Fed up?….Then SEW!!!

Finding myself in the midst of a very complicated website re-do (my host company got purchased by another!), and with TOO many re-decorating projects on my mind in our new TN home...I NEEDED a SEWING DATE!  Ahhhh.... to be in CONTROL!  My dear daughter is within weeks of giving birth to my first grandDAUGHTER and I had agreed to stitch up another 'nursing/lounging top & pant' set.  So, Sunday afternoon
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Nothing New Under the Sun = FUN Sewing Projects!

We all smiled when Sister Maria (Julie Andrews) whipped those curtains off the windows and made clothing for the VonTrap children. During the Depression, women counted on the flowered fabric found in feed sacks (created 'pretty' on purpose for frugal clothing) from which to create clothes and quilts. I know I've 'blogged' on this topic before, but this re-cycle Memento type clothing creation is currently my absolutely FAVORITE creative sewing.
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‘Boba Wrap’ Baby Carrier – Make Your Own!

I think it's special:  the last thing I stitched in my IL home sewing corner (basement), was a maternity top and pants for Dear Daughter...and the first thing I've completed in my new TN Sunroom Sewing Studio (check out my NEW sewing view below!) is...a knit wrap style baby carrier - and more maternity clothes coming up next - at least for my 'personal sewing' schedule.           
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Moving Wisdom….From one who has just done it!

Happy Mother's Day.  This is moving season - for many.  Since we all know it is the lady of the house that orchestrates a move...here is my advice:   9 days in.... ??? to go:  I have some 'wisdom' regarding moving at age 64 (and hubby 66) from a home where we have lived (and conducted business) for 25 years to a completely new town where you know...no one except your
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How-To for Angled Hemlines

As I have conducted jacket workshops around the country, I've found how very attractive ANGLED hemlines can be on ladies!  Especially what I call a 'French' line to the bottom of a jacket:  longer in the front AND back, but angling up at the sides gives a very slenderizing, long-legged silhouette and really solves the issue of 'length' for those who want it 'long enough to cover the hips', yet
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Share your Story – Who taught you to sew?

Who taught YOU to sew?    I'd love to hear YOUR story!  Those of us who are sewing enthusiasts either 'caught it' or were 'taught it' by someone.  What about YOU?  Do you have a person to thanks, or are your skills a product of the 'school of hard knocks' - being self-taught? How have YOU learned to sew?  Who inspired you?  WHY did you embrace sewing?  I'll start this
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Pant Silhouette WIDENS for Spring/Summer…YEAH!!!

Another thing along with change of all types, death, and taxes you can count on is that In fashion - if you don't like it, just wait long enough, and things will change.   I've abhorred the skinny pants, the 'belongs only in the gym' tights as I call them, etc. for the last several years.  At my Facebook page about this a few weeks back, Deb wrote: "I'm 5'7"
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Hand Sewing Needle-ology

Cleaning through my vast files full of sewing how-to's, I came across my 'Hand Needle' file.  It seems that most every brochure, tear-out I had was using pretty much the same 'wording'.  Looking out there on the internet, I found almost, verbatim, the same...so I'm pasting here from Craft Stylish (www.craftstylish.com) one of the best, most complete posts rather than typing it all in again. Another good article I found
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Londas EZ Narrow Hem Technique

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Years ago, during my custom dress-making years, I developed this quick & EZ yet very professional machine hemming technique for all the silk blouses I was stitching for my clients.  It's part and parcel of my garment sewing skills.  Watch this quick video to see how I do it with just one pre-press step, pressing up the final finished hemline.  Of course, a final press after stitching goes without saying....
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Great catalog for snoop shopping online

Go check out: www.softsurroundings.com for some great different, top quality fabric in clothing and design. A bit different from the norm - I had kept this catalog from last year in my 'idea file' - so recently went to take a peek at the current catalog. I especially like this angled buttoned detail on the bell silhouette pants.  Slowly I'm seeing wider pants come back into 'fashion'.  My opinion: THANK YOU!
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