Monday, August 9, 2010

The First Ever Sew Beautiful Blog Tour

 I have been honored to have been asked to be a part  of the first ever blog tour sponsored by Sew Beautiful magazine. Their goal is  to spread the word that heirloom sewing is not only doable, but relevant. My regular readers know that I love to incorporate heirloom techniques into grown up wearable garments so we are very much on the same page here.  Sew Beautiful has developed a blog tour that features a series of heirloom technique videos. Each video "class" shares a technique needed to complete this  gorgeous woman's camisole that the editors have recreated from a vintage nightgown. The pattern is drafted from any basic tank top shape, and SB shares the instructions and templates needed to create this camisole in their September/October issue #132.
 Now for another bit of excitement....Sew Beautiful will give away on the La Sewista blog a complete kit  to make the Vintage Inspiration camisole, from sizes XS (2-4) to 3X (26-28), a copy of the book from which the pattern was drafted, "Sleepwear Especially for You", a copy of the latest  magazine that contains the Vintage Inspirations article, instructions and embroidery and lace shaping templates, and a lace shaping board. There are yummy Maline laces, Swiss beading and more than enough yardage of them to make a 3X size garment.  This is a total of about 160.00 dollars worth of great merchandise, goodies that can get you started on your way to finding out how deceptively easy heirloom sewing can be.  I really admire that SB is doing its part to bring more sewists into the pleasureable world of making  clothing for yourself or others. So make sure you leave a comment to be part of the give away and I will draw the winner on Saturday, August 21st.

To start the tour or return to the "landing pad"  for your click to the next blog, just click on this link.

There are seven stops on the tour, your beginning, the five learning sessions at five different blogs, and then the completion back again at Sew Beautiful .
Each blog will have videos explaining  a technique, so make sure you check them all out even if you are not actually making the camisole. These are great tutorials by fabulous teachers and that is always fun to follow. If you are making the camisole and this is your stop to learn  how to do lace windows and lace inserts the following video will teach you these lovely heirloom techniques. Due to my connection speed I will give you a link for the second video. Don't want any slow uploads for our dial up followers.


Here is your  link to the Second Video on lace windows and inserts. Have fun learning!

If you are now smitten with the idea of making feminine, beautifully stitched garments one more opportunity is here to encourage you even further.  If you would like to purchase some of the exquisite laces, trims, etc. from Martha Pullen go here. There will be a 25% discount with no minimum. Just use the code word BLOGTOUR. This offer will expire Oct. 31, 2010.
(ONE use only per person. Discount applies only to full price items. Pleaters excluded.)


If this is your first visit to the La Sewista blog, a big welcome, and I hope you stop by again and often. We do all sorts of sewing here from heirloom to bag making to tailoring and more. Please feel free to leave your comments too. We like that. And if you leave comments on this post you will be in the running for the gift package from Sew Beautiful.  A huge thank you also to Kathy Bernard and Shannon Miller of SB for letting me be the vehicle here to encourage the fine art of sewing.  These are two journalistic professionals who also are as passionate about sewing and sharing the love of sewing as the rest of us. Thanks again for stopping by....Bunny

63 comments:

  1. I am excited to see more heirloom blogs!

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  2. I'm interested in exploring this, but will note a certain dislike for the term "heirloom sewing."

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  3. Bunny,
    What a neat idea! Please include me in your drawing. I love reading your blog. Your make such lovely garments.

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  4. How fun ! I watched the introductory videos this evening and think this is a wonderful idea ! So glad that you were part of it !
    Lindsay
    Lindsay801@comcast.net

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  5. This is so much fun. I can make something for myself instead of just for babies.

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  6. I'm very interested in Heirloom sewing and want to learn as much as possible.

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  7. Oh how fun! I can't wait to watch all the videos. I need to learn more heirloom techniques. Thank you Bunny.

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  8. I remember watching MP on public tv many years ago. She is the Goddess of Sewing I think. Congrats on being chosen to participate in this. It is so nice to have your wonderful talent acknowldged.

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  9. Don't know whether they might ship the package abroad,but at least this is chance to tell you that I have been reading your blog for quite a while, much admired what you do, used some of tips already and expect to find a good deal more inspiration for dresses for my grandaughters. So thank you
    Anne

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  10. oh, what a grand plan! I'm going to work my way through the videos right away. I'm delighted you were invited to be part of this!

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  11. What a great idea!! I've told all my friends to join in the fun!

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  12. I'm glad to see a push to bring Heirloom sewing to ladies wear. I always enjoy how you encorporate it into your garments.

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  13. I can't wait to get started on the tour. I met Martha Pullen when she was in Langhorne, PA recently and bought lace from her. The camisole sounds like something I'd love to make. Gita

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  14. Bunny, it's good to see your expertise is being acknowledged in this way. I'll be following the links.

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  15. I love Sew Beautiful! I hope to learn a lot!

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  16. I love the generosity of fellow sewists! Thank you, Bunny, for sharing your wealth of talent with us!

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  17. This is fabulous, Bunny! Sew Beautiful is right to include you, because you inspire us with everything you create.

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  18. Such a pretty camisole! Lots to learn! What fun!

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  19. Thanks so much for being a part of the blog tour. It is great! Please enter me in your giveaway.
    Thank you! Leslie P

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  20. Congratulations on being included!
    Please enter me in the giveaway!
    Thank you!
    Kathleen G
    cmk105@aol.com

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  21. Oh I'd love to win. I've been wanting the lace shaping board. I'm just happy to be sewing again after years of not making much. Sewing for our grandgirl keeps me busy!

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  22. Congratulations, Bunny! I think it is wonderful that you are a part of the blog tour. I'm excited to see SB sponsor this.

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  23. Hi Bunny,
    Thanks for contributing your time and knowledge to us all. I have read the post - Mystery binding and spotted the grain line fabric. Is this something I can purchase from a store? I live in Australia, and there is nothing like that here, from my searches. If it's not too much trouble, are you able to let me know where I could purchase this grain line. I don't have a blog yet, but could you reply comment on yours. Many thanks.

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  24. This is so much fun! Thank you for participating!

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  25. I recently found your blog, and I do enjoy it a lot! This blog tour will be fun, and I am happy yours was included.

    Cheryl in San Diego

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  26. I have saved this all day, so I have time to go through each of these videos...congratulations and how fun this will be.

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  27. I've always said I only copy from the best, so its no wonder they chose you to participate in this delightfully FUN tour, Bunny!

    I'm excited to have a chance to participate & follow along. I'd like to start a frothey-lacey-smocked-embroidered SOMETHING! My fingers are itching to begin smocking after a 6 month rest.

    Hugs,
    Rett

    ps. Nice job on that Pendleton bag...I love how you positioned the tag. Cool!!! :D

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  28. Please include me in your giveaway!
    Thanks.
    Chris

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  29. Oh Fabulous! A refresher is always welcome! And who wouldn't want to win those fabulous items!

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  30. Another great blog to add to my favorites.

    Marianne Sandrock

    ssandrock2000@yahoo.com

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  31. Congrats on being chosen to be included! Your work speaks for itself.

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  32. Nice to have different "experts" participating on the blog tour. I can certainly use a refresher on lace shaping. Hope to win.

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  33. I happened upon your blog by way of the SB mag Blogtour. Although I have been sewing for years, I am new to heirloom techniques. I have watched all of the videos and am looking forward to putting them to good use. Thank you for the chance to win the prize on the 21st, my birthday. Now that I have found your blog, I'll be back often.
    Denise Norris
    denisenorris@bellsouth.net

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  34. Wow Bunny, this is exciting. Cannot wait to get through the blogs. Love your site,and creations. I have been following you for a year. Please enter my name in your drawing.
    Thanks for your wonderful blog.
    Cindy

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  35. Thank you so much for visiting my blog and for the nice comment you left regarding my photo shoot with the skirt I made.

    http://sewingwithtrudy.blogspot.com/2010/08/photo-shoot-of-retro-skirt.html

    PS Congratulations. What an exciting opportunity.

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  36. I love the heirloom videos and discovering new blogs to visit--thanks!

    Lynn Poulin
    lynnpoulin@gmail.com

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  37. I am so glad they gave this opportunity to you! I had not seen your blog before, but am going to catch up now! I have done heirloom for my daughter for many years, its time to start doing it for me!
    Thanks!
    Corinne

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  38. These videos are fabulous and so timely for me!!! I am preparing to do some lace-shaping and altering techniques on both the shell pattern and the tank pattern featured in Sew Beautiful's "Six Easy Patterns" book, and doing the lace windows on the tank as featured in SB issue #83, page 68, "Beverly's Beauties". It has been over 5 years since I've done any heirloom sewing/lace shaping ... this Heirloom Blog Tour is just perfect, perfect, perfect in helping to refresh my memory on how to do everything ... thanks so much!!! Cyrena Downing gdowneng@bellsouth.net

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  39. Congratulations on being part of the SB blog tour. I love your blog and have been reading along for quite some time.

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  40. Bunny, what an honor for you to be asked to host one of the stops on the blog tour! I have never inserted a window into lace shaping before, so this is something I need to try soon!

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  41. Congratulations Bunny,on being chosen to show your expertise on the Sew Beautiful Blog Tour. I have learnt so much more about sewing from your instructions on your blog.You have some very original ideas when it comes to style.
    Thank you for sharing your knowledge with your sewing sisters.
    Lexie

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  42. Thank you so much for sharing your talents with us and for hosting part of the heirloom stitching tour. I look forward to trying the techniques.
    Colleen
    jleona@frontiernet.net

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  43. Hi, Bunny...Thank you so much for hosting the blog...I can't wait to see the other Guest Hostess' blogs and videos!!!

    Have a great day! And, think Rosieq when you are drawing the winner of the SB gift you are giving!!! ha-ha

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  44. Please enter my name in the heirloom sewing give away.
    Barb
    rhodes_d@att.net

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  45. Hi, I'd love to win the package.

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  46. I am taking the blog tour! I'd love to win the very nice giveaway. Thank you as always for doing your blog--so helpful to less experienced "sewistas" like me! Hallie

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  47. I am on the blog tour! Thanks as always for your blog, which I admire so much. Hallie

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  48. I luv all these beautiful projects & thank you for the insight into lace windows, can't wait to try. Great giveaway!

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  49. Your blog is the perfect venue for this tour. Given your expertise in smocking especially, yours is the first name to come to mind when I hear the term heirloom sewing. Much as I would love the prize myself, you are the person who should be getting it! Thank you for your always wonderful blog.
    ElizabethDee

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  50. I'm not sure if the drawing is open to international readers but I will follow the links just the same, there's a big chance I learn something new and that makes me a winner, right?

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  51. What a great blog! Your sewing is incredible.
    Sally Hilfiger
    hilfiger52@suddenlink.net

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  52. Bunny, You have a wonderful blog. Thank you for hosting the Heirloom Blog Tour. The lessons are very clear to understand and I feel confident I will finish this part of
    the camisole top. Check in later. Patricia L.

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  53. I love this Blog! What a great idea and learning tool!

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  54. Thank you so much for being part of this blog, it has been very informative, and I love the idea of making something for Myself using my heirloom skills. Please enter me in your drawing. And it's a great site, I will visit often.

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  55. Thanks for being part of this blog tour. It's been a great learning experience.

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  56. I'm so glad to have found your blog through this Sew Beautiful tour. Thanks for the opportunity to win this giveaway.

    Sewin_Mom at verizon dot net

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  57. I tried to leave a comment several hours ago but it didn't appear, so I'm trying again. I am very happy to have found your wonderful blog through the Sew Beautiful blog tour. Thanks for the chance at this giveaway.

    Sewin_Mom at verizon dot net

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  58. Please enter me in the drawing. I love the blog tour and am looking forward to learning new techniques.

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  59. Just watched the blog and think it is great! Particularly liked the pin tucking segments......go good to be able to see the explanation. Hope Sew Beautiful continues this blog.
    I enjoy your blog, tips, and projects.....thanks.
    Marty

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  60. I love this idea! I've enjoyed and admired your blog since I found it just a few months ago.

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  61. Isn;t heirloom sewing such a beauty.Thanks for sharing your expertise with us. Technology makes it possible to visit all the way from Australia. Would love to win the prize. Blessings

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