Monday, May 31, 2010

Pattern Review

I rarely use Simplicity patterns because I usually like Butterick and Vogue better.   However, I did use Simplicity #4076 to make a cute top from some jersey that I've had in my closet for awhile.  My only suggestion is to be careful with the neck binding.  I made it just a bit smaller so that it would lay nice and flat.

By the way, you don't have to go to the fabric store to look for patterns anymore!  Check out these websites:  Butterick, Vogue, and McCalls,  Simplicity, and Kwik Sew.

Monday, May 24, 2010

New granddaughter's quilt

 We have a beautiful new granddaughter!  Here's the quilt I made for her.

Monday, May 17, 2010

TIP: Sizes

I just measured a young women for a wedding dress that she was ordering online.  I thought I would share the advice I gave her.  First of all, follow the directions given on the website when taking measurements--or better yet--have a professional measure you.  Order according to your largest measurement even if it is not your usual size.  I do understand that it is discouraging to order a size or two larger than normal but sizes vary greatly from company to company.  If the size bothers you, cut out the tag!  It is also very important to wear the undergarments and shoes that you will be wearing with the dress.  Finally, if you have any questions,  make a phone call or send an e-mail to customer service.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Hemming Chiffon

Here are a few simple steps to make a beautiful hem in chiffon:
1.   Pin hem 1/8" longer than finished hem
2.   Using a small stitch length, sew very close the the fold

3.   Trim extra fabric very close to stitching--it helps to have a fairly small pair of sharp scissors.

4.   Roll cut edge inside and stitch again

All done!  A perfect tiny hem that works great on Chiffon and other sheer or lightweight fabrics.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Online Shopping

Prom is officially over for the year!  Yeah!!  I'm starting to catch up on my sleep.

I often have trouble finding the sewing supplies I need.  Unfortunately, most of the fabric stores have turned into craft centers and the quality of fabric is not that great.  I did just hear about a new store in Wichita called Sew Much.  I hope to get over there soon! 

I use a lot of invisible zippers and buy them by the dozen at Sew True.  I also buy most of my thread, hooks, snaps, etc., from them.  This may not be that great if you don't buy a lot of sewing supplies, but if you buy in quantity they offer great discounts and regular free shipping.

I just ordered some smocking dots last week from a new place called Elegant Stitches.  I haven't received my order yet, but I did get a personal call from a women letting me know that it would be late so it sounds like they may be pretty good.

Finally,  I've ordered quilting fabric from a place called the Virginia Quilter and I was happy with that order.
There's a lot of cool sewing sites and stores online, but nothing takes the place of seeing  and feeling fabric in person!
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