Introducing Quilted Fabrics By Riley Blake!

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We are all totally stoked on these new quilted cottons from Riley Blake! They are brand new, and already super popular! These fabrics feature some of Riley Blake’s most popular designs: chevrons, skulls, mustaches, and glasses! Each fabric is backed with a complementary polka-dot, and quilted using a soft poly batting!

The most awesome thing about these fabrics is how quickly you can whip up a cute handmade project! All you need is some bias tape for binding and you’ll have an adorable quilt! It pretty much makes itself, talk about instant gratification :)

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Continuous Bias Tape Tutorial

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Have you found your favorite way to make bias tape yet? I feel like more and more fun and creative ways to make and apply bias tapes are coming out in tutorials everyday! I think we all have our own unique way of doing it!

One of my favorites is the continuous bias tape method. This allows you to make one long stripe of bias tape without have to piece a bunch of small pieces together. It gives you a neat diagonal seem so your bias tape doesn’t get too bulky on your garment. I love to make up a bunch of bias tape out of fabric I love so whenever I need it to finish a seam or bind a blanket, I already have some ready to go. Plus it really livens up my sewing room :)

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French Knot Embroidery Tutorial

 

French Knot Embroidery Tutorial

Have you noticed how embroidery seems to be all over fashion right now? Well I have been OBSESSED with learning all I can about it so I can start embellishing my garments. A little hand sewn touch on a project goes a long way to making it look unique, fashionable and simply stunning. I can’t tell you how many complements I have gotten on this blouse and I really think its all about the french knots (and of course the wonderful Cloud 9 fabric from the Palos Verdes Collection).

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How to Sew a Blind Hem Stitch – Tutorial by Jamie Lau!

How to Sew a Blind Hem Stitch – Spring Floral Linen-Cotton Gathered-Waist Dress

by Jamie Lau Designs

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Things have been quite busy in Brooklyn at the Jamie Lau Designs studio. We kicked off the new year with a photo shoot featuring our new textile designs inspired by the natural environment, travel, and art, with prints based on my photographs. We also celebrated the opening of our month-long pop-up shop at Makeshift Society in Hayes Valley (235 Gough Street, San Francisco, CA 94102), open Monday-Friday 9 AM-6 PM until March 31, 2014.

In keeping up with the momentum, I’ll be embarking on an exciting textile-filled journey to Japan later this spring and summer. In preparation for my two-month trip, I’m starting a new series entitled Fashion Travelogue, with the goal of designing and sewing the bulk of my wardrobe and accessories for my travel abroad (yes, even pajamas!).

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Serger Tip: Selecting the right thread

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Feeling intimidated by your serger? Don’t worry, you’re not the only one! While a serger is an incredible tool to have in your sewing room, it can be a big source of anxiety for many people who are new to the wonderful world of sergers. That’s why we are here! We have on going sewing classes to teach you the basics of your machine and many of our employees have worlds of information just waiting to be forced upon the first person who asks.

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