Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Dare: Sewed in Bra Form in a Romantic Sundress for a Pre-teen

My granddaughter is growing up.
I just made her this flowing sundress
and I DARED to insert a 
foam bra form into the lining.

This is a first for me.
I ordered the bra forms on Amazon because I knew that she couldn't wear a bra with the tiny straps that emerge from the bodice front shoulder area and thread through a small loop in the back bodice. 
 4 rows of inserted elastic form the back bodice.
 I only sewed the skirt to the back bodice, and finished the lining edge with my serger.
This dress features a high to low hem line.  
This is the second time that I've made this dress, but I learned my lesson after the first dress!!!
I chose a fabric in which the color is the same on the front and the back.  Last time the print was only on the front of the fabric, so I had to line the whole skirt of the dress.  More expense and so much more work and weight on the final garment. 
This one has even more flow... 

Monday, May 27, 2019

Romantic Creation

There is a person inside of me that enjoys creating something romantic....
and flows....with soft colors.

Short in the front and long 
and flowing in the back. 

Hugging the body with ties that lace up 
in the back to form a sweet bow.


Sewing Tip:  Here is how I was able to sew such nice straight lines to run my elastic through. I use low stick painters tape. Stick it on the back bodice and sew your line of stitching next to the tape. Remove tape and repeat for the next row.


The Woods in Your Own Backyard

Have you ever been inspired to design an outfit based on what
 you see each day?
  Well, this is what I see out my window each day:
Yes,  these beautiful woods are right
 in my backyard. 

When I saw this fabric, I was reminded  of my very own woods...................
In the Fall, my woods are full of color...  pink, orange,  brown, and yellow.

 If you look closely at the cat's shirt, you will see the fabric that the matching shorts are made with... fun!  

It was late at night when I was creating this outfit, and I go carried away and even made a little cat face as a back pocket. 

 The completed pocket. 

So my outfit was 
inspired by
where I live.Image may contain: people standing


Thursday, April 25, 2019

Shutter Garden Angels

Here are my beautiful recycled shutter angels
 that I just made.  
I made them to sell at my garden club's 
plant sale to fund the scholarship
for a horticulture student at
our local Junior College.


Monday, April 22, 2019

Serged Waistband Seam: Reducing the Bulk

This is a quick and easy way to reduce bulk
 in the waistband or armband 
with cotton knit.
 Serge your seam as normal.
Next, find the middle of your band and clip inward at that point.
Press so each seam goes in an opposite direction as shown in the photograph above.
Fold the waistband in half wrong side to wrong side and sew on like you always do.  

You'll like the feel of the reduced bulk.


Friday, March 1, 2019

Sewing a Baby Gift For Someone Special

It's been a long time since there have been babies in this house!

So it was so much fun sewing up this darling outfit
for a friend that recently had a baby.

For years, she has seen me sew unique outfits
 for my own children and grandchildren,  but 
this one was created just for her little girl.

"I'm saving it,  she said.
For something special." 

And that is why I love to sew. 
It's that chance to create something special 
just for
 that special someone that you care about. 


New Beginnings and a Rainbow for Mother and Infant

 Recently, I was sewing for a hospital program that involved supporting mothers who were dealing with substance abuse issues.  The outfits donated were for their newborn infants.

 I thought that this fabric titled, Rainbow Baby, was so 
cheerful and uplifting.

Now, I have to admit that I didn't know that the term rainbow baby  is used for is a baby born shortly after the loss of a previous baby due to miscarriage, stillbirth or death in infancy. This term is given to these special rainbow babies because a rainbow typically follows a storm, giving us hope of what's to come

But as I thought of the situation of the STORM that mothers with substance abuse are going through,  as they try to overcome their
own issues to try to give their baby 
the healthiest environment to grow, 
I felt that the outfits really did fit the situation.  

My hope is that these mothers will see their precious 
child and realize how important it is to change themselves.

These babies are special, and I wanted their outfits to yell...
"Look at me...see how beautiful and special I am."

With support from this hospital program, and from people that they don't even know like me,  perhaps they can see the rainbow
that is there for both Mother and Child. 
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