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August 2009 Blog Posts (54)

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

Amy Butler Portfolios - Free Pattern Download

Here is an excellent project offered by Amy Butler. The portfolios are designed to hold and organize cards, gift tags, paper crafts, or sewing tags! A lovely gift idea. Instructions and measurements included.
SweetGreetingsPortfolios.pdf Download

Added by Susan on August 17, 2009 at 8:51am — 1 Comment

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

Need to find time for sewing

It has been so hot an busy I just have not had time to get my sewing out...I am not going to master this not doing it. I need to practice!!

Added by Sue Mitchell on August 13, 2009 at 6:52pm — 1 Comment

Skirt Pattern Calculator

Need a really simple flared skirt? Here's a quick

pattern calculator that tells you had to make two main arc pieces! It does not consider seams, hems, or seam allowance, but you can figure that out on your own. This pattern has no darts or tricky stuff, so it won't look perfectly tailored, but it's great for costumes or something… Continue

Added by Susan on August 13, 2009 at 7:32am — 1 Comment

How to sew your own laptop sleeve

What's better than making something practical for your laptop while exercising your creative skills at the same time? In this tutorial, Ars shows how to make your own laptop (or camera, or phone) sleeve, step by step. With more and more people toting around laptops and netbooks, the market for third-party notebook sleeves and cases has heated up. However, as many of us already know, those offerings can sometimes be hit or miss—laptop sleeves can be ugly, expensive, or both. So why not… Continue

Added by Susan on August 12, 2009 at 5:53am — No Comments

Fabric Sale

I just put all my fabric up for sale at wholesale prices. I have fabric from Fabric Finders, Inc., Michael Miller, and Davids Textiles. Great dobbies, pique, cottons, cotton flannel and even some misc. fabrics. Check it out at my shop on Etsy. http://www.tattletaleboutique.etsy.com

Added by sherrie Goff on August 11, 2009 at 3:59pm — 1 Comment

My Sewing Room

It used to be my living room then I decided that we don't do much "living" in there so the room that was to be the extra bedroom became the living room and the living room became the sewing room. I like it because the lighting is better, the floor is tile, when my customers come in they don't have to walk through my house. I have more room so it is a lot more messy, but at least you know that I am a very busy person. I try to sew everyday, I live in my sewing room, I meditate and pray in my… Continue

Added by Stormee Bryant on August 11, 2009 at 12:09pm — 3 Comments

Time and Inspiration.....

It seems, lately, with the kids home for summer vacation, that I either can't find the time to sew, or when I do-I can't decide what I want to make. If I find a piece of fabric in my stash - then I can't find a pattern or idea to go with it. Am I in a slump? If I were on a diet, I would be 'plateaued'. Or am I just not that in-to-it?



A few weeks ago I sketched out a new design for a skirt I would like to add to my etsy shop, but I can't seem to get it done or make it work. I'm not… Continue

Added by Melanie on August 11, 2009 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

bulky motor?

Went to use my serger after being away for a few weeks and it runs sluggishly. Checked my manuals and there is no mention of oiling. Saw in one of the posts that her serger had one oiling place.
Have two blue Huskylocs...one three and one four thread.
Exactly the same machines but different threads.

Added by Irene on August 11, 2009 at 7:59am — No Comments

Memory Quilts from Sports Jerseys or T-shirts

There's something about the approach of fall that makes us nostalgic about our school days and the school days of our children and grandchildren. Why not use this nostalgic adrenaline to get started on some memory quilts? Are you looking at a stack of t-shirts or sports jerseys that don't fit any more? Or, maybe they fit, but your son, daughter or grandchild is on a different team this year. On the other hand, possibly your husband has retired from his weekend sports teams, or has a collection… Continue

Added by Susan on August 11, 2009 at 7:19am — No Comments

How To Find Time To Sew

Do you have you loads of simply beautiful material folded neatly away in the cupboard, unused? Would your wardrobe increase if a few missing buttons were stitched back on and some drooping hems or the like were stitched up? Do you want to learn to sew and use that material and recharge that wardrobe? I often hear my friends moan about a few little mending jobs they would like to do but haven't quite got the skills. The other reason given is 'I don't seem to have the time to do these things!'… Continue

Added by Susan on August 11, 2009 at 6:54am — 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

I sewed an actual seam!!

I actually sewed a couple of seams then my thread broke :(. But what a thrill to hear my machine running right and thread coming out...

Added by Sue Mitchell on August 10, 2009 at 8:06pm — No Comments

Quilt maker goes high-tech

Even things as simple as needle and thread have been influenced by technology.

Penny Roberts will show you how. Roberts, who

opened her quilt shop, Penny Quilts, last month at 719 Ave. G in Fort Madison, has the needle and thread she uses plugged in to

make quilts. Penny Quilts is within K's Fabrics and More.… Continue

Added by Susan on August 10, 2009 at 6:30am — No Comments

Intro to Fashion Illustration - Class 3

Thursday was the 3rd session of Intro to Fashion Illustration. That Thursday, we would all get what we've been anxiously waiting for......to sketch clothing. Our first assignment would be to sketch a green blouse. Our instructor, Allyn demonstrated sketching the blouse. We followed with our interpretation. The class was in awe. All our sketches were different in style, yet each could be easily identified as the green blouse. The instructor assured us… Continue

Added by Blondell on August 9, 2009 at 10:08pm — No Comments

Traveling to Vienna Austria

Anyone out there in sewing cyber land know any not to miss fabric shops in Vienna Austria? I'll be traveling there in September. Thanks.

Added by Suzie Lambert on August 9, 2009 at 9:06pm — No Comments

A Preview of Baltimore Fashion Week

Added by Blondell on August 9, 2009 at 10:28am — No Comments

DC Threads Takes the edge off of sewing!

DC Threads was recently featured in an article by The Washington Post: ttp://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/06/AR2009080601265.html?referrer=emailarticlepg Or try this link:

Washington Post

We also received a major stash donation from WalMart in July and will receive another one any day now. Please see http://wannsew.blogspot.com for… Continue

Added by Cele on August 7, 2009 at 1:58pm — 2 Comments

Save a slice of summer: Make an oilcloth bag

Fruit laden oilcloth bags continue to be quite the summertime rage and it’s not too late to whip one up. Also available in autumn inspired prints, the most popular designs sport vividly colored citrus and berries and are sure to brighten any shopping trip- no matter what the season.

Sewing with oilcloth is a bit different than traditional fabrics. Today’s oilcloth is essentially vinyl permeated cotton mesh and the good news is it won’t fray (goodbye overcastting!) and it’s… Continue

Added by Susan on August 7, 2009 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

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