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Save the Dates!

It is summer and street fair time again! I will have a booth at the Enumclaw Street Fair, this Friday and Saturday (July 29-30) so make plans to visit! I have been working on some new items along with my favorite projects ~ heirloom!

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Grommet Purses with Sash

Some of my newest creations include Grommet Purses, Shopping/Tote Bags, and Quilted Wallets.

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Musical table runner

There will also be potholders, table runners, rompers, dresses ~ honeysticks ~ and MORE!

In addition to the craft and food booths located along Cole Street, the Enumclaw Street Fair features a 3 on 3 basketball tournament for all ages, a 1K & 5K run for both adults and kids, a Family Fun Zone, and Entertainment: local music groups, entertainers and terrific bands on the main stage. Dancers, gymnastic teams and ballerinas will be sharing their talents on one of the side streets. The fair runs from 10-7 both Friday and Saturday. More information can be found at enumclawstreetfair.com.

Stop by and say HI!

“For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.” Isaiah 41:13

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Another Licensing!

The first of May was the end of my second online Licensing “Teaching Beginning Sewing 2” (my 5th license) with Martha Pullen Company. I enjoyed watching the well-done videos by the many talented instructors, all of whom I have worked with in several other licensing events. Seven of the 24 projects included in the program were *required* to “graduate”. I have included several pictures.

This table runner is actually two pieces: the linen frame and a removable embroidered insert. Holiday prints could also be used for the insert. Several added an embroidered monogram to their inserts.

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Decorative Table Runner

Being able to choose the fabrics and trims was major plus to the online version. I made a commitment to use as much of my <stash> as possible – and succeeded! I only had to buy one piece of fabric (sash on the grommet purse). I even had all the zippers and buttons I needed.

Roll up Jewelry Bag
Roll up Jewelry Bag with 3 inside zipper pockets

These projects were well-written and, although focused on beginners, even *experienced* sewers would enjoy making them! Each covered a different technique, including quilting.

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Stars Over Alabama quilted pillow

Participants in the class could upload photos of their projects to the “gallery” page. Such a wide and colorful variety! It was fun to see how each person interpreted the projects.

Grommet Purse
Grommet Purse

I have made several grommet purses, in a variety of colors and prints; customers really like the stylish look and multiple inside pockets.

As much as I enjoy the week long *face-to-face* events, the online classes allowed for working at my own pace (we had 6 months to complete the 7 projects) sandwiching them in-between other life activities!

 

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.”  Colossians 3:15-16

 

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Sew Expo Time Again

The 44th edition of the Sewing & Stitchery Expo at the WA State Fair and Events Center in Puyallup, WA runs this week, Feb 25 to 28th. I have been attending for at least the last 40 years. I don’t remember the exact year I started but I do know it was the last year it was held in the Tacoma Dome.

I am only taking one class this year (scheduling conflicts) but look forward to wandering the aisles and drooling over all the new fabrics, patterns, and notions presented by the several hundred vendors.  Some vendors are favorites and will be definite stops in my wanderings: Dolls R Sew Fun (long-time friend), Michelle Marketing, Inc (templates), Trims on Wheels (trims, zips and more), All About Blanks, Superior Threads (time to replenish) and, of course, Fine French Laces is a must! And these are just a start!

This is also a grand time to meet up with family and sewing friends ~ and make new friends. Folks come from all over; through the years I have enjoyed visiting with ladies from Nova Scotia, Texas, Oregon and Canada, just to name a few. Speaking of Canada, I am meeting a sewing friend from BC for lunch – we actually met at a Martha Pullen Licensing event in Alabama! We are really looking forward to reconnecting.

For more information, check out Sewing & Stitchery Expo for tickets, class listings, times, and location.

I will post pictures and a rundown of my visits (yes, plural – at least two days will be spent at the show) next week.

“She is energetic and strong, a hard worker. She makes sure her dealings are profitable; her lamp burns late into the night.” Proverbs 31:17-18

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Holiday Dress

Typically, as part of my decision process prior to creating a garment, I consider the initial function of the garment, colors that fit the occasion, long-term use of the garment, and any embellishments.

For this holiday dress, the fabric came first! I sometimes wander around my favorite fabric stores, looking for inspiration. Recently I found an elegant print of cream and red (almost burgundy) with a gold highlight. Isn’t it great!

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elegant cream and red print

I immediately fell in love with it and started visualizing the garment style that would fit. Sometimes I flip through the pattern books for that “spark”, other times I know right away what I want to make.

With this fabric I knew immediately that a simple but *flirty* dress with a large sash and bow would be fantastic. This decision necessitated a hunt for the coordinating accent fabric and this is Christmas print was a perfect match!

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elegant cream and red print

The ‘old-word elegance’ of the print also dictated an eyelet trim for the ruffles. Additional ruffles could be added to increase the length, if necessary.

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eyelet ruffle

As I wanted the sash and ruffles to be the focal point, I kept the neckline clean and added a gathered feature to the sleeves for an additional accent.

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Holiday Dress

Although the sash has a definite holiday pattern, the dress could be worn on many different occasions quite easily. This dress is currently available in size 5; other sizes can be made for those family photos!

But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
John 4:23

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Seahawk Dresses

Another holiday project was a dress for my granddaughter’s birthday. Being huge Seattle Seahawk fans, my daughter and I thought this would be fun for all!

I found two Seahawk prints and two coordinating prints, one a green dot, the other in white. All 8-year-old girls love to *twirl* so I wanted ruffles. The shoulder straps were a bit long (I turned them under and tacked in place), but that will allow for long-term use! The waist also was a bit big, so I added ties (not pictured) to snug it in.

Seahawk dress
Seahawk dress

Paired with a matching green t-shirt, it turned out darling! And, she loves it!

Of course, we could not leave her 12-year-old sister out, so I made a skirt for her. Again paired with a matching green T-shirt, it was a real hit!

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Seahawk skirt

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” II Timothy 1:7

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2015 – A Brand New Year!

Now that the holidays are behind me, hopefully I can get caught up on my postings!

Being the person I am, I of course make the majority of my gifts, especially for the grandkids. One of those projects was a smocked dress for my 8-year-old granddaughter. I found a darling print with deep reds (almost burgundy), greens and blues over a light beige background. I found a beige solid (with just a hint of green) perfect for the smocking. I modified a simple to-the-waist, gathered skirt dress pattern, incorporating the smocked inset into the bodice. The embroidery thread was matched to colors in the print and used in the geometric smocking pattern.

smocked insert
smocked insert

After pleating and smocking the bodice insert, it was steamed and blocked. I accented the collar, sleeves and bodice with burgundy piping.

Smocked dress
Smocked dress

A simple dress but ~ I love the final result, and best of all, so does my granddaughter!

Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.” II Corinthians 5: 20

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Heirloom and Hunstville

As many others know, traveling to one of Martha Pullen Company’s events is well worth it! I attended the Heirloom I Licensing in September ~ this was my third licensing (+ one School of Art Fashion) in Huntsville, AL and, as always, I loved every minute.

Side note: There will be a change in the way Licensings are presented, beginning in 2015. Licensings will now be at other locations than Huntsville, AL. They have two Licensing Events planned to take place in the Southeast in the summer, plus two more planned for Orange County, California, the first part of November. For more information, visit http://www.marthapullen.com/licensing/?et_mid=708107&rid=237592293.

Connie Palmer
Connie Palmer
kathy
Kathy McMakin

Kathy, Connie, Alicia and all the staff are fantastic! We got (notice I said “got”) to *play* with wonderful fabric, glorious trims and learn new techniques. The “icing on the cake”, for me at least, is all the new friendships formed during the week.

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classroom

40+ ladies filled that room with the lovely sounds of sewing machines, delightful conversation, “that looks great!”, “can’t wait to do that myself”, “look what I did!”, and prayer (of course!).

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Pillow, Thread catcher & Roll Pillow cover

Included in the 20+ projects were everything needed to produce 2 christening gowns, bibs, bonnets, place mats, laptop cases, nightgowns, and more! I focused on the techniques, not the finishing, which I did once home. Techniques included lace shaping, incorporating embroidery, lace, and ribbon with batiste, gingham or knits to create a “fabric”, pinstitching, shark’s teeth, pin tucks ~ and lots more. I love to do Heirloom!

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Martha and Sue

We had a surprise visitor as well! Sue Hausmann came through town and Martha asked her to stick around for a few days. She gave a very entertaining presentation on the history of the bra!

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Martha and Dr. Joe

Martha Pullen visited with us at lunch, presenting a session on business acumen. Dr. Joe Pullen accompanied her to two of our dinners as well. They are such a sweet couple!

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Martha and Me

I will always have fond memories of my trips to Huntsville. We really did sew “from can until can’t” as Martha once said, and I came home exhausted, exhilarated, energized and eager for more.

“She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.” Proverbs 31:13

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Silk Christening Gown & Slip

A few weeks ago, my fingers got to itching to do one of my Christening Gown projects. I came across a length of ivory Silk Dupioni and just KNEW it would make a wonderful gown!

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bodice

The bodice features lace insertion, puffing and gathered lace.

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skirt closeup

I modified the original design a bit, leaving the puffing strips off the skirt panels. The center three panels of the skirt are embroidered with ivory and 34″ long.

Swiss Batiste slip
Swiss Batiste slip

The slip, of quality Swiss Batiste, is gathered at the waist with a full, gathered ruffle, embellished with 12+ yeards of matching lace.

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Silk Dupioni Christening Gown

Overall the gown has almost 20 yards of lace accenting the front panels and along the bottom edge. This ensemble may be purchased on my Etsy store (https://www.etsy.com/shop/Old2NewHeirlooms?ref=hdr_shop_menu).  You may contact me for this gown or other orders.

 

 

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Back to School Shirt

Three of my 7 grandkids are 7 years old and entering 2nd grade this year, two granddaughters and one grandson!   I decided to make back-to-school outfits for them. For the grandson, I wanted a button-down shirt, one for warm weather and one for cooler days. I found a nice homespun cotton fabric for the long-sleeve shirt but nothing really “spoke” to me for the short-sleeve shirt.

I went to the local thrift shop and looked at the XL men’s shirts. I found a couple with suitable plaids and got them for under $5 each. Long-sleeved is best – more fabric!

When using a ready-made shirt as a fabric source, you have a couple advantages but also need to be aware of a couple adjustments. As the hem and front placket are already done for you, you can skip the front facing and hemming options. If matching a curved hem, as I did, the back is cut as two pieces. Be sure to add a seam allowance in the center back (I added 1/2″) – along the fold line. With a small plaid this seam will not be visible. Be sure to reverse the pattern for the second 1/2 back piece.

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cutting back

Side Note: As an offshoot of my heirloom sewing, where all seams are finished in some fashion, I try to enclose ALL seams of my projects. Especially on children clothes. I believe this is a modified French seam as it is done on the inside. I trim one seam allowance down to a scant 1/4″. I then turn the other seam allowance over and under, enclosing the raw edge. This is then top-stitched.  FYI This is the long-sleeved shirt I made with the homespun cotton.

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covered seam closeup

When placing the front pattern piece, slide the pattern out the width of the seam allowance along the center front edge. Since the front placket is done already, you won’t be stitching that seam. There are also no buttonholes to make or buttons to sew on!

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cutting front

Cut both sleeves off at the armhole seam and lay wrong sides together.

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cutting sleeve

Once the pieces are cut out, this is all that remains of the original shirt! The larger pieces went into my scrap box. I also cut off the remaining buttons for my ‘button box’.

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remains of original shirt

The last adjustment is to make sure the collar goes ALL the way to the edge of the front placket. Without a front facing, you need to make sure the collar seam is covered. Either select a pattern with this feature or adjust the collar to fit.

finished shirt
finished shirt

Not bad for around $5 and a few hours of sewing!

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”  Isaiah 41:10

 

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My Navy Flag (Guidon)

In 2010 my son-in-law achieved the rank of Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy. His group of Selectees was required to have a flag and my daughter asked me to help her make one on behalf of the selectees. This flag, actually called a GUIDON (a heraldic flag or military standard), had requirements: a certain size and specific wording. As I understand it, flags usually were made of felt or craft paper. Those who know me, know I just HAD to take it up a few notches!!! The following describes that journey!

The original discussion was on a  Sunday morning and the carrier was sailing on Tuesday afternoon. My daughter drew a rough drawing of both sides of the flag, indicating what HAD to be on it and what additions they (the selectees) wanted. I then digitized all the embroidery – over 144,000 stitches!

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drawing, side 2

As my current (ie: older) embroidery machine was not reliable nor large enough, we went to the local Bernina dealer – nothing but a Bernina for me! I bought a BRAND NEW Bernina 830 (got a really good trade-in price!) and the Jumbo hoop. We decided on “duck” cloth – a heavy weight broadcloth, white and dark blue, and I started stitching!

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embroidery

The large blue circle is ALL stitching – if I ever make another one it will be applique! The figures in the middle represent Chief, Senior Chief, and Master Chief.

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design closeup

All members of the Selectees group were listed along with their motto: Unity, Service, Navigation. The four gold stars on the white side were the hardest to digitize. I was very pleased with the final results.

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navy flag, side 1

My daughter purchased the pole and standard and I found a gold trim resembling rope for the other three edges.

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flag on pole

 

I worked MANY, MANY hours between Sunday morning and Tuesday. We had to get the flag to him at the ship by noon – 2 hours away from my location!  Every minute was worth it, though. I am very proud of this flag because it represents a lot of hard work on the part of the Selectees, particularly my son-in-law! He is now just a few years from 20 years of service and I am SUPER proud of him!

Let’s not forget these young men and women who CHOSE to serve our country. They deserve our constant prayers and support.

“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”
Philippians 4:6