Sep 27, 2010

Week in Review 9/26/10 - Short week at the Girl Cave

Before we start another week since today is Monday I better post my week in review. There were only a couple days of sewing at L2S last week since I took some time to recharge by getting out of South Florida and away from all the business owner/mommy duties. I wish I was doing it again this Monday. I had a lot of fun going away.  I saw so many beautiful things.. and we have nothing like this in Florida!


Friday and Saturday were the only days classes were held last week.
4 people attended the machine class
5 students attended the cutting class
11 students attended sewing class

I took a couple of pictures with my cell phone but... my bad... I didn't save the picture so poof it went into thin air.

THE STUDENTS THAT ATTENDED SEWING CLASS:
Megan and Sonia finished the cute little outfit they were sewing. Megan tried it on and I did take her picture...but.. well :) yeah, I'm bad.

James started with a leather purse in class, got a little frustrated because leather is a different thing to sew which he found out real fast.

David started with his scrubs top getting most of it done, pockets and all. He just has to hem the sleeves and bottom.

Estee sent me the Halloween costume (snow white) she finished to my cell phone but I'm not set up to receive photos.. LOL she showed me the picture of it when she came to class. Send me the picture Estee so I can share!

Anna worked on her (what I call them) big round pillows that's she not using as pillows.

Gloria came to class to learn how to install a fly and invisible zipper.

Zena almost finished her dress by sewing down the liner at the waistline and installing the zipper. She just has to hem and she's done.

Marcia came in with a top already cut and got it almost finished before she left her 2 hour class.

A couple of people paid but didn't show up to class. If this is you just give me a call and lets reschedule your time.

NEW WEEK AT THE GIRL CAVE

So here's the thing. My car died a few weeks ago. I've been walking everywhere which is a good thing but I really need a car. Since I don't want to have a car payment I've decided to add 10 more hours to the week in classes.  I'm now doing Machine/Cutting classes on Monday. 4 hours of sewing class from 10am-2pm on Tuesday and Wednesday. All the classes are listed on the calendar. Call/email/text me to reserve your seat!

I think this is the shortest week in review I've ever written!!!

SEE YOU IN CLASS!!!


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

Sep 24, 2010

Making It Work Part 6 - Seeing the Beauty

NOTHING IS PERFECT
I try to accomplish the things I need to do in my day in bits and pieces. I did that this morning. With 15 minutes of free time I started writing this post to finish later in the evening. And by mistake I hit the publish button instead of the save as draft button to finish it for later. I deleted it as soon as I realized it got published.   So, if you had this show up in your mail or reader and scratched your head because it was only a couple paragraphs, it's because I messed up. Just like in sewing and in life nothing is perfect. You will always make mistakes. If you're always looking for perfection you will be disappointed. It's all good because I'm back to finish the post now.


SEE THE BEAUTY
I'm back home from spending a few days north (ok, so everything is north of where I live in the US). It was a refreshing few days of doing nothing but enjoying the moments, looking around and seeing all the beautiful things that surrounded me from the land to the people. We really do live in a beautiful country. I hope you can take a few minutes in your day to pause, take a deep breath and see around you what beauty life has to offer. We all live under stress and pressure of the day but the most precious gift you can give to your life is to slow down, see the beauty, the good things all around you. I'm very thankful I had a few days away! I'm recharged and ready to get back to the sewing studio to kick my business into another gear. As I hold more classes today I couldn't have more fun then giving my students my sewing knowledge and watching what beautiful things they make, how creative they get with their designs.

We have so many sweet and special things all around from our family, friends and even the things we make with our sewing machines. Everything holds something beautiful. I could so live up north with all the leaves changing, The beautiful things my eyes saw in the landscape. We don't have that here in SoFlo. But we also don't have snow. As soon as the white stuff starts falling I'll be thankful I'm still wearing shorts and looking at palm trees with everything still green.

All around us we have beautiful things to make us shine. The trick is to see the beauty in what is being presented to you in each moment. When you can live in the moment, take care of what is in front of you, look at the good and the beautiful the moment has to offer you will live a beautiful life.

BEAUTIFUL BLOG AWARD
Speaking of beautiful things. I was giving the beautiful blogger award from my sister from another mother, Faye. Julia was going to give it to me too but she saw Faye had already gave it to me so she shared the love with others. The rules are to pass it on to other.

So if you took the time in your day to enjoy your moments and to take in all the beautiful things life has to offer this award is for you. Pass it along to others so they too can live in the moment. What a precious gift you give yourself when you look at the beautiful things facing you right now!
HOW SWEET!
Life is a precious gift. I pray you are enjoying yours!

So tell me something beautiful you saw or happened today.... I would love to hear the beauty that surrounds you. Sharing with you and others is the best!!!


Make it work ~ Sharing my adventure of being a parent/business owner and how I make it work.
Make It Work Part 1 
Make it Work Part 2 - Lessons

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

Sep 20, 2010

Sewing Over the Wire - 9/20/10


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

PROJECT RUNWAY
'Project Runway' Season 8 Episode 8 Recap
TheCelebrityCafe.com Fri, 17 Sep 2010
Spoiler Alert! First aired September 16, 2010: A Rough Day on the Runway. Marjorie Quinn In this episode, the challenge is to create an American Sportswear outfit with Jackie Kennedy as their muse. Jackie Kennedy was always put together and classy with an All-American look. The designers have a $150 budget. The designers start sewing and creating their outfits. Gretchen is worried about Mondo ... 

 

ABOUT PEOPLE
 Sam's sewing around the clock in rock 'n' roll style
Bedford Today Thu, 16 Sep 2010 05:12 AM PDT
50s fashions from Bedford woman Sam Roberts

What a Doll!
Evening News and Tribune Fri, 17 Sep 2010
With middle school going to the later time, I used to go right after school to the high school to sew and stay until 11 p.m.

Quintessential quilting
Memphis Commercial Appeal Fri, 17 Sep 2010
Ibtisam Salih, Eva Cotton and Margarette Louiseau came to Caritas Village in hopes of learning to sew. What they learned was that they would be taught how to sew by making a quilt. And thus was born the Village Quilting Group, which met in January 2010 for the first time under the tutelage of Master Quilter Sandra Taylor. 


Betty White: Fashion Boss
The Advocate Thu, 16 Sep 2010
If Betty White asks you to sew, you better ask "How fast?


Sew Your Own winners
Huron Plainsman Wed, 15 Sep 2010
The Sew Your Own contest winners from the South Dakota State Fair from left were Chloe Wegehaupt of Dimock a double winner in juniors and also adult sewing for you; Carol Harder of Mountain Lake, Minn., sewing for Resea Zebinski; Callie Bauman Wachter of Sioux Falls, senior winner; and Erin Mariose of Kimball, junior winner.


On Pins And Needles: Collectors Prize Sewing Paraphernalia
Hartford Courant Thu, 16 Sep 2010
Women's work in past centuries included cooking, cleaning and sewing. Before the 19th century, women had to shear sheep or cut flax and spin or weave fabric. Then they were expected to know how to make coverlets, curtains and clothing. Everything was hand-sewn.  


Memories of these quilts
The Argus Leader Sun, 12 Sep 2010
Making quilts out of old shirts was cathartic for Toni Halverson. The physical act of cutting, piecing and sewing her brother's threadbare shirts helped her sort through his death and, ultimately, let him go. "It was a very spiritual thing for me to work on the quilts. It was a wonderful lesson in love and a healing experience for me," says Halverson, 62, of Sioux Falls. 



Permanent Collection: Diego Velázquez's Needlewoman
DCist Tue, 14 Sep 2010
I hope you've been practicing your stitches, readers, since September is National Sewing Month! Observance of the month began in 1982 with a proclamation from President Ronald Reagan declaring it "in recognition of the importance of home sewing to our Nation." Diego Velázquez, The Needlewoman. Image courtesy of the National Gallery of Art. To help along all our industrious, craftiness urges is ... 



Designer: Gaga's dress was real meat from family butcher
TheCelebrityCafe.com Tue, 14 Sep 2010
The singer's dress was constructed out of real, raw meat despite the disbelief of some. Brianna Gunter There has been a lot of speculation over whether or not Lady Gagaâs meat dress at the VMA awards Sunday night was made out of real, raw meat. Yes, it was. Franc Fernandez, the dressâs designer, told MTV yesterday that he did indeed sew the dress out of raw meat, which he got from his familyâs ... 


 A business boost on Broadway
Crookston Daily Times Wed, 15 Sep 2010 12:19 PM PDT
Steinbrinks transform former Great Plains Natural Gas building into This is Sew Broadway/The Krazy Kiln

ABOUT BUSINESS
Spend 5 Minutes with the HUSQVARNA VIKING® DESIGNER RUBY and Fall in Love Forever
Business Wire Mon, 13 Sep 2010
LAVERGNE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Visit your local authorized HUSQVARNA VIKING® retailer and you could win the new DESIGNER RUBY⢠sewing machine and the revolutionary 5Dâ¢Professional Embroidery Software - an $8,000+ prize package!




SEWING HISTORY
Collectors love sewing paraphernalia
The Buffalo News Sat, 18 Sep 2010
Womenâs work in past centuries included cooking, cleaning and sewing. Before the 19th century, women had to shear sheep or cut flax and spin or weave fabric. Then they were expected to know how to make coverlets, curtains and clothing. Everything was hand-sewn.

 
GIVING BACK
Sewing for a Cause
KIMT Mason City Fri, 17 Sep 2010
Albert Lea, MN- Women in Albert Lea are paying it forward with a day of sewing. The community sew day will take place tomorrow at Crossroads church. The ladies are sewing for the local crime victims center. 


Seamstress sew moved to help children in need
This is Hampshire Sat, 18 Sep 2010
A BASINGSTOKE seamstress is hoping to pass on her skills to some of Indiaâs most disadvantaged children during a three-month trip next year. 



Sewing Seeds of Love
WAAY-TV Huntsville Sat, 18 Sep 2010
Even before the earthquake, UNICEF estimates there were 380,000 orphans in Haiti. Now, relief officials can only guess at the total. An untold number of children lost their parents in the quake. Others 


Club sews to serve
Corning Observer Fri, 17 Sep 2010
Local ladies are making children's hospital gowns that are being sent all over the world. Members of the Maywood Woman's Club have been sewing the gowns for the children's charity organization "Operation Smile," which travels to different... 

EVENTS
'Sew' Much More at American Sewing Expo Opening Next Week, Friday, September 24
PRWeb via Yahoo! News Tue, 14 Sep 2010
Crafters will find inspiration, creativity and education for sewing, quilting, home décor, or needle and fiber arts at the 17th annual American Sewing Expo at the Rock Financial Showplace in Novi Friday, Sept. 24 through Sunday, Sept. 26.


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

Sep 19, 2010

Week in Review 9/19/10 - Absorbing the Knowledge

Last week was a lot of fun at the studio with many new people learning all kinds of things taking off on their sewing adventure. While others calling to find out when they can start. With all the phone calls I got last week the classes are going to start filling up so you better call to reserve your seat if you want to come to class before there isn't one for you. Saturdays have been filling up 2 weeks a head of time - if you're waiting to reserve your seat for a Saturday you better not wait long.

4 people attended the machine class
7 students came to cutting class
21 students came to sewing class creating their hearts desire with many smiles had.

Kristen finished her 3rd sewing project making this top. When she makes things she likes she sews beautifully (like most of us) Her second project was an apron because I told her it would be a good thing to make on her own to follow the instructions so she had a better understanding of the instructions on her own. She didn't make the apron so well but the top.. beautiful!

My goal is to get my students sewing comfortably at home. The only way they can achieve this is to sew at home. When they get stuck and don't know what to do is when I want them to come to class to find out how to get over their hump. Most of sewing is just building habits so there's less thought process (when you have to use your brain is when you can get in trouble LOL)

I'm very proud of Rosa. This top was her very first sewing project. She's the type of person who puts all attention into details. She wants to make sure she understands every part of the process of learning the machine, cutting her pattern and constructing the fabric to learn how to do many things. She's spent many hours in class this past week. I think she's caught the sewing bug because with all the hours she came in during the week she put herself on the waiting list for Saturday's class which she was able to attend.

I was really bad about taking pictures this week. Yes, the camera was sitting out but... dang... I am so bad about the pictures!!! I mean, 21 people come to sewing class this week and I only have pictures of a few of them. My heart is in teaching and not taking pictures.
Cristina finished her little dress for her baby in the belly. It came out really cute! I love sewing baby clothes. They're really fast and easy to sew and don't take a lot of fabric. Cristina came to class with another dress cut. She understood the process of making the first dress so I suggested she try to make it again at home. And just so her husband knows she does come to sewing class (because when she showed him my blog he said "where's your picture?") here's a couple of pictures of her....

Other students who came to class this week:
Zena almost finished her dress with only 4 hours of class. We had some fitting issues where we had to monkey some fabric in the side seams to make it bigger. We also took out the back darts because we needed more fabric. It's easy to cut out fabric when you make it too big but its hard to add fabric when its too small.
Gilsa finished her black dress she's working on with only having to sew her sash to wrap around the dress.
Fatima (who has been a student of mine moving with me in all 3 locations) returned to class this week to make some drawstring  pants. I hope she returns with Luiza (because I miss my - started off being my sewing student and now my friend - Luiza) 
Michael is a Miami Fashion student who needs help with his sewing skills to pass his fashion class. He came to cutting class with a sloper so this is what we are sewing .. with muslin. 
David came to cutting class to learn how to sew scrubs. He's another student that absorbs all the knowledge being tossed his way. I don't have to repeat myself with him.. he just gets it. Not very many people have the ability to learn this way. Throw some words at them with a little visual and they understand and retain what you've told and shown them.
Debbie finished sewing a UFO project that's been hanging out for years. It was a handbag that was a crazy constructed way to do it in the words only instructions. She took word by word, broke down what they were telling her what to do only needing help on a few steps.
Mother/daughter, Sonia and Megan came to class and finished the top to go with the pants they made last week. I gave Megan an easy hat to cut out that she can make at home while her mom used the machine to sew a skirt she cut out in cutting class.
YEAH!! Yasmin came back to class this week! I'm so happy to see her again. She started with some scarfs wanting to use my serger but the dang thing wasn't threaded right and I couldn't sit and get it going. She ended up cutting out another project, a top.
A lot more people came to class... but.. Iris, you were missed this week and we hope to see you next week! :)

Lucky me!!! I got to sew a little this week too. I made this top in a couple of hours. I kind of cut this out while I was talking on the phone. I always know I need to leave room for my big old arms which I didn't do because.. yes, I was on the phone. I didn't realize it until after I made it, put it on and could hardly get my arms in. It looks real nice on the dress form.. where it will stay in the studio. I've been wanting to take the kimono that's been on there forever.

Next week I will be closed most of the week because Mama's going out of town without the family for a few days. I so need to get out of SoFlo and recharge .. or just slow down for a few days. Classes will resume on Thursday evening. The week after that I've added 5 more hours to the week. More sewing in the girl cave!!!!!!  I just can't get enough of sewing. I'm so lucky to have it bless my life like it has.


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

Sep 13, 2010

Week in Review - Hollywood Craft Mafia comes to L2S

I really try to post my week in review on Sunday but it didn't happen yesterday... so... here you go.

Another fun week was had at the girl cave with the Hollywood Craft Mafia using the sewing studio for one of their events. These girls filled my studio. I've never seen so many people in it at one time. They made tote bags out of t-shirts and some really cute bags were made. You can view more pictures of the event by clicking here.

I also had a couple machines die on my last week. One I kind of dropped on the floor (oops) It was an Singer Inspiration which is a really bad design and machine. I only paid less then $100 for it and it really never did work that well. Another machine had sparks flying out of where you plug in the power cord. It was a Simplicity Quilters machine that I've had since I've opened my studio and has seen a lot of use. Many things have broken on this the past few years so time to trash this machine too which just leaves me with 5 working machines and I need 6. If anyone happens not to bring in their machines to class, I could be in trouble and cancel one student because I'm a machine short. SO, I had to go but a new machine. I did a search online. I was looking for a brothers machine because they have so many different kinds of buttonholes and they are easy to make buttonholes on their machines. The place that sells them for the least is Walmart. Now, I am not a Walmart shopper but I took myself there anyway because I can save up to $30. I wanted this (CS-6000i) machine but ended up getting this (Brother 50-Stitch Limited Edition Project Runway Sewing Machine, CE5500PRW) one because they were out of stock on the one I wanted and the one I bought was only $135. Perfect for the sewing studio. I used it yesterday to do a little sewing for myself and I love it for the price! It's bigger than most brothers machines this price. The only thing I don't like about it is the needle always stops in the down position every time the machine stops which means you have to turn the hand wheel to lift the needle each time. It will help with the students though because it allows them to stop and not loose their stitch.

Last week
8 People attended the machine class
4 students attended the cutting class
25 students attended the sewing class


Nancy finished her top. This was her first garment and she didn't pick the easiest fabric to work with. She made McCall's 5855. It's a really cute blouse and I think she will enjoy sewing it more if she uses a different fabric instead of the very lightweight sheer fabric she did use. She did not want to hem all the way around the big square (because that's all this blouse really is with a whole in the middle for the neckline) so we ended up passing it through the serger to finish the edge. I love the colors of the fabric and it looks really good on her! After she finished the top she went right back to making her easy kitchen appliance covers.

Cristina came to class last year to make a dress to get married in. She never finished the dress, went out and bought a dress to get married in. She came back to class this week to make baby clothes because she's pregnant with a girl. Baby girl clothes are the most fun to make IMO. She made a little dress in a few hours. When she finished I had all intentions in picking up the camera to take a picture but ya think I took one???? NO! I hate when I do that. She still has a little more to do in the dress but I have a feeling she's finishing it at home. She will be back to class on Tuesday so we'll find out...

I'm really proud of my new student Mary O. She's making a very professional dress/jacket. She had no problems learning the machine, cutting her pattern and sewing. Usually the first thing you have to do in any garment are darts. It was a breeze for her to do the darts, and install the facing that was finishing off the neckline and armholes. It is coming out so pretty! We left off with the invisible zipper. Then the side seams/hem and the dress will be finished. YES, I will take pictures!

Mom and daughter, Karen and Kimi came back to class to finish their tops except we didn't finish but I think they know what to do to complete them at home. They both just had to hem the bottom of the tops. I think Karen had a couple more steps but will have no problem doing it on her own. My goal is to get my students sewing comfortably at home and when they have problems with a project bring it to class and I'll get them over their hump.

Saturday, like always, were full classes. This is a few of the people in the 1-3 class. James is on the left sewing his blue shirt. Next to him is Corey. Iris is walking by Corey going over to the Iron and Sofia's behind Corey. We had a few other students who were in class but the pictures came out too dark to put on here (sorry Estee and Megan!)

Estee made her bodice to her Snow White costume but she had a little problem with the construction working with the liner fabric. She put them together and acted like they were one layer of fabric. Anytime you work with a liner you always make one set of the fabric and one set of the liner then sew the two together either at the neckline, armholes or both. 2 other people were doing the same technique in class so she finally understood the process before she left class.

And Megan came back to class with her mom Sonia. The finished the pants they started last week at home and got half way through the top to go with the pants. They both work so well with one another. Sonia has so much patience and really understands the process. She only needs help seeing a few things but once I show it clicks with her.

Now, lets talk about James. He's 16 years old and wants to be a designer. He's well on his way to doing it. He has great style. He did finish his pants he started last week except they were a little funny looking with the pockets sitting very low (we placed them where the pattern told us) so we didn't take a picture of them even though I did have my camera in hand. James started this shirt at home just needing help with the cuffs, collar and front bands for the buttonholes. Really, all three are done with the same technique so by the time he did the last step he know what was being taught to him too. Really, he did such beautiful straight stitches on the pockets and his edge stitching. WOW, I was very impressed he made most of this at home last week. Much better than his first projects, the pants.

And Corey finished his skirt. This was very hard fabric for Corey to use but he worked through it pulling out stitches a few time. He learned how to install elastic by folding the fabric to make a casing. He also learned not to twist the elastic when you put it together. He also liked the idea of passing the raw edge through the serger to make the hem.

And, I got to sew a few things this past week one being another top and some baby clothes. I so love sewing baby clothes!

I really need to do what I teach because I didn't wash this fabric since it was a knit and I didn't think it would shrink. The ink came out all over the machine, my hands, the table. It was like working with news paper!   I really like wearing this style of top. I love square necklines!

With the kids back in school the classes are starting to fill quickly!!! If you want to come to class you better give me a call/email/text to reserve your seat. You can always check the calendar to know when the class is full


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

Sep 8, 2010

Did You Know?

Did you know there's two tricks to sewing and if you just keep telling yourself these two tricks most of your sewing mistakes will disappear.

The first trick to sewing is always tell yourself put two right sides of the fabric together when making your seams and constructing things together. Now you do have to possess common sense because you know when you install a pocket to a shirt you put the wrong side of the pocket fabric to the right side of the shirt. But when doing most things and you can't figure out how they go together if you just find the right sides of both fabrics you are trying to put together the process will flow that much easier.

The second trick to sewing is to put the edges of the fabric together. No matter what you're doing, installing trim/piping to a seam, adding a straps - always put the edges of the fabric together. The rest of the edges of the fabric may not line up but always the seam that goes together should line up putting the edges together.  And always (let me repeat myself always) pin your fabric together before you make your stitches.

I say these two things more times than I can count during class. If a student can't figure out what to do I ask them to find the right sides of the fabric. Then I ask them to tell me what edges go together so they can start pinning.  I'm always saying "Put two right sides together" "Put your edges together".   Another thing I say a lot in class is "clip it before you flip it".    I'll have to tell you that one in my next Did You Know....

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

Sep 6, 2010

Sewing Over the Wire 9/6/10

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








ABOUT PEOPLE 
Make a beeline for an A-line
Daily Telegraph Mon, 30 Aug 2010
The seasons sharpest skirt shape makes a perfect sewing project.



Leady!: Nine amazing pencil sculptures by Dalton Ghetti
The Inquisitr Tue, 31 Aug 2010
I use the sewing needle to make holes or dig into the graphite. I scratch and create lines and turn the graphite around slowly in my hand.â Using only a razor blade, sewing needle, and sculpting knife (and not a magnifying glass), artist Dalton Ghetti creates some of the most intricate and detailed sculptures ever [...] 



Alexander teen wins $5K and third place in national sewing contest
The Batavian Tue, 31 Aug 2010
After learning to sew only a year ago, and despite being derailed by a car accident, an Alexander girl won third place and $5,000 cash in a national sewing competition. The sponsor, Jo-Ann Fabrics & Crafts, announced the winners earlier this month. Grace Raines, the daughter of Eric and Heidi Raines, was one of more than 112,000 applicants in the prom-outfit contest. Her prize was $5,000 cash ...

Danville woman is 105 years old, and still no vices
Oakland Tribune Wed, 01 Sep 2010 13:30 PM PDT
Some people might have their fair share of vices, but not Clara Beaton. The only thing the 105-year-old Danville resident is guilty of is a love of gardening, sewing and listening to polka.


Kayt Turner: 'I've made the odd stab at taking up a hem but it looks as though I've been sewing in the dark'
Scotland on Sunday Sat, 04 Sep 2010
MR TURNER came in the other day very excited. Very excited indeed. And when he told me his news, I was equally excited. A new tailor has opened up across the road from Turner Towers



KATRINA WRIGHT: Follow these tips to restart sewing
Abilene Reporter-News Sun, 05 Sep 2010
Q: I used to love to sew in home ec classes at school, but I haven't touched a sewing machine since. Now that I am home with two toddlers, I think it would be fun again and that I might even be able to save some money by sewing kid's clothes and altering my own. I am in the market for a new sewing machine but I don't know where to start. Any ideas?  Striving to Sew



ABOUT BUSINESS
Two New Fabric Websites Increase Shopping And Sewing Options For Customers Of David Samson, Inc.
Textileweb.com Wed, 01 Sep 2010
In order to provide customers with expanded fabric options for clothing or decor, David Samson, Inc. has launched two new websites. DecoratingFabrics.com specializes in home decorating materials for drapery, upholstery, bedding, tassels and trims and more. BuyTheBoltFabrics.com, supplies cloth by the bolt at wholesale savings 


Foodie fashionista
New York Post Thu, 02 Sep 2010 21:31 PM PDT
While most designers frantically hem, cut and sew ahead of Fashion Week, Jay Kos is getting ready to cook. The renegade men's wear designer -- who for years has packed his Park Avenue boutique with a bold mix of bright colors and exotic skins -- has long sidestepped the...

NEW PRODUCTS
Sew Smart: PFAFF® Introduces SMARTER BY PFAFF C1100 Pro
Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance Wed, 01 Sep 2010
LAVERGNE, Tenn.----The experts at PFAFF®, the leading global brand of premier sewing and embroidery machines, announced the introduction of the SMARTER BY PFAFF C1100 Pro sewing and quilting machine, the first in the SMARTER BY PFAFF series of machines.


SEWING HISTORY
One for the History Book
The Express-Star Tue, 31 Aug 2010
As pioneer families began to settle on farms and in towns and cities across what is now Oklahoma more than a century ago, homemakers struggled to cook, wash and sew clothes, and even make quilts while keeping their homes clean.



June brides - then and now
The West Milford Messenger Thu, 02 Sep 2010
âChains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads which sew people together through the years. - Simone Signoret




GIVING BACK
Group sewing up projects
Wahoo Newspaper Tue, 31 Aug 2010
CERESCO  Each month, a group of women come together in Ceresco, each with separate projects but also with a single purpose.




PHOTO: U.S. sew
Jacksonville Journal-Courier Wed, 01 Sep 2010
Margaret Taylor of Chapin sews a quilt Tuesday at the Jacksonville Area Senior Center. The Jacksonville Area Senior Quilters, in conjunction with the Franklin/Waverly Military Support Group, are making 60 quilts by November for those in the military.... 


Giving to others, one blanket at a time
9 News Denver Fri, 03 Sep 2010
LAKEWOOD - With steady hands directing a busy sewing machine, Donna Ogden warms her heart by sewing a blanket that will keep others warm.
 

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

Sep 5, 2010

Week in Review 9/5/10 - It's September Already?

Seriously, I can't believe it's September! These weeks are just rolling past quickly.

We had another week of great sewing at the studio. Some classes were full, some were empty which gave me time to do my sewing. There isn't enough time in the day to get my fill of sewing. I love, love, love it!! As much as I love my family when they do sweet things (like my daughter going out the door for school last week, forgetting to give me a kiss goodbye - runs back in the door with her backpack on, throws her arms around me and runs back out the door) my desire is to be creating things with fabric at the girl cave. I can't get my fill of sewing and I just love passing my knowledge to others so they can catch the sewing but too.

7 people attended the machine class
4 people came to cutting class to cut a skirt, dress with jacket, pj pants w/directional fabric, and a baby dress
18 people attended sewing class making aprons, learning how to do a blindhem, skirts, alterations, toddler dresses, baby clothes, girls pants, Halloween costumes, jeans, and a vest.

 


Sofia is almost done with her Halloween costume. It's really coming out good. She worked on the skirt this week in class. The only thing she has to do is put buttons down the back of the bodice and the hem. I love what she did with this dress. There were a lot of changes along the way but she made it work with me taking her through step by step.






This is Sofia in the front smiling because she sure has caught the sewing bug. I just love seeing smiles when people creating things out of fabric. 

Behind Sofia is Debbie. She's another student who drives far to take my sewing classes. Debbie's working on a handbag, a project that has been sitting around for years. The instructions were kind of funny (like they sometimes are) and had her do some funny things so I showed her an easy way to construct it. 
 

Then there's James who just picks up sewing so quickly. He's another young designer who has a bright future ahead. It was nothing for him to absorb all the knowledge I had to offer in the machine and cutting class. This week was his first sewing class making a pair of jeans.
He's using dark denim fabric and pulled out white thread. I looked at him at the start of class and asked if he really wanted to do that because you have to sew really straight when you use contrast thread. He had no fear which was great. This is his first sewing project and I can't believe how straight he got his stitch lines.



Megan really wanted to learn to sew, I mean really bad. She loves sewing at home. When her mom Sonia called to ask if I did kid classes I had to explain that I don't schedule them because when I do I don't get any enrollment. I have the kids attend adult classes with their parents. The parent only has to pay a $10 guest fee and they get to learn too.

Sonia bought the package deal. Her and Megan came to the machine class. Sonia attended the cutting class alone because it's hard for kids to learn all the cutting things, they just want to sew. They both returned this week to the sewing class making pants for Megan to wear. The pattern called for darts and zippers but we decided to do elastic at the top which is much easier to do for little Megan. ... and Megan caught the sewing bug at such a young age. Imagine the world of sewing ahead of her.. all the things she will create. Makes me shine :)

Rachel was back working on her vest. She cut the project out at home. I encourage my students to do as much sewing at home and when they get stuck to bring it in the studio because this is the way you learn. You can't just learn how to sew by attending a sewing class. You will forget how to do the techniques you learned if you don't try them on your own. Rachael had a little problem cutting and we didn't figure it out until we went to sew the liner to her vest. She forgot to cut it out and didn't have enough fabric to cut the pieces needed. She had other fabric that she wanted to use to make a blouse to match the vest. We could have used that fabric but class ended so I sent her to the fabric store before she returns to class next week.
Estee came to class a couple times this week finish her skirt on the first class and starting a Halloween costume in the second class. She's making a Snow White costume. She came to class with all her fabric cut and ready to sew. The first things she had to do like in most projects were her darts. She also made some piping to go in the center front seam and installed that.  There are so many different fabrics and colors to this costume, it really took some thought process for Estee to cut this project out herself and she did a perfect job! I can't wait to see this come together like we did Sofia's.


And last but not least is my sweet student Cristina. I love the projects she does, how she shares so much of herself with me and other students. Her and Debbie found out they lived in the same area and know the same people. It's such a small world, we're all connected in one way or another.  Cristina's so sweet, she brought something in for Iris except Iris wasn't able to come to class this week (you were really missed this week Iris - hope you can stitch with us next week)  Cristina is working on a baby outfit. And the funny story is she bought this pattern when her daughter was born. She's now 10yrs old. How many of us have projects hanging out for 10 years waiting for us to get to them? (raising my hand!)

Yes I only took my camera out during one class but I flipped a lot of pictures in that one class LOL. I was happy to see Randy back in class this week. She's been coming to L2S for a couple years. She was away for most of the summer and returned with some cloths she's had for a while she needed to alter to fit. 

People finishing things this week that have been hanging out for years. It's good to get the cobwebs out.

Wednesday had no enrollment which allowed me to work on a top I've had cut out for a month or so. I got most of it done, I hope to finish it this week. I promise to take pictures because I always take pictures of my own sewing projects. Why is that? I can remember to take pictures of my own things but not my students.

Anyway,

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