Monday, March 29, 2010

Prom 2010

Change of plans on the prom dress. Uh, dress-es. JB couldn't really find one that fit her nicely, so she asked me to make hers.

Here's the idea for Barbie:

And here's the fabric. Can you say GOR-GEOUS????

I found this at a little shop where I took my serger to be serviced. It was a bit pricey, but at only 3 yards, definitely worth it.

And here's the idea for JB:

We're doing the view in the center.

And the fabric. Can you say GOR-GEOUS again?

Needless to say, I have my work cut out for me. I don't really have a pattern for Barbie's dress, so I'll be morphing a couple together to really get the look of the dress I'm copying.

I'm making muslins of both dresses first, in order to get the fit right. Better to have it right the first time than have to fuss with the real dress fabric .

And I should be in there right now -- gotta go!


Reading a Pattern Envelope

Here's a new video for you -- it's about how to read the back of a pattern envelope.

This is really helpful information if you are:

-- new to sewing
-- have no idea what all that information is or means

You can also find it on YouTube, where I have a channel with a couple of videos I've done. I am living proof that anyone with a video camera can show what horrendous video editors they are! LOL!



Saturday, March 6, 2010


I just picked up the new issue of "Threads" magazine. If you don't already know about Threads, then let me truly enlighten you: I've been getting this magazine since about 1980, and it is FABULOUS. Consistently! No kidding -- it's always full of at least 2 or 3 things that help me in my sewing.

In this latest issue are two really good articles for new sewers. The first is called "Make Your Mark" on pages 44-47. It details some extremely useful notions.

The second article is called "Ombre Effects." It's all about ombre dying -- the art of graduating color hue. I tried this last summer with Rose's graduation dress with some nominal success. I may try it again based on the excellent info in this article.

I have almost all my back issues of Threads, and I am so glad I kept them. The nice thing is that they show the major articles on the spine, so if I need to go back to one for reference, I don't have to look through endless pages of contents.

I hope you'll check out this latest issue. It has several other good articles as well.