Friday, May 24, 2013

Cuddle Fabric Winners!

The two winners for the "Cuddle" fabric from Shannon Fabrics have been picked by Random.org.  The two winners are:

Mary Kolb and Debbie Weishaar

Congratulations to you both! 

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Turn A Long Sleeve Regular Shirt Into A Short Sleeve Shirt That Now Ties At The Waist!!

Well, like I have told you before, I am always being asked to do the unusual.  It was my daughter April who always had unusual requests and now it is my granddaughter Allura.  She has a shirt that she wants me to remove the sleeves and change it from a shirt that just hangs down to a shirt she can tie in front.  Also could I have it done yesterday???

Well here is how I accomplished this.  The shirt is an Ambercrombie cotton shirt.  First, I was going to open up the sleeve area to remove the sleeve.
 
Then I decided to just cut off the sleeve and leave around 1/2" to try and hem to the inside of the shirt.  This would be a real time saver. 
Now I folded in the cut seam twice to the inside of the shirt and pinned it in place.  I also remove as much of the hard serged edge where it meets the seam line under the arm.  I did not want to add all of that bulk.
Here I pinned it in place.

I then just did a whip stitch after folding this to the inside of the shirt.  You would never be able to tell this shirt use to have sleeves!  So simple!
Now to tackle the tie part of the shirt.  I remember these well.  This was a "70's" thing and I wore these all the time.  I was telling my granddaughter what will be next.  Cullotes, Bell Bottoms, Poor Boys, Hip Huggers!  Do you remember any of these?  O.K. back to sewing, I had her try on the shirt and I marked it at her waist in the back.  I cut just the back about 1/2" below this line.  Then I folded the two sides of the shirt together and cut it in sort of a semi-circle down to the button down placket front of the shirt. I left about 1/2" also from the side edge of the placket.
Here is what I cut off.  You can see the back is straight and the sides are curved.
 
Now I used my 4mm rolled hem foot and hemmed around the bottom edge of my cut shirt.  This 1/2" was just enough to have the hem meet the placket and look like it was always made like this.
 
 
Well its all finished and as you can see it put a big smile on Allura's face and she said: Mamo, I want to learn how to do these kinds of things!  Now that put a big smile on my face!!!!


 
 

 

Monday, May 20, 2013

Camouflage Painted Jeans

My 12 year old granddaughter, Allura, watched a video on you tube on how to make a pair of pants into camouflage material.  Later, we watched American Idol and saw that Jennifer Hudson also had a pair just like them on.  The next day we just had to make a run to JoAnn fabrics for some fabric paint. 

She drew all of the camouflage sections onto her jeans with chalk out of her sisters chalk box and then she started painting.  We bought brown, black, and white fabric paint.  I just left her run amuck, even though I was itching to get my fingers in there.  You can see how she drew in her sections and she is painting.   She worked for two hours and mixed colors to make gray and light brown.


After they dry for four hours you iron them with a pressing cloth to set the paint and they are finished!!  She was so excited to wear them and show them off.  She only painted the front of the pants, this seems to be the style!  She did a great job and plans to where them to a school lawnfate on Friday!

Friday, May 10, 2013

Cutest Baby Bow Blanket Contest!!

Good Morning Everyone,

If you liked my "Cutest Baby Bow Blanket" video and would like to win the "Cuddle" fabric  by Shannon Fabrics to make one, I am having a contest!  Just leave me a comment and join or be a member of my blog.  There will be two winners to receive all the fabric needed to make this blanket graciously given by Shannon Fabrics.  Winner must be in contiguous US only.  Two winners will be picked by Random.org  on May 24, 2013

Good Luck!!  If you missed the blanket post, you can click below:

http://www.cynsew.com/2013/05/cutest-baby-bow-blanket_3.html







Friday, May 3, 2013

Cutest Baby Bow Blanket!!

I created a new video called "Cutest Baby Bow Blanket!  I teamed up with Shannon Fabrics.  They sent me the fabric and I created a pattern and tested their fabric called "Cuddle."

I loved the fabric.  It is so, so soft and cuddly, I see why they named it that.  I have added the link to the video and the directions.  Enjoy!!


 
Here is also the link for the directions -
 

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Granddaughter and Hello Kitty Tie Blanket!!

One of my youngest granddaughters has a project due Friday!  She has to show how to make something for Show and Tell.  We bought a Hello Kitty tie blanket!  She worked all day on this and was so particular.  She cut out the ties and if the knot on the blanket was a little low, I had to take it apart so she could retie it!  Even towards the end she started to untie them herself to fix her mistakes.  She did a great job and she left one untied to show her class how to do it!  I hope she still remembers by Friday!!  This is the one that I "think" is going to take after her Mamo!!  Not sure about the others yet, but my other two younger granddaughters also like to do crafts!  I wish they lived closer to me!



Monday, March 18, 2013

Another New Top With Lots Of Problems!

I worked on my red top and finished it this morning, Vogue V8816.  I am not exactly sure what kind of knit fabric this was, but it was the most difficult material to sew with.  My sewing machine, serger and coverstitch machine all hated this material.  It was a fight from start to finish.  Glad it is done.  I bought this material in the back of JoAnn's marked down section.  I personally think that if you watch you can get some better materials back there.  I think they must buy fabric from the end of bolts or something.  When I worked at JoAnn's there was always fabric back in the mark down section that I know was never on the shelf.

After I saw that I was having trouble sewing this material, I went to JoAnn Fabrics to get some stretch needles but they didn't have any.  I tried a ball point needle, but it did not like this at all.  I finally used an embroidery needle with my Teflon foot and that helped a lot.  I never realized that there is a big difference between a stretch needle and a ball point needle.  I will definitely be keeping the stretch needles on hand from now on.

Next,  after I started to sew my fabric I noticed that my fabric was growing.  It must be a type of "Slinky" knit fabric.

I knew I better stabilize the seam to help it keep its shape.  On the seam under the breast, I added some stabilizer to my stitches.  Then realized that this was going to bother me when I wore it, so I sewed it down with my serger.  I took pictures along the way, so you can see what I am talking about.

I tried to sew it closer to the bottom edge and then I could fold it over and catch it in my serger seam.
I don't like that you can see white even if it is on the inside of the garment, but after I pressed it down, it really didn't show.
 
I ended up having to take in the top 1 1/2 inches on each side seam.  Now this was the same pattern that I used to just make the little white top a couple of weeks ago.  This was how much this fabric was stretching.
 
Finally got that part finished and took it to my coverstitch machine to hem the top and ran into more problems.  I tore out the first seam because the hem was twisting and not laying properly.  I then decided to use the hand basting stitch on my sewing machine to prevent that from happening.
I love this stitch, it takes a stitch and then you raise the pressure foot and move your material and then it takes another stitch.  I use this all the time for basting.  You should check to see if you have this stitch.  It releases the feeddogs and you move the material.  I have talked to so many sewers who have this and never used it.  Anyway, this solved the problem of my fabric twisting with the coverstitch machine.  After one more try and removing the stitches and lots of adjusting this way and that way with the Cover Pro, it finally sewed out a nice hem and I got it finished this morning.  I am always fresher early in the morning and seem to be able to think through my problems better.  Well here is the top and I really like it.  Let me know what you think!!