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Episode 152: Great “Jean” Jacket Look
The sleeve detailing on Today’s Fit Vogue 1036 is cool enough to make you want to make this jacket. See several versions of this cut jacket and then see how easy it is to do the sleeve detailing. I love this sleeve so much that I even put it on another pattern.
Episode 151: Double-Sided Fabric
If you love boiled wool and any double-sided fabric, here is the way to work with it. For starters, take a look at the different boiled wools and learn to recognize the quality product. Since it does not ravel you can forget all of those seam finishes. Avoid bulky collars by avoiding upper seam. See new techniques for facings, pockets, seams and hems. See me work on my own pattern, Today’s Fit V1364, with this type of fabric.
*Sandra wears: Today’s Fit V1297 polyester knit dress
Episode 150: Cowl Neck Dress (Vogue 1386)-> “Inside Sandra’s Studio”
Come See Sandra B’s new studio! In it she will show you how to construct Today’s Fit pattern V1386, the tunic, cowl neck dress and slip. This pattern comes with short and long sleeves and makes a great top, in the case that you never wear dresses.
Episode 149: Fluted Neckline Blouse or Jacket (Vogue 1385)
You are going to love not only making this blouse but wearing it. This blouse has a comfortable not tight fit and makes-up nicely in soft cottons, silks and linens – all with equal success. If you love to make jackets, this takes a blouse pattern and makes it into a jacket. See the construction of the fluted neckline pattern Today’s Fit Vogue 1385 so that the construction of yours will be fast and easy for you.
Episode 148: Tailored Jackets- Sleeves and Shoulder Pads
If you have always wanted to know how Ron Collins tailors his men’s suit jackets, you will want to watch this show. Like how did Ron get that fine point on the jacket lapel? You can use all of these techniques for women’s jackets too. This is the fourth and final part of jackets from A to Z or also known as the Master (Ron) Series of tailored jackets. 1st was Choice of Interfacing in Episode 143, 2nd was Darts in Episode 145 and 3rd was Collar Attachments & Facing. After seeing all of these shows, you will be fully equipped to make a tailored jacket with the sharp lapels of a tailored man’s suit. In this show you learn to apply the sleeves and shoulder pads on the way to finishing your jacket.
*Sandra is wearing Today’s Fit pattern V1345
Episode 147: Tailored Jackets- Collar Attachments & Facing-> Extended Show!
If you have always wanted to know how Ron Collins tailors his men’s suit jackets, you will want to watch this show. Like how did Ron get that fine point on the jacket lapel? You can use all of these techniques for women’s jackets too. This is the third part of jackets from A to Z or also known as the Master (Ron) Series of tailored jackets, there will be a total of 4 lessons with a focus on tailored jackets. 1st was Choice of Interfacing in Episode 143, 2nd was Darts in Episode 145. In this show you learn to apply the notched collar flawlessly every time as well as final touches for the finished product. So much information to be had in the this 80 minute episode.
Episode 146: Different Seams (Vogue 1260)
Some seams are more difficult to sew than others but once you know the tricks, these seams will be flawless with a little effort. Today’s Fit V1260 is used as example in show.
Episode 145: Tailored Jackets-Darts, Sewing & Pressing
If you have always wanted to know how Ron Collins tailors his men’s suit jackets, you will want to watch this show. Like how did Ron get that fine point on the jacket lapel? You can use all of these techniques for women’s jackets too. This is the second part of jackets from A to Z or also known as the Master (Ron) Series of tailored jackets, there will be a total of 4 lessons with a focus on tailored jackets. 1st was Choice of Interfacing in Episode 143 and now 2nd is Darts.
Episode 144: Lined Lace Pants (30-minute pant)
The 30-minute pant! These lined lace pants are fast and so fabulous. Most of us have a piece of lace around that we have been wanting to do something with for years. If it is cotton lace, remember the lace can be dyed! The show tells you how to get rid of the side seam in pants, cutting on the cross-grain and lining the pull-on pant for a spectacular end product. Ok, maybe an hour pant! Sandra is using pants in Today’s Fit pattern V1356.
Episode 143: Tailored Jackets-Choice of Interfacing
If you have always wanted to know how Ron Collins tailors his men’s suit jackets, you will want to watch this show. Like how did Ron get that fine point on the jacket lapel? You can use all of these techniques for women’s jackets too. This will be the beginning of jackets from A to Z or the start of what can be known as the Master (Ron) Series of tailored jackets, there will be a total of 4 lessons with a focus on tailored jackets, this is the first.
**Suitmaker 601 & 602 is available from “Out of Hand” by phoning Deirdre at 403-217-4871 or email at email@example.com. The store is located at 12 – 6449 Crowchild Trial SW, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (The interfacing cannot be ordered online.)
Episode 142: Vogue 1165 Pattern Adjustments
Sometimes a pattern just doesn’t seem to work! I’ll show you what to look out for in Vogue Pattern ‘Today’s Fit” V1165 and more importantly, how to fix it!
Episode 141: Unlined Jacket Construction of Vogue 1364 (Part 2)
The continuation of Episode 140 (Part 1) the step-by-step construction of Today’s Fit pattern Vogue 1364. Here are some tips on sleeve lining and finishing. Also how to make sure your fringe detailing the correct length.
Episode 140: Unlined Jacket Construction of Vogue 1364 (Part 1)
Every time you start a project, look closely at the pattern and identify any problem fitting areas. Watch this step-by-step class on the construction of this fabulous unlined jacket using Today’s Fit pattern Vogue 1364. This pattern has a relaxed fit, so a good fit in the shoulders is very important!
Episode 139: Basket Weave T-shirt
Let’s take our favorite T-shirt and create texture by using a basket weave overlay for the front. The effect is so dramatic and so beautiful, it is well worth the extra effort.
Sandra Betzina is wearing and using “Today’s Fit” Vogue Pattern 1363
Episode 138: The Perfect Fitting T-Shirt
Learn the formula for a perfect fitting t-shirt. Learn how and when to measure, allowance for varying stretch in fabric, dart removal, bust adjustments, broad back, rounded back, full arms. You can do this! Today’s Fit V1363 by Vogue Patterns is probably the best pattern to create the best fitting t-shirt. This show is a companion to Episode 137: The 1-Hour T-shirt.
Episode 137: The 1-Hour T-Shirt (Vogue 1363)
Since T-shirt dressing has become a way of life for most of us, here is an episode on how to construct my Today’s Fit V1363 T-shirt pattern from Vogue Patterns . If you follow along and use my new T-shirt pattern, Vogue 1363, you will be thrilled with the results. What makes Vogue 1363 so special? A cut in narrow shoulder, beautiful neckline, high armhole, and very flattering cut. This may well be the last T-shirt pattern you will ever buy!
(Note: Power Net mesh shown from Rose City Textiles in Portland, OR. Contact info for salesperson Annette Leiser is 503-229-0395 ext.2 or email firstname.lastname@example.org)
Episode 136: Draped Front Necklines (Vogue 1334)
Learn a neat trick to create the beautiful drape on cowl necks that guarantees hidden underwear as well as other construction details on this beautiful blouse from Today’s Fit pattern V1334.
Episode 135: Golf (Polo) Shirt Placket
Learn how Ron applies his placket techniques to the front of a golf shirt. Can also be used on polo shirts or women’s blouses in silk and cotton.
Episode 134: Success with the Straight Skirt (Part 2)
Many people are afraid to wear straight skirts, but anyone can wear them and look good! Just allow enough room over the tummy!
We work with a woven skirt and also how to insert lining or finish with Petersham. Pattern Today’s Fit Vogue 7333 is a great one!
Episode 133: Success with the Straight Skirt (Part 1)
If you love straight skirts and love knits, Christine Jonson has 2 great patterns which are beautifully cut and well-fitting. It is for all body types not just slim hips, that is why one of the 2 patterns works for you. The 2 patterns are Pencil Skirt 330 and Straight Skirt (BaseWear Two #1025). These knits skirts can be used from day to night and will travel well too. Find out which style works for you and you may love it so much that you will want many skirts in multiple lengths and fabrics.
Episode 132: Upscale Yoga Pants (Vogue 1355)
Here’s an upscale yoga pant (Vogue 1355) that can go from the gym to cocktails. Easy to make and flattering!
Episode 131: Seam Embellishments for Gored Skirts
Let your seams do the talking with this clever 3 dimensional seam enhancement on a gored skirt pattern. Gored skirts are fun and classy, but they also lengthen you with its vertical lines.
Sandra is wearing top, Vogue 1260.
There is a gored skirt pattern available in “No Time To Sew” by Sandra Betzina (*no longer in print by Rodale Books publisher)
Episode 130: Covered Snaps and Home Remedies for Stain Removal
Hate to make buttonholes? You can still have a couture closing by making covered snaps. They work great and they look great!
– Plus an added feature – Home Remedies for Stain Removal – Some work and some don’t! Sandra and Ron do a little investigation into which remedies are successful.
Episode 129: Adding Sleeves to a Sleeveless Pattern (Vogue 1297)
Have a pattern without sleeves? Here’s an easy way to add them and have a sleeve you like!
A pattern that works for this is Today’s Fit Vogue 1297.
Episode 128: Measuring and Fitting Men’s Shirts
Learn exactly how to take the crucial measurements on a man’s body, then, find out how to get extra fabric where you need it without affecting the style lines!
Episode 127: Simple Travel Jacket (Vogue 1243)
I traveled a lot this year, Slovenia, Croatia, Vietnam, Hong Kong. This attractive and versatile jacket is from Today’s Fit Vogue 1243 and it went with me everywhere. Watch me make the simple travel jacket and hopefully you will be making one of your own!
Episode 126: Tricky Necklines (Vogue 1275)
Since the neckline is a focal point, it must be flawless – Learn the tricks for binding necklines which will lie flat. A good pattern to try this with is Today’s Fit Vogue 1275.
Episode 125: Dollar Store Notions
Did you know that you can find all kinds of great products for you sewing room at the Dollar Store?
Ron shares his secret discoveries!
Episode 124: Detachable Collars with Magnets (Vogue 1318)
Detachable Collar with Magnets – Today we offer you a “Bonus” show, 59 minutes of using magnets for a detachable collar! Magnets are the answer to securing detachable collars! A detachable collar is the answer to changing the look of a coat. Instead of attaching it with buttons or snaps, learn how to work with magnets. A pattern to try this with is Today’s Fit Vogue 1318.
Episode 123: Pillow Sham with Invisible Zipper
Pillow Sham with Invisible Zipper – Now you can make these beautiful pillow shams with an invisible zipper!
Episode 122: Changing a Blouse Pattern to a Dress!
How many times have you tried to extend a blouse or top pattern into a dress? Learn to do it the right way, Sandra will show you some tricks to maintain the style and the line! She is working with Today’s Fit top V1333 and wearing it as well.
Episode 121: Working with Thinsulate
Working with Thinsulate – Thinsulate can provide the warmth you need without the bulk. Learn the tricks you need to know to work with Thinsulate successfully!
Sandra’s wearing: Vogue 1291
*Where to find Thinsulate:
3) Century Textile
1841 Avenue C North
Ph: 306 652 0994
4) Out of Hand
12 – 6449 Crowshild Trail SW
Ph: 403 217 4871
Episode 120: Same Pattern, Different Looks Jeans (Vogue 1034)
Same pattern, different looks Jeans- Ron shows how to create different looks for the same jean pattern for men, but these can work for women too! Jean styling is so flattering and fabric is not limited to denim! Take a look at jeans with a whole new vision!
A pattern to try is Today’s Fit Vogue 1034
Men’s Pattern: Kwik Sew 3504 Sandra is wearing: Vogue 1124
Episode 119: The Butterfly Blouse (Vogue 1291)
The butterfly blouse – Make it in silk, make it in a knit! Everything you need to know for a beautiful butterfly blouse!
Use pattern Today’s Fit Vogue 1291 to construct the Butterfly Blouse.
Episode 118: Mastering the Zipper Front Jacket
Weather the zipper is exposed or hides behind a front placket, there are a few tricks you need to know to make separating zippers functional and professional looking. Sandra and Ron show you what you need to know to put a separating zipper in any fabric.
Episode 117: Tailored Breast Pocket
A breast pocket on a man or woman’s jacket is positioned to be a focal point, so it better be perfect. Both Sandra and Ron have made many jackets over the years. Watch these two collaborate on the construction of a flawless breast pocket with a flap that covers the opening.
Episode 116: Fringe and Shirred Embellishments
Chanel was the first to make her cardigan style soft jacket with self fabric fringe and ready to wear has copied this idea for years. Learn a couture technique from Sandra and Ron to make your own self-fringe, which creates a lush self fringe with no bulk in the seam allowance. Next you will see a couple of ideas for using selvage and adding a belted back for a high fashion look.
Episode 115: Sunburst Pleated Skirt
If you have fallen in love with the look of the pleated skirt…this is the class to watch! Learn where to buy the fabric, how to sew it, hem it, and elasticize the waist! Within 2 hours you could be wearing this skirt!
*Available for Free for a limited time for those without 1 Year Subscriptions. Click here to watch Episode 115: Sunburst Pleated Skirt for free! Free access will expire on 12/30/13
Episode 114: Clean Finishes For Waistbands
Learn how to eliminate waistband bulk and any raw edges, or telltale signs at the ends of your waistband. Get a professional appearance on both the outside and inside of band. Nice clean lines on the waistband!
Episode 113: Ribbon Embellishments
Watch Sandra show Ron how to create three-dimensional embellishment from flat ribbon! This technique adds so much to a garment and is the perfect solution when no piping or trim seams to look quite right.
Episode 112: Flawless Machine Buttonholes
Learn 6 different machine buttonhole applications with advice on which buttonhole to use with a variety of fabrics. Never be intimidated by machine buttonholes again!
Episode 111: Embellishments with Piping
Piping in a seam or along an edge, is the easiest way to show off a design detail. Watch Sandra show Ron everything she knows about single piping, double piping, making piping from braid, and attaching piping so it doesn’t draw up the seam. Once you view this show, you too will be a master in the piping world!
Episode 110: Half Lining for Blouses and Jackets (Vogue 1243_C)
Watch as Sandra shows Ron a simple technique to half-line a garment by merely extending the front facing over to the side seam. Lining the entire front of a garment gives more coverage to semi-transparent fabrics. This creates more of a finish to the entire front by eliminating any need for seam finishing. This couture technique elevates your garment to the next level. Can be used on pattern Today’s Fit Vogue 1243 view C.
Episode 109: Mandarin Collar
A Mandarin Collar can be flattering to all figures if the width of the collar is correct. Watch Sandra and Ron show you how to make the focal point at the center front, which is where the collar joins. This technique will guarantee that each end of the collar is identical and looks professional. As an added bonus, Ron shows you his faux sashiko stitch, which can be done on your home sewing machine.
Episode 108: Redesigning A Pattern
Few patterns offer you exactly what you are looking for when it comes to creating a figure-flattering garment. Sometimes, subtle pattern changes are just what you need to make this happen. In this show, Sandra and Ron teach you how to alter patterns in order to get the look you want in more complicated styles. Happy Sewing!
Episode 107: You Asked For It Alterations
It is great to wear perfectly- fitting garments! In this episode, Sandra and Ron show you how raise necklines on wrap styles, alter ready-to-wear pants for a small waists, expand front pants for a large tummy, shorten front crotch only, and how to walk the seams to prevent mystery wrinkles on pants.
Episode 106: Great Travel Purse
If you are planning a trip this summer, you’ll want a purse that lies flat against the body and is not too heavy. Sandra welcomes Cheryl Kuscak from Paradiso Designs as she provides you with a free pattern and demonstrates the techniques required to make a perfect travel purse (Cross Body Bag) just for you! Bon Voyage!
Episode 105: Yoke Detailing Western Shirts
Saddle up and watch as Ron Collins shows you how to sew and embellish a Western shirt. As the former owner of a custom shirt business, Ron sure knows his stuff!
Episode 104: Tricks To Working With Bias
People love bias cut garments because they are so flattering and look great. Watch as Sandra and Ron show you some tricks of the trade to making a bias cut garment with the perfect fit just for you!
Episode 103: Jean Jacket Pocket
Jean jacket pockets can be a devil to sew because of all of the bulk. Watch as Sandra and Ron take you step-by-step to constructing a workable jean jacket pocket with details that will make it look absolutely fabulous!
Episode 102: The Ultimate Pencil Skirt
Watch as Sandra and Ron teach you to make Sandra’s favorite “Samba Skirt”. You’ll get compliments every time you wear it. It’s so cute, so easy, and, best of all. . .no fit!
Episode 101: Centered and Lap Zippers
Sandra and Ron show you two special techniques for installing a lapped or centered zipper. Watch as they demonstrate the tricks to make your zippers work for you.
Episode 100: Slimming Pull-On Straight Skirt (Vogue 1292)
Learn how to make a straight skirt that will be flowing and slimming to your waistline. Watch as Sandra Betzina and Ron Collins show you step-by-step how to create this fabulous slimming straight skirt. Use pattern, Today’s Fit Vogue 1292.
Episode 99: Secrets of a Jacket Interior (Couture Facings)
The inside of your jacket speaks volumes about your sewing skills as well as your taste. Here is a rare opportunity to learn Ron’s finishing techniques which enable his garments to be worn with pride when the inside looks as good as the outside you have mastered the craft!
Episode 98: Fixes for Too Tight Blouses
You know the culprit, are those cookies! The result is blouses and jackets that are too tight! You probably spent a lot of time making it, or a lot of money buying it, but now it doesn’t close in front! Watch S show R some clever expansion techniques which are now posing as design details!
Episode 97: Easy Designer Pillows + Men’s Patterns
Episode 96: Button Loops
Episode 95: Double Welt Pocket with Zipper
Episode 94: Unstructured Jackets
Episode 93: Copying Ready to Wear
Episode 92: Working with Sweater Knits
Episode 91: Unusual Techniques for Border Prints
Episode 90: Baby Clothes Trunk Show
Episode 89: Detachable Collars
Episode 88: Men’s Patterns and Neckline Gaposis
Episode 87: The Slouch Bag
Sandra Betzina and her guest Cheryl Kuczek from Paradiso Designs show you one of Cheryl’s most popular designs, the Slouch Bag! This is an easy to make purse that you can create in a day!
Click Here to download the Slouch Bag construction instructions from Sew Daily.
Episode 86: Care Code Instructions
Episode 85: Burn Test & Curved Hem
Episode 84: Bulk Free Pocket in a Side Seam
Episode 83: Vent Opening in Pants
Episode 82: Men’s Waistbands
Episode 81: Decorative Stitching
Episode 80: Circle Skirt
Episode 79: Machine Pad Stitching
Episode 78: V-Neckline Insert
Episode 77: Serger Techniques
Episode 76: Serger Know-How
Episode 75: Notched Collars
Episode 74: Welt Pockets
Episode 73: Designer Details
Episode 72: Invisible Stitch Patch Pockets
Episode 71: Window Pocket plus Nifty Notions
Episode 70: Pant Front Stay
Episode 69: Success with Snaps
Episode 68: Neckline Finishes
Episode 67: Draperies with Grommets
Episode 66: Ruffle vs. Flounce
Episode 65: Men’s Alterations
Episode 64: Table Runner and Napkins
Episode 63: Lining Knit Pants (Vogue 1197)
Learn a sewing technique for lining knit pants to keep knees from bagging out while hiding figure irregularities. Sandra will give a behind-the-scenes look at her fabric stash reveal a great place to buy knits.Try this with pattern, Today’s Fit Vogue 1197.
Episode 62: Drapery Panels With Hidden Tabs
Episode 61: Invisible Zippers
Episode 60: Working With Fur
Episode 59: The Wonders of Silk Thread
Episode 58: Copying Pants
Episode 57: Boxy Vest
Episode 56: Double Welt Pocket with Zipper
Episode 55: Bound Buttonholes
Episode 54: Lined Patch Pockets
Episode 53: Lining A Jacket
Episode 52: Front Yoke Pockets
Episode 51: Boxer Shorts
Episode 50: Mitered Vents
Episode 49: Patch Pockets
Episode 48: Shopping In Your Closet (Vogue 1307)
Beyond sewing! Clean out that closet and create a new wardrobe at the same time. Sandra and Ron have some great ideas on updating the clothes your already own. Save money and still get a new look. Plus, catch the special segment, ”Updating Your Clutch”, at the end of the show.
Episode 47: Tummy Alterations
Episode 46: Hemming with Pleats
Episode 45: Sewing Studio Transformation
Episode 44: Alterations for Men & Women
Episode 43: Underlining With Silk Organza
Episode 42: Cool Pockets
Learn how to make unique pockets seen in better ready to wear. Sandra and Ron show you step-by-step sewing techniques for pockets, plus great tips that will save you from that baggy pocket look!
Episode 41: Working With Boiled Wool
Boiled wool is one of Sandra’s favorite fabrics. Learn how to sew seams, treat collars and details to eliminate bulk. Watch this episode and learn unique seam finishes that make garments look fashionably fabulous.
Episode 40: Working With Velvet
Episode 39: Creating A Table Runner
Episode 38: Placemats and Napkins
Episode 37: European Pillow Shams
Episode 36: Making A Duvet Cover
Episode 35: Wild Ginger Pattern Software
Episode 34: Working With Shearling
Episode 33: Favorite Fabrics
Episode 32: Continuous Bias
Episode 31: Sleeve Alterations
Episode 30: Specialty Needles
Episode 29: Deconstructing Trousers
Episode 28: Collars & Collar Stays
Episode 27: Threading With Kim
Episode 26: Lining A Sleeveless Dress
Episode 25: Seam Finishes To Be Proud Of
Episode 24: Problems With Dolman Sleeves
Episode 23: Needle Know-How #2
Episode 22: One-Thread Sewing
Episode 21: Lining A Vest
Episode 20: Pressing Know-How
Episode 19: Needles For Leather
Episode 18: Covering Shoulder Pads
Episode 17: Hemming Jeans
Episode 16: Interfacing For Tailoring
Episode 15: Elastic Waists
Who doesn’t love pull on pants and skirts? The mystery comes in choosing the right elastic and length to cut for a comfortable fit. Sandra and Ron will cover this as well as tricks to prevent elastic from rolling and bunching. An elastic waist can look professional, now you will know how.
Episode 14: Working With Burda Magazine
Burda Magazine offers over 50 patterns in ONE magazine! The photos make it look easy, but once you get it home it looks like Greek to most. Sandra and Ron eliminate the confusion, interpret the symbols, find your size, and outline the pattern.
Episode 13: Sewing On Knits
Sewing on knits is easy if you know the tricks. Sandra and Ron will show you how to identify the right and wrong side of the knit, what needle and stitch to use, and how to sew seams and hem knits without stretching the fabric.