Apr 30, 2010

Make it work Part 2 - Lessons

In Part 1 of make it work I talked about how we never stop learning. There's lessons all around just waiting for us to learn. Sometimes things don’t go the way we want. When things don’t happen the way you want you have to learn the lesson that that something is trying to teach you I talked about the first time you sew something you aren’t going to make gold. It takes a few times of doing a sewing technique to make your gold. Each time you do the technique you get better. Each time you learn or find out what you did wrong and you try something different until you make gold.

Sewing is a lot like life. If we don’t learn our lessons they will only repeat themselves until we do learn them. The goal in life for all of us is to live our lives with as many smiles as we can and live life full of love . All the things around us decide if we are having smiles and finding love. When we don’t give ourselves what we love we don’t have many smiles. It’s the decisions we make each day that determine our surroundings. If you don’t like what surrounds you or what’s happening to you, you have to learn what the moment is trying to teach you and do something different, try a different technique until you bring yourself smiles and love, until you make your gold.

There’s two questions I ask my children everyday when I pick them up from school:
Tell me something you learned today because each and every day has lessons to teach us.
The second question I ask is tell me something good that happened because when we focus on the good things and not the bad we have more smiles. The bad things that happen are lessons waiting for us to learn them. The good things that happen are lessons learned.

I started last week with the shadow reflecting on my wall LEARN. I should have known I was being reminded to learn my lessons of the week so they wouldn’t repeat themselves. I’m not going to tell you the bad things that happened, just say I need to be more in control of classes, my home, my kids and my business. No one's perfect all the time in everything. When bad things happen in life I stop and think about what happened, how it happened and when the situation comes up next time how I can handle it better to achieve success. I do this in many aspects of my life, all the different hats I ware to achieve a successful life.

Success is different for many people. I've had several people look at what I've achieved in awe at my success. Then I think to myself I could do so much better than I am. I view others I come across and think how can they fit all of that in their life and make it all work? Most of how people make it work are goals they set for themselves. That will be part 3 of this series, setting goals.

The only thing we all have the same – we all share is 24 hours in each day. We can’t get more time or take away time. We all live 24 hours. It’s what you do with your 24 hours that determine what kind of life you have, if you fill them with smiles our tears. It’s your choice.......

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

Apr 28, 2010


Remember little Christopher who came to sewing class in January to learn how to sew his designs? - and how his drawings blew me away.... Well, he's well on his way to fame. A press release about my little student.

I'm so proud of him. I'm more proud of his mother feeding his gift. Believe me it's not easy for her.


Miami, FL – April 26, 2010 – Amongst the hustle and bustle of fabrics, color markers, sketchbooks, and art books, you can wade your way through the folds and find ten year old Christopher Abella, Miami’s youngest fashion design student, and an art student at South Miami K-8 Center’s Expressive Arts Magnet.

Born in Miami to Cuban immigrant parents, Christopher has had a rare gift for drawing and fashion design from a young age, and by age 9, was already studying privately with fashion designer Tracy Ellyn of Miami Art and Design, who worked as a designer in New York for 13 years and still designs part-time in New York while residing in Miami. 

“I simply have never seen anyone so young have a passion and an understanding for the fashion figure and how to sketch it so elegantly,” says Tracy. “I’ve worked on Seventh Avenue for all the top designers, and I sense that he, too, could already work there. It’s uncanny. Where does this come from?”

Tracy Ellyn watches her young student as he comes up with creations swirled from his pencil onto paper with nary a breath, while colors, metallics and beading come to life in his imagination. As if his unique and elegant gowns aren’t enough, he then proceeds to add matching shoes of such high style that even ManoloBlahnik would believe he has a competitor.

“I ask him where he comes up with these ideas, and he simply states with the innocence of a child, “From my head.’ This is the definition of true artistic talent. With little to no exposure, and having never been to New York or Paris, he knows how to design on an intuitive level. It is as if he was a designer in his previous life, so to speak,” explains Tracy.

Laurie Russell, lead magnet teacher at South Miami K-8 Center, recognized Christopher’s talent early on. He auditioned for her audition-based visual arts program at age 7, successfully, of course. Laurie has been his fine arts teacher from grade 3 to 5. He will have completed the program in just one month.

Russell has instilled in Christopher the classic training and knowledge of media that a typical college art student would receive. He has learned observational drawing, painting, mixed media, ceramics, and all of the art elements and design principles that an artist should know. It is largely due to Laurie Russell that Christopher has evolved from child artist to sophisticated visual thinker.

Simultaneously, Tracy Ellyn exposes Christopher not only to designing, but also to the history of the world’s great fashion designers, such as Valentino, Yves Saint Laurent, Charles James, Christian Dior, and Diane Von Furstenberg, the latter of the two with whom she worked. His favorite designer thus far is Valentino. Tracy shares with him a rare collector’s book that she got in Europe in the 1980’s containing Valentino’s sketches and actual fabric swatches. Christopher can barely contain his excitement as she turns the pages for him.

At Tracy’s suggestion, Christopher went to visit the brilliant Coral Gables couture designer Ozcar G, who recognized Christopher’s talent and passion immediately. Ozcar took him under his wing to show him the Ozcar G collection and explain the fabrics and construction of his one-of-a-kind gowns. Ozcar G, himself a Cuban immigrant who started in fashion at age 10, relates personally to Christopher’s special passion, and has been kind enough to interrupt a wealthy woman’s fitting to go sit with Christopher and talk to him about his portfolio and his future.

As equally adept on the baseball field as the drawing table, Christopher is an anomaly. At school, he is just a regular kid working on his reading and math skills, and socializing with his friends. His polite manners and humble expressions round out the picture of this rare talent.

Christopher will have an opening for the exhibition of his fashion designs and art pieces on Friday evening, May 7th, from 6 – 9 pm, at The Angel’s Ring, 86 Miracle Mile, in Coral Gables. The opening will take place during Gallery Night at the Gables. There will be a wine and cheese reception, and it is open to the public.

For further information, contact Lissette Abella at lissetteabella@gmail.com, or Tracy Ellyn of Miami Art and Design at www.miamiartanddesign.net. For information on the couturier collection of Ozcar G, log onto www.ozcarcouture.com. For further information on South Miami K-8 Center’s Expressive Arts Magnet, contact Laurie Russell at laurierussell@dadeschools.net.

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

Apr 27, 2010


Did you know ... A sloper is a basic pattern a pattern maker uses to make all their other patterns from. Each pattern company uses their own sloper - this is why you have to do your measurements for each pattern company. One company's size 14 could be different than the next company size 14. Always take your measurements for each pattern to know your true size for that company.
picture from: sewingtechnology.net

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

Apr 26, 2010

Sewing Over the Wire - 04/26/10

 This is a weekly series where I share sewing news I receive with you.
Enjoy your reading.

Project Runway:
For Sario, 'Runway' a springboard
Honolulu Advertiser
Thu, 22 Apr 2010
As Season 7 of Lifetime's hit reality show "Project Runway" comes to a close tonight, Hawai'i's first contestant, Jay Nicholas Sario, who graduated from Mililani High School and learned fashion skills at Honolulu Community College, is forging forward with his fashion career, madly designing and sewing his spring 2011 collection.

Project Runway semifinalist Suede kicks off Project Fabricland in North Plainfield
Independent Press
Sun, 25 Apr 2010
Fashion designer, Suede, a semifinalist from “Project Runway Season 5,” will kick off Project Fabricland, a sewing competition based on the popular television series, at 2 p.m. on Sunday,
May 2, 2010, at a fashion show at North Plainfield High School, 34 Wilson Ave., North Plainfield.

About People:
Prom -- By Design
Las Vegas Review-Journal
Thu, 22 Apr 2010
In the cult classic movie "Pretty in Pink," main character Andie Walsh doesn't have the financial means to buy a new prom dress. Fortunately, she knows her way around a sewing machine
and has a fierce sense of style. Put the two together and you have John Hughes' version of Cinderella.

Online jewel in Erin's crown
Herald Sun
Wed, 21 Apr 2010
AS A high school student, Erin Kilty developed a love of sewing under the guidance of an inspiring teacher.

Midvale immigrants learning to sew for profit
KSL Salt Lake City Tue, 20 Apr 2010
Midvale City has started offering classes for women to learn how to sew and how to market what they make. The Mother's Club helps Hispanic women learn a skill that helps their families and others.

Coming Sunday: 100 State Fair projects in 100 days
Des Moines Register Fri, 23 Apr 2010
Havenât started your baking and sewing for this yearâs Fair? Then youâre probably not ready to compete against the likes of Andrea Spencer of Gilbert, who plans to complete at least 100 State Fair projects in 100 days and has been blogging about her progress .

Earth Day: Kids say sew what to recycling
Cowichan News Leader Pictorial
Thu, 22 Apr 2010
Parent volunteer Starla Parkin shows Kelly Evoy how to sew her own vest. others also read...

Sew difficult
The Columbus Dispatch
Sat, 24 Apr 2010
Listen to the hum of a roomful of industrial sewing machines. Catch a note or two of the smooth jazz coming from the boombox in the corner. Hear the giggle of a mother as she recalls a skill that she hasn't put to much use since home-economics class.

Sew and Show
Willows Journal Fri, 23 Apr 2010
Carmen Lopez is a self-proclaimed quilting junkie who was introduced to her passionate addiction through peer pressure. "My friend told me to check out a quilting class and I didn't want to because I thought it was just for old ladies," Lopez joked....

About Businesses:
New Brother Website Live â Printers & Office Solutions At Your Side
Tue, 20 Apr 2010
Brother, Australia's most trusted brand for the print and imaging, labelling and sewing markets, launched its brand new website at www.brother.com.au. (PRWeb
Apr 20, 2010) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/printer/office_solutions/prweb3899444.htm

Research and Markets: Men's and Boys' Cut and Sew Work Clothing Manufacturing Industry in the U.S. and its ...
Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance
Wed, 21 Apr 2010
DUBLIN----Research and Markets has announced the addition of Supplier Relations US, LLC's new report "Men's and Boys' Cut and Sew Work Clothing Manufacturing Industry in the U.S. and its International Trade" to their offering.

Get crafty with UNIQUE LA
KPCC Pasadena
Fri, 23 Apr 2010
UNIQUE LA bills itself as the largest independent design show in the nation featuring more than 300 designers and artists. The 2nd annual Spring Show is this weekend. Among the many activities will be a sewing workshop led by Jin Kim of Common Thread Studio.

Giving Back:
Giving warmth and love to those who serve
9 News
Denver Fri, 23 Apr 2010
KERSEY - Inside Mrs. Dillard's math class at
Platte Valley Elementary School, you will hear the sound of students learning things like multiplication and percentages. But if you step outside her class into the hallway, you will hear the gentle humming of sewing machines.

Girl Scouts sew pillows for cancer patients at Vassar Hospital
Poughkeepsie Journal
Sat, 24 Apr 2010
Girl Scouts Taylor Triola, 10, and Jordan Green, 9, proudly showed off their sewing skills Friday. And they helped others in the process.

Help needed to aid soldiers
Springfield News-Leader Sat, 24 Apr 2010
Harriet Fritz needed to do something more than pray. When the prayer list at
Redeemer Lutheran Church, Springfield/ Nixa, kept including military personnel, Fritz turned to her strength: knitting and sewing.

New Products:
Book brings Stewart touch to sewing
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Fri, 23 Apr 2010
Martha Stewart establishes herself as a stitchery expert with "Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts," a book that provides guidance on a range of issues related to sewing, from setting up a work area to embellishing with embroidery.

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

Apr 25, 2010

Week in Review 4/25/10 - Learn

I opened up the studio Wednesday morning, walked back to turn on the lights and saw the shadow of my front door letters on the wall. How cool is that?

Not many finished products to show you this week. We were working on a lot of alterations and starting the process of construction.

7 people attended the machine class
11 people came to cutting class to cut dresses, pants, tops, skirts and aprons.
21 people attended the sewing class making tops, alterations, craft projects, kids clothing, dresses and hats.

Cindy came in to finish her little outfits she's making for her niece. She's leaving Tuesday to visit little one so we won't see her for a while in sewing class. You might remember the toddler red/white/blue and pink outfits I showed you last week. She made the bloomers at home and started working on the hats. She came to class this week a couple of times to finish the outfits before she has to leave. She also cut another view from the same pattern. She almost had them finished before she left class. I have not worries she will finish the few things need to have a finished product.

Sam's still making her kids clothing for her photo shoots. She finds her fabric in all kids of different places. She's doing a lot of sewing at home and is learning how to sew without me. She still think she needs my advice but she really does know what she's doing. 

She loves putting all different kinds of fabric together in her kids clothing. She knows just what she wants to do and is very creative doing it.

Alexis has been working on an easy dress. I teach my students to cut big and sew small. Well the measurements on this pattern were way off. we had to take a lot in to make it fit. The picture is her trying to get some kind of shape to this dress. 

I also made a little mistake with her in construction. She wanted sleeves. I had her follow the instructions without sleeves. After she realized what happened she didn't want to pull out the binding under the arm. I told her it was real easy to do but then she realized she forgot the sleeves at home. She installed the zipper with no problems. The last thing needed was a hem.

Marta has been to a few sewing classes working on her very first project, a skirt. She really has taken her time making sure every seam is perfect. We worked on the fit yesterday in class. I gave her a few options on how to finish like holding down the facing by adding a top stitch giving a waistband effect or just hand sewing the facing down to the seams on the inside so you see no stitches. I also asked her if she wanted to do a top stitch for the hem or learn the blindhem stitch. She went with the top stitch. Its a great fit. She works in an office and wears these kind of things. Now she can make many for her wardrobe.

Next weeks classes:
Zippers Tuesday 6:30 - 8:30. (If I don't get more people enrolling in my technique Tuesday classes I'm going to be changing them to sewing classes)
Sewing Wednesday 11am-1pm and 6:30-8:30pm (3 seats available in each class)
Sewing Thursday 10am - 2pm (one seat available)
Machine Thursday 6:30 - 8:30pm
Machine Friday 10am-12n
Sewing Friday 1-3pm
Cutting Saturday 10am-12n
Sewing Saturday 1-5pm

I want to try and make a new sign for my window next week. I'm also looking into putting a sign on the header of the building because people are sitting in the parking lot calling me because they can't find my new location. I was checking the city website last night and they have many regulations about signage.

I also need to get busy this week for the Open House on Monday May 3rd.

I can't wait for next week to complete some of these projects many of my students have. Let's hope I remember to pull out the camera!!  LOL

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

Apr 23, 2010

Make It Work - Part 1

Great words aren't they? Make it work.  That's what I feel like I do with everything in my life.

I thought I would start doing posts about what I do to try to be the best parent I can while following my dreams in opening a business of my passion, and how I try to make it all work to be as successful as I can. I want to do this because I love reading about the success of other people, to know we're all the same and to share my lessons learned with the next person. After all, I'm a teacher and love passing on my knowledge to others to see what they do with it. And because life is always teaching us lessons, we never stop learning. You never know where you will learn something that will help you in your life.

We can even use our life lessons in sewing. A few of them I pass along to both my kids and students are; you never stop learning. There are many places to gain your knowledge from a class, online, books, stores, tv, video's, blogs. Lessons are all around waiting for us to learn them. As many years as I've been sewing I'm always learning new techniques. Sometimes you don't remember how to do them because it's not a technique you do everyday so you refer to book and things for the details when you need them and know you can do the best you can because they have presented themselves to you in the past and each time you do it you get better. You don't start out making gold, you have to make mistakes to learn how to make the gold.  Another thing I teach in my sewing class is no matter how long you've been sewing you're not perfect. Everyone makes mistakes. It's learning from your mistakes so they don't happen as often but things are never perfect 100% of the time all the time, in life and in sewing. Don't get upset when bad things happen. Learn from the lessons being taught to you and do better the next time.

1998 Hollywood Beach

2000 Halloween Dean the Dog and Ally the Cat

The first thing you have to do to be successful is to set goals for yourself. How do you set goals? You decide what's important to you and what you desire the most. For me since it took me 18 years to have my babies, I'm mom first. I've always wanted to be a mom. I always knew since the days of my youth I would have kids but I didn't have the blessings of being a mom for many years. When I had my kids I gave them all my time, my everything. I was a stay at home mom. Because money is needed to survive in this society there came a time when I needed to have an income. I always knew I would be a business owner just never knew what kind of business. Then my friend asked me to teach her to sew. I can't tell you how that moment changed my life. I have to tell you this situation of following your passion has presented itself to me in the past for many years but until I was ready to put it to action did I really realize I could do this and be successful. I could be the best parent I can be to my children while following that thing given to me at birth, the passion of sewing.

I run my sewing classes the way I do so I can spend as much time with my children as I can while they're still young and need me. There will come a time when my time will be for me again but right now I only do 12 2 hour classes which means I'm teaching 24 hours a week, part time.  There are times when my schedule doesn't fit with my students schedule but I do this for my children. Some people ask me to add classes or more hours here and there. I will do this when my kids don't need me as much which will happen soon enough. Right now I'm just enjoying my time with them when I can.

Being a parent is the hardest most rewarding thing I've ever done. You never know if you're doing the right thing. And what works with one child doesn't always work with the next. You're always second guessing your decision, not knowing your successful moments until long after they happen. 

Making it work this week. I felt like a failure as a parent this week. Tuesday my daughter got sent home with lice. I was in lice hell doing treatments to both kids 2 to 3 times a day taking 2 hours each treatment. That was just the heads. Lets just say I got a real lesson this week on lice. I got rid of them today and little one was allowed back in school. That's right, she was out of school all week. Needles to say dealing with all this my fuse was very short. I said and acted ways with my kids I shouldn't have.  We teach our children how to be through our actions. You can really see this with little children. Your disciplinary words will fly out of their mouths one time or another when they get older. So you have to choose your words carefully when speaking to them. I still need to have a conversation with both kids to tell them I'm sorry for my short fuse.

I smashed my finger on my desk chair and desk removing some skin. Ouch. My kids ran over to me when it happened and threw their arms around me. I do the same thing for them when they get hurt.

Some classes didn't go the way I would like this week. After a few classes ended I said to myself "I wish I would have done this that way or said that to this student or handled things a different way."

So lets just say this week was not a good week for me with many lessons presenting themselves to me. It's my decision to accept their lessons and learn from the bad things so they don't happen as often. I have to say I enjoyed my time being in sewing studio heaven than being in lice hell home this past week. Sewing makes things all better for me.

Tomorrow is a busy day of sewing. More heaven passing my knowledge to others. Another day to work on being the best teacher I can be for my students by learning from my mistakes from my last few classes.

Part 2 of Making it work will be posted soon

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

Apr 22, 2010

L2S Project Runway Contest

Are you ready for the Runway? Tonight's the final episode of season 7. We get to see what happened when they allowed 10 designers to show at the park. I love Seth Arron.. his hard edgy look. I hope he wins.
When the season started back in January I started another contest for my students to win 20 hours of free sewing class. The only thing that changed from my last contest was they had to sew their designs in class. The last time I let them sew them at home. Needles to say there were many sewing mistakes that couldn't be seen from the outside of the garment. This time I wanted to make sure everything was constructed properly to win the contest. And, even though I got a lot of exposure last time with the students promoting their designs to their friends, I didn't make any profit from this promotion. I thought I would get more people signing up for classes but that didn't happen. So this time to make this promotion profitable the students had to sew their projects in class.

Here's the deal; when PR season 7 started I spent hours on Lifetime's website and a few others to find out the schedule of showings so I could announce the deadline to turn in your entry form. I never could find the air date thus never having an ending date to the contest. Bravo always gave us the full schedule air date... not Lifetime. I asked my students to watch the show and when they tell us who's going to Bryant Park their entry forms are due.

Well, that date came on us quickly with no entries being turned in. I gave my students another week. Again no entries. Thus no contest. I can't believe not one person wanted 20 hours of sewing class. If one person entered they would have won. I was giving 10 hours to second place.

So, as much fun as it was the last time, I got nothing this time. I'm going to have to think about IF I want to do this again and how I can make it successful. When you're in business you try different things. Sometimes it's works, sometimes not so much but you keep trying. 

Have fun watching the show tonight! GO SETH ARRON!

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

Apr 21, 2010

Did You Know?

Did you know pressing fabric is a lot like curling your hair?

Long ago I earned a living as a hairstylists. When I did hair I would teach my clients what was happening to their hair while I work on it. I've always been a teacher.

When you heat your hair the bonds break down. The bonds are reformed when they cool off to make either curly hair straight or straight hair curly. (Right Faye?) To get the very best look you want to let your hair cool down before you start to style it.

Fabric works the same. When you're pressing you want to let the fabric cool down so you can get a really good crease/press in the fabric.

So after you curl/straighten your hair and iron your fabric let it cool off before you mess with it to get the best results.

On a parting note: a hairstylists nightmare. Little one got sent home with lice yesterday. I'm in lice hell. They wouldn't let her back in school today because there's still some nit in her hair. One thing I have learned that really helps take them out is put vinegar in the hair. It blows up the lice so you can see them to pull out. I just can't see that well to pull them out.

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

Apr 19, 2010

Sewing Over the Wire - 04/19/10

This is a weekly series where I share sewing news I receive with you.

Enjoy your reading.

About People:
Generations sewn together
Corning Observer
Tue, 13 Apr 2010
There was time when mothers made their children clothing. Back then, the sewing machine
was a common sight in most homes and homemade clothing was the norm. Ask just about any teenager today if they know how to thread a needle and the answer will be...

Rockford fashionista looks to get clothing line on more store racks
Rockford Register Star
Wed, 14 Apr 2010
ROCKFORD â As a girl, Alexis Peabody would rip the seams off her clothes and pull them apart, then sew them back together for a totally new look. Now 29 years old,
Peabody has turned her lifelong passion into a blossoming career.

Dallas sewing boutique puts modern spin on an old-fashioned skill
Dallas Morning News
Fri, 16 Apr 2010
It's pretty clear from the moment you step through the door that City Craft isn't your grandmother's sewing shop.

Student Designers Strut Their Stuff At Fashion Show
The Wesleyan Argus
Fri, 16 Apr 2010
After weeks of planning, cutting, sewing and fitting, 13 student designers presented their collections at the annual WesFest Fashion Show last night.

Melrose enters quilt contest for the children
The Enid News & Eagle
Fri, 16 Apr 2010
âIt is nice to be able to do for others. I think people who sew or quilt, they are pretty good about donating their stuff to others. If you have the talent, use it to give to someone else. There are only so many you can put in your closet, and my closet is full.â â Sharon Melrose

The creative process behind the costumes worn in UA productions
The Tuscaloosa News
Sun, 18 Apr 2010
By Robert Sutton Chief Photographer The steady hum of sewing machines
fills the costume shop. On one wall hang pieces of fabric pinned to sketches, an outline of the work that lies ahead.

A Stitch in Time owners have work all sewn up
Wichita Falls Times Record News
Sun, 18 Apr 2010
Darla and Leonard Woodruff worked a variety of jobs before they decided to open A Stitch in Time, a sewing machine
dealership and quilting store that also does commercial embroidery.

Women stitch back their lives after fleeing Myanmar
Reuters via Yahoo! News
Sun, 18 Apr 2010
Hunched over sewing machines
, a group of Myanmar women refugees are stitching together a livelihood after fleeing persecution from the junta back home.

Portland Sewing teaches novices and experienced stitchers how to do-it-yourself
The Oregonian
Mon, 19 Apr 2010
Portlanders learn sewing techniques, from beginner basics to skills for more advanced techniques, at Portlanr Sewing/

About Businesses:
Banasch's now under one roof
The Cincinnati Enquirer
Sun, 18 Apr 2010
For the first time in a quarter-century, Greater Cincinnati tailors and dressmakers can find everything they want from a Banasch's sewing-supply company under one roof.

Giving Back:
Sewing good deeds
North Platte Telegraph Wed, 14 Apr 2010
The North Platte Telegraph Quiltmaking requires a fair amount of skill and knowledge. The process of making a quilt can also be an educational experience in itself, as proven by Laura Poe's sixth grade class at
Lake Maloney Public School.

CPHS students sew dresses from donated pillowcases
The Woodlands Villager
Wed, 14 Apr 2010
Tirelessly hunching over an antique Singer machine, Lauren Starnes sews stitch after stitch onto a pillowcase.

Summit County locals needed to make baby clothes for charity
Summit Daily News
Fri, 16 Apr 2010
SUMMIT COUNTY - To help new families who are financially unprepared, a local Warm Hearts-Warm Babies group is making infant clothing for area hospitals. Avanelle Bond, a Keystone resident and the group's leader, is seeking volunteers to make baby clothes and accessories. Warm Hearts-Warm Babies is a state-wide, volunteer-run charity whose helpers sew, knit, crochet and quilt for premature ...

Karen Ovalle, 17, a Winter Haven High School senior, sits at Heartfelt Quilting and Sewing in Winter Haven on Saturday. She is showing a quilt that is similar to the 132 quilts she made and sent to an orphanage in Colombia.

Vallejo church members help out Haiti with quilts and health kits
Vallejo Times-Herald
Mon, 19 Apr 2010
Some survivors of Haiti's Jan. 12 earthquake will soon have some necessities courtesy of Vallejo's St. Paul's Lutheran Church.Church members ranging in age from 3 to 90 helped sew quilts and put together so-called health kits for Haiti's earthquake victims and others,

New Products:
Books: 'Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts' is loaded with information
Dallas Morning News
Sat, 17 Apr 2010
When it comes to crafting, Martha Stewart doesn't mess around. She takes sewing and other fabric crafts seriously. If her magazine, television show and Web site didn't clue you in, her new Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts will.

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

Apr 18, 2010

Week in Review 4/18/10 - Sewing Zen

Do you know when your space isn't right it's hard to be creative, to follow the flow of your thoughts, to be in the moment? The space in which you sew will either bring out your best or cause much frustration. I now have a place of sewing zen with many beautiful things being created. The knowledge is flowing...

5 people attended the machine class.
4 people attended the cutting class cutting all clothing - 3 dresses and a skirt.
15 people made it to sewing class this week to sew children's clothing, jeans skirt, pencil skirt, a few tops, clothing alterations, maternity dress and a prom gown.

I switched my Technique Tuesday class with a cutting class because I didn't have one scheduled and I had people who wanted one sooner then I was offering. Tuesday's cutting class was my last 6-8pm class. I'm now leaving my students enough time to go through the 5 o'clock traffic to make it to class. It also gives me more time to finish up homework with the kids, cook dinner and wait for the daddy to arrive to take over the parenting.

There were many smiles as my students returned this week to sewing class to see my new surroundings. I did have a few finished products like Jamie's dog bed and some very close to being finished like Yasmin's jean skirt. Unfortunately I have to get in the habit of pulling out the camera. There were a few pictures taken.

Cindy's been coming to sewing class to work on toddler outfits for her niece. She started the pink top in class and did the red/white/blue one at home. She's working on the ruffle bloomers with the only thing left to do is run the elastic. She also has to do the buttonholes for the top and sew the buttons. These came out really cute and will look cute on her littlest family member. She probably would have this finished already if she didn't get sick for a few days and had to cancel one of her sewing classes.

Laura, who's standing at the ironing board is working on her vintage tunic top/dress to go along with the pants I showed you in last weeks review. She's taking her time to do everything right. She installed her neck facing and is working on her armholes. I gave her some homework to do because she owns her own machine. If she finishes she can install the zipper in the next class.

And behind her looking in the mirror is Kimberly who is making a maternity dress to wear to her baby shower. I gotta tell ya, fitting the baby belly is harder to do than you think. We have something funky doing on right at the bust line that you can see her messing with. She didn't like the gathers so we did some tucks instead. I think we're going to have to do another little tuck at the center front to get rid of some fabric to make her have some shape.

Charlisse, (isn't that a pretty name?) who's on the left, came to the machine class last week and cutting class Tuesday. She understands everything I teach her and is really picking up the art of sewing. She's like a sponge that absorbs everything. She picked up the machine real fast. When she came back to sewing class Saturday I didn't have to show her how to make a bobbin or thread the machine. I started her off on her top and kept an eye on her while I helped the other students. She really never needed my help except for a couple of steps. She was able to follow the pattern instructions with ease. I'm very impressed!

And Marta who is sitting on the right came to cutting class with Charlisse Tuesday to cut out a red pencil skirt. She's another student who is taking her time to make sure she learns every step of the process. She came to sewing class a couple of times this week. At the end of the first class we installed the zipper but she didn't like the way it came out so out it came. The second time it looked much better. We had to do some alterations for a better fit before we installed the waistband which she's working on now.

Scott returned to class to work on his prom gown. Did I tell you he's entering the JoAnn's Prom Gown Contest? Winner receives $50K. He's working on a vogue pattern that has many different shapes to it and takes a little thought process to understand how they want you to put the odd shapes together to make this beautiful two tone fabric strapless. (really wish I would have written down the pattern number or taken a picture of it but next time...) I'm so happy we are in my zen sewing studio because the juices were just flowing to be able to do what the instructions required. We got a lot accomplished in class with him installing a beauriful invisiable zipper. I really can't wait to finish this dress. I'm having as much fun with this project as Scott.

So you can see I took my camera out twice this week. One to take a few pictures at the same time. Hopefully I'll remember next week because so many students are very close to being done sewing. And I want to sew a few things next week too. The only sewing I did this week were to sew curtains for the front window WHICH I didn't take a picture of **LOL** My bad..

Zipper Class Technique Tuesday 6:30-8:30
Sewing Wednesday 11am-1pm and 6:30-8:30pm
Sewing Thursday 10am - 2pm
Cutting Thursday 6:30-8:30pm
Cutting Friday 10am-12n
Sewing Friday 1-3pm
Machine Saturday 10am-12n
Sewing Saturday 1-5pm

Call to reserve your seats! Saturday's classes have been filling - you have to let me know at least 2 weeks a head of time if you want to come on Saturday's.

And on a parting note.... no one entered the Project Runway Contest. I'm amazed! I'll be posting about this soon.
Until next time,
Enjoy your moments ~ make them "sew" much fun,