The Washi Dress with lining

Well we are back at the daily routine but I’m not up and running for another #fititfriday so here is a video I created for lining the Washi Dress sewing pattern from Made By Rae. I finished it back in October but never got around to blogging it. I did a full bust adjustment on the bodice and had to line it due to the transparent nature of the cotton lawn I made it in.

Before the hemming and feeling very Twin Peaksesq

Embellishment & Mending: Sashiko Stitching

Sashiko or little stabs are a Japanese technique of mending clothing or reinforcing areas of high wear. Usually it was white or natural cotton thread onto indigo dyed garments so the contrast as well as the rhythmic dashes create a functional and aesthetically pleasing focal point. Whether or not it was intended to be. Quilters have used this type of stitching as well to quilt together the fabrics or create interest.  Continue reading “Embellishment & Mending: Sashiko Stitching”

Halloween: Sewing Tips and Tricks

No one will know your sewing secrets unless you tell them.  I have been making costumes for a while now, it’s how I got interested in sewing. In the interest of saving time here are some of the sewing tips and tricks I have used in this season of the craft. Continue reading “Halloween: Sewing Tips and Tricks”

Halloween: Accessories Tips and Tricks

Tips for making your Halloween accessories

I have had my share of costumes and now with kids even more costumes are “needed” every year. Truth be told some have been store bought but most were me made. In my many years as a do it yourself type gal I have tried out many tools and mediums to create our costumes. Here are my tips and tricks for your halloween accessories:

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Shorts with a full belly adjustment

How I adjusted a pattern for my full belly and made them hang better. I also trouble shoot and stash bust thru my fabrics and notions.

I have a few pairs of the Colette patterns Iris Shorts and I kept making them because I  altered the pattern for a full tummy making them comfortable and a quick sew. I will say that the front pocket placement isn’t the most flattering for anyone with a bit of a full Continue reading “Shorts with a full belly adjustment”

Silk, Shibori and pattern hacking

How I made a difference in dye value work in a finished garment.

I love silk noil or raw silk. I first found it when I was working at JoAnne’s Fabrics and I bought the entire bolt of tan 45”. I made wonderful wide leg drawstring pants out of it and a tank top. It had a great drape and being silk it just wore really well. It does have a bit of a Continue reading “Silk, Shibori and pattern hacking”

Mario World Viewridge Tank

I was lucky to pattern test the Viewridge tank by Straight Stitch Design and made myself two, one with the ruffle option here and reverse bobbin work detail and another tunic like with no ruffle. I really liked how easy they came together and the way the front is assembled left much room for variation.

We are a bunch of goofballs, caught her in the hallway wearing her Viewridge tank in Mario World fabric.

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Reverse bobbin work

My experience and some instruction on using reverse bobbin work on garment embelishment.

There are many ways that my mom’s quilting experience crosses over into my garment sewing. She’s found many great treasures that she collects and ships to me in sewing and Grandma love filled care packages. One of these was my bright shiny bobbin case that I call iron man. It’s what I use on almost every project, so the bobbin case that came with my machine was getting no love. Till I saw what someone did called reverse bobbin work.

My two bobbin cases, the one on the right I use for every day thread, the one on the left I have adjusted that small screw on the side so thick thread/floss can glide thru.

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Selfish Sewing Week: Underwear

My first selfishsewingweek item some me made underwear.

So we have started the #selfishsewingweek hosted by Imagine Gnats check out her shop for some great deals this week and drool worthy fabric. Back when all I had access to for pdf patterns (instant gratification) was I found and printed up a pair of these Cheeky Panties. I have to admit that I didn’t follow the directions to a T on this pair, but I have a whole roll of this eyelet elastic to get through before the recovery goes (garage sale bargain is only good if the elastic has good recovery/snaps back into place.) So here they are with an elastic waistband instead of the fold over fabric.



I have made them a few times and with varying success mostly due to raw materials. The first was with an old tee shirt (not enough spandex in jersey tees) and the last was this printed poly/spandex from JoAnn’s. They are very comfortable but being that they are “cheeky” the do have VPL (visible pantie line). They are so comfortable that I almost forgive them for taking up so much fabric. The pattern layout is such that you only have one seam **ahem** down the bum.


The second pair I self drafted from a RTW pair that I felt fit well. I also tried on this pair to insert the elastic after all the seams were sewn together, something I didn’t do on the Cheeky pair. I prefer the way the elastics joined in the second pair, I kept having too much bulk in the cheeky pair when seaming them (though if I remember they are instructed to insert elastics at the same point too, I just wanted to compare and contrast with like materials to find my preference).


So I am off to the races on the #SelfishSewingWeek I mean how much more for me only could I get (giggle) no one is going to borrow these. Next up Luna Pants by Made by Rae who is also having a sew along for them. I just happened to have the Art Gallery Denim Collection ready and waiting (I was going to make a Cheyenne Tunic out of it but with summer coming up I think I will wait till I have a voile or lawn to use).