Monday, March 29, 2010

Pettiskirts ... anyone??

This is the pattern/tutorial I used to make the pettiskirts for my granddaughters.

I really liked this pattern, nayy. I like the fact that she tells you exactly what size to cut your ruffles and tiers for the specific size you want to make. I looked at a lot of tutorials on line and this pattern is the only one I found to give those specifics.

I wanted to post this info, as I have had many questions regarding my post on the pettiskirts. The pettiskirts pictured below are property of the designer of the pattern.
I just wanted to give you an idea of her design skills. The pettiskirts I made were blogged a couple of days ago.

Make sure you buy nylon chiffon, this is imperative, as it does not ravel. The other chiffon ravels like crazy! You don't want to have to finish off all those seams... now do you?

Where do you find nylon chiffon? Do a Google search and there are several websites that have the chiffon that you need. Most fabric stores do not stock nylon chiffon.

Happy sewing
See ya,

Friday, March 26, 2010

Cousins having fun

These pettiskirts were made last summer and the girls had tons of fun playing around in them. Ya know... just girl fun in Nana's backyard. Cousins being silly!
The pettiskirts were made using nylon chiffon. It is very soft fabric. No scratchiness here!

The pettiskirts are time consuming, but well worth it.

Madison and Ashley are 11 and 13 years old. They have so much fun together.

Childhood is so short, before you know it... they're grown up!

I call this "Creating Memories"!

I just wanted to share some of my FUN sewing and digital scrapbooking with you.

Happy sewing
See ya,

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Ahoy shorts in the greens

I think spring has finally arrived in S Georgia. Yesterday was a beautiful day, it was about 80 degrees.

I enjoyed sewing this little outfit for the princess. This is the 2nd time for making the Ahoy shorts patterns. On this pair I omitted the belt loops and a few other bells and whistles. I don't think the princess will miss those belt loops anyway.

The top is an Ottobre pattern also, I made a little top a couple of weeks ago using this pattern. I just love the little ties on the sleeves.

If this beautiful weather continues I expect to see the princess wearing some of her new outfits. She does like pretty clothes.

Happy sewing
See ya,

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

I've been away a few days, due to some pc issues. My old computer was getting tired and time to be replaced. I put a lot on a pc with embroidery files and digital scrapbooking files. Need I say more? Yesterday the tech guy was here a few hours getting everything set up. So maybe things are getting back to normal. I've missed sewing the last few days. I'm so ready to start a new project.

See ya,

Friday, March 19, 2010

And another Happy Birthday

"Happy Birthday!" to my son Mark!

Mark was our first born. He lead the way for Tracy who came along 3 years later.
Yes, we had birthdays right together...

I'm very proud of Mark, he is in management with a very large retail giant.

Mark loves the beach! I just had to do a bit of digital scrapping... this is one of his favorite places.

Happy Birthday Mark!
Love you!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to my sweet daughter Tracy!
Love you bunches!

I'm very proud of my daughter, she's quiet the business woman! Tracy has a beautiful
gift shop featuring gift items and home decor. Her shop was recently voted the favorite gift shop in our South Georgia town. This Mom trained her right, :) Way to go Tracy!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Splish, Splash!!

I used a couple of patterns to make this swimsuit. The top is made by an Ottobre 02/04. I just added a small ruffle to it. It doesn't really show up in the pic. It would have been been better if I had done the rolled hem on the ruffle in a contrasting color. Well it's done and I can live with it. I will be more aware of it next time. The bikini bottom is made using the Kwik Sew pattern I used for the other swimsuit. Now I need to make some cover-ups or maybe a wrap for these swimsuits.

The weather is getting warmer and I need to be working some outside. I've got to repaint the birdhouses in my bird village. Unless... I can talk hubby into it.
Happy sewing
See ya,

Monday, March 15, 2010


Well the swimsuit finally came together. I made a size 3T. I made it by a out-of-print Kwik Sew pattern #1974, that I got off of Ebay. It is just a basic pattern... I did add a little ruffle to it. I cut a strip of the black lycra and sewed a tube and attached it to the top of the ruffle. Then I just made a little bow to go on it. It just seemed like it needed something else. Ya'll know I like detail! The fabric is by Chez Ami and it sews beautifully.

In addition to sewing, I enjoy digital scrapbooking. Hence the little things I add to my pics.
Don't you just luv the li'l turtle and seahorse! Several people have ask what photo software I
use. I use Photoshop Elements and love it.

Happy sewing!
See ya,

Friday, March 12, 2010

Just simple eye candy for inspiration

I was just browsing around and found these little top. Just a bit of eye candy for inspiration. I really like the lines on the blue top. I found it at Gymboree.
I'm sewing on a swimsuit today. Spring and summer is coming soon...
Have a good weekend,
See ya,

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Madras plaid and peace

I had to make the princess a little bitty pair of bermuda shorts. I copied a pair of RTW, I just didn't put the welt pocket on the back. I had this madras plaid patchwork fabric in my stash and it had baby girl's name all over it. :)

I used a new Ottobre pattern for the top.I used the girl's T-shirt pattern 03/06 #17. It has the cutest li'l sleeve detail. Ya'll know how I like detail.

You know I was thinking... when I was sewing this little top. I certainly do use my coverstitch machine a lot when I sew. I suppose it's because I sew a lot of knits. I told ya'll I didn't sew for many years when I had the shop. So after a long hiatus and selling the shop and retiring. I return to my love of sewing. So during my working career as business woman... many changes were taking place in the sewing world. Internet, message boards, Coverstitch machines. What in the world was a coverstitch machine? I'd never heard of one. I investigate and I like what this machine is capable of doing. The hem it produces looks just like RTW. With the binding attachment you can make awesome bindings. I thought... I need one of those. One of the best purchases I ever made. I'm not saying there's not a learning curve to using it... but well worth it! Love my Babylock Coverstitch!

I've got one more tablecover to make, then back to the fun sewing.

Happy sewing
See ya,

Monday, March 8, 2010

Red Polka Dots

You know ... the last few outfits I made they were mostly capris with the matching tops. The capris are good transitional clothing for slightly warm days, but for S Georgia, summer days are HOT! So, I thought I would make some shorts. I love the Ahoy shorts pattern. I really enjoy sewing these. You can tell I like the little keyhole top too. I just put a little embroidery design on it and it's good to go.

Today I will be starting on the white table covers for my daughter Tracy. I need to get everything in its place, in my sewing room, before I start this project. You know... clean it up, so I can mess it up again! You, my sewing friends know what I'm talking about!

Happy sewing...
See ya,

Friday, March 5, 2010

A li'l zebra

Another Ottobre pattern, Ya'll know how I love these patterns.

This zebra stripe made up just perfect for the princess.
I had this fabric in my stash from last summer. It was leftover from swimsuits I made for the 11 and 13 year old granddaughters.
I still have to make the pink/black fabric I got from Chez Ami. Hopefully it will get made this next week.

The next thing in line is round tablecloths for my daughter Tracy's shop. She needs more white tablecloths for her bridal registry. So I'm waiting for her to bring me the fabric... then I will be off-n'-runnin'... These range from 90"-120" round, cording etc. Thank goodness for my industrial machines. I'm thankful to be retired and able to make these table covers for her. When I had the shop... I did not have the time to sew. Retired and enjoying my play time.

Have a great weekend!
See ya,