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The Selfish Seamstress (blog)

October 16, 2012 2 comments

I don’t remember how I found The Selfish Seamstress, but it’s one of my favorite blogs. She hasn’t updated it in a long while, unfortunately, but I still recommend it! She is a very good, very funny writer, plus she offers some free patterns (generally in her size, which is small). And did I mention she makes gorgeous clothes?! Anyhoo, I think everyone should know about her, so I’m going to wave my little internet banner on her behalf. Go, Elaine, go!

Because I only want to sew stuff if it’s for me.
~The Selfish Seamstress

Clicker Bags by Annette

October 24, 2011 Leave a comment

The following instructions are for the lined clicker bags that Annette showed at our October meeting. For more information about clicker bags (such as how to prepare the metal carpenters tape), refer to the bluebonnet clicker bag instructions. The length of the metal strips in Annette’s bags is 8″, and no interfacing is needed.

Self-lined bag (using the same fabric for the lining and outside):

  • One piece of fabric 8.75″ by 27.5″

Construction:

  1. Fold the fabric in half, right sides together.
  2. Stitch around the open sides using 0.25″ seam allowance. Leave a 4″ hole for turning in the short side.
  3. Turn right side out and press.
  4. Close the hole using your preferred method (Steam-a-Seam, hand-stitching, etc).
  5. Tuck the fabric inside to create the pouch and press.
  6. Fold over the top of the bag 1.25″ and press. This will create the casing for the metal carpenters tape.
  7. Starting from a side seam, topstitch halfway along one side. Insert a tape strip.
  8. Continue topstitching most of the way around. Slide in the second tape strip, then finish stitching. You’re done!

Contrast fabric bag (using a different fabric for the lining):

  • Outside fabric 8.75″ by 13.5″
  • Lining fabric 8.75″ by 15″ (the longer size hides the seam under the casing)
  • The lining will be visible on the outside as the casing for the metal tape

Construction:

  1. Place fabrics right sides together. Stitch both short sides using 0.25″ seam allowance.
  2. Pull the two pieces apart. Fold the lining and outside fabrics in half and match the seams for the short sides in the middle. Stitch both long sides using 0.25″ seam allowance. Leave a 4″ hole in the lining for turning.
  3. Turn right side out and press flat.
  4. Close the hole using your preferred method (Steam-a-Seam, hand-stitching, etc).
  5. Tuck the lining fabric inside the outside fabric to create the pouch. Press.
  6. Fold over the top of the bag 1.25″ and press. This will create the casing for the metal carpenters tape.
  7. Starting from a side seam, topstitch halfway along one side. Insert a tape strip.
  8. Continue topstitching most of the way around. Slide in the second tape strip, then finish stitching. You’re done!

Craft Gossip

October 17, 2011 Leave a comment

CraftGossip.com is a blog full of crafty goodness. It’s divided into sub-blogs (sewing being one) that are managed by separate editors. These editors “scour the net looking for the best craft ideas and projects and review them for you.” They have tons of stuff! It’s fun to browse through the site and see the different projects.

If you like giveaways, they have a tab dedicated to those, as well as a sister site (Craftbits.com) that also has giveaways. (To be honest, I don’t care for Craftbits because it doesn’t show project photos until you click on the project page. I don’t think that’s very browse-friendly, but that’s just me.)

Click the image below to check out the site!

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Kwik Sew 3460 — Ordered

June 18, 2011 Leave a comment

Natalee has ordered 10 of the Kwik Sew 3460 patterns, and they will be in the store in time for our next meeting (July 21). She said the cost would be around $12. Thanks, Natalee!

Jacket for Our Next Challenge

June 5, 2011 Leave a comment

Kwik Sew 3460
I already sent this announcement via email, but I should put it on the blog as well, shouldn’t I??

The jacket for next year’s challenge will be Kwik Sew 3460. The plan is to showcase our creative talents — we will all start the same but we will end up with unique results. I don’t have an exact deadline for when this challenge will be due, but it will be before the ASG conference in Houston (August 17–19, 2012).

Update: The jacket challenge is due July 19!

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Free Pattern!

April 25, 2011 Leave a comment

I found a site that will give you a free pattern when you create an account (you have to print the instructions and pattern pieces yourself). Who wants to try it? The patterns are out-of-print ones that aren’t wildly exciting, but hey, did I mention they’re free??

http://www.printsew.com/

ClubBMV for McCall’s, Butterick and Vogue Patterns

April 24, 2011 Leave a comment

Loretta recommends ClubBMV because “they offer sales almost weekly & you can get patterns sometimes as low as $3.99/each. This includes McCall’s, Butterick & Vogue. Shipping is pretty cheap too. I buy all my patterns this way.”

The ClubBMV website says:

Members Receive

  • 10% OFF All Current & Out-Of-Print Butterick, McCall’s & Vogue Patterns!
  • 10% OFF Vogue Patterns Magazine Subscriptions and Back Issues!
  • 10% OFF Butterick, McCall’s & Vogue Patterns Catalogs!
  • Club-Only Sales, Exclusive Offers and Downloads!

If you’re interested, you can purchase your 1-year membership for $15 online.

ClubBMV - for sewing patterns