Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Celebrate September!

“It’s the most wonderful time of the Year” the jingle of a T.V. commercial has us rolling our eyes and wanting to cling to what is left of the summer holidays before we get back to the routine of school lunches and work schedules. I’m so glad Labour Day is late this year; it gives us a few more days and one more long weekend to enjoy and get ready for back to school.

To celebrate all Wonderfil Thread is Buy One, Get One Half Price! Serger thread is 50%off. There are new Upholstery Ends including woven Chenilles and Tapestry, perfect for some cushions or covering those dining room chairs. Lida Biday fashion fabrics are 50% off and now is the perfect time to get that quilt finished with ½ price extra wide backing for quilts.

Once summer is over many of us want to get back to the sewing room and nothing is nicer than starting fresh with a brand new sewing machine! Come in and check out the amazing prices on the Quilter’s Choice, Decorator Choice and Espire. Sergers are on special, too and Owner’s classes are FREE with your purchase of a Baby Lock Sewing Machine or Serger.

This week at Sew Have Fun

Thursday Sept 2, Fashion and Fitting, is making pants a pain in the butt? Let’s get down to the nitty gritty and learn some pants fitting tips so that when it comes time to wear pants we’ll be ready!

Tuesday, September 7, Quilt as You Go, Straight Out of Line 10-1.

Wednesday, Sept 8, Serger quilt 10-1

Thursday, Sept 9, Serger night 7-9, using the serger to gather and ruffle.

Many more classes on the schedule, drop in or call to book your spot!

Looking Forward to seeing you soon,


Sew Have Fun



p.s. Don’t forget to set aside Thursday, Sept 23. Trunk Show by Brenda Sutherland, 7-9pm

New arrivals of Fabric:

Friday, August 27, 2010

Magazines Burda Style

Just a quick note, the latest edition of “A Needle Pulling Thread” has arrived and as always there are fabulous articles and ideas. While you’re at it the latest Burda Style is here with some interesting outfits perfect for back to school.

Past copies of Burda Style are available at the store for a discount!

Looking Forward to seeing you soon,


Sew Have Fun



Sunday, August 22, 2010

"Sew Cool" "Young Designers" "Sewcial"

A Special Sewing Student!

This time of year always brings a sense of sadness and anticipation. For the kids summer vacation is almost over but there is the excitement of the coming school year and all the unknowns...the next grade in school, new friends, and new experiences. The grown-ups look back and see the accomplishments or lack of them; I know I always start the summer with a big to-do list. And now the days are getting shorter some leaves are even starting to turn and we are going to pack as much as possible into the remaining days of vacation.

I hope for some of you that includes some sewing! The Lida Baday Collection fashion fabrics are on sale 50% off, perfect for a new fall outfit. Fall and Christmas fabrics are arriving so come in before they slip away! As many of you know once these are gone we won’t be able to get more. Our September schedule is ready so sign up for a class, we have something for everyone!

“Sew Cool” and “Young Designers” are weekly sewing classes for young people. Pre-registration is Tuesday August 24 from 6-7:30pm. Is there someone you know who would love to learn to sew? Come in and check out some of the sewing projects.

August 26 7pm “Sewcial” Join us for a fun and informative evening as we challenge each other to participate in a S.W.A.P. sewing with a plan, and demonstrate how to make a Full Bust Alteration on different styles of patterns. Call to register.

Looking forward to seeing you soon,




Saturday, August 21, 2010

New Look 6779

Pattern Description: New Look Easy Dress

Pattern Sizing:This is a multisized pattern sizes 10-22

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?What I really wanted was the yoke and a A line dress so the silhoette is there but my dress does't really look like the pattern

Were the instructions easy to follow?Instructions were ok but I veered from the path right from the start as I lined the dress and didn't use the facings.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

I was looking for an A Line dress with yoke because I was inspired by a dress while window shopping.

Fabric Used:

Polyester knit from Sew Have Fun

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

Pattern alterations? Where shall I start...first the measurements, had I made the dress according to my measurements I would have cut the 22, I cut the 18. New Look is probably the worst offender when it comes to grading for larger sizes...who has 18" shoulders?!! I should have made a full bust alteration before I rotated the dart and turned it into a princess line dress but the dress is full enough below the yoke so it is ok. I traced the dress front and back, cut it apart and added seam allowances. The back yoke was still too big so I cut it apart and added a button and loop closure. Not needed as the dress slips over my head but it took care of the extra fullness in the back yoke. The front yoke is still a little big, there is a pooch of extra fabric at the neckline which I think would be solved by folding out a dart at the neckline on the pattern.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

I don't think I'll make this again but I will not be afraid to rotate darts and make alterations. I don't think I could recommend this unless you are prepared to check all the measurements and make adjustments. It's a lot of work for a simple dress.


I'm ok with the out come, not as formal as the inspiration dress as the hem is coverstitched and a little short but I like the red and the cording look on the seams.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

A new look for a new era!!

A new era where I promise to blog more than I have been doing!  I have been sewing...so much that I have had no time to blog or do much of anything else.  Sewing forever...housework whenever!  I will take pictures of the New Look dress I recently made and post a review on pattern review as well.  New Look patterns were on sale at my local fabric mart and this dress reminds me why to pass them by!  I will explain when I post pictures.
For now I just want to say that I have missed reporting on myself and will get back into the habit.