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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!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Pretty Potent Portrait Dress

Here's yet another project using some of the fabric I purchased at #craftsouth last September.
The body of the dress is "Pretty Potent" rayon by Anna Maria Horner
and the linen yoke fabric was also purchased during my #craftsouth trip.

The dress pattern is Anna Maria Horner Painted Portrait Blouse and Dress.
What a great pattern!
This one is by far my favorite garment pattern in quite some time.
I sewed the size medium without any alterations at it fits beautifully.
I love how the side panels taper down each side of the back yoke.
It makes for a flattering silhouette.
The dress closure is a button and a hand-sewn loop.
So easy, so clean, so effective.
The armhole openings are finished with bias tape, which I made from cotton.
To add the machine embroidery, I scanned one of Anna Maria Horner's designs
(from the Fields Aflutter hand embroidery collection) into my Bernina embroidery software.
Then I sized and digitized it to coordinate with the dress.
Stitching the design out on the linen before cutting the pattern piece eliminates the fussiness of
centering the design on a small piece of fabric after the pattern piece has been cut.

Have a most pleasant week, my friends, and stitch up something pretty potent.
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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Stampin' and Stitchin': Handmade Baby Gift

#handmadeisthebest
Here's a sweet baby gift for a special couple who recently added a baby boy to their family.
The diaper carrier is based on the tried and true pattern that I've sewn up a number of times.
This go 'round, I added some little machine embroidered bees to the front.
If you look closely at the fabric, you'll see the fabric is printed with bees as well.
 I hand stitched an oversized snap in place for the closure on this one.


 The self-made binding on the pocket opening edges
was attached using the Bernina binder attachment #88.
#stampinupdemonstrator #stampinup #berrybasket
The Stampin' Up Berry Basket (Bigz L Die, item #137366)
is the perfect size to hold baby wash cloths and travel size toiletries.
 To make a fabric covered berry basket of your own:
 - cut the base from vanilla coaster board (Stampin' Up item #129392)
- choose a Stampin' Up cardstock color of your choice for the inside
- and finally, use some iron on stabilizer or interfacing on the wrong side of your fabric
and run it through your Big Shot (item #113439) one last time with the Berry Basket die
When you have those three sets of components cut,
spread a thin coating of Tombo Multi (item #110755) onto the coaster board
and adhere your cardstock to one side and your fabric to the opposite side.
I also adhered some ribbon to the trim piece.
Then assemble your Berry Basket and fill it up with gifty goodness.
I used a storage bag (not the kind with the zipper) to enclose my basket for gift giving.
#stampinupdemonstrator  #handpickedframelits #stampinup
The top of the storage bag is kept closed with a tab which I cut using
Stampin' Up's Handpicked Framelits Die set (item #137361).
The "sweet as can be" phrase is part of the From the Garden stamp set (item #137139).
Once again, cut this one first from coaster board, then cover it
with a piece of card stock stamped with your sentiment.
The final element of this sweet baby gift is a handmade garland for baby's room.
Using the Woodland Creatures Clip Art set from Amy J. Delightful's Etsy shop
I printed the images on card stock, carefully cut them out,
and then stitched them together using my sewing machine.
#amyjdelightful
 Here they are all packaged up in a cello envelope and sealed with washi tape.
Gift giving is so much fun!

Have a great week, my friends.