Follow Creative Sewist: Gale Ortiz

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Sometimes you happen upon other Creative Sewists  who just create in very inspiring ways.  Though I've never met her personally, when I receive an email that she has posted a new Blog, I GO THERE IMMEDIATELY!  I know for sure that I'm in for some inspiring work.  Gayle Ortiz is a fan of 2 of my favorite people:  Marcy Tilton and Diane Ericson.  During my shop years, I was so
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How to Tie a Knot and Sew on a Button

Life skills: Tie a knot.  Sew on a Button There are many ways of doing things.  Not right not wrong, but many ways.  I've always told my students that their job is to learn from everyone they can, and to come up with the way that works best for them. Here is the way I have developed over the years - of sewing on a button.  The knot tying method
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Wrapping My Heart … Claiming My Time

Days for Girls Kit
My record for blogging each day has been overtaken by a more important cause lately...and I want to share. During the last big sewing expo I did at the end of September in Novi, MI, God set before me the answer to a direction for which I'd been praying....a way to utilize my sewing and organizational skills to His glory, replacing the crazy schedule of travel and what had become
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Top Edge Wrapped Elastic Application

Top Edge Wrapped Elastic Application Below, you can see the technique I love for applying elastic.  I like to use a firm elastic 1 1/4" wide.  I just measure how much I need by pulling it tightly around my hips (after all, you have to get it on and off!).  Realize that any and all elastics WILL stretch out some when stitched!  Instead of lapping one end over the other
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Wardrobe Organization Ideas

color organize your closet
Exhausted from a traveling weekend (though a wonderful one with family), I'm sharing some very valuable information again from my wardrobe-expert friend, Nancy Nix Rice.  Be sure to go check out her Blog at: When I clicked on the Week 2 of this Style Tips series, I had to giggle, as my cousin had proudly explained and  showed me how she organizes her clothing in her new Independent living
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Saturday Simple Sewing Hint: Key+String Crotch Measuring Tool

The 'Key' (no pun intended) to a great pant fit is a thorough understanding of the Crotch Depth and the Crotch Length AND how to measure for each.    I learned and then have taught for years that one measures and alters for the Crotch DEPTH first, as seen below.  The one thing I see missing in this photo is a string or elastic around the 'waist' - or wherever one
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Selvage Finish for Ruffled Knit Slim Skirt

GREAT 10+ Year Wardrobe Staple Garment I can't believe this skirt has been in my wardrobe for 10 years now!  It was time to shorten it for the newer 'look', so I'm resurrecting (and adding to) my Blog post of August, 2007 today. [caption id="attachment_4329" align="aligncenter" width="114"] Blak Ruffled Skirt - August, 2007[/caption] In fact, I even made use of that 'ruffled' selvage edge as the finish on 2 of
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How to Sew Side Hems and Angled End on Tie Sashes

It's time to start sewing special dresses and Easter Bonnets for those little girls in our lives.  After making many bonnets to sell from the pattern I'll share below, I came up with the 'Tie End'  technique as shown in the video below.    Think of tie ends on garments including not only Bonnets, but Aprons, Tie-Backs, Dress Sashes, etc.  I find that my technique of narrow hemming with just one
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Bias & Jewels Design Inspiration

bias and rhinestone embellishment
Check out this GREAT necklace made from old rhinestone earrings and pins I found in a Martha Stewart magazine – THEN I noticed, the RAW edges on this charmeuse dress – undoubtedly silk as well. Look at the neckline finish – it’s just a strip of bias stitched on top of the raw neckline edge!  This is just one of those what I call "SNOOP SHOPPING photos in my Creative Sewing
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Turning Tool Collection Every Sewist Should Have

Turning Tool Collection
In my work with new sewers and the charity sewing that has grabbed my heart (Days for Girls -  making feminine hygiene kits for girls and women around the world), these 4 sewing notions have become my NEW BEST FRIENDS! I now have a collection of these 4 tools at EVERY Sewing Machine, and at each PRESSING STATION, and in bags for traveling to Days for Girls Workshops.  Want to
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