Sewing Pajama Shorts for Men: Full Video Tutorial

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Hi Everyone, this is just to let you all know that we have added a full video tutorial for the Mens Pajama Shorts project from last week to our YouTube channel. Please check out the video and let me know what you think.  Any thumbs up on the video would be much appreciated!

Big Summer Sale! 50% off all Craftsy Classes – ends June 13

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Hi All,  well, it’s that time of year again –time for the BIG Craftsy Summer Sale.  For four days only, you can get any and all classes for 50% off, and that means sunny, inspired afternoons doing exactly what you love.   ALL of their classes are included so whether it’s sewing, quilting, gardening, cooking, art, photography, knitting or more, there is sure to be a class on a subject you would be interested in learning more about. I’m actually about to embark on a major project to really upgrade the way we take and show photos on the site so I bought a couple of photography classes.  The course I bought Fundamentals of Photography is usually quite expensive –$234.99 but I saved a whopping $165 and got it for only $69.00 during this sale.  I had been wanting to get this … Continue reading

The Amazing Denim Fabric Story – Through the Years

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If I am allowed to look inside your wardrobe, I am almost sure that you have some garments made from denim fabric neatly folded inside. And if you had the chance to read our previous article about sewing denim, you should know that the word is actually derived from the French phrase “serge de Nimes”, which literally means serge fabric made in Nimes, France –where it was originally produced. Versatile and sturdy, denim fabric is a cotton twill textile characterized by a weft passing under two or more warp fibers, producing a diagonal ribbing on the reverse side of the fabric. Woven by using different colors for the warp and weft threads, denim fabric is characterized by having different colors on its surfaces. The best example for this is the indigo denim where the warp thread is dyed blue and the … Continue reading

Vogue Sewing – Book review

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Vogue Sewing- Revised & Updated Edition 2006 When I was in high school, I remember learning about “the canon“.  No, not those things that go bang and kill people, (that would be a “cannon”) but rather the list of historical and important books in the English language that has pretty much defined Western Civilization.  The list contained great and ancient works like Beowulf as well as more relatively modern tomes like “To Kill a Mocking Bird” and “The Catcher in the Rye”. The list was originally mostly dominated by male authors, but in recent years, more female authors have been included with works like “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen and “To the Lighthouse” by Virginia Woolf .  Like me, I’m sure many of you read these back in high school too, but I’m not really sure if they still teach … Continue reading

Mens Pajama Shorts with Pockets – Father’s Day idea

Mens Pajama Shorts

For most men I know, nothing beats a sunny warm morning, a cup of coffee, and some good reading material by the porch, balcony or in the back yard –but hanging out there cool enough without scaring the neighbors sometimes can be a little challenging.  I’ve got two men living in my house and because it’s quite warm here, they always seem to be walking around the house in their underwear and as you can imagine, that causes problems from time to time. I wanted to give the guys an alternative, but it’s hard to find store bought mens pajama shorts that are both comfortable and stylish enough, so I decided to come with my own design that would be both.  Here are some mens pajama shorts that no one will know are pajamas and are good enough to go to the supermarket and grab … Continue reading

June Mug Rug of the Month – Seahorse Under the Sea

June seahorse mug rug

Summer is finally here and when you live along the shores of Lake Michigan, you are so happy to see it finally show up!  One of the things that have started a major creative flow of energy for me is the seahorse.  They are just so different and interesting, and so cute too.  Did you know that the males are the ones that give birth? Well, there you have it! True fact.  I’ve been waiting for this time of year so I could get my creative little hands on a seahorse! Mug rugs remain so popular! For the past couple years, they are by far my biggest pattern sellers. This is probably for many reasons. They are super easy to make, they can be made using your favorite techniques (hand or machine), they make great gifts, and they can be … Continue reading

Riding on the Cosplay Sewing Phenomenon

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So what is Cosplay anyway? If the word “cosplay” sounds foreign to you, there’s nothing to worry about because this is a style of dressing that is quite unusual indeed! Cosplay is short for “Costume” and “Play” and it is the art of dressing up by imitating a character from a cartoon, comic strip, anime, manga, video game, pop culture, historical figures or other forms of visual media.  First gaining popularity in Japan, cosplay now has a number of avid followers especially in the US, Canada, Australia and many parts of Asia. Lauren Elisabeth / Shutterstock.com Cosplay sewing opportunity Although most cosplayers sew their own outfits, there are some of them who buy their costumes from online stores so cosplay sewing might be a unique business idea that will let you express your creativity and at the same time make it possible for … Continue reading

Smooth and Shimmery Silk Satin

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If you’re thinking about creating a wedding gown or any garment for a super special occasion, chances are you are thinking about using silk satin for this very important project. One the most expensive types of cloth, silk satin is the perfect choice when you want to create something very grand and luxurious like the beautiful dress below. Origins of Silk Satin First woven by the silk weavers of Quanzhou, China, the shimmery satin fabric is actually woven and is considered a fabric blend.  The original satin was made exclusively from silk thread, making it quite expensive, and it soon gained popularity among the royal families and the wealthy during the 12th Century. For several decades, the kings and queens of Europe and the emperors and empresses of China draped themselves with royal robes made from silk satin. And then some weavers started to … Continue reading

How to make an easy party dress for summer + VIDEO TUTORIAL

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The other day I needed to make an Easy Party Dress for Summer in a hurry.  A long-forgotten invitation at the bottom of my daughter’s school backpack and just a few hours of warning led me to realize that she had nothing appropriate to wear.  I’m sure all those that have kids, especially teenagers, can relate to what was happening.  Suddenly, overnight it seems that my daughter went from a little kid to a female taller than I am, so I couldn’t even lend her something of mine to wear. Panic-stricken and  looking in my fabric stash, I spotted a print that looked fancy although if I recall, the price I had paid did not reflect that –I think I payed only something like $2 dollars a yard.  I got some elastic and some lace and sat at my sewing table … Continue reading

Sew Easy Fabrics for Beginners

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Congratulations! You have already sewn some small projects and are set to move on to sewing your own garment.  Perhaps you are now getting ready to sew your first dress and looking forward to wear your first creative sewing expression. And if you are a bit nervous that it will not turn out perfect, don’t fret. We all make mistakes, but working with certain fabrics for beginners could make your first sewing project a sure success! Fabrics for beginners As you start to go beyond the invisible border of buying clothes and getting ready enter the wonderful world of sewing, it is important to know that there are fabrics that are more adaptable than others. Generally one of the most manageable fabrics to work on is cotton. This versatile fabric can be as light as a handkerchief or heavy like … Continue reading

Amazing Eco-Friendly Fabric Innovations

Eco Friendly Fabric

As humans become more aware of the harmful impact our daily living activities sometimes have on our environment, we are frequently encouraged to use non-polluting materials.  Different kinds of eco-friendly fabric and textiles are now being developed and those who are ecologically aware are keeping watch of these innovative and sustainable fabrics. Indeed, those who adhere to “green living” tend to stay away from traditional cotton or polyester, the production of which can be deemed environmentally harmful.  Cotton uses a huge amount of water and chemicals to grow and polyester comes from non-renewable petrochemicals.  And as scientists try to find more ways to minimize our carbon footprint, amazing discoveries and innovations in cloth production have also emerged.  These new “green” super textiles may be the fabrics of the future. First, however, let’s have a quick look at what might be considered more … Continue reading