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May 2012 Blog Posts (21)

Bagging & Hiding Fabric, Congrats to FabricMart for 35 Years in Business


I have five-to-six garbage bags' worth of fabric I am trying to hide.  I do mean hide.  Maybe I should box it up and label it "winter clothes and coats"?  Ideas?   Must be done NOW.  Help me please.


Have you seen…


Added by Susan on May 31, 2012 at 1:26pm — 10 Comments

Wallet and Zippered Pouches

I recently tried out a couple patterns/tutorials I found online, which I was happy with.  I'll post the blog links below.


One was for a bifold wallet.  This is my "test" wallet done with fabric scraps.

I used a velcro closure instead of a snap since I wanted to try it out first.…


Added by Ags on May 31, 2012 at 1:12pm — 1 Comment

Strange Lines Maxi Skirt

Strange Lines

After seeing the below photo on, I decided to make a maxi shirt.…


Added by Renata on May 30, 2012 at 1:33am — 1 Comment

Modern She Made - a Flickr Swap - a Finished Project

Well, it's all finished.  My Modern She Made Swap project is in the mail, winging it's way to Florida, USA.

And here it is:

The Quilting Carry All Bag…

Added by Karen Pior on May 27, 2012 at 1:59am — 2 Comments

Shirring - What a pain on Jersey Fabric

Sewing for others

How fun is life if we just did things for ourselves? More safe for sure :). Well this is the second time I made anything for someone outside my family. My friend (Kelly) wanted me to make a casual dress for her to wear to a beach wedding. She found this very casual…


Added by Renata on May 26, 2012 at 9:55pm — No Comments

Ruffled Sweatshirt Jacket

At my annual Creative Get Away Sewing Retreat at the end of April in Danville, IL - I stayed up late a couple of nights to whip up this sweatshirt base jacked that combines the ruffle from lower band idea from the Rachel Jacket and the bound edges from the Ruth Jacket - both found in my Creative Sweatshirt Jackets Londa's Way - Book 2.  I have…


Added by Londa Rohlfing on May 22, 2012 at 10:00pm — 9 Comments

Mummy's Hand Sewn Patchwork Bag - the whole story

Sorry for the delay replying, my camera needed charging and the other half's camera was full, but here we are.

My mother had collected scraps for several years, so they include bits from dressmaking by my sister and I as well as recycled garments and pieces bought as remnants.  I still have my Sindy with dresses made from some of these for instance, so it is also a memory collection.

She then cut them to rectangles and hand sewed them around card templates.  She had started to…


Added by Karen on May 21, 2012 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

Modern She Made - a Flickr Swap - a WIP

I am currently working on my first ever Flickr swap.  It is called Modern She Made.  When I originally followed the link from my friend Diane's blog from blank pages the swap invitation…


Added by Karen Pior on May 20, 2012 at 10:48pm — 1 Comment

Tension Settings | Why Tension Should Be Adjusted

Imagine walking into your house one day and in the middle of your living room is a brand new 60-inch plasma screen TV. Your husband just spent $3,000 on the biggest and best. And then he says, "This is the best ever! Great picture, stereo surround sound, and it gets only one channel all the time . . . ESPN!! Sports, all day every day." $3,000 for a one-channel TV…


Added by Susan on May 15, 2012 at 6:30pm — 8 Comments

Box pleated jumper dress tutorial and pattern

…Box pleated jumper pattern

Added by camomma on May 15, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Sewing Escape - FAIL

So my better half is able to manage this week without me there and I was able to escape down the shore to my friend Cins place for a few days.  I brought my Elnita, and a car load of tools.  She tells me that her Kenmore 2 will not work and asked me to look at it. I re-threaded the top without any trouble and opened the door to the bobbin case, took the bobbin case out, and gave the thread a tug to see how much tension there was.  The thread snapped off...  sooo.... you know what that means.…


Added by Susan on May 15, 2012 at 8:47am — 3 Comments

Burda Plus Winter 2003, E734-403B, gored, straight skirt in a burnout tiedye panne.

This is an old review, but I really like this skirt. If you can get a hold of the Burda Plus, I think it would be a nice addition to TNT patterns. Burda Plus Fashion Magazine- 09-2003-403 (Long Gored Skirt)


I added the picture. As you can see, it's not nearly as formfitting on me as on the model. I really think it's more flattering that way.



Added by Neefer Duir on May 11, 2012 at 4:58pm — No Comments

New book shows how to be chic on a shoestring budget

By Emily Fredrix-Associated Press


Make flowers out of panty hose. A purse out of a tie. A necklace out of shoelaces.


Beautiful and inexpensive accessories abound if you know how to transform the everyday into the chic.


For do-it-yourself…


Added by Susan on May 10, 2012 at 7:53am — 1 Comment

Bobbin Tension: How and Why Tension is Adjusted

The Other 10%

We talk a lot about tension settings and tension adjustments on machines . 90% of the time, we adjust the top tension to achieve the perfect stitch. This time, we will discuss the other 10%, the bobbin tension. Many have been told to never touch the bobbin tension. It isn't as difficult as we have been led to believe. If you are one who has been told to never touch it, by the end of this page, hopefully you will realize that is perfectly safe and…


Added by Susan on May 10, 2012 at 7:00am — 4 Comments


I am in dire need of this piece of equipment to mass produce for a find raiser.  Can anyone help me?  I cannot afford more than $100.00 cost.  Thanks in advance.

Added by Sue Barnum on May 6, 2012 at 10:26am — No Comments

Skyrim Inspired Female Assassin's Greybeard Cloak(with dragon scales)

Every once a moon or so I find my self so infatuated with a single item or character that nothing will stand in the way of owning it. This time around it was the Greybeard cloack from the ever popular game "Skyrim". Here is the Cloack in its fullest glory straight from a screenshot.…


Added by Bunneah Munkeah on May 3, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments

April Apron Maddness...

I came to the start realization that there are far too few aprons in the world. I've deciede to take this problem head on and begun apron construction. Like most the things I make there was no pattern for these. I Love making things from scratch freeform.

But what good is an apron if it isn't reversible or doesn't have large pockets? :D…


Added by Bunneah Munkeah on May 2, 2012 at 10:00pm — No Comments

"Sewing up a stylish storm"

Melissa Pretorius | 1st May 2012

SUNSHINE Coast fashion's new generation is sewing up a storm, determined to make its mark on the future of the designing world.

For many of its members, dreams of…


Added by Susan on May 2, 2012 at 10:38am — No Comments

Red Soirée Dress - Simplicity 2176

This is the second blog post that was submitted to the Queen of the Castle magazine. I have to say I really enjoyed writing the article and pretending to be a tutor.

my previous post, then you know how easy it is to start and complete a sewing project.  I would consider myself an…

Added by Renata on May 2, 2012 at 12:00am — 11 Comments

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