Feb 2 2016

What if you love the bishop style dress, but you’re either not a smocker or just don’t have the time?  Our bishop pattern, pale peach pima cotton, wide Swiss trim, and satin ribbon made a beautiful dress and went together quickly! Gather your supplies and get ready as […]

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Jan 19 2016

We are now ready to add the lace band to the sleeve! 1. Sew two rows of gathering threads 3/8″ and 6/8″ from the bottom edge of the sleeve.  Mark the center of the entredeux and the fabric and pin.  Mark halfway between the center and ends of […]

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Jan 14 2016

Adding a lace band to a sleeve is not complicated but the results are stunning!  So, let’s go through the steps together. 1. Cut one piece of lace beading and two pieces of entreduex for each sleeve band.  Starch and press. *Use enough starch to make the lace […]

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Jan 10 2016

Lace beading is a great way to add a bit of heirloom sewing to a plain yoke and once ribbon is woven through you also have added color.  I gave the placement of the beading some thought when cutting out the yoke.  The 5/8″ seam allowance was take […]

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Jan 7 2016

As promised, we will cover some of the basics of working with heirloom quality laces in the next few blogs.  First, let’s start with the basic tools.  My personal favorites are 100% cotton fabric and laces.  I can’t stress enough the quality of the lace.  Lace with ANY […]

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Jan 4 2016

I often find unexpected treasures at our local fabric shop when popping in for a spool of thread. White dotted Swiss caught my eye and once I touched it I knew it had to come home with me.  This is not the stiff dotted Swiss most of us […]

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Sep 29 2015

I am often asked about smocking on corduroy.  The softer featherwale corduroy works well and I am always pleased with the results.  Because of the bulk of the fabric, I only use a 40″ strip of fabric or less so that it will fit nicely into the garment. […]

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Mar 11 2015

This is not the first time in my many years of sewing that I fell in love with buttons and designed an outfit around them!  I often use pretty buttons as the focal point and keep the rest of the outfit simple.  Pattern #133 had the look I […]

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Sep 4 2014

I have always loved sewing with plaids.  Just a few things need to be kept in mind in order to have a successful sewing experience.  First of all, take a close look at the pattern of the fabric.  The way the fabric is pictured the white stripe is […]

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Jul 9 2014

Before pleaters for smocking became popular in the mid 1980’s, we pleated the fabric by hand. Since recent changes in the sewing industry have made pleaters harder to find, it is time to look back at this method. Patterns that called for smocking had dots that were transferred to the […]

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