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. 

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Creating before Cutting

Before I begin to cut my pattern, I usually sit down and sketch out some ideas.  I'm making an outfit for a little boy who loves his clothes "comfortable."  So I'm designing them to have an athletic wear look and fit.  

How do you select a fabric to create a garment? 

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