Sunday, December 30, 2012

Sewing Library {Additions}

Since the last time I posted about my Sewing Library, I've been able to add some titles. Would you like to hear about them?

How to Make Sewing Patterns by Donald H. McCunn
Stitch Magazine- select issues
How to Use, Adapt, and Design Sewing Patterns by Lee Hollahan
All Dolled Up by Joan Hinds
Sew Serendipity Bags by Kay Whitt
1000 Great Quilt Blocks by Maggi McCormick Gordon
Kanzashi in Bloom by Diane Gilleland

Usually these are gifts and sometimes we get them at our local sewing shop. I use the books for reference. Sometimes I make projects from the books and sometimes I use the ideas in the book when I'm making something similar.

My favorite sewing books right are: my new one since Christmas, Kanzashi in Bloom and All Dolled Up.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Yarn Dying

A long while ago, we did some yarn dying. We used Easter egg dyes.
Drying the Finished yarn

Rinsing it in the bathtub

Some of the dye

pouring on the dye

plastic wrap


a little color wheel work to go with it

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Meet Julie

Hi! Meet Julie, my newest doll. My 10th doll!
 I went on a camping trip and got some pictures! Here are some.

A ship coming into a lock. It took almost an hour!

A couple things I made from polymer clay. A doll school set.
Also, look out for a tutorial soon!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The Civil War Ball Gown

The finished dress. Lovely, right?
Plenty of ruffles!

The finished under skirt

The ball was so fun!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Making My Ball Gown

My friend Mrs. R helped me sew (I helped her is more accurate) a ball gown to wear to the civil war ball. It is lovely!! We made from a old prom dress.
Pinning the hem to see where she needed to sew a new hem!

Ruffle over skirt!

Here is how I helped, I finished the crinoline.

Stay tuned for more photos of this dress!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Doll Apron with serging

I made a doll apron with my new serger. Serging is the new fashion in doll town!

This apron is on my dress form but it was made for my dolls. A serger is a useful thing to have.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Doll Dress

I made a doll dress with my new serger! It was modeled after a dress I made in a sewing co-op.

 Here is my new planning notebook, I write my sewing stuff here.

 Here are a couple pictures of me making it.

 The dress form was helpful.

 Fashion model!

 Here are some other things I made with my new serger. Doll handkerchiefs,

and coasters. I love my new serger. It works really, really well.

Friday, April 20, 2012


I've got some exciting news to share! I was given the gift of a free serger from a special friend I've never met. Thank you special friend!

Looks complicated...I'm not one to love finishing seams and a serger will help me to do that much easier. I love using a serger! I just need to learn how to thread my own machine.

Look at that edge! I can't wait to get started. I'm working on the underskirt of a very special project and I think the serger will make the first seam a lot easier.

More hints on the special project soon. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Yarn Flowers

I got a bloom loom for Easter. It makes awesome flowers.
 The flowers can attach to headbands. Fun!
 On the left- The fire flower. On the right- The striking bloom.
This one matches my mom's purse.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Easter carrots

 My Easter gifts to my family. Drawstring carrots. Cool. Some have chicks and caterpillars.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Friday, April 6, 2012

Doll Belt

 I made this cool belt for my dolls. I used the book pictured below. It was a double braid. So cool.