A New Year once again. My favorite time for sketching and planning new projects. What am I working on? The instructions for a "Little Hearts" smocking design, posting in plenty of time for Valentines Day. :)
I'll be taking a Christmas break in order to have more time for wrapping, baking, hugging, and laughing. Maybe a tiny bit of knitting or quilt piecing, but nothing demanding, only relaxing. We hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Michie'
The new Sew Beautiful Magazine has arrived and is full of wonderful ideas for winter sewing.
Not wanting to let the baby boys to be left out, I once again have something in the magazine especially for them. A long sleeve daygown made out of mint pima cotton with a sweet little train embroidered on the front yoke.
It had a couple of winter babies and this is just the type of gown that looked so sweet on them. Michie'
Suitable for baby boy or girl, sweet little gowns for their first Christmas. Soft white pima cotton or flannel with a tiny bit of embroidery. The baby is the first thing we want to see..... then the lovely gown. Michie'
I have stitched up severaljumpers lately for our special someone to wear to preschool. Denim or corduroy, the jumpers sew up quickly and work great with a blouse or long sleeve shirt. The jumpers are also cute with machine applique' on the front yoke or front skirt.
I find my wooden point turner comes in very handy when turning the yokes and facings right side out.
Not quite enough fabric for a jumper? Why not use a contrasting fabric for the yoke, which is very stylish right now! :)
We are staying close to home these days as Rex recovers from a mild stroke, but the weather is much too lovely to stay inside. We have made it our goal to rediscover our area. Our roots run deep in North Alabama. My family moved back to the area in 1972, while both sides of Rex's family have been in the same town for over 150 years. I never get tired of the family stories that he tells on our drives. A Sunday afternoon drive was just what we needed to appreciate God's creation. Michie'
A birthday party along with trick or treating is planned for our house. Dorothy and the Cowardly Lion are both expected to make an appearance and are now old enough to think that a party for Grandda is pretty exciting!
Although I am still getting use to the idea of it being October, it is time to start making plans for Christmas sewing!
You can look forward on the next few blogs with as many Christmas ideas as I can think of and a free "Holly" embroidery design. The above picture is from Creative Needle Magazine 2006. The dress is made using pattern #122 and is made out of white pique, red rick rack and hand embroidery. Do you ever wonder why the children are often barefoot in the photos? Shoes simply add nothing to the photograph and are often distracting. :) Michie'
Featherwale corduroy is one of my all time favorite fabrics for Fall and Winter sewing. It is soft enough for smocking while at the same time just warm enough for our mild winters in the south. What's on my list for corduroy? I have turquoise for a dress with smocked snowmen, hot pink for an appliqued jumper, and black for a dressy coat. A little sewing time would be nice now.... :) Michie'
One of the very best sewing hints that I can give you is to "Measure accurately!" Don't guess, measure those seams! Especially if you are sewing on a new machine you need to be 100% sure of what the guide lines on the throat plate are representing. My little sewing gauge ruler is always close by and a sewing project is rarely completed without it's help. Not only are they inexpensive, but they can be found wherever sewing notions are sold. Michie'
Yes, you can sew piping to a pointed collar and it is incredibly easy!
Pin the piping to the right side of the collar along the seam line. Measure to determine exactly where the piping will turn the corner and mark the collar with a wash-away marker. Clip the piping fabric at the point where it will turn the corner and around the curve. Stitch close to the piping using a zipper foot or a pin tuck foot. *I find that it is much easier to stop and start again at the corner instead of pivoting the needle. You can now complete the collar following the pattern instructions. Michie'
Expecting cooler weather soon and hate to pack away those sundresses that still fit? Just add a blouse! The sundress is made using pattern #132 or #136, blouse #140-S or #140-L, and the smocked balloon design is a free download. Michie'
The daygown is made from blue handkerchief linen with hand Bridging attaching the lace to the collar. The sheep is hand stitched using French Knots for his white fluffy body. The instructions for the hand bridging and the design for the sheep can be found in the pattern.
Something new I noticed this summer.... our local farmer's market has become extremely popular. Partly due to more publicity, some fun tasting events, and many of us no longer have home gardens. I'm seeing a "Back to basics, natural, and organic" trend in our area. The young families are also consignment and thrift store shopping like I have never seen before! I love that some of old ways are becoming popular again and am waiting to see how it impacts the sewing industry. Michie'
Little smocked pumpkins suitable for a straight yoke. If you are new to Picture Smocking or a little out of practice, this is a great design to start with! Click here for the free down loadable design. Michie'