Thursday, August 30, 2012

Wiksten Tank Shirred


I tried shirring the middle of the Wiksten Tank with elastic thread! 
Here's what I did....
1.) Cut the pattern out. 
2.) Attached one side of the tank, side seam.
3.) Draw 3 straight lines across, starting where you are smallest around the middle.
4.) Shirred the middle and knot the elastic threads.
5.) Complete the top as directed in the instructions.
 It might look even better with a wide leather belt.
At first I started to make the dress, but every time I end up cutting it, and making the tank top. The dress cut looks like a nightgown to me. Maybe it is my choice of fabrics. 
What are your thoughts on this pattern? Did you like it? Any one try something different?
Best wishes and tons of stitches!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Pencil Case Round Up

The kids are off to school and before they head out the door, slip something special into their backpack.  Hopefully having a piece of home with them, will make the long school day a little bit easier. Pencil pouches are fun and easy to make. It really doesn't matter how old you are, you will always need a case for your stuff. I found these adorable free sewing tutorials, and wanted to share :)
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#3 Charmed Pencil Case by Sweet Verbena
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#4 Binder Pencil Case by Noodle Head
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#5 Flat Pencil Case by A Spoonful of Sugar Designs
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A special thank you goes out to these amazing blogs!
Happy Sewing!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Hunter's Bag

Earlier this summer my father in law asked if I could make a hunter's bag. He did not want it in leather and it needed a lot of pockets for different items he wanted to carry inside. 
His birthday was in July and we had a huge southern style pig pickin with all of the trimmings. 
This is the real deal, the pig on the cooker. Slowly cooked all day. The BBQ was so good!
The hunter's bag had an adjustable strap, 7 pockets (1 zipper) and a magnet clasp. I think it might be harder to make a man's bag than a woman's bag. I also made it wide enough to stand on it's own. It is fun to just create something without a pattern or template, just shapes. Each piece made to fit the next. I wish I had taken more pictures but I created it so quickly, I forgot I had my camera. Sorry! I think I enjoy sewing the most when it is for someone else. I love to give handmade gifts because I feel like it is something special no one else can give. 
Happy Sewing!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Braid Bag Sew Along Coming Soon!

We have 45 people signed up for the Braid Bag sew along!! Yeah! If you haven't signed up it is not to late and it is super easy! Just click on Join This Group.
Here is the Time Line...

Gather Fabric & supplies and Sign Up!- - - - - - Now!

Cut out the pieces and fuse- - - - - - - - - - - - -Sept.1- Sept.8
Braid Straps and Sew Outer Shell Panels together -- - Sept. 9- 15
Make Pockets and Create Lining - - - - - Sept. 16-22
Finish Bag and Show Off! - - - - - - Sept.23- 29

Also, The pattern is here, www.etsy.com/shop/Sewspoiled. If you use the coupon code, BRAIDBAG, you will receive 25% off of the pattern. That makes it only $6!!!
Supplies list;
Finished Dimensions: 15.5"WX 7.5"H 

Materials you will need to make the Sew Spoiled Braid Bag…

Fabric A -.5 of a yard.
Fabric B -.5 of a yard.
Interfacing:
Fusible Fleece- .5 of a yard,
Lightweight Fusible- .5 of a yard,
Peltex® or Timtex® interfacing.- .5 of a yard.
Magnet Clasp Closure

Here are some fabrics that I adore and places to find them. I love to shop for fabrics! Sometimes you can get overwhelmed by all of the choices. I like to shop at Etsy. I have never had a bad experience, knock on wood, and I love the selection there. 

French Quarter in Arctic from Curious Nature Collection by Designer David Butler, Amy Butler's Husband from Sew Fine Fabrics.

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You could make one for you and a friend.

Aqua Grey and Orange Flower Fabric, Flea Market Fancy From Free Spirit from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.

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At Sew Love Fabrics you can find Soul Blossom by Amy Butler, Passion Lily in mulberry only $6.00 for a yard!!

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Floral Fling and Tweedle Dee Tile in Sea by Michael Miller found at Scrappy Girls Fabrics.

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These are just a few suggestions, when you do find your fabrics please post a picture to the Flickr group and describe your fabric find in your description.
I will post everything here that you list on the group site, so if you have your own website please list that too!  
Thanks! 

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing!

I am so excited to review Gertie's New Book! I love her blog and I have followed her for years. During which she has taken us step by step through Vogue's New Book for Better Sewing. Sewing fourteen wardrobe pieces from the 1950's sewing book.  Here are a few photos from just opening the book. The book is divided into two parts; skills and wardrobe. One of the skills I would like to know more about is boning and that is in the book!
White paper templates, not tissue! These will make it easier to trace.
Each size has a different  type of line to help with cutting or tracing.
One of my favorite wardrobe pieces is the A-line skirt. Just noticed that after each project she gives suggestions on how to change the pattern a little, to get a new look. Love That!
I think I am going to pick out a wardrobe piece and see what happens. 
Stay tuned for more!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Updating!

If you look around the site you might start to see things have moved around. We are trying the update all of the links and make it look pretty at the same time. I have found a way to link pictures in Blogger. If you want to know how follow this link. Hopefully it will be better soon. 
Thank you for your patience. 

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Sew Spoiled Wave Shoulder Bag

I am so excited to announce that the Sew Spoiled Wave Shoulder Bag ePattern is available!! I started working on this design last year. But the lining was less that perfect. After creating 5 different lining designs, I found the perfect one. The reason for it's versatility is the Zipper Pocket Divider. 
The Zipper Pocket Divider has a zipper pocket, measuring 14.25"W X 10.5"H. The divider can carry up to a 13" Macbook Air. Or any size tablet, including the iPad. 
Six slip pockets measuring 4.75" WX 7.75" H are located all around the divider. The divider also has 3 Velcro® tabs so you can organize small things with the divider attached or detach it to store larger items inside the Wave Shoulder Bag.
This epattern is 20 pages long, with over 45 pictures and 3 full size templates for the body of the bag. All rectangle shapes are to be measured and cut. The Finished Wave Shoulder Bag is 14"Tall, 15.25" Wide and 4" Deep.
The Sew Spoiled Wave Shoulder Bag ePattern is written in two parts. The first part shows how to make the Wave Shoulder Bag. The second part explains how to construct the Zipper Pocket Divider.
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Materials needed to make the Wave Shoulder Bag...
Fabric A 1/2 Yard
Fabric B 1/2 Yard
Fabric C 1/2 Yard
Fusible Fleece Interfacing 2 yards
1 magnet clasp
Sew On Velcro® for zipper pocket divider.
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Materials needed to make the Zipper Pocket Divider...
Fabric A 1Yard
Fabric B .5 Yard
Fusible Fleece Interfacing .5 Yard
Sew On Velcro®
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Thank you to all of my testers, family and friends who helped me make this one of my best patterns ever.

Invisible Zippers Are Not Scary Tutorial

Do zippers make you nervous? When you see a zipper is involved in a project, do you put it back on the shelf? There is no need to feel intimidated any more. After you see how easy it is you will want to put invisible zippers in all of you garments. Let's get started!
 Step 1: Iron the teeth away from the zipper tape. There is a grove beside the teeth and that is where you want your stitched to go in the "stitch ditch". That is why we are ironing it so the ditch is larger.
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 Step 2: Pin the invisible zipper to the right side of the fabric. The zipper teeth are facing away from the opening. Start at the top of the project and pin down.
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 Step 3: Place your invisible zipper presser foot onto the shank of your machine. This little foot makes sewing invisible zippers super easy. It has special cuts below to guide the teeth away from the tape so you can stitch close to the teeth. You can use a normal zipper foot too but the invisible foot will save you time. They are not expensive either. I bought mine for $3.
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 Step 4: Sew the right side on first. Place the zipper teeth into the groove under the invisible zipper presser foot. Sew all the way to the end of the zipper pull.
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Step 5: Sew the left side, top to the zipper pull.
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Step 6: Place your original zipper foot on your machine. Put the two project pieces together and pin. Start at the bottom of your project and sew up to the zipper  just past the end of your zipper stitching.
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It is perfect every time!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

How to Line an A-Line Skirt Tutorial

 After you find an A-line skirt pattern, I am using One Yard Wonders 101 template. Make a muslin of your skirt! It only takes a few minutes to make a muslin version. Just baste stitch the side seams and make adjustments for your hips. Once your template is right you can make all the skirts your heart desires, so it is important to get the perfect fit first. Now we are ready to cut the "good" fabric and sew!
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Flip the skirt right side out and put it on!!
You are done!! It is super easy and your new skirt will look store made. 
Plus there is no hand stitching the lining to the main fabric. If you have any questions please comment below or email me at leah.sewspoiled@gmail.com
WooHooo!!