Side Tie Knit Top – Test Top #1

Since we are all sequestered at home these days and likely sewing up a storm, I thought this would be a good time to share more of the specifics of my 'Test Tops' for my favorite new fabric as I shared at THIS BLOG POST . Honestly, for every year I can remember, even as a child, Easter Sunday was celebrated with something NEW and Special.  I remember Mom teaching us that
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Thread Spool Sewing Room Mobile

A student gifted me with a box of antique thread spools - and during these 'slow-paced' days, I found them and turned them into this mobile for my Sewing Studio with motivation from my crafty sister. You can do the same...and I've even put the leftover spools up on my website in 3 different collections: each a Baker's Dozen for $12. Here's my mobile.   The base is a wire
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Face Mask with Pocket: Assembly Line Style

Last week I'll always remember as 'Face Mask Week', as I tested directions wrote my 'version' and churned out over 100 face masks (for use in nursing homes as requested) to do my part in this battle against Covid-19.  I had promised some to a home where my niece works in southern IL, but then when Celeste Mergens, founder of Days for Girls, encouraged our participation and I received a
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Wrapped Edge How-To’s for Wearable Art

I developed these How-To's for the edges of my creative sweatshirt jackets.  I share everything about my techniques in this new video on my YouTube Channel, including stabilization of the edges on a knit with Straight Fusible Stay Tape so they don't stretch. You'll also learn how to calculate the width you need for any application. https://youtu.be/QC03CHIYDkA Here are some pictures of jackets of mine on which I used these
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Masks for Millions – Sewing Instructions

Sun 3/22  noon CST - working on a simplification of the sides and elastic insertion - stay tuned!  After a day of testing, writing, refining.....here are my step-by-step directions for a Face Mask with a disposable filter made from a hi-grade furnace filter. Twist Tie wires add shaping to both the top 'over the nose' edge and under the mouth.  In my directions, I share the 2 YouTube Videos (with
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Design/Sewing Plans for Favorite New Fabric

The Mission With these challenging days we are ALL in, this seems ever so trite, but I'm posting it anyway - to try to take our minds to another place, our love of sewing.  My challenge: to come up with THE design into which to fashion this fabric that I ordered from marcytilton.com (it's now out of stock) and absolutely LOVE . This fabric is a rayon/lycra blend that has
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Londa’s Favorite Pattern-Making Tools

  In this video, I share my favorite pattern-making papers, rulers and other goodies.  I hope this will help you out as you master patterns during these opportune times for enjoying our sewing and design hobby! [embed]https://youtu.be/ki571cLV7r4[/embed]  Here are links to the products I  share : Medical Pattern Paper: https://www.londas-sewing.com/product... Vellum: https://surefitdesigns.com/search?q=v... Swedish Tracing Paper: https://www.londas-sewing.com/product... Red Dot Tracer: https://www.londas-sewing.com/product...  French Curve and Hip Curve from Clover: https://www.londas-sewing.com/product... The metal
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T-Shirt + Tailored Shirt = Stylish Up-Cycle Top

New Top front
  It's 'SEW MUCH FUN' when fabrics just fall together both in selecting and stitching...and that is exactly the story of this new top. Once I decided on which fabrics to actually use in this garment, the rest was easy. To start off, I'll share with your photos of the fabrics that I was considering to use in addition to the base which was a man's XL T with a stripe
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Draping & Design = New Border Print Tunic Top

One of the fabrics I purchased last year from www.marcytilton.com finally has seen 'life' when I took a weekend recently to design and drape using this unique lace printed border print. I endeavored to video this myself for you with the goal of encouraging you to do the same. At the end of my video, I do share that a dress form is really vital to this type of fun.
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Kiss Puckered Seams Good-Bye

Understanding fabric grain and exact hand placement as you feed fabric (woven) into the sewing machine will forever help you eliminate puckered seams - making your sewing projects instantly look more professional! AND... to stitch 'up a hill', you simply need to 'level the sewing field' as I show at the end of this video. Truly - it amazed me how much I learned during my retail storefront/machine dealership years
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