Category Archives: Sewing Techniques

Scrappy Linen shift dress

Here’s a look at my new favorite scrappy dress! Mostly linen with some cotton in the lace. I like to use a crazy patch-as-you-go method. I gather a pile of scraps or fabrics together and then  start sewing pieces together to create a fabric. For a visually pleasing and flattering look I like to add one long skinny piece off center. I even added some machine embroidery to “pretty” it up, but you could just use fancy machine stitching like I did with my denim dress in the last post.

I wore it last week and it was a rather hot day, but this light colored linen was cool and comfortable. I was so happy to find uses for these left over scraps and was even happier to put these together for such a fun look. Go digging in your pile of leftover scraps and see what treasures lie there!

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Linen Ruffle Skirt

 

I have to re-post this skirt blog post. Apparently, it gets “pinned” quite a bit and think that’s so cool! I made this about 5 years ago and not only do I still have this skirt, but it still fits woo hoo!! I must have spotted the original shirt too terribly so that’s gone along with the jacket that I think I might have given to my Mom? Hummm

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Today I  wear this skirt with one of my t-shirt re-makes that I teach in my classes.

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Or another look is to wear my linen re-make skirt with a shirt I made over from a linen skirt that I purchased from Salvation army…

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Below is the original post with tutorial, enjoy and I hope it inspires you to go digging in your old linens and remake something fun!

This is my Favorite Skirt…. It’s a black, short lightweight skirt with ruffles. I wear it with tights and black boots . I just feel good in it!

Since I fixed up my jacket I was thinking about what to wear with it??  and I knew I wanted to copy that skirt!

So I dragged out an old stained linen table cloth and some other random linens to match. I wanted a vintage-y feel so Linen seemed best. My orginal thought was to make each layer a different linen color, with the table cloth being the base fabric.  As I was trying to make that work I realized the linen was a heavier fabric than the cotton sateen of the black skirt, so I abandoned that idea for now and just used the table cloth. I love this skirt so I just wanted to copy the pattern without taking anything apart. I laid tissue paper down first then placed the skirt on top and made “pin-holes” through the skirt and on to the tissue paper. Then I just connected to dots on the paper to make the pattern pieces. I am showing the pattern piece which will be placed on the fold of the fabric. I needed the waistband, top yoke and bottom underskirt pattern. For the ruffles I cut straight lengths based on the measurements of the ruffles on the original skirt. That skirt also has a neet thing, the ruffles are different lengths. SO I went with that. Again the linen table cloth fabric was heavier than the Cotton so I took out a row of ruffles to help with the weight.I made the top section first with the zipper in the side seam. (I laid out the zipper section so you could see it… it is really in the side seam.)I like to finish off the ends of zippers since I usually never ever have the shorter sizes, I just fit the zipper in and cut the remaining length. Invisible zippers are easier to put in that way too.

I worked on the bottom half all in the round so I wouldn’t have any seams showing or ruffles  sewn into the side seams. This makes for a smoother finish. The table cloth had a hemstitch accent around the border. I just incorporated that into some of the ruffles.

I then put the two parts together…Terri's skirt and now I have a whole ensemble to wear this summer with Peggy at the    French Flea Market,  read about here… https://thethriftyneedle.wordpress.com/2011/07/12/french-flea-market/

If I make this skirt again, I would like to make it out of the lighter Cotton sateen because it lays so flat even for being ruffles.  I think because I took out of row this fabric works. I also somehow want to make a skirt with rows of different linens and maybe even lace… I just have to dream about it first….

30 minute Ruffle layer Knit skirt

 

I am going to re-post an older post. I get emails from Pinterest with updated pins and things that I might be interested in. Well, funny thing, One of my ruffle skirts made out of an old tablecloth was the picture! The skirt pattern I am re-posting is just as popular, so I’ll start with this simple knit skirt.


I needed another skirt (LOL!) and I have a lot of t-shirt fabric right now. So, I constructed a three layer skirt by making four tubes. The tubes are created from rectangles and then sewn/serged into a tube.

Tube number 1 is the waistband: Waist measurement___ -4″ = Length  x 5″ width

Tube number 2 is the Longest layer. I drafted out a simple A line shaped skirt  based off of my true waist, hip measurements, and length of skirt desired. Add 1 inch to the sides for both the seam allowances and fullness.

Tube number 3 is the next longest layer and I used the drafted number 2 tube for width and added an inch and a half at sides for fullness. For the length I divided my desired length (which was 19″) in thirds plus 1/2″ on top and bottom for seam allowances and hem.

Tube number 4 is the shortest layer. I drafted the same as the number 3 tube and added an inch and a half for fullness. The length is 1/3 of the finished length

I serged number 1 tube and that will become my back seam. I folded that in half with the seams inside and hidden. Set aside while serging or seaming all the rest of the layers.

I serged all the layer tubes at the side seams to make the tubes.

Sew tube number 4 (the shortest layer) to number 2 tube and (longest layer) with a stretch stitch (basically that is a tiny slanted zig-zag) at the top edge.

The middle layer pin on the longest layer making sure the layer above covers the seam. You are basically top-stitching the middle layer onto the skirt.

didn’t worry about finishing the seams because Knit won’t fray apart and the seam will be hidden.

I did sew two rows to make the layer lie flat at a slight zig-zag.

With right side together pin the folded Waistband tube to fit the skirt sections. There will be a gap in the skirt sections as they are wider. Sort of stretch the waist band…Not too much, just enough to fit so there aren’t any “pleats” in the skirt. I serged this all the way around.  I tried it on and I liked it…. but I thought a bit more finishing was needed so I three needled serged (or rolled hemmed) all the layer hems to “clean it up”

I am using a jersey knit which has stretch. I used that stretch to make this a pull on skirt with no added elastic. Just the knit and it stays on quite nicely. The title and posting took way longer than the skirt! Knit is so forgiving

Have fun!

August 31st Crazy Patch Class

Thursday August 31st Crazy Patch/ Bobbinwork class.

Conway Library Community Room during Sewing Basket time.

Bring the supplies listed below to create one crazy patch square to embellish using your machines fancy stitches and Bobbinwork.

The above are examples of some crazy patch and are embellished with a technique called bobbinwork. The decorative thread is wound on the bobbin. You sew with the right side of the fabric facing the bobbin.

This is embellished with fancy stitches on my machine, but I used bobbinwork as a trim around the edges.

Supplies:

Sewing machine with at least  zig-zag capabilities in good working order. Bring basic sewing supplies like pins, scissors, ripper, machine needles, and extra bobbins.

If trying bobbinwork you will need about a size 10 crochet cotton, 8 perle cotton, or try a skein of floss… Bring matching top thread.

Bring fabric pieces to make approximately a 12″ square. In the picture above there are 10 different scraps that were to be thrown out. You will need one backing piece of fabric about 12″ square along with a piece of batting to match. I will bring extra in case someone is in need of backing and batting. I also will bring some scraps to share… 🙂

More information will be discussed August 10th during our normal time to meet.

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More Bobbinwork

I wanted to add a photo of more Bobbinwork. I wanted and need fresh and new samples for teaching and the work begins now. I am having such a fun time playing with all sorts of techniques and can not wait to be able to share in class! I haven’t even finished with this sample and got so excited I had to share!

Have a terrific and Safe Happy 4th of July!

Evening class write-ups for SATB will follow next week.

SATB 2018 Bobbinwork Pincushion/Caddy

This is an updated class and one that I was asked to teach again. I am happy to offer my recycled soup can sewing caddy. This time I merged it with the ever popular by-the-machine waste container. Last time I focused on embellishing with decorative stitches, this time my focus is Bobbinwork.

If you have never used bobbinwork as a technique this is a perfect learning project. The final project turns out to be a useful pincushion and caddy for all your sewing supplies that need to be handy while sewing.
Supplies needed for class: Sewing machine in good working order. Extra bobbins If your machine uses a special bobbin case specific for bobbinwork, please make sure to bring to class. White construction thread. Basic sewing supplies standard for a successful and comfortable sewing day.

Check with http://www.sewingatthebeach.com/ for dates time and all the info for a terrific sewing retreat and school celebrating 25 years!

SATB 2018 Project Craft Tote Bag

Here is the second day class I am teaching and I have one more to post. I just heard work that the Sewing at the Beach Web site will not be up and running until after July 5th. There was a computer glitch and then the holiday… so be patient.! I hear ladies wanting certain classes wait up until midnight the night before the opening of registration so they can hit send on the fax machine. To be fair it’s first come, first serve and the order the faxes come in are numbered.

I have mentioned and talked about this on my blog previously, and now I’m offering it as a class. 

I used the thirty one bag (floral version) as inspiration and made changes to the design to make it a terrific tote for carrying projects. I knit so having all the supplies, yarn and pattern all together make is quick and easy to grab and go.

More pockets were added  along with the essential interior zippered pocket make this bag super handy and safe.

A basic sewing machine is all that is required along with basic sewing supplies including white/neutral construction thread. You will also need a 90 machine needle. Optional extras would include clover clips instead of pins.

I will post a picture of the exact fabric in December

Cross backed Aprons

Tuesday I went to  fabulous class at the Moore Botanical Gardens in Lake City. I will talk about that more in an upcoming post. I was so inspired and obsessed by my carpool friend, Barbara. She wore THE cutiest apron. It was steel grey linen and crossed in the back.  I had to have a new apron!

This was the first one I made. I used fabric scraps left over from altering chef coats. I dyed the white fabric pieces lavender, sewed them together in and stitched them down. That sounds like a lot, but I had already pieced the fabric together before my apron whim. All I did was cut one large rectangle for the apron, attached straps and added a pocket…I like the design, however the twill fabric is too stiff, I liked Barbara’s Linen fabric… so try number two:

I recycled a long linen skirt I had and instead of square across the front I made more of a neckline, which I really like… I used it last night to cook dinner and then again this morning (thus the wrinkles) and I’m very happy with this one! but…

I have a pile of T-shirts to reuse so, apron number 3:

A little reverse applique! I want to add some hand stitching, around the flower next, maybe. I think this will be my most useful one, not too long, easy to throw on, and it’s already spotted so I don’t care if more cooking splatters happen!

So… What’s under the aprons??? The dress form was already in use before I needed it to model the aprons. I’m creating another knit outfit and here’s a sneak peek, overlook dangling threads, unfinished hems etc….

Here’s a close up of the in process skirt, I have more freehand machine stitching to do to add petals and some hand stitching needs to be added…

 

Newer T-Shirts…

These are two new  t-shirts I am working on at present. Both are made from recycled clothing and both are the exact same design that I drew, scanned and digitized using the IQ feature on my Destiny. This is something I haven’t tried and wanted to see if it would work for what I wanted to design.
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I drew out two different doodles of shapes, sort of flower-ish. I only wanted a line design to out-line the shape. dscf3141

The rest was so hand work while watching Masterpiece and waiting at the dentist….. I still have more to finish but I’m almost finished with two shirts in about a week.

Fun!

DIY Tablet Case

Sewing at the Beach 2016 was a big success.  I promised to post the Kids class project I taught … so I had to re-learn how to post on my blog! It’s been sooooo long.

This was so much fun. They got to choose their fabric and design their case to make it their own. I had enough fabric for them ready to take enough with them to go home and make another case for their BFF.

img_4007-2This tablet case was made by one of the girls using the shell we collected from the beach during our Lunch break, for the button closure. The class started at 8:30 and ended at 4 with about an hour and a half lunch break and every one finished!!

Below are the directions, however, in our class I decided it would be easier as a group to stay together by switching the order of sewing. We first making the flap section, then the bag section, the directions say to work on the bag section first. I thought it would give more sewing practice right from the beginning.

Also, Children in our School district are given tablets instead of textbooks. Not all schools issue the same tablet so this pattern is for the I pad/ 10″ sized from Middle School. We had several different sizes needed for the children, so we just measured their device  with the assigned protective case on and adjusted the pattern. If the tablet measured 7″x 5″ I added an inch on all sides.

Tablet case
2 Fat quarters (18” x 22″) piece of precut fabric
6 strips 2.5″ wide by 8″ long
30″x 14″ backing fabric for quilting which will not be seen
Batting 30″x 14″ Iron on Fusible type
14″x 30″ Lining fabric for the bag
80/12 needle for construction
90/14 needle for quilting and side seams
1 skinny hair tie
Neutral thread for construction
Construction:
Body of the bag first. Using the two fat quarters and one piece of backing muslin press and cut to your size of tablet case.For a 10″ inch tablet cut the fabric to 14″x 19″. Press fusible batting to the fabric you chose to be showing on the outside.
Layer backing batting and pieced fabric in a quilt sandwich. Simply put, a quilt sandwich is the two layers of fabric and one layer of batting that are “stacked” on top of each other just before the quilting process. Start with the backing, press and starch the back fabric. lay that with the right side of the fabric facing DOWN. Lay and smooth the batting starting from the middle outwards on top of the backing fabric. Last, the pieced top goes on top of the batting with the right sides facing you.
The quilt sandwich is actually what makes a quilt a quilt! What differentiates a quilt from a blanket is multiple layers of fabric and batting stitched together.
We will make the quilt sandwich .Set aside the lining (inside of the bag) for right now
Fold the fabric in half to find the center (bottom) of what will be the case. At your sewing machine set up for a 3.0 length straight seam and sew across to secure the fabric. If you chose this would be a great time to quilt the entire bag. Try fancy stitches or zig-zags or even freemotion stippling. After you add some quilting press your fabric, clip threads and now square up and cut to 13″x 18″.
Top Flap
Pick out 6 assorted strips of fabric (2.5″x 8″)
Sew the strips together using a 1/4″ seam.
Press with the seam allowances all facing in one direction
Quilt. To quilt our tablet case flap we have some options. We can stitch a straight stitch right down the seam lines kind of hiding our stitches. We can use a decorative stitch in the same place and show off our stitches. You get to design what your quilting will look like. It won’t matter what the back looks like because we are going to hide that with the lining.
Lay the pattern on top of quilted fabric and cut out. Add a hair tie at the bottom center edge, stitch in half with one “loop on the fabric and the other off to t he raw edge. Cut out the lining piece fabric and place and pin with right sides facing. Stitch around the side and bottom edge leaving the top (the straight part) open to turn. Clip edges and turn inside out. Press
Assemble the bag
Sew the two sides together on the main bag piece, Turn and press. with right sides together sew the top edge of the flap to the top edge of the the outer bag.
Sew one side of the lining side and on the other side leaving a 4″ opening for turning the bag
Insert the outer bag into the lining with right sides together matching seams sew along the top edge about 1/2” SEAM encasing the flap.
Turn the bag inside out through the opening in the lining
Press entire bag.
Sew the opening closed and chose a button to sew on the front of the bag.

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