Japanese Knot Bag Sewing Tutorial & Pattern

Sewing Gifts on Time Sewing Bee Site ~ all around the world members are making the Japanese Knot Bag together this weekend or working on other projects. Sewing in solidarity is an excellent way to bust through your stash.  It’s a Yahoo Sewing Group/Community that I don’t necessarily participate much with, but I keep up to speed on the activities and Holy Scnmoly! do they say Busy as Bees! If you like to ogle finished object (fo’s) or need a partner to sew with cyber sewing is something to consider ~ and as always ~ SPAMMERS NEED NOT APPLY!


April 6, 2013. Bridal - Wedding, Fashion, Health, Sew, Style. Leave a comment.

The Morgan

The Morgan is the product of a commissioned project. A co-worker at my hubby’s job asked if I could make a beach bag in a week for a 9 year old. She is so sweet (co-worker) and wanted a plain old canvas bag in cream & blue with seashells and maybe a palm tree or some starfish. I was not all together bored…..but not all together willing to do it. All I thought was PINK CAMOflauge!!!! with pink sunglasses & flip flops or sandals to match plus a matching beach wrap, beach towel (matching of course) and and and she said ok!!!! She basically said ok to pink camo & some flip flops and had a sketch of the bag shape she wanted.

People!…. I know about some 9 year olds and then some, but I kept doubting myself about this bag. I did not want it to be a sack or a half circle or unlined. I made 8 patterns, went back settled on the 4th version and then wanted pockets for electronic stuff & magazine etc. Oh, and the bag needed to be personalized with the name. Can I tell you that I fought with the bag from day 1 until day 7? Even the handles were a chore. Not hard, just a chore to decide how I wanted them to be.

Final decision was an opened U-shaped bag, maybe more of a half-circle, inside plain canvas, outer Pink camo, horse hair handles that were first wrapped in black vinyl and then covered in the pink camoflauge. Black vinyl so the horsey hair pokies don’t stab through. Name was not able to be embroidered – just not enough time but I did embroider a barefoot shape and do the vinyl letters inside of the foot print. Of course embroidered in hot pink.

– sadly I did not get a picture of the bag after it was assembled and before handing it off.

Story ended with a very happy 9 yeard old, jealous friends who want their own bag and a mother that might end up borrowing (stealing) her daughters bag and being MORGAN for a day. That’s all a girl could ever ask for.

Not sure if the pattern will be for sale, but you can inquire if interested. I could use testers.

July 20, 2011. Tags: . Sew. Leave a comment.

Sew Influential

Talk about being a product of your environment!!! I have been watching a lot of shows like Camelot, A Game of Thrones, The Borgias, The Tudors and any other thing like it. So my clothing and hair jewelry are taking on the charm of those times. I love beaded hair nets and long dresses with godets and lace. Just because of the nature of my work I don’t get to sew much for me, but I do crochet shawls and hairnets any chance I get. For the dresses, I modify maxi dresses and sun dresses to capture a little of the days of old. Go figure a sassy gal like me harkening back to olden times for style and inspiration. Hmmmm, guess it’s not really a stretch the women were modest in dress, afforded themselves the time to get dressed, and spent hours pouring over the perfect fabrics and trims from which to get dressed.

Side effect – my English gets better and more annoying as the weeks go by.

July 20, 2011. Tags: , , , , . Sew. 1 comment.

Greener as you Sew

Ever looking for ways to be frugal and smart. There is not a lot of storage in my shop, and even if there was I would still want to not stuff it up with excess. I am looking for tips on ways to be efficient and have less waste. This would be for all needle arts—–no for all of my interests, but primarily sewing, knitting & crocheting.

1. Before buying patterns, look through collection for it or an adaptable one.
2. Before putting away fabric, measure and log it
3. Before buying fabric check log and stash
4. Plan small projects to donate for charitable contributions using fabric on hand
5. Rotate machine maintenance to do 2 machines in the same day rather than all at once.
6. Instead of cutting out patterns, use the trace/transfer method.
7. Use buttons from collection rather than buying more.

That is enough for now, but I am going to keep adding. What are your suggestions?

June 2, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , . Sew. Leave a comment.

Wedding Dresses

I am doing a wedding dress. Not for me for a client. Adding a corset back and looking all over the net for pics and tutorials. Mostly because it is now a common request and I wanted to do something different.

I would love to come upon a gallery of corset back dresses and tutorials for inspiration. There are a lot of talented people out there. Here is one http://artnouveaubride.wordpress.com/2010/10/29/sewing-my-wedding-gown-part-four-the-overdress/ and I love the idea of the underdress with corset. Now it may be Eduardian, but it is currently Haute to me. I love it.

March 26, 2011. Bridal - Wedding, Fashion, Sew, Style. Leave a comment.

Ready, Set, Sew

I had this brain stormy idea to paint my sewing table. Well one of them. It is smallish, brown laminate and cheap. Rather than sanding I am using a product called TSP (trisodium phosphate) that scratches of the shine so you can get right to painting and have no or minimal dust particulates in your area. It’s not quite the temp I would want to be out in the yard doing prep work in. My shop is only a few doors away from my home, still I don a hat, coat and scarf to tip toe over here.

Tell me why does there always have to be a problem? No matter how well intended the project no matter how faboulous the prep? Why Why Why? I just aced myself out of a good week of sewing at that little table. It is my favorite ergonomically correct instrument besides my chair. It is steady, roomy enough to have two machines on and just enough space for a tool tray. I would not put a machine on it again until at least thirty days! I am a freak about paint curing with good reason. I sat a tracing wheel down on a shelf before the paint had hardened properly in mid summer, next time I went to grab it, I grabbed an arm full of shelf and the wheel was stuck. Then I had to sand, clean and repaint and wait the proper time. My temporary table and area are setup, I am just not ‘hearting’ it right this moment. Avoiding

What am I doing instead of machine sewing? Twittering, bedazzling and lots of hand sewing. I do love to stitch by hand. If the stitches are not spot on, that means I get to use my little seam ripper and do it again. Can be fun when not in a hurry or over a deadline. I was also cleaning out some things and will probably have a small stash sale. I have fabric for almost every nation and holiday, that I know I have seen plenty of to last me a few lifetimes.

It’s spring and I am right on target…cleaning, organizing, sprucing, painting, bedazzling and yes sewing.

March 26, 2011. Tags: . Sew. Leave a comment.