Sunday, August 25, 2013

Pressing Matters

I don't publish too many posts concerning sewing techniques, but here's one I felt was worth the effort.  I wish I had known this when I first started quilting.  Those of you who are seasoned quilt veterans will most assuredly find this information quite mundane and 'old news'.  But to novice quilters such as myself, this is a gold nugget of information.  :)

I'm currently sewing blocks for a Christmas (yes, I said it, Christmas) quilt.  There are a bunch of seams that come together right in the middle or close to the middle of the quilt block.

To be specific, there are four seams that meet right, smack dab in the middle of said block.  What a knobby blob one could produce by simply pressing all those seams to one side as usual.  A little trick I learned, is to take a small snip with my very sharp little pointy scissors right near that center meeting point, being extremely careful to not snip into the seam line.  Then I press half of that seam in one direction and the other half of the seam in the other direction.

Now it is a much more manageable 'bump' than previous intentions would indicate.  From the front, it is almost an unnoticeable 'bump'.

In other news, I intend to cut and sew a Sewhaholic knit top pattern this week.  May you all have a fabulous week.


Wednesday, August 7, 2013


I'm so sorry I forgot to mention the earrings that I chose to accessorize my new Colette Patterns Hawthorne dress.  Here they are:

Aren't they gorgeous?  I purchased them from HSN, they are a Heidi Daus design.  Love, love, love her vintage inspired jewelry designs.  Enough said.

Our fashion sense is not only expressed by the clothing we sew for ourselves, but it is also expressed in the way we accessorize.
Go.  Purchase her jewelry.  You won't be sorry.   :)

(This is not a paid advertisement, I just *heart* jewelry and want to share it with you all.)


Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Summer Shirt Dress

 For my new summer shirt dress I used the Colette Patterns Hawthorne.  I *heart* this pattern.

The fabric was a dream to work with.  It is a very lightweight cotton, similar to voile, and it has a gorgeous vintage inspired rose print.  I purchased it on Etsy from Gertieinroses.

 I wear my cute, Bettie Page pink bow belt with my new dress.

Thank you handsome hub for supporting my sewing habit, and for giving me encouragement and sometimes suggestions, and thank you for being my photographer.