Seam Techniques – Part A

| June 30, 2010

          When two seams to be joined are uneven in length, the longer edge must be drawn in to fit the shorter side.  This is done, depending on the degree of adjustment, by easing or gathering, as shown.           Slight ease is the type that might be needed along the back side of a shoulder [...]

Have You Considered Specializing In Maternity Wear?

| June 28, 2010

Considering the number of pregnant women I see whenever I’m out in public places, AND remembering how difficult it was to find any type of maternity clothes or maternity patterns when my daughter was pregnant with quadruplets, I’d say specializing in making maternity clothes could be very lucrative! I see pregnant women that are plus [...]

Project Tutorial: Fabric Folder Portfolio

| June 25, 2010

  I carry a notepad with me everywhere I go, I’m definitely a list person, so I was thrilled to find this project tutorial for a fabric folder or portfolio at Niesz Vintage Home!  I absolutely adore her color and fabric choices, and her step by step instructions include terrific photos to help make assembly easy.  [...]

Types Of Seams

| June 23, 2010

          There are three main types of seams that you will be using for most of the sewing items you will make. (1)  A straight seam is the one that is used most often.  In a well-made straight seam, the stitching is exactly the same distance from the seam edge the entire length of the [...]

Top Ten Favorite WordPress Plugins

| June 22, 2010

There are THOUSANDS of available plugins for WordPress that allow users to quickly and easily customize their blogs, so how do you know which ones to use?  This is by no means a conclusive list, but between this blog and my shopping and deal blog I’ve tested at least a hundred different plugins and this is a [...]

How Productive Are You Now That Summer Is Here?

| June 21, 2010

Summer brings on an unlimited number of situations that keep us from being really productive!  Kids are out of school, friends and family come in from out of town for visits, perhaps gardening takes away from your “work” time, plus other things. I’ve already come across a few of those situations!  Grandchildren come to stay [...]

New VivaLaModa Handmade Fashion Issue Available

| June 18, 2010

  The latest issue of VivaLaModa Handmade Fashion magazine, issue #9, is now available online for free.  This issue includes a bunch of super talented clothing designers who have each reconstructed a mens shirt for the magazine’s Project Reconstruction spread.  All of the designs will be auctioned off next month with the proceeds going to the [...]

How To Make A Seam

| June 16, 2010

          The seam is the basic element of any garment and must be made with care.   Although 5/8” is the standard seam width, always check your pattern for required width in special seaming situations.  Some types of fabric, such as spandex or tricot will only require small seam allowances, so always check the pattern guideline.  [...]

How To Be Successful At Internet Marketing

| June 14, 2010

Each year it seems like summertime takes a toll on business sales – regardless of whether you have a brick and mortar store, do online sales or both.  Kids are out of school, so parents are looking for things for them to do for summer recreation, vacations are planned, and money may be tight when [...]

Project Tutorial: Make a Fabric Sewing Caddy

| June 11, 2010

Gina from Gina Bean Handmade always comes up with cute designs for handbags, quilts and other neat projects, but I especially love this adorable fabric sewing caddy.  Gina uses Peltex to give the caddy structure, and the handled design makes it super useful and easy to tote your sewing projects.  Check out the fully illustrated, [...]