Last year I worked on Simplicity 1019 to create a two tone sheath and matching leggings. Ising the same pattern, I made a ponte knit top. Overall it took about 2 hours. I love the metal button closure on the shoulders that adds a little something to its design.
A few weeks ago I mentioned that I was making a crib quilt for my childhood friends first grandchild. I rarely free motion sew but the weather lately has been extremely cold. This will ensure that she is warm.
What better way to say Happy Valentine’s Day than present his little princess with a pink crib quilt ?
Do you know when you wash a waist length pullover sweater one time too many and the bottom becomes stretched out of shape? RECYCLE IT!! By attaching the last 5″ of my husbands button down shirts sleeves and 10″ from the bottom of the shirt, I created a completely different look. Now I have something super casual to wear with my skinny jeans and riding boots. Yeah I know….He will find out about his shirt when we get dressed.
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Someone special is expecting and I missed the opportunity to sew for her first child. What better way to surprise her with a custom diaper bag by The Selfless Seamstress? Today my metal hardware arrived which permitted me to apply the finishing touches. Her she is:
( My first time working g with a magnetic closure)
One of the things I love about the this bag is the water resistant interior that was made out of PUL (just in case a bottle isn’t closed properly. In addition, I included an adjustable slider (pictured above) so that she can set the desired strap length and a swivel ring in the to attach her car keys👍🏼 (or extra pacifier?)
The bag includes an exterior side pocket for mommys water bottle (or wine depending on how much the little one is crying on any given day) and one large exterior pocket big enough for her MacBook or magazines/papers to grade.
What do you think? Please let me know.
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If you’re gifting someone with a sewing machine this Holiday season, please do not buy them cheap thread. I know that bin near the counter looks like it’s too good to be true, filled with white and black thread to the brim. It’s akin time fmdng a diamond in a pile of zircon.
When you understand the impact of cheap thread you’ll thank me. It will suffice for hand sewn items but please avoid cheap thread for sewing machine use. Sewing thread, especially cottons, have a shelf life. Further, poorly spun, aged thread will dry rot and the fibers will cause machine problems or repeatedly break in the needle area. So if th spool in the discount bin is dusty, there you go.
Cheap thread will lead to disappointment and the Sewitch to think something is wrong with their machine. Often it’s cheap thread. Their needle will snap. It’s cheap thread. The stitches aren’t neat. It’s cheap thread.
Even if you buy her. Walmart sewing machine, pass on the cheap thread and invest in just 2-4 spools of quality thread.
– Smooches 💋
Yesterday i happily returned home after a ride to the fabric store. I picked up five different prints, one of which is a tartan plaid.
I love the warmth of wool and knits in the fall and I also like to keep it stylish. When I came across McCalls 6842, I knew that a cute short shirt in tartan plaid with my boots was in my future.
It’s an eggplant and green with a cranberry stripe. Perfect for the holidays!
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Would I make it again?: ABSOLUTELY!! I will begin cutting fabric for another once I post this.
Difficulty: Simple enough for a newbie with little supervision to assemble the pieces.
Last night I began fumbling through boxes of fabric and found a few yards of this cotton floral print that I purchased a year ago that I never used. It’s a busy print, I know but it’s beautiful, like a watercolor painting.
Well, it was after 9pm and I was on my second glass of Reisling, and fifth slice of pizza. I didn’t have an appropriate pattern so I began draping it on my dress form in effort to stir my imagination. Nothing worked for me…
After a number of ideas, I felt that it was best if I kept it simple. I wanted to display the floral print but I didn’t want too much of it in the bodice so this is the result. First, draped the fabric on my dress form to get an idea, pinned it, stood back and stared. Poured another glass and felt, “You really should not be sewing and sipping”. After what felt like 45 minutes, the light bulb came on and I cut it all (3 yards) in such a way, that I was able to add pockets, armhole interfacing and neck interfacing. In addition, I was able to finally use the ruffler/gathering foot that my son gave me for Christmas (for my Brother Innov-is 1250D)
Given that this was created after 9pm after three glasses of wine and no pattern, I am damn proud.
Quick! Go to Michael’s, AC Moore or Joanne’s. They always sell 3 t-shirts for $9.99. Using three, I made a v-neck color block dress in white, navy and green.
Come on! $10 per summer dress? You can’t beat it. Where’s my flip flops?