Saturday, February 28, 2015

How to Hem Any Knit - Fold, Sew, Trim

Everyone wears knits, and they are never the right length.  You can easily hem them so they look finished just the way they were in the store.  This could be the bottom of a t-shirt, the bottom of yoga pants or even a slip.  It doesn't matter what the knit garment is that needs hemming, this is how you do it.  So let's pretend this pink fabric is the bottom of a pair of yoga pants. (You can click on the pictures to enlarge them.)

Thursday, February 26, 2015

"Fit" Really Is Everything

Imagine one of the happiest days of your life - your wedding.  After the ceremony, outside the church, with all your family and friends - camera's flashing capturing the moment as you release doves to celebrate you're love.

We hardly know what to say except "fit really is everything!" Any kind of an alteration would have been better than this.  Oh dear.


This would be on Facebook and Twitter circulating around the world
before you were in the car on the way to the reception.

Le Petit "Miss Dior" Flower Dress


This kind of loveliness, is breath taking.
See the construction of the "Miss Dior" Flower Dress here.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Monday, February 23, 2015

Vintage Embroidery "Peek A Boo!"


A lovely combination of Embroidey and Applique.


With a cute little surprise.  See the garter?
Images from Esty

Friday, February 20, 2015

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Sewing Room Update




Locataion, location, location. I for one, will sew anywhere.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Sewing Lessons By Email - The Hemmer

Sewing Lessons By Email were delivered today!

Sewists everywhere are learning to use The Hemmer Foot.


Join the fun.  It's a great day to sew!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Match Thread, Needles and Stitch Length Vintage Style


This is "sew" good to know!
The perfect size to print out, and pin up.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The Sewing Basket Cake

This cake won first prize at the NC State Fair for cake decorating.
I plan to do one just like it in my spare time in about 10 years.

Vintage Le Bon Marché Paris

This is a vintage ad from the Le Bon Marché
Department store in Paris in 1937

Le Bon Marché, "the good buy", or "the good deal" in French, is the name of one of the most famous department stores in Paris, France.  It was founded as a small shop in the early 19th century.  By about 1865 it had become the world’s first true department store.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Sewing Is Fun!


Share with your friends that love to sew.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts


This is a page out of a volume of The Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences Book, Published in Scranton, PA, with a copyright of 1936. I have eight volumes and just love them.  They are on all sorts of sewing and were used as text books. This particular page is from the volume on Children's and Maternity Garments. I don't know about you, but my maternity body didn't look anything like these girls.

I don't know how many volumes are in the whole set but the ones I do have are:  Ribbon and Fabric Trimmings, Cutting and Fitting, Principles of Tailoring, Sewing For Profit, Dressmaking - Trimming - Finishing, Children's and Maternity Garments, Harmony in Dress, Tailored Garments and Decorative Stitches and Trimmings.


If you wanted to track them down I would think a search in google with the key words of  "Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts & Sciences" would be a good place to start.

This is a sample page is from the volume on
Ribbon and Fabric Trimmings.

The China Teacup Pincushion

I got a few really lovely china tea cups when my mother-in-law passed away. This was my favourite. I didn't want it to just sit in the cupboard so I made it into a fancy pincushion that I could see and enjoy almost everyday while I was sewing. I don't really use it, but I have it on my shelf and think it's very cute. I hope it's not some sort of a rare antique because I did glue gun the cup to the saucer and there is a little dab of glue here and there. I filled the cup with polyester fiber fill and tucked a piece of heavy silk over top of it and glued it in place about 1/4" below the inside rim of the cup. I finished off the edge with a pretty pre pleated ribbon. On the saucer I tacked a piece of antique lace, that sort of looks like a lace napkin. I love it even if the cup turns out to be worth a fortune I love it just the way it is!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

The Pretty Heirloom Nightgown

Well here it is our lovely my new seafoam Heirloom Nightgown.  It turned out lovely.  It's an example of how you can fancy up any fabric and then cut the pattern piece out.  Don't think about how to get the tucks, ribbon and the lace in.  Add the embellishment whatever it is to the fabric, then cut it out.  This could be a blouse, skirt, pillow - anything.  Any sewing project will work with this technique.


A tuck here and some "puffing" there...



It's so pretty!



You can do this!


Pattern and Supplies available at Labours of Love Sewing Supplies

Gramma Irene's Little Heirloom Dress

Oh to be a little girl in the 1900's...

This is Grandma Irene little heirloom dress.  I got this the same day she gave me her christening gown and Grandpa Clive's christening gown.  Little dresses like this make me want a little girl.  It's a very basic square yolk dress made out of batiste, not the greatest quality - but it's still here after all these years so it held up well.

If you click on the pictures a new window will open and you can get a good close up look at them.


On the back there are twill tape ties to close the dress and one mother of pearl button you can't quite see at the bottom of the yolk. All the lace on the dress if cotton and made in France.

The sleeve detail shows lots of lace and pretty layers. Notice that there is lace edging on the edge of the collar and sleeve, you can also see some insertion and then the flounce of Swiss edge under the collar.