Thursday, March 26, 2009
I love the Round Neck pattern from That*Darn*Kat. It comes with sizes 2T to 7 and 16 pages of over 50 photographs. The templates for the pattern were made in a smart way so you do not have to tape 8.5"X 11" sheets of paper together. If I have two half yards in my house they are in danger of becoming more Round Neck Tops for my daughters. My daughters love them!!!!
I get asked all of the time what are e-book patterns?? Why do you like them so much?? Well, e-book patterns are wonderful!! They are patterns with photos of the project so you can clearly see what to do in each step. The templates of the pattern can be printed, using your on printer and computer when ever you like and you can even print it on card stock if you know that you will be making a lot of them, so cutting the pattern with your rotary cutter is easier. You can organize them easier by just creating a folder for your e-book patterns on your desktop. If you have not tried an e-book pattern try one!!! You will want every pattern in e-book form once you try it:)
Saturday, March 21, 2009
I recently bought the Leila and Ben Sweet Little Dress PDF pattern! You can find it in their Etsy store or at YouCanMakeThis.com. Right away I made two, one for each of my girls. Emily my oldest even wore hers to school! I wanted to make more but change things around a little so they could have more Sweet Little Dresses but in different styles, fabrics and shapes. Here is what I came up with:)Personally, I had never shirred before and really wanted to learn! I found two wonderful sites, House on Hill Road and Portabellopixie, to help me through this new jouney.
First, I gathered everything I needed. Fabric (an old crib sheet), Leila and Ben Sweet Little Dress Pattern, elastic, elastic thread, normal thread, rotary cutter and sewing supplies.
Then I cut out the pattern and followed the first 3 steps of the Sweet Little Dress pattern.
After step 3 of the pattern I started with the shirring process. You hand wind the bobbin of elastic thread, test it on scrap fabric for the right tension and make sure the stitch length is long. I only shirred 3 rows around the middle of the dress. I followed the directions on the two wonderful sites, House on Hill Road and Portabellopixie very closely. I also drew lines (using chalk) to make sure my shirring lines would finish straight. I did not pull on the elastic thread, instead I tried the blast of steam from my iron and it worked!!
Thanks Sandi Henderson (Portabellopixie)
The Sweet Little Dress on the Left is the original from the Leila and Ben pattern. The Dress on the Right is Shirred but the elastic has not been added to the sleeves. It looks great like that too!
This is the completed dress with the shirring in the waist line. Now there is a waist line and that makes it a new style. What a simple way to make this pattern fresh and new! Thank you Leila and Ben for the wonderful design! Thank you House on Hill Road and Portabellopixie for the tutorials on Shirring!! If you are reading this I hope you give this a try! If you are new to shirring this was a great beginner project to learn on.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
This beautiful Sew Spoiled Versatile Bag in Denyse Schmidt's, Katie Jump Rope fabric is this week's St. Patrick's Giveaway!!!! All you have to do is post a comment anywhere on this blog! This giveaway will run through midnight on March 19, 2009 with the winner being announced on March 20, 2009. The winner will be chosen using Random.org. I will send it priority mail March 21, 2009!
Yeah!!! Spring is almost here!!!!
Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!!
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Pink Chalk Studio for a steal!!! Pink Chalk Studio has been having great sales and if you get on Kathy's Newsletter (email) you can receive coupon codes!!! I feel Sew Spoiled when I look at this picture! I am a very blessed:) Happy Sewing!