It’s that time of year again when I start thinking ahead towards the holidays that are just a couple weeks away. The store is already bustling with busy shoppers gathering up goodies for holiday gifts and purchasing fabric for holiday dresses. My assignment this weekend is to create a beautiful evening gown ensemble using the the corset pattern from Kwik Sew. I’ll create the corselette first and then drape the gown to make the finished product. The fabrics that I have selected are all BFF from Hancock Fabrics. The gown construction will be part of a free sewing lesson this Saturday at Hancock Fabrics, Carmel, Indiana. To reserve a seat please call the store at 317-571-9594.
To make the evening gown I have selected beaded galloon lace and stretch satin for the corselette and underlining the skirt. The cape will be made from shirred panne velvet using a technique I found in The Best of Threads: Embellishments magazine this summer. The quilted lining, shown above, will help ward off the winter chills.
Finally to complete the ensemble display, I plan to add this black, beaded handle, evening clutch that I made at an in-store lesson for Mother’s Day:
Photos of the finished gown and cape will be posted next week!
A repost from my old blog. As we are stash blasting, this is a quick and easy way to add style to home decor and garment projects. The full PDF file for making a DIY Circular Sewing Attachment is available on the website at Sutura Style. Enjoy and Happy Sewing!
Happy New Year! Over the Holidays I got busy and reviewed a whopping 8 (!) sewing machines. I will post the results on our new main website at http://www.seeitandsewit.com once it is up and running (hopefully over the next two weeks). In the meanwhile, as I was messing about, I decided to push the limits of the Brother Laura Ashley CX-155, to see how many of the great features, found on it’s bigger (read: much more expensive) cousins; NX2000, NX5000 Isadore and the NX800, I could emulate. One of the features that I really love about the Laura Ashley line is the ability to create perfect circular sewing. So, I made myself a little circular sewing attachment and gave it a whirl. Here is how I made it, and the results. Happy Sewing!
For this project you will need: a thin flat ruler, sticky Velcro, a fine tip marker, a utility…
Lol! So my Summer Stash Blaster was kicked off and I got busy sewing. I contacted a few students and they were excited about it but needed time to prepare. So, I am going to keep sewing and posting but I won’t actually start the Blast until everyone else is ready – we’ll kick it off officially on Saturday July 18th at Hancock Fabrics Carmel. Considering how much fabric I have, this will truly be a Summer Stash Blast since I will be going until August 18th now.
If you are interested in participating, please sign up on the FaceBook Page so we can support each other on. I’ve created an event for this and would love to see pictures!! There is no time commitment – come when you can, sew as you are able and let’s help each other along!
This week was Wonderful Whites. Everything that I could whip up quickly with white or off white thread is shared below. As promised, here is the good, the bad and the ugly – maybe I should just call the ‘ugly’ the “uh-oh’s” (smile). I am a little behind with pictures but will load more after the 4th.
This sheer tunic in an ultra light knit looks nice over the leggings that I made – I wear a pretty tank top with lace underneath it.
I struggled with matching the chevron stripes on this little T-shirt, but eventually got it. I should have just basted the whole thing by had to start with but tried to glue baste it instead. Ripped it out twice. Finally managed to get it as close as I could. Pretty happy with it 🙂
The bad: These stripes were just awful. I bought this fabric on sale but failed to notice that the stripes actually decrease in width and CURVE close to the selvedge. Ugh.
I tried to cut out a chevron stripe top from center of the fabric but had only a little bit left. Agitated, I made a real whopper of a mistake and had to toss the project out. Instead of cutting the fabric on the opposing bias to create a chevron, as above, I wound up cutting on the matching bias and thus ended up with two front pieces that are the same. This project was destined for the trash from the moment I noticed the bad stripes.
To save time, I cut all the knit tops above from a single Kwik Sew pattern and lengthened, shortened and moved the fabric as necessary. When I am working like this, I only use the back pattern and adjust the necklines for different styles. That is why the the photo above appears to have a back and front I started to cut a “V” when I realized that I had made a cutting error.
So, that is most of my sewing this week. A couple more tops, a shawl, and a tunic left to photograph, they are done but I forgot to take pics (sorry!). I am working on a Maxi Dress today with a turtleneck or cowl neckline. More photos to come!
The weather has turned nasty here in Indiana. No surprise at this time of year, but it has caused a delay in the creation of the new notions storage, since I need to work outside. Instead, I am working inside on a new sewing table.
The machine is a Bernina 932 record and it weighs a ton. Online, cabinets strong enough to support my Nina Rose are pretty pricey. To get this project done within my limited budget I am using an old computer desk. This desk has a long history in our family, it was originally purchased for my son when he was in elementary school (he’s now in his mid twenties). He used it all through high school and even for his first year of college. So it’s a keeper for this sentimental Mom. I remember how happy I was to get it for such a good price! It was on clearance for around $20 and then as now, I was really keen to stretch the family budget. A few weeks ago it looked like this:
My goal was to keep the cost of supplies for this DIY Sewing Table under $75 but managed to get everything for just $70. Here’s how it all added up:
Old wooden computer desk. (These can still be bought on Craigslist for very little if you are patient, sometimes even free if you pick it up) $20 back in the 90’s :))
120 spool thread Rack $25, available from Amazon
Paint: $13 One can of Rustoleum 2X Paint plus primer and 1 can of Rustoleum Automotive Paint & Primer for plastic.
Fabric for Skirt: $7
Wood scraps from the local home improvement store for shims and shelf: $4
Common items from around the house: I also used rolled on one coat of Valspar primer first that was leftover from a previous job. It wasn’t necessary, it just reduced the number of coats needed from the Rustoleum and I used a piece of sandpaper to smooth out the surface as well. I used a bit of glue to shim the shelf that the machine is sitting on.
Tools: The hole was actually cut using a drill and a circular saw. This isn’t the ideal way but I can’t afford to buy a scroll saw right now. If you are lucky enough to own a scroll saw or can borrow one from a friend then you will likely get a much smoother cut than I did! Those are all the tools I used.
To get started, I carefully cleaned the whole desk with plain soap and water to remove any grease or grime. I wiped it down with a damp cloth to remove the soap residue and left it to dry overnight. Once it was all dry I used Valspar primer for glossy surfaces left over from a previous project. This meant that I did not need to sand although I did smooth out some of the rough spots from the circular saw hack job. It proved to be an unnecessary step as the Rustoleum 2X was more than sufficient. To keep the spray paint from making a mess, three drop cloths were hung to create a little painting ‘tent’. Suffice to say, I won’t make that mistake again! It’s better to wait for good weather and work outside IMHO.
It took two coats of the Rustoleum 2X to get the whole thing ready to go.
Here I have shown a thread rack attached to the side of the table.
Yes, it’s true. My PCP (Pfaff Creative Performance) has a name, Prince Pfyodor. The pretentious, over-the-top name suits him to a tee. Compared to the other machines in the studio he’s pretty spoiled and, since he is much to heavy to move around, I decided to put together a press and project cart for him so I can keep his table clear and the iron close by. I adapted the cart from an Ikea Bygel cart which you can check out here:
The ironing surface is made of a piece of MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) that is covered in one layer of reflective heat proof lining and 1 layer of muslin, attached with a staple gun. I tried, as mentioned in a previous post, to spruce it up a bit with pink buckets for project notions etc and a floral gift bag. But to my eyes, it was still lacking so off I went to JoAnn for some sticky hook and loop tape so I could make a skirt to cover up some of the clutter. Here’s how it looks now.
TADA! Lol! That looks so much better! And the cute fabric goes with the Paris Couture theme. I added a rose pattern button to cover the space between the two edges of the skirt.The messy stuff is still inside but at least I don’t have to look at it now. Equally important is that I already had the cart so I stayed within my budget. Yay!
When I looked at this cart, it made me reflect on the tiny apartments I have lived in. I keep thinking that it would be the perfect sewing cart. Just add your machine to the second shelf, reorganize it and presto! Instant sewing space. It slips away into a closet or, if covered in a home decor fabric, it could blend in nicely just tucked into a corner. I set the cart up with sewing needs just to try it out.
Just an idea for anyone who is living in a small space, or has limited sewing space. I empathize.
Next post…the pressing station for the commercial iron and the cart.
I am, truthfully in a bit of a quandary. The front section of the room is coming along nicely. I figure I am about 70% done. All that remains is the design wall/embroidery station with shelving. It is the most difficult project to assemble but once it’s done the front section will be too. But it has to wait for sales, time and a pair of helping hands. So for today, now that the walls are looking a little nicer, I am trying to figure out whether to put two sewing machines front to back so Mom and I can see each other or push the Pfaff against the wall, move the serger table over and create a second, independent quilting station for MDM.
The pictures above are just a mock up. I will not be using these tables for the Pfaff at all. The sergers actually go on one of the desks and the second one is for another machine. I am planning to build a special table for the Pfaff that will allow me to sew on a flat surface, needle to the nose as I was taught. I took the pictures with the drawers open so I could be sure that they can open with me sitting in front of the machine. What do you think? One quilting station or two?
I have moved some pictures around and added little pink buckets to my press/project cart to keep project notions sorted. I am adding little dashes of pink here and there to help my wintery cool space feel a little more like spring. At the bottom of the cart, I reused a gift bag to hold my next sewing project which is all cut out and ready to sew. The binder, beside the bag, is a sample workbook so I can remember how to do the multitude of stitches one learns over time and which attachments to use (there are so many!) I loved the fabric on the binder and actually tracked it down at Hancock’s. Now if it would just go on sale!!!! My task today was moving the desks and setting up the front (north) facing wall and getting some of the wall decor done. Nearly there.
It’s nice to be inside on a snowy, cold day. Just thinking about spring is making it better and the forecast next week is for weather in the fifties. Yay!