Friday, August 24, 2012

Cute Idea To Dress Up A Childs Room!!

My youngest daughter and I had made these dresser drawer handle little decorations.  They are made out of washers that you purchase at the hardware store.  As I told you in other posts, we changed her girls room to "Hello Kitty" so we also had to make new washers.

You can paint these washers anyway you would like.  You could add flowers or designs to them and get really creative.  They look so cute on the dresser.  It just really turns it into a little girls, or boys dresser.  Here is a picture of the ones we removed.  All you do is unscrew your dresser drawer knob and place the washer behind it and screw the knob back on.  It does not damage the dresser in anyway.  So  you can change them out anytime, like we did.  I would make one recommendation, and that would be to remove one knob and take it with you to the hardware store so you can get a large enough washer to show when the knob is added back on the dresser.

Author - Cynthia Dickerson

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

New Top Finished With Many Alterations!!

I finally got my new top made.  If you have been following my blog, then you know I was having an issue with a full bust and my small shoulders.  I fixed this problem by adding a small dart and removing the excess material abouve the bust line.  Then, I took that dart and moved it to the proper placement along the bust line and now my top fits through that area very nice.  After finishing with this problem, I cut out my material to sew my new top.

When you try to sew from a muslin fitted bodice, they tell you to fit the bodice and then to transfer your markings to your paper pattern.  Well, I just used more muslin and fitted that and just marked my adjustments to the muslin.  I will just save that muslin as my pattern.  Here in this picture you can see that I cut out my material with my muslin.

Always when I sew my shoulder seams together I add a little piece of stabilizer to that section.  I feel like it is a very small area to carry all the weight of the top and that is one place that I do not want any stretch.   I ironed this seam to the front because I added a dart to the back shoulder seam.  This makes the bulk of the seam more even.

I always press my darts on my ham.  I found this wonderful old ham at an old second hand store.  I was so excited when I saw it for $1.00.  When I went to pay for it, three woman who worked there asked me what it was.  What a find it was for me!!

When I put my top on my duck tape dummy, it was really big in the back.  It was all one piece, so I decided to spilt it down the middle and add a zipper.  I also had to take in some of the excess at the waist by adding darts and I also added darts at the neckline.  The reason this was so large was because there was no zipper in the pattern.  You had to just pull the top on over your head.  After I put in the zipper, then I could take out some of that extra material, because it just makes me look heavy and with the added zipper, I will be able to get it on.   You can see my adjustments in the following picture.
Now that the back was finished I worked on the front.  The pattern had a large pleat down the center front of the top.  I didn't care for that after I made it either.  I thought it just made the top look homemade.  I played around with it, and decided to take that pleat and fold over the sides and sew it down.  Now it looked better.  Here is a picture.

I sewed down the little pleats I added to the front placket.  All that was left was using my Cover Pro machine, I cut bias strips and added the trim around the armholes and neckline, hemmed it and it was finished. 

These pictures just don't do this top justice.  The color is such a deep, deep red and I am happy with the way it turned out.
Author - Cynthia Dickerson

Monday, August 20, 2012

Janome CoverPro Machine "What The Inside Looks Like"

I decided to open up my Cover Pro machine because I was having some problems when first starting to sew.  When I would push on the floor pedal, I would have to manually take my hand and turn the hand wheel to get the machine to start sewing.  It has done this ever since I bought it. 

I opened up the machine and could feel the tightness when I turned the hand wheel.  I marked the two places that I oiled and immediately felt the machine loosen up when I continued to turn the handwheel.  I marked those special spots.  I also oiled a few other spots, but I am not a Janome repair person, so I will not recommend this to anyone else.  I usually oil where metal rubs against metal.  I also oil along any bars that slide up and down.  After I finshed and closed the machine back up, she now purrs.  When I push the pedal, she starts immediately.  I would say that yes our Janome Cover Pros also need some oil!!  You can click on the picture for an enlargement.  If you need any help, just let me know!
Author - Cynthia Dickerson