Saturday, March 3, 2012

Darn, Not Enough Material!

Well, I printed out the pattern for the free blouse pattern from Sew News and I don't have enough of the material that I wanted to use.  I went first to my sewing room and found the card with the website on it of the store I bought it at in Tennessee.  I was lucky to find that.  Then I looked on line and found they still had the material, but it was a batik fabric and I figured even if I ordered another yard, it probably would not match being it was a batik.  I called the shop and talked with a lady and she found the material and said she was 99.9% sure that it was still the same bolt that I bought it from in November.  She said they only ordered one bolt of that.  Sooo, I really lucked out, she is sending me another yard of it.  I remember now why I only bought one yard, it was $18.00 a yard.  That is a little pricey for me, but I figured what am I going to make with it, so I did get another yard.  This was a really nice fabric shop with real quality fabric.  I wish it was closer to me.  It is called Waechter's Fine Fabrics and their website is  They had many patterns for sale and they had row after row of clothes made up with their material and each pattern.  You could see how the pattern looked after it was made up and even try on to get the correct size. 
I would not hesitate to order anything from them.  Everything they had was quality.  That is hard to find in my area of Ohio.  Anyway, I am excited now to get started.  I took a picture of the fabric and I will show pictures along the way.  Here is the fabric that I bought.  It is a very, very dark red and it is gorgeous!  The picture does not do it justice!

Friday, March 2, 2012

New Serger Video

I created a new video if you would like to watch it.  It is on How to Remove Serger Stitches after you make a mistake.  Maybe you don't make mistakes, but I sure do, and I always had a mess when I tried to remove serger stitches.  One day I was so mad and thought there just has to be an easier way.  This is what I came up with!!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Free Pattern At Sew News!!

I saw that Sew News was giving out a free pattern for a summer top. I copied it and I will probably be sewing it out. I bought some pretty red fabric when we were in Tennessee and I thought this would be really cute! For some dumb reason, I only bought a yard of it (what was I thinking), I don't think that would be enough to make anything. We will see. If you want to copy the pattern, you can get it here.

Monday, February 20, 2012


I made three of these pillowcases this morning and they are just so simple to sew.  My four year old grandson just loves dinosaurs so that one will be his and the older boys are getting some racing pillowcases which I am sure they will love also.  I have created a video showing just how to make these if you would like to view it.  Here is the link:

Now the directions are very simple.

The cuff ( black section in picture) is 10" X length of material.  (42" to 45")

The patterned fabric is cut to 26 1/2" X length of material (42" to 45")

These are the only measurements that you need and now you can follow along with the video.!


In the video I say to put both right sides of the fabric down, this is incorrect. the right sides should be facing each other together.  I am so sorry for any confusion and thank you Tammy for catching my error!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

New Blanket Finished With Two More To Go!

I have just been sewing like crazy the last couple of days!  I have missed it so much.  I still had blankets to make for three of my grandchildren and Camden has been asking me since November when her blanket would be finished.  I have been a "Bad" Grandma!   I promised her when we were in Florida that I would get it finished as soon as we got home!  Well I worked on it yesterday and got it finished!  Two more to go!!  I am going to try and start another one today and get these finished!  This one is really cute!!

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Pants With A Designer Detail On The Hem!

I made these pants following the instructions by Sandra Betzina in her book, "No time To Sew"!  I was so pleased with the way they turned out and I just love this designer vent hem detail.  The pants fit perfect and I think the hem makes them look so classy especially with a pair of low boots!

You can enlarge the pictures by clicking on them for a closer view!

The pants are a slim pant pattern and I used stretch wool for my material.  Now I would like to make them out of a stretch denim. What I had to do was change the hem in the pants by eliminating the actual hem on the pattern and just add a 5/8" hem.  Then I cut a strip of paper and slide the paper underneath the bottom of the pants pattern and traced the shape of both sides of the pants leg on both sides of the pants pattern making about a 3 inch separate hem.  I then marked the paper at the half way point and added an angular vent leaving 3/4" from the top wider edge. (See my paper guide above) I tried on my pants and made sure that this was exactly where I wanted my hem plus the 5/8" seam allowance.  I then cut out my material using my hand made pattern and sewed it on the bottom of my pant leg before I sewed the side seam.  I trimmed my seam allowances to 1/4 inch and turned my hem right side out.  Then I did three rows of of double needle around the bottom of the pant leg.  I will definitely be making more of these pants. They are also very comfortable with just an elastic waist.  They look good with a long sweater!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Back Home Now! Competition is over!

Well we made it back and had such a great time.  Camden did well on her competition.  I learned alot and was amazed at what she really can do.  I have never really seen her do her routine, so as a grandma I was very, very proud of her.  She would always show me a few flips and things out side, but I was not expecting what I saw!

She is seven years old and this is her first year at a competition.  She had to do a routine on the balance beam, on the floor, on the vault and on the parallel bars.  She did not place on the first three, but she came in forth on the parallel bars.  She received a 9.125 out of a possible 10 score.  She competed with many teams and some were there from out of the country.  This was very exciting.  It was in a big Olympic stadium and had some very strick judges.  She competed in the 6 through 9 age group. 

I tried to take some videos with my little cannon snapshot camera and they are not the greatest, but if you would like to see her in action, you can follow this link.