Friday, January 20, 2017

How to tranfer an image using a water soluble stabilizer in free motion machine embroidery

Transfer the design
In this project I am using a fibrous water soluble product called Wash-n-Gone 541 by Pellon. If like me you don not own a light box then, tape the image you would like to use on a window. Next tape the stabilizer over the image and trace.
I use a pilot Frixion ball pen or pencil. Don't use a marker as it can bleed when you rinse the stabilizer off and ruin your work.
Once you have traced the image onto the stabilizer baste it onto the right side of your fabric. I also fuse SF101 onto the wrong side of my fabric prior to basting the stabilizer

Stitch the design
Attach the darning foot to your machine, lower the feed dogs and stitch over the drawn image. I go over the image a few times to give it a bolder look. For this project I am using a grey all purpose thread.
Once I have finished stitching I pull the thread ends to the wrong side of my fabric and trim them. Next I carefully trim away the excess stabilizer and remove the baste stitching.
Finally I rinse the fabric in water to dissolve the remaining stabilizer and hang to dry. When dry I press the fabric and continue with my project.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

3 Benefits to Making a Toile

1. Size and Fit
This is the main reason a toile is made first. Use cheap fabric, I used an old bed sheet to make my Rosie dress toile. After trying it on I made some minor adjustments to the fitted waist.
2. Style
Just like when buying ready made clothing you can try it on and decide if the style suits you. After trying on the Rosie toile I realized that the V neckline was to low for me.
3. Practice Skills
I use the process of making a toile my chance to practice my sewing skills . Normally you would not finish the edges but I go the extra step and do. I finished the neckline with self-fabric bias binding and I installed the zipper. Practice makes perfect right? so, I don't see it as a waste of time more like a future investment for when I make the actual dress, I have reduced the chances of messing it up.

Friday, January 6, 2017


My first finished make for 2017, a pair of slippers, loosely following the cozy toes project from Simply Sewing issue 24. Instead of faux fur I used flannel for the lining and  also instead of lining the sole I used binding to hide the raw edges.
Cozy indeed.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

The 2017 Challenge

Its that time of year when people make new years resolutions, mine this year is to improve my dressmaking skills. Following a commercial pattern and stitching up a dress is easy, making that dress fit me well is not so easy. So 2017 is the year I learn to sew a well fitting dress.
My plan is to make toile versions of all the free dress patterns I have been collecting with my Simply Sewing subscription. This is the first step in my self challenge, the second step is to make one well fitting toile each month and finally the bonus will be to make one well fitting dress to wear.
I welcome any advice from more experienced sewist so feel free to leave a comment. Also you are welcome to join me in this challenge.
For the month of January I will work on 'The Rosie Dress" by Cotton and Chalk.
Here's to a happy creative year!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Show and Tell

Happy to report that I finished 'The Weekend Tote' last night. I made some minor changes. For instance my exterior pocket is without a flap, also I only included one zip pocket and one patch pocket on the inside.
It's a very large bag.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Gift giving Makes

I used cloud 9 fabric to make this double oven glove. I made a similar one a few months back for myself. This one is for mum.
I also plan to make "The weekend tote" for mum. The fabric  has been chosen, all necessary materials purchased now I just need to find time to make it before I leave for home next week.
What are you making to gift this year? whom is it for?

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Applique Letters to your handmade gifts for a personal touch

The days are shorter and cooler that means the holiday and gift giving season is fast approaching. Time to make some handmade gifts. A nice way to personalize a gift is by appliqueing the recipients name, initials or as I have done just the first letter of their name.

Two easy ways this can be done are:-
Method One
Purchase ready made applique letters. Follow manufactures instructions to adhere letter to fabric (my letter is by Wrights)
Method Two
Trace alphabet letter in reverse onto the paper side of paper backed fusible web like Wonder under.
Cut out letter and fuse to wrong side of fabric.
Cut out letter from fabric.
Peel off paper and fuse to the right side of project fabric.
Sew around alphabet letter to secure to project.
Pull loose thread to wrong side of fabric.