All posts by Salinda

Hey Y'all! I'm Salinda. Welcome to my little piece of the South. I'm a sewing instructor and the seamstress behind PersonaliTy Children's Clothes. I'm crazy in love with my hubby and Momma to 2 spunky swimmers! I'm addicted to Sonic Cokes, my New Orleans Saints, and Jesus!

Pocketful of Posies Dress

I love a great dress.  Something easy to wear, something comfortable, something easy to move in, something with pockets!  When I first saw the Pocketful of Posies Dress on Indiesew, I knew I wanted to stitch it up.

I had a little trouble finding a fabric I liked, but when I did, this was the result:

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Oh my goodness!  How fun!  This dress is so much fun to wear.  The pockets are perfection.

Just a few notes about it’s construction:

  • The pattern pieces taped together easily.  I cut a medium.  I probably could have gone a size smaller, but I wasn’t sure.  Except in the arms.  The sleeves are just about right.  Any smaller and I think they’d be too small.
  • The instructions are easy to follow.  I used my serger for most of the construction, but a beginner could do just as well with a stretch stitch on the sewing machine.
  • I cut off about 4 inches in length.  I’m short.  I should have added a little length to the bottom band so I wouldn’t have gathers, but I was out of fabric.  I used every single square inch I had.
  • The neck line is low.  Next time, I’ll raise it about 2 inches.  To do that, I’ll have to modify the front, the pockets, and the side panels.
  • The thick neck band didn’t work for me, so I removed mine and made it half the width.

$10 Date Nights-Savoring my Valentine

It’s almost Valentine’s Day!  We don’t do much special for Valentine’s day, but this year, we’ve added something new to our weekly plans—a date night!  Honestly, this hasn’t been possible in the past.  Our parents don’t live in town and babysitters are expensive.  But, now that the kids are older, we are able to get away.  Date nights can get expensive quickly, so we’ve had fun finding “cheap” things to do.

A year of $10 (or less) date nights.

Here are the rules for our date nights:

  1. On the calendar
  2. Intentional
  3. No Phones (except to consult the Scrabble dictionary)

Our goal is simple: Have conversations about life, about dreams, about fears.  Savor our friendship with one another.

If your kids are younger, see what you can do to get away for a bit.  Ask your parents, trade babysitting with another family, find free kids’ nights out at churches or gyms.  Whatever you do, make it intentional and spend a little one-on-one time savoring your valentine.

Spring 2016 Sewing Classes

Here is the schedule for the Spring 2016 Sewing Classes in Shreveport/Bossier.  You can see class descriptions here.

Please contact the continuing education department at the appropriate school to sign up.  If you are interested in a class that isn’t listed below, just shoot me a message and we’ll see what we can do.

Monday, January 11 6-9pm Getting to Know Your Sewing Machine @ LSUS

Thursdays, January 14 & 21 9-noon Sewing Basics @BPCC

Thursday, January 21 6-9pm What Else Can Your Machine Do? @LSUS

Mondays, February 1 & 8 6-8pm Learn To Read a Pattern  @LSUS

Monday, February 8 9-noon Getting to Know Your Sewing Machine @LSUS

Thursdays, February 4 & 11 6-9pm Sewing Basics @BPCC

Thursday, February 11 9-noon What Else Can Your Machine Do? @LSUS

Thursdays, February 25 and March 3 6-8pm Beginner Pattern Sewing @BPCC

Monday, February 29 9-1pm Learn To Read a Pattern @LSUS

Monday, February 29 6-8pm Perfect Pillows @LSUS

Monday, March 14 6-9pm Getting to Know Your Sewing Machine @LSUS

Thursdays, March 17 & 24 6-9pm Sewing Basics @BPCC

Monday, March 21 6-9pm What Else Can Your Machine Do? @LSUS

Mondays, April 4 & 11 6-8pm Learn to Read a Pattern @LSUS

Thursday, April 14 9-1pm Beginner Pattern Sewing @ BPCC

Monday, April 25 6-8pm Perfect Pillows @LSUS

—-I would love to do a Serger class, but the demand is not always high enough for the schools.  If you are interested in a local Serger class (the basics like threading, tensions, rolled hems…) please let me know and we’ll pull one together.—-

Hello 2016!

2016. That’s hard to type. I can recall a time when 2016 seemed so far away and 40 seemed soooo old. Not anymore!

sa·vorˈsāvərverb1.taste and enjoy it completely.

For the past few years, I’ve had a word that I’ve focused on, sometimes more than others.  This year, 2016, the year I turn 40, two words are reverberating in my head:  Simplify.  Savor.

simplify verb make something simpler

My prayer for this year is that I can step back, let the little things go.  let the big things become little things, and treasure my moments, my people, and my God.

My Favorite HandMade Christmas Gift: Dish Towels

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I love the look of a hand-embroidered dish towel.  They are sweet, and the perfect project for teacher gifts, wedding showers, and even to compliment a gift of baked goods.  These projects only take a few supplies and can be completed while waiting on carpool or watching TV at night, making these sweet dish towels the perfect handmade Christmas gift.

You’ll need:

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  • a hoop
  • thread
  • a design
  • a pencil
  • embroidery needles
  • thread

You can purchase iron-on designs, or just draw your own. In the past I’ve downloaded a line drawing and just traced it onto my towels.  This is super-easy if you have a large window.  You can tape the design to the window and use the sunlight to see the design through your towel fabric.

I’m a lazy stitcher, so I tend to only use a basic running stitch and french knots to complete my design.  This website has some great tutorials: http://sublimestitching.com/pages/tutorials

The Cabin Tunic

I recently stitched up another fun pattern.  Meet the Cabin Tunic.

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I purchased this pattern after seeing it featured in Indiesew’s Fall 2015 Collection.  I almost didn’t, but then I stumbled on a darling black and white polka dot cotton lawn on a discount table at Hancock’s Fabrics.

This cute tunic is loose and flowy.  The pattern was well written and easy to follow.  I decided to cut a smaller size to fit my shoulders and then just do an FBA.  The pattern has great instructions for FBAs.

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Pockets!  It has pockets!  Hooray!  They were simple to make, again thanks to great instructions.  I didn’t make any other pattern adjustments, but if I make it again, I may shorten it.  Or I might lengthen it to wear as a dress…

I would recommend this pattern for an advanced beginner.  It makes a cool and comfy top.  I do think fabric choice can make this top fabulous or icky.  Make sure you choose a lightweight fabric that drapes well, unless you are going for a boxier look.