Craftsy Online Sewing Classes

I Love the new Craftsy sewing website. This is a great way to take a class without the travel expense. I am already enrolled in 20 classes! But there are a few more on my wish list...

My Craftsy Wish List:
1. Sew the Perfect Fit
2. Pattern Drafting from Ready to Wear
3. Sewing Fashion Knits: Beyond the Basics

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3 pieces of Pique fabric 4.5x7
1 piece of interfacing 4.5x7
1 piece of wide insertion lace 4.5x1.5
ribbon 3x1/8
22 inches of tatting
use 70-75 sewing machine needle
use 60 wt thread for lace work

cut 1 of the pique pieces into 4.5x5 and 4.5x2
place lace and 2 inch fabric right sides together and one long side even

stitch-in-the-ditch right next to entredeux

trim sewn side to 1/8 inches

Roll-and-whip, which is a zigzag just over the edge on the right and just up to the entredeux on the left...

It should look like this

press towards fabric (away from lace)

right side up, zigzag over the tiny seam and into the holes of the entredeux

repeat on other side of lace with the 4.5x5 inch pique

place 2nd piece of pique right side up under the lace piece

trim to 4.5x7

ld 3" ribbon in half and pin to short side opposite lace

stack 3rd piece of pique (right side down) and interfacing on top


stitch together 1/4 inch seams
leave an opening for turning

trim corners

turn right side out and press

(optional) place steam-a-seam or wonder tape in opening to seal

press tatting

machine sew tatting to edge with a zigzag stitch
leave a gap on the short side next to lace so the loop can wrap around to the button

add button on front
sew felt rectangle inside to hold your hand sewing needles

Military Thru the Ages, Jamestown VA


Well, here it is. I beat the clock. I will be wearing the gown this weekend at Jamestown Park in Virginia. Our historical reenactment group will be portraying the Anglo-Zulu war in South Africa in 1879.

I will post pictures of the British uniforms as well as construction techniques for the gown as soon as we return!

Coco Chanel

My Newest Obsession



I am very excited to be preparing for an upcoming couture class. This time I am not giving the class, I am taking one. Susan Khalje is a renound couture sewer and teacher. She occasionally gives a Couture French Jacket class and I have been fortunate enough to attend her class in April. We will be constructing a Chanel - like jacket beginning with a trip to New York to pick out just the right fabric! I have been reading all that I can find about couture sewing and Chanel, and have been scouring the internet for images of jackets that I like.

This one?

How about this one?

Actually I think it should be as simple as possible. I would like to be able to wear it dressed up or down. Maybe solid black, or navy... My favorite color is green, but I'm not sure if it would be as versatile. Also, I will be at the mercy of the fabric stores of New York. Apparently some of the fabric sells for as much as $300 per yard!!! I wonder if they have a sale bin? :-)



Blue Chanel


Chanel 2

White would be beautiful, but will show dirt. If I am going to put 50 hours of work into this jacket I want it to last for the rest of my life.

Chanel 3

Solid black?


Seam Ripping

While sewing, I often wish I had at least one extra hand. I could always use an extra hand while I am using my trusty seam ripper. Yes, I use a seam ripper. That is not a bad thing. :-) I consider them just like any other sewing tool. They are useful when I have made an OOPS!, like sewing a sleeve into the wrong armhole, or as a matter of course, like opening the seam after installing a zipper.

In my search for another hand, I purchased a sewing clamp.

Sewing Clamp



The problem was, I could never find it when I needed it! So, what I do now is use my sewing machine as a clamp. Any type of machine will do. Place the part of the fabric that you are using your seam ripper on under your presser foot and lower the foot.

Using the machine foot to help with seam ripping

The machine does not have to be on. The foot against the feed dogs keeps my fabric taut while I rip away!


18th Century Trouser Workshop