Athena Designs VS Matilda Jane

I decided to compare my Matilda Jane ruffles to my own Athena Designs ruffles.  In the picture there are two pairs of Matilda Jane Ruffles and one pair of the ruffles I make.  I do like Matilda Jane – but they are so expensive and are hard to get in my size to...

August 2017

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Repairing Vintage Items

Once in a while I receive something vintage from a friend or family member to repair.   One of the first decisions, and most important is how much I can stick to the time period.  The quilt top I was given was torn in many spots, the fabric was brittle and yellowed...

McClothes: Quick and Cheap (Are they worth it?)

I’ll admit it!  I’ve bought McClothes before.  I go out shopping and end up at Walmart or somewhere with a rack of cheap clothes and see some cute things that HAVE to have!  I don’t try them on, I just get the size that seems to be my size.  Who can...

Cutting (on the Bias?)

There are many types of fabric – woven, jersey and cotton lycra are the three I’m going to mention.  Woven doesn’t have quite the stretch that the others have, whereas jersey has stretch in one direction and cotton lycra has stretch in two...

Costumes – Cosplay!

Every so often I make a costume by special request (or for myself). The red is a costume in process that my son wanted for a cosplay convention – to dress as a character from Pokémon. – Pokémon and Dr. Who are both big around our house. The skirt is a take...

Inside Seams

Inside Seams To add to the quality and make our items last longer we cover many of the seams with topstitching.  The topstitching not only smooth’s out the stitch that is completed with a serger, but also holds down the seam so that it is sealed within a set of...

Lace Ruffles Are Here!

Lace Ruffles are a new twist to double ruffles! Bottom Ruffle Lace: One version of these ruffles includes a top ruffle of the matching pants knit and the bottom ruffle is made up of ruffle fabric.  The lace has a rolled hem and can either match the color of the pants,...

Autism Awareness Month

This month is autism awareness month…  Autism to me is really just seeing the world in a different way.  Of course autism is a whole spectrum, meaning that there are people who function at all parts of the spectrum. Parents of kids on the autism spectrum know...

In the Hoop Project

One of the fun things to try with an embroidery machine is In The Hoop Projects.  You can find them on Etsy labeled as ITH.  These are patterns that while sewed are all put together in the machine step by step.    Generally you start with   stabilizer in the hoop and...

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