Another Quick Trip Quilt is born at Jenny’s

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shirleyShirley had always thought quilting was too hard for her to do. I would ask her to try a class in quick trip and she would put me off by saying she was not interested. Finally she said yes and she did wonderfully. I am posting a picture of Shirley modeling her quilt for a granddaughter who is yet to be born. Shirley plans to make a stuffed bunny doll to go with the quilt. The quilting and binding are her home work, but I think Shirley is up to the task now.

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Nadgie continues to sew at Jenny’s Sewing Studio

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nadgieMy student Nadgie just completed another dress in continue sewing. This 8th grader is trying hard to become a fashion Diva, even when I ask her sew with cotton broadcloth to learn the sewing techniques. Fit was the first lesson as this was a fitted dress with darts at the waist. We covered the princess line with stay stitching and clipping, Nadgie put in a back lapped zipper, she set in lined capped  sleeves, used a single faced bias tape facing, plus she used fusible interfacing, and completed a neckline facing. The finial touch was to under stitch the facing and top stitch.  I hope Nadgie will continue to create fashion. Practice makes perfect.

If you are interested in making your sewing better contact me at jenny@jennys-sewing-studio.com

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Learn to applique for the holiday

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I want to shcardinal-fullare a fun little wall quilt that makes a great holiday decoration. It is my “Cardinal Wall quilt”! Click on the link for a free pattern. Learn to applique by taking a class at Jenny’s Sewing Studio. I suggest you take a 3 hour session. If you need help with assembly of the quilt, quilting and binding the quilt to finish the wall hanging you might want to schedule another 2 or 3 hour class.  cardinal

 

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Bonnie is passing over us with lots of rain

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Since it is raining outside this fine Memorial Day I am using some of my free time to watch sewing videos. With sewing for summer being the theme I found this shift dress video. Brings back memories of ” sew today and wear tonight projects. I had plenty of shifts. They are great beginner projects and great for medium weight knits and wovens. The instructor even offers a pattern download.

Learn to Sew at Jenny’s Sewing Studio in Salisbury, MD and you too can make the instant shift dress to wear tonight.

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I am excited about sewing again!

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My favorite thing to sew is the shirtwaist dress. Retro is in and the shirtwaist is timeless. The shirt waist dress entails a full range of sewing knowledge. I teach “continue sewing” to detail construction beyond what is written on the pattern guide sheet.   I really was thrilled a tackle the challenge when McCall’s pattern company announced the Shirtwaist sew along.

The shirtwaist dress requires the sewer to take accurate measurements to get the right fit since there is little or no design ease in the pattern. Have someone help you take bust, high bust, waist, hip 7″ below the waist and 9″ below the waist. Measure the back waist length and the finish dress length. Reading some of the Facebook comments I can not get over the sewers who seem to ignore the measurements and go right to the cutting. Why do the work twice? Even when I was a teen and young adult I needed to always check measurement. I have grown so accustom to knits, I  forget a woven is not that forgiving with fit. Take my advise here, follow the old carpenter rule. Measure twice and cut once.

A well fitting full shirted shirtwaist is very comfortable. I think a shirt waist dress length should just cover the knee to look proportional, especially with a full shirt.

The first thing you need to know is basic ease measurements when comparing your measurement to the pattern. Basic ease is the same on any pattern. 3″ at the bust, 1/2″ at the waist and 2″ at the hip. This ease let’s you move in the garment.

Fit with the bust measurement. The bust measurement is based on a B cup. If you are larger use the high bust measurement for sizing. Adjust your pattern to fit and cut out a muslin to try the fit before you cut into your fashion fabric. Here is the McCall’s fit blog link.

Need more help or a class? email me at jenny@jennys-sewing-studio.com for date and time.

Check out the blog for McCall’s shirtwaist dress sew along.

Also go to the Facebook posts related to the McCall’s shirtwaist blog.

Enjoy the challenge of the shirtwaist. Make sure you see “Brooklyn” the movie for the retro shirtwaist vibe.

Jenny

 

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Beginner Sewing is the most popular class

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Well,Debbie Poole Feb 2016 it looks like Beginner Sewing wins as the most popular class I teach at Jenny’s Sewing Studio in Salisbury, MD. Here is a happy student working on her apron.  Debbie is learning to sew a gathered skirt. She was working so hard I had to share the moment. Her son bought her a sewing machine for Christmas and she is learning a new hobby in her retirement. I do not think Debbie will mind showing you her class.

The apron project really helps teach the how to of reading a pattern, cutting out the fabric, marking the fabric, hems, pockets, casings, facings, top stitching, under stitching, how to make a tie and more. If you want to learn to sew, email me at jenny@jennys-sewing-studio.com for more information.

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Learn to make your own throw pillows

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A great project for the beginning sewer is a piped throw pillow. I have instruction that one of my students composed and I edited. You can make any size pillow. We created a 16″ pillow which is perfect for the couch. The piped edge makes the pillow look professional. The pillow top can be almost anything.

Dscn2474I have made lots of pillow gifts. My favorite is when I use embroidery or lettering. For wedding I usually place the bride and grooms names and wedding date  in the pillow. I like using built-in sewn writing the best and usually try to incorporate the writing into strip quilting. My favorite technique is using crazy quilting. Here are a few pillows I have made and a few I like a lot. The gold pillow is a link to the pillow instructions. Enjoy the project or join me in class at Jenny’s Sewing Studio! 

You can also visit my Pinterest pillow favorites at this link to see more pillows I have collected.
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Quilted Fabric Purse

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Quilted Fabric Purse

In a recent class of the Quilted Fabric Purse my student made this lovely purse.  If you zoom in you can see she personalized the pocket with her name “Jeannie” and framed the name with decorative stitches built-in to her sewing machine. The technique used on this purse was strip piecing. Jeannie used a prequilted base and about 6 different 1/4 yard fabrics cut 2 1/2″ wide strips. The purse has 6 inside pockets and 2 outside pockets. Everything is complimented with the contrasting black trim.

I hope to see you in our next Fabric Quilted Purse. This class is easy enough for beginning sewers but interesting enough for all to try. Enroll now! $40.00
Wednesday March 18th 10:00-4:30pm
Saturday May 2nd 10:00-4:30pm

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