Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Sew Beautiful #126

The new Sew Beautiful Magazine is out. I love every issue but I think by far this is one of the best. It is packed with everything!

I love the vintage back to school dress. I think I wore a dress like that to school in the 19 ....mumble mumble. Lets just say a while a go. :-)

My dear friend Helen Lively has her smocked sculptures of "Bruce" the rooster and "Maja" the Peacock in the magazine. The pictures are like pictures of the Grand Canyon. The picture look great but it is hard to translate how overwhelmingly majestic they are. She also has a wonderful top for women in this issue.

Also Sew Blessed has her daughters in the magazine. Here is the link to her blog.

If I was 17 again I would make the Corset cover top by Kathy B.... sigh!

Can You tell I love this issue?!

Here is the link to the sneak peek.

I have two smocking plates for boys in this issue. The first one is "Airplanes & Rockets"

And the second one is "Robots".

When you get a chance, please let me know how you like the way we have charted these smocking plates in the magazine. Do you like having the stitch count included? Do you need step by step written instructions?

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Jada's Christening Gown

I want to show you one of the projects I have been working on. Jada's Christening Gown.

Jada is the granddaughter of a dear friend, Jackie. Jada is now 7 weeks old and today was her christening.

The dress is made out of Swiss Nelona from Martha Pullen (of course). The slip is made out of Victorian Batiste. The dress is 34" long.

There is 4 rows of french lace that peek out from under the scalloped hem.

I used Cherry Williams square yoke pattern for both the dress and the slip.

It is hard to see but there is a small pink shadow embroidered cross in the center of the dress.

As my Husband says I never finish a project I just give up. I can always find something else to embroider, bead, or add too. Well I "gave up" on this Christening gown at about 2 A.M. this morning.

Here are some pictures of her christening......

Here is the proud grandmother. She sure looks happy!

Here is a close up of the little angel. She looks breath taking in white.

Here a picture of the designer and stylist for the day who had to get her baby fix! Yes, I am taking about me!

And through all the commotion, talking and picture taking Jada fell asleep.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Pleater Thread Box

I am still super busy but I wanted to show you something that helps me save time. My Pleater Thread Box.

To make one of your own you will need:
  1. Plastic thread box that will hold at least 24 large spools of thread. Thread box need to be wide enough for your pleater to sit on.
  2. 1 inch wide sticky back Velcro
  3. spools of quilting thread (this will be your biggest expense)
  4. Ice pick
  5. Gas stove ( if you don't have one find a friend that does)
On the hinge side of the plastic thread box measure up about 3/4-1 inch. Draw a horizontal line across the entire hinge side. I used a washable marker. This is to mark your thread hole line.

You can eyeball the spaces between the holes or you can measure and mark 24 thread holes.

Safety warning! To make the holes you are going to use a ice pick and a gas stove. This is not something to do while you are distracted with small children trying to help, have dinner in the oven or are mad at anyone. :-)

Okay, everyone one calm?:-) Lets continue.........

To make the holes you need to place the end of the ice pick into the flame of the gas stove. This might also work with a gas grill but I have never tried it.

After the ice pick has been in the flames for about a minute or so bring it immediately over to the thread box. Keeping the ice pick straight up and down (if not your holes will be at an angle) place the tip of the ice pick where you want your hole to be.

The ice pick should go through the plastic like butter. You should not have to apply any pressure or use any force. If the ice pick does not go through the plastic very easily then you need to heat the ice pick for a little bit longer.

Reheat the ice pick and repeat the process to make 24 holes.

You might have a little plastic lip or ridge form around the hole but to not worry is can be picked off after the plastic has cooled completely.

Fill your thread box with as many spools of thread you can afford. My thread box has alternating spools of pink and white hand quilting thread.

Look at your spools of thread and find the little notch that is usually on the side of the rim. Place the spools of thread with this notch downward. If not, the thread will catch on this notch while you are pleating.

Note: this thread box use to have 24 spools of thread. I have been cannibalising (taking/stealing /reassigning ownership) from it for other projects. I will replace them when I find a good sale.

Now the hard part. Thread the holes with alternating colors of quilting threads. Leave about a 8 inch tail. If you don't have 24 spools of thread do not worry. Just place the thread you have in alternating colors.

Once you are done. Bring all the ends of the threads together and pull slowly. Is every thing pulling freely? If not make some adjustment till they all do.

Lay all the threads down in front of the pleater box. Take your sticky back Velcro and pull apart the two pieces. One side is soft and fuzzy, this is the loop side. The other side is rougher. This is the Hook side of the Velcro.

Peel the stick back paper off the Hook side of the Velcro. Stick it to the plastic box behind the thread holes you made.

Bring your threads up and lay them separately on the Velcro. The Hook side of the Velcro will act as combs/channels that the thread can travel through.

Take the loop side of the Velcro and place it on top of the Hook side. Press down. You can leave the sticky back tape on or you can remove it and apply a ribbon of your choice or you can replace it with a piece of Sew On Velcro of the same width.

Place your Pleater on top of the thread box and thread your pleater as needed. And your done!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Sneek Peek

I have got my nose to the grind stone this week. I am trying to complete projects and get ready for a new school year and a new year of Girl Scouts.

My question of the week is "When will retailers figure out that 9 year olds do not need to wear "Crotch Hugger" jeans?

Oh, I better get off my soap box (because I can rant and a rave about this subject for hours) and get back on topic.

I want to tease you with a sneak peek of something for a little boy that is in the next issue of Sew Beautiful. The garment was posted on Martha Pullen's School of Fashion news letter. (Hint it is on page 3.)