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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 – 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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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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Ever wanted to add a fun and funky color block feature to your favorite existing patterns? You’d be surprised how easy it is! Color block outfits have been all the rage for a while now. It adds a dynamic design element to your garment with out changing the silhouette of the pattern.

Here’s what you’ll need!

Pattern paper or scratch paper

a nice clear ruler

clear tape

pencil and pen

your favorite pattern! I choose the free PDF pattern for Colette Patterns called the Sorbetto

Step 1: Choose your designcolor block

Do you want horizontal lines, vertical lines, intersecting lines, whatever you want! The possibilities are endless. I chose to create a yoke look for my blouse. But I will also show you how to eliminate the front dart with your color-blocking technique.

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