Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Choosing Ribbon For A Dress

When choosing contrasting ribbon for a project, I like to lay out my options.  Each of the 4 colors match well, but I wanted something that stood out and didn't get lost with the busy print.  Because blue and green are not the main colors in the fabric they were the top picks.  I chose the green because it seemed to stand out more and I think it is a little unexpected.  

A pretty pink button for the center of the bow added some fun.


Friday, August 15, 2014

Sewing In Snaches

A rainy day gave me a little time for a bit of sewing.  Since I mainly sew in snatches these days, I chose to finish up a few things.  A dress was hemmed, elastic was added to a little pair of plaid dress pants, and fabric was sorted for the next project.  Life is busy and constantly changing, so don't be discouraged by lack of time.  Just do the best you can to carve out time to be creative.


Monday, August 11, 2014

Fall Bishop


Deep Fall colors gave this bishop style dress a rich look. Choosing the floss colors was a bit of a challenge and after several false starts I remembered to follow my own advise and "take it outside." Natural light will show the true colors so that I could finally make a decision and stick to it! I wish that I had the smocking design to share, but I was feeling pretty free spirited at the time .... and just smocked.


Sunday, August 3, 2014

Embroidered Onesies

Baby Stitches 
1. White onesies
2. DMC embroidery floss
3. Hand sewing needle

Instructions:  Pick out a design from the book.  Refer to desired embroidery stitches.  Add sweet stitching to a onesie in just a few minutes.  :)

*  I enjoy making these for our local pregnancy center.


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Shopping For Fabric

If I don't have a particular pattern in mind while shopping for fabric, I make sure that I can envision using it in several different ways.  Blue corduroy and a companion print caught my eye right away.  Each being 60" wide, 1-1/2 yards should be enough for any of the projects I have in mind.  Making a final decision is the hard part!


Monday, July 28, 2014

The Purpose Of Rick Rack

Rick rack is inexpensive and wonderful when used as a trim to add  detail to a garment.  But if you are a woman of a certain age, you might have grown up thinking that it's main purpose was for hiding the crease made by an old hem line.  Fabric is more color fast now and tends not to fade along a hem as it once did, but this particular fabric just didn't want to give up the crease that had been repeatedly ironed in.  Once again, rick rack to the rescue!


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Little Pumpkins For Fall

Inspiration for the "Little Pumpkin" smocking design can be found in the latest issue of Sew Beautiful magazine. I love that pumpkins are suitable all through the Fall, not just one holiday. The lovely orange of the pumpkins also works nicely with many different colors of fabric.

The smocking design can be found in the magazine or on the blog.  The dress is made by pattern #135 and the bubble by #115.



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