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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Another Little Dress

I was very happy to be able to finish another Little Dress for Africa yesterday. Not only have I been enjoying making them and thinking of how happy some little girl will be to get her new dress, I have also been working hard in improving my sewing techniques. This 'Fish dress' features a hem band in contrasting fabric with decorative stitching on it to resemble water movement. I also made a band that I attached as a ruffle at the top front of the dress. This fish material is bright and perky and leftover from making my son Ron a quilt back over 20 years ago. I'm so glad to have projects that could use up these stray pieces.

While making this dress, I referred to The Dressmaker's Handbook of Couture Sewing Techniques by Lynda Maynard for making the French seam in the back of the dress and for making and attaching the hem band. I did learn that the band needed to be put on first before the French seam is made, otherwise the seam shows on the outside of the garment. I had some unsewing to do with this dress. I also realized after the fact that I had forgotten to use the border presser foot that came with my Janome Horizon which would have helped the stitches stay even.

I will probably be doing only some hand sewing if that for the next couple of weeks as I am going into the hospital for a knee revision on the 18th. I don't want to start any new projects until I'm recuperated. I have been working when I have a few minutes on Ron and Savannah's wedding quilt. Hard to believe the big day is barely four months away! I'd better hustle.

Thursday, April 07, 2011

New Freebie at Oma's Place

Visit Oma's Place to see their new freebie alpha bet and to see the other machine embroidery designs that they have.

Check out our Machine Embroidery page here on our blog for lots more machine embroidery design companies.

Secrets of Embroidery Machine Embroidery Site

The Secrets of Embroidery website has some great new April specials including Easter designs. They also have some lovely new freebies. Make sure you drop in to take advantage of them.

For more machine embroidery websites, visit out Machine Embroidery page.