My Interview with Gail Doane

My Interview with Gail Doane

Phyllis People, Video 10 Comments

I had the immense honor of interviewing master teacher and star of the sewing world, Gail Doane not so long ago. She was in our Birmingham office to record her Classic Sewing exclusive videos when Gail and I sat down to talk. She shared about her sewing journey and answered questions about her favorite projects and designs. She even gave …

The Glamor of Gloves on Easter

The Glamour of Gloves on Easter

Phyllis Lifestyle 33 Comments

As we start moving toward Easter, I reminisce about those special days from my childhood. The Easter season and Easter Sunday has always been important to me and my family. Some of my favorite childhood memories were at Eastertime. Mom always made my dress and my sister’s dress. Careful planning went into the entire outfit, not just the dress. Now, …

Hoffman Media Blowout Sale 2017

The Blowout Sale Of The Season

Phyllis Lifestyle 3 Comments

Join our biggest Blowout Sale yet! It’s first come, first serve, so don’t wait. With discounted prices on all books, back issues and special issues you can stock up on delicious southern recipes, beautiful decorating inspirations, and stories from the women who’ve been there. I love to escape the winter chill with a warm cup of tea and a stack of …

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Phyllis Inspiration 17 Comments

Happy New Year! When I count my blessings during this time of the year, I count each one of you who constantly encourage me with your lovely comments. Together we can challenge each other to remember our past, celebrate the present, and look forward to the future with great hope. At Hoffman Media, we try our best to give back to …

Crafty Card Keepers

Phyllis Inspiration 2 Comments

These quick and easy made-in-the-hoop gift card holders are so fun to spiffy up. You can make them cute and clever or elegant bits of art. These crafty card holders make it fun to give the gift that never gets returned and always is appreciated—gift cards! The free embroidery designs come with the purchase of a Classic Sewing Holiday issue. …

Anniversary Sweepstakes

Classic Sewing Magazine’s 1st Anniversary Sweepstakes

Phyllis Giveaway 17 Comments

It is finally here, Classic Sewing Magazine’s 1st anniversary! It’s hard to believe it has been a year since we launched Classic Sewing! After a year of amazing support form our readers, and most importantly our sewists, we are so excited to bring to you Classic Sewing Magazine’s 1st Anniversary sweepstakes. The sweepstakes includes five amazing prizes that have been provided …

First Lady

American First Lady Fashion

Phyllis Inspiration 7 Comments

On this Election Day, I wanted to share a lovely article about two of our past first ladies and their fashions. Each American first lady has influenced the lifestyle and fashion of women in their time, Sarah Childress Polk and Edith Galt Wilson are great examples of such first ladies. Sarah Polk had an affinity for the feminine and fitted, …

My Hand-Embroidered Tablecloth

Phyllis Inspiration 48 Comments

Have you ever spent years on a project? The first time I undertook a long and difficult project was after I graduated from high school. My Grandmother Hill gave me some money as a graduation present because she knew that I wanted a tablecloth. The tablecloth that I wanted was not just any tablecloth. It was plain linen; however, it …

Classic Sewing downloads are available

Classic Sewing Has Arrived, Downloads Are Available

Phyllis Blog Spotlight 5 Comments

By now most of my fellow sewists out there have their copies of our newest magazine, Classic Sewing. Our premiere issue got back from the printer just before Thanksgiving and has been on its way to subscribers ever since. I couldn’t be happier with the results of this new endeavor. There are so many lovely projects throughout its pages. We …

Phyllis Hoffman DePiano and Kathy McMakin on the launch of Classic Sewing Magazine

Get to know Kathy McMakin, the woman behind Classic Sewing

Phyllis People 35 Comments

As you know, we announced the new Classic Sewing magazine last month, and the results have been phenomenal. Now, I am excited to reveal the cover of our premier issue.  A Sneak Peek at the Classic Sewing Cover Do you recognize our little star? That’s right, it’s my granddaughter Amelia. And it was so special to share the creation of this magazine …