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EZ Puppet Theatre for Door Way

Recently, I got to escape to play and create with #1 Grandson! DD had torn out a page from a magazine on a 'hang in the door' puppet theater, so that was our project. Here we are having a great time sewing it...which he LOVED being artsy-craftsy as he is. The machine is one I gave my daughter at the end of my shop days - a Brother - which is a GREAT machine. I got it 'out of the closet' and gave it a good run - since it never sees the light of day otherwise...

Maybe SOME… Continue

Added by Londa Rohlfing on February 25, 2011 at 9:31am — 1 Comment

Case for the TAG Reading System

This is a bag I made for keeping the books, cord, Pen and everything for the Leapster TAG reading system that we're giving our grandson (5 years old) for Christmas.

Gee - can you tell they live in the Indianapolis area?…


Added by Londa Rohlfing on December 8, 2010 at 10:21pm — 2 Comments

Help me decide.......... My hubby and I ballroom dance (social, not DWTS!) and New Year's Eve is always a fun time for which I always make a new gown (and since I owned a fabric shop in town for 1…

Help me decide..........

My hubby and I ballroom dance (social, not DWTS!) and New Year's Eve is always a fun time for which I always make a new gown (and since I owned a fabric shop in town for 13 years - many 'watch' for what I make each year it seems). I found a wonderful velour panne type velvet knit in a ruby red with embossed starbursts while I was in Atlanta this summer for the American…


Added by Londa Rohlfing on December 7, 2010 at 8:00pm — 4 Comments

Stitching an Apron - My suggestions for easier stitching on Simplicity 3752

Apron Stitching - Arghhh to Simplicity Directions!

This week I took time to stitch up an apron for Dear Daughter - to go with her decor of her first little home with #1 Grandson and wonderful new hubby! Thought it would come in handy as she does Christmas cooking in her first home's little kitchen.…


Added by Londa Rohlfing on November 29, 2010 at 4:00pm — 8 Comments

Scarves to embellish Londa's Creative Sweatshirt Jackets

Creatively Busy AGAIN.... some of my current KITS for jackets I offer at the sewing expos around the country include cashmere neck scarves and Pashmina scarves, so I decided to execute some jackets utilizing them, just in time for next week when I am at the Houston Quilt Festival as a vendor and on the Faculty. I'm very excited to have a class there on Tuesday about my jackets, and also a Trunk Show class.… Continue

Added by Londa Rohlfing on October 28, 2010 at 8:51am — No Comments

HUNT for reversible fabrics - MAKE this great little jacket

One of the most fun parts of doing the Sewing Expos is seeing all the neat clothing on our fashion-conscious customers! Often self-created, but

also store-bought (RTW = Ready-To-Wear). I always keep my camera handy

and when I ask permission, most often the wearer is flattered and I get

to take…

Added by Londa Rohlfing on October 14, 2010 at 10:01am — No Comments

Londa's Refined Embellishments for Creative Clothing

Was scanning this great necklace made from old rhinestone earrings and pins - THEN I noticed, the RAW edges on this charmeuse dress - undoubtedly silk as well. Look at the neckline finish - it's just a strip of bias!!!

Then - even notice the extra wide - I'd say 3" or so double layers of bias stitched down the center - looks like there are 4 of them - and upper edges not even caught in with the neckline finish...

AMAZING! Why do we make sewing so nitty picky is what I… Continue

Added by Londa Rohlfing on April 1, 2010 at 8:14am — 2 Comments

"Talking" patterns and book to empower your creativity

My hope - prayer - goal is that my "Talking" patterns will really, really give sewers just the tools and encouragement they need to sew creatively - whether it be on a "Creative Sweatshirt Jacket" as I do - or ANY garment they make!

Just this week, I finalized and released the following pattern booklets AND my starter book.

Watch a demo video - just be patient a minute for the audio to… Continue

Added by Londa Rohlfing on January 27, 2010 at 6:15pm — No Comments

Hard at Work Upating Creative Sweatshirt Jacket Patterns into 'Talking Patterns'

These days find me at the Computer rather than my sewing machine - UGHHHH!

However, I think it is a labor of love, as with the roaring success of my "Talking Pattern' concept as debuted in 'Chosen', I've just finished taping all the audio and doing all the editing to transform my next popular pattern… Continue

Added by Londa Rohlfing on December 10, 2009 at 7:33am — No Comments

Slown Down

I believe God slowed me down on my new pattern development by sending the flu. Or - really, that I got the flu and that's what I'm interpreting it to mean. Alsoi n the middle of moving my elderly mother from the nursing home where she landed a week ago to a really nice assisted living situation. Anyway - below if my last jacket design for the current pattern. Left to do: test my directions for this one by making another jacket. Then - write the directions for real, and do the taping....sure… Continue

Added by Londa Rohlfing on August 31, 2009 at 4:07am — 3 Comments

BAck to Designing Today - Sewing IS Therapy!

I haven't uploaded photos from today's design session yet, but it sure was good to get 'back in the saddle' on this pattern. Since last Thursday morning, I've been at my Dad's side as we took my mom to the hospital, and now into a nursing home. Alzheimer's is a very, very exhausting and challenging disease to live through with a loved one. I'm very grateful for online support groups!

My mind got to hit STOP on all those concerns and I reached a new level of being in touch with God's… Continue

Added by Londa Rohlfing on August 25, 2009 at 10:42pm — No Comments

Darted Collar Version of CHOSEN Creative Sweatshirt Jacket Pattern

This one was fun! Re-cycling the sweater (a favorite from a Mexican vacation) that my husband inadvertently 'felted' was really pretty easy. This is a VERY unique collar, and tomorrow I'll be testing it out in a woven fabric as well. I'm thinking that collar will need to be cut on the Bias. Over and over again, I'm convinced how absolutely competely NECESSARY it is to have a stash of fabrics! the grey on this jacket and the brown binding are opposite… Continue

Added by Londa Rohlfing on August 17, 2009 at 10:00pm — No Comments

CHOSEN jackets design progress report

Wheww - that's a big picture - dunno how to make smaller. This is my first jacket with a draped effect collar for this pattern, CHOSEN. The trim is what i call 'Doupioni Fur'. The process is to design - sew - take notes as I go - and photos of every step. Much doing, un-doing and re-doing. That's the fun part! Then...writing the directions… Continue

Added by Londa Rohlfing on August 13, 2009 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Pattern Design Process

OK - I'm ready - have exercised, organized, rested the weekend, most dishes are tended to - and though there are (plenty)weeds in my flower beds, the time has come to design/write/record, etc. for my new pattern: CHOSEN. I've done several jackets already, but I need to refine/add to - do more, etc. Ideas from snoop shopping on vacation added to the concept - so I can't wait to get started. The photo is really an organized mess - necessary to figure… Continue

Added by Londa Rohlfing on August 10, 2009 at 10:00pm — No Comments

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