Monday, September 30, 2013

The Best Sewing Hint Ever!

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.


Thursday, September 26, 2013

Piping A Pointed Collar

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.


Sunday, September 22, 2013

A Dress For Fall

I love gray trimmed with pink for little girls.  A truly classic look which shows of their sweet faces and sparkling eyes without all the focus on the clothes.


Monday, September 16, 2013

Just Add A Blouse

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.


Sunday, September 8, 2013

Blue Linen Daygown

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.


Monday, September 2, 2013

Candy Corn Smocking Design

A Fall favorite around my house is Candy Corn!  I learned a few years ago that if I use it in decorations it mysteriously disappears. 
So, for the longtime and new blog readers, I just wanted to do a little rerun of the free "Candy Corn" smocking design.  Click here to go to the post with the design.



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