Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Sewing something sweet....

Jo came over today to sew. She does not like sewing and has not really sewn much, so it was a long day for her. Here she is cutting out fabric. I like to sew, so I will share a couple of my favorite sites for sewing stuff. If you have a hard to fit figure, pattern drafting software is nice but expensive. has a great pattern drafting software. If you can use standard patterns though, there is a lot less to learn about. A Dress A Day is a great blog with lots of neat info and ideas using vintage and unique fabrics. has boutique style patterns for all sorts of children’s items including twirly skirts, appliqued Tshirts and accessories. Their patterns are about the same price as a fancy commercial pattern, but in my experience the instructions are much better. For commercial patterns I keep a running list of pattern numbers I want, and when my local JoAnns has a 99 cent sale, I buy them all. You can go to the manufacturer’s website McCall’s or Simplicity and see the whole pattern envelope before you go to the store. This save a TON of time searching through the paper catalogs. When you are sewing a pattern for the first time, it is sometimes useful to sew up a test. Many people say to buy muslin. I just use old sheets (if I have them.)

I like to make my home more joyful by sewing small things for my kiddos. They love to have something that Mommy made. It is also nice to whip up a tablecover. To make a tablecloth, just buy enough fabric length to cover your table, and hem the edges. If you have a larger table, just be sure to buy 60” wide material. I also enjoy making quilts to top off the table. Just don’t use a very special one for your kiddos lunch meal!

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