How to Thread a Needle

How to hand sew on MADE Everyday with Dana Willard

Hi friends!
Summer is in full swing at our house….thus a little radio silence on the blog.
But as I say every year, I’ll try to keep popping in here!  You can also follow our summer adventures on Instagram: @made_everyday

So…let’s announce the winner of our giveaway!  And thank you for the sweet words on Clara’s NEON Pink Dress.  It was such a fast sew—I need to make 4 more.  If you want to see a cool women’s version check out what Miranda did. I love it in Red!

Neon Pink Sundress on MADE Eveyrday with Dana Willard

The winner of Melissa’s book Sundressing is:

 #171 – Tabitha who said: I’m new to sewing with knits but I’d love to give it a try in some cute summer dresses!

Sounds like the perfect book to get you going Tabitha!  I’ll email with more info.

And now for everyone, I have a new video!
I’m taking it back to the basics with…..
How to Thread a Needle and Tie a Knot

How to Thread a Needle and Tie a Knot on MADE Everyday with Dana Willard

It’s something every sewist needs to know for hand sewing (check out my 5 Tips for Hand Sewing post)….and for many other projects, like the back loop of an Everyday Necktie?  Eh? Eh?

And even though many of you have been threading needles for years, it’s always more fun with orange hearts and catchy music, right?

How to hand sew for kids and adults on MADE Everyday with Dana Willard

So come watch!
Just hit the PLAY button below and enjoy:

MADE EVERYDAY with Dana is a fresh new sewing show, where we create everyday items you will love and use.

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New Video: How to sew a Necktie—any size, any style

Everyday Necktie Pattern by Dana Willard on MADE Everyday

Have you sewn-up a necktie yet?
It’s not too late to get the pattern and get your Father’s Day gift ready….for all your favorite guys.

Everyday Necktie Pattern on MADE Everyday by Dana Willard

Annnnd….to help you out, we’ve got a new MADE Everyday episode showing all the steps IN-action.

Just click PLAY below and enjoy.

MADE EVERYDAY with Dana is a fresh new sewing show, where we create everyday items you will love and use.

To watch other episodes:
• Click to the VIDEO page OR
• Subscribe to my Youtube channel so you’re updated as soon as the episode goes live.

Neon Pink Summer Dress

Neon Summer Dress by Dana Willard on MADE Everyday 1

I’m slightly obsessed with neon pink right now.
I want to sew it on everything, and anything.
And maybe it’s because the color goes so well with Boardwalk Delight Fabrics?

Or maybe it’s cause I just plain-old love bright colors, and the 80s.

Either way, Melissa from Melly Sews is hosting her annual 30 Days of Sundresses. And she asked me to be part of it!  And to make it extra exciting, she’s also sharing her new book called Sundressing to go along!

Sundresing book on MADE Everyday
Neon Summer Dress by Dana Willard on MADE Everyday 2

The book has so many darling designs for women, children, teens, and plus sizes.

I was so, so tempted to make this cute yellow dress and copy it exactly. Ahhh! Love it!  I might still need to make it.
Sundressing Book on MADE Everyday 2

And maybe this one for Clara too.  Who doesn’t love a “ballerina dress” that can be worn in every season?

Sundressing Book on MADE Everyday 3

The cool thing about Melissa’s book is that she teaches you how to modify pattern pieces.  In fact, you pick out your age/size and then there’s really only one pattern piece you need.  Melissa shows you how to change up that one basic pattern piece to make many different dresses.

I love this coral Olive Dress.  So beautiful and classic.

Sundressing book on MADE Everyday

I would definitely say this book is not for a beginner. It will take some sewing experience and previous pattern reading to following along the modification instructions.   But with so many Beginner type books out there, it’s nice to have something for intermediate/advanced sewers…something that teaches you a new trick and gives you new confidence!

There’s a lot of good information packed into one book.

And for my little Clara doll I decided to make a dress inspired by the Bellevue:

Sundressing Book on MADE Everyday 4
Neon Summer Dress by Dana Willard on MADE Everyday 3
I switched it up a bit, adding a V-neckline, a High-Low hem, no chiffon, etc.   But that’s also the beauty of the book.  She encourages you to take your own spin on things.

Neon Summer Dress by Dana Willard on MADE Everyday 4

I also added some basic KID shorts under the dress since the fabric was a bit see-through (and I taped the two pattern pieces together just so I could skip the side seam step–like I did here).

Neon Summer Dress by Dana Willard on MADE Everyday 5

And then at the last minute I cut a scrap of fabric and tied it around her waist, and liked it even more.  Cause I’m sure there’s some gray area between “lingerie” and “children’s wear”….but I’m calling this a Sundress.

Neon Summer Dress by Dana Willard on MADE Everyday 6

The best part is, on Saturday I asked her to go get dressed and this is what she picked out!
And we knew exactly where she was all day at Owen’s baseball game.
I guess Neon fabric is practical afterall.

Neon Summer Dress by Dana Willard on MADE Everyday 7

Okay, do you want to try out Melissa’s book Sundressing??
Today we’re giving away One Copy.

GIVEAWAY RULES:
• Leave a comment, that’s it!
• Open to US residents only.
• ONE winners will be picked via random.org
• Giveaway ends Sunday night, 6/19/16 at 10pm Central time.
Yay!

Sundressing Book on MADE Everyday 5

And now head over to Melly Sews to see all the other Sundress creations.
For THIRTY days, various bloggers and sewers are sharing their dresses!

Neon Summer Dress by Dana Willard on MADE Everyday 8