Aug 18 2016

Occasionally I want trim on a sleeve with a bit more substance than lace and something more formal than rick rack.  Crocheting in entredeux is quick and simple and gives me the look I want.  Best of all, I always seem to have the right supplies on hand. […]

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Jul 28 2016

 I thought that I would share my most common sewing mishap. It is………getting those buttonholes straight! Don’t you hate when the outfit is complete and one of the last steps is where your big mistake happens? I have finally solved this problem by marking a straight line the […]

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Jul 6 2016

Sometimes a touch of smocking somewhere other than the front yoke adds interest to a garment.  This little jumper and blouse was made using pattern #140 and is just right for Summer and Fall.  The jumper is fully lined with pink and white seersucker, which also makes it […]

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Jun 15 2016

This blog was first published in October, 2011 and was one of our most popular posts. First, I thought that I would share a picture of what is happening on my design board right now. Little Emma’s first Birthday is right around the corner and of course she […]

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Jun 2 2016

This is one of my favorite sewing tips that I like to share!  One of the signs of a well made garment is how well the collars matches at the neckline.  I use my trusty little ruler, which is also one of my favorite sewing tools and a […]

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May 9 2016

I don’t have a pattern for a smocked to the shoulder dress, so I used pattern #131. I cut a piece of fabric about 42″ wide and the length of the yoke and skirt together. I pleated and smocked the yoke area and then using a small straight […]

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Apr 25 2016

Here is a quick look at constructing the diaper cover from pattern #109. Pin and stitch the diaper cover to the lining, leaving the top open. Trim the seam, clip the curves, and turn the cover right side out. Press. Measure and mark the elastic casing at the […]

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Feb 13 2016

And now for the Ribbon Rosette.  These are so cute, so simple and add a nice finishing touch to a dress. You will need 1 yard of 1/4″ wide ribbon, thread to match the ribbon and a hand sewing needle. Thread the needle and knot one end of […]

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Feb 7 2016

Swiss embroidery trim and Swiss beading turned what would have been a plain sleeve band into something very very pretty.  The same heirloom instructions were used from the previous lace sleeve band tutorial.  Click here to view the instructions. Part 3 will give instructions for the ribbon rosette! […]

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Feb 5 2016

As promised here is the first part of the tutorial for the ‘No Time To Smock” bishop dress!  Part 2 will cover the sleeve band and Part 3 will give instructions for the ribbon rosette. Supplies: Creations by Michie’ pattern #143 Fabric and notions for View A Eyelet […]

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