Aug 30, 2010

Sewing Over the Wire 8/30/10

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

How-to workshops in St. Charles teach sewing, styles
Suburban Journals Tue, 24 Aug 2010
Inside the DIY Style Workshop in St. Charles, there's a whirl of sewing, designing and teaching happening most days of the week

The Indiana Gazette Tue, 24 Aug 2010
The Material Gals sewing group of the Presbyterian Church of Marion recently made baby quilts for newborns in the region. A Blog All About Knitting and Sewing
PRWeb via Yahoo! News Wed, 25 Aug 2010 has published new pages about famous knitters, the history of the sewing machine, and knitting patterns for children.  

SewAndQuiltQueen -- Launches New Series of Pages
PRWeb via Yahoo! News Wed, 25 Aug 2010
SewAndQuiltQueen launches new content to include information about sewing, knitting, quilting and other textile crafts. 

  Fall River business owner relocates sewing school to her home
Fall River Herald News Wed, 25 Aug 2010
Thereâs a hole on Second Street. The hole isnât a pothole. Itâs the empty building where Debbieâs School of Sewing was in business for 22 years, teaching the mysteries of basting, backstitiching, straight-stitching and overlocking to women (and some men) who decided that sewing was a good skill to have. 

Schmidt wins sewing award, to attend Clermont County sewing camp
Community Press & Recorder Fri, 27 Aug 2010
JoEllen Schmidt, a 15-year-old 4-Her, received the prestigious Junior Master Clothing Educators of Ohio Award during the recent Ohio State Fair 4-H Clothing Judging. 

Quilting a layer of comfort for injured soldiers
Baltimore Sun Fri, 27 Aug 2010
Harford County group sews their appreciation one square at a time Every other week, quilters gather in a sun-drenched community room that overlooks their Harford County homes. They will spend a few hours sewing and socializing ever aware they are stitching with a purpose.

Group sewing up projects
Wahoo Newspaper Sat, 28 Aug 2010
CERESCO â Each month, a group of women come together in Ceresco, each with separate projects but also with a single purpose.

Oklahoma historical sites celebrate dedication of pioneer women
The Oklahoman Sat, 28 Aug 2010
Oklahoma Historical Society exhibits and activities show how pioneer women worked hard to cook, wash and sew clothes, and even make quilts while keeping their homes clean.

Research and Markets: Men's and Boys' Cut and Sew Shirt (Except Work Shirt) Manufacturing Industry in the U.S. and Its ...
Business Wire Mon, 23 Aug 2010
DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Research and Markets ( has announced the addition of Supplier Relations US, LLC's new report "Men's and Boys' Cut and Sew Shirt (except Work Shirt) Manufacturing Industry in the U.S. and its International Trade [2010 Edition]" to their offering. The Men's and Boys' Cut and Sew

Jo-Ann Stores raises profit forecast; shares surge
Market Watch Thu, 26 Aug 2010
NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- Shares of Jo-Ann Stores Inc. jumped nearly 15% after the retailer raised its fiscal-year outlook on improving profit margins and strong demand for sewing supplies. The Hudson, Ohio-based company said it now expect to earn $3.20 to $3.35 a share for fiscal 2011, versus its prior range of $2.95 to $3.10 a share. Same-store sales are expected to increase 3% to 4% for the ...

Younger quilters are a boon to couple's business
The Canton Repository Mon, 30 Aug 2010
The owners of a local fabric shop say their recovery from the recession is being aided by a renewed interest in sewing. Terry and Ed Simon, owners of Angelics ... A Quilterâs Haven in Canton Township are capitalizing on that interest by offering beginner sewing and quilting classes.

Tireless State Fair quilters zip past goal
The Des Moines Register Mon, 23 Aug 2010
Volunteers stitched 253 quilts at the popular Sew-In for Kids at this yearâs Iowa State Fair, well beyond the goal of 200 quilts that organizers set.

Angels of Mercy Sew Dresses for Impoverished Girls
13WHAM Rochester Wed, 25 Aug 2010
Rochester, N.Y. -- A group of local women is changing lives half a world away, one dress at a time.

 Parkland women sew quilts for families of slain police officers
Tacoma News Tribune Sat, 28 Aug 2010
Time, the women at Parkland Parish Quilt Co. know, does not heal all wounds. But with time, skill and fabric, they are offering comfort to people whose pain, they know, will never be completely healed.

Expo includes âbra challenge' to fight cancer
Novi News Thu, 26 Aug 2010
The American Sewing Expo will take place at the Rock Financial Showplace in Novi Friday, Sept. 24-26. The event features reality sewing competitions, one-of-a-kind fabrics and supplies at over 300 vendor booths, fashion style shows, hands-on workshops, classes, contests, demonstrations, techniques and creative tips for beginner and veteran crafters for sewing, quilting, home

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

Aug 29, 2010

Week in Review 8/29/10 - More and Less

Lets say goodbye to last week (waving) and I'm happy to put it in the past. It was the first week of school which meant getting up early having the first child in school by 7am. Yes, it's back to doing homework, carpool pickup lines, new class schedules and teachers and for my son new transportation home taking the bus (because there were times last year when it was hard to pick him up).

So, yes a lot more was added to the plate this past week but on the other hand right around when school starts it's slow in the sewing studio. Going on my fourth year being open I'm starting to see trends of the busy and slow times.  On the less side of things I was given a night when no one was able to attend sewing class which gave me some free time to sew. More of that at the bottom of this post.

6 people attended the machine classes
5 people attended cutting class
12 people came to sewing class making shorts, blouses, skirts, toddler dress, Halloween costume, vest  and alterations.

Once again I was bad about bringing out the camera with very few pictures to show this week.

Adriana made it to class this week to sew the fly zipper in some shorts she's making. A couple weeks ago she pulled apart some shorts that fit her and she wanted to make more. 

Nancy has moved on from appliance covers to sewing a blouse. Except she's having the hardest time working with the very light weight fabric. I think she had more fun sewing home decor instead of garments.

 Kristine was back and finished her apron. (btw Kristine when you walked out the door the apron was still on the dress form so I have it when you come to class next week). This was a quick and easy thing for her to make.  When she finished with the apron she headed to the cutting table to cut out her next project ... another top :)

Joann was a lot of fun having in class this week. Since she was the only one that showed up on Friday we got to do a lot of talking and boy did we talk. She is a craft teacher and a mom so we have a lot in common. She made a cute little pillow case dress to give to a friends daughter.

Corey came back in on Saturday and learned how to hem pants. He took up two pair of his fathers shorts. Then he worked on his skirt but didn't do much with it. He'll be back next week.

Estee came to cutting class in the morning and stayed for the sewing class in the afternoon. She cut out and almost made a skirt. She's adding a liner to it because the fabric she picked was very see through. The best thing to do when your making a dress or skirt is to hold the fabric up to the light and if you can see throug it you'll need a liner or have to wear a slip.

Sofia spent 4 hours with me on Saturday sewing her Halloween costume. She's almost done with the bodice with installing the sleeves and adding the trim. We talked about how much fabric she needs to pick up for the skirt part of the costume. I think she's going to do an A line skirt with a big bustle skirt that can be tied around and removed if she wants. I so can't wait to show you pictures of this. It's really coming out good and Sofia has great ideas.

And I always enjoy having Christine in class. She didn't have much luck though not liking the blanket binding she wanted to put around a baby blanket. So she pulled out another project and didn't like the way the instructions had her sew it together. So she spent a lot of time talking with her new sewing friend Iris.   And I'm not sure if you remember Iris but she's been coming to class for almost 3 years every Saturday. I don't give her instruction any longer. She just likes to come in to hang out with us and sew.

Like I was saying at the start. I was able to have a free night of sewing. Ahhh, my happy time. To be in my girl cave, music loud (because they "get the Led" on 105.9 at 9pm and I love my Zeppelin) and sewing. To me there's nothing better then spending time with my kids.
I have several projects already cut so I grabbed a basked and started sewing. I had this blouse made in a little over an hour, put it on and... didn't do the happy dance. I'm not real happy with the color, the drape and the feel of the fabric on my body. It doesn't breathe well and it's still very hot and humid outside.

Looking on the bright side, I have a few more tops cut out. And the projects that will fill my empty baskets (I only work on 5 projects at a time and I can't start a new project until I empty a basket. This keeps the UFO's from happening) my new projects will be baby clothes for my niece. She's having a girl!! Going to name her Raylee. How sweet is that? A new soul is arriving soon! And I get to sew baby clothes which makes me so happy.

Sewing Tuesday6:30-8:30pm
Sewing Wednesday 11am-1pm and 6:30-8:30pm
Sewing Thursday 10am-12noon
Cutting Thursday 6:30-8:30 (CLASS FULL)
Cutting Friday 10am-12noon
Sewing Friday 1-3pm
Machine Saturday 10-12noon (2 seats available)
Sewing Saturday 1-5pm (CLASS FULL)

August is almost gone with September arriving on Wednesday. September is always a busy month at the studio so if you paid for sewing class call to reserve your seats before they are all gone.

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

Aug 28, 2010

Time Peace Watches

Every morning I watch the local news and this morning I'm so happy I did. They showed a local company that sells watches and not just any watch.... I LOVE THIS CONCEPT!!!! Time

It's a watch to change your perception of time and I just love it. I'm always trying to live in the moment because when you do you really think about what life has to offer, what lessons are being taught which brings many smiles, happiness and yes peace.

I found this blog post that explains the thought behind the watch. I can really see this company taking off. I know I'm going to be buying one, how about you? I think its a beautiful fashion piece.

Before I get ready to start my day I had to share this with you... 

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

Aug 26, 2010

Did You Know?

Did you know there are a few ways to lock your stitch line to keep the thread from pulling out of your fabric?

Most people know how to use the reverse stitch (the U turn on your sewing machine) by going backwards a few stitches.

But when you don't want to see all that reverse stitching there's a couple other things you can do

First, you can put your length at zero and have the needle go up and down a few times.

Another way is to pull one the thread on the wrong side until the tread from the right side loops up. Grab the loop with a pin and pull the thread until both are on the wrong side of the fabric. Then tie the two threads together.

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

Aug 24, 2010

RIP Alex - 6 years gone by

August 25, 2004 is a day that will live with me forever. It's the day that all the death happening in Iraq came to my neighborhood. It was the day Alex Arredondo was killed in action. This picture was the last photo taken of him found in his camera by his parent after his death. It was taken a couple of days before he took his last breath.

Many of my students and many of my readers of this blog know about Alex because I talk about him often. If you would like to read more about Alex and what a wonderful kid he was go here and this post too.

Alex served his country and gave his life. There are many Americans who just complain about everything and don't get involved with making our country a better place for all of us to live. One VERY EASY WAY you can serve your country is to VOTE! Today is the day for us here in Florida and in many states for us to go decide who we want to hire to run our states, our county and our cities. When we don't use our freedom Alex and all his friends from so many years past gave to us... we allow the crazies to take over.

Now look, I know sometimes we have to smell this pile of poop or the other pile of crap and decide which one smells better (because they both smell bad) And this is the reason why so many normal people don't go to the polls on days like today. But if we don't get involved by doing the simplest thing like voting we allow the really crazy people to decide how society is set up for all of us to live. And let me tell you, there are crazies on both sides of the isles. We need more people in the middle to vote so we can even out the crazies.

So if you don't want to do it because you don't care about the future of our country, state, county and cities... Do it for kids like Alex who gave their life for this country. Many people have stepped up to protect this country for hundreds of years for your right to vote. The least you can do to honor their life is to vote today! PLEASE VOTE! And if you want to do more than vote and don't want to serve in the military you can always become a candidate because we need better people running for these offices.

And my dear Alex, You are with me often.. smiling. I'm so happy you're full of smiles in heaven. Your precious life was taken so young. Only 20yrs old on your second tour in Iraq. Honey, you are such a brave soul!!  Rest in peace sweet child.... rest in peace until you are with your loved ones once more..... You are loved so much!

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

Aug 23, 2010

Sewing Over the Wire 8/23/10

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

 New touch-screen machine revolutionizes quilting
WKRN Nashville Tue, 17 Aug 2010
The world's largest sewing machine company has created a product that allows quilters to work with more efficiency and ease.

Julia Roberts loves sewing, knitting
The Times of India Sun, 22 Aug 2010 23:46 PM PDT
Julia Roberts has revealed she loves to sew and knit when she wants some quiet time to herself away from her family.
Actress Julia Roberts has revealed she loves to sew and knit when she wants some quiet time to herself away from her family. 
Julia Roberts loves sewing
MusicRooms Sun, 22 Aug 2010
The Eat, Pray, Love actress  who has five-year old twins Hazel and Phinneaus and three year-old Henry with husband Danny Moder  has created a craft room in her house where she retreats to when she needs quiet time away from her family.

Talking Business: Shop gives new life to old leather
The Daily News Sun, 22 Aug 2010
Cindy Hardin's specialized sewing machines and extra zippers andclasps have been a staple for 10 years at her home-based leatherrepair business. 

Elka Karl - designer, writer, mom - taps niche
San Francisco Chronicle Sun, 22 Aug 2010
Even while earning her master's degree in fiction from Texas State University, Elka Karl knew that "my heart's always been filled with more domestic concerns," she said. During breaks from working on her thesis, she would sew quilts and curtains, build bed... Texas State UniversityâSan Marcos - Master's degree - Writer - United States - Texas 

Be trendy and just a little over the top at Sew Select
Hattiesburg American Fri, 20 Aug 2010
Vibrant bolts of fabric greet customers who walk into the Sew Select store at 4400 Hardy St. in the Westwood Shopping Center.

 Sew away the stress
Australian Broadcasting Corporation Thu, 19 Aug 2010
A new exhibition at the Kalgoorlie-Boulder focussed on a tradition not associated with the dust and dirt of the goldfields - quilting. 

 Wigwam Festival owes debt to tribe's Sewing Society
The Day Thu, 19 Aug 2010 23:13 PM PDT
They darned and baked and no doubt kibitzed. They also revived the Mohegan Tribe's green corn festival, decided who could become chief and kept the tribe's reservation and culture intact when things got tough in the late 1800s. 

Let it Sew: Guild to make Christmas stockings for troops
Murrysville Star Thu, 19 Aug 2010
Mary Ann Rau wants local sewing enthusiasts to start thinking of Christmas a few months early this year.

What's going on
Detroit Free Press Thu, 19 Aug 2010
"Show Your Support Bra Challenge" is accepting creatively decorated bras for the 17th annual American Sewing Expo Sept. 24-26 at the Rock Financial Showplace in Novi. 

Turn ugly dresses into nice ones for $1
Y! Green via Yahoo! News Wed, 18 Aug 2010
Marisa Lynch set herself a challenge: Transform 365 unattractive frocks in 365 days, for $365. Just before her 30th birthday, she got laid off. To some, losing a job means hitting the streets with a resume or wallowing in grief. But for Marisa, it meant getting the sewing machine out and upcycling thrifted fashions. 

Jo-Ann Rewards Creativity
Marketwire Wed, 18 Aug 2010
HUDSON, OH--(Marketwire - August 18, 2010) - Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores ( NYSE : JAS ) is pleased to announce the winners of its 2010 Jo-Ann Decades Sweepstakes. Irene Fernandez from Miami, Florida has been selected as the craft winner and Janet Stultz from Woodstock, Virgina has been selected as the sewing winner. Fernandez and Stultz each won prize packages worth more than $1,800. 

Sewing machine manufacturers plan world domination
The Pitch Tue, 17 Aug 2010
Title: The Fashion Machine News Date: March and May of 2010 Publisher: The Nippon Sewing Machine News, Osaka Discovered: Mailed, from Japan, to the former occupant of the building now housing The Pitch

Mother-daughter pairs sew pillowcases for ailing children
Irvine World News Mon, 16 Aug 2010
IRVINE â Dozens of mother-daughter pairs from Irvine gathered at a modern-day sewing bee Monday to make pillowcases for ailing children.Volunteers from the Vista Irvine chapter of the National Charity League ironed fabric, sewed up pillowcases and... 

Crafters should learn to let go of the old
Omaha World-Herald Tue, 17 Aug 2010
Sometimes we call it the guest bedroom. Sometimes itâs the office or the sewing room. The truth is, the room we assign a lot of uses to is often so full of stuff itâs good for nothing. 

Bishop Hill shows historic threads
The Galesburg Register-Mail Sun, 15 Aug 2010
Debi Andrews learned to use an electric sewing machine before she was in Kindergarten. At age 60, sheâs gone back in time, using an 1810 Singer hand-cranked sewing machine to stitch prairie bonnets. Andrews, from Roach, near Normal, sat in the shade of a tree at Bishop Hill Sunday, showing children how the machine works. She was taking part in the fourth annual Bishop Hill Clay and Fiber ...

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

Aug 22, 2010

Week in Review 8/22/10 - Two weeks in One

This past week I was only open Friday and Saturday because we went to Cape Coral for a few days. I really intended to write a week in review for the week before while I was away but... I didn't :)  Yeah, I've been taking it easy for the summer not keeping up with my blog post series. I promise when the kids go back to school tomorrow I will be back on track. I kind of set the blogging thing aside for the summer because it started feeling like a chore and not so much fun so I took a little break.

So, here's two weeks in review. I didn't take that many pictures again for doing two weeks ~ and it's always slow the week before school starts (another reason why I took off last week)

10 people attended the machine classes with many of them learning their own machine
5 students attended cutting classes
23 attended the sewing classes learning to alter clothing, make their own designs come to life; sewing blouses, aprons dresses, pants, skirts, dog collars and accessories, vest. Yes we construct a lot of clothing at L2S.

Emily was given a gift certificate for a package deal of sewing classes. When she came home for the summer from college she came used her gift. She's the sweetest thing and did a beautiful job sewing this cute apron.
She made Butterick 6567. I tell people if they want to make something easy to start off with an apron but I leave it up to them to decide. This was not an easy apron though. It had many pattern pieces with bias tape finishing off most edges. This took her a long time to make but she took her time and did such a pretty job. She's sharing an apartment this year in school. I asked when she was going to use the apron and she replied as soon as all the roommates arrive. I hope Emily keeps up her sewing during the school year.

Kirsten is another teen and has been coming in for a few weeks. She's one of those students who totally understands the concept of putting the fabric together. It just flows with her. She's sewing tops. This one is really cute. I love the fabric she picked. It took her a few times to get the casing right so the elastic would slide through easy. After she made enough room sewing straight stitches you can see her using the looper to pull the elastic through because it bounced back in the casing when she thought she had it attached. Well, you know how sometimes things just happen? I went to take a picture on the dress form and the elastic popped again. That's why the neckline looks a little funny and not all gathered up. The class was over so she said she would fix it at home. I love when kids learn at her age. I just know what the future holds for then when they learn sewing young.

Sofia finished her dress I showed you in my last week in review. She came to class this week with a new design using her basic pattern to construct a Halloween costume  Marie Antoinette custom. That's right... Halloween. It's time to start thinking about costumes.  I love teaching Sophia. She possess a lot of patience working through her design changing darts and seams to make her envision. This is my kind of sewing. I call it extreme sewing where there no rules and you just work with the flow of the garment.

Friends Kirmaya and Jocelyn have been coming to class together this month. I've talked about them before. They finished their dresses. Kirmaya didn't want to be in her photo. She's another one who I just love the fabric she picked out. And she looks great in this dress. She had a few spots on the fabric that didn't get any dye and she didn't notice it when she bought the fabric. (this is why I always roll out what I'm going to buy and inspect both sides of the fabric.) She used some fabric markers to get rid of the white spots.

I sure hope Jocelyn got her sewing machine by now. Her father bought her one and was shipping it to her. Her father sews (how cool is that) and has always done the sewing for their family when needed. She wanted to take her time making this dress to make her dad proud. I told her he would be proud of her no matter what she did. In this picture she was pinning the casing for the drawstring to run through. I had her do it at eye level so she could get it straight all the way around. OK, she was almost at eye level. Better than kneeling on the floor.

I'm so proud of my student Rachael who started at L2s attending summer camp. She's only 11 years old, has her own sewing machine and is learned how to sew a skirt with her last project. I try to tell my students all the time; after they take the cutting class and learn how to cut out patterns to do it at home to save time in sewing class. Rachael cut out her very first project herself and did it all right! So after she finished her skirt she started on a vest that kind of looks like a top.

We've had more boys in the girl cave. Scott (who is a big construction guy) wanted to learn to sew to make dog collars and accessories. He already has a sweet little business called they sell island dog collars and Hawaiian bandannas. Go check them out. It's a really cute site. And he also blogs! Gotta add him to my reader. He loves dogs and has some cute pictures of them on his blog. And go to his site to find out what potcake means. Learn something new everyday :)

The other boy in the girl cave lately has been Corey. He's another teen who wants to be a designer. For his first project he made a vest. It took him a couple of classes to make it. Corey needs a machine at home so he can learn how to drive the machine a little straighter. He used his seam ripper a lot in class. A few times pulling out buttonholes that didn't sew so well for him. When he was done with the vest he cut out a skirt and started sewing it before class ended.  Another thing I tell my students all the time is you never start off making gold, you have to practice to make the gold. Corey's on his way to making gold. 

With the kids back in school this week there will be a lot more running around back in the carpool pickup line and the dreaded homework but I should find more time to blog again. I also hope there's more time for me to sew because I feel like I cut out things weeks ago and haven't been able to get myself behind a machine to make my things. I need to sew... never enough time to sew is there?

The only class full next week is Saturday (which always fills quickly) so if you have hours you would like to use (and there are many of you who've paid for class and haven't been in for a long time) give me a call and lets schedule you some sewing time.

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

Aug 17, 2010

Fashion Prodigy - Christopher Abella on TV again

Fashion Prodigy

Christopher was on TV again yesterday - this time it's in English. I wish I could embed the video but they don't have the option so you just have to click on the link above.

His glamorous gowns and over-the-top shoes would make Carrie on "Sex and the City" jealous. But we're not talking about Gucci or Jimmy Choo. We're talking about a 10-year-old boy growing up here in South Florida. 7's Lynn Martinez takes us into the world of this tiny fashion prodigy.
WSVN -- When you think high fashion, names like Valentino, Christian Dior and Chanel come to mind. But if you haven't heard the name Christopher Abella yet, you soon will. This 10-year-old boy is building his own fashion empire right out of his mother's Kendall home.
Lissette Abella, Christopher's Mom: "His first collection is up here."
Lissette Abella knew there was something special about Christopher from the moment he could hold a pencil.
Lissette Abella: "He would draw a funny face in school, and you could see the expression in the eyes."
She enrolled him in an arts magnet program, where he created his first piece titled, "The Bird." His teacher called it a masterpiece.
By age nine, Christopher had turned his talent to what may be his true love: fashion design.
Tracy Ellyn, Design Director, Miami Art & Design, Inc.: "If Chanel were alive today, what kind of fabric would she put here?
Christopher Abella: "Satin?"
Tracy Ellyn: "Satin would be wonderful."
New York Designer Tracy Ellyn has been working with Christopher for the past year. When she first saw his drawings, she was completely blown away.
Tracy Ellyn: "I've just never seen anything like it. It's as if he learned it in another life. It's just very very unusual."
She says his understanding of the female form and the way fabrics move put him at a college level.
Tracy Ellyn: "Beautiful."
When you ask the soft-spoken Christopher what he likes about fashion, he simply replies...
Christopher Abella: "I had a feeling I just wanted to do it."
Ask him who his favorite designers are...
Christopher Abella: "Christian Dior and Valentino."
Because he says their designs are 'very elegant,' and inspired some of his collections. But Christopher's glamorous gowns, beaded embellishments and shoes that could rival the likes of Manolo Blahnik come from one place: inside his head.
Christopher Abella: "I'd be outside playing, and then I would come in, I'd start drawing. Then when I finish, I go back outside."
And when he's not creating one of his latest designs, this 10-year-old is busy just being a kid: from baseball to playing piano to singing in church.
Christopher Abella, singing: "Everyone needs forgiveness."
And like most boys his age, he enjoys a good prank once in a while.
Christopher Abella: "I like to get cockroaches and scare people."
Christopher recently hosted his own exhibition at The Angel's Ring on Miracle Mile, where for the first time, one of his designs came to life.
Man: "You're going to see what comes from his mind to a piece of paper to life."
A model wearing one of his dresses was featured in this fashion show. Christopher was beaming at the success of his big night, likely the first of many to come.
It may be impossible for this 10-year-old to fully comprehend his own talent. But his greatest fan knows it is truly a gift.
Lissette Abella: "I think that for sure it's a gift of God. I think it's a talent that is only God-given."
Lynn Martinez: "Christopher's teacher says with his talent , he could be working out of New York City right now. But his mom plans to keep him in school here in South Florida for a while. Of course, one day, we all may be wearing the Christopher Abella label."

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

Aug 8, 2010

Week in Review 8/8/10 - Drawing comes to Life

There's only two more weeks left of summer and the kids will be back in school. The summer just flew by.

Last week also flew by with some full classes and some not so full. I didn't have anyone enroll to the cutting class on Thursday which gave me a chance to catch up on things at the studio.

5 people attend the machine class
1 person came to cutting class
28 people attended sewing class 

I've had many students who are bringing in their drawings (illustrations) to learn how to make what they sketch. This is why I want to do a class on this. It's so much fun to take a basic pattern and turn it into your design. Sophia's been coming in and doing just that. The first thing she made on her own was a dress she just draping on the dress form. Then I showed her how she could use two different patterns to make one of her designs.  Then I told her to look for a pattern that was almost like what she wanted to make and I would show her how to change up the pattern to make her design. 
Here is her sketch to the right and the start of her design to the right. 
I taught her how to trace a very basic pattern and add her seam lines to it.  So she picked Butterick 5746 as her pattern and made all the pieces needed for her design in the first half of class. Then we started to sew and got the bodice done and started on the skirt.. more to come on this project.

 I was kind of teasing Nancy this week in class. She started with the machine class a few weeks ago and was so nervous her first class. I have to tell you, she sure has come a long way in a few weeks. She's making kitchen appliance covers. I can't tell yo how many she's made so far but I know it's a few. She actually did something really cute in her kitchen. Instead of putting up cabinet doors she made curtains to hand. She had some left over fabric so I told her to use some of that to make her appliance covers with.  Nancy and I get along great because we both like to talk :)  Can you tell she's talking in the picture? LOL

 Anna who is sitting up front is perfect at sewing. She takes her time on every seam make sure she gets all the stitches right. And when you do this you make beautiful things. She's working on a cute little sleeveless dress and wasn't sure how to do the shoulders with the facing. We got right to that point at the end of class so I sure hope for her homework she was able to do what I showed her. 

And Rebecca's behind Anna sewing a skirt she's been working for a few weeks now. It seemed like every seam was a problem with this skirt with a few fitting issues. She learned how to install in invisible zipper this week and learned how to make some seam adjustments to make it fit. 

I hope to have pictures of finished projects for both of these ladies soon!

Saturday Afternoon Sewing Class

 This is Berthea. She's making her second sewing project, a blouse. This is her working on the collar. She was 25 minutes late to class because she needed some seam tape and stood in line forever at JoAnns fabrics to check out. She didn't get a whole lot done on her blouse but I sure was happy she learned the cutting process and cut this out at home. When you do don't use our class time cutting out your projects we can get a lot more sewing in.
 Debbie drove all the way from Hillsboro Beach to attend sewing class twice this week. She's sewn a long time but needs help on technique.. and she's also sewn with cotton fabric and not knits so she came in to learn a few tricks. She made this in top in a few hours. The only thing needed is to hem the sleeves and bottom. 

I made this pattern before but a different view. If I was at the studio right now I would give you the pattern number but... oh well :)  If you want the pattern number just let me know and I'll give it to you. It is a sweet top to own and I know for sure Debbie will be making more like this one
Then there's very busy mom of two, Leslie.  I have to say this student is amazing. She's been teaching herself making kids clothing to sell in a boutique and selling them out. I'm giving her some finish seam techniques. She's been coming to class to learn how to use patterns. Every time I go to teach her something she's already doing it. She has such a natural ability for sewing and is going to fly with her business while she's a stay at home mom to her two little babies (one who's a big girl now at the age of 3). Leslie didn't like the way the front of the skirt was hanging out so before she left class we sewed down the pleats in the front so they wouldn't pooch out.

Sewing Tuesday 6:0-8:30pm
Sewing Wednesday 11am-1pm(class full) and 6:30-8:30pm
Sewing Thursday 10am-12n(class full) and 12n-2pm
Machine Thursday 6:30-8:30pm
Machine Friday 10am-12n

So with it being a short week I hope to get some sewing in on my own. I did finish the pants but you know what really stinks??? Well not really but, I've lost weight and the last two pair of pants I've made no longer fit LOL go figure... back to the sewing machine.

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

Aug 6, 2010

Christina's Girl Cave and her Sewing Beauties

There's some people I'm so thankful they walk through my door. Christina is one of those people. I feel like she has such a vast amount of sewing knowledge already there isn't much I teach her. I get excited when I do have some knowledge to give her.

She loves sewing children's clothing with smocking/pleating and hand embroidery. She makes beautiful things. This is her daughter wearing one of her dresses she made. And look how cute, she has her own sewing machine in the girl cave - sweet!

And speaking of her girl cave, her husband made her a beautiful sewing room where she's starting to spend more time in.

Check out her sewing machine and serger. all she has to do is spin them around when she needs one machine or the other. Very cool huh! and pressing right next to the machine.  Did I mention her girl cave is in the attic?

Here are some of the beautiful things she's made.....

She's always so much fun to have in class sharing her knowledge with other students. She's teaching us how to do different embroidery stitches giving us homework which I can't wait to do while I'm waiting in the carpool like at school.

Thank you Christina for taking the time each week to come to sewing class and sharing so much of yourself with all of us. I love your girl cave at home and happy you come to my girl cave. Sewing is the best when you give yourself the time to do it, and you give yourself the time to make beautiful things.

See you in class!!!

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