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This week’s how-to video from SINGER® and The Martha Stewart Show brings you one of our favorite celebrity sewers, Heather Ross. Martha and Heather take you step-by-step through making an adorable smocked dress perfect for summer days lounging by the pool. This super simple project is great for both children and adults, and Heather shows you a few cool tips (like using elastic wrapped thread for your smocking) that make this a fun and easy garment you can whip up in a weekend!


Now that Heather has inspired us all to get ready for spring, let us know what your favorite weekend sewing projects are for a chance to win a SINGER® Home Essentials™ Expert Finish™ Iron! Don’t forget, you can still comment for your chance to win SINGER® 7467S Confidence Stylist! You have until 9AM EST on Monday, January 31st to get those comments in for both prizes and our winners will be announced on February 1st. Stay tuned for next week’s video and more awesome giveaways from SINGER®!

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    Jan 18, 2011, 07.49 AMby mixtlii

    Awesome week end projects to me is to take an super easy pattern and make a quick nice top or skirt that I can wear everyday! Like jersey tops or Aline skirts…

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    Jan 18, 2011, 06.57 AMby nehmah

    My favorite weekend projects involve matching up trims with remnants and making clothing for kids to be donated. (Clothes get donated, not the kids) I get space, they get clothes. We all win. Nehmah

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    Jan 18, 2011, 06.17 AMby shellidawn

    My favorite weekend projects are items that I can FINISH before the weekend is over. Sometimes they are projects I started earlier in the week (or earlier in life!) and have yet to finish!

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    Jan 18, 2011, 06.12 AMby queenvanilla

    I adore skirt. In this winter I have made 3 wool ones: 2 grey and one red. And I have one more grey skirt on the go. :)

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    Jan 18, 2011, 05.22 AMby pink-cornelia

    my favorite weekend project would be making small bags and totes, they are so easy and you can really mix’em up by adding apliques, or bows, flowers etc.

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    Jan 18, 2011, 05.10 AMby luxihere

    Favourite weekend projects would be ones which are less time consuming as i would like to spend quality time with my family during weekends at the same manage to make something …

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    Jan 18, 2011, 04.30 AMby laugh434

    Oh my goodness, I need to make one of these for my niece!! Lately my favorite weekend sewing project has been fabric picture frames. I’ve made quite a few for baby and bridal shower gifts.

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    Jan 18, 2011, 03.53 AMby gibbylet

    I’m going to say Tshirts – if I screw them up I can still wear them outside for all the yardwork that’s coming….

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    Jan 18, 2011, 03.26 AMby sewhappy-1

    is it just me or is this question totally moot? I can never finish ANYTHING over 1 weekend. Maybe I’m just too distracted, too ambitious and most importantly, too inexperienced! :p

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    Jan 18, 2011, 03.04 AMby Daniel Parker

    My favorite weekend sewing projects are just messing around with fabrics I already. I love making new things with things I have laying around

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    Jan 18, 2011, 03.00 AMby lauramae

    My favorite weekend project is one in which I complete what I set out to do. Too often I set out to finish three or four different things and end up disappointed when I don’t even get through one – this year’s resolution is to set more reasonable goals for myself!

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    Jan 18, 2011, 02.33 AMby Testosterone

    I like taking something apart and making it into something else. Shirt into skirt, jeans into a quilt.

    That kind of thing.

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    Jan 18, 2011, 02.29 AMby randimae

    Something really ambitious, like a Chanel jacket!

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    Jan 18, 2011, 02.27 AMby Lucila Dominguez

    my favorite weekend sewing project really has to be the " I don’t have any to wear" projects, and thats when a party or gather up is coming and after I tried everything on the closet I seat and say “I don’t have anything to wear” so go I rush to fabrics and sewing machine to make a skirt or blouse or something really easy and fast to wear that night

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    Jan 18, 2011, 02.11 AMby Sadie Fox Metter

    I discovered that making patchwork bags from designer charm packs and store bought handles is a fast and rewarding project to make during the weekend. My friends love it too, because they get them as gifts!

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    Jan 18, 2011, 01.56 AMby tonierenee

    My favorite weekend project is sewing a garment that can be worn on Monday morning. Usually a top or dress.

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    Jan 18, 2011, 01.55 AMby sunbeachsurf

    The weekend is perfect for making the family pj bottoms!

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    Jan 18, 2011, 01.48 AMby Irene Grubb

    My favorite weekend sewing project is to hunt for vintage and unusual fabrics to use for sewing and crafting projects. The sewing is saved for the weekdays!

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    Jan 18, 2011, 01.41 AMby mishe12

    on the weekends i have more time, so i am more inclined to start a bigger project that i can really take my time on.

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    Jan 18, 2011, 01.39 AMby peonyonfire

    I love to make bags and new things to wear.

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    Jan 18, 2011, 01.16 AMby moon0014

    I love to make something I’ve never done before, it’s great for learning new techniques. As I am learning, I can use my growing tally of new-found talents to add my own touch to basic patterns and tutorials.

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    Jan 18, 2011, 01.08 AMby vanessa

    The Heather Ross sundress was one of my favorite weekend projects! I made two this summer: one for me and one for my friend’s daughter. Any project where I can finish a major step by the end of the weekend is great. That way I can get it safely out of the way throughout the week when I’m not sewing.

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    Jan 18, 2011, 01.05 AMby raenichols

    The weekends are for something totally inspiring that will push me through whatever project I’m working on to completion by the next weekend!

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    Jan 18, 2011, 12.46 AMby carolynsuzanne

    I’m a law student, so my favorite weekend projects are anything that can be crammed in the few hours I can set aside for sewing. Lately I’ve been working on a summer picnic dress – despite the snow on the ground outside, it’s the only thing I want to work on.

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    Jan 18, 2011, 12.42 AMby alissaslagle

    I purchased that book and I love it! Such fun patterns:)

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    Jan 18, 2011, 12.33 AMby dahlea

    My favorite weekend project is sewing felt food for my kids.

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    Jan 18, 2011, 12.29 AMby jalcindor

    I’m too tired to sew most weeknights so every project is a weekend one!

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    Jan 18, 2011, 12.22 AMby juliakatona

    Something easy and quick, either upcycling or something that requires little sewing. :)

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    Jan 18, 2011, 12.03 AMby variantvi

    Unfortunately I work every weekend …and most of the week….So! I usually make simple projects like custom hats or bags and sell them! It’s fun and most are easy and can be finished in under an hour.

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    Jan 17, 2011, 11.57 PMby cam557

    I like to sew simple tops and blouses.

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