Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Where I've Been Hiding for the Past Few Months.... Part 1


I don't know how many times I've meant to come on and right this and other posts and then never ended up doing it. I guess it just goes to show you where my priorities lie and isn't my blog for the moment. When I started my series on Sewing Modest Clothing on a Shoe String budget, I was in a relatively quiet down time. But with the Fall came a whole slew of exciting new opportunities, new ventures and less available time to write. As you can probably guess this meant scaling back in other areas, like my blog.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Life Happens....

I'm afraid that now that I'm just getting back into the swing of blogging again, I'm suddenly finding that I'm swamped with other aspects of life. Between school, work, life in general and nasty cold, I'm running a little behind my blog schedule. I should hopefully be caught up soon :)

Monday, September 16, 2013

Meditations + Sunflowers



For he knows our frame;
he remembers that we are dust
As for man, his days are like grass;
he flourishes like a flower of the field;


for the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
and its place knows it no more.
But the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him,
and his righteousness to children’s children,
to those who keep his covenant
and remember to do his commandments.

~ Psalm 103:15-18

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

From Chaos to Creative: Organizing Your Sewing Space



My sewing area consists of a folding table in one of the corners of my room. It's bright, sunny and a great place to work, as long as I'm able to get to it under all of the clutter.Unfortunately where my table is situated it tends to be a little bit of a cluttered catch-all. If I'm not careful it quickly collects a huge collection of sewing projects, school books and other miscellaneous stuff that has no other home. Maybe you're in the same boat... So I'm going to go through my quick list of things to keep my sewing area neat and organized.

Sewing Modest Clothing on a Shoestring Budget: Part 3 Buying Patterns

If you’ve ever walked into a sewing store you’ve probably seen a table cluttered with an enormous amount of pattern catalogues.  This post is going to be a quick overview of how I save money when buying patterns. At some point in time I would like to write another post about how to make patterns more modest, but I’m not going to get into that at this point in time.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

The Summer of Zinnias

We are flower lovers, but with all of the other gardening that we do, sometimes we just don't get around to doing much with them.  Back in the spring, I planted a couple of rows of "Giant Zinnias" in one of the half filled boxes in our vegetable garden and didn't do anything more with them. Fast forward to the present and the oodles of zinnias that we are getting on a weekly basis. I don't recall us ever having as many as we've had this year. Then ended up being more regular sized zinnias and the "regular zinnias" ended up being closer to mini than the average size, but they are still gorgeous. Here are a few pictures that I took of one of the bouquets we made.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Sewing Modest Clothing on a Shoe String Budget Part 2: Tools


The last post I talked a little bit about defining what your goals and skill levels are. In this post I want to cover some basic tools to consider investing in to aid you in your sewing.  One thing to keep in mind when you are considering starting to sew clothing for yourself, no matter what your goals and budget are there are some investments that you will have to make in order to do it successfully.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Sewing Modest Clothing on a Shoe String Budget Part 1: Introduction and Defining Purpose and Focus


I started sewing clothing for myself when I was probably eight years old. I vividly remember finishing my first project, a super simple, A-line skirt with an elastic waist, and the sense of accomplishment that I felt. In the 12 + years that I’ve been sewing since then, I’ve learned a lot about what works and what doesn’t and how to do it in a manner that is both economical and fashionable. Over the years I’ve had tons of projects, some which have come out beautifully, some which have been a complete flop. Most of what I learned was purely by trial and error, but it was well worth learning and sharing none the less.

The one BIG thing that I’ve found is that, sewing clothing can be a wonderful economical  way to create fashionable modest clothing, but if it’s done incorrectly it can be a horrible money trap. Over the course of the next few posts, I’m going to discuss some of the things that I’ve learned either from personal experience or second hand through teaching sewing classes.