Top: Tricia on set in the It's Sew Easy studio. Bottom: Tricia snaps a shot with Suede, semi-finalist from Project Runway season 5 and a guest on It's Sew Easy.
I've just come back from snowy Cleveland, Ohio for the taping of a new sewing TV show, It's Sew Easy, which debuts on PBS at the end of June. For my national TV debut, joining me on screen was our Stitch magazine Project Editor, Katrina Loving. Together we taped 10 segments for the season, mainly focused on garment sewing and embellishment techniques. Katrina and I demonstrated everything from how to make the perfect darts to bead embroidery basics for dressing up your sewing projects. Several project designs from past issues were also featured by Stitch designers Kristin Coplans, Kevin Kosbab, Paula Corley, Elaine Lipson, Heidi Boyd, and more.
It's Sew Easy will feature a wide variety of designers and the focus is on contemporary style, not age. The goal is not to stress perfection, but rather concentrate on easy ways to accomplish a great project. I am all about that! Projects will be easy enough for beginners but creatively challenging, combined with interesting style elements to pique the interest of all sewing enthusiasts.
The other guest designers appearing include: Valerie Mayen and Suede (both of Project Runway fame), Bobbie Bullard, Colbey Decker, Shannon Dennis, Stephanie Kimura, Nancy Odom, Eileen Roche, Peggy Sagers, Sheree Schattenmann, Angela Wolf, Linda Augsburg, Pamela Damour, Londa Rohlfing, Janet Pray, Cindy Losekamp, Gina Moorehead, Rebecca Cornell, Christy Howden, and Trish Preston.
The show format will include two main projects per week and one shorter technique segment. Shows will be themed. Each project will include project/technique instructions and a pattern with a link to the instructions found on the It's Sew Easy website, plus additional related projects and patterns. You will be able to check out the site as soon as the show starts airing.
Show themes include: Apparel Details and Embellishments, Simple Sewing-Easy Tricks, Dress Up Ready Made Home Décor, Garment Construction Tips, Surface Embellishment, Restyling, Fun Fabrics, T-shirt Surgery, Gifts, and more.
As the show gets closer to airing we'll keep you posted!