Friday, April 29, 2011

The early part of the week through Wednesday has been a very stormy time here in the south. The sirens went off  time after time.At my home there was no damage -- I don't believe even a branch was blown from a tree.

One daughter lives 20 minutes away and had a tree uprooted and more trees blown down in her yard. She was without power for 2 days but it has now been restored. Other news of trees blown down and trees on top of houses and barns in the area. Thankful to God there were no injuries reported in our town that I am aware of nor loss of life.

Other towns not so far away were not nearly as fortunate. One small town a little south of us was destroyed with loss of life and missing reported.

The town of Tuscaloosa,AL also was hit by a tornado. Seeing pictures on the news and internet shows major damage there as well. Another small town in Alabama was destroyed as well. And the news goes on.

In the days to come we will pray for the victims of these terrible storms and in these same prayers thank God for all he has done for us and for keeping us safe and sound.


Monday, April 18, 2011

Knit shirt tutorial

As requested by some online sewing friends I decided to do a tutorial on sewing knit shirts. It is really a simple thing but so often seems difficult. While T shirts are fairly cheap at Walmart the ones you can make at home are of a better quality knit and so much easier to do machine embroidery on before construction. I have timed myself to see how long it takes to make on of these shirts and it is around 20 minutes. I can't go to town and purchase one in that amount of time.

I use the Comfyall pattern from Sewbaby for size 6 mo-4T and Kwik Sew pattern for the bigger kids. The patterns are great.

OK so lets begin:

First thing when I cut out the shirt I add about an inch to the hem edge of the front and back. The shirts seems a little too short without adding the length. So far I have only seen knit ribbing in very basic colors and I almost always use the same knit as the shirt. If you do this add about 1/4 inch to the length of the neckband since the interlock doesn't stretch as much as ribbing.

Mark center front, center back, center of the neck band and the upper center point of the sleeve with a washable marker.

Now, off we go to the sewing room. I serge all seams except the hem and the sleeve hems. I also sew as many seams as I can without crossing over another seam before going to the iron to press.

OK, are you ready??

The first thing is serge the shoulder seams and the neckband seam.
Press the shoulder seam and neck band seam. Fold the neckband in half longways and press.

Back to the serger now.

Pin the neckband to the shirt matching the center back seam of neckband to the center back of the shirt and center front mark on neckband to center front mark on neckband.

Serge the neckband to shirt stretching the neckband to fit.

Press this seam.

 Can you see where the mark from the washable marker and the mark on the neckband match up?

Pin right side of sleeve to shirt at the shoulder seam. Now is the part where I may here gasps of surprise. I flip the shirt over so the sleeve is on the bottom . Begin at the outer edge and serge the seam easing the fabrid of the shirt to fit.

Press the seam toward the shirt.

Now serge the side seams and serge around the sleeve edges and lower edge of shirt.

Press the side seams and the serged edges of sleeves and lower edge now. Turn up hem on sleeve edges and
pin and turn up the hem and press.

 Now this is the first time I use the regular sewing machine and I prefer to use my older Kenmore machine to sew knits. I lengthen the stich to 3 and sew these hems without stretching-- just let the machine pull the fabric into the machine.

Here is the finished shirt size 3T for Wyatt.

The time it took for me to make this little shirt ,even with taking the photos. was only 25 minutes.
My hope for anyone who reads this is that you will try making your own shirts. There are several great places to buy  knits. Personally , my favorite cotton interlock is from Hancocks or Joanns. Chez Ami has a good quality knit and in  patterns but I prefer more stretch for the tshirts.

Please comment to let me know if you use this tutorial and find it to be beneficial.


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Monday, April 11, 2011

What's for supper

Lasagne... that's what was for supper today.  It was pretty tasty too. A friend gave me the recipe years ago and I have made it ever since. It is pretty easy too and my husband says he likes it better than Olive Garden. I think he jsut likes that he gets to eat it at home.

1 1/2 lb ground beef, browned and drained
1 1/2 cup water
1 package dry spaghetti sauce mix
1 large or 2 small cans of tomato paste
1 small container of cottage cheese
lasagne noodles , boiled til tender
mozerella cheese

Brown ground beef and drain. Add water, spaghetti sauce mix, cottage cheese  and tomato paste. simmer for 10-15 minutes on low to med heat.  Cook lasagne noodles til tender and drain. Place a thin layer of sauce in the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish. then a layer of noodles. Add another layer of sauce. top with mozerella cheese. Bake at 375 degrees til bubbly and the cheese is melted and slightly browned.

Since it is usually just my husband and I these days I usually divide between 2 --9 x 9 dishes. We will eat one now and freeze the other for later. This is a dish that freezes well. When ready to use thaw and bake as above.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Easter dresses

I am so ahead of the game this year it is hard to believe. I have all 3 easter dresses completed. Much different than the way it was when my girls were growing up. They used to tease me in the fabric store when I would go in on Monday before Easter and pick out the fabric for not one but 3 dresses. Now the dresses weren't smocked which takes considerably more time.

The first dress is Abby's. It is pale blue batiste using the Ellen Mccarn bishop pattern. The smocking is taken from the smocking design included in the pattern. The sleeves are smocked and has ribbon in the sleeves. Take my word for it she looked like an angel in it. It is definitely her color.

Next, is Madison's Easter dress. It is pale yellow broadcloth and is also made using the Ellen Mccarn pattern.  The sleeves are also smocked and has lace threaded through the smocking.

And, last but not least, is Emma Kate's Easter dress. I drafted the pattern for this dress myself based on one I saw in an heirloom store several years ago. It is not exactly like that dress but it did have a grid of pintucks on the bodice. At each point where the pintucks cross I have sewn a tiny pearl. The sash is an ivory colored ribbon. This peach color is perfect for her since she has dark hair and dark eyes.

Thanks for stopping by,

Friday, April 1, 2011

The house is quiet

The house is very quiet now. Lindley, Wyatt and Abby were here since Sunday until this morning. They left for home early this morning and I miss them already. Always love having them here. I will miss the sweet cuddles with Abby, who is 4 months old now. I will miss Wyatt saying yep.

Once again it brought to mind while he was here how it is the simple things that kids enjoy. They don't always need pricey toys. He spent so much time playi8ng with my jar of buttons. He loaded buttons in his train and pushed them to another spot to dump them out. He went home wit his own bag of buttons.

We will miss them but look forward to the next time we see them.