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Sewing & Stitchery Expo Feb 25th - 28th

John Steadman - Thursday, January 07, 2016

Sewing & Stitchery Expo
Puyallup, Washington Fairgrounds (south of Seattle)
February 25th - 28th
Fashion Shows - How to Build a Capsule Wardrobe

Thursday, February 25th @ 10:30 AM
Friday, February 26th @ 10:30 AM
Saturday, February 27th @10:30 AM
Classes - You Don’t Have to Be a Size 6 to Look Great in Your Clothes

Thursday, February 25th @ 2:30 PM
Friday, February 26th @ 3:30 PM
Saturday, February 27th @2:30 PM
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American Sewing Expo Update Two Plus, A Few Sewing Design Tips

John Steadman - Friday, September 18, 2015

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Hello LoriAnne,

It’s a week before the American Sewing Expo. You can imagine the packing has to start early due to luggage limits on airlines nowadays. Once I know what I can get into the suitcases, I can then figure out what I will need to ship. These are the days, a week before a show, that get hectic making sure you shipped on time and remembered everything. Right now, I’m packing Fabric Collection kits. I’ve paired some great fabric with my patterns to make fabulous garments.

The sewing machine is running nonstop as I prepare samples for the Booth(#716) and my own garments to wear each day at the show. I’ve finished a new pair of pants from the Fit to Flatter Classic Pant #6017 in a stretch navy cotton with some print texture. Navy is starting to be the new black for me. Too much black can wash a lot of us out. Here’s Tip#1 when you are considering wearing all one color for a slim look to make it interesting instead of boring. Vary the texture and print in each piece you are wearing but remember to keep it all in proportion to your curves. Tip#2 The curvier your body shape, the more leeway you have with texture and print. Just don’t overwhelm your body. Tip#3 Consider your shoes. Depending on your height, the last thing you want to do, is make yourself seem shorter after creating a one color, slim look. You will see this once my outfit is complete with the pants. I will be posting pictures from the show of our outfits and samples.

Here are some tips for making the Fit to Flatter Classic Pant #6017 based on your body shape.
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Hourglass - I started here because I’m what I call a full Hourglass. I take a size 16 in my patterns. Even though my measurements are in proportion to each other, my hip measurement is distributed to my backside. My friends tell me that will change. There is no sign of changing! I use the back center seams to take care of that problem and all the seams around the waist to take in my waist some. Most hourglasses want to take in the waist too much which then can make your hips look larger. As we mature, an hourglass can have her waist get larger and again the seams at the waist 
will help with even distribution.

Triangle - This is the most common body shape. When it comes to pants, you must fit the hips first. Use all the seams around the hips to get the fit you want. Then go back to the waist and evenly distribute over all 6 seams to take your waist in. Keep the legs on the slim side but not narrow.
Oval and Diamond - The first decision you need to make is where you want to have the waistband sit. The stomach area will determine that for you. Have it sit where it is comfortable not your actual waist. The pocket sits close to the waistband and doesn’t pop open. If you are concerned, just eliminate the pocket. Use all the other seams to fit the hips and legs. You may have a flat behind so a “J” shape center seam is best for you. Do not make the legs too narrow. It will overemphasize your waist.

Rectangle and Inverted Triangle - Your shapes give you either no waist or a slim waist with very little hips and buttocks. Use all the seams to evenly distribute to fit your shape. Create the “J” shape center back seam to best fit your buttocks. You can have the legs slim or narrow depending on the top you will be wearing.
I’m going back to packing and sewing. Right now I have the thought that I 
can make another jacket tonight. I’m sure many of you have had that 
thought - It will only take several hours! We shall see.

Here’s my schedule again for American Sewing Expo and the registration 
link. Stop by the Booth#716 and say hello.

Understanding & Conquering Yours - September 25, 26, 27th @8:30 AM 
Organization for the Rest of Us - September 26th @ 12:15PM 
Creative Business Success - September 25th & 27th @12:15P
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American Sewing Expo Update

John Steadman - Friday, September 18, 2015

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The heat is breaking ever so slightly in my area.  The kiddos are back in school.  We just celebrated Labor Day weekend.  It now is starting to feel like fall to me.  I took the time to prepare for the American Sewing Expo which is being held in Novi, Michigan, September 25-27th.  The patterns and fabrics are organized and ready to ship.  My presentations are organized and I’m putting the finishing touches on on the slides.


I’ll be teaching six times at the show along with my booth.  My friend, Joyce, is coming from Florida to help me man the booth.  Both of us have been sewing away creating a new outfit for each day for the show from my pattern collection.  It’s been fun sending pictures to each other.



I will have Booth 716, right near the Social Media Lounge.  The booth is larger than last year to hold the new patterns I’ve launched in 2015 and the fabric I chose that best works with each pattern.  Frequently, customers ask me what fabric would look good with this pattern and on them.  I launched my patterns with the concept of shape, comfort and fit and have kept that in mind as I introduce fabric collections that mirror the pattern collection at this show.



Here is a short explanation of each class I’ll be teaching and my schedule.



Understanding & Conquering Your Curves - September 25, 26 & 27th, 8:30 AM


This class focuses on the concepts of body shape and proportion and how that affects the lines and designs of a garment you create to give your uniqueness the most flattering look.



Organization for the Rest of Us - September 26th, 12:15 PM


I don’t know about you but most creative right brain folks have a different rhythm to the way they create and especially organizing themselves, spaces and stuff.  You will learn to use your strengths to work more efficiently and organize your space.



Creative Business Success - September 25th and 27th, 12:15 PM


It’s a noisy world out there.  Learn the foundation and logistics of building a creative business and how to stand out above the noise so your customers find you and buy from you.



Go to  to register for classes.



I’ve been talking about my two new patterns since July.  Yeah!  They are finally at the printers and will arrive at the end of the week in time for the show.  We will have them at the show and will be on the website at the same time.  Here is a sneak peek at them.



The Encore Jacket is for fabulous knit fabrics.  This jacket has seam lines that help those of us with curves and can create curves where you want them.  I’ve made it 3 times for myself with and without the hood.  Each time I wear it out, folks will ask where I got it.  It’s comfortable and easy to pack for a trip.






The Classic Shirt Revisited is a great way to wear a shirt.  It has princess seams in the front with curves hemlines to make a smooth transition from front to side and back.  These curves allow the eye to quickly skim areas of your body you don’t want to emphasize.





Hope to see you at the show.  If not, make some fabulous fall transition pieces to compliment you and your wardrobe.



Have a creative day.



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American Sewing Expo Show Coming Up

John Steadman - Monday, August 31, 2015

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Has your summer flown by?  Can you believe today is the first day of school in my area?  The time sure goes fast nowadays.  I grew up in the NE and I associate the beginning of school with Fall.  I’m not experiencing Fall in Houston as we are hot down here.  People ask me all of the time how I handle the heat.  It’s called AC.  I look at my summers here as winter up North.  We go from AC house to AC cars to AC buildings instead of using our heating systems. There’s an upside for me.  I get much more sewing done than anytime of year.  You’ll be seeing the results soon as my two new patterns are just about ready to go to the printers and the samples I’ve created.


September is right around the corner and we will be celebrating National Sewing Month.  I will be celebrating by being a vendor at American Sewing ExpoSeptember 25th, 26th and 27th.  For those of you attending, please stop by and say hello.  My booth will have my patterns and the two newest and fabric that I’ve paired with my patterns.  I’ve shopped for fabric that best suits my patterns with you all in mind.


I also will be teaching several classes at the show.  Here is my schedule.


Understanding and Conquering Your Curves


8:30 - 9:15 AM Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 25th, 26th and 27th.


Building a Creative Business in a Noisy World


12:15 - 1:00PM  Friday and Sunday, September 25th and 27th.


Organization for the Rest of Us


12:15-1:00 PM  Saturday, September 26th.


I will be sharing with you over the next few weeks as I get ready for the Show and my two new patterns.


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Have a creative day and see you soon.


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My customers and their creations

Valerie Jennings - Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Today I want to share with you some of my customers that have made my patterns and created their own look. I appreciate them for sending in the pictures and their comments. First is Geni. Geni came by my booth at the the Sewing & Stitchery Show this year outside Seattle. She was so enthusiastic that she even posted some reviews on Pattern Review. Here is her version of the Asymmetry Jacket. Here is her review on Pattern Review.

Hi Lorianne!

I finished my Asymmetry Jacket and promised to email pictures, so here they are.  I have posted a review in Pattern so others can experience the shear pleasure that I have.  Here is the link if you are interested.

I did not have any issues whatsoever while making this jacket.  It was super easy, as you know and fits wonderfully.  The only adjustment that I will probably make is a slight sway back correction which is something I always have to do, but really I feel it fits just fine as is.  I used a silk I had on hand that I literally paid pennies for just in case I needed to make significant adjustments, so now I am ready to use the wonderful fabric I purchased from you in Puyallup.  I hope you like my make!  

Take care,


Geni also created the Layered Top. Here is her review of this pattern.

Hi Lorianne,

I hope you are doing well! I've completed another of your patterns and thought I'd share. Here's the link to a review I did and it has gotten a few others looking at making it too :).
In case you don't have time to check out my review, here's a picture for your gallery if you choose. I just love your patterns for their simple yet contemporary style. Thank you so much.

My friend Leanne out of Melbourne, Australia created this beautiful version of the J’Adore Dress. She made this just before I changed the company
name this year. Click here to see image and read review.

And Margaret, also from Australia Created her own version of the J’Adore Dress with a stretchy lace with a knit sleeveless underlay.

10 Tips for Beautifully Mixing Prints/Patterns for your Spring & Summer Wardrobe

Valerie Jennings - Tuesday, April 28, 2015
1. Pick a starter pattern or print. Pick a pattern or print you
absolutely love to use as your foundation. Then chose two
more patterns to mix in that complement the first pattern.
2. Use odd numbers. Even numbers are too match-y and
structured. Odd numbers feel more casual and artfully thrown
3. Use different scales. If you vary the scale of the patterns,
the eye is not confused about where to look first. It’s a calm
transition from one pattern to the next.
4. Match the size of the pattern to the size of the piece. If
you’re creating a skirt, go big and match it with a smaller top
print. If you’re creating a coat and pants, follow the same
5. Limit your colors. Patterns and prints that are in the same
color family, but have varying scale and design, make
beautiful stories about the prints and patterns you use.
6. Use lots of color. If you decide to use patterns with lots of
colors, keep the hue of each design the same. So go bold,
pastel or bright but don’t mix them up.
7. Throw in a solid. When creating a spring/summer collection
of garments that’s heavy in prints and patterns, throw in a
solid color to ground all the busy stuff.
8. Throw in a neutral. When you’re playing with lots of
patterns, throw in a neutral color ( something you find in
nature) to add some balance.
9. Don’t forget about texture. Texture plays a big role in
mixing patterns and prints. Have fun mixing up smooth, silky,
nubby, rough, soft……
10. Break the rules. If you love it, do it! It’s your work and you
should create a collection of garments that make you happy.
Ask yourself, does it bring me joy?