Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Is it Spring yet?

Happy Spring to everyone!

We have been very busy!  Marisol showed us how to construct Seam Presses this month and she promised us that this would be our favorite new ironing tool - and she was right!  These work under those seams as a pressing aide so that the seam doesn't leave a mark after pressing.  

We each made a new one for ourselves using two quarter-rounds bound together, wrapped with  some batting and a fabric cover.  


Marisol explaining the process.
Stuart and Laura working hard!

Kathleen always finishes first!

We are happy women with seam sticks!

A trio of CC Taylor bubbles by Stuart
in 6 and 9 mo. sizes in darling printed cottons.

Everyone is getting ready for spring and some ladies have already completed their Juliette dress from our Kathy Dykstra class!  

Trena made a pin cushion with ribbon embroidery
from Berryhill Designs by Susie Gay
made with lavender silk dupioni.
This is too pretty to stick pins into! 

Brenda made a bright cotton quilt using the longarm machine.
She swears it goes together quickly!
Juliette - a close up of the heirloom lace bodice.  Kathy's technique of sewing
laces onto silk organza was a wonderful tip!  Marisol's ribbon flowers can
be found in a book by Kari Mecca. 

Marisol's Juliette in mint imperial batiste and french laces.

Classic baby dress.
Trena made this Michie #131 dress out of linen
from a Sew Beautiful kit.

Close up of Trena's embroidery on the yoke.
Marisol showing her Juliette dresses
and a sweet boy's dress outfit.

This is Art Museum by Oliver + S in cotton and
pique in a size 4.
What a great pattern for little boys!

Busy, busy Marisol also made these CC Taylors from imperial batiste in 12 and 18 mo. sizes.
She used ribbon weaving for the bodice that she saw on Sarah's Classic Sewing on YouTube.
We love new ideas and techniques and we love Sarah!!!
The full Juliette with flutter sleeves.

It's such a beautiful butter yellow.
Another gorgeous Juliette lace bodice with ribbon flower.
This Princess Dress by Primrose Lane has a real "twirl factor"
in a Micheal Miller border print with pink and metallic gold smocking.
The sleeves are gathered with vintage beading and pink velveteen ribbons.
The new CC April pattern is a quick sew in lavender pima gingham from It's Sew Heavenly.
The bodice ruffles are a great way to embellish with rick rack or other trims, and the
front insert can be smocked quickly. With a sash in the back and covered buttons, the Easter Bunny would approve!

And now we are ready for Spring! 

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Creativity with Linda

Linda C. a long time member of Midnight Oil Smockers, started sewing at a summer camp sponsored by the FHA (Future Homemakers of America) when she was 11 years old. Her favorite aspect of sewing is the ability to manipulate fabric to her idea of what it can become. She grew up in east Texas. Her mother, a seamstress, would sew matching petty coats for her favorite dresses.

Linda has 2 granddaughters, Natalie and Seraphina, for whom she has sewn many special garments. Both girls were in a Sew Beautiful photo shoot. They can be found in issue #120. 

Linda has served the chapter in various positions; President, Wee Care chair, Chair of a Doll Raffle and Program chair. It was during her term as President that the daytime meetings were launched. 
She has an antique stitched sampler hanging just outside the door to her sewing room.

As you enter her sewing room through the double doors, you instantly understand this room is well used and full of memories. The big windows allow for the perfect amount of natural light.

 Looking to the wall on the right, you find order to her fabric stash. She is ready for any sewing challenge.
 She has the spools of thread and the tools to create, sew and complete any project.

Continuing around the room, you find a creative clutter of sewing machines, embroidery machines, computers, ironing spots, etc. Did you spot one of her prize possession? The often coveted antique Singer Featherweight.

Although she enjoys the antiques place strategically around her home, modern technology of computers has a place among her sewing tools.

There is always something of interest to be found wherever a visitor may look. The precious doll dress with the red hearts has a specific purpose; she asks if you can find the took me awhile, but I found it.

On the cutting table is her latest creative project.  Everyone is going to want to do this for their next bishop sleeves.

On the wall is another of her antique stitched samplers.

This simple bishop has a surprise under the angel wing sleeves...

She has lined the sleeves with a darling gingham check! Can't wait for her to share this technique with all the members. Maybe a chapter program, a Sew Along or even a weekend retreat somewhere.

This bishop will make some lucky little girl very happy.
Linda shared one of her highlights of sewing was when her hubby suggested she attend a Martha Pullen sewing school! He accompanied her and went fishing while she sewed to her heart's content.

Thank you, Linda, for allowing us to visit your happy place.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Kathy Dykstra class

Our members had a great time at the Kathy Dykstra "Juliette" 2-day class at Cupcake Quilts!

For our first class of 2019, we were happy to host Kathy Dykstra so that we could learn her tips and tricks for creating an heirloom lace-embellished dress.  

Working on individual tables with your own machines and notions is such a luxury!

Kathy taught us a new technique to ensure laces do not tear apart by pinning them to silk organza which gives them great stability.

Our newest member Denise took her first class as a new member of MOS. 
Trena had all of her laces sewn together with the yoke pattern traced on the laces and ready to cut out.
Not all of the members used fine French laces.  This member chose to use a beautiful embroidered Swiss lace.  She got inspiration from a picture of a garment made by Carol Harris of Creative Needle.
Sally, one of our founding members,
checking over her work.
Stuart getting some individual instruction.

Kathy was great about being available to chat with members and answer all of our questions!

Leda combined French laces with a Swiss embroidery beading at the base of her yoke.

Kathy shared another wonderful tip to help the outcome of stitching laces together.  This product "Wet and Gone" by Floriani is the trick.  Cupcake Quilts sells a similar product by OESD called "Wash Away Tape" (but sorry we bought it all).

More questions!!!!!
Ann concentrating on the her work.

Kathy brought a selection of her beautiful samples for us to ooooh and aaaah over!

This version of the Kathy's Juliette pattern features horizontal lace construction with a vintage flat sleeve embellishment.
A close up of that dreamy yoke....
Another version of Kathy's pattern has
simple vertical lace combinations with a
Swiss embroidered angel sleeve.

Close up of the embellishment
at the hemline.
Close up of the ecru yoke.

Kathy shared her tips for us to scallop the hemline and miter the points.

Everyone LOVED this class and most were able to finish the yoke in the 2 days.

Brenda is holding up our inspiration, Kathy's "Juliette".

Until next time!!!!