Tuesday, May 10, 2011

So have you guys check out my new website and blog yet?

I've been working really hard on my word press blog and website.... new logo and all!  If you haven't checked it out yet, I'm currently working on a Spring version of the Hobo Bag (sneak peek of the .  Plus,  I started designing an ipad cover ... then I drove away with it on top of my car... and I'm not sure if it smashed or not, but someone definitely stole it because the empty bag was discovered by the security guard 1/2 hr later :(  

So, the ipad cover became a sore spot... until Mother's Day... when I got a new one : )  so, I'll be working on that again too... very soon!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Working on an ipad cover for my new ipad!

Hi everyone,

I just wanted to let you know that I'm working on a cover for my new ipad... you can check it out at jsterndesigns.com!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Sunday, March 6, 2011

The Ribbon Skirt is Ready to Go!

Hey everyone,

I wanted to check in with my blogspot blog to let you know that the Ribbon Skirt is finished -- Complete with step-by-step tutorials showing you how to create your own beautiful woven or knit version.  You can find all the fun in the pattern section of my new website!  Enjoy.

If you have any questions or comments, please let me know.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

J Stern Designs is jumping over to WordPress!

Hey everyone,  I've been busy working on my new exciting new Website and Blog -- J Stern Designs is moving over to wordpress.

Let me take a minute to tell you about the fun new stuff I have over there... then you can go check it out for yourself!

First off, my husband and I redesigned the J Stern Designs Logo.

Then I picked out a new wordpress template...

On the home page you'll see my new logo and lots of other new fun.  First off, in the top tool bar, you'll find:

  • About (me)
  • My Blog
  • A new fancy contact (me) page
  • Patterns (the Ribbon Skirt will be added this weekend : )
  • Workshops (Soon I will have both upcoming workshops--where I'm teaching, And a detailed list of all my exciting fit and design workshops!)
  • Uncategorized (This is a cool button-- I can use it to group my blog posts together so you can find stuff easier!)
Below the tool bar, you'll find my featured project.  If you watch the image, it scrolls between all the posts included in the featured project.  Currently, I'm Featuring the Ribbon Skirt.  I've just posted Part 4 --How to Insert an Invisible Zipper in the Ribbon Skirt--Definitely check that out!  Plus, the cool thing is that if you missed any of the posts, you can easily find them on the home page!  

I invite you to check out my new blog at jsterndesigns.com.  And, please stay tuned for lots of new pattern fun.  I also plan on posting all the juicy details about the workshops I'm teaching around the country.... First on the list is American Sewing Guild, Wichita, Kansas where I'll be teaching my Jeans and Tee Fit Workshops on March 11th and 12th!   Happy Sewing everyone.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

100 Days of Madness -- Milton's cross country run to benefit ECYE.ORG

Hi Everyone,

Let me tell you what happens when a group of In[Focus] film makers (and one sewing girl) meet a man who's running cross country from Miami to Los Angeles to benefit disadvantaged children in Uganda.  Our waiter was busy quizzing us with trivia from the Movie - Forrest Gump when Milton Miller walked by our table at the Bubba Shrimp Company. Our waiter  (Britney) explained to us that  he was running cross country to benefit ECYE.ORG.  We were curious...  so on his way back around, we asked him about his adventure... I don't think he knew what he was in for, because before he knew it, all cameras were focusing in to document his story. 

Milton explained that it started out as a challenge and self improvement.  But he quickly realized that simply losing weight and getting in shape were not providing enough motivation to run the 2700 mile across country.  To help achieve his goal and find a larger purpose, he found his true motivation in his friend Eden Orfanos.  Eden has been going to Africa to help the disadvantaged children in a small village in Uganda.   Milton decided to raise money by running cross country to help the organization she founded,  The Eden Center for Youth Empowerment.  

As he told his story, we realized that the woman he was talking about was right in the restaurant with him and it became their story.  Eden explained that it all started with a visit to a school for deaf orphans in rural Uganda.  There were so many children that were overlooked, abandoned and abused.  Because there were so few social services these children were often sent to orphanages that were not capable (or equipped) to care for them.  Eden met one child in particular that really touched her heart, and she knew she had to help.  She  raised money to build a school for sign language so that the children could learn vocational skills that they would need to survive in their communities.   She also started ECYE which is a rapidly growing international charity that identifies orphanages and schools that desperately need assistance.

I was so touched... and as I watched my new film maker friends capture the moment, I knew they would transform the footage into a wonderful short story about Milton's journey.   As soon as the film is created, I'll post a link so you can see it! 

Not being a film maker I took out my iphone and snapped a photo of Milton and Britney (so I'd have a pic for this post).  Talking with Eden afterwards, she got excited when she found out that I was a sewer girl... because there is also a great need for fabric in the village as well.   She's going to contact me with more information about that soon... That would be a good job for me!  (I'll keep you guys posted on the developments!) 

If you're interested, you can check out Milton's blog, 100 Days of Madness, which tracks his progress (and/or make a donation) as he runs from Miami to LA.   I feel honored that I had the chance to meet him in New Orleans... some 800 miles from South Beach where he started on December 19th.     

Saturday, January 22, 2011

I'm off to New Orleans for In[focus] ....

Hi everyone...

I really, really, really wanted to finish my skirt posts before this trip!   But it was a super busy week.  We had the Student fashion show at Sanford Brown College--Huge success... and very exciting.   Here's the only pic I took (while I was busy being "b camera girl"....     (Here is a really cool video of the event (thank you honey... )  But I have to wait for permission to post it.

So... this trip is a film making conference, In[focus]... with some of the finest wedding film makers around.  I know I'm not known for my wedding films, but my husband is ... (Cinematic Wedding Story) ...  But here's why you all should be excited too.... The first class I'm taking is "how to make killer highlight videos"...

I'm thinking all be able to make some "killer sewing videos" so I can blog via video  instead of relying on my marginal photographer skills!    We'll see.  .... Plus, you know there is a piano bar on every corner   (almost).  It should be a great time.     I know this isn't a super sewing post, but I think we'll all benefit in the future.   ....and I promise to get that skirt finished and posted as soon as I get back!

Stay tuned for some exciting posts from Bourbon Street... maybe I'll see some cool fashion!  (I have to go to bed now... we have to leave for the airport at 4:00 am!!!!!!)