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Gadget Girl

I must confess I am a gadget girl. I am always on the look out for new and exciting gadgets. Anything sewing related is a given but I have also have become obsessed with new apps for the iphone, computer accessories, & the up and coming new release of the ipad which will have a camera.

Boy a girl could get into big trouble with such obsessions.


So what have I found now that has caught my attention? Well it is the New Concept 360°…


Added by Patricia McClain Osborne on February 13, 2011 at 1:00am — No Comments

On a Mission Next Project

SWN members. I am on a mission. I have another outfit I want to make for my GD. Daisy Kingdom dress and coat. Seeking help on looking for companion fabric for this fabric. Hoping to find leopard print accent and one other for the fabric shown here.

The fabric is twill. I am consider for the coat to use a leopard print fur trim. The fabric show here…


Added by Patricia McClain Osborne on August 24, 2010 at 10:28pm — No Comments

Nai'Lahs dress

This dress I made for my grand daughter. The pattern I used was a Project Runway Simplicity pattern #2989. The print fabric Asian Garden Posies is from JoAnn Fabrics.

I modified the pattern by not adding the sleeves. The dress is lined so there was no need to create a finish for the neckline or sleeves. The pattern was easy to follow, but I am not sure it is a pattern for beginners.

I have just…


Added by Patricia McClain Osborne on August 24, 2010 at 1:15am — 19 Comments

Bridesmaid Dresses Colors of Gerber Daisies.

I thought I would finally share my last adventure of making bridesmaid dress for a dear friends daughter's wedding.

First and foremost the pattern I used for these dresses is from Burda Style pattern #7539.

The fabric chosen for these dresses is Dupioni Silk. The pattern called for using lace for the bodice inset. The colors of the dresses made it difficult to use the basic lace that is offered commercially. Although I could have hand dyed the…


Added by Patricia McClain Osborne on August 5, 2010 at 3:11am — 4 Comments

In Search for quality tracing paper

I have been using the Dritz wax-free tracing paper all my sewing years. I have never really liked this medium. Now I am looking for a better product. So I am asking my fellow SWN members to give me there view on this subject. You all offered such great suggestions and ways to my last blog post and once again I thank you.

Added by Patricia McClain Osborne on July 2, 2010 at 2:15pm — 2 Comments

Mixed Feelings.... Do I love or hate knit fabric?

I have been working with jersey knits lately. Although I love the look and feel of quality jersey fabrics I have not decided if I like sewing them.
Question what are your tricks to working with jersey? Do you have a love hate relationship with knit fabrics?
My biggest dilema right now is with using twin needles on knits. I keep getting skipped stitches. Is it a tension thing in the bobbin?

Added by Patricia McClain Osborne on June 15, 2010 at 2:23am — 14 Comments

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