DD really loved this tshirt, but did not like how it bared her belly, so off to Joannes. They happened to have this really lovely burgundy and copper fabric that matched -- hard for the photos to do it justice, but I love this fabric. It was a comedy of errors getting the outfit together, ran part of it under the serger by accident and cut a big hole in it. Made the pants too small because I never use a pattern any more, and can't get my mind to agree that the diva has grown two sizes at least -- had to add ruffles on bottom AND panels on the sides to get them to fit. Yikes. Still, she likes it -- the weight of the purse makes it a bit slanty looking, but it's not. The model wasn't feeling all that cooperative. haha
I made this very summer outfit last week, wish I had gotten it done earlier. Anyway, the Diva loved it. The halter, picked up for $1 at a consignment store (I love to find the clearance rejects and give them a new home, it's my hobby, lol) was the inspiration for the outfit -- it came embroidered, just needed a bit more fabric added to cover bare belly. The pants were simple, just making each tier 1.5X larger than the last one. The jackets is where I use up my scraps. I keep a supply of denim jackets on hand for that purpose, all found at thrift stores. White denim is an especially versatile find -- I get excited when I see one of those! haha
My three girls went to ice skating camp last week, and they notify us on WEDNESDAY that the girls need to wear black pants for the finale number on FRIDAY (thanks ice rink, lol). Maybe most little girls have black pants, but only my oldest had some. The solution in this house is always Goodwill, but all they had was two pair of size 6X/7 pants, which fit neither child. So, I cut the bottom six inches off one pair, and banded them with a little flashy silver fabric -- I narrowed up the legs quite a bit -- they are still a little largish on her bum, even though I took in the waist several inches, but there are pockets, and I didn't feel like messing with that. For the other dd, (not pictured because she did not wear her pants today when I took them to the rink again), I added about a four inch band of silver, and then the bottom of the other pants. They were both pleased as punch.
I saw these cute, summer fabric placemats at the dollar store, and thought I'd make "something" out of them. Grabbed the tshirt that just happened to match near the register. I just shirred the heck out of the top, joined the sides, and added some scraps of fabric for straps. For the capris, just did some basic pants, but cut several strips of tshirt off the bottom of the shirt first, and ruched it to make ruffles and flower. Ruching (if that's how you spell it) in this case just means gathering it up the center and sewing it down. I roll hemmed the edges first (but you wouldn't necessarily have to since tshirt doesn't unravel), and used elastic thread in my bobbin for an easy gather. I like this so much, I went back to the dollar store and bought a set in hot pink (made a headband to match with some of that fabric since I did a ruffly skirt), and a set in bright blue. Check the dollar store near you! Catherine
I like to make dd stuff that all matches so she has an easier time dressing herself. Here's my brown and aqua stuff, and there's a couple more pieces of it, another shirt, some embellished jeans and a twirly skirt. The jeans jackets are my favorite way to use up my scraps. The spiral jeans are made the same as a spiral skirt, just smaller -- mine are six panels each. I made a template on an old cereal box and cut them out six at a time. The capris unbutton to fold down and be regular jeans if she wants. ) The model is giving it her best "runway attitude", lol! Catherine
The embarrassing truth is that I am so intimidated by my new machine. I got it for Christmas and haven't done the first thing on it. I got a Janome Memory Craft 10000 off eBay, and feel like I got a good deal -- it came with all sorts of design CDs with tons of designs. I have watched the tutorial DVD, but now seem to be at a loss as to how to get started, or what I should try first. Any tips or suggestions so that my beautiful new Christmas present doesn't gather dust? I have a feeling once I get started, it will be hard to stop me! I just need to find a way to plunge in somehow, but don't want to waste thread or fabric either... I try not to keep a lot of extra fabric around, no room for it -- I only purchase fabric for specific projects, as my space is very limited. For those of you who do this a lot, did you buy a thread collection to get started? If so, is there a web site that you'd recommend with good prices? Thanks in advance, I tried asking these questions to a yahoo group and got zero responses, so that was a bit discouraging... I sew just fine, but no experience with the machine embroidery. Catherine
Someone had a slew (at least six) of bath towels, and they were going to turn them into adult bibs, so they cut a large hole (about the size of a toilet seat lid) in one half of each towel. I have four kids on swim team, and just know I should be turning these towels into something cool, but can't think of what. I thought about just serging them all together to make a "towel blanket", but that might be hard to wash and dry. I thought about pillows, but that's too bulky to take to swim meets. They already have swim gear bags, so that wouldn't be a good use. Can you think of anything? Thanks in advance! SwimfinsMom
I just don't get it (and I am so very tired of hand gathering and pinning). I just cannot seem to make my serger do ruffles at all. I have that book, The Complete Serger, and I've read how you are supposed to use max stitch length, and move the differential feed (+), but NOTHING happens! The stitches still look exactly the same. I mostly sew little girl clothing, and everything has tons of ruffles. Mostly I baste and gather, or zig zag over a piece of elastic thread, but I'd be one happy camper if I could make my serger do the work I've been told it is capable of doing. Please help! Thanks in advance