Sewing with Nancy

Fashion Sewing: Plain to Fabulous - Part One

Make a sewing statement, starting with a basic pattern, then “fill up” spaces—a yoke, a front panel, or cuffs, with embellishments or unique fabrics. Learn how these fabric accents can create flattering illusions of a slimmer shape while learning creative sewing techniques such as discharge fabric dying and carefree threadwork. Guest Lorraine Torrence joins Nancy.

Air Date 1/8/17

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SEWING WITH NANCY, TV's longest- running sewing program, continues the tradition of bringing the best in contemporary sewing, quilting and home decorating ideas to public television viewers. Join Nancy Zieman and her guests as they share their love of the sewing arts by exploring the latest ideas in one of the country's most popular crafts.
Upcoming Air Dates
  • #2807 — Magic Patterns, Part 1 |
    Friday, Apr 28 at 8am TPT LIFE
  • #2808 — Magic Patterns, Part 2 |
    Monday, May 1 at 8am TPT LIFE
  • #2809 — No-Hassle Triangles Quilt Blocks, Part 1 |
    Wednesday, May 3 at 8am TPT LIFE
  • #2810 — No-Hassle Triangles Quilt Blocks, Part 2 |
    Friday, May 5 at 8am TPT LIFE
  • #2811 — Doll Costume Dress Up, Part 1 |
    Monday, May 8 at 8am TPT LIFE
  • #2807 — Magic Patterns, Part 1
    Add a touch of imagination to patterns using a concept that originated over 90 years ago! Nancy and author/designer Amy Barickman show how to use contemporary patterns and add creative touches to inhance a wardrobe. Tiling computer printable patterns with ease, changing a tank top to a retro or modern design, and stretching creativity with a magical swirl skirt with several fashion possibilities.
    Friday, Apr 28 at 8am TPT LIFE
  • #2808 — Magic Patterns, Part 2
    The magic is in changing basic patterns to easy stylish designs with a spark of originality Mary Brooks Picken's idea from the 1920s to "take what's given and add a spark of originality" is the concept Nancy and Amy Barickman use in this program. They transform a cardigan into several styles, mix and match features of a magic dress with new sleeve options, and add unique closures and pockets to a coat pattern for carefree styling.
    Monday, May 1 at 8am TPT LIFE
  • #2809 — No-Hassle Triangles Quilt Blocks, Part 1
    Take the annoyance out of creating quilt blocks that contain triangle shapes. Nancy demonstrates how to make no-hassle -square triangles using the speediest, most accurate and no-math ways. Among the -square triangle quilt blocks featured in this program are the Box Quilt, Shadow Play, Godey Design, Square in a Square, May Basket and Nancy's Spool blocks. Nancy uses these blocks in a sampler quilt featured in the series.
    Wednesday, May 3 at 8am TPT LIFE
  • #2810 — No-Hassle Triangles Quilt Blocks, Part 2
    Make 1/4-square and 1/2-square triangles without cutting a single triangle! Learn to make 1/4-square triangles and modified 1/4-square triangles-Nancy teaches an easy method where no actual triangles are cut, only squares. Quilt blocks featured in this program range from beginner to experienced levels including the 1/4-Square Dance, Boy's Nonsense, Silent Star, Ohio Star, Star of Hope, and Card Trick blocks.
    Friday, May 5 at 8am TPT LIFE
  • #2811 — Doll Costume Dress Up, Part 1
    Foster a child's imagination with fanciful costumes for an 18" doll. Joan Hinds, author and designer, joins Nancy to share her latest doll costume patterns and sewing tips. They sew up a fairy, princess, bride, southern belle, and mermaid-they're all easy to sew, using flat construction and fabulous tips from Joan and Nancy.
    Monday, May 8 at 8am TPT LIFE
  • #2812 — Doll Costume Dress Up, Part 2
    Nurture imaginative play with little ones-make doll costumes for them to envision their dreams! Attend a make believe rodeo, jump tall buildings in a single bound, become a mod-style witch, or try a bug's life with these 18" doll costumes. Guest Joan Hinds uses a minimum of pattern pieces in her easy-to-sew designs. Nancy and Joan sew doll costumes from unique fabrics and include a variety of techniques.
    Wednesday, May 10 at 8am TPT LIFE
  • #2813 — All Occasion Fabric Wraps, Part 1
    Wrap it up in style-make easy-to-sew fabric wraps to accessorize your wardrobe . Nancy and guest Mary Mulari present quick to sew coverups for elegant evenings, travel, to the beach, and more. They start with clever and useful ways to wear classic shawls, and ways to keep them in place. Nancy and Mary then demonstrate how to make unique wrap shapes that are easy to cut out and sew or serge.
    Friday, May 12 at 8am TPT LIFE
  • #2814 — All Occasion Fabric Wraps, Part 2
    Enhance your wardrobe with fun fabric wraps made easily with casual clothing. Transform specialty fabrics and clothing into fabulous fabric wraps with the help of Nancy and designer Mary Mulari. See the magical morphing of a sweatshirt and necktie into a casual wrap designed by Mary. These cozy wraps, both practical and stylish, are a great gift or personal wardrobe accessory.
    Monday, May 15 at 8am TPT LIFE
  • #2815 — Stitching A Sewing Community Together
    Learn firsthand about ties that bind a Sewing and Stitchery Expo together. Nancy interviews people that bring together the largest "sewing community-the Sewing and Stitchery Expo in Puyallup, WA. Among those interviewed were Pati Palmer, renowned pattern designer; Tula Pink, fabric designer; Kathy Marrone, editor of Vogue Patterns magazine; Candice Jewett, sewing/quilting teacher; Tina Torrey, Kathy Ackley, Brittany Revel, and Debbie Wilson, customers/students; and Joanne Ross, celebrating 30 years as director and founder of the expo.
    Wednesday, May 17 at 8am TPT LIFE
  • #2816 — The Absolute Easiest Way to Sew, Part 1
    Nancy shows tried and true methods for simple sewing. Over the years Nancy tweaked sewing and quilting steps to make them easier and for the best looking results. In this program she shares some of the easiest ways to layout, cut, and mark fabric; sew darts; gather four different ways; and add elastic. Whether you're a new sewer or looking for a refresher class, these techniques are the easiest!
    Friday, May 19 at 8am TPT LIFE
  • #2817 — The Absolute Easiest Way to Sew, Part 2
    Nancy takes the most requested sewing techniques and simplifies them. Nancy minimizes sewing effort and makes it easy and fun to sew clothing and home dec accessories using nontraditional methods. Learn the "hands-down easiest way" to sew collars, corners, and sleeves.
    Monday, May 22 at 8am TPT LIFE
  • #2818 — The Absolute Easiest Way to Sew, Part 3
    Nancy shares straightforward advice for making sewing fun using easy techniques. Sew simple pockets, facings, and even an invisible zipper-Nancy shows you how, using the absolute easiest techniques. She includes the easiest method for mitering a corner, grading seam allowances, stitching facings that lie flat, and a new approach for stitching an invisible zipper.
    Wednesday, May 24 at 8am TPT LIFE
  • #2819 — Free-Motion Quilting for Beginners, Part 1
    Free-motion quilt with ease it's fast and fun! Learn to free-motion quilt on your sewing machine and you'll never look back. Nancy and guest Molly Hanson show how to quilt like a pro and create finished projects without using a long-arm machine.
    Friday, May 26 at 8am TPT LIFE
  • #2820 — Free-Motion Quilting for Beginners, Part 2
    Create free-motion quilting designs with confidence. Learn how to master all the fundamentals of free-motion quilting. Nancy and guest Molly Hanson show you how to confidently stitch different quilting designs, including stippling variations, swirls, and woodgrain.
    Monday, May 29 at 8am TPT LIFE
  • #2821 — Today's Crazy Quilting with your Embroidery Machine, Part 1
    Create digital crazy patch designs that look like handwork. Nancy and guest Eileen Roche, machine embroidery expert, show you how to duplicate your grandmother's crazy quilt hand embroidery stitches with today's digital techniques-all in the hoop.
    Wednesday, May 31 at 8am TPT LIFE
  • #2822 — Today's Crazy Quilting with your Embroidery Machine, Part 2
    Accent your crazy quilt blocks with decorative in-the-hoop designs. Crazy quilting has come a long way! Learn an easy stitch and flip technique and embellish quilt blocks with delicate and decorative stitches-all in the hoop. Nancy and machine embroidery specialists Eileen Roche show you all the details.
    Friday, Jun 2 at 8am TPT LIFE
  • #2823 — Double Wedding Ring Quilts, Part 1
    Create a modern version of the Double Wedding Ring Quilt design. Victoria Findlay Wolfe, called a "mod-quilt celebrity" by the Wall Street Journal, is Nancy's guest. Learn how to take a traditional Double Wedding Ring Quilt design and give it a modern interpretation. The results are breathtaking in their originality and diversity.
    Monday, Jun 5 at 8am TPT LIFE
  • #2824 — Double Wedding Ring Quilts, Part 2
    Diversify basic techniques to create an original Double Wedding Ring Quilt Nancy's guest, Victoria Findlay Wolfe, is a unique quilter whose work is rooted in tradition, yet she produces quilts that push the proverbial quilting envelope. Learn the basic technique to create a Double Wedding Ring Quilt, and then how to diversify the technique.
    Wednesday, Jun 7 at 8am TPT LIFE


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