Taffy Blouse

It seems like all of my clothing projects start out the same way.  I haven’t yet decided if this makes it boring, or if it means I’m starting to see the method to creating clothing.  Either way, the first thing I did was pick out some excellent fabric for my blouse.  On the recommendation of Read More …

Sweetheart Pillow

My MIL, Mary Kay, got me an adorable charm pack for Christmas.  It was the Flirtations pack by Sandy Gervais.   I’ve been trying to figure out how to use it for a while.  Mostly because it’s themed fabric, with lots of red and pink and hearts, and I’ve just never quite known how to Read More …

Fine Finish

The final sewing chapter in The Colette Patterns Sewing Handbook is all about using lining and the right seams for your project. Did you know that you can easily add lining to patterns that don’t call for one?  I didn’t.  I also leaned about several new ways to finish the seams on my sewing projects. Read More …

Truffle Dress

The 3rd project in the Colette Patterns Sewing Handbook is called the Truffle Dress. It’s a lovely little sleeveless dress with a simple scoop neck and a decorative ruffle panel on the skirt. In hopes of getting a finished project that was a little less stiff, I decided to get away from poplin (or quilting Read More …

Half Moon Colorist Quilt

I decided a while ago that I wanted to tackle a quilt with curves, but hadn’t been brave enough to do it.  I’m pretty decent a sewing a straight line by now, but how on earth you get curves to work still seemed a little beyond me.  Then I started sewing a few clothes.  I Read More …

Fancy Feet

Thanks to a recent episode of Sewing with Nancy, I’ve decided I want to try out some fancy new feet for my sewing machine.  I’m so glad I remembered to set my DVR.  Apparently the local PBS thinks they should run the sewing shows at 6 o’clock on Saturday mornings.  Crazy people.  Don’t they know Read More …

Back in the Groove

It started with a squeak and with every stitch a new one.  My machine is really due for a service. It’s to be expected with the large number of hours I’ve put on it recently. But the squeak wasn’t the only problem. The first major issue was when my bobbin started pulling multiple threads.  That Read More …

Pastille Dress

I’ve been working my way through The Colette Sewing Handbook, and have just finished my 2nd sewing project – the Pastille Dress.  The dress came out really well, and I learned lots of new techniques in the process. This project, being at the end of the chapter on fit, was a great chance to do Read More …