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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Fast & Easy

In everyday life, Fast & Easy, means exactly that...Fast & Easy. As it relates to sewing it can often mean anything but. Fast and easy usually means fast and easy for the experienced seamstress only. It means fast and easy if sewn right out of the envelope with no changes whatsoever and using the exact suggested fabric. Fast and easy usually means five or fewer pattern pieces. It also means fewer opportunities for fit. In all, fast and easy is quite the misnomer. Are you ever attracted to a pattern because it is labeled as fast and easy? What has been your experience? I'm currently work on a Vogue pattern that's labeled fast and easy and it has been a PITA! It's going to be fabulous when I finish it but not fast or easy and the instructions are down right screwy!

Monday, December 8, 2014

A Long Time Coming

I made myself a bathrobe and yes, it was "a long time coming!" The last bathrobe I had was purchased at JCPenney 17 years ago. That's right...17 years. Of course I've had robes but they weren't bathrobes. You know, the kind that are warm and snuggly and perfect for the cold mornings we're currently having here in Michigan or when you're immediately out of the shower. I bought the fabric weeks ago and couldn't seem to muster the interest to sew. I think spying myself in the mirror in a robe that had long since seen better days was the push I needed. Can we bow our heads in a moment of silence for a robe that can now be put out of it's misery??

McCalls 2476


I chose fleece because I knew it would be warm and snuggly. Was I ever wrong. Operator error. Why did I cut and sew the XXL? An XL would have been pushing it. I'm actually swimming in this thing. While I initially told myself I could deal with it...I can't. There's just too much room for cold air to get in and I'm not happy. The quickest fix will be to remove the hem around the side seams, sew deeper side seams and then re-hem.

The sewing was a no brainer. The one thing I didn't like was the sleeve cuffs. The fleece is too heavy to even think about turning under 1/4" and because it doesn't ravel I didn't think it'd be a problem. Wrong again.



I wound up cutting off the cuff and reattaching it with the seam sewn on the right side. Now the cuff turns up nicely, stays in place and looks fabulous.



Gratuitous Photos 





Mostly sewn on my serger, it didn't like sewing over the belt loops and this is what I ended up with. Yep. A broken needle!


Two days later when my patience was at an all-time high, I got the needle changed and machine rethreaded!

Watch this short video on using the tube turner. I used it to turn the belt loops.



Monday, December 1, 2014

Exciting Announcement

I have an exciting announcement to make. I've been selected as a Creative Fabric designer for the new Love My Fabrics design team.


I'll be sharing garments with you made with fabrics available from Love My Fabrics.