Thursday, June 13, 2013

Adele Sew-Along Last Day

Pin It Today we finish our dresses...  

We're really almost there.  Well, I was anyway until I realized I had an awkward buttonhole at the top of my apron which I covered with an awkward tab.  ~:O)

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I'm thinking everyone has their skirts put together - with or without aprons.  Now let's attach it to the bodice.

I decided to top stitch the bodice at the waist so it lays nice and flat. 

View of dress back with buttons.

All done. I hope you've enjoyed this as much as I have!

We'll have a Pick 3 winner again today.  If everyone will finish their dresses this weekend and post the finished pictures, I'll have a big surprise for Monday!  

See ya then!!!
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Adele Sew-Along Day 6

Pin It Day 6! Yes!  Today we'll work on the apron (if you're adding one) and the skirt.  


There are so many cute variations when it comes to the apron.  You can use the measurements found *HERE* for purchased yardage or upcycle. Here are a couple of examples of upcycled aprons.

Perfect! Just hem the sides.

Great button front detail.

All three of these aprons were cut using the original hem so they can be curved or ruffled or whatever and cut the width indicated for the size you're making.  

The sides were hemmed by pressing 1/4" to the wrong side then turning another 3/4" to the wrong side and stitching along the edge.  It isn't just a time saver.  It also adds interest to the apron.

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This apron with its cute little ruffle is the apron I thought I'd demo today.  If you make an apron with the ruffle like this, you probably won't want to add the ruffle to the bottom of the dress.  I think it might be too much but you could always prove me wrong. :O)

I'd follow one of my least favorite quotes, though - "less is more".

I cut the apron using the measurements given, hemmed the sides first and then the bottom.  I used a method of marking a straight line (faster and easier than using a fabric market) that I use all the time.  It's hard to see in the picture but you get a very nice, sharp line that's easy to follow.


 Now for the ruffle

There is a ruffle tutorial already included in the pattern that uses a long tube to make the ruffle. 

I like the tube method.  But, it can be thick, so some people prefer to make the ruffle out of a single thickness and either narrow hem or serge the raw edges.  

My little ruffle secret

Watch this video and then I'll give you the sordid details.... 

 I have been using this quick fix for making ruffles for years.  I really can't remember the last time I used any other method to gather a ruffle (I fake it in my pattern instructions) and can't imagine that I ever will. 

This takes some practice, I admit, but there isn't anything complicated about it.  

I use 2 X's the length and add a little extra to make a ruffle.  I'd rather end up with a little extra ruffle - better too long than too short.  I have this down to a fine art and can't remember the last time I didn't end up with the correct amount of ruffle. 

I'm thinking I might not should have said that out loud...

I'm going to gather my skirt waist the same way for you (you're cringing) and it'll come out just right, too.  

...just sayin'.

Now that you've recovered from the shock, here's the video gathering the waistline.  I use a seam ripper when gathering along the edge of a raffle instead of down the middle.


I used the front of my shirt for the back (cute button back) and the back of the shirt as the front.

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Don't want an apron?  Here's a pic of Adele with my Hobo pocket.  If you want the Hobo pattern and Tutorial, just email me at and I'll send it to you!

Questions or comments?  Meet me back at RJ's facebook.  

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Adele Sew-Along Day 5

Pin It Hi there!  It's day 5 and I'm sure you've noticed by now I'm not exactly following the instructions in your patterns.  I hope it's not confusing, I just want to show you all some variations to the pattern and let you show me some too.  So far, good work!  I'm loving all the pretty bodices you've posted.  Thanks so much for sharing!

Let's get started...

 Before trimming and clipping, hold the bodice up to a window for a (free) x-ray like look, making sure the edge of the tie is free of the armhole stitching.



Embellish the collar...
Here are a few ideas.  Show me what you have!

We'll pick another winner today.  Good luck, all!

Visit RJ's facebook page to ask questions and leave comments.  Feel free to jump right in.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Adele Sew-Along Day 4

Pin It I hope you all enjoyed your Day 3 sewing project.  Wow!  Mixing and matching fabrics is one my favorite things in life.  I'm loving all the really cute fabrics, new and repurposed, you guys are using.  Very inspiring!  

Making the Shoulder Ties

I used to avoid certain patterns if they had straps or sashes or anything long and skinny that might have to be turned.  Too much work.  I sew to relax.

That's why I'm gonna show you 3 ways to make these ties.  I think they all work equally well.  But, of course, I recommend the turned tubes if you have tube turners so I'll demo them first.  

Tube Turners come in a boat load of sizes - I think I have them all.  The 3/8" size seems to work best for this size tube.  

 I'm sharing a different video than before.  It shows better detail and I don't mean the Victoria Secrets ad at the beginning.


I'm still fascinated with this gadget.  Don't you wonder who thought of this?

If you're wanting that same turned look but don't have the tool (yet), there's a low tech way to acheive it.

The last sample doesn't require turning at all.  Simply fold and press and stitch...

That's it for the shoulder ties.  Now let's attach them.

This next step can be used anytime you're trying to sew two edges together and you need those edges to stay perfectly aligned.  By lowering the needle 1/8" from the edge and going forward a couple of stitches before reversing back to the edge, you're anchoring the two edges together, keeping them aligned. 

Prizes again me what you have!!!

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