New home; new Sewing Room

DSC01127 DSC01132DSC01128We moved into a new home in October and I finally have my sewing room set up so I can do some real sewing.   I am not fully organized yet, but most of the boxes are gone.  I set up my cutting table a couple of weeks ago and I have enough room to work.  I completed a dress & sweater in February, which will be my next post.

Over the holidays I did some shopping online at and  Below is a quick picture of some of my purchases.  I will be starting a new project this week and posting on the ones I completed in February.  In the mean time, some eye candy.  I love my bright colors.


Seam Finishes: the flat felled seam

Flat Felled Seams are great because they are strong, there is no edges to ravel or to rub on your skin and they can make a garment reversible. Below are the basic steps to creating a flat felled seam.

1. Match WRONG sides together and stitch a standard 5/8″ seam.
Stitch WRONG sides together
2. Trim ONE (only ONE) of the seam allowances to 1/4″
Trim one seam allowance

3. Iron the seam allowance to one side, so that the longer allowance covers the narrow allowance.

4. Fold the longer allowance to the underside, enclosing the narrow allowance.
Fold Under

5. Stitch the allowance down close to the folded edge.
Stitch close to fold

This is a beautiful and classic seam finishing. I have a silk charmeuse camisole that uses this finish to allow it to be reversible.

Fashion Friday! Skirt

I saw this skirt on Pinterest and knew I needed one. The orignal is a Nic + Zoe skirt from Nordstroms, which cost about $130.

I made mine for $16.20! I purchased the fabric and zipper from Joanns. I used my 1-hour skirt technique for the basic skirt and added the pleats as an embelishiment. Total time to construct was less than 2 hours.

To make this, I created a basic pencil skirt. I created 1 1/2″ tubes of the fabric and stiched them to the front of the skirt in an asymetrical design.

The skirt takes an 1/2 yard more fabric than a pencil skirt to create the pleats.

Take my class on a 1-hour skirt at Quilting at the Beach and create your own!

New Beginnings – Teaching in Myrtle Beach

In August, I moved to Myrtle Beach area. I have started a new endeavor teaching various sewing classes in the area. At Quilting at the Beach, I am teaching classes using your embroidery machine to do embroideries and quilting in the hoop!. Also, various projects each month. Checkout their web page to see the classes at

I am teaching clothing construction and sewing at Accent Sewing in Murrell’s Inlet. (

This is very exiting. Please leave comments on the types of classes you would like to see.

New patterns

DSC00361I just love the patterns by Connie Crawford. I must have over 20 of them by now. They are fashion classics and they fit better than anything else I have ever tried. Butterick was having a sale, so I purchased 5 more. I just made the wrap dress – twice. I’ll post on that shortly. Here are the patterns.

Sewing & Crocheting for a new baby

DSC00429I also made a car quilt and a couple of sweaters for the new baby. The quilt is a stip quilt. I only used half of the strips, so I had enough left over for a table runner that is just waiting for the binding. The colors are blues, greens and yellows. I forget which designer produced the strip set.

The green sweater is an old pattern from my mother’s collection. I think I made it for every baby in the family. It only takes a couple of evenings while watching TV. It is one of the fastest patterns I have. The Blue & grey sweater has no pattern. I produced it from measurements. Both yarns are from Vanna White’s collection.