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Belt Loop Tutorial

One of my favorite things to wear is a skirt. It can be dress down casual or off to a dinner date with a quick change of accessories. One of the quickest ways to make your look more dressy is to tuck in your shirt and wear a belt. That is why I have created this little tutorial on how to make your own belt loops.

Sometimes you create a pair of pants, shorts or skirt, and it does not come with belt loops. Here is how you can create your own.
1.) Cut five pieces of fabric measuring 3" X 2".

2.) Fold and press each piece wrong sides together 1/4" along the short edge side. Then press and fold each piece in half, wrong sides together, long ways. Finally fold and press each long raw edge toward the center crease.
3.) Sew the loop tab 1/8" around the edges.
4.) Place the first loop at the back center seam. Measure around the waist line and evenly pin the other loops in place.
5.) Sew the belt loops at the top and bottom to secure them to the garment. Now you can wear yo…

Working with Sewing Pattern Companies, Getting Published

Wow! I was completely surprised to see on my detailed royalty report I had another Simplicity number for the Tailgate Teammate Tote, "It's So Easy, It's Simplicity #1190". It looks like they rebranded the tote and now are selling these two pattern designs together.  I am still a newbie and my only problem with this is, one they did not let me know ahead of time and there is no "Sew Spoiled Logo" on the cover.  If you are a pattern designer and you are wanting to work with a major pattern company you might want to know a few things first. Your pattern design is usually contracted for two years. If you sell a lot, then you might be asked to go on another 2 year contract. Or they might produce your pattern on a new number to refresh the branded look, seen here.The percentage you make as a newbie is usually under 10%, don't go under 5%. That means you have to sell well over 10,000 to make a $1,000 profit. However, they do sell your pattern around the world …

Kids Sew; American Girl Doll Simplicity Pattern Clothes

My daughter received these adorable sewing kits for her American Doll. Simplicity has created some every cute dresses and accessories for her doll. We traced the patterns so we would be able to make more dresses. As you can see in the next picture the fabric is printed on with the template of the dress in outlined in black. I let Miss K set to work. She was able to cut everything out herself. 
After cutting everything out, I helped with ironing the dress and setting up the sewing machine. Miss K began sewing. We worked on straight stitching and tacking the ends. This dress has curved arm holes so I helped her with stitching in a curve. Everything was simple to put together.

Doesn't Grace look great! My daughter added a belt to draw in the waist line. This is definitely a dress pattern we will make again! 
The pockets are real little pockets! We made the purse too! We are looking forward to making more beautiful clothes for her American Girl Doll. The next Simplicity pattern pack …

Everyday Cardigan in Turquoise

Once I find a pattern I like, it is common for me to make many items from the same design. The first time, is usually a test run and I find out new techniques. The second try is almost always better! I can make it faster and can zip through the process. This knitting pattern is called the Everyday Cardigan Lisa Clarke. I adore the button band however this time my button band wants to turn in. It might be because of the type of yarn I used, Red Heart Super Saver Yarn. It is very economical only costing $5 per skein. I also only needed 3 skeins. Which is very cost effective, however my first Everyday Cardigan which was made out of wool did a better job laying flat after blocking.
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn is an all-purpose medium worsted weight yarn that is ideal for afghans, sweaters and accessories. It is machine wash warm, tumble dry low, do not use bleach, do not iron, dry cleanable. It is 100% acrylic, Dye-Lot. #0512 Turqua.

Monogrammed T-shirt

I love embroidery! You would think that it would get old being able to monogram anything to my hearts content. You might think all of my clothes, pillows, towels, etc. are monogrammed. I monogram mostly for others. Today is a selfish sewing day and I am going to monogram this t-shirt. It is a cute shirt that has a message on the back but no lapel design, so I am going to monogram the front.

I have these dots that help with the placement of the design. They are called target stickers I received them in the Perfect Placement Kit I received for Christmas as a gift. Honestly, at first I thought I would never use the kit at all but it has been an extremely helpful tool!
The kit comes with...

11 Perfect Placement templates for linens4 Perfect Placement plastic templates for wearables30 Target Stickersa CD tutorial guide

I have found that when embroidering a knit shirt you need to use heavier stabilizer. I used Pellon 808 or 809. There are probably better choices but this is what I had on ha…