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Thursday, February 18, 2021
Sew a Quillow for your Car!
Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Turtlenecks and Cardigans
I am doing a lot of things at once... BUT... I decided to blog about these turtlenecks I love.
I was cold this week and I wandered into 'The Treasure Hunt Room'. I work at G Street Fabrics-have a little Etsy store and make all my clothes. I found 4 sweater style knits and just bought whatever yardage there was. For a Turtleneck you really only need your body of your sweater length and the sleeve length. (1 1/2 yds) that is 27 inches and 27 inches on a 60 inch wide knit for my sweater. There is usually enough to make whatever type of turtleneck you want unless it is really slouchy.
Our store is in Rockville, Md and if you have never experienced it, you must come some time if possible. It is a big warehouse, with every kind of fabric casual knits to fancy dresswear and a Home Decorating Department where we do Custom Upholstery and Draperies and just about anything you want to ask for. But, just looking at the fabric choices is a fabulous adventure. DIYers are welcome.
I don't always use patterns, but I love to take things and mix and match like the body of one and the collar of another. Exchange sleeves or necklines.
My three favorite Turtleneck patterns are vintage of course, but turtlenecks never go out of style. And if they are not in a current pattern book, then you can probably find it on Etsy or Ebay or Pattern Review.
I purposely make my clothes a little loose fitting, because I am rather shapely and I don't need enhancing. I did turn the ends of the sleeves up on this and top stitched them as a small hem. The bottom of the sweater I stitched twice. I do not have a cover stitch machine, but I turned the hem up and top stitched and then stitched close to the folded up hem.-to give the effect of a cover stitch.
Remember I was using leftover scraps, so I used the full back piece on the fold and then had to add on the the front pieces and the rib of the scraps went in the horizontal instead of the vertical direction
Fur trim sewn in a circle folded over an elastic circle to slide over the cuff for trim that fits but is not truly attached.
Pants are my usual tubins.. wide enough to fit over boots, made like leggings but tube legs to look more professional, or in my case - more flattering than skin tight.
Tuesday, February 2, 2021
Madly Sewing Up My Stash
Many of my fabrics come from where I work part-time
Where I have fabric I have designed and many of my pillow fronts come from one or the other of these two sites... both have online selling of fabrics
the things that you can have made with my fabric designs
The new wildlife series of pillows that I have made for sale will be on my Shop at
Looking at all the Scraps and Left Overs
Left Overs from pillow Back-- fur trim for detachable collar trim- clutch trim fun-Fur earrings
enough from this minky pillow back to make pockets on the end of my minky scarf to keep my hands warm when I am driving and walking to and from the car.
I just made 4 Turtleneck Tops because I was chilly at work.
Extras.. Removable cowel collar infinity scarves-earrings of course-braided bracelets and necklaces-if big enough pieces-cardigans-1.5 yds - on a turtleneck there is usually a big enough piece to do a removable cowel collar or infinity scarf from a side piece-always enough scraps for earrings and straight scarves or braided necklaces.
from the jacket there were little suede and skin and sherpa scraps good enough to crazy quilt a clutch and put pleather wrap pockets on the front of the clutch for cc case and phone case.
Always if there is enough scraps when you cut out a cardigan, you might want to add pockets in the side seams.