If you didnt notice, we’ve moved. I went ahead and switched to WordPress. I use it for my other site, Diaper Wars so I felt that it was only natural. Some of the site is under construction as I get it to where I want it to be. With this switch I am going to be selling some sponsor ad space at an opening sale price. If you’re interested please check out the Sponsor page.
I know that I was quite this week but I spent the beginning cleaning up my house and prepping for our upcoming vacation. Then on Friday it was my birthday and I spent it setting up the site here some and with the girls and Mr. Bones I had a wonderfully uneventful 27th birthday full of snuggles, kisses and coloring with Venom. No presents since We are taking vacation and that is a joint gift for Mr. Bones and I.
This morning was spent chatting with other cloth diapering momma’s. It was a fun time at the monthly meeting. Now its time to sew sew sew. I have dresses to mend, draft and sew.
It’s recommended to change your machines needle after every 8hrs of sewing with it. It helps to keep your machine running smoothly as a dull needle can cause a mess of issues. A quick and simple trick is to keep a post it with the date and time when you sewed on your machine.
Another helpful tip is to write the date of purchase on your spools of thread. As thread sits it drys out and will cause fraying, shredding and breakage. Which is a major frustration when sewing especially for beginners. This is why its always suggested to not use inherited thread.
Yesterday was chaotic so this is a day late. It seems that my not so darling dog has a thing for snacking on my pot holders. Sadly I am out of heat resistant batting so I resorted to going to Kmart to get a few. I was able to snag 2 Paula Deen ones for the price of one other brand. This past weekend was filled with family fun. The girls and I fabric shopped.¬
Wow, its Friday already I can’t believe how quickly the week went by. I managed to start achieveing my goals by cleaning up my business binder and started organizing my office (again) It gets messy very quicly so I always find myself re cleaning and organizing it instead of just sitting and sewing. In the mist of my cleaning I found fabric that I had forgot I had (Oops) I found some lovely green plaid that is just begging to become a shirt. I have a design in mind I just need to get to work on it.
¬†Last week my Chalkboard and Dry erase Vinyl buttons from AKM Vinyl Designs came in the mail. I purchased some Album frames to put them on and frame a few of my favorite fabric pieces behind them. They are now proudly hanging above my computer desk in the office. I am so pleased with them.
My 3rd button is on my Business binder. It needed so serious pizzaz. Since I jazzed up my binder I am redoing the inside as well but more about that in another post.
Another weekend gone to quickly. It was a lazy weekend. My M√©ni√®re’s flared up again which left me mostly laying in bed. I did manage to sew and package up orders. I just need to print postage so that they can be shipped out this evening. I got a custom for a shipmate of Mr’s done as well. I also made the most amazing Dr. Pepper BBQ brisket and BBQ brisket pizza.¬
We are currently prepping for our vacation next month. I tend to wear dresses and skirts most days but since we are going to Boston and DC where we will be walking around a lot it seems practical to have some shorts instead. While I have a few pairs on the cutting table to make from scratch I need a few that are super quick to get done so I can start packing. This is where old jeans come in. I am going to show you a quick way to hem jeans into shorts or just hem jeans in general.
Photo heavy warning!
Start by gathering your jeans, chalk or marking tool. (crayola washable markers work really well to if you don’t have anything else), a ruler and measuring tape. Also needed are your sewing machine, thread that matches or coordinates with your jeans, an Iron ( I am using Dritz Petite Press Portable Mini Iron) and scissors.
First, decide how long or short you want your shorts to be. Match the hems, fold in half and lay out on a hard flat surface. I am using my ironing board. measure from the crouch down to where you want them to end. I like my shorts a bit long so I can cuff them if I want so I did 4 inches.
Make a mark and draw a line across with your chalk.
Lay them back out flat and mark 1″ from the line you drew. Draw another line. This is you Seam Allowance that will be folded into your hem.
Cut along the second line you drew.
Now grab your Iron. fold the raw edge into the inside of your shorts. Making sure to have the folded edge where your line is. Press along the line. (If you dont have an iron you could use pins to hold your folds in place)
Then fold the raw edge down to meet the fold. This gives you a perfect 1/2″ hem. you could pin this if you wanted but with the pressing you don’t need to.
Now its time to sew! Make sure that your using a 90/12 or Jeans needle in you machine. Using the right needle for what your sewing is crucial to making a project go smoothly. Also make sure you have thread that matches or coordinates with your shorts. I am using Mettler¬ģ Metrosene¬ģ Thread in my needle and Gutermann Jeans Thread in the bobbin. The bobbin thread is what will be shown on the outside on the shorts.
I line up my inner fold with the inner edge on my sewing foot. I make sure to keep it lined up there to give me a straight line (errr Kinda straight, I had a 2year old sewing with me so its off slightly but they’re for me so I don’t mind.) ¬†Repeat for the other leg. Make sure to clip thread tails and backstitch and the beginning and ends.
Ta-Da! They are done. now just wash or brush off chalk marks and you’re good to go! ¬†Now go rock those bad boys.
(Dritz Petite Press Iron was sent to me for review. Use recommendations and opinions are all my own ) (Links are¬†affiliate¬†links to Amazon)
I’m not sure why but inspiration always strikes when I am trying to fall asleep. It happened the other night. I was laying there in total silence. When all of these designs start flowing through my head. I managed to sketch out a few last night before my pencils were taken by Venom who wanted to color too. ¬
It’s seems like the weekends fly by so fast that I never get enoght done. My goal was to get several pieces cut and sewn this weekend. I have to get a mock up to a custom swing dress in the mail so that the fit can be checked. I want to get diaper sewn for a stocking and I need new stock for my shop (www.sewannabutton.com)¬
I used my veggies to make a quick veggie pasta for dinner last night. Both Venom and the Mr loved it. It’s zucchini, egg plant, garlic, and mushrooms sauted in bacon grease with some pasta tossed¬†in. ¬†It went together in 30mins (just in time to eat and watch true blood). I love quick meals for the weekends.¬†
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