Thursday, 30 August 2012

Inches or centimetres...

Here in Australia, I grew up using the imperial system for measurement. I began my Teacher training still using the imperial system for measuring length (inches, feet, yards) and left three years later, having to teach children measurement using the metric system (millimetres, centimetres, metres).

To this day, I still prefer the imperial system. When a baby is born and I'm told the weight in grams, I always have to ask, What's that in pounds? I have difficulty converting mass. And, although I can convert inches and centimetres when I need to, I have to think about it.

The only exception has been miles per hour and kilometres per hour. With a speedometer in miles per hour and road signs in kilimetres per hour, I learnt to convert very quickly!!!

On my blog, I use the imperial system for two reasons:-
  1. It's the one I naturally think in.
  2. I see it used a lot online.
My question to you is, which system would you prefer me to use? Are you happy with me just using imperial (inches), or would you prefer me to add cms as well... using my trusty tape measure?

... Pam

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Leather iPhone Case ~ Prototype...


My eldest son wanted a leather and felt case for his iPhone and asked if I'd be interested in helping him to make one. Without hesitation, I said, YES!!!

After researching sewing with leather, we purchased a Teflon foot and leather needles for my machine, leather, felt and different threads.

Monday, 27 August 2012

Alice in Wonderland...


My latest project has been to make an Alice in Wonderland outfit for a Mad Hatter's Garden Party. First up was to check exactly what Alice should be wearing to the Garden Party. A quick search online showed I needed a blue, short sleeved dress, teamed with a white apron.

Saturday, 25 August 2012

Threading Your Way ~ Features

Our features for this week...

A fabulous tutorial, showing how to make these cute shirred overalls, linked to the Pants, Shorts, Trousers for Children link party...

The Lani Overalls by Mira, from Sewing the Littleheart Collection

Mud Puddle Splashers...


I needed to cross something off my ever growing To Do list, yesterday, so, even though I wasn't feeling 100%, I whipped up three pairs of shorts using the Mud Puddle Splashers pattern, by Bonnie, from Fishsticks Designs.

Monday, 20 August 2012

Just For a Laugh...


You may remember my Petal Pocket Pillow that I made and posted about at the end of July. In that post I referred to the ryhme, Ten in the Bed...

There were ten in the bed and the little one said,
Roll over, roll over.
So they all rolled over and one fell out.

There were nine in the bed and the little one said,
Roll over, roll over.
So they all rolled over and one fell out.

and so on until there are none in the bed.

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Ten Fabulous Totes...

Our Bags and Totes Link Party has been the most popular of our ongoing link parties by a long stretch, so for this week's features, I'm going to show you the ten totes that have been the most viewed since Threading YOUR Way with Threading My Way began at the beginning of this year.

The most popular bag, which has been viewed 173 times via the Bags and Totes Link Party, is Kristin's awesome Goldfish Tote.


Kristin, from Pritty Tings, made the Goldfish Tote as her entry in the Solids Only Tote Challenge and has written a comprehensive, step by step tutorial on how she made it.

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Appliquéd Singlet...


Sewing an appliqué onto a singlet is such a quick and easy little project. I just love the soccer fabric. I have no idea where I purchased it, but it's the very last scrap I have.

Saturday, 11 August 2012

Threading Your Way ~ Features

Our features for this week...



Some very helpful tips linked to the Blog Tips Link Party:
Love these gift tags linked to the Gift Wrapping Link Party.
Two awesome outfits to make for your little princesses, linked to the Pretend Dress Up Clothes Link Party:
I'm on the lookout for good sun hat patterns and I think I've found just the one linked to the Hats, Bonnets, Beanies and Scarves Link Party:
And two fantastic bags linked to the Bags and Totes Link Party:

    Head on over and visit these talented ladies. 

    Each week, I will place a blog button, belonging to the blog which was most viewed, in my sidebar. This week the most viewed link is the How to Prevent Your Photos from being Pinned on Pinterest. Jessi, look out for your blog button in my sidebar.

    Feel free to grab a button if you've been featured...


    You can find the Master list of ongoing link parties at Threading YOUR Way with Threading My Way 

    Don't forget, all of our link parties are ONGOING and will remain open all year. You can add links to any party at any time.
    I look forward to seeing more of your creativity...


    ... Pam

    Quilt Block Challenge...

    I was so pleased with my first quilt, that I knew it wouldn't be long before I started my second. As I was finishing my first quilt, I had lots of ideas swimming around in my head, but I also had lots of other projects I wanted to sew. There was no rush to begin right away.

    Fast forward a few weeks and along came Adrianne's Quilt Block Challenge, over at Happy Hour Projects. Of course I wanted to enter, so I had to narrow down my ideas to just one. I've decided on a quilt that will feature much loved, but outgrown clothes and belongings from a little one in my family.


    Here's my first block, using fabric from a well worn, little dress and a much used wall hanging. It's not a traditional quilting block, as I haven't pieced anything. The flowers are appliquéd to the background with double sided fusible webbing. You can see tutorials and tips I've written showing how to appliqué here, here and here.

    Although the flowers are the same basic shape as on two previous projects: the Retro Flower Power Pillow and my Solids Only Tote, the finished effects on all three projects are totally different.

    After being so pleased with the fabric painting on my t-shirt dress, I'd thought I'd give it a go on this quilt block and have a bit of fun.

    I was a little hesitant to begin with, as, unlike with sewing, my trusty seam ripper wasn't going to help with any mistakes. Quite surprisingly, I really enjoyed doing this little bit of painting.

    I'm not totally sure what the finished quilt will look like. My first thoughts were to make a rag quilt, then I could have shown you how this block will be quilted. I'm aiming to follow the lines of the petals, as I did in my Petal Pocket Pillow. One day I will make a rag quilt, but not this time, as I think the blocks would be too large (12" x 12") and the design is wrong. So you'll just have to imagine the quilted lines.

    I've already bought the backing fabric; a beautiful design in mauves and purples with dragonflies. Now to sort through bags of clothes and decide on how the blocks will look. I'm not totally sure where I'm headed, but I do know there will be at least one dresden plate.

    Head on over to the link up to see the other quilt blocks entered in the challenge.




    ... Pam

    Wednesday, 8 August 2012

    Painted T-shirt Dress Tutorial...


    Take a plain white t-shirt, add some fabric painted flowers, attach a skirt with lace and you have a one of a kind, pretty little t-shirt dress that no one else will be wearing.


    Our little artist used Mont Marte fabric paint, which comes in convenient little bottles. Before painting begins, put a sheet of cardboard inside the t-shirt to prevent paint from seeping through to the back of the t-shirt. Once the masterpiece is finished, allow to dry, then set as per manufacturer's directions. Basically, remove cardboard, cover with an old cloth and iron.

    Decide how long you want the t-shirt to be: below the waist, on the waist or above the waist. Measure from the bottom hem, to keep the curve of the hem and cut the t-shirt.

    Skirt:
    • Measure from shoulder to calf. 
    • Take away the length of the cut t-shirt. 
    • This will be the finished length of the skirt.
    • Decide how many strips of fabric you want and how wide you want each to be. 
    • Add two seam allowances of 3/8" for each strip, except the bottom strip. 
    • Add a 2" hem allowance for the bottom strip. 
    Your fabric should add up to the finished length, plus seam and hem allowances.

    The width of your skirt is one and a half times the width of the t-shirt.

    Seams:
    • With right sides facing, join the long sides of the top two strips of fabric, using 3/8" seam. 
    • Neaten edges with an overlocker (serger) or zig zag. 
    • Repeat for all strips of fabric.


    Topstitching:
    • Press all seams towards the top of the skirt.
    • Set machine stitch slightly longer than normal. My topstitching is 2.8.
    • On the right side of the skirt, sew a row of stitching about 1/8" from the seam. This will hold the seam in place and gives a nice finish.


    Lace:
    Attach lace with two rows of stitching.



    Side seams:
    • With right sides facing, sew side seams.
    • Neaten edges.

    Attach skirt to t-shirt

    Gathering stitches:
    • Set your machine to the longest straight stitch (machine basting stitch)
    • Do NOT backstitch. Leave the threads hanging.
    • Sew a row of stitching 1/4" from the edge, going from one side seam to the second side seam.
    • Sew a row of stitching 1/4" from the edge, going from the second side seam back to the first side seam.
    • Sew a second row of stitching 3/8"- 4/8" from the edge, going from one side seam to the second side seam.
    • Sew a second row of stitching 3/8"- 4/8" from the edge, going from the second side seam back to the first side seam.

    My first row of stitching is a little too close to the edge of the fabric.

    Pin skirt to t-shirt:
    • Mark the centre front and centre back of the skirt.
    • Mark the centre front and centre back of the t-shirt.
    • With right sides together, pin the skirt to the t-shirt at the side seams, the centre front and the centre back.
    Making the gathers:
    • Pull the two bobbin threads and move the fabric towards the centre front.
    • Pull until the fabric is the same length as the t-shirt.
    • Knot the basting threads.
    • Even out the gathers and pin.

    Repeat three times pulling the threads from each side seam to the centre.


    Hand basting skirt to t-shirt:
    • With needle and thread, sew the skirt to the t-shirt, with long stitches (hand basting stitch).
    • Remove all pins.
    Machine stitch skirt to t-shirt:
    • Set machine to a very narrow zig zag stitch, so it is almost a straight stitch. I made the length 2.8 and the width .4. This just gives it a little stretch. Or you could use an overlocker if you have one.
    • Sew between the two lines of machine basting.
    • Remove both rows of machine basting (bobbin and upper threads) and the hand basting.
    • Neaten the edges by overlocking (serging) or zig zag.  

    Sewing two lines of machine basting, makes it less likely for the thread to break as you pull the gathers and it also makes it easy to sew over the gathers so they remain neat.

      Hem the bottom edge of the dress:
      • Turn under 1/2" and either press or stitch.
      • Turn under 1.5" and hand stitch or machine stitch.

      These were the hem allowances that suited me. Vary the measurements to achieve the length you want. You could easily turn 1/4", then 1/2" and machine sew.

      And here's our finished dress...


      Little artist number two wanted to get in on the act. We've called this one Fireworks



      Here's the artwork on paper that prompted me to ask our first little artist to paint on a t-shirt.


      I asked her to choose the colours and paint me another flower, but this time on a t-shirt. Two flowers and a sun later and I knew this would work well.


      There you have it, how to turn your child's artwork into a little t-shirt dress...

      ... Pam

      Sunday, 5 August 2012

      2 in 1 Challenge...

      2-in-1 Challenge Homepage

      Last week I showed you my Petal Pocket Pillow; one of my all time favourite projects.


      You can read more about my cushion here. I know I keep swapping between the terms cushion and pillow. To me, a pillow is something I put my head on at night to go to sleep, whereas a cushion is something I put behind my back for comfort while sitting on a lounge. 

      To me, what I have made is a cushion. I know, in many parts of the world, you would this call a pillow. What term would you use in your corner of the world?

      So, why am I swapping between the two terms and calling it a pillow, when I see it as a cushion
      • Way back in September last year, I signed up for the Retro Pillow Challenge, where I made my Retro Flower Power Pillow. Online I called it a pillow, at home I called it a cushion. I see the term pillow used so much in my travels through Blogland, that I am tending to use that more myself, especially if I am talking to someone who calls it a pillow
      • Fellow Aussie, Nova, from A Cuppa and a Catch Up, who created the pattern, has called it the Petal Pocket Pillow.
      • Petal Pocket Cushion doesn't have the same ring to it, as Petal Pocket Pillow.
      Language is evolving all the time. We certainly don't spell or speak the way William Shakespeare did. With ready access to the Internet, I wonder whether all English speaking countries will end up with the same spellings, colloquialisms, terms and expressions.

      Here's a couple of ways Australians and Americans use language differently. Can you add to the list or give different variations for other English speaking countries? I find it fascinating to see all the differences.


      Aussie U.S.A.
      overlocker serger
      cushion pillow
      mobile phone cell phone
      thongs flip flops
      Source
      It appears that the majority of the English speaking world calls the above picture flip flops. It was much easier to to find the picture I wanted when I searched with the term  flip flops... LOL!!!

      I am in awe of those of you who speak English as a second (or third, or fourth) language. For a couple of years, I studied French and Latin at High School. I didn't mind the written component and used to get good marks, but when it came to actually speaking French, I was hopeless. Mr TMW and my sister used to tease me by speaking in French. I just couldn't keep up.

      Thank goodness for Google Translate, which enables me to read blogs written in any language. Many languages give a good translation, whilst for some I just get the gist of the post. But that's OK, because a picture is worth a thousand words.


      Whatever you call it in your corner of the world, I've entered my Petal Pocket Pillow into the 2 in 1 Challenge. Voting has begun, so head on over and vote for your favourite project.

      Vote: 2-in-1 Challenge

      Thanks, Rikka, for hosting another fabulous challenge. I'm looking forward to the next one...

      ... Pam

      Saturday, 4 August 2012

      Threading Your Way ~ Features

      We now have 31 ongoing, themed link parties. You can add projects to any party at any time. A new ongoing party begins each Sunday. Features, which are usually done each Saturday, can be chosen from any of the parties. There's a list at the bottom of the post.

      Our features for this week...


      A beautiful, yet very practical project linked to the Electronic Gadget Covers and Cases Link Party:
      A fabulous, easy to follow tutorial linked to the Embroidery, Stitching and Appliqué Link Party.
      An ever so cute project linked to the Baby Clothes and Accessories Link Party:
      A fantastic apron and tutorial linked to the Aprons and Art Smocks Link Party:
      Some very pretty flowers linked to the Hair Accessories Link Party:
      Two stunning dresses linked to the Dresses for Girls Link Party:
      And an awesome bag linked to the Bags and Totes Link Party:
      Head on over and visit these talented ladies. 

      Each week, I will place a blog button, belonging to the blog which was most viewed, in my sidebar. This week the most viewed link is the Deer iPad Cover. Ros, look out for your blog button in my sidebar.

      Feel free to grab a button if you've been featured...


      You can find the Master list of ongoing link parties at Threading YOUR Way with Threading My Way 

      Don't forget, all of our link parties are ONGOING and will remain open all year. You can add links to any party at any time.
      I look forward to seeing more of your creativity...


      ... Pam