Category Archives: Being Creative

Fostering creativity through sewing and other hobbies

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.

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.—-

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.

A Little Handmade Christmas Inspiration

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We have 3 months until Christmas!  3 months!  It’s time to get cracking on our Handmade Christmas gifts.  Did you finish your list? 

Now’s the time to decide what to make!  I’ve compiled an inspiration board on Pinterest to get you started:

Follow Salinda’s board Handmade Christmas Inspiration on Pinterest.

 

See any ideas that work for the folks on your list?  Why not start your own idea board?  You can share it with me in the comments, or you can make it a secret board so no one can snoop!

October Sewing Classes

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If you’d like to learn to sew or even brush up on your sewing skills in time to make Christmas gifts, October is the time!  Here are the October Sewing classes you might be interested in:

If you know nothing about sewing,  get started on Monday, Sept 28 and Oct 5 with Sewing Basics at BPCC. Or you can take the class later in the month on Oct 19 and 26. 

If you know how to thread your machine and sew a basic, straight seam, then you might want to start on Monday, Sept 27 at 9 am with What Else Can Your Machine Do? at LSUS.

If you’d like to Learn to Read a Pattern then you need the class on Tuesday, Set 29 and Thursday, Oct 1 at LSUS.

If there is a class you are interested in that isn’t listed, just message me.  I’d love to teach a workshop on Halloween costumes if I have enough interest!