TNT – Another Vogue 8184

I think anybody who sews for any length of time ends up with a TNT – a tried and true pattern that they turn to again and again. Fashion archivists will look through my sewing history one day far (hopefully really far) in the future, and start to log t…

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Sewing For A Good Cause

Wow! It’s been a while and I’m starting to miss blogging so here goes.Most of my sewing time throughout October and November was spent on making stuff to support our local Food Bank and Resource Center. Now , in January when the Food Banks are depleted…

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Blue Window Dress

This year has started out with a full on sprint.  Trey and I are moving to a 2-bedroom apartment in March where I will take over the second bedroom and make it a sewing room.  (It will also be a Study with a couch and our 4 bookshelves… but I GET MY OWN LITTLE STUDIO!!!)…

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Using Evertite Stretcher Bars

These adjustable stretcher bars are very popular with stitchers. Ruth Schmuff’s blog has an excellent post on how to assemble them. It also shows you how to adjust them and mount your needlepoint to them. Copyright secured by Digiprove © 2017Original content here is published under these license terms: X License Type:5License Summary:

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Scrapbook Sunday: January Messy Box

There’s something so exciting and refreshing about January! I love this time of year. It’s such a good time to think over past accomplishments and plan out new goals. For me, getting my goals down on paper and tracking them regularly is the best way to cross them off my list. I love how light and beautiful the January Messy Box is! It makes it perfect for getting my goals…

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A Flame Called Hope

Welcome to my Sew Over It Lola Jacket, from their ebook Capsule Wardrobe: My City Break. This gilt brocade has been scooped up by loads of sewing bloggers, if my Instagram feed is anything to go by. You can see why. … Continue reading

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Ghoulish Gable Top

My first ever Jennifer Lauren Gable Top is a rather ghoulish one, don’t you think? Originally planned for last Halloween, I didn’t actually get round to making it until earlier this month. Better late than never though!You guys went crazy for…

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Ghoulish Gable Top

My first ever Jennifer Lauren Gable Top is a rather ghoulish one, don’t you think? Originally planned for last Halloween, I didn’t actually get round to making it until earlier this month. Better late than never though!You guys went crazy for…

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Amanda vs Springfield Top

Thank goodness for holiday barbeques. They bring people together, provide a great excuse to eat festive season snack foods and, more importantly, provide you with advice on what tank to sew because the weather is bananas hot and you are melting and need advice STAT! All hail the sage words of Michelle because this lady […]

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Thailand and Laos – day seventeen (Chiang Mai, Saturday)

All of a sudden the days are flying past.  Although we’ve visited Chiang Mai before, there is plenty that we haven’t done – and still plenty that we won’t get to do this visit.  Oh well, we’ll just have to force ourselves to come back again one day! Adisak arranged for Mr Veera to take… Continue reading Thailand and Laos – day seventeen (Chiang Mai, Saturday)

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No-Sew T-Shirt Produce Bag

Got some old T-shirts lying around? Make a produce bag! You’re reducing your carbon footprint and recycling all in one step. This is a really simple project that only takes three things: a T-shirt, sharp scissors, and some Liquid Stitch fabric glue. Easy! I originally shared this project as a sewing project. If you want to make bags in different sizes, that would be a great post to check out.

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Pattern Testing: Mia Jeans from Sew Over It

So it has taken a silly amount of time for me to get around to posting these jeans. But I’m actually really pleased I’ve left it so long as my opinion on them has changed with wear! These are the Mia Jeans from the Sew Over It My Capsule Wardrobe: City…

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Show and Tell Saturday v01

Some links in this post are affiliate links, but all opinions are my own. Happy Saturday! One of my goals for 2017 was to use a planner for the first time ever – I purchased The Quilter’s Planner and I’m attempting to lay out my work goals/projects in it, as well as using Google Calendar to […]

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Learning Simple Machines with Happy Trunk

Learning Simple Machines with The Happy TrunkWe had an absolute blast learning simple machines with Happy Trunk last week! It was everything we needed to construct three different simple machines, all in one monthly subscription box. Subscription boxes are one of our favorite ways to stimulate learning in kids. They are convenient and fun for both parents and kids to engage with!…

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Jessica of Lycette Talks about Needlepoint

Jessica Chaney, the talented lady behind Lycette Designs has shared with us profiles of talented stitchers in her “Women on Point” series. In a blog post recently she tells us her own story, “Why I Needlepoint.” Not only will you love the story of this talented young woman, you will also find yourself agreeing with […]

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Saturday Serengeti Strut!

Good Morning Denizens of the Sartorial Jungle! I’d like to dive right in today with a frisky little number in zebra from cdhar2 on Pattern Review! Its the Cleo pinafore and I’m really thinking I need one too! How cute is she in this??? Thank you for letting me share it! Pennylibrarian is back! Please […]

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Couture Sewing School – Day 3, 4, 5 & 6: Basting, Fitting & Sewing

Day 3 and everyone is heads down and bums up thread tracing their pattern pieces. I’m definitely thinking I’m glad for sewing pants and not a jacket purely because there are far less pieces! I’m finished up thread tracing by mid morning and get stuck into sewing the double welt openings on the back of […]

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Thailand and Laos – day 14 (Chiang Mai, Friday)

Isn’t high speed internet a wonderful thing?  Once again, my sympathies go out to my friends who live in country areas of Australia where it isn’t as fast or as reliable as it should be.  After being in Laos I am really enjoying how fast it is for me to upload photos and write blog… Continue reading Thailand and Laos – day 14 (Chiang Mai, Friday)

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21 Rainbow Crafts & Activities To Brighten Up Your Day

rainbow craftsCelebrate the rainbow with 21 of my favorite fun and colorful rainbow crafts and sensory activity projects for you and your little ones. Spring, St Patrick’s Day or any day the rainbow is always welcome in our house xx – Featured Above: Fun Rainbow Craft For Little Ones Cotton balls and yarn ¦.. such a…

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Drafting a dress – 2

First I’d like to thank those of you who commented on my recent posts. I have a few very regular commenters (extra thanks!) and recently I’ve seen quite a few new names too. Welcome to my blog and please share your thoughts. In a time that blogging is regarded obsolete by some it’s nice to know this is still a lively community.

Back to the story of the dress. I’ve cut and basted the dress and there was a moment of disappointment. The pleats did not form a nice fold, there is too much fabric. Worse even, the neckline was gaping a lot. So much that I don’t want to share a photo.

I think the pleats are just too long. As I said, I’ve drafted this dress two years ago and I’m not sure now whether I took out the space of the darts. Well, better too long than too short. I hope that these will be fine with some manipulation.

Part of the gaping is probably caused by my figure. If I would have an A or B cup it wouldn’t be so bad, but there is a bit more to cover. It would be fine if I could put on the dress and stand completely still all day. Don’t know about you, but that’s not the way I spend my days.

It was mainly the right front that was pulled away.
As you can see in the first picture of my previous post, I drafted a straight line to the waistline from the point where the left and front cross in the neckline. That is probably the main problem . The right front is not “anchored” properly. Back to the draft and making sure the right front is attached to the left side. Below again the sketch of what I did on a block from a book.

Instead of going down to the waistline, I extended the right front to the left side, keeping the line below the bust point (in this drawing on the bust point).

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I moved the top of the waist darts to the bust point. Something I’ve learned in Suzy Furrer’s classes (I keep referring to her classes, I learned a lot from those). She either uses a high or a lower point for the waist dart, depending on what you want to do with the pattern.

IMG_4568. The waist dart on the left side is cut out, the legs of the dart can be placed together, thus removing that dart (cutting one dart leg and moving over would have been enough, but thought this might be clearer).

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In the next picture the left waist dart is closed, as is the shoulder dart. The space of the shoulder dart is moved to the bust dart. That’s the extra space you see there under the original bust dart. That’s one option to get rid of the shoulder dart.

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A second option to remove the shoulder dart is to move the space to the waist dart.

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The last is what I’m doing. Keeping the original bust dart and use a wider waist dart. It will be covered by the pleats of the left front panel.

I’ve tried this extension on the front by cutting it from a piece of silk organza (thinking I might keep it that way) and have basted it to the front, waistline and side. A huge improvement. I will however re-cut the right front.

Hopefully I’ll get some sewing done this weekend, but I’m not sure.

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Free Embroidery Design – Quilt Block

Free Embroidery Design – Quilt Block

Today’s Free embroidery design from Embroidery Machine Designs Free Today Only Download Now

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Library Wall Plans

The. Time. Has. Come. So, I’ve mentioned before that I’ve gone back and forth on this back wall in our living room. My heart has always said, "Bookshelves," but my brain was saying, "Do something else." Well, I gave it some serious thought and there is "nothing else". Ha! No matter how hard I try, I can’t imagine anything more perfect than a big, floor-to-ceiling library wall! Here’s some of…

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Decorating Fun!

Before I share my project, I would just like to thank all of you for the lovely, and warm welcome you gave to this week’s Wednesday Showcase ladies. You are truly the best!!! On another note, Diane of Remembering Oz wrote a post this morning that …

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Sewing the 70s

When the 1970s started I was seven; when they finished I was 17. The world was going to hell in a handcart (not much changed there then) but they were the very best years of my life (so far)….. I began … Continue reading

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DIY FULLY LINED WOOL CARDIGAN

HI DARLINGS! Okay this DIY is special because it was my very first pattern for SIMPLICITY and I gotta say I still love this pattern. The pattern for this cardi is not lined, it just has a facing but I had this great flamingo lining that I was dying to use so I just created […]

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A LIBERTY PRINT BOYLSTON BRA

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Made by Me: Faux Leather Fold Over Clutch Bag

I’ve been getting lots of love on Instagram this week for this little project, so I thought I’d share it here as well. I turned the embroidered butterfly on faux leather that I blogged about last week in the tutorial into a clutch bag. I started with t…

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Bridget top with mid spiral sleeve by Designer Stitch Patterns

This is my second Bridget Top, the newest pattern from Designer Stitch. The first one I made was with the split sleeves and as much I like that one, this one is really my favourite! I bought this fabric maybe a year ago with a top like this in my mind,…

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weekend links

Liesl checks in again this Friday with her weekend links post for January 20, 2017.

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Kate’s fabric dolls

A few weeks ago, the lovely Kate from See Kate Sew sent me one of the beautiful Doll Fabric panels she made for Riley Blake. It didn’t take me long to turn them into twee super cute dolls. It took me a bit longer to finally take pictures of them (sorry, Kate!). While Norah never showed […]

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