Thursday, July 23, 2020

Make My Own Panties?? Why? I Will Tell You!


I never thought I would ever be making panties or even talking about it.  Now I will tell you why I am!  Because I love them.  If you ever put on a pair that was exactly your size and really fit your curves you would love them too.  They are not hard to make and once you have your pattern they go together very quickly.

I used Beverly Johnson’s Pattern in BluPrint called:  Sewing Panties Construction and Fit!  It is a video and she guides you each step of the way to get the perfect fit.  You take a few measurements and draw out your pattern. The first pair I made was not quite long enough in the back end but she tells how to fit that and then I made my second pair.  I loved the first pair, but the second pair??  That was sheer heaven.  I just don’t want to wear anything else.  Now I am making my fourth pair and I don’t think I will ever purchase any panties again.  They are just so comfortable and the material just makes them very luxurious.   She also shows how to dress them up with lace and cutouts and things but I like them just in a stretch satiny material.  Your clothes just slip on so easy and practically close and snap themselves.  You should give this a try.

Here is the link:  mybluprint.com    (As usual no connections, just showing what I love)

She teaches how to make the enclosed gusset  (white part of the panty) which is way easier than it looks!

My finished pair!
My other two finished pairs!

There is one thing that I changed.  If you look closely at the black and red pair you can see part of the white elastic in the legs and waistband.  I didn't like this and actually, I could feel that elastic.  Now on my last pair, I added just enough to the pattern to roll that elastic twice so it is totally enclosed and this looks much more professional.  You can see the difference if you look at the pink pair.  You just might want to give this a try.  You will never jerk on your panties again!


Tuesday, July 7, 2020

NEW BAG FOR MY I-PAD!

Have you been watching all of the new sewing videos that are on every day since Covid-19 started?  I watch Janome every day and I have learned many things that I did not know about my Janome 15,000.  I just think these videos are great.  I have also seen some for many other brands of machines.  I watched a video on free motion quilting and then you made a bag.  Well, the bag wasn't a problem, but you all know I am not an expert quilter.  This was a great lesson for me and maybe some of you out there would want to try this.  I purchased the Janome quilting templates quite a while ago and never really knew how to use them and this video showed me how.  They also had the directions for the Westalee quilting templates and you could use either set in the directions.  Here is the bag that I made.  I actually made it larger than the directions so I could have a bag for my i-pad when we go camping.  The videos and lessons are all free.  If you are interested in making this bag, I have included the link for the video.  If you enlarge the bag you can see the free motion embroidery on the front of the bag.  The back of the bag is free motion quilted also.




A special thank you to Donelle Bradford McAdams for a wonderful video!!

I should have added this information yesterday.  Thank you Pru for your note!  If you want the Janome videos, they add a new one every day at 3:00pm M-F live.  Also, all of the back videos are always listed so if you are not available at this time you can tune in at your convenience to watch.    You will have to go to your Facebook page and search for "Janome Sewing Room"  or/both "Janome Class Room.  Join these two groups and you will find videos for most of the Janome machines then listed under videos.  Not always are the new ones for the 15,000, but most of them apply to a big group of different machines so they are very useful.  I have the timer set on my phone for 3:00 and if I am not busy I always watch the new video coming out.  They are really great!!  I bet if you join groups for the other companies selling their sewing machines you would find that they are doing videos also.  I have seen many of them but I don't know what they are listed under so I would just search for Bernina or Phaff or whatever you have and see what comes up.


Wednesday, July 1, 2020

TWO NEW TOPS AND A FREE PATTERN!

I made a couple of new tops which I just love how well they fit.  I was just playing around on the computer and ran across an article about a lady that made t-shirts from ten different patterns from ten different sites.  Then she posted which pattern was her favorite.  I decided well if she liked this pattern the best out of ten, I thought I would try it.  Also, the pattern was free!! 

The site is Greenstyle Creations-Sewing & Pattern Group.  You have to join the group and you find it on Facebook.  After you join the group and are accepted you need to go to the announcements page.  Next, scroll down to the Welcome article that starts out like this.

Welcome to the Greenstyle Creations Sewing and Pattern Group! For more information and to purchase Greenstyle Creations PDF patterns, visit www.greenstylecreations.com.
Things that are helpful to know:
Then they list by number information and you need to scroll down to number 5 and you can order the t-shirt pattern and use a special code to get the pattern for free.

It is a free $10.00 pattern and you print it off on your computer and then tape the pages together. It is a great pattern and well worth the paper and tape. It also comes with ways to change the necklines. I am not affilliated in any way. I just thought someone out there might be interested. It is nice to be able to get the pattern instantly.

Here are a couple of pictures on my new duct tape dummy showing what they look like. These are just some materials that have been on my shelves for a while and since I could not go out shopping I decided to use what I had on hand. I have been able to clear out plenty of scraps that have just been waiting for an opportunity like this to get used up.


All sizes are on the pattern and the only adjustments that I made were going from my bust size to my waist size and then to my hip size. Just drew a line from one size to the next to get the correct measurements. Hope you give them a try and if you need help, just let me know!!


Saturday, June 13, 2020

2 INGREDIENT DOUGH - HAMBURGER AND HOTDOG BUNS

This recipe with one cup of FAGE  0% FF Greek Yogurt and 1 Cup of Self Rising Flour, I use Hudson Cream), make the best diet rolls and they are always a big hit at my house.  I made some today to freeze for when we go camping.  They are delicious!

I always mix my two ingredients by hand on the counter and it is messy but it will come together into a nice ball and if you need to add a tiny bit more flour that is ok too.  Now here is the trick to having these come out good.  I take mine and spray a little olive oil spray on the top of the dough and lay a piece of saran wrap over them.  I let the dough sit for 15-20 minutes.  For the hamburger buns, I just use a hamburger maker and I take my dough and cut it into four equal pieces and press one in the hamburger presser and flatten it round and place it upside down then on my baking pan.  For the hotdog buns, I rolled my dough out into again four oval shapes to about 5 1/2 inches long.
Then I folded in one side, then the other side and folded again to meet in the middle.  Then placed the folded side down on the baking pan.  I beat an egg and did a light egg wash over the buns and sprinkled them with Stonemill Everything Bagel Seasoning.  I baked them at 475 degrees for about 15-17 minutes but watched them very closely the last five minutes.  I want to eat one so bad, but I will be good and freeze them.  If you are on Weight Watchers they are 3 points each or 94 calories.  I guess I never told you, I also love to cook and bake!!

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

GREAT GRAND BABY - QUAN MARQUIS, JR.

My new darling great grandbaby is here and he was born on May 30.  His name is Quan Marquis, Jr.  He is just so precious and we just fell instantly in love with him!  I think I will call him Quan Quan or maybe Quanny, and my husband wants to call him QJ.  He is going to have to answer to many names!  We will just wait and see what fits him. 


Mom is doing fine but she is tired.  He is eating every hour, so she is not getting any rest.  The poor thing.  I think he just isn't getting full enough yet.  I wish there was a way I could help her out, but hopefully, he will be doing better soon.  I will also show you a picture of his brothers and their first meeting.  I just love this picture!


I haven't even gotten to see him with his eyes open, but he sure opened them up when he saw his two brothers!!!  The boys just love him to death!



Now I have been doing some sewing but just haven't had much time to post so some new items will be coming soon!!  I ordered some more material from JoAnn's this morning for two more tops and I want to start on those today.  Have a great day!  Cindy



Thursday, May 21, 2020

DUCT TAPE DUMMY

I lost 25 pounds and my duct tape dummy didn't fit my size anymore.  I used to weigh this amount before and she fitted fine but then I gained some weight and cut her up the back and restuffed to add a few more inches here and there.  Now she is to big.  YEAH!!

Since my husband and I have been home stuck in the house and I have been asking him to help me make another duct tape dummy.  He always says the same thing.  "How about next Monday, or next Tuesday etc."  But it just never happens and I miss her.  Well I finally pinned him down and we did get a new one made.  Here she is:


Now I did end up with a few scratches on my back when he cut it off of me.  I was being jabbed with the points of the scissors,  but it was worth the price to get my double back.    He always does an excellent job.  He even marked my lines for the waist, hips, and center of my body.  If I can ever get out of the house again, I am going to get some of that pretty colored tape and put it on my drawn in lines.

 Now, I also wanted to show you what didn't go into my new double.



















That must be my 25 pounds of fat that I lost.  It filled a whole garbage bag.  That made me feel really good!!  I have met my Weight Watcher goal, but I would like to lose another 20 if that is possible.  It seems to not want to come off anymore.  It will take a while because I am only dropping about 1 pound a month now.  This is slow-moving.  Maybe summer will help!!  Anyone else out there on Weight Watchers?  How are you doing now with the pandemic?

P.S. A lot of people are asking, but no news to report on our new great grandbaby yet!

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

BABY IS COMING SOON!!! I THINK!!

I have been making blankets now for our new baby on its way.  My granddaughter is due May 31 so he could probably come any time now.    We ran into a little snag with the baby because we had to cancel the shower.  You know you kind of expect to get a few things to help out on everything that you need for a baby.  Well, this put a real crunch into what she needed.  This is her first baby, so she needs everything.  I have been sewing, trying to help get her ready.  Here are a couple of the blankets that I have been making.






My granddaughter just went to the doctor and I really thought, to me, that she looks like she has dropped, so I wanted to hear what the doctor had to say.  I asked her if she was dilated yet?  She said, I don't know they didn't check.  I said, well did they tell you about how much he weighs?  She said, no they didn't say.  I asked her well what did they say and they just asked her how she was feeling!  Now, she is due in two weeks and I find this strange!  I might be comparing this back to forty years ago when it was me having babies, but what is up with this?  Is this the new norm???  Someone please help this old grandma out here!