Cardigans, I made it!! 2018, Sewing

Refashion …

to fashion (something) again or differently; remake; alter. I know I have made patterns exactly according to instructions, and I've also made them in my own haphazard way.  Refashioning this cardigan was something new for me! My sister bought this cardigan on-line.  As soon as it arrived she knew that it was NOT what was… Continue reading Refashion …

DESIGNIN' DECEMBER, Sewing, Sewing Challenges

Designin’ December 2018 UPDATE – ANOTHER Prize Sponsor!!!

Gotta love those early morning emails!  This morning I  got word that another prize sponsor was joining us!  I hope you are all planning, digging into that fabric, cutting or sewing because now you have a chance to win one of 17 Prizes in DESIGNIN' DECEMBER 2018!   Today I welcome ... (as usual, click on… Continue reading Designin’ December 2018 UPDATE – ANOTHER Prize Sponsor!!!

DESIGNIN' DECEMBER, Sewing, Sewing Challenges

What was that you said … another Designin’ December 2018 Prize Sponsor?

Yes, it's true!  In the early hours of this morning, my first email received, I heard from another generous DESIGNIN' DECEMBER 2018 PRIZE SPONSOR!  (As usual, click on their names for a "bee-line" to their shops!) Style Arc   Style ARC joins our other generous PRIZE SPONSORS ... Andrie Designs Emmaline Bags @FiberstoFabric (Instagram) Funky Monkey… Continue reading What was that you said … another Designin’ December 2018 Prize Sponsor?

DESIGNIN' DECEMBER, Sewing, Sewing Challenges

Designin’ December 2018 Prize Sponsors!

This is going to be a LOOONG post!  This year, I'm so pleased at the number, and the variety, of prize donations that have been offered up by our DESIGNIN' DECEMBER 2018 PRIZE SPONSORS!  I must admit this is my favourite post of the year - these PRIZE SPONSORS just brighten up my blog!   No… Continue reading Designin’ December 2018 Prize Sponsors!

DESIGNIN' DECEMBER, Sewing

Or, perhaps maybe I am …

Of course, the only reason Canadians have Thanksgiving is to "celebrate the harvest and other blessings of the last year".  I don't have a harvest, but every Thanksgiving our family says "Thank you" for what we have.  This weekend is Thanksgiving weekend in Canada and my list to "Be Thankful" for is very long -… Continue reading Or, perhaps maybe I am …

1000 Things to Do with a Sewing Machine, Fabrics, I made it!! 2018, Sewing, sewing patterns, Tops

McCall’s M7390 – I sort of like it.

I bought this pattern, McCall's M7390, a while ago and have waited all this time to find a striped fabric that would work.  I did find a 100% linen with wide uneven stripes which I liked, but when the sales person measured it up, there was only 1.4 m left on the bolt.  My pattern… Continue reading McCall’s M7390 – I sort of like it.

1000 Things to Do with a Sewing Machine, Fabrics, I made it!! 2018, Sewing, sewing machine feet, Sewing machines, sewing patterns

How to make a simple sewing machine cover …

And keep your cats out of your stuff! As you can probably guess, not having a proper sewing room, Simon and Sophie love getting into my stuff!  (I use a small sewing cabinet on wheels, which I love.  It lets me sew in any room or corner of the house!)  Before today, I covered my… Continue reading How to make a simple sewing machine cover …

DESIGNIN' DECEMBER, Fabrics, Indie sewing patterns, Pants, Sewing, Sewing Challenges, sewing patterns, Tops

Are you ready for DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER 2018?

Have you picked out your Designer Original and the fabric you need to make your Designer me-made COPY?  Or are you just in the planning stages - don't worry ... there's lots of time to sew before DESIGNIN' DECEMBER 2018! Ever since the first DESIGNIN' DECEMBER (2015) I've seen many fabulous garments in stores, magazines, online, on social media, on runways ... so… Continue reading Are you ready for DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER 2018?

1000 Things to Do with a Sewing Machine, Denim, Fabrics, I made it!! 2018, Sewing, sewing patterns, Tops

McCall’s M7324: Part II of my Adventures with Border Print Fabric!

This is the last of my lovely denim border print fabric.  😦 I've already made a pair of summer cropped pants with it, details here.  I had just enough left to squeeze a top out of it!   I decided to use this pattern, McCall's M7324, view A.  I definitely won't be using the curved… Continue reading McCall’s M7324: Part II of my Adventures with Border Print Fabric!

Sewing, sewing machine feet, Sewing machines

Just ONE more sewing machine … a review of the Janome HD3000

I used my Janome 3160QDC (my baby) during my last bag making session.  It worked well with a Jeans needle, but there was an "oh oh" moment when my machine was going through a few particularly thick layers of fabric and fleece and it made a strange "whirring" noise.  I backed off, stopped pushing it so… Continue reading Just ONE more sewing machine … a review of the Janome HD3000