Meet the new team:  Fashion Forward 2015!

Meet the new team: Fashion Forward 2015!

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It takes a brave person to enter the business of fashion.  But these six women have business experience and they know the odds. They won a spot in Portland Sewing’s sixth annual Fashion Forward Program ® and are ready to launch their own fashion lines. Fashion Forward takes members through a rigorous program of design, […]

Creating an AWESOME trunk show!

Creating an AWESOME trunk show!

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Q — Do you have any tips or words of wisdom regarding a trunk show for my collection in an upscale shop in  Madison, CT? A — Successful ones have drinks, dj, shop staff wearing the featured garment(s) (e.g., yours!).  Beforehand the shop owner would have sent a postcard to the mail list featuring you plus […]

9 tips for a perfect fit: Dresses

9 tips for a perfect fit: Dresses

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  Learn how to create a perfect fit, plus how to sew details like zippers and how to finish seams professionally in our next Dresses class.  Choose from one of five styles for your most flattering fit.  Class starts Tuesday, May 19.  Click here to learn more.

Which coverstitch machine to buy?

Which coverstitch machine to buy?

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Q — I’m looking for a home coverstitch machine. Do you have one in the $400 range? — Serena A — There are really only two home coverstitch machines to consider: — Janome CoverPro 900, around $400. It isn’t self-threading, but it is easy to thread. It’s a decent, reliable machine. The newer model, 1000CPX, […]

DESIGN OF THE DAY! EcoCouture

DESIGN OF THE DAY! EcoCouture

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#‎designoftheday‬ student Sara Colbeck creates a stencil for ‪#‎EcoCouture‬class with Lisa Silveira. Want to make your own Alabama Chanin-style garment? 1) Choose two layers of organic cotton interlock. 2) Create a stencil 3) Spray paint fabric through stencil with fabric paint. 4) Lay stenciled fabric on top of other interlock fabric. 5) Use cotton embroider thread to stitch […]

TEXTILE OF THE WEEK

TEXTILE OF THE WEEK

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   June 29, 2015:  Jersey Name: From the Channel Isle of Jersey fishermen’s knit sweaters Use: From underwear to evening dresses to leggings because of its lightweight body-fitting nature. Fiber Content: Originally wool. Now it’s any natural or manufactured fiber. Construction: Single weft knit, plain stitch. The face shows vertical line (wales) while the back […]

Where to buy industrial machines

SEWING TIP OF THE DAY: Q-Where can I buy machines like a ruffller, buttonholer and a blind hemmer? — Kateshia P A-Joe Payne’s Rooster Roc SewCo (3427 NE 72nd Ave, 503-939-7290) is a good place to purchase industrial machines such as blindhemmers. He does not carry high-end machines such as the buttonholer. For those, you […]

Sewing without fatigue

SEWING TIP OF THE DAY: Q. Do you know how to comfortably sit while [hand] basting?  My shoulders and neck ache after awhile. — Priscilla A.  Sit at a waist high (or higher) table.  Rest your forearms on the table so the table supports your arms, shoulders and back.  Sit up straight!  That’s how the […]

Pre-shrink: Wash, dry clean or steam?

Q. Should we pre-shrink our materials for the Chanel jacket we’re making in class? — Priscilla A. Please do not launder any of your fabrics for the couture jacket. If you’re worried about shrinkage of your silks/wool/rayons, steam shrink them yourself or take them to a dry cleaner to have them steamed (not dry cleaned). […]

Where to find Halloween costume locally

Q.  I’m wondering if you have any suggestions on where I can find locally some key pieces for a Halloween costume. I’m going to an upcoming “Witch Party” for all women and the one requirement is you must wear a witch hat.  It’s on Nov 1st which is Day of the Dead.  I’m thinking about a […]