Showing posts from October, 2015


shopping at the end of summer, I saw several maxi-skirts on sale -beautiful fabrics!
I know I won't be wearing maxi-skirts - but a maxi has enough fabric for a tee-shirt. So I bought a couple on sale- and made tees. One I love - one started pilling the first time I wore it. (I shudder to think of the pilling in a skirt!)

Then I read a blog entry about Califabrics, with pictures of gorgeous knit prints. I loved several of their fabrics, so ordered 6 pieces from them. Have sewn 4 so far - and love them.

I also dug out some old knits from stash - for a total of 10 new tees.  All but 2 are in constant use.

more quilts for soldiers

We are very close to our goal -will be presenting them in December, so we'll get them all done. I still have 4 more to bind, then wash and label.

Have bound, washed, and labeled about 40 so far...

Make your own underwear

I've made my own underwear for years. 
I mentioned it in one of my groups, and someone asked for more details, so here it is: 
patterns for undies: 

First, I took a pair that fit me the best. 
Then I pinned one piece at a time flat and traced around it - front, back, crotch. 
Then I added the parts where i'd like them to be just a little bit wider (longer, whatever). 
Then I added 1/4" for seams between the pieces. 
Then I examined how the elastic was attached -mine was sewn, then folded over, then stitched again. so I added the width of the elastic to the leg and waist edges. 
Sew crotch seams - side seams. 
Cut your elastic depending on its stretch. Regular underwear elastic probably should be 15-25% smaller than the edge it's going to be attached to. 
Sew elastic into a circle. pin it into fourths or eighths. Pin the edge it's going to into fourths or eighths. Pin together. Stitch, fold, stitch. 
Make one pair. Wear it for a day - then decide if it needs adjustments. Chan…