Month: February 2007

Pattern Review ~ Bias Cut 1-Yard Apron

Pattern Bias Cut One-Yard Apron ~ Decades of Style Description Flapper style bias cut apron with reversible option in one adult size and one child size. Materials Main Fabric: 1 yard Contrast Fabric (optional): 1 yard Finishing: 7 1/2 yds. Bias trim or 1/4 to 1/3 yard fabric to make bias tape Overall Design and Fit I made the single layer apron with bias trim edging. This is a very fashionable and beautiful apron with good drape. The pattern is very difficult to size before it is cut because of the bias cut. I ended up giving it to my friend who is 5’11” and if fits her very well (as you can see in the pictures!). I am only 5’1″ and the apron did not fit me. The only place to size the pattern is in the neck area, which I did do after I had cut the pattern. This did not help enough and the only other instruction on sizing it down was to fold the apron at the waist and tie it as such. This made the apron all bunchy, so I gave up and tried it on a much taller person. Additionally, the pattern mentions that if your waist is smaller than 30″ you may not need the ties at all and might prefer using a button to secure the apron instead. I am pregnant...

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Introduction ~ Georgia

Updated 6/09: I’m Georgia from Puking Pastilles! I am a homeschooling, stay at home mom of four little ones (7, 5, 3, and 2) with one more on the way in August. We’ve been calling him “Cinco” because we can’t decide on a name. Any help would in that department would be greatly appreciated! After discovering that sewing things for a profit took all the fun out of it, I decided to start putting my sewing patterns in digital format so I could sell those instead. My PDF patterns can be found in my shop on Etsy. I love geography and have a borderline unhealthy obsession with Muse. At any given time, at least one of my children is usually wearing an item of clothing I made (generally made for some ridiculously small amount of money) and that makes me very...

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And the gift certificate goes too…

We took all the names of our Flickr group contributors and threw them into a hat. This month’s winner of a $25 gift certificate to Sew,Mama,Sew! is Carolyn of Laughing Duck. Just look at some of her beautiful quilts! She has a very lovely blog and an etsy shop too. Congratulations, Carolyn! Carolyn’s Gee’s Bend- inspired Quilts If you’d like to be eligible for the next gift certificate, simply share some of your favorite sewing projects with our Flickr Group. Everyone who contributes in the next 30 days has a chance to...

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And the fat quarters go to….

Chosing the winners of our fat quarter packs is harder than imagined.  This week we’ve picked the altruistic crafters.  The first is Kay who makes quilts and stockings for Ronald McDonald house.  She was nominated by her friend Sonja. The second is Naomi who also quilts for charity. She was nominated by her sister Georgia. Congratulations to these generous women! For those of you trying to build your own stash, it’s all about you this week!  We’re compiling a list of great online sewing tutorials.  We’ll ask for your favorites during our Free Fabric Friday contest, then award the prizes to the people who direct us to the best. Â And the prize?  Fabulous fabric, of...

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Free Fabric Friday

This week we’re giving away two packs of 8 fat quarters from our black and white selection of fabrics.  There’s an Alexander Henry Your Numbers, some Follow Your Imagination, a couple of Michael Miller black and whites, and a few others.     If you want one of these packs, tell us what you’d do with them.  If you want someone else to have them, simply tell us why.  We’ll announce the winners on Monday.  We’re off to the Northwest Fabric Show to shop!  Have a great...

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Sewing Resource–Martha Pullen discussion

I have a whole folder full of online sewing resources I’ll share with you.  I’ll pull out the gem first.  Do you know Martha Pullen? She does the heirloom sewing show on PBS and also puts out Sew Beautiful magazine.  Now these kinds of projects are not really my thing, but let me tell you, the women who participate in the Martha Pullen discussion boards can sew! You can ask them anything and you’ll get great answers.  Fixing a zipper, sewing a circle skirt, buttonholes….anything!  Really, if you’re ever stuck on something complicated and you want an answer right away, go there...

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SMS Sewing Tip #2–Pressing NOT Ironing

This has been an issue that has come up a few times in my interactions this week, so I thought I’d mention it here….If you really pay attention to your pattern instructions, you know that you should (often not always) press open your seams. Â Pressing means that you should put your iron down and lift it up.  Do not move it back and forth, as this can push your fabric out of shape.  Steaming will make it even worse.  So, turn off the steam and gently press the iron...

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Free Fabric Friday

We’ll see who’s out there this weekend… We’re giving away 2 packs of seven fat quarters from Moda’s Uptown collection to 2 deserving crafters.  Tell us who it should be!  You?  A friend?  A favorite blogger?  Leave us a comment. This completely subjective contest will close Sunday night and we’ll announce the winners on Monday.  Have a great weekend!  ...

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Pattern Review ~ Busy Bias Apron

Pattern Busy Bias Apron Pattern from Paisley Pincushion Description Reversible bias cut apron in 2 sizes for women and 2 sizes for children Materials (Women’s Size B 8–12) Main Fabric: 1 5/8 yds. Contrast Fabric: 1 5/8 yds. Trim: 7 1/2 yds. (I used Wright’s Jumbo Rick Rack) 4 Buttons I also used about 1/3 yd. of a different print for the pockets.    (Links to the fabrics that I used.) Overall Design The end result is great. It looks good and it’s like having 2 different aprons in one. I made this apron for a friend’s birthday, but ended up giving it to her at her Super Bowl party, so she got to wear it that day. I think it was fun for her and good for my crafty ego, since we both got oodles of compliments. She even switched to the reverse side of the apron at halftime;-) Functionally, I think this is a wonderful apron because the half back and the buttons at the side really keep this one in place. You don’t have to keep tying the strings, adjusting the neck, or straightening out the body. The pockets are in a good position and the sides wrap around for excellent coverage of your hips. The only downside is that getting the buttons done up when the apron is on your body takes some flexibility. Written Instructions...

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SMS Sewing Tip #1 — Auditory Learners

Well, here it is–the first installment of SMS Sewing Tips!  There have been a lot of tips on my mind lately, but this first one is fresh because I used it just yesterday.  I am a former educator, so I still find myself thinking a lot about how people learn and process information.  If you have a hard time with sewing patterns, it might be a matter of your learning style and not just lack or skill or experience.  Most patterns are really written for people who learn best by reading the written word.  That’s not all of us–some learn best by doing, some by seeing pictures or other visual images, and some of us need to hear something said. (Of course we’re all a little of everything, but many people have a way they learn best.) I am an auditory learner (just tell me how!)  When I get stuck on a particular procedure on a sewing pattern, I read the step out loud.  Sometimes just hearing myself allows things to click. If I still don’t get it, I call my mom and read it to her and have her tell me what it means.  Really, I do.  This usually works (and not just because my mom knows so much more about sewing–although she...

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