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Summer is Almost Over

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The month of August is almost over and it will be time for the yellow buses to be back on the road filled with happy children.

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English: A 2009 Blue Bird “Vision” school bus. Licensing: Category:School buses (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Within the next week or so my son will be departing for his senior year at college, hooray!  It will time to celebrate, I will have the house to myself again.  After about a couple of weeks I will miss his company and anticipate his return for Thanksgiving.  I’ve already warned him that I may use his “recording studio” for my sewing room.

Now, what will I make…….

Curtains are first on my list.

Off to Pinterest I go.

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I just love the blog title Let’s eat Grandpa.  Cori has a very easy tutorial forDIY curtains.  I forgot Ikea sold fabric and something else to add to “the list”.  If you have an Ikea close by it’s worth a trip.  I have to limit my trips there because I get all caught up in wanting to buy everything.  I have some type of stand that I bought two years ago still in the box that I just had to have.  That print is a real eye catcher.  I saw a dress someone made using the same print and it reminded me of the scene from The Sound of Music when outfits for the kids were made from the drapes.

This pattern is not available online and it’s $4.99 a yard.  To bad they don’t take Joann’s coupons, lol.
Fabric, white/black
$4.99  / yards
Article Number:
801.733.65
Number Fabric from Ikea
If you know of any other nice and easy DIY curtains please leave a comment below.  You can always leave a comment below to say hello also. 🙂
Happy Sewing
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My Sewing Journey

When I first started sewing a couple of months ago my first project was an apron.  It was fun pinning and cutting.  When I started sewing it just didn’t look right, I thought it would come out perfect on the first try.  So I left the apron alone and I began researching and reading blogs about sewing.  I was able to find some interesting groups on Facebook and some awesome YouTube videos.  There are some amazing and talented folk out there.   I told myself I could make my own clothes that would accommodate my 5’11 height from the comforts of my own home.  Being tall has its advantages and disadvantages and finding pants long enough is a HUGE disadvantage.  I’m forever grateful to my favorite store NYCO for having stylish and tall clothing.

Since I didn’t get the wow factor for the apron it was suggested that I try a pillow case.

First Pillowcase

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The pillow case did the trick and I was off to buy patterns and fabric.

Confession:  I’m known for starting or making one thing and moving on to something else.  So, yes, I only have one pillow case.

Since then I’ve made a couple of skirts and sundresses that I’ve actually worn.

As I learn how to sew and keep up with this blog, this will be a journey full of laughs and tears.

 

Long Pants to Shorts

I wish pattern companies would make separate pieces for turning pants into shorts.  Maybe I want to make shorts the first time and long pants the next.  If I make the shorts first then I have to figure out the length for the pants and vice versa.  Who wants to go through all that, I don’t.  I definitely don’t want to buy the same pattern again.

I’m using McCalls M6933.

McCall's M6933

So, I figured an easier way would be to fold the pattern piece to the length indicated on the pattern and pin it.

Fold Pattern

 

 

Crayola – Nail Polish packaging

This is absolutely the cutest. Who didn’t love crayons as a kid?

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Absolutely love this nail polish set from Crayola. Very cute packaging which really suits the Crayola brand.

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Mistake Gone Right

How many times have you made something and the idea was just fab at the time?  I decided to make a halter top out of a scrap sundress I made earlier.  It seemed to be a grand idea.  I even tried it on while holding the back together.  It still looked doable.  Started hemming the edges and that even went smoothly.  Seaming went well also.  The disaster came when I tried it on.  I clearly didn’t have enough room to move around in.  Something that is draped over your body is VERY different than when it is sewn, lol.

 

This was my vision.

 

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Looks nice and simple right.  I have no clue why I thought I could use just this one piece.  No account was taken for the back, I thought an easy fix would be a seam down the back.

 

 

When that failed I stared at it a few minutes and decided since I had the seam all finished I could cut straight across add some elastic and have a mini skirt.

 

 

Here’s how it turned out.

Mini Mistake

 

Mini Mistake

If you have a desire to design your own halter top, unlike me, here’s some examples.

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English: Halter neck (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wonder Tape, The BEST Sewing Tool Ever, How did I ever survive without you?!?

I was just in Walmart today and saw this and now I’m wishing I would have picked some up. I will pick some up on my next run.

 

NewsFlash

I was able to go to Joann’s  on Sunday during the 70% off notion sale.

EZ-Steam II Heat N Bond Hem Tape

 

I used the Heat n Bond Ultra hold to hem sleeves on knit fabric.  It worked like a charm and I was able to double hem without using pins.  It seemed to make the hem a little sturdy while sewing.  Hopefully, it will lose the stiffness after washing.  I see myself using many more of these.

 

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Omg!! How did I ever live without Wonder Tape?!? It is is the absolute best invention ever for sewing. I don’t know how many of you out there are like me and love to sew and make absolutely adorable creations but DETEST pinning. Well, needless to say, I am not a fan of pinning, at all. No matter how much I pin there always seems to be slippage when I actually go to start sewing. Or else I end up stitching way too far in or my lines just end up wavy. Obviously pins are not my friends. But Wonder Tape by Dritz it is my new best friend. Not only does it prevent slipping and keep everything lined up exactly how I wanted it BUT you don’t even have to iron it!! But wait for it, it gets better, it doesn’t gum up your needle while sewing and unlike…

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