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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!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Tailoring Basics: Sleeve Heads

Sleeve with shoulder pad and sleeve head
Hello, hello, sewing friends.  Today's post addresses a tailoring basic - sleeve heads.
I must confess, I have never added sleeve heads to any of my lined jackets.
For a number of years, shoulder pads went the way of the buffalo,
but just like the buffalo, they are making a resurgence.
I like shoulder pads.
And yes, I understand that sleeve heads are different from shoulder pads.
But IMHO, a shoulder pad could be the catalyst that requires the addition of a sleeve head.
*Disclaimer* that is not sewing law, just one blogging sewist's opinion 
When used in conjunction with one another, the sleeve pair complete the shoulder look.
Sleeve with shoulder pad, but no sleeve head
In some garments, the sleeve 'droops' or falls down at the seam line where it meets the bodice.
In the above photo, you can see a definite drop from the shoulder pad to the seam line.
The sleeve head serves to lift up and give stability to the sleeve cap.

Inside view of sleeve head
 To make my sleeve head I used cotton/poly batting because that's what I had on hand.
I traced the shoulder portion of the sleeve pattern between the two dots,
and the method I used to determine the sleeve head depth was
"meh, that looks good!"    :)
The sleeve head is sewn into the sleeve cap following along the seam line
that attached the sleeve to the body.

If you want to give your fall jacket a polished finish, consider adding sleeve heads.
Emma One Sock has a nice tutorial with photos included.  

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Let's Celebrate!

President Ronald Reagan recognized the "importance of home sewing to our Nation" in 1982.
Click here to access free projects and information about this month-long celebration.

If you are in the local Utah area, send me an email
and we can design a sewing class tailored to your specific goals.

Sew on, friends!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Layer Cake Quilt

As of late, I've been showing a friend how to quilt.
She already knows how to sew, but is new to quilting.
We each started with a layer cake.
That's a pre-cut 10" x 10" collection of fabric.
We cut up our layer cake to make new pieces of cake.
What better way to learn to piece than by simply cutting 10" squares in half
and sewing the halves to a different half to create an entirely new whole?
I'm sure those who don't quilt, find it quite baffling and redundant that
quilters would cut up perfectly good fabric so they can
sew it back together to make new fabric!
The fabric line is Vintage Happy by Lori Holt for Riley Blake.
For the back, I just used some yellow Kona
and I added a strip of the Riley Blake green floral print.
At a finished size of approximately 45" x 65",
it fit great on my quilt frame, so I went with it.
I bought a couple quilt rulers a few months back,
but haven't had the opportunity to use them until now.
I chose to stipple quilt the rows with the pieced blocks,
but the sashing in between each row is quilted with a double zig zag.
I'm sold on ruler work using a short arm machine on a quilt frame.
Yay!  Watch for more ruler quilting on future projects.
The solid backing shows off the quilting nicely.
My embroidery machine came in handy for adding a label to the back.
Do you send your quilts out to be quilted,
or do you quilt them yourself?
I look forward to your feedback.
Please share in the comment section below.
Stay tuned, I hope to have a tutorial up in the near future on how to make this quilt.
And, remember, if you are in the local Utah area,
I offer personalized, beginning sewing/quilting lessons.
I would love to design a lesson plan with you to help
you accomplish your sewing goals.
Just send me an email or leave a comment below.
Now go cut apart perfectly good fabric so you can stitch it back
together again and make beautiful soft goods for your home,
your friends, and your family.
Have a blessed week, my friends.


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Easy and Free Children's Tank Pattern

Hey sewists!
If you're in the market for a late summer tank
for a near and dear kiddo,
might I suggest this one from Fishsticks Designs.
The pattern is free, yes that's right, free!
Not only that, but it also comes in sizes 12 months all the way up to kids 14.
And, you don't even have to trace the pattern once you download it to your computer.
Just print off the size you need.  All sizes are individually included.
How great is that!
My littlest grand one is 2 1/2 yrs.
I made the 4T and it fits perfectly.
Of course, he's no delicate little flower.
I call him Tank!!!
Befitting that I make a tank for my Tank.
The Fishsticks pattern line includes boys and girls designs.
I will definitely be purchasing some patterns for future sewing.
Have a fabulous end of week.


Saturday, August 9, 2014

Embroidered Linen Table Runner

Linen purchased from Anna Maria Horner
Here's a variation of the Madeira and Bias table runner that I shared in April.
I ventured away from the very traditional ecru and white linen
to a much more vibrant, contemporary color palette,
yet still using traditional fabric (linen).
The beautiful butterfly and bug embroidery up there at the edge
adds a sweet design element.
 The bug border is a stock multi-hoop design that was included with my Bernina (v.5) software.  I did not alter the design at all.  The size and colors were perfect for this pattern and fabric.  Love when that happens!
Here's a picture of the back after I added the pinstitching.
When sewing a pinstitch, it is best to use stabilizer.
As you can see, I've not yet taken the time to meticulously
remove all those little bits of stabilizer that didn't tear away.
Gotta' be honest, I may not take the time!
(Just keepin' it real)

Of course, the Madeira and Bias Table Runner can be made without embroidery.
There are so many options with this intro to heirloom class.
Watch for one more, very contemporary version in the near future.
The Madeira and Bias Table Runner project is a class that I offer.
Right now, you can make your own in my home studio.
No need to own an embroidery machine.
I offer full use of my machines to my students.
If you are in the local Utah area,
contact me by email to arrange for your personalized instruction.
In the near future, I hope to be teaching this in a larger class format at a local store.
In that case, you would need to own an embroidery machine to add that touch.
Either way, this is a fantastic way to experience beginning heirloom stitching.
Enjoy your weekend, my friends.