A couple of months back, fabulous Art Gallery Fabrics sent me a STUNNING piece of rayon to try out. Oh, my . . . I had such fun with this fabric and now I have a FABRIC GIVEAWAY for you! Watch for the Giveaway entry info at the end of this post . . .… Continue reading Art Gallery Rayon Kimono Gorgeousness
I have a fascination and love affair going with zippers and the totally-stuffed-full, lidded shoebox to prove it. There's just so much potential in the not-so-humble zipper! All those teeth, all that tape. I love thinking creatively about using a zip for more than just sewing it into a jacket, skirt or pants!! Oh, zippers,… Continue reading Zipper Tricks – More Blogging, More Sewing
If you've sewn with knit fabrics, you may not know much about percentage of stretch, but I bet you know well it’s importance! Let me explain . . . You made a t-shirt and it fit and looked fabulous on you. So, you made another one from a different knit fabric and it brought you… Continue reading Accurately Checking Percentage of Stretch
In my Coats and Clark Sewing Secrets blogging life, the buzz is all about their new stretch thread, Eloflex. It's a well-deserved buzz because this thread is fabulous! Since knits and swimwear have been specialties for me for years, I wrote a post for Coats with hints for sewing with swimwear fabrics. These same hints… Continue reading Sewing Swimwear Fabric – More Blogging, More Sewing
Oh, Pants. They've always been the problem child in my wardrobe. I buy them and they don't fit. I sew them and they don't fit. So I just avoid them like the scary nightmares they are and yet, what I wear most are pants. This is my story of bravery and pant-conquest! When I taught… Continue reading My Artisan Pants – Conquering Pant Fear
Shannon Fabrics makes a really fabulous, quality minky fabric called Cuddle. Have you tried it? I know minky type fabrics have a bit of a tough rep - most people think they're hard to sew with. But, I now know that with a few tricks and a little help from three amazing sewing tools, Cuddle is… Continue reading Sewing a Cuddle Baby Blanket
A couple of years ago I bought a lovely, spiral bound notebook and I'm using it to keep track of my sewing projects. The key words here are "I'm using it", because I actually own three other lovely little notebooks that I've never used!
Sewing in the cyber age is amazing! The amount of information we have at our fingertips, the opportunity to connect with sewists from all over the world and then YouTube - oh, my!!! So, what about apps? I've got a list for you!
We all do it. We buy a gorgeous fabric, or we're given one, or we fall in love with a Thrift Store find, take it home, put it on the shelf and don't touch it again for a while.
While I love a stylish pair of zip front pants or jeans, my self-sewn pants usually sport an elastic waistband. It's easy, quick and oh-so-comfy to wear......factors that are often important when I'm sewing! For many years I've successfully sewn and taught waistband elastic and been pleased with the results. I'll list my traditional steps below along… Continue reading A New Trick for Waistband Elastic