Melania Trumps Dresses!!!

So what did you think of Melania’s dresses??  I literally sucked air when I saw her walk out in the powder blue suit! I don’t know why, but it was so unexpected.  Beautiful and elegant!

I love this one too, but there were some shots taken of the back of the dress where you could see lines from either a lining or undergarments that were very distracting for me. Beautiful nontheless

I’m definitley a sucker for sparkle! She looked beautiful!  I have my political views, but I’m really excited about the fashions we’ll see in the white house!!

Have a happy and prosperous New Year!

Discover who you are

I believe everyone has a gift, whether it be painting, drawing, sewing, carpentry, being able to encourage others etc. Our gifts are given so we can help others. What is your gift? Discover what it is and how you can improve your life by helping others. 

Shortening dress shirt sleeves

I used to be so intimidated by this alteration, but it really is simple and the more you do it the faster you’ll get.

1. Pin the pleats down then remove cuff, placket button and placket.

2. Measure the amount you need the sleeve to be shortened, then cut on the mark, removing the excess.  I’m removing 5″ then measure up from the slit, the amount equal to the amount you removed. I removed 5″, so I have to cut up 5″ from  the top of the slit.

3. Put placket back on, starting with the small piece. The small piece is attached to the part of the sleeve closest to the back of the shirt.  Be careful how you put it on. The back or the under side of the placket will be wider, so that when your sewing it on, the underside will be caught in the stitching. 

Now sew the large piece back on, making sure the smaller piece is not visible,when it’s sewn on.

4. Now sew the cuff back on. 

The front of the cuff is interfaced, but the back isn’t, so it can be a bit floppy. Sew with the interfaced side up, so the feed dogs will feed the “floppy” fabric through.  

When you move the cuff up that much, you’ll need to add another pleat, on the other side of the placket. Just make sure, the tuck is facing the right direction. 

Make sure everything aligns, so the placket lays flat.

5. Sew the placket button back on.

I hope this was easy to understand and helpful. Have a great day! 


How to shorten pants, using the original hem.

I know it’s been a long time since I posted the previous post on how to make a pattern from an existing garment, but it’s been so hot.  My workroom is in a shed with no a/c and it’s been in the 100’s with 60-80% humidity, but I will get it done.  In the meantime, I want to share how shorten pants, using the original hem.

1. Mark your pants to your desired length.

2. Cut on that line.

3. Taking the part you cut off, measure the hem.  Pants have different length hems, depending on the type of pant.  Measure the hem, then measure up from the hem stitching, just a shorter length than the measurement of the hem, and cut there.  For instance, if the hem is 1/2″, you’re going to cut up from the hem stitching line 3/8″.  
4. Take out the hem and reattach the hem to the pants. Make sure to keep the right hem with the right leg or the seams won’t match up. You want the flat-felled seam to match up with the right flat-felled  seam.

5. Once the hem is sewn back on, press the seam allowance toward the hem, fold the hem back into position and sew it back down.

This takes time to get really good at.  There are different types of fabric and denim that works better than others.  Just keep practicing!

Making a pattern from an existing garment

There’s not just one way to do this, but this is my process. Not everyone learns or does things the same way, so I’m hoping that in this tutorial, you get the gist of how to make a pattern from an existing garment and do it in a way that makes sense to you.

What you’ll need:

Roll of paper
Dritz pattern board
Pencil and marker

1. I placed paper on the pattern board
2. I’m doing the front of the shorts first.  I placed pins in the seams around the front of the shorts.  I don’t want to put pockets in the new shorts, so I didn’t pin down the outline of the pockets.  I just followed the line at the top of the shorts all the way to the side seam.


3. Next I pulled all the pins out and used my pencil to draw the lines, connecting the pinholes.
     Then, I drew my center line  and my horizontal cutting lines (with zig zags) and guidelines (no zig zags)


I knew from trying on the original shorts, that I wanted to make them wider and longer from waist to crotch.


4. Before cutting the pattern into the four pieces, I decided to draw a cut line between the lower guidelines, in the event I want to  lengthen them for another pair of shorts, but I won’t be using that line this time.
The two center verticle lines will give me the added width I want for these shorts.
The three lines between the upper two pieces and the lower two pieces serve as the added length and guidelines.
The three lines between the lower two pieces are guidelines.


5. Using the guidelines, I pinned the pattern pieces to the new lines of the larger shorts.


6. After I pinned all the pieces in place, I traced around the new shorts, being careful to blend the uneven lines between the pattern pieces.


7. Then I added an additional 1″ all the way around the pattern for a large seam allowance.  After the fittings, you can trim off the excess.

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South Carolina

After 5 days of traveling, we finally arrived in South Carolina Within 2 weeks, I had a job and a house, for which I Thank God! 

My road crew

The caravan 

On the road again

Some shots along our way

The Travelers Chapel