I Never Had a Barbie…

Bride Jill Doll
Sewing friend and blogger,  Rhonda Buss, had a great post on Wednesday, March 9  to commemorate Barbie's 58th Birthday.  Enjoy it HERE, along with very wonderful comments.  Her post pulled me to our garage to grasp the pink doll case from the shelf and take a trip down memory lane..... NO, I did not have a Barbie.  Please take no offense (and I'm fairly certain it was my dear Mother's
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Interfacing De-Mystified

shrunken interfacing image
Interfacing in a garment is like the bones of a garment.  Including stabilizing seams as a type of 'Interfacing', I will go out on a limb here and state that EVERY well-made garment will have some type of interfacing or stabilizer.  What I'm publishing here are 'snippets' of the document I wrote which was originally written in 2011 for a class I offered on Pattern Review by the same name.  The
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Making Jeans Waistlines FIT & How To Shop for Jeans

Measure Back Crotch Length
OK - so I'm 'frugal'.  I refuse to pay the big prices for new jeans in the stores.  I had about worn out the only 'comfy' pair I had.  So.....off to Good Will I went.  I KNOW I took at least 15 pair into the dressing room.  I 'scored' with 2 pair:  1 in brown, and the other in 'blue'.  Price with Sr. Discount: $12 - TOTAL for 2 pair!
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Fashion Style Terminology

Skirt Styles
Us 'Fashionistas' and 'Sewists' take a lot of our fashion terminology for granted.  I remember when I taught high school Home Economics in the 90's and even now at my Sunroom Sewing Studio...young gals do NOT automatically know these terms.  They won't learn them unless we know them and share the knowledge.  Then again, perhaps they will if they cruise Pinterest like I do!  I've placed these for posting soon
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Shoulder & Neckline Pattern Fitting Tips from Emma

Emma Seabrooke is a sewing friend who I respect.  I've subscribed to her newsletter, and I recommend you do as well.  I miss seeing her (along with others) at the sewing expos where we all used to gather, so I've decided to visit their websites.  While there, I subscribe to their newsletters to 'keep up'.  I hope you'll consider doing the same as I introduce and share some of their
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Follow Creative Sewist: Gale Ortiz

Gayle Ortiz Banner
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: http://nancynixrice.com/style-tips/ 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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