As some of you know, I’ve been writing articles for the American sewing magazine Sew News , for the past year and a half. So far I’ve written about eight articles, and have had one of my projects featured on a cover last spring, which was really cool. Last year, I appeared on their PBS TV show, Sew It All, to talk about leather sewing techniques. Flying out to Colorado to shoot the segment was nerve wracking but a lot of fun, and I still haven’t watched my show! I’ve always been really weird about seeing myself on film, even when I was acting in bit parts.
This month’s edition, Dec./ Jan. 2016, of Sew News features my leather pink skirt I wore on the blog last year. The article goes over all the techniques I talked about on the show, and has a link to a free download of this pattern I drafted specifically for leather, It has panels to allow the sewer to use smaller pieces of leather since it’s often hard to get a big panel of leather with some hides. There is a free download of the skirt available until January 31, 2016. You can go to the Sew It All page. I can’t vouch for how the download pattern prints out, since I only sent them a physically drafted version of my pattern drawn on paper. I’m old school, and make my patterns the traditional way I learned in school before they taught CAD, by draping first, then drafting with a ruler and pencil, and hand grading with a ruler. It takes forever, but I tried to learn Illustrator, but I just couldn’t wrap my head around it! I did grade the pattern myself, it goes from about size 2 to 14 in ready to wear sizes. If you go any bigger, you really need to draft another block.
This month’s addition also has an article I wrote for them on adding a dart to a dartless pattern and how to pivot it out of the armhole to a different spot. Writing for a magazine is totally different from writing for my blog. It’s much more formal sounding than my more casual style here.