Magic Patterns by Amy Barickman as seen on Sewing With Nancy







Amy Barickman, my friend and guest, unlocked the magic contained in sewing patterns. The idea behind Magic Patterns has a copyright date from the 1920s. Amy has expanded on the concept bringing you versatility in garment design and sewing. Patterns are so much more than a flat sheet of paper!

I hope you’ll watch the second episode of Magic Patterns online or on PBS with my guest Amy Barickman. Amy modeled her concept of Magic Patterns after one of the sewing stars in the early 20th century, Mary Brooks Picken, founder of the Woman’s Institute of Domestic Arts & Sciences. Mary always encouraged students to add their own creative style to designs.


Magic Patterns by Amy Barickman as seen on Sewing With Nancy



Following her lead, Amy and I show you how to use a basic style and then add personalized touches.

Magic Cardigan

Cardigan—the name makes us think of being cozy! From sleek jersey knit to a wrapped-up number, we’ll show you the details to transform this pattern into several styles with simple yet unique details.


Magic Patterns by Amy Barickman as seen on Sewing With Nancy




Magic Patterns by Amy Barickman as seen on Sewing With Nancy



Magic Dress Pattern

When making the magic dress pattern, you can mix and match the subtle style features. Focusing on the sleeves, learn how to easily change the styling with Amy’s easy-to-sew as well as easy-to-wear ideas.



Magic Patterns by Amy Barickman as seen on Sewing With Nancy








Magic Patterns by Amy Barickman as seen on Sewing With Nancy




Magic Patterns by Amy Barickman as seen on Sewing With Nancy



Magic Coat Pattern

Sew a coat? Certainly! Working with patterns that have carefree styling is what this program is all about. Choose a beefy fabric; then match your imagination with one of the styles.


Magic Patterns by Amy Barickman as seen on Sewing With Nancy




Magic Patterns by Amy Barickman as seen on Sewing With Nancy



This book features six magic patterns that can be transformed into 36 different styles, with 216 different looks. Complete with beautiful full-color photos, step-by-step instructions, and a CD of printable patterns, this easy-to-follow book shows how six patterns x six looks x six fabric suggestions (for each look) result in a complete wardrobe. Amy and I guide you on how to tile the patterns, which are featured on the CD in the book.


Magic pattern



This is the continuation of the story Amy told in her book Vintage Notions. This book shared a small piece of the history of her muse Mary Brooks Picken, and the school she founded, The Women’s Institute of Domestic Arts & Sciences.

In honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Institute this year, Amy will be releasing a series of magazines, Vintage Notions Monthly, which will feature a curated collection of Woman’s Institute materials including:
  • Excerpts from the Institute’s newsletter Inspiration & magazine Fashion Service
  • Vintage fashion illustrations
  • Inspiring stories and testimonials
  • Sewing lessons & techniques
  • A monthly Magic Pattern—a fashion sewing pattern created from personal measurements instead of pattern pieces.

The sewing lessons, vintage wisdom, and beautiful (and fun to color!) illustrations will appeal to the modern sewists in our industry who love to buy, share, and enjoy inspiration.

To view the video & preview a free sample issue, visit: http://amybarickman.com/vintage-notions-monthly-magazine/






Watch Magic Patterns (Part One and Part Two on Sewing With Nancy online.

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For a chance to win a copy of the Magic Patterns book, compliments of Amy Barickman, please leave a comment below sharing which design you’d like to sew from the TV show Magic Patterns, Part Two.






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