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Featured Blog Posts – May 2011 Archive (8)

Free Pattern Download - The Sorbetto Top by Colette Patterns


An elegant, versatile, and simple pattern available at no charge to download and offered by Colette Patterns.  Inspired by the 60's era, this pattern is just two pattern pieces plus…


Added by Susan on May 27, 2011 at 6:00am — 14 Comments

Pineapple, (Pina) and Sewing


The weather has been awful in my part of the world for the past six weeks.  In an effort to create my own sense of "summer" I wanted to post something "tropical, exotic, warm", just to try to convince myself that those elements do still exist.   So let's consider this…


Added by Susan on May 25, 2011 at 6:30am — 4 Comments

Organizing my sewing studio

Good morning to all of you creatives!!


Try to re-organize my appt and my sewing studio. Am not yet sure how to do it. Currently I have a room where I sew (sewing studio) and a living room. In the living room I have my office desk and the printers. But I'm absolutely not happy with it......


This is my sewing studio. Please ignore the mess...…


Added by Wiccat Caroline on May 22, 2011 at 5:30am — No Comments

My Men's Button-Down Aprons :]

Finally, here are some pictures of my men's button-down aprons. I don't want to give away all my secrets as I do sell these now, but it's so simple! You just use the front for the top, and the back for the bottom. The back gives you enough for the bottom piece and the neck ties, and the front gives you enough for the top piece and the waist ties. :] My mom made some yo-yos out of left-over fabric from them, as well as some of my other scraps.

Sorry if the pictures aren't great, I took…


Added by Pagan Reid on May 21, 2011 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

Vogue Pattern 1014 Help!


I am making this dress in crepe back satin, (suggested fabric) but the flounce doesn't drape as nice as in the picture.  Would pressing it with steam help? 


The asymmetrical lines caught my eye.  Has anyone else sewn this pattern?

Added by Roxanne on May 20, 2011 at 8:00pm — 14 Comments

What is Pad Stitching?

Pad stitches are a type of running stitch made by placing small stitches perpendicular to the line of stitching. Pad stitches secure two or more layers of fabric together and give the layers more firmness; smaller and denser stitches create more firmness. They may also be used to enforce an overall curvature of…


Added by Susan on May 17, 2011 at 4:00am — 7 Comments

All About Pintucks

In sewing, a tuck is a fold or pleat in fabric  that is sewn in place.  Small tucks, especially multiple parallel tucks, may be used to adorn clothing or linens. When the tucks are very narrow, they are called pintucks.  


This is what pintucks look like:

According to Wikipedia, "...pintucks were very popular as ornamentation in the latter half of the 19th century, especially in fine linen or cotton fabric for chemisettes, engageantes,…


Added by Susan on May 16, 2011 at 3:30am — 1 Comment

Flip Flops for the Marlins!

I have always loved the colors of the Marlins baseball team. This year Brody is plays baseball for the Shetland Marlins in our city. This past Sunday, Brody's team and their family's tailgated and went to Rome, GA to watch the "Rome Braves" play. The team had to wear their jerseys so Momma had to match. This lead me to make changeable flip flops straps!…


Added by Tara Rose on May 3, 2011 at 9:39am — No Comments

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