Oct 27, 2008

Halloween Costumes

I had it very easy this year with what my kids wanted to be for Halloween. My daughter wanted to be Nancy Drew and my son wanted to be Indiana Jones.

For her we bought a brown coat at Target for $19 on the sale rack and shoes at payless for $17. She had the pants and shirt and headband. The only thing I had to make was her sleuth bag. I had a lot of fun making it. It opens up so "Nancy" can put all her detective things in it.

I made it where she could open it up with three different sizes. She actually pulled out her Nancy Drew movie to show me how she wanted it made. I put many different sizes of pockets and added plastic webbing inside to make it stiff. I bought one yard of $1 yard fabric and used velcro I already had or I would have probably bought better matching. I hid all my seams and I have to say I had a lot of fun making this.

For the Indiana Jones costume I bought a jacket at the thrift store and died it brown. Bought his pants at Target on the sale rack because the kid grows so fast he could always use more pants, his shoes and we found a real Indiana Jones hat. We had the white shirt and the whip. I only had to make his bag too. It took about 15 minutes to make using left over fabric I had in my stash. I used the selvage edge for the flap on the front of the bag to give it that Indie look.

And some costumes from Cami she made for her and Nick. She sent these to me last month and made a few different costumes this year. She really is good at sewing and very creative too...

I hope you have a wonderful and safe Halloween! I'm only having a Machine class in the moring on Friday...seats still available if you want to attend.

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

Oct 24, 2008

A GREAT sewing idea for College Students

As you know I get articles sent to me all the time with the words sew and sewing in them. I found a good one today that I want to share with you before I get ready for my day of teaching.

I really love this idea. If you are a UM student or any other college student this is a great way to make money.

UF student designs clothing line geared for game day
By SYDNEE NEWMAN, Alligator Contributing Writer
It began with some household cloth, Barbie–outfit stencils and a few Barbie dolls. Years later, her passion for hand–sewing dresses has become a business.

In three years, Natalie Kim, a UF English senior, has transformed a hobby into a successful clothing line, Game Day Couture.

She can usually be seen in class — knees up, notebook in lap, sketching out her next dress idea.

Kim designs and sews dresses for all ages. She sells her dresses in LaLa in the Tioga Town Center, which she supplies with 10 to 12 new dresses each week and sells an additional 10 per week to individual women.

The prices range from $75 to $80.

Kim came up with the idea for Game Day Couture four years ago when she couldn’t find an outfit to wear to her first Gator football game.

She whipped up a dress for herself in about three hours.

Read more of the article here

I don't have a lot of time, (the one thing I really wish I had more of) just wanted to share. I hope to get some sewing time in for myself today. I have many things cut out and a sleuth bag to finish I'll be taking pictures of and sharing. I've had fun making it.

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

Oct 23, 2008

Selling Laptop Bags And Other Sewing Projects

When I've had time to sew I've been making laptop bags. I love the one I made for myself. I always tell my students "if you can think of it you can make it" I've had a lot of interest about my bag so - next thing to do was to make a few to sell.

And Halloween Trick a Treat Candy Bag

You can buy them on my website along with other projects. I'll be posting more soon...

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

Oct 14, 2008

Easy Shorts and a Top

My daughter needed some shorts to go to dance class. I used an old pair that fit her to make 3 new pair shorts for her. It took very little fabric. I used some knits I had laying around. And I only needed a little more than a 1/2 yard of elastic.

It only took less than a couple of hours to make all three. And the best part - she loves them.

I'm very happy I've had time to sew. I have a few more projects to cross off the list soon. I need to make costume bags for both kids. I also have more laptop bags cut out I would like to sew up soon. I'll have pictures of Halloween Costumes and other projects soon.

Carrie, one of my students came in and made this top. It came out really cute. She didn't want her picture taken :) It's all good. At least this time I remembered to pull out my camera and take a picture. She did a great job on her top - picked some beautiful fabric. Sometimes it's all about the fabric you pick for your project.

I had some other students attend this mornings sewing class and finished their projects - pants and a dress. I sure do wish I would remember the camera when they try on their projects. Julia made some black pants that came out really good and they only took her a little over an hour to make.

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

Oct 13, 2008

Surgar Glider Cage Accessories

One of my students, Maureen, started sewing to learn how to make different cage themes for her sugar glider cages. Her very first project was a handbag which she had no problems sewing and moved quickly to making her cage covers and all accessories for her cages.

I wasn't sure what a sugar glider was until she educated me.
The Sugar Glider is around 16 to 21 cm (6.3 to 7.5 inches) in length, with a tail almost as long as the body and almost as thick as a human thumb, and weighs between 90 and 150 grams (3 to 5.3 oz). The fur is generally pearl Grey, with black and cream patches on the underbelly and black or grey ears. Other color variations include leucistic and albino recessive traits. The tail tapers only moderately and the last quarter of it is black, often with a dark tip. The muzzle is short and rounded. Northern forms tend to be brown colored rather than grey and, as predicted by Bergmann's Rule, smaller.

Sugar Gliders as pets

Sugar Glider on a table
Sugar Glider on a table

Where legal, the Sugar Glider is not difficult to breed in captivity under the right conditions, and small numbers have been legally and illegally exported to the United States and Britain[5] where they have formed a breeding population for sale as pets. The Sugar Glider is a popular pet because of its lively and inquisitive nature; with plenty of attention, it bonds well to human companions.

Sugar Gliders bred and kept in captivity behave differently from those in the wild

Maureen breeds sugar gliders if you are interested in owning one. She also can make you some really cute accessories for your cage. Let me know if you need to be put in touch with Maureen to own one of these cute little things. She also holds a meetup group and can be reached through their website.

I'm working on Halloween Costumes. Sewn a few pairs of shorts for my daughter, made a few laptop bags I will be selling on my website and made a few Halloween candy tote bags.

I'm also very busy finding a new location for my business. There are many vacancies in Hollywood. I have my eye on a few and hopefully will be signing a lease with one of them soon.

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

Oct 3, 2008

October News Letter

I hope you had a wonderful week. Before I start my day of teaching I wanted to post my October News Letter. I emailed it out yesterday. I have one of my email addresses on my mailing list. Yesterday's news letter never made it to my inbox so I'm going to post it here.

I have a machine class this morning and sewing time this afternoon so come in and see me. I hope I can get some sewing done today and maybe have some pictures for you soon.
Here's the news letter:

Another month has passed. Can you believe it’s October already? Didn’t we just enjoy Labor Day last weekend? Time passes quickly and it is now time to start making your Halloween Costumes. Before you know it this month will pass and Halloween will be here.

There are many different kinds of costumes you can make. Each company has their own patterns. You could also refashion clothes from the thrift store to make your costume. If you need ideas you can always get them online. Start surfing and come up with something people will be talking about. My kids want to be a rock star and Indiana Jones so I'm going thrifting. You can check out what I made them last year here and here. It’s all fun, right?

If you would like to make a trick-or-treat bag I’m having a class to teach you how to sew the tote on Wednesday October 15 from 7 – 9pm. I have the supply list of things needed to make your bag on my website under Adult Classes under special classes at the bottom of the page.

I want to give everyone a heads up about the future of Learn 2 Sew. I’m moving to a new location. It’s time to build the business and move to a place that’s easier for you to get to. My last day open at this location will be Wednesday November 26. Since I’m very slow during the month of December I'll be closed the whole month and reopening in a new location to be announced the first week of January 2009. The new location will be in Hollywood. I want to be next to the interstate so it’s easy for you to come to class. I’m also going to have much more parking. I haven’t found a place yet but have my eye on a few and will be signing a lease soon. I hope to have the address of the new location in time for November’s news letter so keep your eyes out.

I blogged about a couple of things this month.

If you would like to share your projects send me your pictures and I will post them or just leave a comment if you have any questions about the post. Hopefully this is a way I can pass on my of my knowledge with you. Project Runway will be ending soon. I'll be blogging about this soon. When you finish your project in class remind me to take a picture (because I usually forget I'm so busy teaching) and I will post in on my blog

I hope to see you soon in class. Enroll to any sewing time class to sew Halloween Costume.

Until next time,

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


Learn 2 Sew, Inc
902A N. 30 Road (moving - new location TBA)
Hollywood, FL 33021