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Re-sizing a bag pattern (Stow-It-All by ChrisWDesigns)

My sister said she wanted a Stow-It-All (by ChrisWDesigns) exactly the same as this …

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Added by Karen on August 25, 2015 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Flirty Twirl Dress VOGUE V1448 (DKNY)

It's been a great summer! I know it's not what you want to hear, but it's August already. The kids will be back in school before you know it. My summer has been a whirlwind from softball games to basketball. Let's just say I'm beat and finally getting my summer sewing completed.…

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Added by Renata on August 19, 2015 at 12:57am — 2 Comments

Londa's EZ 3 to 5 Tiered Skirt

Nothing prettier than a tiered skirt for a lady ... or little girl! Here are my FREE directions - found at the FREE INFO page on my website. Just share - with my website as the source, and send me photos of what you create!

Pretty Quick & EZ IMHO.  …

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Added by Londa Rohlfing on August 4, 2015 at 12:16pm — No Comments

'Hares' Embroidery and Applique Tote bag

Hare in Daisies by…

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Added by Karen on July 30, 2015 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

Hints for Sewing with Monofilament Thread

One of THE most fun things I do to embellish my clothing is to couch threads.  Read on for some super hints to couch without tears!



The 3 brands of Monofilament Thread I like and recommend are :

  1.  YLI - Wonder Invisible Thread (nylon on a cross wound small cone:  $4.20 for 1500 yards)
  2.   Superior Threads - …
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Added by Londa Rohlfing on July 28, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Sewing with Faux Suede - 'City Slicker Advanced' (ChrisWDesigns)

When I made my City Slicker (Advanced)  I noticed in the instructions this picture of one Christine had made in faux suede.  I…

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Added by Karen on July 22, 2015 at 3:30pm — No Comments

2 Ready-Made T's + Embellishments - NEW Top!

 Armed with some favorite summer colors,  ready-made T'shirts in Lime and Aqua, I set out to 'play'..... But first, I cut the Lime T-shirt apart (I started with an XL), and RE-Cut it using my Londa's Terrific 'T Knit Top Pattern.  This great top-seller is available both PDF for those of you who can't wait, AND …

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Added by Londa Rohlfing on July 11, 2015 at 3:58pm — No Comments

EZ Swimsuit Cover-Up

I’m always on the look-out for quick & EZ garments to sew, and this one is SIMPLE<  SIMPE< SIMPLE!!!   

Fabric:  2 yards of 45″ (could be wider if desire and fabric comes wider) soft fabric.  The ‘Twist Wrap” I purchased ($10)  was a poly sheer print.

Simple strapped holes at each upper end...

Simple…

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Added by Londa Rohlfing on June 23, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments

"Let's Celebrate with Cake" Hand Embroidery and Applique

I was in the mood for some more embroidery, so I sorted through my pattern collection and came across this one for a fabric picture by Bustle & Sew.  As I have a friend who bakes cakes for the local tea rooms and special occasions, this one struck a chord!…

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Added by Karen on June 14, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

Sewing With Silk - a Simple Pillowcase + Free Tutorial

My cousin Amanda …

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Added by Karen on June 8, 2015 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

How Not to Sew a Lined Shoulder Tote Bag!

A couple of years ago I made this reversible shoulder tote for a friend.  I like a shoulder bag as it leaves my hands free, but I'm not bothered about it being reversible so long as it's lined.  …

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Added by Karen on June 1, 2015 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Floral Overload Dress ~ Phoebe Couture

Phoebe Couture ~ McCall's M6518

 

Don’t Like Floral You Say!

In my last video I said I didn’t like floral fabrics. Well that was a lie :), I do love floral. It’s just that floral patterns are already busy. When you make a dress it will definitely be loud. I don’t have a…

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Added by Renata on May 26, 2015 at 11:00am — 5 Comments

The Malvarosa Dress Project (Pauline Alice Sewing Patterns)

I like reading the garment sewers blogs and looking at the indie patterns.  When I found myself repeatedly going back and looking at …

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Added by Karen on May 25, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

Embroidered Burlap Mini Tote Bag + Appliqued Poppy

 

I had a request to make a little mini-tote in jute (a.k.a. hessian/burlap) or oilcloth, and decided to try it out with some…

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Added by Karen on May 19, 2015 at 5:00pm — 4 Comments

Laundry Hamper Makeover!

One of my nieces asked if I could recover her old Laundry Bin for her.  She had removed the old tatty one and was left with a wooden frame with flimsy balsa wood…

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Added by Karen on May 10, 2015 at 11:30am — 4 Comments

Join the Irregulars, Become an Occasional Blogger!

"What are the Irregulars?" I hear you ask. Well, it's someone who likes to post the occasional blog, without having to commit to a regular one, because I read this article...

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Added by Karen on April 28, 2015 at 2:30am — 2 Comments

Long Arm Oven Mitts with a Free Pattern from So Sew Easy

I saw this free PDF sewing pattern for a…

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Added by Karen on April 27, 2015 at 4:00pm — 3 Comments

I've Finally Completed My Sewing PhD - The Pink Tulle Petticoat Project - Butterick 4788

Last year I had six Projects Half Done, and made a resolution to finish them all within the year.  I failed.  I only finished five of them,…

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Added by Karen on April 21, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Summer Sewing for Sunny (and rainy) Days

Okay, it's Saturday, and that summer beach bonfire is not going to happen unless you can find something besides fleece and rubber boots to wear. Sound familiar?



Living in Southeast can be a big wardrobe hassle when the sun sneaks up on us. We love the weather, but our closets don't! So, why not do like our mothers taught us, and create or…

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Added by Susan on April 16, 2015 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

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