Aug 23, 2007

Pictures as promised - 3 shorts and a concert Tshirt


I'm really happy I made shorts. I really needed some new pairs. It's so hot here in South Florida. As soon as you walk out the door of the AC you can feel the heat slap you in the face.
So, here's the 3 pair of shorts I made from old shorts that I just loved.

I like the way my concert t-shirt turned out too. I cut out the front and back of the neckline. Added some red fabric to finish the edge that you can only see on the inside. I cut the sleeves off. Made a seam and took in under the arms because it was to wide. I gathered the sleeves and reattached them to the shirt. Then I used some bias tape under the arm to finish the raw edge. I like the way it hangs off the shoulders.

I'm going to do a lot more refashion to the clothes hanging in my closet I never wear. Why spend the money on new clothes when I can make new from the old. Recycle ...the way to go.

It's been a slow week at the sewing center. I have a couple seats left to Saturdays Machine and Pattern Class. ~ School started this week which is keeping people from signing up to classes. I'm happy I've been slow because I've had car problems this week. In fact my car is sitting in front of my shop right now because I couldn't get it started last night when I closed. Things happen for a reason.....

I have some things I want to sew for the sewing center. I'll be back to share my new sewing projects. Until then...

Enjoy your moments ~ make them "sew" much fun,
Cindy

Aug 19, 2007

Last week at Learn 2 Sew

Last week was another fun week. We finished up our Monday/Wednesday Pattern Class. We made a dress, three tops, shorts and a skirt.

Michelle made a skirt with a matching top


Ariela, who's taken my class several times now, made a top and shorts.


Mother and Daughter, Anne and Ali also took my class before when I first opened. They came back to make more projects. Anne made a dress while Ali made a top.


I didn't take pictures of their projects - sorry. I have to get better with my camera. Like pulling it out to take pictures. Sometimes I get so busy during the class I forget to take them - or - my camera needs new batteries.

On Friday I got to do more sewing. I finished another pair of shorts, refashioned my Joe Satriani concert Tshirt and put a new zipper in some shorts for my mother. I had a few people come in and sew with me. Pictures of my projects to come hopefully tomorrow.

I did get to tape up Luiza to make her a body double. I had another girl come in yesterday for the same thing. It's nice to have your own body shape while you construct your clothes. Things fit you much better. The only thing she has to do is stuff it and put it on a stand if she wants.

Luiza also came in a couple of weeks ago and made this dress. It looks really good on her.


Kids start school tomorrow. I'm back to my morning and evening schedule. Open Sewing starts again on Wednesday mornings from 10am to 1pm. I have a clothing construction class starting tomorrow from 6-8, a machine and pattern class starting on Saturday. As always you can enroll online at www.learn2sewflorida.com under the class/enrollment page.

My kids are so excited about school tomorrow. One is still awake. I better go get them to sleep or they will never wake up in the morning.

Enjoy your moments ~ make them "sew" much fun,
Cindy

Aug 12, 2007

What We've been sewing

Remember I told you about the shorts I loved so much I had to make a new pair - so I took a seam ripper to them and pulled all the pieces apart. I cut out 2 from different fabric.










They came out great and fit really well. I love wearing them that I'm going to make another pair. Pictrues to come soon.




I also refashioned a couple of shirts. I've been wearing orange on Friday's. If you want to know why you will have to research it :) It is very hot here in SoFlo. I don't need long sleeve shirts.... so I cut the sleeves off a button down I love. It was given to me years ago. I love the color but haven't worn it much.


And I have a concert Tshirt I'm going to refashion. More to come on this project. I can't wait to finish it!! I love it the way it is - I'm going to love what I'm going to do.


Ally also has been sewing. She made a top, belt and arm warmers. OK, I did some if the sewing for her. She says she can't do circles. I tell her if you say you can't do it, you can't. If you practice you will get better but you have to practice first. She still said "will you do it Mommy?" :)

Until next time,
Enjoy your moments ~ make them "sew" much fun,
Cindy

Aug 7, 2007

Recycled old shorts - Kids Class & Machine Class this week


There is nothing like sewing something, anything. I have made so many things from curtains for my home to a camera holder to protect my camera when the kids want to take pictures. I enjoy it "sew" much. I haven't had to to make anything in a few weeks. I have a lot of projects planned but nothing finished.

I started pulling apart an old pair of shorts in my spare time over the past week. I have them cut out of new fabric and almost finished for wearing.



If you have a garment that you just love but have fallen apart, you can always make a new one by just taking a seam ripper to them and taking apart all the seams. If your not sure how to put it back together - take notes while you pull it apart. It will teach you how to reconstruct it. Your markings are already for darts, buttonholes and even how much you need to make your hem.







I have them mostly constructed. I just have to install the wasteband and do the hem. You'll see pictures of the finished product soon.

There is a kids class starting this Saturday - Seats available. Kids who took my summer camp can join for $75

Kids Sewing Class for ages 8 - 12

8 hour class ~ $95
Learn the sewing machine, create a perfect stitch.
Learn to sew easy projects for kids. You will leave each class with a finished project. Or for more advanced kids bring in a pattern of choice and learn how to pin, cut and sew it the right way

Some material supplied - Some you supply

Saturday 10am - 12pm Aug. 11, Aug. 18, Aug. 25, Sept. 8I also have seats available to Learn the Machine class Thursday night
Thursday 6 - 8pm August 9
More pictures to come in a couple of days. Today is a day to enjoy my children. We need to buy school supplies and we want to spend some time playing outside - in the pool because it sure is hot outside. School starts in 2 weeks. It's time to enjoy what is left of the summer.

Enjoy your moments ~ make them "sew" much fun,
Cindy

Aug 2, 2007

Last week of Summer Camp


It's hard to believe summer is almost over. This was another wonderful week of summer camp. I had another group of friends. These girls were so much fun. They brought their own music to listen to. They danced and sang all week while they sewed.

The first day I taught them how to use the sewing machine and they made their bags to carry their projects to camp with them.

I let the girls make what they want to make. I try to make it easy for their parents by suggesting they recycle things they have at home instead of buying new. I tell them to use old sheets, clothes and anything they can find. I try to teach them to be creative. Well, one mom decided to take the group of friends to the fabric store. They all picked out the same pattern to make with different color fabric. It was easy for me because they were all making the same thing. Usually I have several different projects going on at once and sometimes it's a little hard to keep up.

So they all decided to make the same top. They all did a wonderful job sewing them. Again, I'm so proud of these girls. They really absorbed what I was teaching them.




My first year of summer camp was a great success. Every week of camp was full except one week. I can't tell you how much fun I have teaching young people. It is much different then teaching adults.

Today is Open Sewing. I haven't been able to sew in a few weeks. I have my shorts that I love so much apart and new pieces cut out ready to sew. I'll take some pictures today and share with you my progress.

I have a pattern class starting Monday. There's one seat available to the class. 3 people are returning to take the class again because they had so much fun the first time.

Until next time...
Enjoy your moments ~ make them "sew" much fun,
Cindy