Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Tip from Ann

Beautiful Puffed Sleeves

Ann did this darling dress and shared her tips on how to get perfect full puffed sleeves.

First she hand washes the dress.

Then she inserts shower scrunchies/puffs/loofahs (whatever you may call them)into the sleeves while the dress dries.

Finally she spritzes the sleeves with a bit of water and spray starch. Using her blow dryer she places the nozzle of the blow dryer just inside the cuff to the sleeve so it is blowing air inside to puff the sleeve out.

Just look at the wonderful results she gets...

once again, Ann was inspired from a dress created by Sara Crabtree Norris on FaceBook. You may visit Sara by going to  www.saranorrisltd.com

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Fall Challenge


Children's Corner "Carol" adapted with sleeves from the Jane pattern made up in a pink floral Viyella with white Swiss flannel for the collar.

This sweet fall dress was made from CC 'Millie in an orange floral twill and tangerine gingham, both from Fabric Finder. The pumpkin pockets from Appliqué for Kids adds just that special touch to this outfit.

Add this CC "Robins Little Jacket" in light pink Minky fabric lined with Viyella to the first dress above and you have a sweet assemble ready for any occasion. The slacks are "Parker's Pants" from CC done in pink corduroy. Roberta has been quite busy!

Ann always amazes us with her talent. Just look at this precious dress which she created using two different patterns: CC Kathy-Kelly for the front and Carol for the back. She used a shadow work pumpkin design from Appliqué for Kids. She was inspired by a dress on Facebook by Sara Crabtree Norris, please visit Sara at 
She will be able to change out the little front yoke tab for any occasion.

Susan used a fabric from mode for her Fall Challenge outfit. This dress, Amy from CC has a smocking design from AS&E.

Brenda used a CC pattern, Lucy to create this darling outfit for a little girl and her doll. Lil' Memories' Dancing Candy Corn added just the right touch of whimsy. 

A variation of the "Kinsy" pattern by CC in a baby flannel was just the perfect combination to create this dress sewn by Leslye. She used a special find of sweet ribbon to embellish the collar and changed up the sleeve design by shortening them about 2 inches and then added cuffed ties to them.

A "Chanel" look alike by Nikki. She did a jacket for herself as her entry into the Fall Challenge. This boucle black and white fabric made up beautifully from a Vogue pattern. It's not just for little girls at our chapter!

Our chapter provided a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to our local smocking shop, Buttons 'n' Bows for all 'Fall Challenge' entries...


Here are all the outfits and the sewist who created them. Wonderful job ladies!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

November Program

Tips and Tricks 
Improve Smocking Stitches

Roberta used several different methods to demonstrate her tips on how to ensure the baby wave stitches were all even across a row.

The members would gather around her for a stitching demonstration after she had already discussed the stitch technique and drew a diagram of what she would do by hand stitching.

Here several members look on as Roberta shares the stitching trick to make all rows snug up close without overlapping.

Thank you Roberta for sharing all of your tips for improving our stitches.

She is planning a longer more in-depth program for those who may be interested in basic smocking stitches. For more information about the date and location, please contact her.

November Show and Share


Brenda bought a Carter's Children's Jacket and appliquéd this fantastic sailboat design which she found at the Houston Quilt Festival.

She created this cute stuffed puppy from fleece using a pattern from Carol's Zoo.

It looks like Brenda had lots of time on her hands last month as she also made this tree skirt which she adapted from a table topper using quilting cotton. All wonderful items!

Nikki found this wooden bed, painted it white and added a cute quilt and a few throw pillows for her granddaughter. 

Once again Trena inspires us with her creativity with silk ribbon embroidery, absolutely beautiful!

This blue floral, Chery Williams bishop was made up in Leslie lawn from Heirloom Imports, smocked with a design from AS&E issue 36 which was slightly adapted by Roberta.

This darling bishop was also done in a baby blue floral with large pink embroidered roses from the smocking plate from AS&E issue #46.

Leda has been smocking for over 30 years, here is her very first  "How to..." from pleating to smocked sampler pillow.

She now is embroidering in the hoop! This cute travel pillow by Anita Goodesign designs is among her accomplishments.

Monday, November 2, 2015

MOS Evening Meeting

Show and Share 

A new member, Jessica shared her talent of sewing with this darling maroon jumper and polka dot bloomers. She used a McCalls pattern.

Jessica did a little smocking from an old "Sew Beautiful" design 'Candy Corn'. Using a 'Pitter Patter' pattern this black cotton jumper features co-ordinating fabric on the side panels.

Our fabulous member, Kathleen provided a great program on zippers. She is mulit-talented! 

Be sure to visit her blog.