Tuesday, January 28, 2014


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Finished the blouse for the ruffled skirt.   It was a fairly easy blouse to sew.
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Used this Simplicity pattern.  I purchased the pattern from Ebay.  We basically only have Wal-Mart and no other fabric store for 2 1/2 hours.  So the internet is my best option for finding patterns at a reasonable cost.
The only thing I did different on the pattern was to use a close zig-zag stitch on the edges of the tie insert.  The pattern called for creating a small hem.  I felt it would be to bulky and the hem would show when tied.
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Here is the outfit finished and ready to mail out to my grand daughter.

Monday, January 27, 2014


The last two weeks I have been sewing every afternoon.   My son's youngest child has out grown her school clothes.  In another post I patched and added length to her jeans.   Now trying my hand at re-purposing some of the older children's clothing.

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One of the jumpers I had made was too tight in the chest area.  So I cut off the bodice top and turned it into a skirt. My grand-daughter was trying this on for me. She was so cute.  She came in and said Nana it won't stay up.   There was a lot of fullness in the skirt so I had to cut more off the elastic to make it tighter.   Also made the leggings.  The leggings and tops are made longer so she could grow.  We have at least 4 more months of cold weather up here.

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Then I made another outfit of a skirt, top and more leggings.
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This skirt is for another one of my precious grand daughters.  I came up with this skirt by seeing another one similar to it.  It took me 3 afternoons to make this skirt.  I goofed on my measurement for the ruffles and did some re-adjusting.  The skirt turned out really cute if I do say so myself.  I have a pink material to make a top that will go with the skirt.  That will have to be in another post.
It has been fun trying my hand at re-purposing garments and coming up with my own design.  

Sunday, January 5, 2014


One of my grand daughters wanted me to fix some jeans for her. I always enjoy finding ways to help in a frugal manner to increase the life of clothes. So just before Christmas I took her measurements.  I had intended to sew some other school clothes for her and my grand daughter in California.  They are only one year apart in age.  Unfortunately Children tend to share their viruses.  So I ended up sick and unable to sit at the sewing machine.  Therefore I decided to sew the patch by hand sitting in my easy chair.

It was quick and easy to use heat and bond to apply the patch. I ripped out the inseam enough to work comfortably with the patch.  It would be easy to resew the seam up when finished.
 Using embroidery thread I worked around the inside edge with a small stitch. I continued to stitch on the outside edge with one of the gold colors in the patch as well.  

Then using a color of the elephant and hippo I weaved between stitches that left a kind of zig-zag look.

Here is the finished product.  I will add some of the same material at the bottom edge of each pant leg to add a little length.  When I am finished I will try and post a picture of the finished jeans
It was actually fun and kept my mind off of feeling bad for at least a little while :)