Tuesday, February 9

BERNINA Brand Ambassadors Wanted!!! Tips from a Brand Ambassador

In every game, field event, or business, the torch must be passed on to the next person or generation in order to keep the legacy moving forward.  As a Bernina Brand Ambassador, I am always on the look out for others that could or may do what I do.  I have often wondered, what if I tell someone about this position, and they do better than me?  What if, I tell my Bernina Rep about someone, and then I get the boot?  These things we all ponder, especially in such a competitive field, as it has become in the sewing community.  We look at another person and think: 
"Wow, I want what she has....She doesn't seem to be doing any better than me!.. I have more followers, more hearts, more likes, prettier pictures, I spent a lot $$$ on my blog!!  So, maybe, I'll just bite off of her so I can be seen by the the "BIG" boys, do what she does, so I can be chosen to take her place."  That's what I'll do!!""
So we set out to make it happen, quietly and meticulously, scheming and planning for that opportunity to pounce on the one hope that we will be recognized and chosen to become that prized "IT Girl."  The cream of the crop of sewing machine ambassadors.  

Tuesday, February 2

Pattern Play: The Asymmetric T-Shirt--- I just can't get enough of Renfrew

Developing a game out of pattern play and creating fun pieces instead of always needing to worry about fitting a pattern can be exhilarating and satisfying.
renfrew- sewaholic patterns   I got the idea of this top from my regular StitchFix box this last week.
It's no secret I have had a love affair with my Renfrew top for a couple years now. My first experience with this pattern was on a whelm when I ordered it after checking out a few people's blogs back in 2014. I ordered my first indie pattern, from Canada, of all places. That was a hit on the wallet, but I wanted to support the indie designer, and as I recall, there wasn't an option for a PDF. What is it about this pattern that caused me to like it so much, not withstanding the trials I had fitting my upper section. (Yes, I know now, they were not drafted for the busty.)  I wanted to know what it was that made everyone love this pattern so much. After all, it's "just" a t-shirt basically. Shucks, I could have gotten 10-20 other patterns on sale, for what I paid for this pattern, plus the cost of shipping.

Friday, January 29

The Renfrew is now my favorite T-shirt

Creating the prized t-shirt. This is my favorite make of all comfort makes.  But today I just didn't have enough fabrics for the full collar affect so I just folded out whatever amount necessary for it to fit on the fabric I did have available. 
That was a sum total of three inches I will not be enjoying. Thus, I needed to make a complimentary contrasting piece for the main collar piece. No problem. Black it is for this make. That should be a great addition to the wardrobe. 

Thursday, January 28

The Great Gatsby and the need for Fringe

I remembered this project from last month when I was in the mall the other day, something I DO NOT normally do, as I really seriously hate shopping.  But, what I do like to do is research and analyze.  I was actually trying to get ideas for some outfits I have in the pipeline for Rodeo season here, which is upon us.  Some things I found were a big use of grommets and still hanging strong are zippers and fringe.  Now, I don't know about you, but I personally have not gotten into the fringe just yet.  But I do recognize when its needed on a garment.  As with this dress... I did some updating for my daughter in prep for her company's "The Great Gatsby" holiday party which she attended.

Monday, January 25

Serger class

I'm learning how to use my new posting system for my blog....in order to bring to you class times and updates of where I am teaching...
For some reason this didn't go through the way it was supposed to work.  So you actually got my calendar post instead.

Sorry folks for this mishap.  At least you know what I'm up to right?  LOL.

Saturday, January 23

Sunny Bright in Dim Light...McCalls 6797

Yellow is such a wonderful boost to my overall state of mind.  The light was dim, but the top was the sun.  I needed something quick to sew to get me over this hump with all the other fitting work and projects I have been working on.  This was a really quick top to make....actually it was all of 1 hour, and that was because I had problems with the stitching because I was too lazy to actually change the needle to a "stretch" needle.  Of course I know better, since I did write a tutorial on sewing on knits...here...go figure.  "Do as I say, not as I do, right?"  OOOps.

Sunday, January 17

The winner is.... Trash2Tees book giveaway!!!

Congratulations lived4th1..!!!! Please send me an email via the mailbox link under my profile picture so that Jennelle and I can forward you the link for your new book.   It's so exciting to be able to give away to a lucky winner a free copy of the book,  "The Upcycled T-shirt Book, by Jenelle Montilone.  Thank you all for participating in this giveaway, and taking time to consider the impact you could make from your sewing room.

Friday, January 8

Trash2Tees: Workwear to Fashion Wear...Do your part to save the earth!!!

trash2tees blog hop 2016 #TheUpcycledTshirt  #bigballoftshirtyarn
Many, many times I talk about how much I hate to waste fabric in my sewing projects.  Which is why I enjoy using the tissue fitting method of fitting my patterns when I make my own clothes.  When you find others who see things the way you do and share the same ideals about living and being more accountable for our resources, you want to support their efforts to make a difference.
So, after meeting Jenelle Montilone, the author of "The Upcycled T-shirt Book," I was inspired to create something with the leftover t-shirts in my own home.  I took an old work t-shirt from my husband and dyed it to color and created this cute number.

Friday, January 1

Sequins and Pyramids- Holiday dressing

It is said by more than a few stylist in the world of fashion that I should have at least one "fancy" skirt, in this case a sequin skirt for the fun times and events....whether dressed up or down.  A piece such as this is a great go to item for any holiday or celebratory occasion.  Well, I do as I am told by my wardrobe consultant.  See, I made a sequin skirt.  Guess what???  I love it!!!

Wednesday, December 30

My Apologies for my absence....I am not MIA::: I'm Periscoping Live!!

I have been semi-MIA from my blog for way too long my wonderful sewing friends.  This new social media outlet, Periscope, has become a real goto for me because I love talking about sewing in real-time.
 Dispensing fitting help during my new "Fit Friday" scopes:
But, to do that, I have allowed my friends and family to be left behind who enjoy reading about my fun adventures in my sewing room.  So with this, I ask your forgiveness.  I am back, and you will be seeing a total turn around of blogging write-ups to get you up-to-date on my activities.   Just to name a few,  some of the fun things I have been working on include: