Monday, October 3, 2011

Alterations, Aprons And A Really Old U.F.O!

Thank you, 
so much (!!!)
for your prayers and encouragement!

My hand is MUCH better and I have been 
able to do some sewing!

I am thrilled with the progress
my hand has made since I have been following

So, thankfully, I have been able to do
some work!

That has meant A LOT of alterations for 
various clients in town.

And, as usual, that means replacing
a lot of zippers, 
adjusting hems,
and letting out seams.

But I finally remembered to share a tip
that has saved me a lot of frustration.

I have been replacing a lot of invisible zippers lately.
And I truly HATE the little plastic feet by Coats,
that are sold next to the zippers.

Now I know that you can buy a special foot 
for installing an invisible zipper,
but I didn't want to buy one more thing!

So I tried all of my different machine feet 
and found out that my Piping foot worked perfectly!

I was thrilled and feeling rather thrifty as well!

Do you have any idea what this is?

It is the inside of a gorgeous bridal gown
that I am rebuilding for a client.

While I always welcome alterations business,
I LOVE altering bridal gowns!

I have been taking my machine over to 
the bride's home to work on her dress,
because my eager girls would have 
a hard time not sneaking a try-on!

Did I mention that I adore bridal gowns? 

And I have made a few aprons lately too!

I had an old friend order an apron
for her preschool daughter.

She picked these two fabrics
so I made the apron up 
with the same fabrics but
in reverse.

She picked this one!

And this is the other version.

I love them both!

This is a size small (2-4) 
and I will be listing it in my Etsy soon.

And that U.F.O.?
(UnFinished Object)


I bought this fabric in 1999
and cut out a dress for India.......
who was in second grade at the time!

A month into the school year,
we moved from Lake Bluff, Illinois,
to New Hope, Pennsylvania.

So I must have packed up this 
partially sewn dress that I had
been making for India,
to encourage her to learn to tell time. 

Guess who found it while
"shopping in the garage"?


This is just crazy,
because we have moved 
2 more times since then!!

So, now Ahnalin is in second grade
and learning to tell time.

And I am finishing this dress for her!

However, I don't like
that I had made it with facings,
instead of lining the bodice.

So, I have taken off the facings
and am lining the bodice so 
I can attach it to the skirt.

The dress also only has seam
allowance for a zipper,
instead of buttons, 
but I am just keeping that the same.

So, hopefully tomorrow I will have photos of 
Ahnalin in her finished dress!

It feels so good to be able to sew again!

I need to get back to work now.

Happy Sewing!


Anonymous said...

Babe, so grateful you are feeling better but don't overdue it!. Do I sound like your mother? Maybe that is because I am and I love you so very very much. All the pics and comments are great. Love you plenty big!!!!

Stephanie said...

What great timing on the time dress.

Bunny said...

I am so glad you are doing better, Sivje. I need to look into your diet as I have some issues that might be helped by this. Will email you.

Wise idea on bringing the machine to the bride's home!

Do you use a five groove pintuck foot, what I sometimes calll a piping foot because I use it for that all the time? or is is the one with just one big channel? Thanks, Sivje.

Tabitha O. said...

Glad to see you are back to some sewing again!!

Mrs. Bianca said...

I was praying for you and I'm glad to hear you are doing better! I'm definitely going to have to check out that diet, too!

Can't wait to see the UFO!