Monday, October 24, 2016

40 Minute Polartec Skirt

Tonight I sewed a skirt in 40 minutes!!! 

Hurrah Polartec Fleece!

Using Mc Calls pattern 6918, View B
1. (5 minutes) Cut out 4 pieces: Front /Back Yoke, and Front/Back Flare Skirt Bottom.
2. ( 10 minutes)  Sew yoke and flare skirt bottom together. Then trim away most of the seam allowances on the seam closest to the yoke, Fingerpress the remaining up towards the yoke.  Then from the top, topstitch so the seam allowance encloses the trimmed seam allowance.
Trim close to the stitching.
Right side, finished seam with topstitching

3. (10 minutes)  Sew the side seams together. Next fingerpress the seam allowance open. From the right side, topstitch each seam allowance down, using the stitched seam as a guide to sew a nice straight topstitched line. Trim excess close to stitching and you' ll have a unbulky seam that will feel good against your body.

4.  Sew edges of elastic together.
5. (12 minutes)  Stitch a row of stitching around the top of the skirt 3/8 " from the edge. Divide both the elastic and skirt top edge into 4 equal sections.
6. Using a stretch stitch and the row of stitching as a guide, slightly stretch the elastic until the section of elastic is the same size as the skirt. Stitch near the bottom of the wide elastic onto the flat edge of the skirt.

7. (3 minutes) Trim any excess fabric away, so it will feel good next to your body.
 DONE!!!         Love It !

Friday, October 21, 2016

Seam or Edge Finishes with Polartec Fabric: Easy-peasy

Polartec, a wonderful fleece that I've been experimenting with, 
does not ravel; 
therefore,  there is no need for a seam finish or edge finish. 
Look at how easy I finished the edge of this double layered vest. 

1.  I quickly hand basted the 2 layers of fabric of a vest together using long running stitches while watching my favorite TV show.
2. Then,  I sewed 5/8 of an inch from the edge with the sewing machine.

3.  Using the first row of stitching as a guide, I sewed another row of stitching parallel from the first row.  I moved my needle all the way to the right on my machine, to obtain the largest distance from the first row of stitching.

It turned out like this. 

 4. Using your scissors trim the extra fabric away.  Take LONG cuts with your scissors to avoid a choppy edge. 

5.  On the straight areas, use a rotary cutting blade and a straight edge to trim away the excess fabric.


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Emoji Polartec Vest for Girls

The emoji craze has hit the young girls' fashion world.  

I bought my granddaughter these comfortable jeans from The Children's Place.
Then, I started thinking about a comfortable, warm accessory that
 I might sew to compliment the jeans.

The Emoji Polartec Vest

Polartec is such wonderful quality fabric. 
 By quality, I mean wearability without pilling after a few wears.
 I dislike spending time and money on creating an outfit, and then seeing those pills appear because I bought the latest fleece deal!  Believe me, I speak from experience, and I learned my lesson. 

So this time, I spent a little more money and obtained a quality Polartec fleece from Mill Yardage

I'm loving sewing with this fabric and will be posting more about working with Polartec.  In fact, I've been thinking about a whole month of posting about sewing with Polartec fabric during the cold month of January. 
What do you think of my idea? 
 Would you like to learn more about sewing with Polartec ? 
Please let me know in the comment section of this post.

Monday, July 25, 2016

My Little Ironing Table

Image result for ironing board

Yes, I have a normal size ironing board in my sewing room....

 my new ironing folding table that my husband helped me create.
It started as a plain wooden folding table
and I bought a portable ironing mat.
I cut off the iron rest and centered the wooden folding table on top of the mat.
Centering the table on top of the mat.
  Then using a tack cardboard strip (that is used in upholstery), my husband measured 4 strips the length of each side of the table.
This was my amazing husbands idea, to mark the placement of each tack on the other side of the cardboard strip. Then you know exactly where to hit with your hammer.
Before placing the ironing mat onto the side of the table, I sprayed the table with an adhesive spray.  Then I pressed the mat up. I trimmed the excess mat material away from the corners almost like a "V".
My husband hammered it in!
Add the strip to the opposite side, then the two shorter ends.

The finished
 ironing table. 

Look at how it just slides under my sewing counter next to my sewing machine.


Sunday, July 24, 2016

My Sewing Room: A Remodel Based on a Plan

When we bought this house the listing sheet described this space as a "generous walk-in closet."
All I could see was...
Sewing Room with Natural Light!

For years this room had a mishmash of furniture, of various sizes and colors. that I tried to use to store all my sewing and jewelry making supplies, and provide a space for me to create.  

Finally, I decided
that I needed a remodel based on a
1. Color Scheme
   Regardless of what furniture that I used, I wanted to keep the basic furniture a CALMING white or black.  My thought is when I add my sewing supplies... they would provide the color boost, but don't overwhelm this small space.  Also, my room has slanting walls and I wanted the walls and ceiling to blend together, so I painted everything white.

2.  Great Storage Furniture  
   My husband had these metal bookcases and lateral files at his office and was willing to share them with me, but they were an ugly golden brown. I took them to an auto body shop and had them spray painted white. Yes, I could have spray painted them myself, but I wanted a very durable auto paint finish that was baked onto the surface, and that lateral file with all the slide out drawers was a beast!
I did paint the large laminated bookcase white, with a special paint made for covering laminated surfaces.  I even spray painted my plastic storage container lids, with a white paint made for plastic.
 3.  Multi-functional Use of Wall and Floor Space
I bought a bathroom 3 drawer  cabinet to support one end of my recycled laminate counter top and a bathroom vanity bottom with one drawer for the other end.  I found them at the Seigle Outlet in Elgin, Illinois.The Outlet Center offers product in brand new factory condition that was mis-ordered and cannot be returned to their vendors. It also offers some product with minor damage that remain suitable for use. Another great place to look is the Habitat for Humanity ReStore Stores.  I love the LONG space this countertop provides that can house both my sewing machine and serger.  Someday I would love to have a coverstitch machine too. (But that's another story...)

When I sew, I sit on a stool or stand next to the sewing machine, therefore my countertop is at a higher height.  Now, I never get that "hunched over neck strain." 

4. Storage Within Storage
I added a clock because I would be sewing away and my husband would come in and ask when I was coming to bed since it was 1 o'clock in the morning.  Time flies when you are having fun.
   If you look at the organization in my storage unit, you will notice that I folded all of my smaller scraps and place them according to color in plastic shoeboxes.  It is so much easier to glance over the fabrics in each color tone than to search through a bin.  Folding my scraps also make me throw away really small scraps instead of saving them in a bin too.
I bought these pretty metal letter holder boxes and hung them on wall space near my cutting table. This helps me store project pieces together that I am currently working on.
 "Keeping everything together" is one of those things 
I have had difficulty with in the past.

I bought a small file cabinet to house all my patterns.  I filed them by pattern company and number.
WHY.... because I could never find the pattern envelope for that stray pattern piece that magically appears...kind of like the one sock in the dryer.
This storage container houses all those notions that you use.  I labeled the drawers and 
that makes a difference!

 Girls and ribbons just go hand in hand, so here is how I store them now.

 Lastly, is my little ironing table that my husband helped me make.  I do have a large ironing board too, but I LOVE this one.

 So I hope you enjoyed seeing my sewing room.
When I added the large screen TV and CD player, my husband commented, "We may never see her again..."


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Skirting the Issue For Both Work and Play

When sewers all over the USA work together to provide skirts for girls in foster care, they can make a difference.
A month long event, called Skirting The Issue, organizes sewers and invites them to sew along with  the blogs "Simple Simon" and "Project Run and Play" and make skirts (and quilts)  to donate to local Foster Care centers for girls to receive just in time for back to school.
  This year I'm participating again and I created two skirts for a little girl that I don't know, 
but who I know is special. 
The first skirt is to nourish her creative spirit and imagination.  Swirls of tulle- white, pink, lavender, and glitter delight the wearer.
"I'm a ballerina."

"Let's show them how fluffy it is!"

The second skirt is perfect for that first day of school.
It's made out of a comfortable knit.

I used Burda Pattern 9492, which features pockets, a flat waistband in the front, with an elastic waistband in the back.  It took me about 2- 3 hours to make.  

Think about joining in the fun, and make a skirt for a foster child in your area.

Here's the skirt that I made last year for Skirting the Issue. I made a tutorial for the skirt too.

P.S.  Check out my remodeled sewing room that I just finished.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Fairy Garden: My Newest Addition

This fairy garden was created in a basket.  
The iron holder for the basket is an old Pier One endtable base turned upside down. 
This year I am growing my lettuce in pots since the rabbits in the area don't seem to bother them as much.


P.S.  My other fairy gardens are growing too.
The drawbridge it done and I  see the fairy has come out to play.

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