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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.  You can also find me teaching Bernina Customer Courses at my local Bernina dealer.  In addition, I demonstrate Stampin' Up products.  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 and crafting studio!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

The Reveal

Here's the table runner that I made for my daughter's birthday.  It is called the Ten Minute Table Runner by LaRae Bunnell Clark.  It truly does take 10 minutes.  I used fabric I had on hand that I thought would complement my daughter's home nicely and I sewed it together in a matter of minutes.  I added the red buttons for a splash of color and contrast.  I will be making some of these for my home as well.


Here's a look at the end with the button:


I have Vogue pattern #8726 (view A) cut and ready to fit and sew.  I'll let you know how it's going in a few days.  Have a terrific end of June weekend.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Sneak Peak

I can't show this completed project yet because it is a gift for my daughter's birthday.  Her birthday is Sunday, so I will post a complete review next week.  Until then, here's a preview:

Monday, June 6, 2011

Vogue 1250


This popular dress was reviewed a number of times on PatternReview.com .  And after reading Adrienne's blog I knew I had to make it.




I have too many bumps and bulges to wear a solid, form-fitting dress so I chose this terrific ITY print from Denver Fabrics.  It camouflages body flaws quite nicely!!

I cut my usual pattern size 14 and made no alterations at all.  It is a perfect fit.  I followed the pattern instructions as written, except I added one step.  For the life of me, I can’t understand why a designer pattern would leave an unfinished edge inside the garment.  Yes, I realize knit won’t ravel, but how unfinished looking!  The top edge of the cowl neck (referred to in the instructions as the front self facing) just hangs inside the garment without a finished edge.  I used my serger to sew a narrow rolled hem.  Here’s a picture:


Since it is a lightweight, unlined knit garment, I used a four-thread overlock stitch on my serger to finish all other inside seams:


I really like this dress and the confirmation of what a great pattern it is, was when I received a number of positive comments at church yesterday.