing for her three boys, MichiƩ Mooney learned quickly the importance of neatly turned collars and nicely stitched neckbands. Here, she shares tips to help you give your little guy's shirt a professional finish.

Sew On, Sew Well, Sew Beautiful,
Cyndi and Amelia


  1. When were the subscriber copies mailed? Trying to figure out if I should just continue to stalk the mailman or call in for a missing copy as I saw it last week on the local newstand at Walmart.

    1. Have you received your copy yet? I do not know the exact date they are mailed, as it comes from a third-party, but 7/2 was the official on-sale date for newstands. -Jessica, Editorial Asst.

  2. Are there corrections on the Perfectly Pretty Peasant Top? The cutting lines for the bottom of the garment seem to be reversed; the size 4 is the shortest, and the 12 months is the longest.

  3. Mary Lynne. I struggled with the SAME thing yesterday! Glad it's not just me. I was tracing the pattern and just walked away. Think if we measure it we can figure it out? But then even the outer seam lines don't line up the way I'm looking at mine. I am befuddled and don't want to waste my tracing paper or mess up my $24 a yard handkerchief linen cutting it! Also, lesson already learned on the top---do NOT cut out the armholes as it shows on the drawing OR hem it before pleating. I like to have never got that linen thru my pleaters. It took two of us 6-7 attempts over 2 days. And still, I had to go a slight bit farther down to pleat it than the pattern called for. I also ruined one piece of linen in the process. Just beware. Maybe the linen fibers are tougher to pleat than the cotton batiste?? Anyway if that can help you, be forewarned.

  4. Ps Mary Lynne --- I called the content editor of Sew Beautiful Magazine this morning and left her a message. Will let you know what I learn if I hear back from her!!

  5. Sorry to blast with the posts but just re-read yours .... My issues were with the Capri pants. 12 month and 4T sizes seem bungled up.

  6. I decided to wait and think and see if anyone else had issues before taking a chance on messing up my fabric! I do have a cotton lawn, so maybe pleating will not be an issue. Hope we hear from SB!

  7. I just got home from work. Going to go take a look at it again out in my sewing studio and see what I think with fresh eyes and mind today.

  8. Women that have straight bodies without noticeable curves will find that long, flowing dresses enhance their shapes beautifully. stoned emoji