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May 2011 Blog Posts (17)

Wish you

you a wonderful and creative day! I'll change my living room with my "atelier". yeeeeeah.

greets caroline

Added by Wiccat Caroline on May 31, 2011 at 3:59am — No Comments

re 'Garden Carrier Sewing Project'

shows how to make a garden tarp out of pack cloth and webbing.  Vern Nelson of the Oregonian in Portland published it

6/17.  I have it as a PDF as well.  I have found it very useful

Added by nancy nagle on May 30, 2011 at 11:10am — No Comments

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

Continuous Bias Binding - an alternative tutorial



Yahaira Ferreira of the Bitter Purl offers a different method of making continuous bias binding within her tutorial.  She promises that this is a super easy way to make continuous binding.  



Added by Susan on May 23, 2011 at 4:30am — 6 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

Make Your Own Skull Cap ( do-rag )


To make your own do-rag you will need half a yard of 100% cotton fabric in your choice of patterns and colors.

Please read all 5 steps before you begin.

  • Step 1 gives you the measurements for the do-rag including the pattern for the sides of cap, the measurements for the top piece and the band piece.
  • Step 2 and…

Added by Susan on May 11, 2011 at 4:30am — No Comments

Ah-haaaaaaa.. I found the "featured contents" button...

Ah-haaaaaaa.. I found the "featured contents" button... Continue

Added by Susanne Strandvoll on May 9, 2011 at 7:24am — No Comments

Where are you all hiding your projects???

I'm having trouble finding member's projects. What they are making.. Am I not looking hard enough or is this more of a blog site?

Added by Susanne Strandvoll on May 9, 2011 at 7:10am — 1 Comment

Chiffon Party Dress Adaptation (MIni-Tutorial)


Simple instructions on how to adapt a basic circle dress pattern to make it party-dress perfect.

Find the free mini-tutorial here



Added by Karen McSpadden on May 4, 2011 at 11:06pm — No Comments

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

Hey there, everyone!

So, I'm a total newbie here. I've been on Ravelry for a while and was thinking how neat it would be if there was a site like that for sewing! And then I thought, maybe there is! Googled "sewing" and found you all.


Now I just have to find my way in here and figure out how everything works. I have all kinds of projects. I plan to knit a "sweater" for my armchair. I just fetched two great dresses from my closet earlier today and they are now hanging here in the living room in…


Added by Susanne Strandvoll on May 2, 2011 at 1:32pm — 2 Comments


I researched sergers carefully when I needed a new one (had my mother's hand-me-down before that).

I chose BabyLock Imagine and you would love this machine.  It threads itself!

Added by Carol Gartrell on May 1, 2011 at 3:58pm — No Comments

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