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sewing for children

    Quick Summer Sewing Update

    Posted by on Jun 18 2015

    Here’s a cute pair of capris that I made for my niece, Ellie. I started these back in February during Laura Johnson’s stash buster contest but didn’t get them finished up until recently.    Laura owns Ellie Inspired, which does a lovely range of downloadable patterns, many of which include smocking.  I was inspired by Kari […]

    An Enigma Solved – Embroidered Coat Finished

    Posted by on Jul 14 2014

    I’m so proud of this coat.  As my regular readers know, I’ve dubbed 2014 the “Year of the UFO” and this embroidered coat was the ufo-iest of all my ufo’s. No more.  My version of Enigma, the embroidered swing coat,  is all finished.  Every last bit from the bound button holes to the swing tacks […]

    Scalloped Collar Tutorial

    Posted by on Jun 27 2013

    One of the details that I really enjoyed sewing on my recently completed 1950s cherry print dress was the scalloped sailor collar.  I finished the edges with narrow piping, which helps to define the edge of the collar and set it off from the dress fabric. This tutorial will show you how to sew piped […]

    Fall Sewing

    Posted by on Sep 19 2011

    Hard to believe but the summer really is over. Dug up the garden over the weekend. The blackberries are cut back now, as are the raspberries. Took out the corn stalks and the beans. The tomatoes are still going, albeit a little more slowly, so I left them in. And I started some new projects. […]