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8/08/2011

Mojo/Sewjo is back!


Thank-goodness my sewing slump has passed...I was beginning to think that this beastly hot and humid summer had finally defeated me! But this past week, just as shirt orders for clients were starting to come in, I took some time to design and draft the pattern for a new dress for Julianna, age 4.  It's made from cotton coordinates from Fabric.com, and a "deconstructed then reconstructed" wire-stem silk flower from the dollar store :) If anyone is interested in how I use these silk flowers on clothing and how to make them totally washable, how to assemble them, etc...let me know in the comments section, and I'll do a quick tutorial for you :)

After I make a couple of new outfits for Julianna's little sister, it's back to shirt sewing full-time!  I have some ideas for new shirt design details, and in the upcoming weeks I'll also be showing you some ways to make a regular shirt pattern into a slim-cut version.

But first, I really MUST clean my sewing studio...I have been so lazy this summer!  I swear, if I haven't touched it within 24  months (that sounds so much better than 2 years, doesn't it?)...anyway...fabric not touched within 24 months? Out it goes!  As one of my Facebook friends asked recently, Do you ever feel that it will take nothing less than a bulldozer when it comes to clearing your sewing spaces?  Or am I the only fabric hoarder collector out here ?

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29 Comments:

Blogger CreativeMama said...

i would love to know how you make those silk flowers.


A bulldozer, well that might as well be over worked, if it has clean up my sewing stash!!!! yesterday i cleaned up my craft room and i can vouch for it!

7:10 AM  
Blogger Kathie said...

Good morning! ha! cleaning/clearing the sewing room... I am SO ready to divest. How/where do you send the rejects? We have a small ASG group locally that doesn't do a lot of clothing sewing and I can't bear to throw it away. any help with good "destinations?"

7:48 AM  
Blogger Bunny said...

Darling dress! I just recently finished one with silk flowers as well. They add such a nice dimension. Sophie loved the addition of the flowers. Glad business is hopping for you.

7:53 AM  
Blogger Pam~Off The Cuff ~ said...

Hi everyone! Kathie, I teach sewing to women and older children at a local women's shelter...so all of my "extra" fabric goes there. Many of the women and children arrive with only the clothes on their backs and some are interested to learn a new skill...even if to only pass some time and/or take their minds off their situations.

8:10 AM  
Blogger Fran said...

Beautiful dress!

8:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I, too, have lots of ideas for using flowers. Learning how to make them washable would unleash the possibilities. Thanks.

9:29 AM  
Anonymous Cheryl said...

Hi, Pam, I would love to know how you deconstruct and reconstruct silk flowers. And how to make them washable. Thank you for all your tutorials........Cheryl in San Diego

9:37 AM  
Anonymous Lydia said...

Add me to the list for the silk flower tutorial. That dress is darling. Now to the bad stuff: I tried Sunday afternoon to organize all the fabric. No luck. Need more than an afternoon! Will donate some to a local shelter and to a fledging quilt group.

10:11 AM  
Blogger badmomgoodmom said...

Yes, I'd like to learn how to make the flowers washable.

I love the dress.

I organized my knits over the weekend and was astonished to discover that I had 33# of rayon/lycra knits. (That's not including the cotton knits or the sweatshirt-weight ones.) Yipes!

3:21 PM  
Blogger Cindy said...

Gorgeous dress! You've definitely got your sewing mojo back.:)

4:10 PM  
Blogger jsews said...

I would like to see a tutorial on how you do the flowers and make them washable. Thanks!

4:51 PM  
Anonymous Judy Whittimore said...

I am so glad you have your mojo back. Now I am trying to get mine back as well. We are cleaning out sewing room today and moving it to another room. I need my now sewing room for a baby bed for my grandbaby when he visits. Yes, I collect (hoard) fabric!! My husband just told me that if I live to be 100 , I will never get all of this "mess" sewed up. I just hope his next wife likes to sew!!

4:57 PM  
Blogger Linda T said...

Yes, ofcourse, I'd love a tut on the silk flowers! Glad the mojo/sewjo came back. Mine goes missing every now and then.

4:59 PM  
Anonymous Beth said...

Yes, I would love to know how to make the silk flowers washable. I make dress for my granddaughter and she love girly girly bling.

5:59 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

Darling dress, Pam. I swept my sewing room this afternoon, looks better, now to go mess it up again!

8:52 PM  
Blogger Melanie said...

Yes, please tell us about the flowers. I know my grand daughter would love one added to the next outfit I make.
I always feel better knowing it's not just me in the fabric collecting business. I sew ALOT but I the "out" pile doesn't keep up with the "in".

9:55 PM  
Blogger Handmade said...

Gorgeous dress. Hmmm my only problem with collecting fabric is the thought of when I die ... what will happen to it? I really don't want my family left with the burden of doing something with the fabric, the haby, the do dads, the blah blah ..... oh well!

11:45 PM  
Blogger sistersue said...

I vote for a tutorial also. Would love to learn how to make the flowers washable.

11:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, my goodness.....Yes please, with a cherry on top for a tutorial on making those amazing flowers!

7:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would love the dress pattern for the yellow dress!

8:50 AM  
Anonymous Joan said...

The dress is precious. Lucky little girls.
Please do the silk flower tutorial.

1:14 PM  
Blogger Karen O said...

I would like to be in on the flower tutorial, thank you, Karen

10:51 PM  
Anonymous Rosalind Clayton said...

As with all the others, the dress is fabulous. I do very little children's sewing, but ALSO along with everyone else, would LOVE a tutorial, since I could use this on my personal sewing. Hope you figure out your sewing stash problem - we ALL have one! Glad to see you're feeling better. Thanks for your great site!

1:36 PM  
Blogger Summerset said...

Super cute! Great way to get back to sewing!

4:01 PM  
Blogger Lynneb said...

Nothing beats a toddler dress for getting back in the sewing mood! Very adorable, Pam!

9:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pam, I would love to learn how to make washable silk flowers. Please add me to the list.

9:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pam, Thanks for all your sewing tips and tutorials. You have helped my sewing expertise expand. I just finished 3 Ottobre Waterfall blouses and they came out perfect thanks to you.
Becky D

8:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, Pam. I would love to know how you make the silk flowers. I have learned so much from you! Thanks!
Beckye

11:03 AM  
Anonymous susanm9811 said...

I would also love to have that pattern!

susanm9811@gmail.com

4:44 PM  

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