Project Tutorial: Box Style Cosmetic Case

| July 30, 2010

Jaime at Prudent Baby made this neat box style toiletry bag this is perfect for a man or a woman.  I love this style because it can hold so much, and of course if you used a “manlier” fabric it would be a great gift for your favorite guy.  Jaime used oilcloth as the lining […]

Business Spotlight: Dolls By Mary

| July 29, 2010

Mary Ciske of Dolls by Mary creates these wonderful classic Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls, as well as traditional styles and custom orders.  Her handcrafted dolls are available in two sizes – 15″ and 20″, and they are very reasonably priced at between $15 and $30.  They’re available with different embroidered faces, skin and hair […]

How To Sew Darts In Garments

| July 28, 2010

          Darts are one of the most basic structural elements in dressmaking.  They are used to build, into a flat piece of fabric, a definite shape that will allow the fabric to conform to a particular body contour or curve.   Darts occur most often at the bust, back, waist and hips.  It is very important […]

Ready, Set, Sew – Project Runway is Back!

| July 27, 2010

Get ready, set, sew!  Season 8 of Project Runway, the show I love to hate hate to love but can’t seem to stop watching, is back this Thursday, July 29th at 9pm on Lifetime with a newly expanded 90 minute format.  Set your DVR! Related Posts:“Project Runway” Provides Excellent PR for Fashion & Sewing IndustriesNew […]

Motivation Killers

| July 26, 2010

Motivation killers are those “little” things that we let build up inside us that can literally kill our desire to get something accomplished some days, and if let go can actually kill our business. “Attitude” is probably the greatest motivation BUILDER or motivation KILLER.  It is absolutely essential that you keep a positive attitude about […]

“Accessorize Your Life” Contest

| July 23, 2010

The “Accessorize Your Life” Contest has just kicked off in preparation for September’s National Sewing Month.  To enter, simply create an accessory that would be used for convenience, attractiveness or safety: You can create your own design or use any project or pattern. Your project must include fabric, thread and at least one notion or trim. […]

How To Do Basic Seam Finishes

| July 21, 2010

BASIC SEAM FINISHES           A seam finish is any technique used to make a seam edge look neater and/or keep it from raveling.  Though not essential to the completion of the craft item or garment, it can add measurably to its life.  Three basic seam finishes are discussed here.           Pinked:  (1) Cut along the […]

Get 50% Off Out of Print Simplicity Patterns

| July 20, 2010

Now through midnight Friday July 23rd you can get 50% off all patterns in the Out Of Print department at Simplicity.com with coupon code OOP50.  Hurry in for the best selection! Related Posts:The Votes Are In…… And I’m AMAZED!Having Trouble Finding Patterns For Your Overweight Kids?How To Save Money On Store Bought PatternsHave You Seen […]

How Do YOU Sew When Kids Are In The House?

| July 19, 2010

I would think that older children (pre teens and teens) would be less likely to interfere with sewing projects, but the younger children (toddlers through 6-8) always want to “help”, which can make it difficult to keep your mind on what the sewing project is. I’ve found that when our 4 year old quadruplet grandbabies and […]

Business Spotlight: Originals by Lauren

| July 15, 2010

Lauren Darby of Originals by Lauren makes and sells all sorts of gorgeous handmade items in her Etsy shop like these neat Amy Butler Lacework potholders.  You’ll also find matching aprons, quilts, reusable lunch bags, table runners, wall hangers and lots more. Lauren has been sewing since her mother taught her how in the sixth […]