Sunday, December 21, 2014

A Video Tutorial On Finishing The Owl Pattern Weights

An early good morning from Chicago.

A number of you asked me about finishing the little owls that I made a couple of weeks ago for Thrifty Thursday, so I did a video to show the process. Now, it's the first video that my husband and I have made, so it's not exactly perfect. But I think that you will get the idea and it should help if you are having any issues.

Have fun making the pattern weights! I hope the video covers all of your questions.
You can find the original post HERE and the second post I did on downloading the pattern HERE. May the little owls bring lots of wisdom to all of your sewing projects!

Friday, December 19, 2014

The Sewaholic Robson Trench Sew Along

The next post for the Sewaholic Robson Trench Coat is up on the Sew News blog. It was posted rather late this afternoon and sadly, the video did not get attached. Hopefully, I will be able to get them to attach the video this upcoming Monday.
In this post I talk about a little different treatment of the shoulder seams than what is stated in the pattern. In the picture below, you see that I have sewn the seams on the outside of the coat. When you read the post, you'll see that it makes all the sense in the world to do this.
I also talk about the collar. When you lay the under collar over the top collar, you'll see that the top collar is larger. This is not a mistake and the top collar should not be cut down to match the under collar. I explain more about the collar in the post.
We talk about sewing the flaps and properly placing them on the coat, attaching the collar and sewing the shoulder tabs. I'm really pleased with how my coat is turning out. Can't wait to wear it!
You can find the post HERE. Again, my apologies for the missing video, but we should be able to have it up on Monday.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Thrifty Thursday

Christmas is a week away!!!! But, there's still time to make up some very simple but lovely gifts, like mittens!
I found this free mitten pattern at

There motto is rather cute, "Velvet is Pretentious, Fleece is Fun!" All of their patterns are free, and easy I might add, so be sure and take a look. You can find the mitten pattern HERE.
Here's the pair that I made. I used a lovely piece of wool fleece.
The pattern is VERY easy to download and there's even an instructional video on the website. So this would be great for anyone who is learning to sew. The pattern comes in a wide range of sizes from Child Small to Man Large, so you can cover everyone on your list. You will have 3 pattern pieces once you've downloaded the pattern. I used the Adult Woman pattern and I did have to tape a small portion on the mitten top pattern piece, but that was all the taping that was required.
I was able to achieve a very nice fit, but remember, my hands are very narrow and my wrists are quite small,
so I did need to do a little customizing to the pattern. But as you can see, it was quite easy to do. I just slipped the mitten on my hand and then pinned it in.
I did line mine with fleece, but a thinner piece of fleece. Worked out really well. When I walked the dogs last night, I decided to wear the mittens and give them a test run for warmth. Now keep in mind that I am always cold, so I am the perfect person to try things out for warmth. If I'm warm, everyone will be warm. The mittens passed the test!!!!
I plan to wear the mittens with one of my favorite coats. This is an old Claude Montana pattern. A friend gave the the lovely scarf, so I am all set!
One note about the mittens, they will not be good for driving as the fleece is quite slippery. But here's an idea. Notice that the palm of the pattern is in 2 pieces. You could do the top of the palm in a faux suede rather than the fleece and then you could actually use them as driving mitts.
As you can see, my Christmas sewing is not going so well, so far everything I've made I've kept for myself!!!! Oh well, Merry Christmas to me!!!!
Hope you can do a little Christmas sewing for yourself too :)

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Sewaholic Robson Trench Sew Along/The Pockets

I've done a special post for the Sewaholic Robson Trench Sew Along on attaching the pockets. This is a traditional trench coat pocket with a flap and inseam pockets. The primary trick in getting the pockets to look perfect is precise marking. There are notches and seam allowances that should be marked. You can see both marked in white below.
The pocket is finished prior to finishing the seam.
 In the end, it all goes together beautifully.
My favorite detail with the pocket is the bit of binding that is used to secure the pocket and keep it in place. Just a fabulous detail!
You can find the post HERE. Hopefully between the written pattern instructions and my instructions you'll be able to sail through the process of attaching your pockets.
Good Luck!

The Wednesday Showcase

I thought I would take a little detour from the regular Wednesday Showcase post. I really enjoy showcasing the creative work of those who give one of my posts a try. It's the ultimate compliment in so many ways. First of all you actually read my blog, huge compliment! Secondly, you were inspired, also huge! And last but not least, you actually gave it a try, super huge!!!
First up, I would like to give a shout out to Ruth of You may remember this skirt. Such a pretty skirt. I did the drafting instructions here.

Ruth decided to give it a try and wow what a beautiful skirt she made. She decided to do a center back flounce rather than one on either side of the skirt. You can find her post here.
Next up is Chris and her loyal companion!!! They decided to do the Sweeping Rectangles Tee. How cute are they??? Chris is on the left and sadly she doesn't have a blog that I can direct you to.
Here's my original top. You can find the instructions here. I have a jacket version of this top that I will be posting this upcoming Friday so stay tuned!

Next up is another Chris who also does not have a blog. The pictures she sent of this jacket were actually her muslins!!! Wow, I wish my muslins looked so good ;)

She gave a Sleeves On Saturday post a try. You may remember this sleeve. Below is my sleeve from this post.
And last but not least, I would like to share a note from Lea. She had asked me to send her a copy of the Fleece Slippers Pattern.
No pictures of her slippers, but such a sweet note,

"Greetings!  My neighbor lady came over yesterday to help me make 2 pair for my son.  I had enough material left over & she insisted to sew a pair for me.  I LOVE THEM!!!  They are so warm!!!  They won't make any fashion show, but who cares.  Thank you so much for sharing the pattern with me.  I appreciate it."

If I had a dollar for all the slipper patterns that I have sent out.....well, I would have a lot of dollars! But in the end, the pattern has been used to create slippers for children's programs, nursing home patients, soldiers, Christmas presents for families in need, and the list goes on. I think that's a much better return on my investment!! I'm so happy that I have been able to play a very small role in the wonderful work of so many. And I'm even happier that I have been able to keep feet warm all over the world :)

One last thing before I go. I received a note from a follower who made up the Perfect Travel Dress. She sent a link to her blog and somehow I managed to delete it as I cannot find it. If by chance you read this post, please leave a message and let me know how I can find you!!!! 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Sewaholic Robson Coat Sew Along

How's your Robson coat coming along? The post on working with princess line seams is up on the Sew News blog and you can find it HERE. The post also talks about binding the seams and top stitching. The video was initially attached to the post I did on altering the sleeve, so in the off chance that you haven't see the video, I've attached it below.

On Wednesday of this week, I will be doing a post on constructing the pockets and on Friday, we'll work on the collar, flaps and tabs. By then you'll be well on your way to completing the coat.
If you are interested, there is a Flickr group and you can find it HERE.
Until our next post,
Sew On!!!

Monday, December 15, 2014

And The Winner Is!!!!!!

The response to possibly winning the Learn To Sew DVDs was so nice. So many of you would like to pass them on to budding sewists. What excites me the most is that so many of you are passing on your passion and that's fabulous. But sadly, I only had the one set to share, so only one winner, and the winner is......
The TellTaleTasha who blogs at She said, "I know EXACTLY who I would gift this to." Maybe I can get her to do a little blog post and share with all of us exactly who will be the beneficiary of the DVDs. I know would love to know :)
Congratulations Tasha!! Please email me with your shipping address so I can get the package off to you ASAP!
Me Made Monday will be back, just a day late. I've had a ferocious headache this afternoon. but thankfully it's beginning to subside. I should be back to my normal self by tomorrow.
Thanks so much again to all who participated in the giveaway.