Pink heirloom dress

Learn Something New Today!

Phyllis Lifestyle 8 Comments

If you have ever wanted to learn to make an heirloom outfit, then this sew-along is for you. And I’m delighted to tell you that it’s absolutely free! As you know, I learned to use heirloom techniques on my sewing machine and have made my granddaughter many beautiful outfits. It started with her christening dress, and I now use these …

Make Time

Today’s Time is Tomorrow’s Gift

Phyllis Lifestyle 13 Comments

“Ask yourself today if what you are doing is moving you closer to where you want to be tomorrow.” I read that quote this weekend, and it really spoke to me. This time of year is crazy busy for most people, and we find ourselves involved in many wonderful things. But are all our activities and commitments leading us to where …

Courage to Believe

Courage to Believe in Yourself

Phyllis Lifestyle 19 Comments

“Oh, I could never do that!” “I would be scared to try that!” You and I have heard these phrases many times when people admire another person for something they have accomplished. It could be a dish that was prepared from a complicated recipe or a flower arrangement that was made for a luncheon. Oftentimes we shy away from trying …

History of Sewing Machines

The History of Sewing Machines

Phyllis Lifestyle 8 Comments

Happy December! I’ve been out of the office for a little bit so, here’s a guest post on the history of sewing machines from Emma Reeves. Sewing is an art and pastime I’m very passionate about. We’re always drumming up the most darling outfits and sewing projects for Classic Sewing magazine. Find a comfy seat, and discover the history of …

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 …