Jun 26, 2008

6/23 - 7/6 CLOSED for Vacation

Just to give everyone a heads up - I will be closed June 26 - July 6 for vacation. We are going to KY to see family. I decided to take this week off because last year at this time I was very slow since it was Forth of July - a lot of people went away. What better time to take my vacation.

If you want to enroll to my sewing classes while I'm gone you may enroll online. After you pay online you can email me with the dates you want to attend. Or wait until I return and pay cash or check. My classes the first week back are already filling up so If you want to attend - reserve your seat now.

I will only be available by email if you have any questions - Learn2SewFlorida@yahoo.com

I will not be available by phone because I will not have service. You may call and leave a message but I will not get your voice message until I get home because my phone service only includes Florida. I'm not paying the phone company their crazy fee's for roaming.

I WILL BE CHECKING EMAIL - so Email me at Learn2SewFlorida@yahoo.com if you need to speak with me.

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

Jun 13, 2008

Virginia hitting NY and Parsons

One of my students, Virginia, got a wonderful opportunity to attend a summer course at Parsons School for Design I asked her if she could take me with her by email me while she was there and send me some pictures so I could feel like I was with her.

It wasn't long ago she learned the art of sewing. She didn't know much when she started my classes. In a few months she made several dresses. She really absorbed what I taught her and has come a long way.

So, as promised she sent me pictures and with her permission I'm sharing them with you.

Hey Cindy!!! Here are the pics I promised, so you can feel like you too have visited the big Apple! Some of them are of my art work (for the fam) and the others include Central Park, the Fashion District and Times Square. There is a pic of a building with a man's hand pointing up.. that was because some lunatic climbed uptop a huge (like 70 story) building..you may have heard about it on the news. They are filming project runway now in the building next door, so I have seen a lot of the cast. I've also bumped into Julia, the gay guy that left b/c of an infection & another blond from previous seasons. I'm keeping an eye out for our boy Tim G. Hope all is well with you, and that the kids are finally helping to pick up the house! Take care !!

- vigi



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Nyc First Week
(1 album)


If your unable to view the album - here are a few pics and her work



I'm so very proud of her. She really is a wonderful person. I'm so happy she found me and my sewing classes. There are some people who cross your path you really click with and Virginia is one of these people with me. We have had some great "stitch & bitch" sessions.

In her last email:

Hi everybody!!!

I want to start off by saying how much I miss all of you!! I hope everyone is doing great & things are going well in Mia. Please keep me updated!:) NYC has been CRAZY! I keep saying it feels like I've been here for 5 days. They give us so much work, I end up staying in the studio for 12 hours..but it feels like one! The studio is awesome, it is right in the heart of Times Square...actually located 1/2 a block from Yane's office. I can't even say I have done much outside of work- just one outing when Plani came into town, but I really don't have the time (it's 1am now!) Thankfully there is a great yoga studio thee blocks away where I have dropped in twice to find some chi :)

I definitely wanted to make sure I invited you all to an Aids Benefit I am helping out with. For those of you who I haven't mentioned it to yet, it is by a charity organization started by three local college girls They have a vision to help raise money for local charities by bringing the community together through the arts (fashion, poetry, music and paintings). They somehow found out I was taking sewing classes & asked if I would let them use my pieces for the show. I couldn't say no to them..so I, along with 5 other, more sophisticated, designers will have a little fashion show. There will also be a live music, art, poetry, and other interesting things going on. It is Friday the 27th at Harrison's on Miami Beach, the tickets are $35 with food and drinks included. I have attached the flyer. I would love for you all to come! But if you can't make it, I hope to see you soon :) If you have any questions, please make sure to reply back to only me.

Hugs & kisses! ..Toodles! ;)

~Vigi





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

Jun 9, 2008

Easy Patterns for your First Projects

There are many things you could make as your first sewing project. We are all different - what we want to sew is different. What we want to learn is different. This is why I let you decide what you want to make in my sewing classes so that you can create the passion for sewing. Its really no fun when I tell you what you have to make.

Here are some easy ideas to learn how to sew. If your going to take one of my classes this is a few places where you can shop online for your ideas before you hit the store to buy your supplies.

Simplicity has It's So EASY clothing patterns that are very simple to make.



And New Look


Butterick has Easy See & Sew
B5199 B5205 B4431 B4169

Easy Stitch 'N Save
M5559 M5366 M5165

The possibilities are endless what you can sew.

Pick something that has EASY on the package

If your making clothing make sure you have your measurements. Never assume your size. There will be a measuring chart in the pattern books and on the back of the patterns. Use the biggest size out of the three. (bust-waist-hips) So take your measurements - never assume your size. Click Here to learn how to take your measurements.







Look on the back of the envelope to see what you need to make whatever "view" you are making. (view A, view B, etc...)





The first thing listed usually is suggested fabric. Walk around the fabric store or ask a salesperson for help to find the fabric you want to use for your project. On the back of the pattern envelope you will see how much fabric is needed for your size. Depending on the width of the fabric (45" - 60") will decide how many yardage is needed of fabric. Pick up the fabric needed to make your view. I always buy extra fabric. Its fun to have extra fabric for other projects. They will tell you how much is needed for interfacing (adds body and stiffness to fabric- found by the cutting tables) and liner fabric or contracting fabric. You can always use the same fabric instead of using a contrast and liner...just add it to the total yardage of the fabric needed.

The next thing usually listed on the back of the envelope are "notions" - which are -thread (because everything needs thread) :) zippers, buttons, velcro, hook & eye. Anything needed to make the view you have chosen.

AND - you have to read the whole way down the envelope. Often they hide things on the bottom that says "For All Views" . A lot of people miss this and often have to hit the store again to get everything needed to make their project like liner fabric or interfacing.

Don't forget before you cut your project out to always wash your fabric. There's nothing worse than making something, wearing it one time, wash it and not have it fit you again. So wash your fabric before you come to class.

So if your looking for an easy project to bring with you to sewing class the possibilities are endless. Just remember to get an E-A-S-Y pattern. Pick a pattern that has the elements you want to learn.

I'll see you in class.......

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

Jun 8, 2008

Kids Sewing Supply List

If you are going to attend my sewing class here is some ideas for projects you can make and a supply list needed to make your project.

If you attended my class before then you already know how to use the sewing machine. You can start off sewing anything you want but remember you must bring everything with you - fabric, thread and any notions you need to make your project. If you need help deciding what supplies you need, after you decide what you want to make give me a call and I'll let you know what to bring.

You may bring your sewing machine or you can sew on one of mine.






Here are some of the things you can make and the supplies you will need for your projects. You can make anything you want. Be creative – use things you have around your house – old sheets, clothes, anything you can think of can be made into something new.

PILLOWS

1 yard of fabric, poly fill or pillow form (any size you want), lace trim, buttons or anything you want to decorate your pillows with. Take a picture of yourself – print it on t-shirt transfer paper and iron it on to your pillow. You can use old sheets, clothes ~ be creative.


BLUE JEAN IDEAS

Bag – old jeans, 1 yard liner fabric

Pencil holder – legs of old jeans, 9” zipper Add fabric or patches to the bottom of your jeans – bring your pants, fabric you want to add.




Easy Blanket Make an easy blanket using old T-shirts or any colors/style of fabric. Make it as big or as little as you want. Several yards of fabric are needed depending on how many colors and how big you want to make your blanket. I can help you figure out what you will need for this project. You will need batting and quilt tape for your edges.


Letter Holder / Book Covers

½ yard fabric
¼ yard contrasting fabric
Thread to match your fabric





Skirt

2 yard of fabric,
7” zipper or
¾” elastic for waste band
Thread to match fabric



Pants

3 yard of fabric.
Thread to match fabric
¾” Elastic for waste band




Hat

1 ½ yards of fabric,
¼ yard of interfacing.


Apron
An EASY Apron Pattern of your choice
2 yards of fabric –
Thread to match




Pet Clothes

1 yards fabric, 1 yard contrasting fabric

Thread to match fabric



Felt Games

1 yards any color felt

1 package craft felt

Thread to match fabric






T-shirt refashions

Old t-shirt

Thread to match fabric


Handbag

1 1/2 yard fabric

1 yard interfacing

Thread to match fabric








Local Fabric Stores

Do a Google map search with your zip code to find fabric stores close to your house

Jo-Ann – 4700 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood

$1 per yard - Arnolds Fabric – on 7th Ave. at NW 129 – Miami

Ultra Fabric – Pines Blvd. and Univ. Drive. Across from Hooters


If you haven't already - reserve your seat to the next sewing class at Learn 2 Sew. We have a lot of fun.

And - Don't forget to bring your favorite music on cd's or your ipods with you and also a drink if you want.

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