I have been semi-MIA from my blog for way too long my wonderful sewing friends.  This new social media outlet, Periscope, has become a real goto for me because I love talking about sewing in real-time.

 Dispensing fitting help during my new “Fit Friday” scopes:

But, to do that, I have allowed my friends and family to be left behind who enjoy reading about my fun adventures in my sewing room.  So with this, I ask your forgiveness.  I am back, and you will be seeing a total turn around of blogging write-ups to get you up-to-date on my activities.   Just to name a few,  some of the fun things I have been working on include:

My wool coat and the details for construction which I shared on Periscope.

My sequin skirt, which I have been teaching about sewing on sequins.

The wonderful Christmas pajama party we had for holidays at my house.

Lest I forget my trip to Chicago for the annual Bernina USA Ambassador Reunion…

and my fantastic meet-up with the one and only Cennetta and the fun I had traipsing in the snow like a new kid.

My kids remember me and added two new charms to my lovely pandora bracelet.

In case you have forgot, or just didn’t know, my YouTube videos are still going strong.  With more being added weekly to help you fit your patterns for better fitting projects each time you sew.
There are also a few good tutorials I have written for the BERNINA USA blog WeAllSew, including the tips on making great buttonholes. 

 Until next time, have a wonderful, wonderful new year celebration and be safe.

 Embellishing any garment or special occasion dress can be easy using this fantastic rose.

The Dior Rose:

  1. Template- cut three oval/football shapes that have points at the end.  They should be one smaller than the other.  My first one is 7.5″ x 5.5″ then each other is smaller than that.  (click here for the patterns.)
  2. Make sure to put the templates on the true bias.
  3. Cut out three of each size.
  4. Fold in half and sew two rows of gathering stitches along the raw edges.  (about 1/4″ and 1/8″)
  5. Begin gathering the pieces, smallest first as you roll it into a bud, and move to the next two, medium, than large.
  6. Using a needle and thread, sew the center of the small bud and pull up other sizes around the bud as you stitch in place and whipstitch.
  7. Three petals make one rose.
  8. Finish off with a circle along the bottom.

As a freelance Pattern Designer, I have had the opportunity to work with some very talented and creative designers.  These designers have specialized in such things as bags, dresses, formal wear and day wear.  However, my daily services include such things as pattern alterations, pattern grading and creating personalized slopers for those that sew for themselves as well as those who sew for others.  So, where does that leave you in the scope of my services?  Here are a few great books I recommend that will help get you started in your chosen field of design.

At the very top of my list and I do highly recommend this one::  The Entrepreneur’s Guide To Sewn Product Manufacturing, by Kathleen Fasanella for anyone who has a desire to go into business designing and producing sewn products for sale either online or off.  

This book will take you step-by-step through the entire process from idea to production and beyond.  The contents of this book will give you an overall understanding of the “Trade” and “How to Plan a Line” along with information on marketing, and production.  Detailed information is given on price-points, sourcing materials, definitions and the duties of needed industry professionals, including: Grading services, pattern makers, sample makers, cutters and setting up shop.  Forms for costing your products and defining your market are included along with forms, worksheets and production scheduling checklist and pattern template guides.

To help you understand the pattern designing process and know what to expect or to begin your own road to pattern designing, not something to be taken on by the faint of hear,  is a great book by Connie Crawford, Pattern making Made Easy

Another great book to help you understand what goes into garment designs and fashion sewing for those of you who choose to sew and manufacture in-house, would be Professional Sewing Techniques for Designers, by Julie Cole and Sharon Czachor
Another good, extremely good book for understanding how patterns work is: How Patterns Work: The Fundamental Principles of Pattern Making and Sewing in Fashion Design

I get a lot of request for making and altering patterns and thought this might help to demystify the process when searching for industry professionals.

The holidays have gotten me in the mood to try new things. After having attended the Houston Quilt festival in month and my new respect for quilters, I have set out to try it myself with this very minimal project.

Using the batting and learning the reason for the proper use of my walking foot as it relates to quilting, was a lesson all in itself. The Freemotion was totally a serious effort and now I understand the need for quilting gloves for controlling the movement of the layers.