Just as my Grandma made me my 'Lucy Doll' - gee, about 63 years ago - this Christmas it was time to create a similar cloth doll for my own granddaughter. I found this 'Poppy' doll pattern at Etsy - ran it by my daughter for approval, and it was a 'GO'. HERE is a link to purchasing that pattern for yourself.
Added by Londa Rohlfing on October 28, 2018 at 6:00pm — No Comments
Just like Grandma (or Great-Grandma) used daily, SAVE $ and be ‘Green’ by using act RE-Using these Fabric Bowl Covers instead of plastic or foil. When they get dirty just throw into the wash (or wipe off if you fuse vinyl to the fabric).
This is a great Beginning Sewing Project and makes a super Gift!Continue
Added by Londa Rohlfing on October 14, 2018 at 8:00am — No Comments
Sewing for a granddaughter is a special delight. This toddler has SO many clothes, that I am making only a few and very special ones. This polar fleece jacket was quite delightful to design and create. Even though a big machine with embroidery capability sits in my sewing studio, I honestly am more comfortable with the traditional method of applique and I KNOW I enjoyed 'painting with my machine' and being the DRIVER rather than letting the computer part of an embroidery machine do the…Continue
Added by Londa Rohlfing on October 8, 2018 at 6:00pm — No Comments
SCHOLASTIC & LIFE SKILLS TAUGHT WITH SEWING CLASSES
At the Sunroom Sewing Studio here in Jackson, TN my students learn a wide variety of skills necessary to successful living as a well-rounded, educated person. Below is a summary of the types of things I naturally teach along with sewing skills.…Continue
Added by Londa Rohlfing on October 1, 2018 at 6:00am — No Comments
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My mail today was pretty exciting! I opened an advance copy of Altered Couture Magazine that contains my up-cycled top as a feature article! This Stampington magazine is ‘The Ultimate Guide for Artwear Enthusiasts” – which, I suppose I have become since this is my absolutely FAVORITE type of creative sewing.
The 2 piece knit top from…Continue
Added by Londa Rohlfing on November 23, 2017 at 5:30am — No Comments
Check out my final trimmed and sewn ‘Onesie’ for granddaughter Kenzie’s Aug. 7 birthday! It’s been ‘in process’ for some time since we live 7 hours away. Of course you’ll get to see it ‘all together’ on the beautiful model, but we’ll both just have to wait.
Today, I finished the Onesie – and I must say, I think it’s pretty darned cute – but it will be even cuter on our baby!…Continue
OK – Transforming a T into this cascading vest tickled my brain! Cruising on Pinterest for upcycle fashion ideas for my upcoming Kids Fashion Sewing Camp, I came upon the photo seen at the left in the image above. Since I lost a night’s sleep on this, let me explain…
Added by Londa Rohlfing on June 15, 2017 at 6:00pm — No Comments
Today, I’m sharing my techniques for hemming a knit garment. There are many ways to ‘skin the cat’, in this case the ‘cat’ being a knit hem. What I CAN tell you is that the ‘way’ instructed in most patterns will NOT work! Simply turning up a knit hem and stitching WILL yield a wobbly mess. Give this technique a try and I think you might just LOVE it!
That means put a knit fusible interfacing the…Continue
Added by Londa Rohlfing on May 31, 2017 at 6:30am — No Comments
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A T-Shirt Throw Coverlet is an EZ memory gift to sew up for giving this graduating season.
Sewing Guild friend, Linda brought this delightful T-Shirt Throw that she made with T’s belonging to her son. Though I’d love to give appropriate credit to the original designer of the idea, Linda did not know – “other than on…
Added by Londa Rohlfing on May 27, 2017 at 6:00am — No Comments
See how flounces added to the hemline and sleeves transform this T-Shirt? It was a wonderful T for my sewing buddy at Christmas, but I knew I wanted to ‘take it up a notch’. She found this GREAT plaid…Continue
Added by Londa Rohlfing on May 25, 2017 at 1:39pm — No Comments
I think it’s special: the last thing I stitched in my IL home sewing corner (basement), was a maternity top and pants for my daughter… and the first thing I’ve completed in my new TN sun room sewing studio (check out my NEW sewing view below!) is…a knit wrap-style baby carrier – and more maternity clothes coming up next – at least for my ‘personal sewing’ schedule.…
Added by Londa Rohlfing on June 7, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments
Help name my new Sewing School. The 20' x 30' all season 'porch' at our new home in Jackson, TN will be a sewing shangrila...teaching 'girls' of all ages. (And perhaps an occasional Boy's Camp)
I'm BZ setting up my classes, etc. but need a NAME. Need your help.
Words I like: sewing, studio, creative, connection, sew, stitch
Comment here with your suggestion(s). If I select your suggestion, a $25 Gift Certificate is…
Yeah – so Dear Daughter can’t find maternity jeans that cost less than $100. Sewing Grandma-to-be to the rescue! Laying in bed thinking through this process, it came to me: Buttonhole Elastic. This great stuff is found in toddler pants for easy adjusting for tummy growth – so why not in maternity wear as well! Shazammm – and daughter agrees. We are both thinking…perhaps a…Continue
Added by Londa Rohlfing on March 21, 2016 at 10:38pm — No Comments
Constructing classic double welt “buttonhole’ pockets is something I’ve perfected for myself over the…
Added by Londa Rohlfing on March 8, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments
One of the most fun parts of creating garments for special occasions is having 'left-overs' with which to create gifts! That was the case for my daughter's recent very small, informal, casual wedding. Having made her lace knit top and aqua silk sash and the groom and grandson's 'wool' plaid vests and silk ties...it was time for a small remembrance gift.....…
Added by Londa Rohlfing on February 14, 2016 at 4:00pm — No Comments
Recently, my daughter needed a pretty lace top for her small, casual wedding. After looking EVERYWHERE, even online and ordering only to be hugely disappointed in the quality, I started looking online for fabric, but then she found this pretty lace with a bit of lengthwise 'give' at her local JoAnn's Fabric Store. A 'dive' into my Cream/White Box of knit fabric scraps yielded the perfect creamy knit for a lining and just enough (not an inch to spare!). Here are the details on how…Continue
Added by Londa Rohlfing on February 10, 2016 at 4:00pm — No Comments
The Way I Do It……..
OK, this doesn’t mean it is the ONLY way – but after YEARS of creative sewing, designing, observing and teaching . . . I’m convinced that the process I share below is the best way (at least for me) to sew, be the ‘boss’ and have to have FUN while…
Now that I have completed TWO of these great HASSOCKS (Bolster, Tuffet - whatever you care to call them)as gifts for my dear adult children, I feel there are some details of the construction and design process which, in addition to the pattern I (kinda of) used, Auntie's Two "A New Take on a Tuffett", that will prove helpful. BTW - I sell these great dense foam forms on my website (small: 14" hi x 12" diameter) or Large as I utilitzed: (18" tall x 15" diameter). They are definitely firm…Continue
Added by Londa Rohlfing on January 7, 2016 at 8:00am — No Comments