Gathering Threads


Sewing for Children

    Pink Summer PJs? Check!

    Posted by on May 27 2011

    Another UFO bites the dust! Yes, that makes 2.5 UFOs (my half goes to my swiss dot bishop, which I’ve made good progress on and should finish later this week) that I’ve completed in the last two weeks. Feels great, I tell yah! This is “Flower Power” from Designer Smocking for Tots to Teens again. […]

    Advanced Stitches Project Complete

    Posted by on May 20 2011

    I’ve been struggling to hack down the UFO pile that’s been teetering and tottering on the corner of my sewing table.  Slowly, slowly, progress is being made. This angel-sleeved bishop is one of those UFOs that I finished this past weekend and I’m happy with the results. I made it as my final project for […]

    Flower Power Reimagined

    Posted by on Apr 28 2011

    I’m always amazed by what a difference fabric can make to the overall look of a finished project. This is a fun little top I made a couple of weeks ago with a yard or so of cute red and white dot fabric.   Do you recognize the pattern? Take a good look. No? Well, […]

    Sweet Swiss Dot for Spring

    Posted by on Apr 13 2011

    Despite being swamped by end of term marking, I’ve been taking regular breaks in the sewing room.   I find the change keeps me fresh (and sane!) and I’ve made some adorable spring and summer outfits for my niece. None too fancy, mind, and mostly separates since that’s when she’s at her most comfortable.   […]

    Matching Large Scale Patterns

    Posted by on Apr 09 2011

    Big scale prints are everywhere these days.  Amy Butler, Heather Bailey.  The larger and bolder the better, it seems.  But how do you use these patterns in garment sewing? I’ll show you how I handled a dramatic stylized paisley print to make this adorable spring raincoat from a really nice Michael Miller laminated fabric I’ve […]