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As a Martha Pullen licensed sewing teacher I love to learn new sewing techniques and I equally enjoy teaching sewing techniques to others.  I am a servant of the Lord of Lords and King of Kings, wife of one, mom of two, and grandma of five.  Welcome to my sewing studio!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Piecing, Quilting, and a Favorite

There's an eclectic mix of sewing going on around here.
I just jumped onto the IG #haveyourselfamerrylittlechristmas
sew along hosted by @beelori1.
It started earlier this month, so I'm playing catch up, but
the blocks sew up very quickly so I plan to be caught up
with the group in a few days.
It's not too late if you want to get in on a 'piece' of the fun!

I'm also embarking on a quest to fill my bare living room
wall with mini quilts.

 Here's the first one of the bunch, all quilted and hung.
It measures a mere 11" x 14".
My second mini quilt is pieced, layered, pinned, and
waiting to be quilted.

Fabric is Pretty Potent by Anna Maria Horner 
 It's a 24" x 24" geometric pinwheel quilt.
See those cute little butterfly pins with the marshmallow-looking ends?

Fabric is Pretty Potent by Anna Maria Horner
Those are pinmoors, some of my favorite quilting notions.
They are used on the sharp end of the pin to prevent poking yourself.
Blood doesn't play nice with fabric!  LOL
If you're tired of pin pokes and fabric pulls,
check out your local quilt shop first, they just might carry them.
If not, just enter pinmoor in your search engine
and you'll find numerous online retailers from where
you can purchase this great notion.

Have a terrific weekend, my friends.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

DIY Hoop Art

When I was at #craftsouth in September,
we stitched up some moth designs.
On the left is an embroidery design by Heather Ross,
and on the right is a cross stitch design my Anna Maria Horner.

Rather than framing these two beauties,
I chose to hoop them.
That way I have options on how to display my stitchery.
They can be hung on the wall with nails, they can hang on hooks,
or . . .

they can be perched on a shelf or on hooks.

A piece of fabric from my stash hides the stitches on the back.
That just makes it neat and complete.

 Have a most excellent rest of the week, my friends, and stitch away!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Best Interfacing for Home Sewers (IMHO)

Current garment project:  wool skirt
Once in a while a product or tool comes along that adds a professional look to our sewing items.
Interfacing is one of those products.
It is necessary for preventing fabric from waving and folding and scrunching.
All of which make our hand-made items look homemade.

A selection of some of the interfacing offered at Fashion Sewing Supply

Today, I want to share with you all, my trusted source for professional-grade interfacing.
It is Fashion Sewing Supply located in New York.
Not only are their products top notch,
their customer service also exceeds expectations.
Ordinarily, I receive my order in under a week.
And on one of my past orders, unbeknownst to me,
one of the interfacings I ordered was going on sale the following week.
They discounted my interfacing to reflect the upcoming sale price
and they refunded the difference to my account.
What company does that?
Oh, and did I mention their interfacing is a whopping 60" (152 cm) wide?
Well, it is.  Unlike that skinny little stuff sold at the big box stores.
This one supports the waistband and pocket flaps on my wool skirt
The interfacing I'm using on my current garment is Pro-Sheer Elegance Medium.
It gives cuffs, collars, pocket flaps, and waistbands
shape and stability without stiffness.
It is different from the big name interfacing found in the big box stores. 
Can you see the fabric weave in that interfacing?
It is like adding a piece of supporting fabric,
rather than a stiff, paper-like substance, to your garment.
Fashion Sewing Supply interfacing is like the supporting actor to the lead character.
The primary is made a star by the support it receives from the secondary.

Silk organza press cloth
 Another Fashion Sewing Supply product that I'm sold on is their silk organza.
I've always read that the best press cloths are made from silk organza.
So, I decided to give it a shot.
The. Best. Press. Cloth.
So easy to use these beauties when pressing

I cut my press cloths to measure 18" x 22" (46 cm x 56 cm).
That's not press cloth law or anything, it's just the size that works best for me.
Cut your press cloth any size you wish.
That size just gives you a starting point.
Serge the edges or hem them with a double fold and you're good to go.
Your new press cloth should last you for years and years.

If you have an interfacing source you would like to share,
please leave a comment below.
Sewing choices are so individual, just like all of us.

Happy sewing, my friends.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Fall Sewing

I can't wait to wear those beautiful, new, green suede shoes.
The green plaid Pendleton wool (gifted from my friend, Linda)
sewn up in Simplicity 2475 will perfectly pair with those new shoes.

I adore suede shoes.
I coat them with a water repellent spray and they serve me well all fall and winter.

Am I the only one who buys shoes first, then sews the outfit to match?
Some may consider that a bit backwards.
It works for me.

There will be a capelet to match the skirt.
More on that later.

Have a terrific rest of the week, my friends.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Navy Wool Jacket

Yes, this is yet another version of Simplicity 2728!
The fabric is a fabulous Pendleton wool that was
gifted to me by my good friend, Linda.
As a matter of fact, Linda was kind enough to give
me a whole stack of Pendleton wools that she purchased
a number of years ago, but just doesn't have the time to sew.
Thank you so much Linda!!!
That wool was a dream to sew.
The white looking lines are not flaws in the material - it was raining!
I did add a few changes to this version.
One of those changes was the addition of sleeve heads.

Another change was to alter the pattern slightly to make the back hem
straight across rather than an inverted 'v' as the pattern is drafted.

The jacket is fully lined with navy bemberg rayon.

 As you can see by all the wrinkles,
I've worn this one a lot in the past couple weeks
and I've not yet had it dry cleaned.
So, wrinkled it is!
 The final change I made was to add the v-shaped pocket flaps.
Since I'm not a pocket fanatic, I didn't add pockets,
but the jacket was too plain without some kind of added dimension.
The pattern is drafted for a patch pocket,
which I thought was a bit too casual for this wool beauty.
So I dug into my pattern stash and came up with Butterick 5616.
I used the pocket flap pattern piece and
it's the perfect size for this jacket.
After sewing the top of the flap to the jacket,
I could tell it was going to flap around too much
and not stay flat against the jacket.
So I hand stitched the sides of the flap for about 1" on each side.
It worked like a charm.  :)
This jacket will serve me well throughout the winter.
It's a nice wardrobe basic that looks just as great
with jeans as it does with a skirt.
Until next time, my friends . . .