Monday, August 30, 2010

I'll swannie,That Southern Matriarch gets me in more trouble!!!

I have never been satisfied with my little collars so my quest today has been to learn to perfect them. I visited Creations by Michie' and of course, Southern Matriarch, my dear friend Martha.
Learned all kinds of thing at both places!!
So, I see where I am lacking and have proceeded to spend the afternoon, ordering, instead of getting down to the business of sewing!!
OK, now I have to admit to some things: first, I use ready made piping whenever at ALL possible (gasp!!) and then, ( much to my chagrin) I do not own an edge-joining foot!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So, got that ordered, (also picked up another new foot that promises to fold and attach bias binding beautifully, we'll see) along with the German interfacing, the glue pen, a loop turner, a purple thang and of course, a supply of ready made piping.
I am getting ready to make the grands a couple of little Sunday dresses by Michie'.

So, I give a big shout-out to Martha and Michie' for their excellent instructions on collars!!!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Feliz inspiration

I finally made the Feliz pattern. I have wanted to make this darling dress pattern for ages but didn't have anyone to make it for until now!!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Fall Inspiration from Ottobre

Sewing for three these days has me searching for styles that are quick, but still cute with some style.
I got out my old back issues of Ottobre magazine for some design inspiration.
Found this little top that I thought was a really cute style for fall to wear with pants.

I have heard a lot of sewists, myself included, lament about having to trace the pattern pieces. But the styles are so cute and the instructions are so easy to understand,that to me , they are worth the effort. Not to mention, the finished garment looks great!!!
 Upon first glance at these pattern sheets, they appear to be an optical illision. The trick is to first check the color code that is listed on the sewing directions. The pattern piece lines, numbers and notes will be in that color.

Then, aclimate your eyes to the the correct color lines on the pattern sheet. (This may take a few minutes!!)
Once you have accomplished that (!), use a felt tipped marker and draw the lines for the size you need upon the pattern sheet. Next, lay a sheet of tissue paper (the kind you use for gift wrapping inside the gift box) on top of your drawn lines. Your drawn lines will be easy to see and trace.

Two other things to remember is to  1.--add seam allowances. For this particular pattern, I am using 1/4" SA's. And, for this one, I have found that I can go up a size, and not add the seam allowances and it will give me the finished size I need.
And 2.-- be sure to note any other tips on the general sewing instructions page. In particular, the SA's are already added to the pattern pieces for hems and facings.
I will post photos in a few days when I get the sets finished.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Precious website

My dear friend and partner in sewing crimes, LOL, Laurie Anderson of Southen Stitches Boutique  and SewnSew's Sewing Journal, has expanded her many talents, with a new webite dedicated to her wonderful vintage inspired creations. On this new site are her children's sewing patterns and her equally wonderful machine embroidery designs. This new site is Brer Rabbit Designs.  On her Brer Rabbit Designs blog, she is having a wonderful giveaway. Go over there and check it out!!
I can't say enough about Laurie's machine embroidery designs. I have used several of her sets for years, on infant clothing that I have made and it is about as close as you can get to hand embroidery. She has some adorable vintage look designs and her shadow embroidery is just as precious as can be!!!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Designing woman

This week I am working on a new pattern design. It is a beautiful party dress that is perfect for special occasions, Sunday School or holiday events.
About my patterns: (from my website)

This charming collection of designs is what I consider "Contemporary Classics". I have always loved to design beautiful clothing for children that enhance the very fact that they are , indeed, still children.

With my patterns, you will find good design and construction, good fit and easy to understand instructions. At the same time, I incorporate an easy heirloom technique that gives your finished garment a special designer touch!!

A garment with many different heirloom techniques could seem daunting to a beginning seamstress, so it is my hope that she might gain confidence in trying something new through my patterns.


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