a Sew-Lovely Giveaway!

a Sew-Lovely Giveaway!!


When I was invited to be a guest on Ellen March’s new PBS show, SewItAll!, there were multiple tapings scheduled for the day. My segment, Awesome Aprons!, began the marathon. Following set-up, run-through and make-up, there was lunch, and the opportunityea_Ellen March

to visit with the next-up guest, Steffani Lincecum, whose segment is titled Knockout Knockoffs, where she teaches how to duplicate a favorite skirt using a paper rub-off technique.

Steffani knows her stuff. Just visit her website to learn of her background as a wardrobe designer in movies, television and for celebrities (Madonna!). Despite my love of all things Hollywood, it was her technique for creating a pattern of a beloved skirt (and who doesn’t have one) to be sewn over and over that really caught my interest.

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Steffani has a gorgeous book just out that outlines exactly how to apply the rub-off technique to more than just a skirt, including an adorable purse, which I am bent on making.

Happy news here: Steffani has provided a copy of her book for me to give away. But that’s not all…

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Ellen March is also offering a copy of the latest issue of SEWiTAll

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So, to one lucky winner, Steffani’s book and Ellen’s magazine!

To enter, just leave a comment on this blog entry. Deadline for comments is late Sunday evening. Winner selected by Random Human and posted Monday, February 14th.

If you haven’t already contacted your local PBS station about carrying Ellen’s show, please do.


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Storytelling is a major component of my apron journey. I never tire of listening to an apron recollection nor the process of translating the story into a unique voice. My friend, Kate Kelly, also uses storytelling within her niche project America Comes Alive! Kate has a way of making sense of today’s events through stories from America’s past. She is an accomplished author and writes about very interesting topics, like today’s magicians and Houdini, the American vacation, and air travel, when the skies were friendly.

Kate has a Valentine’s Day Giveaway going on. For a chance to win a $25.00 gift card to amazon, simply email Kate your favorite Valentine memory (kate@americacomesalive.com). The winner will be chosen on February 13.

I wouldn’t recommend Kate’s site if I didn’t enjoy it! Nor would I promote books or other such media if I didn’t believe there was value and entertainment in the selections. I feel very lucky to meet such talented women, who are also so sweet and generous.


Tie One On…an apron, of course!


  1. Oh, I hope, I hope … I’ve been quilting for years and sewing aprons, too, but lately I’ve been wanting to bite the bullet and learn how to make real clothes that really fit LOL! Would love to know how to make several more of the skirt that I love to wear right now …

  2. Oh how fun!!!
    I will have to see if our local PBS station has her show…if not, I will for sure email them of my intrest….I luv PBS, especially the “Create” channel….
    Happy Valentines Day!

  3. This is the first time I’ve been to your blog. Found it listed on FB via Creative Machine Embroidery’s FB page.

    And I’m tickled to be here since in Blogland, everyone who knows me knows I’m an apron-holic..any kind, style, shape, texture..for everyday or for a special occasion.

    I look forward to following your blog now that you’re on “my list”. LOL

    Happy Apron Making !!

  4. I would love to be the first Australian to try Stefani’s amazing new techniques to revive my wardrobe, having thrown out all of my favourite patterns. I’d love to be able replicate some of my apron collection this way as the ones from 1920’s/30’s are becoming pretty worn and thin!

  5. What marvelous and clever idea. Mom used to take apart our dresses and create a pattern with grocery bags and sew them using a dress from the rummage sales for fabric!

  6. Thanks EllynAnne for the kind words, you are such a dear friend, I’m so glad we were able to meet that day! And many thanks for all the great comments and interest in the book, it has been truly a labor of love to write and I’m so glad people are now able to enjoy it! Chicago Char, the great thing about the method I use in the book is that you don’t have to take the original garment apart at all. It’s the most common sense practical technique, I think you’ll love it. Thanks again, and remember “LOVE what you sew!”
    Steffani Lincecum

  7. I would absolutely LOVE to watch “Sew It All” but Alabama public broadcasting stations don’t carry it and have told me they have no intention of doing so! Is there ANY other way to watch it? I don’t mind subscribing to something in order to be able to see it.

  8. Thanks for that lovely illustration of the dresses with the aprons in the same fabric. I’d love to be able to make patterns from some of my aprons!
    lois48 at centurytel.net

  9. Remembering aprons. . .I remember my Grandmother, who lived next door to me (and my mother and I lived with Grandpa and Grandma during WWII). . . everyday it was a corset, hose, sturdy shoes a clean “house” dress and an apron. She cooked, vacuumed and cleaned house in that wonderful “uniform”. My grandmother in a closeby town also had the same “uniform”. They were professionals. Donna Abert

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