Archive: Feb 2017

VIDEO TUTORIAL: Quick Band Band Alteration (For When You Mess Up!)

Perfection is over rated. That’s a motto I live by and tell all my students. In a perfect world, you and I cut our patterns precisely and sew exactly as the instructions state, but the world ain’t perfect. I’m very much a “cut as I go” type of sewist. Listen, fabrics can shift and stretch out of

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Singer ~ 1917 ~ Model 127 Treadle

Great news, finally after searching for years for a treadle, I ran into the perfect one for me at a local estate sale.And this is it!This is it after I spent a day just cleaning it up a little and putting on the belt.It’s amazing what just a little oil…

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10 Hacks To Make Your House Smell Amazing

10 Hacks To Make Your House Smell AmazingThe other day I came home to a smelly house. I had left something extra nasty in the trash can and was totally regretting it. I immediately took it out of course but was scrambling to get the smell out! I searched around and found some awesome smell hacks that helped me in a pinch….

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Knitting Throwback

The daily prompts in the Yarn Love Challenge have taken me back through my knitting history-  from those days when I knew no crafters but said I wanted to learn to knit so my husband gave me a booklet from Joann called How to Crochet for Christmas…

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Sew La Di Da Vintage – my Christmas Party outfit

I met Caroline, the talented designer behind Sew La Di Da Vintage at the West Country Patchwork & Textile show in November and whilst there is a whole other post (probably residing in my head) about the inspiration I felt at seeing quilts so up close in all their glory, I have to say I […]

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#AColorStory: New Effects +pack from Jeff Mindell!

edited with Miami from #SkiesOver, by @jeffmindell Our first new effects +pack in A Color Story since the launch—Skies Over—is here, and we couldn’t be more excited about it!! Honestly, photographers like Jeff Mindell were who we had in mind when we were creating this app to begin with. His bright, colorful style served as inspiration for a lot of the filters, so it didn’t make as much sense to…

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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

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Maybe The Third Time’s The Charm/Londa’s Terrific ‘T’

I have never had such a difficult time with trying to give something away! A few weeks ago, I announced the giveaway for Londa Rohlfing’s Terrific ‘T’ pattern. So many left their name to enter. I announced the winner…and no response. I drew a se…

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HI DARLINGS! I have been so busy lately it is insane. I did not get a lot of sewing time in last week so I was so glad that I still had some recent DIY’s I had yet to photograph. This jumpsuit is from my SIMPLICITY PATTERN #8301 and this TENCEL fabric is amazing. I […]

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A Finish – the yellow dress

I find it difficult to be completely satisfied with garment making but I refuse to make a muslin because of the extra time and money; maybe I need to decide which is most important! So this dress is finished, not without issue, though I finally understood how vents work and I learned to make a […]

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Making Time for Your Kids

Making Time for Your KidsWhen life is busy it can be hard to be intentional about making time for your kids. The whirlwind of to do lists, carpool, cleaning, and cooking is overwhelming to say the least. I know I’m not the only one who has been staring at my phone, scrolling through Pinterest, and trying to figure out…

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Implied Squares Scrap Bag Ornament

This month’s Scrap Bag Needlepoint ™ uses a contemporary quilt block as the basis for an Amish-style ornament. What Makes it Amish? Two aspects of the design make it a needlepoint version of an Amish quilt. First the colors range from green through red; there is no orange, white, or yellow. In the most traditional […]

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Naturally Dyed Ring Sling Baby Carrier DIY

I don’t know how I would’ve made it through the baby years with all three of my kids without using a baby carrier of some sort. I used the non-adjustable, pouch sling with Sebastian, the linen ring sling with Ruby, and both a jersey fabric wrap carrier and backpack-style carrier with Smith. Each type of sling had its benefits, but my personal favorite was the ring sling because I felt…

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I’ve been really trying to up my everyday wardrobe these days. If I am really honest with myself, the things that I wear the most are boxy oversized tops and anything black. When I first saw the Bento top sewn up as a sweater, I knew that it would easily fit into my wardrobe. It’s boxy and oversized, but more grown up that a slouchy tee.   The fabric is this really nice black merino sweatshirting from the online shop of The Fabric Store. I like that it has the comfort of the sweatshirt looped back but then looks like a nicer wool knit on its right side. It’s the perfect medium weight knit that holds it structure and is comfy without being too rigid or bulky.   I did make quite a few changes for my personal preferences. I lengthened the bodice section by about an inch so that the pockets hit a bit lower. I also lengthened the bottom section by about 2 inches in the front and 3 in the back for a split hem. I decided to split the side seam just below the pocket level for more moveability. Lastly, I lowered the neckline by about and inch […]

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A 1950’s Charcoal Grey Skirt

From a failed pinafore, I was able to re-purpose my charcoal wool fabric to make up my new favorite 1950’s skirt, using Simplicity 4083.

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KwikSew 3561–Simple Knit Dress

This is one of the patterns I bought for $0.10. I didn’t really need it, because I can use my Jalie t-shirt, but it’s fun to see how things compare. This is a “Kwik and Easy” pattern so it’s really easy. This version is the long-sleeved, boatneck, long dress. I have also made the shorter version and wooo-weeeee is it short. I’ll take pictures of that one too.


It fits well, but it certainly has more ease than my Jalie pattern. I’m not surprised by that at all. I often pinch out a half inch or so in the CF and CB of a Kwik Sew pattern. Their smallest size is an XS and I make a S. If I make the XS, the other measurements seem to be out of whack, like the vertical distance between bust, waist, and hips. Overall, I like it. It’s a cute and (very!!) easy pattern. But, you can also just make one of these out of your favorite t-shirt pattern.


You can see this is a bit sloppy in the back. The belt helps hold it in. The fabric is a rayon blend and it’s so comfortable (bought at National City Swap Meet). It’s kind of like wearing secret pajamas.  


I probable could have made the neckline binding just a bit more snug.


Overall, it’s a win, but I like my Jalie t-shirt dresses more . . . maybe? (Jalie dress number 1, and number 2). This would be better with a bit pinched out of the CF and CB.

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Wrap-up: Curvy Pants Month

Our Curvy Pants theme month  is over!  We hope you’ve enjoyed our posts.  Don’t forget to enter your pants in our Curvy Pants Challenge to win a prize! Welcome to Curvy Pants Month! Plus-Size Pants Pattern Roundup:  The Most Comprehensive List You’ve Ever Seen! Pantspiration:  RTW Inspiration + Sewing Pattern Options Pantsmaking Resources:  Fitting and Construction…

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How to Hem Knits – Knit Hems

How to sew a knit hem - 5 different ways to sew a knit hem, 4 with a regular sewing machine - tutorial with video by Melly SewsHey y’all – today we’re talking about how to sew a knit hem. There are lots of ways to do this, including some you can do on a regular sewing machine and one you do on a serger. I won’t be covering the cover stitch machine, but I do have links to info about cover stitching at Read the Rest…

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Basic Bind Off

“Binding off” is the process of removing stitches from the needle. Sometimes you’ll see binding…

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Blouses for February {Project Sew It}

Today Aria and Audrey are sharing our makes for the Project Sew It February prompt – blouse.  (Project Sew It is a monthly inspirational sewing challenge created by Celina of Petit a Petit and Family.)  Audrey took the opportunity to treat herself to something she’s never had before, and Aria added a much needed item to […]

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February in a nutshell

Oops, almost a month since my last post, sorry ! Where did the time go ?! Well, there were two weeks of school break in the middle of these, which included a three-day trip to Paris. We should have gone last October but our youngest (12 1/2) was sick & everything got cancelled. So we did enjoy this little trip even more, let me tell you !

Here are some glimpses, if you are not on Instagram.

We lucked out one sunny day out of three, which is not bad for February in Paris !

These photos above were taken in La Perla, one of our favorite spots. They serve Mexican food & drinks, it’s just delicious. I’ve had quesadillas fundidas, ummmm !

We also went to the Cy Twombly exhibition in Centre George Pompidou. I was so very excited to go ! Here are some of what we saw :

"Apollo and the Artist", 1975

“Apollo and the Artist”, 1975

"Nini's Painting", 1971

“Nini’s Painting”, 1971

"Shield of Achilles", 1978

“Shield of Achilles”, 1978

Sorry the quality of the photo is lame, but I don’t bring my “big” camera to Paris anymore. Therefore these are only phone pics.

We also went to Père Lachaise cemetery …

I hope February brought its dose of daily magic to you as well …

Be well !!



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February Indie Pattern Update!

Well it has been another whirlwind of a month with an awful lot going on in the indie sewing pattern community and it looks like a lot more to come in March! I’m heading to the Knitting & Stitching Show at Olympia at the weekend and am hoping to di…

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Piped Cuffs

The piped cuffs on the button downs in the last post were not included in either pattern and came about because I didn’t have enough buttons when I was making the first version. I really liked the green glass buttons that I used for the cotton ver…

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Haberdasher Sew Together Bag from Rock Baby Scissors Anyone caught the spring cleaning fever yet? I’m always up for anything that’ll help us stay organized, both at home and at the shop! This Sew Together Bag from Rock Baby Scissors featuring our Haberdasher fabric looks pretty "cutting edge"! We hope…

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There’s a Snake in my Boot!

Over the weekend some friends, Patrick, and myself went to the California Science Center as the museum was having an exhibit about the science behind Pixar animation. As lovers of all things Disney, we were excited to further understand what goes into making some of our favorite films. It also gave us a swell chance […]

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Blue Faux Fur – Inspiration

Spring didn’t last too long. Back to winter, and I’m back to thinking about what to make with the Blue Faux Fur I got from Mood Fabrics.Here’s the inspiration I collected.  Any thought?

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Marfy 2268 weekend status report: let the hand-stitching begin – Passamos agora a coser à mão

EN Summary: As far as machine stitching is required, the coat is completed. During the weekend I was able to finish the inner shell, attach it to the outer shell and top-stitch along the collar seam, front and collar edges. I also got a second sewing machine to function as a backup to my Pfaff Ambition Essential and I am sharing my first impressions about this machine, since I’ve used it to perform all these tasks on the coat. 
PT Sumário: Este fim-de-semana consegui coser tudo o que é para coser à máquina neste casaco, só faltam os acabamentos que vão ser feitos à mão. Com a máquina cosi a camada interna do casaco, uni-a à camada exterior e pespontei com torçal ao longos da costura do decote, e ao longo das orlas da frente e gola do casaco. Na semana passada também comprei uma segunda máquina de costura para funcionar como “reserva” da minha Pfaff Ambition Essential e neste artigo partilho as minhas primeiras impressões desta máquina, uma vez que a utilizei para coser o casaco neste fim-de-semana.

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New Special Issue: Quilts From Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Spring ’17

Our spring ’17 edition of Quilts from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks hits newsstands this week, and we’re so excited to share it with you! It includes 16 new quilt patterns inspired by the original blocks from our 100 Blocks issues. There are throw, … Continue reading

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Stretch lace tee tutorial

Did you ever consider that stretch lace could be used to sew up a simple tee shirt?  It just takes the right pattern and a few small sewing modifications!   Here, I’ve used this lovely stretch lace in “Naughty Navy”.

When choosing a pattern for a stretch lace tee, here are a few guidelines:

Keep the number of pattern pieces to a minimum–a style with just front, back and sleeve pieces will

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The Red Wool Dress And The Little Featherweight

That sounds like the title of a fairy story!  But unlike a fairy story, this was happy from beginning to end.
One day, before Christmas, I was on my tea break in work, and suddenly felt the need for a red wool dress.  So I did what any sensible sewist would do, and opened up ebay on my phone!  About 10 minutes later I had found this end of bolt of red suiting – there was 1.7 metres, and it was £9.99 with free postage.  And obviously it would have been rude not to click on buy; so that’s what I did!


The inspiration for the dress itself came from Amy at Almond Rock’s red Butterick 5748, and Lara from Dreaming Of Avonlea’s red velvet dress.  I was tempted to try to re-create the V at the front of Amy’s dress, but was a bit scared of trying to sew the bottom of it!  But I shamelessly copied the scoop back from Lara’s dress.
Sadly, I stupidly forgot to stablise the scoop back other than to stay stitch it, and it gapes a bit.  I really should have eased some twill tape or seam binding in; but, hey, I can’t see it when I’m wearing it!

The bodice is lined with some unknown something from my stash.  I’m guessing it’s acetate or polyester, but I have absolutely no recollection of buying it.


The photos of me wearing it are closest to the real colour.  It looks quite orange in the photos on the dress form, but is really a rich red in real life.  The bodice is self-drafted, but is not unsimilar to the By Hand London Elisalex dress; the skirt is my good old half-circle skirt.
And that’s really all there is to say about it, so I though I’d show you what I sewed it on – it’s my little featherweight.  I think I might have mentioned this before, but I definately talked about my big featherweight here.  My big featherweight came from my Dad’s Mum, and my little featherweight came from my Mum’s Mum.  Both of my Grannies sewed, and actually both worked as stitchers in the shirt factories in Belfast.
The little featherweight is a 221k4 from 1952.  I got it nearly two years’ ago when it was found in my great Aunty’s house (my Granny’s sister); and I got it serviced, so it works beautifully.  It only does a straight stitch and you can change the stitch length, and that’s it!

I honestly have so much respect for my Grannies sewing on these machines!  I loved using this, and will definately be using it more.  Even though it’s really small, it’s quite heavy (who named them featherweights?!), and it felt like it was bolted to the table – it seriously didn’t move 1 millemetre.  Also, it makes the loveliest sound when it’s sewing!  I have to thank Shirley from Squirrel’s Knitting Conquests for inspiring me to use it.

It doesn’t even have any measurements on the footplate for the seam allowances, so I improvised with some masking tape and a marker pen.  Below is the stitch length selector, and I had to google how this works.  The numbers are stitches per inch, so the larger the number, the smaller the stitches. 

I’ll leave you with some photos enjoy.  Has anybody else been using an old machine lately?

Have a great week,

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