Tuesday, December 29, 2009

A new book for me: Patternmaking for Fashion Design 4th edition

I was so overly excited as I got a response to my ad looking for sewing knick-knacks that people were wanting to get rid of or throw away and she mentioned having a pattern making book. I had told my hubby that other than an advanced sewing class, I wanted to take pattern-making if i was to really have the basics and hone in on my sewing skills.

Upon picking up the book, she also had patterns from the fabric stores - which is great as i never want to cut the ones i buy for myself, as well as an older sewing machine. It appears to be running at first glance as the machine is threaded and all with fabric currently in the feed, but have yet to plug it in and try it for myself.

I probably will be passing on some of the stuff I received today or have them ready for use as i start up my sewing group again in 2010 - only days away! I am always willing to share and always thankful for people's generosity.

She said she might not be home when I dropped by and her home looked empty as I walked up to the stuff on her porch, but after I heard some movement inside, I rang the doorbell to personally thank her for her kindness. She was very sweet and seemed very grateful that I was thankful. She said that she too had taken some sewing at Mesa College, as well as the pattern-making but had to stop because of a coming baby. Her hope is that I can make great use of the stuff and even apologetic for not having more. Apologies not required at all and i will be forever thankful!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Dallas Cowboy Fleece for my nephew

I am in day 5 Ventura visiting my husband's family for the week. I brought along my sewing machine because of a very high chance of time for sewing.

On the morning of day 2, we visited the home of my newest nephew Jordan. Shortly afterwards, we went to Joann's fabric to shop their great sale. While there, we picked up

From it, I sewed a simple fleece baby poncho and nursing cover for his mom. Dad was very happy as he loves the Cowboys. Mom was simply thankful for the gifts - I assume she has a different team =)

Link - Martha Stewart simple sewing crafts


Saturday, December 12, 2009

Hello Kitty Merry Christmas fabric 2009 at Joann's

So I was at Joann's earlier this month and guess what I could not pass up? Yes! The remainder of the Hello Kitty Merry Christmas fabric. There was less than 2 yards left and being that it was on sale for 50% off, I had to grab it all. Isn't it cute?

Free Advent Calendar Sewing Project - Mini Stockings

Hello everyone,

With the season here, the days have been hectic and fun. I have not been sewing much as I'd like and it's such a bummer as there are so many inspirations and reasons to but I just can't.

Martha Stewart had this really cool mini-stocking Advent Calendar idea made out of felt and ribbon. See the free stockig template and directions at Marthastewart.com

It was too cute to pass up and I just had to do it. Instead of the # tags, I embroidered the numbers 1-24 on felt and glued it to the mini-stockings' toe. i then attached the stockings to a single lace ribbon and hung on the wall above the tv. I will post up my version of this advent calendar in a bit. it took awhile to cut and sew but the husband loves it!