Friday, June 29, 2012

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The effects of tropical storm Debby.

I don't think I will make my doctor appointment today.

The road has been closed off for a few days now.

Can't go anywhere.
Good time to stay home and catch up on a few sewing projects.
Whadda ya think?

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Simplicity Amazing Fit

Do you hesitate to sew clothes because it seems they never fit after all your hard work?
If so, you haven't tried the new Amazing Fit patterns from Simplicity.

I LOVE this pattern.
The Amazing Fit patterns come with separate pattern pieces for cup sizes ranging from A to DD instead of your standard "one size fits all".
I was truly amazed at the fit.
The pattern instructs you to make a muslin first for fit.
You may think making a muslin is a waste of time, but in the end, you will be happy you took an extra 30 minutes to make one.
When choosing your size, really pay attention to the "finished garment measurements" and not just the body measurements.
 Don't worry if you have to go up a few sizes from your RTW (ready to wear) size.
(No one will know)
I went up 4 sizes from my RTW and...

Mine fit perfect!

Again, this was fabric from my stash, so I took a bit and appliqued a matching tee for my daughter.

I purchased the embroidery design from Designs by JuJu - isn't it sew cute?

Be sure to keep an eye out for these Amazing Fit patterns to go on sale.
You will be glad you did!

Have a great weekend everyone!
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Friday, June 22, 2012

I'm back!

We took a little trip to see our grandbabies.

Meet Oakleigh and her new little sister Brantley.

Aren't they adorable?

We had a WONDERFUL visit.

~ Pappa got to feed Miss Brantley ~

~ I got to cuddle her ~

~ We played on the swing set ~

~ Made cupcakes together~

Didn't she do a great job decorating them?

I never wanted to come home.....

Friday, June 8, 2012

I am on a roll...

 Not only am I reducing my amount of stash, but recycling as well.
This Sorbetto top was made from an old curtain.
I lengthened the pattern by 4 inches and (because "the girls" aren't where
they used to be) lowered the darts by about an inch.
Also, if you notice, I removed the center pleat.
(My last post shows the pattern with the center pleat).

I used a little leftover, homemade bias tape from Polly's placemat to finish the neckline.

Here's another Sorbetto top using a longer sleeve pattern.

You need less than a yard of bias tape for the neckline.

My point is - never throw away those scraps (or old curtains) because
you never know...
you may be using them in your next project!

Now go download this FREE Sorbetto top pattern and GET BUSY!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Sorbetto tank top

No zipper, no buttons, no snaps...
Sounds easy doesn't it?
It is.
Have you seen this FREE Sorbetto tank top pattern by Collette patterns?

You can find the free downloadable pattern here.
Again, did I mention "FREE"?

If you are a beginner, this is the perfect little pattern for you.
Since it is such a simple pattern, it's easy to change it up a bit too.

Here's my first one.

I made my own bias tape for this one, but if you use the readymade bias tape -  even easier.
It takes less than an hour to stitch together once you have printed and cut out your pattern.

Really... it's that simple.

The most time consuming is printing the pattern and taping it all together, but it's
well worth the effort.

Since I already had my pattern, I thought I would try another.

This time I tried adding sleeves and dressing it up a bit.

Rather than making my own bias tape, I used a scrap of readymade.

Even with sleeves and added embellishments, this top only took about an hour and a half to stitch together.
Sticking to my New Year's resolution,  all fabric, lace, buttons and bias tape for both tops came from my existing stash.


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Friday, June 1, 2012

DIY Diva Thursday

I am so excited!

Kara featured my Sister outfits I made for my granddaughters.

Kara's blog has been one of my favorites since the beginning.
Not only does she have an amazing blog, but she has really cool stuff
 in her Etsy Shop.

Thank you so much Kara for letting me be a small part of such an
amazing blog.
  I am truly honored.