An Old Magazine, and a New Class!

I have some very exciting news to share! I had this blog post all ready to publish, then got the news that I could now, finally, make this public. Scroll to the bottom of this post if you want to see it right away…

Last week, I had to look up an old Sew Beautiful article to check some yardages. Issue 101, from summer 2005. I looked through it, and was amazed at how many things I had in it! I was sewing and designing full-time, and then some, for Martha Pullen Co. at the time. Here is some of what I was doing a little over ten years ago.

The cover…


and the article to go with it.



These two cute little pique sundresses modeled after an antique garment.


Installment number four in my beginning heirloom baby quilt series


Two versions of the same pattern in the Designer Details section


And, finally, “Sue Says,” my regular column for eight years.


All together, 21 pages plus the cover! This issue may have had a few more of my things than most, but, really, not much. I usually had multiple articles and garments in almost every issue for many years. I was sewing for Martha’s Sewing Room, and class samples, and my own and Annie’s clothes, as well. Oh, and I had also started working on show quilts by this time!

Now, another chapter! I can finally announce that I will have a new Craftsy class available very soon, “Heirloom Sewing Essential Techniques!”


I had so much fun filming this class!

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It’s a new way to reach a new audience with this lovely genre of sewing.

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There’s exciting news for you, too! Do you want to win this class for free? Click on this link and sign up for the drawing for the giveaway! Craftsy will contact me with the lucky person, and I’ll contact the winner just before the class goes live. Good luck!




Christmas Outfits 1987 – 1989

Here are some brother/sister Christmas outfits from years ago! These are from 1987. Annie was four, and David was a little over a year old.22

I didn’t sew these; my Mom did. The red-and-black-plaid-with-pandas fabric was a soft cotton flannel. I have no idea what patterns she used. The knit shirts were purchased.

The next year, 1988, I made red jackets for them.


The jackets were made from an easy-care twill, probably poly/rayon. They were lined, of course. I made Annie’s pleated skirt, but not David’s pants. I don’t think I made either of their shirts. My Mom and I always thought that in this picture, David looked like he was scared that he was about to fall off that rocking horse! I love his little saddle shoes!

Here they are in 1989.


During that year, I had discovered heirloom sewing! And I still have these garments. (But apparently, we didn’t have shoes that Christmas!) Annie’s dress was made from Imperial broadcloth. I don’t know what the smocking plate was, but I loved the way the ribbon sash was woven through slits in the smocking.


She had a gray ribbon sash (in the photographer’s picture) and the pink ribbon shown here. I made tiny light gray piping for the yoke and collar. The sleeves were smocked, and the cotton lace was some I found at an old Ben Franklin store! (I had no sources for heirloom lace locally, and this was before the internet.)


David’s overalls were made from fine wale corduroy. I’m not sure what pattern I used. The insert was smocked with what I think was an adaptation of Candy Canes by Ann Smith.


Like Annie’s dress, both the shirt and overalls were piped with tiny gray piping.


Cute outfits, cute kids! 🙂