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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Interfacing De-Mystified with Londa

New sewing students here at my Sunroom Sewing Studio in Jackson, TN are mystified by INTERFACING:  what it is - why use it - what type to use.....  Truly, it IS all kinda of hard to sort out.  I've shared what I know about types and selection in this new video at You-Tube. https://youtu.be/6bRivSOQ3HQ During my years as a retail storefront owner, I'll never forget taking a class at a
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Magic Waistbands with Ban-Rol Monofilament Stabilizer

Waists are rising, and need stabilization so they don't crush to nothing-ness. Ban-Rol monofilament stabilizer is the secret to a crisp waistband that bends with you, but bounces back, nice and firm. Watch this video to learn how to use it: https://youtu.be/ZV1bkV61JSA This product can ALSO be used to execute a very narrow straight-stitched hem, even on bias fabric!  Watch my friend, Dana Bontrager's video to learn how: You can even
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Toddler Poncho Sewing How-To’s

My daughter requested new ponchos for my granddaughters (3 and 18 months) for Christmas - so of course, I complied.  With some experience under my belt (since I had made the older girl a poncho of heavy polar fleece a year plus ago), I was ready to improve on the design, especially of the hood.  Fitting grandbabies from afar is not an easy task!  I did take some pictures as
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How To Sew Skinny Turned Tubes

Sometimes you want REALLY skinny, narrow tubes of fabric.  I learned this technique from Roberta Carr years ago, and share it in this video.  Give it a try - being SURE to stitch WIDER as you begin on the bias-cut tube. The picture of the flower finished off with skinny tube comes from Roberta's book: Couture: the Art of Fine Sewing...a GREAT book you can find at this link: https://www.amazon.com/Couture-Sewing-Roberta-C-Carr/dp/0935278281
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