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Friday, June 22, 2018

The Fashion Designer by Nancy Moser

Why does it seem that the older we get, the faster time goes or is it just because I have so much I want to do? One of the things that keeps me busy is reading or using products from Amazon in the Vine program and then writing reviews about them. One of the last books I read, was a book that sewers might like to read called The Fashion Designer by Nancy Moser. It is the second in a series with the first book called the Pattern Artist.

I love to read 'feel good' books and this was one of them. I was hoping to be able to read the first book, The PatternArtist in the series, but never had the chance to, but this book was able to stand on its own unlike some books in series. A note to those it will make a difference to, it is written from a Christian perspective.

This book takes place in the early 1900's a few years after the Titanic disaster. A former house maid, and other immigrants to the USA are working together to get a business going of making women's clothing for the non-rich women that can't afford custom made clothing. They wanted to be able to have a selection of different styles of dresses in all sizes that they could offer in a store for women. In other words, off the rack clothes that weren’t being offered yet to women. ‘Unruffled’, as they said for women that needed clothes that they could do things in like go to jobs or just running their homes.  It sounds like starting a business back then wasn't any easier than it is now! They needed loans and backers as well as supporters to help get the word out about their fledgling business. And they were all poor as well so had to find a way to keep a roof over their head and their businesses head as well as food on the table. But these women were persistent. If you love fashion, the early 1900's, sewing and good friendships, you might enjoy this book. I did, and it was a change of pace from mystery and thriller fiction books that I normally read.

I saw the first book in the series, The Pattern Artist, as well as this one advertised in the sewing magazines that I read, so for me this was a bit of a blurring of the lines between my reading, my business and my hobby. Please remember that this book was not meant to be the great American novel, but entertainment especially focused on sewing and for Christian women or those that don't like books that are too 'raw'. It didn't take long to read, and it provided a bit of escape for a time.

I hope you will take the time to read this book, The Fashion Designer and I hope you enjoy it!

Friday, December 01, 2017

Want to make a Machine Embriodered Christmas card?

Want to make a machine embroidered Christmas card? Starbird stock designs has print out instructions to help you out and currently they even have a free design that you can use! I know I have wondered about what steps to take to make them. Now I know! You can use the above design or buy the design pack or individual designs from the designs. There are designs for anyone to use during this holiday month.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

In Memory of Nancy Zieman

I have been interested in sewing since around the 8th grade when I started making my first quilt as well as making garments in home-ec and then moving on to making my own clothes without them being a class assignment. It was only when I saw Nancy Zieman's "Sewing With Nancy" over our PBS that I started to realize there was a right way and a wrong way to sew. The wrong way meant I might have something to wear at the end of the project, but I bet anyone looking could tell I had made the garment. The right way to sew was the way that Nancy showed us. Taking the time to do things carefully and well. I never got to see as many of her shows as I would have liked, but I do have many of her books to refer to. Her show was the first for me to see what an awesome thing a top of the line sewing machine could be (I learned to sew on a straight stitch only Singer). I believe that she sewed on a Viking at that point in time. I wanted a top of the line sewing machine from then on and, happily, I eventually got one. However, I still can't sew as well as she did.

Nancy died today, November 15, 2017, after a long battle with cancer. She will be missed. She was a special woman; one that showed she could handle a career, handle raising a family as well as walk in her faith with God. She is no longer with us, but has left behind a body of work in her taped TV shows and books she has written and the Nancy's Notions business she started. Many women in the US can sew now thanks to her. For those of us with the same faith that she had, it is nice to know that whether alive or dead, her good-bye to viewers at the end of her show is just as true now.

Bye for now......"

Friday, September 22, 2017

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Who is this Model?

Throughout the years, the different pattern companies have used models that eventually went on to be big stars, in modeling and well as TV and the movies. I have a horrible time with attaching names to faces, so asking for some help here. I think this young lady went on to be a very well known model or I maybe am too tired?

Who can name this model? If you like her outfit and want the pattern, it is available at our store Moonwishes Sewing and Crafts.

Butterick See & Sew 5779 Size 10

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Embroidery Library Christmas in July Machine Embroidery

I know I am way behind on my posts here as I have been super busy adding listings to my pattern store and trying to get all my Christmas related patterns and craft items listed ASAP. However, Embroidery Library has just announced a Christmas in July sale with some fantastic items to make, including the above angel. Currently through July 25, 2017, she is on sale for $1.39. There are many other Christmas designs as well for $1.39 until that same date. So stop on in and pick out your favorites to get your Christmas sewing going!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Thrift Store Score!!!

I have seen projects using these threads for years as well as advertisements to buy Watercolour by Caron threads for embroidery and needlepoint. At their high price, I never thought I would be able to afford one or a couple skeins for a project, especially since I would have had to order them by mail so tack on a shipping cost to the price. I have never seen these for sale anywhere in my area, but then I don't know all the smaller sewing shops in my county. When I saw a great big bag with these plus some other items stuffed into I couldn't believe my eyes, so I just snapped them up! In total, 114 skeins, 49 different colors, although two of the colors with same thread color name, came from two different dye lots and were two different colors. I pulled one of each color for myself, and as soon as I have time will be listing the rest of them for sale, by color.

In the big bag were also 30+ of these cards of Ultra-Suede or Super Suede. I had never even heard of them before or recall seeing them advertised, so I'm not really sure how they should be used. They do seem to be rather delicate strands. As they don't particularly trip my trigger, they will all be going up for sale. If any of my readers know what these should be sued for, please comment and let us all know. A source for designs using them would be very appreciated.
I found these goodies at the beginning of my day of thrift store rounds with Steve, and I got some other terrific items as well. All in all a great day!