Thank you for all of the comments on my recent post – Self drafted halter neck chiffon blouse. Several visitors asked for a tutorial, and I am happy to oblige. I’ve made the blouse again in a different fabric – this time a lovely blue and cream chiffon with embroidery and sequins. Swanky! Along the way, I took plenty of pictures and have written notes to share. Read on for your free blouse pattern. This tutorial is ideal is you want to make a simple blouse using a sheer fabric like a chiffon or a lace, with a lining. It includes full step by step instructions on how to make your own version of this blouse in your own size. It can also be used to make a single layer version if you are using a fabric which is not sheer. This is a … Continue reading
I know how you all love prizes, and I’ve had so many entries to my giveaways, thank you. I’ve teamed up again with some great bloggers to offer you the chance to win an IPAD 2. Find the entry form below the break. If you don’t see the Rafflecopter – just refresh the page and it should appear, or click on the link to open it in a new page. Good luck. It’s a MPM Birthday Celebration Event
If you love pink, red, love and heart motifs, you’ll love this little catalogue of cute sewing projects I put together to celebrate Valentines Day. Of course, everyday is the best day to show someone that you love them. 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!
After my last project – the Porn Blouse – I decided to return to using knit fabrics – easier to fit. Ah ha, yes, but not necessarily easier to sew. I found this great FREE pattern submitted by a member on Burda. Although the lady in question is considerably smaller than me, I downloaded the pattern and upgraded it to my size as best I could by letting it out at the sides, bust and hip, but trying to keep the shoulder width only a little larger. I also made it a few inches longer – I’m probably twice her age! Another remnant bin find this week – a grey knit fabric. It’s quite firm and thick so I hoped it could be close-fitting but hide a few of the lumps and bumps – I don’t like to show … Continue reading
I know that many of you (us) have an addiction. A fabric addiction. We have to feed it regularly with new pieces and sometimes keep the extent of our ‘problem’ a secret from family and friends. Admit it – how many time have you tiptoed into the house with some new fabric hidden under your coat! Well, I don’t mean to be an enabler, but I put together this Directory of Online Fabric Shops and thought I would share with you all. To visit a featured shop, right-click on the shop name and open in a new tab or window. If you have any other favorite online fabric shops you would like to add, just drop me a comment. If you are one of the featured shops and would like to provide a paragraph about your shop, or a graphic, … Continue reading
I read an interesting fact – well more than interesting – STAGGERING. Laurie at tipjunkie.com makes $12,000 plus a month from her blog simply from her Google Adsense advertising revenue alone. What ? How much ? I nearly spat out my coffee. No wonder she looks so happy. But it certainly got me to thinking? I took a look at her site and the adverts and placement. Now there are some things to consider – her ‘traffic’ being the most important. According to Zombie Stat, tipjunkie.com gets an average of 69,000 unique visitors every day, and around 412,000 page views. They estimate that the total income from the website probably amounts to $825 per day. Wow.
Sometimes free just isn’t worth it. This was one of those days. I found this site which has a LOT of free patterns. But only illustrations of the garment and the barest of instructions on how to make it. But hey, it’s free. So I downloaded the wrap front blouse pattern, pieced it together and cut my fabric. I don’t know what the fabric is. It’s from the remnant bin again and cost $7.50 for a big piece – enough for a dress and a blouse. Its also very slinky and drapey so it seemed to be a good choice for this project. It was my first time with darts and I wasn’t sure how to exactly transfer the darts to my fabric so I kind of did my best to mark them with pins, line them up and … Continue reading
Did you know I had an alter-ego? There are little hints hidden around the site, which reveal more about my other ‘secret’ activities. The observant among you might have already noticed that I don’t just sew. I also run Summer ScentSations – making bath and body products. And if I suspend modesty for just a minute…I’m pretty damn good at it. My Etsy shop does very well, and I also have a lot of offline sales, local retail sales, features on daily deals sites and wholesale accounts – both locally and international. You might say that I am an Etsy success story. So much so, that I no longer have a ‘proper’ job, I work at home, part-time hours and make my living selling my handmade products. And I have fun doing it. But it wasn’t always like that – … Continue reading
I love a good giveaway and am delighted to have found some bloggers with which I can team up to offer my readers some great prizes between the hours at the sewing machine. And today I was fascinated by this offer – not just the ‘meaty’ prizes and the $50 Amazon Card, but there is one thing about this Valentines offer that my husband would LOVE – DRY ICE. Find out more and click through to the Rafflecopter to enter. Welcome to the “Give Him Some” Giveaway, hosted by Stay a Stay at Home Mom and co-hosted by Mamal Diane and Mom to Bed by 8. Wondering what you should get your hubby this Valentine’s Day? Well, they say that the key to a man’s heart lies in his stomach, so this year, why not give him something unique to … Continue reading
[UPDATED – the pattern and tutorial for this blouse is now available HERE.] My regular rummage in the remnants bin this week found a piece of chiffon. It has a floral pattern and isn’t too big, but it was so light, and the remnants are priced by weight, so this cost just $1.25. I’m sure it’s supposed to be for sheer curtains or something, but I wanted to give it a try to see what it would be like to sew with. It’s not only sheer, it’s slippery ! I had seen a halter top on the Burda site, but I can’t get the magazine here, and didn’t fancy paying to download the pattern for something that looked so simple. So I had a go at drafting something myself. I wanted it to be very simple (because that’s all I … Continue reading
At last – thank goodness. Someone to tell me what all those presser feet do and give a really detailed instruction on how, why and when to use them. I was lucky to buy a machine that came with a lot of accessories, but I confess, as a new sewer, not only did I not recognise what these feet were called or what they did, I had no idea when or how to use them. But at last I feel I am about to go from complete novice sewer to perhaps beginner level with my sewing now that I have these strange and mysterious things explained. And it’s down to Craftsy again – have I told you how much I LOVE Craftsy – I think I might have mentioned it once or twice 😉 Craftsy says: “You’ll learn … Continue reading