Thursday, September 18, 2014

Fabric Organization


I like to give my studio space a bit of cleaning and organizing at the beginning of each season.  I have taken the time over the last few weeks to tackle the fabric storage problem.  I have kept fabric folded on shelves or baskets for years, but find that some good pieces can get lost in the stack.  

I have been wanting to try the hanging file method for quite some time and am thrilled with the results.  Not only is it neat and tidy, I even found some fabric that I had forgotten about!  


There was just enough twill frog fabric for a jumper for my granddaughter.  Frogs just happens to be the theme of her classroom this year!

What you need

*A hanging file box 
*Hanging file folders (I cut the folder part off of the metal support)
*Neatly press each piece of fabric.  Not necessary!  Fold the fabric to the size of a hanging file and drape over the metal support.

I now have four boxes of neatly displayed fabric sitting neatly on the shelves.

Michie'

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Matching Plaids


I have always loved sewing with plaids.  Just a few things need to be kept in mind in order to have a successful sewing experience.  First of all, take a close look at the pattern of the fabric.  The way the fabric is pictured the white stripe is below the small blue stripe. Because of this, the top of all the pattern pieces should be going in the same direction.  This is called a one-directional plaid.


 
I like to prepare the pattern pieces using a ruler and marker and extending the grain line on the pattern piece.  Next, draw a line perpendicular to the grain line.   It does not matter at which point the lines intersect.  Pin the pattern piece to one layer of fabric and cut out.  Flip the pattern piece face down, lining up the marked lines as first piece and cut out. 
 
 
We are now ready to pin and sew.  Right sides together, carefully match the fabric stripes and pin through both layers.  Use plenty of pins and stitch the seam, occasionally peeking between the layers as you go along to make sure that the fabric isn't shifting.  You now have a plaid garment with matched plaids!
 
Michie'

Friday, August 29, 2014

Coming This Spring




Long or short pants with suspenders for the boys.  I have enjoyed testing the pattern using plaid suiting fabric that I found on sale.  Perfect for the boy who can't be still!

Michie'

Monday, August 25, 2014

2014 Fall Inspiration Board


Michie'

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.

Michie'

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.

Michie'

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.

Michie'



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