A Score of Skirt Styles: Be Sure to Take the Quiz

skirt styles

The age old, immensely feminine, and ever evolving skirt is a staple in the wardrobe of anyone who’s proud to call herself a woman and it comes in more skirt styles than most of us can imagine or certainly name by memory. When building up your wardrobe and planning for your next sewing project, take a look at some of these timeless and unique skirt styles to see if you can find something you don’t already have –perhaps a skirt style to flatter your particular form or make a slightly different fashion statement. Rest assured, in one of these styles you ought to see something which gets that pedal foot jittering! A simple rule of thumb to keep in mind when skirting for a particular body type is this: Maxi skirts will lengthen, fitted skirts will show off a stunning … Continue reading

Sewing Machine History: The Road of Invention

sewing machine history

Hand sewing was not a choice but rather the norm in years long past. All home furnishings, clothing, and sacks used for agriculture or other storage purposes were all hand sewn. From that point to now, the road to the creation of the sewing machine has been a key thread in the fabric of our history and our society. The story of the inventors and their various contributions that culminated in the machine we recognize today as the sewing machine is complex. Today’s sewing machine is the physical manifestation of a dream, where sewing was made easier and the time spent creating was cut down significantly. An interesting fact about the creation of the sewing machine is that the inventor to first apply for a patent is thought to have never actually built a working sewing machine. In 1791, a … Continue reading

All Natural DIY Dye for Fabric and Yarn: Safe & Healthy

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There are a lot of practical reasons to make your own natural DIY dye from natural ingredients. It’s cost effective, non-toxic, and eco-friendly. It’s derived from renewable resources and is biodegradable; it can be disposed of safely in your kitchen sink. These are all things to feel good about, but beyond the practical, there’s the meditative, gratifying art of natural dye making. The colors achieved using natural DIY dye are earthy and organic, and the results are variable and inconsistent in the best way possible. What artist wants to create the same masterpiece twice? The inspiration for your palette is everywhere: in your spice drawer, your backyard, and blooming in your flowerbed. It quite literally grows on trees. Here’s a little to get you started. For blue, use hyacinth, mulberries, or dogwood fruit. For brown, use coffee, cinnamon, walnut hulls, … Continue reading

Common Sewing Stitches You Need to Know

common sewing stitches

Generally speaking, sewing machines in the current market come with a great range of functionality.  However, one of the most important tasks, perhaps the backbone of every impeccable garment, is understanding the various stitching techniques every machine has to offer.  No matter the complexity or style of your sewing machine, even the simplest ones should accommodate these common sewing stitches. The fundamental art of stitching is primarily based on the stitch structure and the method used to interlace the threads.  Occasionally, you might get confused on what stitch to use where.   Not to worry; here is a comprehensive and easy-to-use guide featuring ten most common stitches to see you through your sewing projects. 1. Straight Stitch or Lockstitch To say that this is a common stitch is an understatement.  With its innumerable number of faces, this stitch is arguably the … Continue reading

Vintage Sewing Ideas: Free Patterns Roundup

Vintage Sewing Ideas

Do you love vintage designs as much as I do? I’ve always had a fascination with vintage clothing designs.  While styles have changed a lot over the years, there are some truly classic vintage designs that continue to look good, or even better, as time goes by. But what is “vintage” you might ask?  It seems like one of those terms that are probably not well defined and vary according to the eye of the beholder –so I thought I’d try to come up with a definition.  When I began my research, it turns out there actually is a semi-official definition of “vintage” clothing after all.  The below is from Wikipedia: Generally speaking, clothing which was produced before the 1920s is referred to as antique clothing and clothing from the 1920s to 20 years before the present day is considered vintage. … Continue reading

Detachable collar: the easy way to bling your outfit. Part 1

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A detachable collar is perhaps the easiest way to “bling” an outfit and make it more elegant without having to go and spend a whole bunch of money on jewelry.   A removable collar is also a great alternative to the current trend of chokers that are in every jewelry store these days –at least in my corner of the world. Here is a super easy way to make one that will take you only a short time, few supplies and little money to make. When making this collar, you should take into consideration the venerable Fibonacci sequence which is a pillar of design and even architecture.  This sequence of numbers is found all around nature and using it in your designs will make them really stand out.  We are more in tune with nature than you think and our brain recognizes … Continue reading

50+ Easy Valentine’s Day Sewing Projects for 2017

valentine's day sewing projects

Has Cupid’s arrow struck yet? Well, with Valentine’s Day right around the corner, love is most definitely in the air with these cute Valentine’s Day sewing projects. Here are more than 50 fun projects that will help you and the loved ones enjoy this special holiday.   Maybe you can even make some of these with your sweetie. Whether you need some decorations ideas, something fun to wear, or to make a gift, this cute collection has it all. Melt any heart with these free, cute and easy Valentine’s Day sewing projects! Hover over the picture to show the title, click to open, or right click and open in a new tab to keep this page open too. And don’t forget to pin so everyone can enjoy! Valentine’s Day Sewing Roundup

How to transform a sweater into a cardigan: free video tutorial

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This is a tutorial on how to refashion and transform a sweater into a cardigan.  Just in case you got a sweater stashed away in the closet that’s been unused for many years or even decades.  Or maybe someone close to you gave you one Christmas but you are not the sweater type and prefer cardigans –this simple procedure to transform a sweater into a cardigan will help you along. We have been talking a lot about ways to save money and reuse or refashion clothing in many of our recent posts, so it’s about time we start getting to work and using the things we have around the house instead of buying more fabric or, even worse, more clothes. I will be using this sweater I was given for Christmas this year.  While I love it, I also live in the … Continue reading

Maintaining Your Sewing Machine

maintaining your sewing machine

By Linda Ann Nickerson In today’s marketplace, the sewing enthusiast may spend hundreds, or even thousands, for a brand-new sewing machine. From a basic appliance to fully-computerized system, this is a capital investment. How can you keep yours humming along in good form? Notions Count Sewing machines can be costly, particularly if you opted for extra stitches, attachments, or embroidery capabilities. You will want to protect your investment by purchasing and using high-quality notions. 1) Thread Be sure to buy quality threads. Cheap thread is no bargain, as it can destroy your machine from within with fraying, knots, and uneven fibers. Those spools in the close-out bins at the fabric store are usually not a good deal at all. 2) Needles Sewing machine needles must be replaced regularly. If your needle accidentally hits a button, snap, zipper, or straight pin, … Continue reading

Plastic Free Living: Organic Bamboo Fabric

organic bamboo fabric

It is possible to live without the plastic that leaches into everything around us.  Many people, especially those with young children, are becoming increasingly concerned about the potential health effects of all the plastic we are exposed to every day. There are many ways to avoid the use of plastic in the home, especially in the kitchen, and you can exercise your creative mind in thinking up new ways.  You might begin by eliminating plastic shopping bags; simply take your own paper or fabric bags with you. Look for milk that comes in glass bottles that are returnable for reuse, use stainless steel containers for lunch boxes and find stainless steel ice cube molds for the freezer. Modern clothing is commonly made of plastic; nylon, polyester, Lycra and acrylic are some of the names of products best avoided for the … Continue reading

Crafty Burlap Ideas for Unique Home Decor

crafty burlap ideas

Burlap is a simple, unassuming fabric that has taken the home decor world by storm.  As many crafters and home decor enthusiasts are discovering, there are many things you can do with a plain swatch of burlap.  Ideas for projects with burlap are plentiful because of two things.  The first is that this fabric woven with plant fibers is cheap, anywhere from fifty cents to five dollars per yard at most fabric stores.  The second reason is that unlike many other fabrics, burlap projects can be done without sewing.  This makes it appealing to those who are otherwise intimidated by fabric projects and feel inclined to run when they hear the phrase “thread the bobbin.”  Burlap ideas are abundant if you use your imagination, but here are a few simple do it yourself projects to start you on your burlap … Continue reading