Tuesday 30 October 2012

Ten Awesome Purse Tutorials...

Today I am showcasing Ten Free Purse Tutorials... purses, zippered pouches, a wristlet, a clutch and a key cover... all added to our ONGOING Purses, Clutches and Pouches link party. All of these awesome tutorials contain step by step instructions and lots of photos.

Pyramid Pouch Tutorial by Rikka, from Ricochet and Away

Saturday 27 October 2012

Threading Your Way ~ Features

A couple of people have asked whether there is any way to be notified of new links added to each of our ongoing, themed link parties and I've had to answer... None that I know of. There are 33 unique link parties, with each of us being particularly interested in different ones. Every week there are many new links added, but it varies greatly as to which parties and how many are added.

The weekly features are usually chosen from the last week's additions, so maybe you can use the Featured posts as a reminder to check the parties you are interested in.

We don't celebrate Halloween in Australia, to the extent that it is celebrated in other parts of the world. I haven't personally come across anyone celebrating Halloween in Australia, but I read and see online that it is beginning to take off here. It does look like it's a lot of fun! Don't forget to add any Halloween costumes you've made to the Pretend Dress Up Clothes link party.

Our features for this week...

An ever so pretty dress, linked to the Dresses for Girls link party. You can't go wrong with polka dots (I love them) and combined with the fabric flower, this 50's style dress will never go out of fashion.

50s Polka Dot Dress by Federica, from La Tartaruga Crea

Friday 26 October 2012

Different Types of Seams...

Today's post is all about seams - a guide to show you the different types of seams and how to sew them:
  1. plain seams
  2. welt seams
  3. French seams
  4. flat felled seams
Learn how to sew the many different types of seams - plain, welt, french, flat felled ~ Threading My Way

Thursday 25 October 2012

National Bandanna Day ~ CanTeen

Tomorrow is National Bandanna Day in Australia. Every year, on October 26th, bandannas are sold to support CanTeen, an organisation that supports and empowers young people (aged 12 - 24 years of age), living with cancer.

Tuesday 23 October 2012

3/4 Pants...

How cute is this Michael Miller Flower Crystals fabric? Perfect for a pair of 3/4 pants for a little girl.

Sunday 21 October 2012

Sewing on a suit button...

One of my sons asked me to fix a loose button on a suit. I'd never sewn on a button which required making a shank. With a quick Google search, I found an easy to follow tutorial, over at Made By Hand- The Great Sartorial Debate.

Threading Your Way ~ Pants for Women ~ Link Party

Welcome to the thirty third edition of Threading YOUR Way with Threading My Way. Each ongoing, themed link party is steadily growing into a resource full of ideas and inspiration.
    Remember, these linkys are ongoing, so you can continue to add projects throughout the year. Add as many projects as you would like.

    Our thirty third linky for 2012 is everything Women's Pants... pants, jeans, slacks, shorts, track pants.

    Women's Pants
    Link up any family friendly posts that you have written on Women's Pants Your posts might (but don't have to) include any of the following:
    • how to's 
    • tutorials
    • photos
    • tips 
    • what you have learnt

    Saturday 20 October 2012

    Threading Your Way ~ Features

    Our features for this week...

    How cute is this little dress, made from an adult's t-shirt, linked to the Dresses for Girls link party...

    Rockets Dress by Annie, from Peaches and Bees

    Friday 19 October 2012

    Where it all began...

    I've mentioned before, I learnt to sew at school, many moons ago. When we entered 3rd Class, at about age 8, the girls would do sewing once a week, while the boys did cane weaving.

    I have no idea what we did first, but it was all hand sewing until we reached 6th Class. I do remember we had to keep a sampler book each year and I suspect the majority of our sewing was learning new skills by making a sample, which we then glued into the book. Oh, how I wish I had kept those sampler books!!! They contained examples of stitches, embroidery and different sewing techniques.

    Thursday 18 October 2012

    Refashioned Pants...

    There is easily enough fabric in a pair of man's pants, to make a pair of pants for a young girl. I began with a pair of Jag cotton/polyester pants and used Butterick B5019.

    Wednesday 17 October 2012

    Ten Refashioning Tutorials ~ Dresses for Girls...

    Today, I'm showcasing Ten Girls' Dress Tutorials all made from refashioned garments and linked to our ONGOING Dresses for Girls Link Party. All of these dress tutorials contain step by step instructions and lots of photos.

    Asymmetrical T-shirt Dress Tutorial by Amy, from A Home, Made

    Monday 15 October 2012

    Sewing Link Parties Revisited...

    A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post about Sewing Link Parties, asking readers to add their suggestions on link parties that cater for sewing. At the time, I only knew of three sewing link parties. I've checked out all the suggestions and here's my amended list. Thanks everyone for helping to compile this resource.

    Link Parties that cater mainly or exclusively for sewing...

    Sunday 14 October 2012

    Refashioning a Refashion ~ KCWC

    Here's my latest refashion. It started out as a woman's dress, then became a dress for a little girl and now it's been refashioned yet again, to become a skirt.

    Threading Your Way ~ Skirts for Girls ~ Features

    Our Girls' Skirts Link Party, which started in February, has 110 fabulous skirts linked up. This week's features are the eight most viewed skirts since the party began in February.

    Baby Skirts by Fay, from Monkey Makes Three

    Thursday 11 October 2012

    Baby Bibs ~ KCWC

    Now, I know bibs are not articles of clothing, but they cover and protect clothing, and so, they are my first things finished for the Kids Clothes Week Challenge. Because I committed to sew for one hour per day for seven days, I'm getting more sewing done after gardening.

    Monday 8 October 2012

    This and that...

    I haven't been spending as much time as I normally do either sewing or blogging. This is because I've been spending the majority of each day, outdoors in the garden. Last Summer was unseasonably wet and so the garden flourished, as did the weeds.

    At the time, I was relatively new to blogging and so was quite happy to spend an inordinate number of hours in front of my computer, with the rest of my time spent sewing. And so, I neglected my poor garden.

    Don't get me wrong. I LOVE working in my garden. Gardening has been a hobby that began when we moved here to our 3/4 acre block over 30 years ago. Other hobbies have come and gone, but gardening has always remained. Last Summer, however, blogging and sewing took over and I am now trying to get things back under control, before the hot weather begins again.

    Saturday 6 October 2012

    Threading Your Way ~ Features

    Our features for this week...

    Four fabulous refashions, linked to the Refashioning with Denim link party. You may have already linked up a refashioned denim project to one of our previous link parties. I'd love you to relink it here, as well!

    Patchwork Jeans Bag, from Little Blue Mouse

    Friday 5 October 2012

    Fab Folds Voting...

    Last month I took part in the Fab Folds Challenge, hosted by Rikka, from Ricochet and Away. The challenge was to sew something that incorporates either pleatspintucks or smocking

    This was a great challenge, with a fabulous group of girls!!! Here are the entries by all the participants. My pintucked skirt is in very good company.

    Pintucked Skirt by Pam, from Threading My Way

    Tuesday 2 October 2012

    Sewing Link Parties...

    Each week I link to lots of link parties:
    • to show off my projects
    • to look at other projects that may interest me
    • to find new blogs I might enjoy reading

    While I'm interested in a lot of things, the majority of posts that I like to read, are sewing related. Other than Threading YOUR Way with Threading My Way  I've only found two link parties that cater mainly or exclusively for sewing.