Silk Shirt + Fabrics On Top = NEW TOP/Jacket

Silk Shirt + Fabrics On Top = NEW TOP/Jacket Find Your Base Garment The original silk shirt from Rafaella (size Large) had a large grease spot on it. What to do? Cover it up to create a NEW TOP! The pin at the lower-left right front of the top marks the spot.   Here is the top/jacket that I ended up with ... Collect Coordinating Fabrics As I like to
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Sewing a Thermal T to an Up-Cyled Top

GREEN THERMAL UP-CYCLE TOP SEWING EXPERIENCE This Up-Cycle Top represents a fairly typical design/stitching experience.  The thing I really find exciting is the challenge of pushing through - undoing/redoing to come up with a unique, wearable, one-of-a-kind garment.  Design and Stitch Along With Me….. Base Garment: a thermal long-sleeved green knit top.  Now - what do I have hidden away in my green tub that might work well with it?
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Up-Cycle Sewing Fun

Dear Stash, Dear Stash, It's time for a new life!   Should I depart for heavenly duties any time in the next 20 years, I'm confident that others just won't see your  'creative opportunities'.  Therefore:  look toward a NEW BIRTH - as a useful garment in my collection: A Londa Original.   Funds raised in giving you this new life in a new closet on a new body will be used to send
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Stitch a Chef Apron

These directions are my ‘new and improved’ techniques to create a well-sewn classic Chef Apron. I have used the pattern pieces from the McCalls 5358 (2007). Honestly, it amazes me how very minimal the included directions are for a simple project like this chef apron - a great gift for anyone! Especially, since this project looks like one perfect for a new sewer, I found the poor directions to be
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Bias Edge Finishing Techniques

Learning several techniques (different from what you'll find in 'normal' garment construction directions) can make sewing more creative - and, I think, more FUN! What I share here are techniques I've worked out that are useful at neckline, armholes, center front and even hemline edges. CONSIDERATIONS Weight of 'binding' fabric. The heavier the fabric of either the binding AND/OR the garment fabric, the more likely that a single layer BIAS
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Menswear Snoop Shopping Fun

Quality menswear is such a treat for a sewer's eyes!  Cleaning through my computer, I came across this collection of photos I took in the Williamsburg area on a vacation 2 years ago.  Enjoy these along with me as I feast my eyes once again... Yarn-Dyed Plaids and Checks in Tailored Shirts My fingers itch to feel the top quality fabric in these shirts.  There is SO much work in
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Ball Point Bodkin – a Favorite Sewing Tool

The 'Ball Point Bodkin' - a $4.25 long piece of metal with an eye on one end and a ball on the other - has been a favorite of  mine for years.  Here is a picture.  Do you have one?  I find it useful for every so many sewing tasks... [caption id="attachment_7504" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Ball Point Bodkin[/caption] What I have used it most for is to safely push out stitched
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Washable Waterproof Mattress Protector To Sew

Back in June, one of our clever Jackson Sewing Guild members shared her ingenious Washable, Waterproof Mattress Protector with the rest of us here at my Sunroom Sewing Studio. Like so many 'aging Baby-Boomers', she is caring for her elderly mother at home these days. This would also be a great solution for young moms in the midst of potty-training. This Protector will save the mattress from becoming soiled, AND
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Soft Surroundings Pleated Pant Knock-Off Sewing Steps

I absolutely love to look at fashion catalogs and websites - looking for unique and new ideas to inspire and challenge my own fashion sewing.  I had torn out these pleated hemline pants from one of my favorite sources:  Soft Surroundings.  For us 'mature' women, I feel their catalog is wonderful reasonable yet fashionable clothing. Inspirational Catalog Pant      Note in the inspirational photos above, that the corner where the
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Sunflower Fence Mural Painting Fun

  The New View from the Sunroom Sewing Studio This Spring/Summer my focus has been working outside in our backyard, the 'view' from my Sunroom Sewing Studio.  Here's the result after roughly a month of serious planning and 5 glorious days of painting fun.  Conclusion:  Painting is making a 3D idea into 2D, while sewing is taking a 2D idea, sketch or picture and transforming it into 3D.  Interesting.....  I
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