Block fusing is a method that many modern tailors and home-sewists use to apply interfacing to fashion fabric yardage before the pattern pieces are cut out. Have you ever struggled keeping the interfacing layer from…Continue
I opted to publish this tutorial within the blog as it is recorded in three separate parts, and I wanted some continuity with respect to navigating from the first video, to the last.
Grab your coffee and watch these videos to learn how to make this awesome bag!
There are certain images a mother can't ever forget. Like the time not long ago when I walked into the middle school after school to find my seventh grade son hunched over a sewing machine.
"Wow!" I said. "Do you know what you're doing?"
"Shh!" he said. "I'm trying to make this hem straight!"
As if that wasn't shocking enough, a few minutes later Cole was at the ironing board, pressing the same…Continue
Added by Susan on January 16, 2011 at 6:13pm — No Comments
1/15/2011 11:33 PM
By SUZANNE R. STONE
The CSRA chapter of the American Sewing Guild has a seminar and workshop for stitchers who are ready to get creative.
The guild sponsors the "Sew" creative seminar and workshop,…
Added by Susan on January 16, 2011 at 6:00pm — No Comments
Free Pieced Hearts are easy. Here's a little tutorial by "Pleasant Home" to help you along.
BY TIFFANY ARNOLD
Emily and Jen Burker flipped through the pages from their fashion look book for dolls, pointing out one-of-a-kind designs and exclusive dresses made for family and friends.
Every outfit has a name and a back story. They paused and giggled at the picture of "The Shepherdess,"…
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You might not think that chunky sweater Grandma gave you for Christmas is on the cutting edge of fashion, but you’d be wrong. The handmade, mistakes and all, is having a major moment...
No less an arbiter of style and trend than Phoebe Philo, Céline’s creative director, made news with her spring 2011…Continue
Added by Susan on January 13, 2011 at 2:55pm — No Comments
With all of the snow so many of us have received over the past few weeks I thought a tutorial on gaiters would be helpful. From Wikipedia: "Gaiters are garments worn over the shoe and lower pant leg, and used primarily as personal protective equipment; similar garments used primarily for display are spats. Originally, gaiters were made of leather. Today, gaiters for walking are commonly made of…Continue
Added by Susan on January 12, 2011 at 7:02am — No Comments
When I saw the title, I wondered how big this "pouch" would be? As I read with interest further, I realized that the pouch can actually be as big as a diaper bag. This pouch is perfect for carrying wet or dirty clothes such as swimwear or that little waddler “accident.” I'll admit I never really considered a shower curtain as sewable fabric before... but…Continue
I really wish I had been able to do this with my jeans when I was pregnant. Alas I was not even willing to get close to a sewing machine at that time - and so, I suffered with a copper button jabbing into my stomach for most of my pregnancy. However, Jessica of "Running With Scissors" was a lot smarter than I was and she figured out a way to alter her regular jeans and turn them into some really comfy maternity jeans with some 2" elastic, and some…Continue
Added by Susan on January 10, 2011 at 5:44pm — No Comments
Mitering corners occurs where two hems overlap at a corner, often within a quilt, or something like a napkin. It is often desirable to remove some of the extra thicknesses of material. A mitered corner eliminates bulk.
Gwen from Gwenny Penny offers two methods to…Continue
Added by Susan on January 7, 2011 at 6:32am — No Comments
During these cold winter months a lot of us like to enjoy our coffee on the go. I know I do while chauffering one or more of the five kids back and forth from their many activities. I also like to have a cup of hot chocolate when the boys are playing a game at the rink. The problem is, my cocoa gets cold very quickly at the rink and I end up with this…Continue
by Vanessa Smith
If you read my custom fabric button article, I showed you how to change the buttons on a plain black jacket. The buttons were a good start, but it needed more work. So I decided to add another fast and easy technique. I made my own colorful and unique cording to embellish the jacket. Not only is this cording technique great for embellishing clothing, it can be used for purse straps, to make jewelry, and to embellish other projects.…
Added by Susan on January 4, 2011 at 4:30am — No Comments