Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Chiffon Dress with Adjustable Banding at Lower Waist

 Creating a Chiffon Dress With
Adjustable Waisting



Totally Chiffon

With Rayon Chemise Under








Friday, June 18, 2021

Rayon Chemise to wear under Chiffon Dresses

 Simple Chemise Pattern made with drapey Rayon


Used large Flat Straps to hide Lingerie straps and extended length to go under ankle length long Chiffon Dress



Used Bias to finish edges of top of Chemise and made wide straps to cover under garment straps.

Attached rayon seam binding and hemmed bottom.



Sew Many Things -Sew Little Time

Finishing Up

Ottoman Slipcover.... Looked sew easy....Not Sew True


Antique hand loomed Rug which was already in the top of an old slipcover...


Had to removed from previous sides and matte frame in with Crypton Velvet and miter corners...

When removing from previous slipcover the ends had been cut off and were unweaving the rug...


Machine finished the edges all around and backed with a piece of the black Crypton and then framed in with a strip and mitered... 


Now that the rug was backed for strength-went back in and hand tacked the strips to make sure it did not fall apart.


Made self welting out of the black Crypton and then attached all around the top to fit the top of the Ottoman....


Made the Crypton skirt with pleated corners

Made the lining with Cotton Sateen-attached skirt to Slipcover top...attached lining to inside of the slipcover...


Attached rayon seam binding to Crypton and hand hemmed.

Pressed lining and hand hemmed


Put on Ottoman


Yeh!



 

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Making Stuffed Toys

 

This is Buddy the Magical Butterfly Pony -

EYES are Shank Buttons securely sewn on through each other to make them flatter on the head


Butterfly wings were drawn by me on paint and printed on Polar Fleece

Draw the Body first... and then legs and hooves are little tubes sewn shut on one end and tucked in and hand sewn on the legs... Legs are drawn with a bend and stuffed and then sewn on at the top with an X, so they can bend back and forth for sitting and standing!



Tail is braided embellished tulle with Rainbow stars securely sewn on.


The pony body fabric with colorful ponies on it and the colorful galaxy legs plus the red bumpy minky hooves came from my favorite place-


www.Gstreetfabrics.com

The Rainbow star tulle was found in the 'Treasure Hunt Room' at 2.97 a yard.... a great stash find when you have grandchildren or little toddlers that like you to make things.


There are three sizes of Eye shank buttons on the Turn table stands in front of the cashier...




Thursday, May 20, 2021

Copying Dresses That Fit

 Copying Something that Fits You


I use Create-A-Pattern Pellon type material that I buy from GStreetFabrics... 

lay dress on the create a pattern and cut out leaving a seam allowance.

WWW.Gstreetfabrics.com


I trace each piece with a 5/8 seam so I can alter if off a little.  I number the pieces as you would a bought pattern and write if the edge is on a fold and how many pieces I need and trace the Darts (important to add the Space you need for each dart or fold) I write dart or fold where needed and draw a line or dot.  Add extra for hem so you can adjust.  Take or draw a picture and put in the ziplock Gallon bag with the pattern for future use.





Original much loved dress worn through the threads of cotton.
 

Someone attempted to copy old dress, but did not make it the same and it was uncomfortable... changed to exact as original dress.



added buttons where missing


changed from buttonholes to loops like original


Newly copied dress back-like original

Pattern is ready for any additional dresses wanted

Then baste together.
Be sure to pre wash your fabric before cutting out and sewing so it doesnt shrink and change size after laundering.

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Still Baby Baby

 


Nothing like seeing your minky Blanket quilt in action- this one has a little bias trim out of cotton gauze.

Here is the Butterfly wing sleeper in action! From a past posting.

Making facemasks

 

Three layer front masks with filter pocket and hanger cord with flexible nose inserts....





My Mask alterations to this:


I double the face mask pocket sew right sides together and flip then my facemasks are 3 layers in the front-- On the sides you can see after I  make the mask I turn it in to make a casking for the elastic and then I sew a second line of stitching so there can be a cord put in for a hanger casing and also if you want the masks to be tighter on the face ... the top casing I make for the plastic nose inserts and I put two together with a floral wire inside and use magic tape to tape them together so there is a flexible nose casing that will fit the face well.


2nd improvision, when I fold over the ends of the finished mask over the circle of elastic, I make a second row of stitching for the Cord that you see me wearing.  This works for me two ways.  One it is great to pull off the mask in the car and use as a hanger, but the 2nd most important way to me is that I can tighten the mask on the top edge of my face under my eyes to seal it off.   So many people do not have their masks on properly in public places that I feel that I need this extra precaution.

My nose inserts are these... 

and they form to your face and are flexible but stay with 
I use 2 white flat plastic nose inserts and tape a piece of 22 gauge floral wire inside of them and do a very spaced wrap tucking the end back inside the 2.  This bends - stays and is removable for washing.  The insert will totally conform to your face for comfort and staying power.

The nose casing is however long the insert is and is between the filter and the front directly over the middle of the mask.


I wear masks 10 hours a workday and this makes me comfortable and feeling a little safer.  I like to have the mask hanging around my neck when I am driving so I can just pop it on wherever I go.

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Baby Minky TIme

 Right now, I have a new Grandson, sew I am commuting on my days off to help get mom and dad some nap time.  In between, I use the sewing machine I gave my daughter to whip up some nap time sewing fun to use with the baby.  When I come home, I am back to sewing clothes and other items as requested to me.

www.Gstreetfabrics.com      click on link to shop online for fabrics in blog.  I work and buy my fabrics from G Street Fabrics in Rockville, Maryland   "SEW FUN!"  Come Buy and See me.  I am usually there Sun Mon Tues

looking for clothes and tips on how to do them scroll down to bottom of posts and there will be a link to older posts.  I make all kinds of clothes, many simple some complicated.  You will find Patterns that may be vintage, but you can still buy them by googling the pattern vender and number, and then tips on how and why I sew them.  Simple and fast, comfortable and all about the fabric you are using to make them beautiful.  Just buy your fabrics at GStreetFabrics and you can order on line... then have your own Free Flowing Fashion when you glide into the room.  No matter what age you are-your first impression is when you enter a room.  Fabrics can be the total impression.  Just throw them over your shoulders and tack some corners and you will be beautiful.   We also sell McCalls and Vogue Patterns in our store, the current Pattern books to look through when coming into the store.... But you can shop online from anywhere!-We ship!!

Always scroll to the bottom and click older posts.  I have been blogging for years, but some things never change... your life,too can be "SEW FINE".  Sewing can put a smile on your face every day!

clothes   - click to go to blogging about the clothes I wear

Guess What I have been Doing?

Had some leftover Minky Scraps from the Old McDonald Book I made the other grandchildren-cut some squares


It has been used.... LOL








Yep, been holding the baby and sewing while he sleeps.  Sew Fine!

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Baby Baby Baby

http://www.gstreetfabrics.com


All supplies - knit, ribknit, ribbon, thread and snaps came from our store.  Only the butterfly wings were something I printed on knit, and the softstretch heatnbond lite was something I just discovered.


Butterfly Wing Sleepsack Done


Snapfront knit collar-mitten sleeves


One piece mitten sleeves


Knit Ribbing Neckband like the Taboggan


Snap Opening and Ribbon tie bottom

This was much easier than I thought..so if liked I can whip up some more!!! Happy Newborn!

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Quillows Revisited



 Quillows Revisited


This is a Quillow

(Quilt that folds into a pillow)

Everytime I do something, I do something a little bit different for the person I am doing it for.

The black pillow with the handle is the quillow.
The one behind it is just plain faux fur.  This is my favorite seat.-my only seat other than my sewing chair.

My children are grown now, and when I did this one, I did not take the pictures like I did of others.   This child went a lot of places, so I put a handle on the quillow pocket edge, so she could carry it in and out of her car.

It is black minky on one side and the other side is a printed polar fleece.  At the time, both were purchased from  www.Gstreetfabrics.com


It was outline quilted and she likes music so I picked that print on the polar fleece because it reminded me of the things she liked.  She is grown now, and the quillow reappeared, as she was moving into a house and expecting a baby.

I usually make the quillows the size of the piece of fabric.  Minky and Polar fleece are about 5 feet wide.-60 inches.-  I get 3 yards of each that gives me enough for approx 6 foot long quillow and the pillow pocket and maybe a neckroll depending on how frugal I am.

I have another site-with lots of quillows  I have made over the years.  Most of the fabric came from www.Gstreetfabrics.com

The quillow site is www.Kittysquillows.com

You can see there are lots of things you can do.  I love minky... I love cotton, but there is something about cuddling up in your minky quillow in front of a streaming movie-eating popcorn, that can't be beat.  Especially when you make it so they can stick their feet in the pillow pocket.


The pillow pocket is on the minky side, placed after the outline quilting was done.



I outline quilted all the musical notes and the musical instruments..... Thinking of my baby travelling around with each stitch I placed.

Make a Quillow for someone you love.  

On the Quillow site, I also show you some Billows with embroidery-those were done with doublesided minky.  Right now we just have minky at the store. You could put two pieces of minky together to get the same blanket effect, just a little heavier than the Billows shown.

There are many ways to do your quillow.  You can piece the pillow pocket on both sides then sew on your quilt at the bottom... or you can line it with a secondary pocket of minky so there is a footsie pocket that folds into the quillow.  All ways it becomes a pillow to throw on the bed or sofa for necessary cozy time.
















Opposite side was Redskins and Pillow pocket