Thursday, July 24, 2014

Today's Pattern: McCall's 2930 Girls Size 6-8

I find it funny that on TV before school had even let out in our area of the country, they were already advertising back to school sales and each day it gets worse. I trust I can be forgiven for bringing up back to school thoughts here, but if you sew for your child, that does mean a bit of pre-planning and sewing ahead of time. McCall's Sewing Pattern 2930 Size 6-8 is the perfect school outfit with it's jumper in several variations and blouse with long or short sleeves. We currently have several copies of this pattern available and also some in Sizes 4-6 . I do have one question about the model photo on this pattern, does she really need glasses or is this just another attempt to show that studious kids all need glasses? For more selections of  over 1000 children's uncut sewing patterns, stop in at Moonwishes Sewing and Crafts: category Children's.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Today's Pattern: Butterick 3909 Size 10

Butterick 3909 Misses Size 10 is another pattern that I wish was in my size. Over the years I have come to love bateau or boat necklines. Ever since I had surgery on my thyroid, I haven't been able to stand anything tight on my neck and this type of neckline fits the bill. I also generally wear skirts and dresses after having my knees replaced to avoid the problems with my legs swelling. The problem with a skirt or dress is sometimes they actually aren't the most modest solution. However culottes or split-skirts can be, especially when as full as this split-skirt would be. Butterick 3909 is available at our store Moonwishes Sewing and Crafts where we have over 8000 uncut sewing patterns in all styles and sizes up for sale.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Today's Pattern: Simplicity 9904 Misses Size 12

As I list patterns almost daily, I often run into one that just speaks to me. I want to make it. I want to be the size shown so it looks right on me. I can see how it would just fit into my life. Some patterns, it just doesn't matter when they were printed, for by using today's fabrics you could still have a great outfit. Simplicity 9904 is one of those patterns. Because of the many different garment pieces you can make with this pattern, in my store, I call it a wardrobe pattern. Other than the shorts being a bit too short, I think it would make a fantastic set of summer clothes especially if they were made of coordinating fabric. Just think, several different colors of tank tops, a couple of shirts, and a couple pairs or pants and a some skirts and you have an organized wardrobe or set of clothes to take on vacaction and still fit within a luggage allowance. This pattern is currently available in my store, Moonwishes Sewing and Crafts because unfortunately it is a size 12 and I haven't been that size since the mid-70's!

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

When Pigs Fly!

When Pigs Fly! We have all heard the expression, but now they can, thanks to the help of the great designers at Embroidery Library! This design that comes in two sizes and is free until the end of June 2014.

Embroidery Library has also just come out with lots of great summer designs for decorating beach bags, towels, etc. Come and check them out!

Monday, June 30, 2014

July 2014 New Releases

See the latest Christmas in July of Anita Goodesign For lots of lovely machine embroidery Designs for Christmas and other December Holiday's such as Hanukah.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Organizing Machine Embroidery Designs

I have wanted to do a project for several years as I got more and more buried under paperwork. I do machine embroidery and one company, Embroidery Library, is very generous with free designs. I have always printed off the page showing the design so that I wouldn't lose track of the designs I had. Well I ended up with a huge stack of papers, but with no way to punch holes in the papers until a month ago when I got to review this three hole punch by  Swingline It was terrific for putting the holes in the papers.

Granted it is a bit expensive but if you have kids in school that needs paper holes punched in paper or your own crafts that need a 3-hole punch, this is a marvelous machine. I have even punch out a stack of misprinted paper so that I can put it in a notebook and use the unprinted side to write on.

 But then how do I sort them all and keep them divided by category as just the Christmas designs was a stack over an inch thick? Well again I got to review something that worked wonderfully well and it was these transparent tab dividers. 


Instead of writing on actual tabs and then realizing you wrote things wrong and need to start over and then you end up with a mess and not enough tabs. This system works so well because you can print the 'tab' headings on one piece of paper through your printer. You can get the file to use to set up the page at the website listed on the packaging. The packaging also tells you how to set it up yourself, but I was a bit to lazy to try that. So I printed out the tabs I needed. Since I had such a huge stack, I ended up using 2 sets, which equaled 16 tabs. I'm not sure that I have the divisions the way I want them, but it is nice to know that I can just make up new tabs as needed.

At that point, I popped everything into this 3 D-ring  Binder and I was good to go. I opened and closed the binder multiple times while sorting the papers and never had a bit of trouble and the D rings help to keep all the papers sitting in a nice stack when not being used, instead of being bent on the circle rings that most binders have.

All told with the help of three (free for me!) Amazon Vine review products, I was able to tackle a project that had been on the back burner for a long time. I was very happy with all of these products. And very happy that it is easier to now find the perfect design when looking for it.