...however I did find some time to squeeze in a little sewing over the last few weeks...
but I haven't had the time to blog about it.
I made a couple of Silhouette's yoga pants # 3400 and the Gucci top.
I made my top sleeveless for a work out top and it is a "perfect" work out top!
I didn't put the detail around the neckline, that will be in the next top.
I love both these patterns.
They were very easy to make and went together beautifully.
I made a very minor change to the pants ~ lowered the waist ( by 2-1/4") ~ and that is just because I like my waist to sit a little lower than the pattern style.
(I will post a picture as soon as I take one.)
...and Tonight I did read a few blogs and I see there are somany more of you that are making up gorgeous garments and having fun in your
"5 threads, LCD Graphic Touch Screen and a large variety of stitches. Are you looking for the overlock machine that has everything?
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(photo's and description taken from the Pfaff site)
Extension table included
I love everything about this machine, but what I really like is this feauture: "Easy to change from overlock stitches to coverstitches - No needle plate/presser foot change needed at conversion for different stitches"
.... get rid of all their Fashion Fabrics?????????
I have been looking forward to shopping at Dial Textile - for months.
The last time I was at their store was a few years ago ~ and they had the most amazing Fashion fabrics!
They had so many choices of lovely and just gorgeous fabrics...It was a fabric dream store....and I did buy some fabric at that time ;)
So when I was in Quebec City this past weekend for a very short stay ~ I had very limited time but I went out of my way to make time
to stop in ~ and then ~ I was disappointed.
They are mostly a Home Dec fabric store now!?!
There was some fashion fabrics in their lower level..lower level!!.... they had nother this time that really stood out - nothing like they had before!
I left emptyhanded!!! I bought nothing!!! :(
If you are looking for Home Dec fabrics ~ you are in luck - they have a wide variety of beautiful home dec fabrics! and this would certainly be "the" place to go.
I wanted to post about a notion I recently bought and now I believe it is a must have if you cut fabric with a Rotary cutter and ruler technique. (Perfect for Quilters)
It is called The Gypsy Gripper.
I frequently use my Rotary cutter and a ruler to straighten fabric edges, cut strips and most recently to make blankies and "little" baby & doll accessories.
If you have used this technique you know that even though you are very very careful ~ every now and then the ruler moves/slides and the rotary cutter slips...that blade is some sharp....I've never cut myself .....but
I'm always afraid I might ~ Not a good thing to happen.
So when I saw this Gypsy Gripper at Sewing World there was no hesitation on my part, I definitely had to buy it.
This notion easily attaches to a ruler.
You press the suction cups down on to the ruler, flip the levers to lock it in place ~ voila ~ done!
You hold the handle, so now your hand that is holding the ruler is away from the Rotary cutter/blade and you simply apply a little pressure on the Gripper and safely cut away.
It's not heavy so it feels very comfortable to move around.
If you want to use another ruler just flip the levers to release the suction cups and move the Gypsy Gripper to another ruler.
This product probably has been out forever but I just found it :))) and as you can tell I'm pretty impressed with it.
I do think it's pretty awesome.
I bought this bread basket and thought it was really cute and would also be fun to make.
I love the aprons and kitchen accessories Renee from My Sewing Space makes, so I was also thinking of her when I saw these.
There was also potholders,oven mitts and tea towels to match this basket......I only bought the basket!
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The basket is formed with the ties...
The fabric used here is very textured cotton with an embroidery.
I do have an embroidery machine but I plan on making it with printed fabrics that will match my kitchen.
I will also make potholders and oven mitts.
I did take a seam apart and the fabric is layered between sponge, foam. It gives it a very nice feel but I won't be using foam..
Hope this is something you can use Renee :)
(The notes are probably not detailed enough. If you have any questions ask away :))))
This beautiful V-neck traditional Princess-Seam Blouse has a surprise twist.
The center front and sleeve contrast trim is optional so you have more choices! A great addition to any wardrobe, make without the trim for a great basic blouse, or use a contrast for the trim and collar and make the blouse your fashion statement.
Small,Med,Large & X-Large
I made the small with some alterations.
4-22 mm buttons for the front, 2- 18mm for the cuffs.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were
done sewing it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Extremely easy. Very well laid out and tips throughout.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I love the style and the details of the sleeves.
I had also come across the Barcelona blouse on Pam's blog, Off the Cuff and really liked hers.
Corduroy ~ (called Silky Corduroy)
After buying the fabric I went back to the store to get the fabric content.
The fabric is called silky because of the smoothness of the fabric.
The fabric is 70% cotton, 30% viscose. It feels soft almost like a flannel...
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I took in the princess seams, front and back, by quite a bit. (I didn't measure but I'd guess appox 1")
I think an x-small would have been closer to my size.
I prefer the feeling of a more fitted cuff against my wrists so I did keep the open cuff detail but added a button to partially close the opening. That feels comfortable to me and I do like that detail.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I like the fit of this blouse and because of the trim details for the front and cuffs, I can see this blouse being made up again and playing around with the trim options.
I highly recommend this pattern.
I enjoyed making this blouse. The instructions were easy to follow and the pattern pieces went together perfectly.