Friday, June 8, 2012

Quick Neckline Change

Here's a quick way to change a straight neckline into a sweetheart.
 It's a little hard to tell from the picture, but the dress above started as a strapless gown with a straight across neckline.

1)  Measure to find the center of the dress and then measure down 2 to 3 inches.

2)  Start at the bottom pin and using a heavy duty thread, take a running stitch up to the top of the dress.

3)  When you get to the top, pull the thread tight to gather and then  run your needle back down through the gathers. On a dress like this  --thick and sequined-- I would sew through the gathers a second time.

4)  Tie a knot and then make a chain with the remaining thread and tie another knot 

5)  Here's what it looks like all finished:

There are several other ways to get the same look, but I find this method is quick and effective.

Monday, June 4, 2012


I spent last week trying to catch up on work so that Rick and I could take a quick trip to Kansas City.  I did, however, take a few minutes to spruce up the pillows in our living room.  KC was a nice break from sewing.  A visit to the new temple, dinner with friends and a Royals game.  What more could you ask for?!

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