That’s how the Sew Zoey blog begins, and soon it becomes much more.
Zoey’s quirky style makes her a bit of a misfit at middle school, but her Sew Zoey blog quickly gains a dedicated following. Real fashion designers start to read it! Yet even as her blog takes off, Zoey still has to deal with homework, crushes, and P.E. class. And when the principal asks her to design a dress for the school’s fashion-show fund-raiser, Zoey can’t wait to start sewing! But what will happen when her two worlds collide?
Chloe Taylor learned to sew when she was a little girl. She loved watching her Grandmother Louise turn a scrap of blue fabric into a simple-but-fabulous dress, nightgown, or even a bathing suit in an instant. It was magical! Now that she’s grown up, she still loves fashion: It’s like art that you can wear. Chloe has written more than thirty books for children and lives, writes, and window shops in New York City.
Over the summer, fashion-loving Zoey Webber gets the best news ever: Her middle school is getting rid of uniforms! There’s just one problem. Zoey has sketchbooks full of fashion designs, but nothing to wear! So with a little help from her best friends Kate and Priti, she learns to make her own clothes. She even begins to post her fashion design sketches online in a blog.
What YOU Think Counts
Don’t be afraid to try something new with your style because of what someone else might think. Fashion isn’t about making other people like you or think that you’re cool. It’s about liking how you look and making you feel good in what you’re wearing. If you only listen to what other people think, you forget about your own opinions- and they count!
Old Doesn’t Mean Bad
It’s okay to like “old” clothes. Sometimes your favorite fashions may be from a different time period, like the 80’s. Zoey liked her principal’s sixties mod style and her mother’s old clothes. You will definitely stand out from the crowd in something different. Just because it’s brand new, doesn’t always mean that it’s perfect for you. Make your own statement in something old or new! Wear It,
Whatever the Weather
You don’t have to dress in drab colors just because the sky is filled with grey clouds! Put on bright colored rain boots or a fun jacket. The weather might get you down, but your style doesn’t have to!
Zoey learned the basics of sewing from her aunt. Aunt Lulu is an interior designer, so Zoey's first sewing project was to make a pillow for her bedroom. You don't have an aunt Lulu to teach you to sew? No problem! Sewing 101 has tips to help sewing newbies learn the basics of sewing at home: No awesome aunts required!
Tip of the Week #1: Make Sure You Have Everything You Need!
Aunt Lulu took Zoey to A Stitch in Time to get everything that she needed to start making her own clothes. After all, if you don't have the supplies, you can't get the design just right! It's always a good idea to keep an organized sewing box with everything you need in one place. Try using an old shoebox! You can even cover it with patterned paper or fabric for decoration.
Hand Sewing Checklist
Tip of the Week #2: How to Sew by Hand
Start simple: that's the best way to practice!
First you have to thread your sewing needle.
Cut a piece of thread that about as long as your arm. Put your thread through the circle or hole in your needle and pull it until several inches of thread are on the other side. Then tie a knot at the end that you cut from the spool. Now that you have threaded your needle, it's time to sew! Remember to use your thimble, so your finger doesn't get pricked by the needle. If you're right-handed, put it on the middle finger of your left hand. And if you're left-handed, put it on the middle finger of your right hand.
Now it's time to practice the basic stitch.
The basic stitch looks a lot like a dotted line!: - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -. First, take a piece of your fabric and imagine a straight line where you want to sew. At the beginning of the line, poke the threaded needle up through the fabric. Then, a teeny bit farther down the line, turn the needle around and poke it back down through the fabric. What you just did is a stitch! If you sew a lot of stitches in a row, the stitches will hold two pieces of fabric together.
Tip of the Week #3: Picking Out Patterns!
Your first sewing project is always very exciting! Pick a simple project to start off with. The better you get, the bigger your projects can be. Don't forget-practice makes perfect! You can find books of patterns at your local fabric store or on the Internet. You can even make your own patterns by tracing them out first on cardboard or thick paper. Remember to always read the instructions on the pattern to figure out if you need anything special. You may already have material that you could use for your first project, like an old T-shirt or old bedsheet. Take a look around! But be sure to ask a grown-up before you cut up anything that might be important. Zoey even made a bathing suit cover-up from her bedspread fabric . . . after she cut her bedspread by mistake. Oops!
Tip of the Week #4: Finding Fun Fabric
After you decide on a pattern for your first project, the next step is to find the right fabric! Picking out your own fabric is one of the best parts of sewing! Different fabrics can feel different on your skin and be stronger or weaker, too. Thicker fabrics even need a special needle. Find a fun fabric with your favorite color or be adventurous and try something new, like polka dots or plaid! Some patterns only work with certain fabrics, so make sure to read the pattern instructions before asking an adult to take you to the store.
Download Sew Zoey's sketches to add your own color!