Sunday, June 27, 2010

Seeking the gift of Life

My friend Cathy Erickson has a daughter who is in need of a liver transplant. Please pray for her that the donor they may have found will indeed be a match for heather.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

My sewing room . ..

After seeing all the beautiful creative spaces recently posted on My Desert Cottage who hosted "Where Bloggers Create", I was inspired to do a little fluffing and primping in my own creative space.

My space was originally our son's room and when we made this room for him, I don't know where my brain was when I "let" him and my darling husband put this siding up on the walls.
Over the years I have often thought about ways to hide, cover or replace it. But that was such a big project, I decided to just go with what I have.

My husband's baby apron and dress

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Gulf Coast, here I come!!!!

I am so ready to get away and see something different, eat something different, and do nothing!! (that is nothing but sit on the beach and read, drink a big ol'  tall galss of something cold and chill out).
So we are headed for the coast. I am going to do my part and help the folks down there who are having such a hard time. I am going to stay in their rooms, eat in their restaurants, and shop in their stores.
I can't wait!!!!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

It's hot!!!

Isn't this the cutest thing for a hot, steamy, sultry summer day in the South? I made this 2 or 3 years ago and just realized my darling granddaughters need one!!! (before they outgrow this style!!!)

A matching bib, of course!!!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

More Irby versions!!! Inspiration!!

This darling version of my Irby pattern was made by my friend Jerry Roberts for her granddaughter Mary Kennedy. I love her creative use of fabrics and trims on this one. She is working on an heirloom version and I can't wait to see it.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Preview of new pattern!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am working on getting my next pattern out to you!!  It should be ready in a couple of weeks. This is a design I came up with several years ago, my version of the ever popular "Twirly skirt" but with a twist!! In this pattern, you will learn a fabulous heirloom technique "Puffing"
I will be offering this pattern in sizes 12months to 8.
Twirly skirts are fun, easy and relatively quick to make!! The only hard part is figuring out the cutting dimensions to get the right porportions, and of course, I will have that all figured out for you!!!!
This pattern will be named "Lacey Claire" for one of my granddaughters (all my patterns will be named for the grands)

"Lacey Claire"

Shown here in a larger version

Shown here in a size 12-18 months

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Quick, easy, fun, cute ruffles!!! Tutorial

Ruffles are a fun way to dress up or add a little jazz to a lot of things: a tee shirt, all kinds of children's clothes or even a throw pillow!!! I am going to show you a quick and easy way to make ruffles without all the extra finishing steps usually required for perfect ruffles. CAUTION: this tutorial is not intended for serious sewing!!
In general, most cotton fabrics cut on the bias do not tend to ravel. This tip works best on lightweight cotton fabrics such as batiste, lawn or pima cotton.
You will need:
Fabric to make bias strips
washout marker
A ruler
A rotary cutter
cutting mat
sewing machine

Let's begin!!!!

First, fold the edge of your fabric scrap over like this , to form a triangle. Press.

 Next, open the pressed piece and place the fold line along one of the grid lines on your cutting mat. (You can do this without all this equipment simply by marking the fabric and cutting with scissors)
Cut several one-inch wide strips of fabric.

Set your machine settings to a long stitch length and a tightened tension. You can play with the settings until you get the amount of gathers you like.

Put your strip under the presser foot and stitch down the center of the strip.
Notice how the fabric is gathering up behind the presser foot.

If you have tightened your tension too much, your ruffles may come out like this, in the photo below. Not to worry.
Now, when you have finished that strip, take it out from under the presser foot and pull some extra inches of top and bobbin threads from the machine,  along with it.

If your ruffle is a tight little puff, like the one above, simply ease it out on the extra inches of threads, until you get the amount of gathers you like.

Make as many of these strips as you need for your project. Don't worry about the strip not being long enough. You can take

the short ends, turn them under and butt them against each other to continue the length!!!
Mark the placement lines  on your project with a washout marker. Align the stitching on the strip with the placement line and sew the strip in place, stitching right on top of the ruffle stitches.

Here are bloomers that I added this type of ruffle.
And below is a sundress that has a ruffle on the hem and I added the fun ruffles on top of the skirt ruffle's seam line.

Some other fun ways to use them would be to decorate the neckline of a v-neck tee, the hem of capri pants, the bottom of a lampshade,  a bib, or a twirly skirt!!! Sew them a top of a seamline, in a straight line or a curved line. The possibilities are limited only to your imagination!!


Friday, June 4, 2010

Smocked bubble romper

Here is Lacey wearing her mommy's smocked bubble I made for her over 25 years ago. It always amazes me when her mommy pulls something out from the box of clothes I saved, for Lacey to wear. They look as good as they did way back then.

It is also amazing to see how my work has improved over all those years. When I was making all those clothes for Elizabeth (Lacey's mother), I had no formal instruction and did everything "off the cuff". I didn't know about French seams and apparently didn't know too much about lace and trims, as it seems I rarely used any!!! Or maybe my memory is rusty, and really it is because the fabric is all I could afford!!!
This bubble had a matching smocked, stiff-brimmed bonnet , but , sadly, we cannot locate it.
The only picture I have of the bonnet is this one, my cousin's child wearing it for a photo with a bishop dress I had made for her. (and no, they don't have it either) I am sure it is in another box, lost somewhere in the dark recesses of my attic!!!


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