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Series 15 DVD - Living Color
1501
Hanging By A Thread
Watch Shirley demonstrate pattern layout for purple linen jacket .

Elegance is the art of understatement and monocolor embellishments help you achieve that result.

Contributing fiber artists offer other ideas, too.
Tubular Garden
1502
Tunnels and Tubes
Insufficient amount of fabric inspired this method of design for a summer jacket. Tunnel designs in the fabric of a rhubarb colored jacket and self bias around the edges of a floral jacket extend sides for proper fit.  

Watch Shirley dig these tunnels on youtube.
1503
I Grew, Gonna Sue?
A few extra pounds can devastate a wardrobe unless you know the secrets to expanding your clothing while camouflaging the changes. Even better, you can make the changes new design features! Shirley demonstrates how to cut up the current garment, lay it out on your pattern, where to add more fabric and then reassemble.  Watch now on Amazon Instant Video
1504
Light Hearted Leather
Shirley's favorite, FabuLeather. She shows her embellishing techniques for adding fun to your leather projects including a  purple pant and jacket set with delicate golden butterflies dancing about. Learn finishing techniques for this fabric and adding as trim to fleece mittens and caps. Butterfly layout and pattern to print.   Watch now on Amazon Instant Video
1505
Recycling Sweaters
Perhaps more lovely the second time around, wool sweaters are washed and dried to shrink or felt them into firm dense fabrics. Cut up and combined into vests and jackets that look like stained glass or crazy quilts like the Linda Davis jacket at right.

Watch Shirley demonstrate recycling sweaters on youtube
Linda Davis Stained Glass
1506
Transformations
Did ink or wine ruin a favorite skirt or coffee stain a warm wooly white jacket? No fear as you have the ability to "fix" those errors with tasteful embellishment. Turn an old tiered skirt (remember those?) into a fun and modern baseball style jacket. Make a modern circular skirt from three different color layers of chiffon. Watch Shirley transform ruined fabric into new fashion on Youtube.
1507
Flower Power
Your thumb may not be green, but that doesn't mean you can't have a garden. Produce beautiful flowers from singe-ing silk or raveling little fabric squares, twisting ribbons, thread painting. Possibilities are endless.  Watch how easy it is to produce your own garden on Youtube!
Singed Silk Flowers
1508
Designed By You
Welcome back Swing by printing these instructions! With a basic pattern, anything you imagine can become reality. Take your proper measurements, adjust your own pattern, then let Shirley help you make design changes that allow you to reuse that pattern for almost any style. Watch Shirley design patterns on Amazon Instant Video.
1509
Double Clutch
Double Clutch Bags If you liked the clutch bags from Series 14, these are twice as nice as you expand the room by adding a second compartment. The extra flap affords wonderful design coordinates  

Watch Shirley clutch on Amazon Instant Video.

Visit Shirley's Bag Collection
1510
Guata-Mola
Guatemalan fabrics are sturdy but ravelly. Use that trait to your advantage then combine with molas you can buy or make. These appliqué pictures are fascinating and add unique interest.   Watch Shirley demonstrate this lovely process  on Amazon Instant Video. Guata-Mola Jacket
1511
Happening in the Plaza
Areas throughout the country put on wonderful sewing festivals. Go to learn new techniques and raise your expertise level from the give and take of teachers and other participants. Be inspired by a wealth of ideas in this parade of garments. Shirley shows you her treasures from an art festival in New Mexico on Youtube.
1512
Silk Bloomers
Produce a "blooming" technique by stacking fabric layers, stitching multiple lines, then slashing between them. Done in silks and thin supple rayons, these are especially lovely and dressy. Stripping before stitching is still another alternative shown. Shirley demonstrates with the patternless jacket.  Watch Shirley produce a blooming jacket on Youtube
1513
Shibori
A Japanese technique, Shibori, that wrinkles, twists or ties areas of fabric before dipping, spraying or painting. This resistant dye technique can be pressed flat or stabilized for beautiful results in jackets, vests, and blouses. Watch Shirley tie-dye on Amazon Instant Video.