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Custom Labels

Yesterday was definitely a happy mail day. I finally received some custom clothing labels! These labels are from New York Custom Labels and the whole process was super easy.

I designed a simple label format in illustrator. I chose the unbleached cotton labels that are folded on each end. It took about 4 weeks to receive them but they were definitely worth the wait.

I contemplated getting woven labels and I’m so glad I didn’t. I love the look of these and plus they’re soft. So no irritation like you might get with woven tags.

I love how the tag sort of seals the deal on a garment and makes it feel finished.

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#MonetaParty

This month I killed two hashtags with one stone, I marked Moneta off my #MakeNine list and I joined the #MonetaParty! What is the Moneta Party you ask? It was basically an instagram show and tell with lots of goodies and prizes. This party was hosted by the ‘Triple Stichers’ Rachel of Rach Against the Sewing Machine, Elle of Sew Positivity and Abigail of Sew Abigail. Now on to my Moneta!

You’ll notice that my Moneta is not a dress. This is because I dumbly ordered the wrong amount of fabric. Despite that semi-fail it actually turned out pretty cute!

Size: Medium

Version: 2 but with shorter sleeves and I shortened the skirt to about 12 inches

Fabric: The fabric is speckled jersey by Robert Kaufman. It’s an adorable cream jersey knit with little dots of color mixed in. I ordered it from Purl Soho (you can order it here)

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Notes for next time:

I used stabilizer for the seams and sleeve hems but failed to add it to the neckline and it stretched.

The fit was perfect so I didn’t have to make any alterations.

USE A SERGER. I didn’t use one this time since mine needs to be serviced but I definately will next time. It would have made the inside a lot cleaner.

*Sidebar: you see that bracelet? (not my FitBit) It’s a ruler! You can get yours at Fringe Supply Co. (It’s currently sold out but I don’t doubt that she’ll restock in the near future)

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#2017MakeNine

I don’t normally set New Years Resolutions. They usually go unaccomplished and I work better with short term goals. However, when sewing clothes and creating a wardrobe you need a game plan. I’m taking a que from Sew DIY and creating a #2017MakeNine list.

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Here’s my list!

  1. Coco by Tilly and the Buttons (my plan is to make the dress with the collar) – Sew-A-Long
  2. Brooklyn by Seamwork – Pattern alteration
  3. X-Seamed dress by McCall’s #9426 (I haven’t decided which version yet, I love them all!)
  4. Moneta by Colette (the version with 3/4 length sleeves) – Sew-A-Long
  5. Moji by Seamwork (I have this super soft chambray I’ve been dying to use)
  6. Addison by Seamwork – Pattern alteration
  7. Willie by Seamwork (with gathered drop waist alteration)
  8. A-line dress by Butterick #3002 (Short sleeved version)
  9. Alder by Grainline Studios – V-Neck Modification – Sew-A-Long

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How to Cover the Back of Your Embroidery Hoop

img_4734I recently sold a piece on Etsy and I needed a clean way to cover the back stitches. I’ve experimented in the past with different ways to do this and decided to share the best way with ya’ll!

Here’s how to do it.

Materials:

Paper (cardstock)

Glue stick

Finished work and embroidery hoop

Printer (optional)

Instructions:

Figure out how big your hoop is, either by measuring or by looking on the hoop itself for a number.

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If you are measuring your hoop, use the inside hoop and measure from the outside of the wood.

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Now depending on what equipment you have you can either draw out the circle by tracing it, create it in Illustrator/Photoshop/InDesign or use a few of the standard templates I’ve provided (download at the bottom).

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I prefer to use a heavy paper but copy paper works just fine. In the top picture, I recycled and used a brown paper grocery bag (I really like how that one turned out). Cut out your circle.

*Bonus Tip: If you use a brown paper bag, iron it first so it will lay flat. 

Now it is time to decorate the back if you want. Stamp your logo, write a sweet note, or leave it blank (I added my logo to the back when I made my template in Illustrator). I have also provided you with a few templates as well (download at the bottom). 

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Now flip your work over and position the circle where you want it. Use a glue stick to glue it to the back of the fabric.

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Now put the work back into the hoop, pulling it tight as you go.

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Tighten hoop and cut off excess fabric.

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If you want the work to be permanent, you can glue the fabric around the edges of the hoop. 

And that’s it! Simple huh? 

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Fall, Free Patterns

Falllllllllllll: Free EPP Template

It’s finally fall. Time for cozy sweaters, coffee, and lots of projects.

I’m always working on something to keep my hands busy especially when I’m watching TV. As the weather turns cooler and more time is being spent inside, there are more projects to create!

In the spirit of the season I have created some fall themed EPP templates. There are 4 pages of 1 1/2″ hexies. Download the templates below!

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June WIP’s

 

Life has been kinda hectic lately so all of my projects have been on the back burner. I figured that the best way to keep me motived is to post my progress on here.

Here’s what I’ve been working on in June:

 

Dritz Espadrilles

I’ve been seeing these a lot lately on instagram and I knew I had to try them myself. It also gave me the opportunity to use my scrap leather from Loyal Stricken. If you want some scraps for yourself go [here]. To get there espadrilles soles go [here].

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Not shown: I plan on making a separated heel with an ankle strap.

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How cute are the bottom of these soles?!

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Baby Shoes

I’ve been working on several different baby gifts and one of them is this adorable pair (well will be pair after I finish the other shoe) of baby slippers from Purl Soho.

*Please ignore my messy apartment*

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The next baby gift I’ve been working on is actually finished but it’s too cute not to share. You can find the pattern on Etsy [here].

 

 


Catarina Dress

I don’t have enough done to show you, so this is a finished picture of the Catarina dress from Seamwork Magazine.

My version is pink and a lot shorter (I didn’t have enough fabric for a full length version).  Now I need to decide if I’m going to make it a top of a short dress.

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What have you been working on?

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Tips for Buying/Selling Vintage Fabric

I recently purchased some fabric from Etsy and while I was searching I ran across some things that I thought might be helpful tips for people who are buying or selling vintage fabric.

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My recent fabric purchase

For the Seller:

  • Judging a book by its cover

The first thing a buyer sees while searching is the featured image. Before they even click further to see the product they have to be drawn in. Use a good semi-up close photo of print. This will catch their eye and make them want to see more. Avoid blurriness.

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The title is another thing that you first see, however you do not see the full title at first glance. The first few words are important. I suggest putting the yardage first before anything else. Such as, “1 yard of 60’s fabric.” I was bummed that many of the pictures I saw were only scraps. It would have been helpful to mention this in the title.

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Price is another thing you see first. There isn’t much to say about this except make sure you aren’t overpricing your items. Compare prices of other sellers. Also keep in mind stains (I’ll touch on this more later). Don’t overcharge for an item that is stained. Many old fabrics will be and no matter how cute the print, a buyer doesn’t want to pay extra for a stain. I know you are trying to make a profit but there is nothing like a bad review to kill your business.

  • I like what I see but I need more info

Once the buyer has clicked on an item they want to know more about it. Include an up close and further away picture of the print. It is also helpful to use something to compare the size of the print. I see many sellers use a coin of some sort. Another thing I liked was some sellers draped the fabric on a dress form. You may not have one of these, and that’s ok, but it really shows the sewer how the fabric lays.

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Size is important too. Many patterns call for different yardage depending on the width of the fabric (selvedge to selvedge). Try to include that width along with the totally length of fabric.

As an extra bonus include what type of fabric it is. If you are not a sewer this many involve a little research but it really helps the buyer and could give you better reviews.

  • Questions

One question I had when looking at fabric is if the seller would be willing to sell smaller amounts of the fabric. For example, it you have 5 yards of one fabric offer it in 1 yard increments but if they want to buy the whole thing offer it at a discounted price. Like if you have 5 yards you might say, “5 dollars per yard but 20 dollars if you buy all five yards.” If you aren’t willing to put that in your listing try to be open to it is the buyer messages you and requests a certain amount. *Disclaimer: I would only do this if you had lots of yardage and I would not sell smaller increments than 1 yard. If you cater to doing whatever size a buying wants you may only end up with a quarter of fabric that you can’t sell*

Now back to stains. A lot of fabric will have discoloration or a stain. This may not be a big deal but many people do not want to disclose this information because it makes the listings less desirable. You don’t have to necessarily have a picture of it (even though it helps) but include it in your listing description. If you choose not to make sure you disclose the information if the buyer messages you and asks.

For the Buyer:

  • At first glance

Don’t be sucked in to that fabric that first catches your eye without a bit of research. If not included, ask about stains and fabric type. I saw many a cute floral pattern that ended up being horrible polyester. It wasn’t included in the description but I could sort of tell from the picture (it was shiny on the non-print side).

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  • Don’t overspend

Just because you love a fabric don’t buy all five yards when you only need 1. Try to contact the seller and see if they’ll sell you less or cut you a deal. I like to have a price budget going in.

  • Really analyze what you’re buying

A lot of prints in the 60’s are bright and busy. Look at the sizing (if shown) or print to make sure you’re not buying something for a dress that will make you look like a carnival.

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  • Always wash

This should be a given before any sewing project much it super applies here. The seller may have bought a fabric with some stuff at an auction or it came of someone’s attic. ALWAYS wash before using.

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