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Labeling is Everything.

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What happens when you don't label your work. SMH. No size, no measurements, no name!! What was I thinking? I normally hang these things on the pattern hooks or put them in a large envelope and file with name date and measurements. I can't believe I did this. I'm in a real bind now!!! Oh well. Such is the life of a seamstress, teacher, YouTuber, wife, mother, grandmother, and boss lady extraordinaire. Later peeps... I'm off to figure this dilemma out. "I don't know everything,  but, I do know a lot about  some things,  so I'll teach you a few things of what I do know."

Just a Plain old White Shirt: What Makes it a Classic

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The hardest thing I have done lately is make this plain Classic White Shirt and this plain white t-shirt . What is the big deal, why do I need these bland pieces in my wardrobe? They are hard to keep "white". Plus, I am a lover of all prints and geometric designs. Sewing solids or even buying solids is one of the most difficult and boring types of sewing I can do aside from making pants. So, when my wardrobe consultant insisted I hunker down and get it done, add more base pieces, I went kicking and screaming off to my sewing cave to do as I was told. The results were, to my surprise, very satisfactory. Now I have a simple yet extremely versatile top to wear with all the printed skirts I own. This, to some of you, may sound ridiculous, but for me I just do not plan my wardrobe sewing. I buy fabric, pick patterns and dive in totally based on my mood. It's who I am. My sewing is freedom to me, the break I require to stay sane in an otherwise cookie cutter exi

I'm teaching at Jo-Ann's Fabrics (Shameless Self Promotion)

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That's right, yours truly has new sewing classes scheduled to begin this Saturday, September 19th, at Jo-Ann's Fabrics near Memorial on Katy Freeway, in Houston. Beginner :: Learn your machine and how to stitch basic seams. Also, Children's :: Follow the link to register on their website. Click here to register at Jo-Ann's website. Fitting classes are scheduled for November 7th and December 10th. Stay in the loop and sign up for my email newsletter notifications right to your inbox. Download the flyer. - Posted from my iPhone

DIY Embroidered Gauze Blouse- Simplicity 1162

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No fancy, dressed up pictures here today.  Just a relaxed day, showing just how much rest I need right now.  I made this new top for sitting in the breeze and enjoying the fresh air from the back porch.  Gauze and relaxation, for me, go hand and hand anytime of year.  It's an oversized, comfy top. I knew I wanted blue as my base embroidery color.  This color just feels cool and calming.  The bright creamy white of the cotton gauze is comfortable in the summer heat and protects you from he sun rays when out and about. Being such a casual look and yet so stylish, it makes easy fun when you want to have a roomy uninhibited outfit.  Yes, I do wear oversized clothes. Contruction Details: Initially, I had the facing piece as a larger underlay to help highlight the embroidery, but it just didn't look right.  Also, because I tore the stabilizer, I ended up with a hole in the front which needed to be camouflaged.  This is some really thin fabric.  Extremely comfortable.

Wardrobe Fit-Along Continues with Blouse Fitting for the Petite Body

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Myself and fellow Houston Sewing Fashionistas group members are going full steam ahead working to fit and sew our Iconic White shirts with guidance and instruction on how body types matter, from our very own wardrobe consultant, Roz at See Much Fabric .  As we continue to build a great fitting wardrobe, I continue to welcome you to follow along via my YouTube channel as I fit students and group members' different body types. Vogue 8772: Part 1- Fitting for Petites This series of video s is of me teaching, fitting and making all the petite-able pattern alterations for Vogue 8772 for our resident Fashionista Ann, with Youtique Bridal .   We have some really talented folks in our group.  Since we don't meet every month, these videos are meant to help members along their journey, and so that I can enjoy visiting and not just teaching during meeting times. Vogue 8772: Part 2- Making Pattern Alterations The videos are of my students, friends, and members who have graciou