material mama podcast #24

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Show 24 Notes

Measuring standards

ASG Conference here in Sacramento! I hope to see you, be sure to say hello!

New dress pattern, with many easy adjustments to custom fit

Click for a free printable to put by your machine:

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Change your bobbin, change your needle – some little products I made up, when you purchase them you help support the show!

Great dye tutorial videos are up I have one from Sewing With Nancy on how to change the sizing of knit patterns, but I can’t get it from .tivo to a format YouTube will take.

Fabric magnet buttons, I got the idea from NotMartha:

and some button push pins:

New patterns are up from Kwik Sew! Also the new Ottobre has been posted! I love these times of year. I am planning on ordering these patterns:


3542 Tunic and Dress


3536 Dress

Two-Hour Tote Bag by Be Sew Stylish

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Sew A Clean Sweep Apron!

Take a look at BurdaStyle, they’ve changed the interface a bit and new patterns are added all the time!

Kerri from Miss You Sew Much (http://www.missyousewmuch.com/ have offered a free zippered bag tutorial! Check it out!!!!!

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Special thanks to Sarah from Mad Mommy Blog (one of my favorites!) for leaving me this voicemail. Check out this awesome mommy patch site she found!

Listener Ginger asks:

Hi,

I have a couple of suggestions for topics. One of the things I had down was sewing for boys but I was thinking about my 8-year-old son. What can I practically sew for him that he would actually wear? I’m thinking in the 8 to 10 year range.

Another thing is sewing motivation. I have a hard time just getting up to do it. I have a jacket cut out now that I need to mark and sew but I have a difficult time.

Any advice sisters and brothers? Send me an email or give me a call! Thanks for listening and I’ll be back on the air in a week or two.

I want to thank everyone for their wonderful support! If you’d like to participate you can:

email me materialmama at gmail dot com
Got a phone? Leave me a voicemail question or comment 1-775-593-5136
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How can I help support this podcast?

Would you like to see more shows? I’d love to be able to afford the webspace. You can help support this show by taking a look at my sewing advocacy items. I also have a PayPal donation link here. Or you can shop my recommended books. Thank you so much!

I also have a list of online shops you can click through and I’ll get a small percentage:

Do you have links I can put on my blog or website?

Please use these, by putting them on your favorite picture storing site and link to: http://www.materialmama.com

Nutmeg

My first drafted dress pattern, free to you!

This is the first dress I made custom for my girls. I’m offering the pattern for free if you’d like to give it a spin! It’s a fairly simple A Line dress, with or without sleeves. You can use ribbing on the collar and armholes or you can serge, and fold under.

You can use these patterns as you wish, I think they are pretty self explanatory. If not, Here’s the sew along in .pdf form, and in html.

Use a knit fabric, and these fit about 3T-5.
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I’m getting ready to start teaching again next week. I’m only scheduled for a 20% gig which means I teach one day a week. However there is a lot of start up time and things to get done so I can be cleared for duty by next week. I’m trying to get a new podcast out as well, hopefully this week.

I’m doing a lot of denial sewing, I’ve made like 8 of these dresses, they are super duper easy. I used some ready to wear concepts that I loved to draft these myself. You can make as many as you want, and they are wonderful to embellish! Have fun and I’ll ‘see’ you soon.

Hey, if you’re reading this why don’t you give me a call on my voice mail only line at 1-775-593-5136 and let me know what you’re working on and what you’d like to hear more of on the podcast!

Here are my samples of what I’ve done with this pattern.  Click for larger views:

         

As jammies — I found if I cut it and don’t do much topstitching, they turned out as really easy nigthgowns!  Using fabric with ‘tossed’ pictures also are good for night time wear.

  

As tops — I just cut them where I wanted them to fall.  One turned into sort of a swing top, the other a more a line top.  By cutting the front bodice below the chest, it looks more RTW (ready to wear)  in my opinion.  This first one I just serged the openings and straight stitched them down.  I you had a coverstitcher these would be even faster LOL:

   

     

Material Mama Podcast Show #23

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Show 23 notes

This just in! Make fabric labels, and don’t forget your 40% off coupon

Fabric Cards

These are just about the most fun thing I’ve ever sewn! So easy and they turn out so pretty!

I got my wovens together, mostly scraps. I ironed them on to heat and bond. I sewed them in patchwork style, cut them up, resewed them until they looked like a crazy quilt.

I then ironed it on to some thick interfacing. I popped on my darning/embroidery foot, lowered the feed dogs and using a variegated embroidery thread I quilted the heck out of the sheet of fabric in a random pattern.

Then I cut them out to fit the card, so that there was a bit of a margin all the way around. I used a straight stitch around the card to secure it to the paper. I didn’t have any spray on glue, or I would have used that too.

I either sewed on the tag or a button to the front by hand. Then I cut a piece of cardstock to fit the inside of the card, again with a small margin, to hide the stitches.

I can’t decide if I should put some in the summer swap or the card swap or sell them LOL. I scanned them to the color is a little stark, they are softer IRL

Fabric at Ikea

Dying tutorial on Uncommon Threads — YouTube Link

dying pillowcases, fabric and dresses for the girls I used Dharma dyes, salt, hot water and dark green, rasberry and ice blue to make some lwi dyed clothing and pillowcases.

Other finds:
Home dec sewing – bathroom valances, pillowcases, etc.
I like using shower curtains (not plastic) for drapes and grocery bags. tough and generally pretty water resistant.

I visited JapanTown, and picked up some (more) fabulous Japanese craft books. Bags, home decoration, patchworks, and some girl’s wardrobe 110-150. I’ll have the ISBN numbers on my podcast notes

I didn’t do any fabric shopping, but my husband’s company gave him a fun little digital camera. It’s truly just point and shoot! I’ll have to do a few little projects for an upcoming podcast.

block printing –
I found some linoleum squares for a dollar and a wood block for a few more, and some cutting tools at the Japanese shop in SF as well. I have been practicing printing/stenciling with styrofoam from meat trays, like I did back in my childhood.

For dying: Look at H and M, if you have one close. I don’t think you can order online but I could be wrong. They have really cute tops for around 4.00 each for kids. Much better price than Dharma or anywhere else, IMO.

Purses and bags!
I made the purse I chatted about earlier, as well as one out of the fabric I bought from that eBay seller in China. I used one of the patterns from my Japanese Bag book I got in San Francisco.

New purchases from JapanTown:

There is a bag contest going on over at Sew Mama Sew

and another contest at Sewing Mamas

A day in my life: I took a 2 hour nap in the middle of the day, but I didn’t document that LOL. Here we are on a very typical day You can use the slide show feature to watch it easier, IMO.

Neat blogs: CraftApple

Lotus bag free bag pattern
neat seamstress apron

Pink Chalk Studio
Note Taker Pattern

A fabric folio designed to hold an 8 1/2″ x 11 3/4″ paper notepad. Built in pockets provide roomy storage for important papers, writing utensils and business cards. Wherever you go, take notes in style. Great for gifts too. Pattern includes instructions and full sized pattern sheet. Make everyday art today!

Jointed Waldorf Doll Sew Along

DIY:

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I want to thank everyone for their wonderful support! If you’d like to participate you can:
email me materialmama at gmail dot com
Got a phone? Leave me a voicemail question or comment 1-775-593-5136
Got a Mic? Record A Two-Minute Question or comment.

How can I help support this podcast?

Would you like to see more shows? I’d love to be able to afford the webspace. You can help support this show by taking a look at my sewing advocacy items. I also have a PayPal donation link here. Or you can shop my recommended books. Thank you so much!

Support Material Mama

I also have a list of online shops you can click through and I’ll get a small percentage:

Do you have links I can put on my blog or website?

Please use these, by putting them on your favorite picture storing site and link to: http://www.materialmama.com

Inspiration! Free Ottobre Tank pattern

Download this free pattern for your child. 80-122 centimeters, which translates approximately to this chart:

80 cm 30-34 in. 20-27 lbs. 10-24 mos. 18 mos.-2T
90 cm 34-38 in. 26-33 lbs. 2-3½ yrs. 3T
100 cm 38-42 in. 31-38 lbs. 3-5 yrs. 4T-5T
110 cm 42-46 in. 37-48 lbs. 4-6 yrs. 5-6X
120 cm 46-50 in. 45-55 lbs. 6-8 yrs. 7

I used a cotton/lycra swim knit, and sewed up some Kwik Sew leggings to make a wedgie free bathing suit for my little one. It was so great, it got passed down to her sister!
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Here are some other mamas who sewed it up, for your inspiration.  You can click each one for a larger picture:

Sarah

   

Allison

      

Jessica

             

Marielle

Pam

   

Wendy

Tamar

Kary

Kelli

Thanks everybody!

Material Mama Podcast#21

Welcome friends!

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Show 21 notes

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Thank you to Andrea from Wanted Web Design for coming up with my new banner on my site! I love her work, check it out if you’re interested in any graphic work!

Etsy contest – thanks Katie for pointing it out to us! Etsy and Instructables have come together for this contest. You sew something and then create a tutorial for it. They have 3 categories:

• The Sew Helpful Award — goes to the most useful thing that helps others in need;
• The Sew Hybrid Award — goes to the best combination of sewing and technology; and
• The Sew Educational Award — goes to the best Instructable tutorial.

What has sewing taught you? I wrote an essay on what it’s done for me.

Update on SWAP sewing site

Neat book swap site — Swap paperback books for FREE – PaperBackSwap.com

Fun new sewing light for just 6.99 at Ikea:

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New book purchases. I’m interested to see which company is faster. Amazon Japan or YesAsia. This is what I ordered:

From YesAsia. Free shipping, these books were 11.99 and 20.99 respectively. Because I bought from them before I got a 15.00 credit so this was a very good deal:

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From Amazon Japan. 11.26 each. I had a credit from them since I shopped there before, .90 so my total with shipping was 48.84. Ordered May 21, arrived May 24th via DHL:4579110544457911132X

I also found an eBay seller with good feedback that sells cuts of Japanese and other imported fabrics that are just tdf! I’ll post a picture when they arrive :)

Jayme, jayme jayme! We love your bodice pattern! Check this page out for samples of what you can do with this fun pattern.

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I made some Jayme style tank dresses, but I used the most recent Ottobre (3/07) check out #9 , you can use the front piece as a Jayme bodice 74-110 cm.  It worked perfectly! I love this fabric, I got it at Sewzannes. I used the FOE (Fold Over Elastic) you usually use on diapers, it was thicker and more sturdy. I attached it with an elastic zig zag stitch.

I had to put tee shirt on under as it was cool in the morning and I still wanted them to wear these for Mother’s Day LOL

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Rags: Making a little something out of almost nothing

I found this super awesome book at the thrift store. You may have seen it in the pile of ‘treasures’ last week. Well I finally cracked it open and honestly, I’m amazed. This book is wonderful! I read a fairy tale, The Little Laundress. I have been trying to get in contact with the authors to beg them to put it back into publication, or perhaps I can do it for them. Who knows. Now, you can scoop up this book for less than five bucks, I say do it now if you have any interest!

I like to use receiving blankets that are doubled to make matchy outfits for the girls. I can often find them on deep discount or at thrift shops for a song.

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Sewing for Boys

Have you used the free Ottobre tank pattern? I’d LOVE to share your pictures and results with my listeners. Please send me a link or the pictures at: materialmama at gmail dot com and I’ll share it like I did with the Jayme bodice pattern. If you don’t have it, here it is. It’s a .pdf file so it may take a moment to open.

This just in! Check out this great article about women sewing at home. Way to go Marcy and Hayden!