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 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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Mermaid Tail Blankets for Children & 18″ Dolls

mermaid tail blankets for child and 18" doll
These days find me doing some really FUN sewing in preparation for an up-coming Doll Sewing Class for kids. Oh my heart aches to be able to snap a picture of my 2 1/2-year old granddaughter and her 'dolly' in what I've created, but  she lives a days' drive away and her Mommy is just a little busy packing up the house to move even further away. is a
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Cascading Hemlines and Soft Necklines as seen on It’s Sew Easy TV

Londa on It's Sew Easy set
I just posted again at my NEW Blog at the address below.  Click on it and you'll be taken directly to one of my newest episodes on It's Sew Easy TV - Series 1600.

Super Simple Circle Cape I've had sew much fun 'knocking off' this circle cape that I invested in while teaching out in Fresno a few weeks ago! I purchased fabric for SIX of them at JoAnn Fabrics for a bit over $100 - of course, with fabric on sale. I've timed myself, and each one takes me about 70' to create, start to finish. Now that equals great gifts in
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Standing Playing Card Holder

Playing Card Holder
For young card players (and sometimes old as well!), this Holder may just be the key to hours of old-time card playing fun. It makes a great gift. Even sit down with a child to create this useful Holder. In my Wee Stitchers classes, a 6 year-old did just GREAT! The cool thing is that the plastic canvas makes it easy to achieve evenly placed stitches. STANDING PLAYING CARD HOLDER
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