I have been working on a variety of different projects lately. Not all of them are sewing projects.
This feathered (well not feathered) friend is a pincushion that I made for a friend's birthday. It is stuffed with rice instead of polyfil since it is a pincushion. The beak and comb are made from felt. The main body of the bird is from flannel from my stash. If you would like to make your own, the Free pattern can be found here.
Earlier this year, I had the privilege to attend a swing dance in commemoration of Victory in Europe day. Of course I had to go dressed up in 1940's gig.
While I love to sew, it is true that I don't sew all my clothes. For one reason the cost would be rather prohibitive. On the other hand, if I didn't have so many clothes, the cost wouldn't be as much. :) Yet, there is so much that I want to do!
Thrift stores will always win out on cost, and I thrift a lot of my clothes. Thrifting clothes is a great way to save money from buying new, or making it yourself. If you have the skills, thrifting is a great way to find articles of clothing that could do with a make-over. Clothes that are too big, out of date, or just not my style can be remade into something I like. (This helps curtail my sewing projects made from new materials, and save money on practical items such as skirts.)
Would I want to go back several generations where they made all their clothes? No. At the same time that they made all their clothes because it was cheaper, they would also probably have to sew them all by hand. So, no. I would either take far to long to sew, or all my clothes would fall apart. :)
So Joann's was having one of their pre-Black Friday sales the other day and I made good use of it. I had a sixty percent off coupon for the Total purchase off the notions wall. This is what I bought.
Here is a list of my favorite online fabric stores. I will admit that I do shop at Joann's, but my go to fabric resources are all online. If I am looking for a particular fabric for a project, these are the shops I go to. (Although, it is a lot of fun just to window shop too.) So here we go:
This is going to be one of those posts that you either get, or you don't get. A post that you either understand, or wonder why I am such a glutton for punishment.
Reason no. 1: Because I love doing it. There is just something about creating clothes......
Reason no 2: Because I can't find my dream dress in the store (because it Is in my head, which means I just have to make it :))
Reason no 3: The opportunity to shop..... There is fabric to choose, patterns to pick, buttons to buy, embellishments to evaluate.
Reason no 4: The challenge.... the miss-cut piece, the fit that won't fit, the accidental snips in the wrong place, too little fabric, too many projects to choose from.
I hope some of you readers understand. :)
I am not quite sure how I was first introduced to Craftsy. I believe it was through a Joanns promotional email, but I believe it was the Boyer sisters who actually got me started with Craftsy.
Craftsy has both free and paid classes. The free classes are usually shorter, but packed with valuable information. All their classes can be watched at any time and as many times as you like.
I have taken a paid class through Craftsy, Tailoring Ready-to-wear: the Jacket. This class by Angela Wolf gave me many techniques for altering the fit of ready-to-wear clothes or altering the fit of clothes I am currently sewing and can't alter the pattern pieces because the piece is already cut out. As an example, I recently made a tailored jacket using a black corduroy. Now I was naughty and didn't make a muslin toile before I cut out my fashion fabric. The fit on this jacket is very fitted, so I was able to use the techniques from the class to be able to get a looser fit.
Sarah loves to sew, learn more about sewing, and create items with a vintage flair. Her arch enemy is clipping curves, and she has a tolerable relationship with the seam ripper.
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