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NEW Madalynne Lingerie Kits!

Fresh from teaching at Mimi G’s sewing conference last weekend, I’m revved up to release my new lingerie kits. Okay, okay technically I listed them last week, the day before I taught. I wanted to give the students first dibs on my new patterns with Simplicity and kits. Now that I’m back, it’s your turn…

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14 Scrumptious Campfire Desserts You Need To Make This Summer

14 Scrumptious Campfire Desserts You Need To Make This SummerIf you are someone who loves spending time on a campsite you are going to love these campfire desserts! I honestly had no idea there were this many great ideas. I usually just stick to s’mores but I will definitely be stepping up my camping dessert game! 14 Scrumptious Campfire Desserts You Need To Make…

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Ida Clutch Bag

I have something a bit different to show you today, which is this little clutch bag that I made for my sister, who absolutely loves it.  I first spotted it on Instagram when Kirsten from Fifty Two Fancies made it, and instantly though that my sister would like it.

 

The pattern is called the Ida Clutch Bag, and is a free pattern from Kylie And The Machine.
One of the bags on the introduction page is leather, as is Kirsten’s, and I really loved them, so decided to give it a go myself.  

Much googling finally brought me to Leather4Craft on ebay, where I bought some veg-tan goat skin leather for £22.00.  It came as a rectangle of leather, which I stupidly forgot to measure, and is lovely and soft.  There was more than enough for this little bag.
More googling was done on cutting and sewing leather.  I used my rotary cutter to cut it out, and pattern weights to hold the pattern piece down.  I say pattern weights, it was really my phone and some masking tape…

You can maybe, sort of, judge the size of the leather from this photo.  There was enough leather to the top to cut out another pattern piece, and there was a bit left over that is probably about half as wide as the bit that my rotary cutter is sitting on.
Sewing the leather turned out to be a lot easier than I thought, but leather needles are a must.  I practised a dart on some scrap leather first, and my machine handled it beautifully.  Sewing leather is a bit of a one shot deal, you don’t want to be unpicking, and my walking foot was great.

I marked the point of the dart with a pin, which left a little hole in the leather, then clipped the dart ends within the seam allowance.
 
I marked the dart legs with a pencil on the wrong side of the leather.
 
I obviously couldn’t use pins on the leather, as they would leave little holes, so I used a mini clothes pegs to hold everything together.  Quilting clips would be great, but I don’t have any.
 
 This is what the darts look like from the wrong side,
 
And this is the right side.
 
The instruction page on the interfacing mentions that the sample leather bag is interfaced (I think it’s in the comments), but I was a bit too scared to try that!  So I just interfaced the lining.  I used a medium weight interfacing for the whole bag lining (Piece B), and then a woven interfacing on top for Piece C.

I added an inside pocket, and made it as big as I could without interfering with the darts.  It’s big enough for a phone.

Next came inserting the zip, and the instructions for it are brilliant.  I didn’t take any photos of it, but here’s what it looked like when it was finished. 
The pin in the photo above is marking the tailor’s tack for the snap placement, which leads me on to attaching the snaps.  I wasn’t looking forward to this, because I was afraid of ruining the leather.  But some more googling showed me how to do it.  
Everything I read called for interfacing, but, as already mentioned, I didn’t want to interface the leather.  So I didn’t use any, and it’s grand.  Here’s what I did.
First of all, I practised on a leather scrap!  The snaps have two prongs on the back that are secured with a little washer.   
 

I stuck a pin through the lining and leather where the tailor’s tack was (the tack was just in the lining), to mark the snap position on the leather.  Then I used the washer as a template, and marked the position of the prongs with a pen (making sure it wouldn’t bleed through to the front!).

 

Admire that lovely top stitching!
 

 

Then I snipped into the leather using some embroidery scissors.

The prongs on the snap go through the holes from the front, then it is held in place with the washer.  I just put it through the leather, so the snap is not visible on the inside of the bag.

Here’s what it looks like from the right side.

I did the same with the other snap, and here’s what it looks like when it’s closed.

As suggested in the instructions, I sewed the edges of the bag with a zipper foot.  It was tricky to get over the closed end of the zip, and I ended up just turning the hand wheel.

I’m delighted with how this little bag turned out, and leather definitely isn’t as tricky to sew as I thought.

Now I sort of want to make a leather purse…  Have a great weekend,
Lynne
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Modern Toddler Bed DIY

There comes a day in the life of every mom when the crib can no longer contain their…

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New Look 6500 shift dress: a simple pattern that I couldn’t leave unmodified

How much adjustment do you do on a very simple pattern? Do you feel it’s worthwhile to make very small changes to get it just right or perhaps you sew up simple things as is and save your efforts for a special dress or coat.
This simple dress pattern is something that I choose as one of the suggestions for my Sew a Dress class at Hello Stitch in Berkeley. (scheduled again for Sun. July 30 – the first one was great fun. More details at the bottom of this post on all the upcoming classes). As it happens Craftsy asked me to write a longer post outlining all the steps to sew a simple dress, consequently I decided to sew up this pattern and get a lot of things done with one project. Plus I’ve been on a shift dress kick lately. They are such simple and pleasant things to wear. Since it was 107˚F in the SHADE here yesterday I would rather have worn a dress made of ice cubes but since that is not going to happen a shift dress it is.

batik shift dress

I have had this fabric in my stash for a good 5 or 6 years. It’s a cotton batik that I bought in Hawaii, quite a large amount (5 yards) and just never found a use for it. Slightly heavy as a lot of batiks are, so not really good for most dresses plus the vertical stripe had me stumped. I think I found the perfect style for it that uses the stripe best. Plus I can wear my striped navy blue espadrille sandals – double win.
Here’s the pattern envelope, with a sneak peek of a subsequent version of this dress. Which everyone has gone wild for on my Instagram teases, embroidered denim must be the thing this summer. The envelope says D0569 but all the pattern pieces say New Look 6500 so I’m calling it that. I really like New Look patterns, they come up with some super cute dresses and tops, plus they include all sizes in one envelope and cost $ 3.99 all the time.

New Look Shift dress pattern

batik dr front view

Onward to my adjustments: I sewed this dress for the Craftsy post, not as a wearable but as a “photograph-able” item, i.e. something that would really show in the step-by-step tutorial but I had no intention of wearing it. It was actually quite a pleasure to just sew up a dress with no changes, I sewed the size 12 and went from there.
Here is the version I sewed for Craftsy, in a quilting cotton that I had in my stash, I think a remainder from a project I did for someone on Etsy ages ago. And I really loathe this color of green so don’t even tell me that you like this dress on me πŸ™‚ Plus for the most part sewing/wearing garments with quilting cotton is a big NO for me. With some exceptions they always look a bit off: too wrinkly, too juvenile, too unsophisticated to claim my interest.

green shift dress

green shift dress3

But I include the photo of me wearing this one to show the neckline fit. That neckline was choking me – I don’t like that high round neckline and when you move your head forward it’s so uncomfortable. Good shoe match thought, right?

Back to the blue and white batik version. Can you see the difference in the neckline? It is so much more comfortable for me in the second version. I wanted to figure out exactly how much to open the neck so I made a version of just the top half of the dress in swedish tracing paper – and every time I use that I remember that is has absolutely no give. While it seems like a good idea because you can sew it – putting it on is not so easy. I did put a zipper so I could actually try it on – which worked in the end but it was kind of shredded. However it was good enough to slice and dice a bit, figuring out how I wanted the final neckline to be shaped.

neckline comparison

I cut out the batik version based on my new neckline, and basted it together at the shoulder seams to see if I liked the neckline. It still seemed a bit too high for my preference and also I like the armholes to be more cut in at the shoulder in a sleeveless dress. So instead of cutting more off the edges of the dress I made a one piece facing for front and back, and then used tracing paper to mark a seam line. At the neck I took away a further 5/8″ (total seam allowance now 1.25″) and then on the armholes I think I sewed it at around 7/8″ which makes the armhole a bit bigger all around. You have to be careful that it doesn’t make the armhole too low but this dress had a very tight armhole so there was plenty of room.

batik dress facing new seam

On my next version of this dress (the embroidered chambray fabric)  I’ll show how I make the one piece facing plus this upcoming version is lined so it incorporates facing and lining together.

The original New Look pattern had separate neck and armhole facings which works ok, not my preference but not as horrible as some make it out to be. But there’s a better way. Another option for these simple summer dresses is bias binding but I wanted to show the traditional or basic type of dress sewing.

But we are not done yet! In fact this adjustment should have come up first in my writing but I only remembered to take this picture a few minutes ago and include it. The bust dart on this dress is both large and high. I measured it on the pattern piece and could see that it needed to be lower so I did that before I did anything else, just a straightforward shift downward about 3/4″. The bust dart is kind of larger than it would be had there been other darts (vertical waist darts)  or other shaping. Trying it on it made the dart a bit too pointy – not my favorite look. So I reduced the width of the dart.

dart adjustment on shift dress

On the tracing paper on the left you can see the faint outline of the original dart, too high. The second placement, lower but too big, and then the final version in the purple dotted line, just right. I sound like Goldilocks don’t I but if you’re going to do adjustments you might as well go all the way until you like the fit.

Batik dr side and back view

Back and side view, you can barely see the dart but that is the ideal, at least for me. Since the side seams were not even in length I split the difference at the top of the seam at the armhole and sliced off about 3/8″ off the side back at that point. Worked out fine.

batik dress front 2

So that’s chapter one on my summer shift dress extravaganza. I have some more complex things in line for my sewing table but not sure what order I will sew them.

Here’s the link to that Craftsy post: The Complete Beginners Guide to Sewing a Dress.

Update on classes at Hello Stitch Studio on Berkeley. The Fit Lab was great – we are going to schedule this class again soon. In July we are repeating Saturday classes for sewing Skirts, Tunic Tops, and a new one starting on Wed 7/26 in the evening is a Button-front shirt class. All these classes are two sessions scheduled a week apart so not a long term time commitment and you will get a project done (or nearly) and learn some new and useful techniques. The Dress class is an all-day one on Sun. 7/30. FYI: I’ve found parking to be surprisingly easy around the studio and it is no more than a 10 minute walk from the Berkeley Bart station so really convenient to get to.

This was yesterday afternoon. Survival mode with an iced coffee. thankfully lots cooler today (ha ha only mid 90’s˚F).

thermometer


Happy weekend sewing,
Beth

today’s garden photo, this white daisy just looks so calm and cool, even in this heat!

Flowers

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Six Easy Steps to Refresh Your Houseplants for Summer

Summer is finally here! After a cold, loooong winter I am so ready to air out the house, dig in some dirt, and update the closet! Just as much as I’m ready to refresh for summer, after lying mostly dormant and dusty all winter, my indoor plants are ready to stretch their leaves and soak…

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Surprise Watercolor Drawings

Surprise Watercolor Drawings are a fun way to paint! Kids can make their creations, give them to a friend, and watch as their friend uncovers the magic drawing using watercolor paint! We’ve partnered with Imperial Sugar to bring you this fun activity, featuring sugar glue that you can make at home!   Surprise Watercolor Drawings…

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weekend links

Liesl checks in again today with her regular Friday round up of links to keep you occupied this weekend.

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Free Sewing Pattern – Felt Animal Masks – Pattern & Tutorial

Free Sewing Pattern – Felt Animal Masks – Pattern & Tutorial

PATTERN DETAILS I’m excited to share with you all this super easy tutorial for making easy felt animal masks. Plus you can find a free pattern for the four masks shown here. My kids loved them and had fun galloping around the house…I may have joined in the fun! Two of the patterns are woodland […]

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Free Project – Disney Princesses Cross Stitch bookmarks

Free Project – Disney Princesses Cross Stitch bookmarks

PATTERN DETAILS Inspired by Disney’s Princess Collection, here’s your options to have your favourite princess to keep your place as you explore the adventure of your next book! This is a PDF pattern for half-profile cross-stitches for Ariel, Aurora, Belle, Cinderella, Jasmine, Mulan, Pocahontas, Rapunzel, Snow White and Tiana. This was designed as a bookmark, […]

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Free Project – Eastern Market Tote

Free Project – Eastern Market Tote

PATTERN DETAILS Eastern Market Tote by Tanis Gray for Cascade Yarns BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Cast on, knit, purl, reading a pattern, basic lace stitches GAUGE 18 sts and 23 rows / 4″ in stockinette st blocked. Gauge is not imperative for this project! SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 10.5″ wide x 18″ long, not including strap […]

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Creating Couture Embellishment – Book Review

This is a beast of a book. In fact, so big and heavy that I couldn’t resist weighing it. I recommend reading this propped up in bed, book resting against your knees, with refreshments to hand as you dream about … Continue reading

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Sewing With Silk – Tips and Tricks for Sewing Slippery Fabrics

In preparation for our Webster Top & Dress sewalong, we thought we’d share with you some tips on sewing with silk. The Webster is the perfect pattern to pair with silk and because it’s not too complicated to sew, it could be a great first silk project! Sewing with silk or other slippery fabrics can {…Continue Reading}

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Introduction to Curvy Pattern Magazines

If you’re looking for a good way to quickly and cheaply build up your pattern collection with a lot of different styles, consider picking up or subscribing to a European pattern magazine or two. Popular among European sewists, pattern magazines are released either monthly or a few times a year and contain entire collections of…

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Tips for Stash Organization

Yes, it’s primarily aimed at knitters, but the blog post from Serendipity Needleworks has great advice for us all about stash organization. Copyright secured by Digiprove © 2017Original content here is published under these license terms: X License Type:5License Summary:

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Stovetop Double Berry Dumplings

Summertime in southern Missouri where I live is packed FULL of so many good things, including: days spent…

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10 Fun Summer Quilt Ideas

Summertime has officially arrived, and there are so many fun summer-themed quilts we can make to capture the summer spirit: from beach-inspired designs to patriotic quilts and more. Here, we’ve gathered together a few of our favorite summer quilt and … Continue reading

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The Painted Chair

Today, I am escaping the workmen, the dust, and all that noise to go play in my friend Francine’s studio. She lives about an hour away. I’ve packed three small canvasses to – possibly – paint. They’re rectangles that originally I was thinking of painti…

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Happy Friday + Stylish Dress Book Giveaway!

Happy Friday! We are in full-on countdown mode since we are boarding Delta airlines to head out to Tokyo tomorrow. I did, however, promise Tuttle Publishing that I would do a little review of their books before I left. Given my current state of being caught up in travel preparations, I’m cheating a little because […]

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Men’s Shirt Dress Refashion

Refashioning a men’s shirt into a girl’s dress seems like a project that is as old as time. And yet, making something old, new again, never seems to get well…old! πŸ˜‰  For this men’s shirt refashion, I wanted to retain the key identifying factors of the men’s shirt, like the pocket and the sleeve cuffs,…

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5 Fun Summer Treats for Kids

We all love a special treat during the summer months — especially one that is refreshing and yummy. Today on Family Food Live, I will share 5 Fun Summer Treats for Kids of all ages! Family Food Live can be seen every Wednesday and Friday at 12 Noon EST/11 am CST on Facebook!  Today I’ll…

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Lacey

 Lacey things in a Springtime hue… So excited to be partnering with ThirdLove again to share some of their latest colorful arrivals. I had previously only worn their Classic T-Shirt bra (which is, in my opinion, the perfect wear-everyday bra) so I was thrilled to find that their lacey options (I’m wearing their Lace Balconette bra) […]

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Sundressing with Delia Creates

Men's Shirt to Girl's Dress RefashionToday I’m welcoming my sweet friend Delia with this adorable men’s shirt to dress refashion! See how she made it and soak in more of her gorgeous pictures in her post today. While you’re on her blog, you might want to check out these posts; click on the image to go to the post. And Read the Rest…

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How to draft a scoop neckline // A Rowan tutorial

Sometimes i really struggle when i’m designing a new pattern, because i want to include ALL the possible variations i can think of, and sometimes, there just isn’t room. With the Rowan bodysuit and tee, a variation that missed out on inclusion was a scoop neckline, so today i’m going to show you how to […]

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Next Sew Camp at Carriage Corner B&B

The weekend of July 21st is when it’s happening! Be there or be square! Corny I know but seriously, if you want to have a great weekend that includes a trip to Fabric Mart, 48 hours of non-stop sewing (okay you can sleep if you must), other amazing sew…

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Lighten Your Lingerie

It has been one hot week in Philadelphia. City of Brotherly Love? How about city of sticky love. You know what is equally as bad as melting makeup and frizzy hair? Sweaty lingerie. Yuck. Your and my lacy underthings are supposed to be pretty, and frilly and girly, but in the dog days of summer, it…

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Liesl + Co. Gallery Dress

Lately I have sewn a few garments that I complete, try on, then think YES!  Do you know what I mean?  This is one of those garments.  Something that feels just right – in fabric choice, in pattern choice, in the combination of the two, in fit, and in meeting my style. The Liesl +… Continue reading Liesl + Co. Gallery Dress

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Ocean Coloring Pages {Free Printable}

Ocean Coloring PagesLet’s dive into the deep with these ocean coloring pages! And when kids are done coloring they can do some simple and super fun  word  tracing. Your kids can color these the usual way or they can take it to a whole new level with textured coloring. Ocean Coloring Pages These will be perfect for…

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Pretty Toppers – Inspiration

I just wanted to share some more toppers that I like. There are a few design elements that I hope to incorporate into some of my future sewing projects. Enjoy!Cennetta

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