Yoga Band Knit Skirt

Yoga Band Knit Skirt
This simple ‘flippy’ easy-to-fit skirt is a favorite of the girls here in fashion sewing classes at the studio. I’ve developed and refined these directions to enable success for even a beginning sewing student. This skirt is easy to make any length, and crosswise stretch in the yoga band top accommodates growth in my young students - and will also serve well during weight fluctuations for all ages. The Top
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Canvas Tote for Teaching Kids to Sew

Canvas Tote Bag
I've just finished testing/writing directions for this easy Canvas Tote.  It will be one of the first projects in my upcoming Sewing Camp.  I found the Canvas 'Outdoor Fabric' really quite easy to stitch.  It will also serve to get across the learning point that heavy fabrics need larger, SHARP needles for stitching...and to stitch SLOWLY through lots of layers! Find the complete directions for the Canvas Tote at this
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Memento Tops: Up-Cycle Sewing

Creating clothing YOU can wear from those in your family who have passed on...or even with 'finds' from your local thrift store equals FUN and CREATIVE Sewing!  Watch below for how I go about it and some of my favorite garments. For more of my HOW-TO's, I also have a pattern with even more designs... Up-Cycle Memento Tops.   Find the immediately-available PDF version HERE. https://youtu.be/9Y0be5ZCodY


Couching – My Favorite Embellishment for Sewing

Londa teaches couching
Absolutely!  My favorite embellishment in sewing is COUCHING.  Defined:  laying down a yarn or heavier thread and attaching with invisible zig zag over top.  I do this with invisible thread in the needle, regular thread in the bobbin.  Watch this clip from my recent episode on It's Sew Easy - a PBS sewing series. Here are links to the favorite invisible threads I use.  Clear for lighter couched yarns, Smoke
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Shortening a Dress with Back Vent – Hand Catch Hem Technique

Last week, I shortened a slim ponte knit dress for a friend by shortening it as needed. This video shows how I did this, demonstrating my favorite hand hemming stitch, the Tailor's Catch Hem. I also show how to properly fold/press/trim in the hem allowance area around the back vent that needed to be changed to a back slit. This was a pretty rushed job, and my grandson did the
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Dress Form Collage Door Hanging

dress form collage door hanging
A YEAH Day with the completion and hanging of my Dress Form Collage on my Studio door!  Here's a picture of my final project, but hop over to my NEW Blog to read the complete post HERE.  I even have gathered all of my 'leftovers' plus supplies in a product HERE if you want to try to grab it before anyone else... [caption id="attachment_6788" align="aligncenter" width="2093"] Dress Form Collage Door Hanging[/caption]
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Tilton Butterfly Tunic: Vogue 8691

It was a joy to stitch up this lovely rayon/lycra digital print fabric that I ordered from marcytilton.com using her Vogue 8691 pattern. I just cannot seem to sew without snapping pictures because the teacher in me is just created to share my sewing experiences, so here we go....   Below, you'll find pictures of the final front and back of my Butterfly Tunic. I felt the print needed some
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2 T-Shirts = EZ Raglan Peasant Top

2 T's Peasant Top
Two T-Shirts from my stash of T's transformed into this top in just 45'! I'm always searching and testing projects for my Sunroom Sewing Studio students - and I came across a printout from somewhere - I sure wish I knew where!     Both T-Shirts were XL men's. The main idea here is to make this Quick & EZ by utilizing the hems of both T's: one T for the
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Patterns for Living – Banquet/Fashion Show Program

Program Pattern Cover
Sweet Memories:  Church Mother-Daughter Banquet featuring sewing - and an "I made it" Fashion Show for the program.  My daughter was 5 back then, and I sure wish I had some pictures to share - but back then, one didn't have their 'camera' with them all of the time. I have kept this in my files since the event, in 1987.   Oh, that enough would be sewing today to be able to
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Londa’s ‘Must-Have’ Starter Sewing Notions

favoaite sewing notions
Londa's 'Must-Have' Starter Sewing Notions With the beginning of a new adult class here at my Sunroom Sewing Studio, I grabbed my favorite 'have-to-have' notions off of my in-studio sales rack to show to them. I could just have easily pulled them from my personal sewing niche, as these are my 'friends' as I stitch, kinda like my Sewing Tool Belt. Knowing there are SO may sewing notions from which
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