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Sunday, June 7, 2015

Sewing Seamstress - Are You Looking For Inspiration For Your Next Sewing Project?

Finding Inspiration For Creative Sewing And Unique Clothing

As much as any of us loves to create and sew our own designs, we may get stuck once in a while with grasping that certain idea in our minds. It is there, we know it is there, somewhere in our mind, but we just haven't gasped it. So we think we must keep our nose at the grindstone lest we may miss that inspirational idea! There is nothing to be concerned about because inspiration is everywhere and in every direction we would choose to look or see. There are no limits to creativity! Let the shapes, sizes, shades, colors, and textures around you shape and feed the thoughts and ideas of the designs in your mind.

Fashion and sewing ideas do not have to come from fashion and sewing alone. Fashion Designers get their ideas from events, movies, art, books, their environment, or politics. I once visited a historical museum and left with a page full of ideas that I wrote down as I was walking through the museum. Thoughts and ideas started coming to me because I was enjoying my environment and was relaxed without alot of effort to my thoughts and ideas.

-Imagination From Imagery

You may be looking at nature, fabric, food, or anything else that may inspires you.  Hold these images in your mind and choose one or more of these items that you think are beautiful in their own way and that you resonate with. They don't have to or may not be related to fashion at all. Keep these items in your mind as you go about your daily life. Eventually some of these image may come across your mind as possibilities for designs that you imagined. Imaginative imagery can be very powerful in any of your creative endeavors. If you would like to know more about how powerful imagination can be, you can find a great book about it here.

-Increased Awareness

Pick any object and observe for it a period of time, it doesn't matter how long a period of time, just enough time for you. It may only be 10 minutes of your time. As you look at an object of your choosing, think about how some part of the object could be incorporated into clothing. The color, shape, texture, or lines of the object contribute to your ideas about your clothing design.

-Observation

Take a measuring tape, pad or piece of paper, with pencil or pen and go outside. Make a circle with the measuring tape over any surface. Focus and stay quiet and observe everything in the circle for twenty minutes. After twenty minutes have passed, write down everything you saw or felt from looking into the circle. If twenty minutes is not enough time to get a feeling, or to be able to see anything in the circle,  spend more time looking into the circle.  The more you look, the more you will see in the circle. It will simply come to you since you are focused and relaxed. Do this as many times as you like on a regularly basis. This method will increase your creativity in your mind. You go from nothing in your mind to every idea in your mind this way.

Thoughts do become things when we are creating. We can find the best ideas from out of nowhere that will take us everywhere that our imagination will take us. Looking at fabric prints online without a chief aim will ignite ideas for ourselves. I have looked at wrapping paper for gifts and came up with very unique designs.   There are no limits to creating, the possibilities are endless because no one ever has the same idea about anything. Let your mind run free! A Sewing Seamstress always comes through with a unique sewing design of her own! You can find the perfect fabrics for your creative sewing projects here.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Sewing Seamstress: Preserve Your Vintage Sewing Patterns Longer By De-Acidifying Them

Sewing Seamstress: Preserve Your Vintage Sewing Patterns Longer By De-Acidifying Them



You can find many Vintage Sewing Patterns on eBay at great prices here! There are vintage sewing patterns from the 1920s all the way to the 1990s. Preserving your vintage patterns is half the battle of keeping vintage styles at your finger tips, the rest of the battle is finding more vintage sewing patterns to add to your collection of vintage sewing patterns. Vintage sewing patterns are a part of our history in style and fashion that should never be lost or forgotten!

Sewing Seamstress: How To Properly Store Your Vintage And Current Sewing Patterns

Vintage Sewing Patterns

Shop to your heart's content for all the wonderful vintage sewing patterns you would like on eBay! Take advantage of the availability of vintage sewing patterns on eBay at prices that cannot be beat! Create your own one of kind fashion and style combining vintage styles with present day styles to make your own statement in the fashion world! You can find 100s of Vintage sewing patterns here!


Thursday, April 2, 2015

Preserve Your Vintage Sewing Patterns Longer By De-Acidifying Them


How To De-Acidify Your Vintage Sewing Patterns

Vintage Sewing Patterns are novel for their nostalgia, their styles, and quality of clothing that can be created from them! Sewing Seamstress has posted previous articles about Vintage Sewing Patterns, however, this article will help you keep and store your Vintage Sewing Patterns for a much longer time by preserving them. Some sewing patterns have an acidic content in the paper; other sewing patterns were made without an acid content on them based on the type of paper and ink print on them.  Acidic sewing patterns tend to deteriorate much faster than non-acidic paper. They can be de-acidified so that you can properly store them to preserve your Vintage sewing patterns for many future uses. (http://sewingseamstress.blogspot.com/2015/03/how-to-properly-store-your-vintage-and.html)

To de-acidify your Vintage sewing patterns you will need an Acid Test PH Testing Pen that can be found here,  and Krylon Make It Acid Free Spray in a can found here.  You will take the Acid Test PH Pen and mark a straight line any where on the envelope of your Vintage sewing pattern. The line you have marked will dry in different colors. Below is what the different colors mean in regards to the acidity of your Vintage Sewing Pattern envelope.

A purple line means the Vintage Sewing Pattern is not acidic.

A green line means the Vintage Sewing pattern has some acid in it.

A yellow line means the Vintage Sewing Pattern is very acidic.

If you have a purple line on the envelope of your Vintage Sewing Pattern you will not need to use the Krylon Make It Acid Free Spray, however, if your marked line has dried to either the green or yellow line you will be required to spray your Vintage Pattern Envelope with the Krylon Make It Acid Free Spray.   The Krylon Make It Acid Free spray will neutralize the acidic Vintage pattern envelope. Please spray your Vintage sewing pattern in a well ventilated area so that you do not inhale fumes. The best bet is take your Vintage Sewing Pattern envelope outdoors or in a well ventilated area so the fumes can quickly leave the area. Let your Vintage Sewing Pattern envelopes dry, then properly store them in plastic ziplock bags, and file them in your filing cabinet.

If you have vintage newspapers or comic books you would like to preserve, you can perform this test on them also to preserve them. You simply follow the same instructions for them as you would for your Vintage Sewing Patterns. You will store the newspapers, newspaper clippings, and comic books the same way as you would your Vintage Sewing Patterns to preserve them. Paper does not last forever, so helping the paper in this way ensures you will have your favorite items around much longer. If you liked this article, and would like to read more articles like it, you can subscribe to this blog for more upcoming articles filled with information to help with your sew creative projects and needs. 



Tuesday, March 31, 2015

What Is The Difference Between Organic And Inorganic Fabrics?


How Is Organic Fabric And Inorganic Fabric Treated?

There are new kids on the block for fabric besides cotton. There is now hemp fabric and bamboo fabric! Hemp and and bamboo fabric are natural fibers that are treated without chemicals. They are grown without fertilizers and pesticides. Bamboo fabric and batting is an extremely quality fabric and batting. Bamboo batting is much more warmer on quilts than cotton by comparison.

Bamboo grows without chemicals or pesticides because it does not need them to grow with. Bamboo plants are the fastest growing plants in the world. Some cultures call bamboo, trees, if the plants are being used for wood.  Some bamboo species can grow 35 inches in 24 hours. Since bamboo grows so fast it is a more economical source for fabric, food, and wood. Bamboo is a strong fiber, so anything sewn or made from bamboo will have a longer life than most other fabrics of it's type. Bamboo is naturally anti-microbial, hypoallergenic, and mold resistant. The finished product of bamboo fabric does not need to be coated with formaldehyde like conventional fabrics do to preserve it for shipping, storage, and retailing on the shelf. You can find organic bamboo fabric here.

Hemp does not exhaust the soil and leaves it in excellent condition for succeeding crops. Hemp, because of its height, dense foliage and its high planting density as a crop, is a very effective and long used method of killing tough weeds in farming by minimizing the pool of weed seeds of the soil. So with hemp being an effective weed killer for other crops, hemp does not need pesticides or herbicides to grow it's own crop since it drowns out other weeds and vegetation around it. Hemp is an extremely durable, UV resistant, absorbent, fast-drying, and hypoallergenic fabric. Hemp is made into knits, silk, linen, and muslin fabrics. It is made into twine, rope, and yarn as well. You can find organic Hemp fabrics here.

Organic cotton is grown organically without fertilizers and pesticides. However, since inorganic cotton is not a food, inorganic cotton crops are saturated with insecticides and pesticides more so than what a field of wheat would be. Be sure to wash your cotton fabrics before you handle and sew them. 

Most conventional fabrics are treated with formaldehyde after they have been dyed and are ready to be retailed. This is so that the fabric does not mold or discolor while it is being shipped and stored. If you have ever walked into a fabric store and smelled something you could not identify, it could be the formaldehyde the fabrics are treated with. Most assume it is a new smell associated with new fabrics, however, it is a new smell of formaldehyde on the fabrics. As soon as you receive your fabrics on bolts or in cuts, store them in an area where you will not be exposed to the fumes of formaldehyde until you are ready to use the fabric/s. Formaldehyde is drying to your skin so either use gloves, or wash your hands after handling the fabric/s, then apply moisturizer to your hands.

If you have not tried, or considered organic fabrics, along with hemp and bamboo fabrics, you may want to try them. There is a difference in the way they feel and appear as you are shopping for your fabrics. Organic fabrics are healthier for you and for our environment. Please comment on your experiences with organic fabrics in the comment box of this blog. If you like this blog article, and would like to read more articles from this blog, please sign up for future articles pertaining to fabrics, sewing, and sewing techniques to keep yourself sharp in your sewing skills.






Saturday, March 28, 2015

How To Properly Store Your Vintage And Current Sewing Patterns



How To Ensure The Life Of Your Vintage And Modern Sewing Patterns
 

Vintage is back in sewing patterns! That includes sewing pattern companies reproducing some of their sewing patterns of the past now. The beauty about sewing pattern companies reproducing some of their vintage sewing patterns of the past is that the sewing patterns are multi sized for many sizes in one pattern. The original vintage sewing patterns have one size in each sewing pattern envelope. 

Although it is fascinating to buy the true vintage sewing patterns for their authenticity. The modern vintage sewing patterns with multi sizes in them, enables you to use them for the rest of your life. This is  provided you take care of your patterns, in properly storing them and protecting them in the right pattern sleeves designed for sewing patterns.

It is important to properly store your vintage and modern sewing patterns because you will want to keep each pattern together with it's pieces. It does no good to have a partial sewing pattern that is missing pieces in it. You will want to keep the cover envelope and the instructions for the sewing pattern together as well.

You will want to store all of your sewing patterns in a moisture free environment to avoid mold on your sewing patterns, especially for your vintage sewing patterns. A sewing pattern protector will be able to keep dirt and grime away from your sewing patterns as well. The best protector for your sewing patterns is a 6 X 9 zip lock bag to place your sewing pattern into. The zip lock bags are acid free and you want an acid free protector for your sewing patterns, especially your vintage sewing patterns. You can find yourself a fair supply of 6 X 9 zip lock bags here.

The best way to file you covered sewing pattern is upright into a metal or plastic file cabinet by filing them loosely in the order of your choosing. Sewing patterns are stored loosely to be able to breathe. Your sewing pattern file cabinet should be in a low light, cool, well ventilated area or room of your choosing. Avoid heated areas to store your patterns as heat will lighten the print on your pattern pieces and it's cover.

You can find vintage sewing patterns online in their original and authentic envelopes for very reasonable prices here.  Vintage sewing patterns are very popular for nostalgia and uniqueness in design. Some vintage sewing patterns are considered an antique, which rightly they are, for some are over 100 years old and still intact!  You can find vintage sewing patterns at estate sales, garage sales, and some online stores selling vintage sewing patterns. There is an income possibility for someone who has vintage sewing patterns or has access to them by retailing them online to those who are looking for them. Your gold may be in vintage sewing patterns!

You can use vintage sewing patterns with modern sewing patterns by combining them to create a unique design of your own.  You can change the collar of a modern sewing pattern for a collar of a vintage sewing pattern and have created a one of  kind garment all of your own. Styles come and go all the time.Trends change every year, however, I think we are entering an era where style means anything goes irregardless what the trend may be set at. Clothing may well be what someone decides is their own style and makes their statement about themselves without following trends. This is part of the beauty of vintage sewing patterns and retro clothing. You can create and express yourself with DIY clothing. There are many classy retro styles that can be combined into today's styles and trends.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

How To Make Your Own BiasTape



 Do It Yourself Bias Tape For Uniqueness And Originality

Bias tape is one of my favorite items in sewing. I use it for so many projects. Although I or you can buy it at the store or online, it is so easy to make yourself! Bias tape is a trim and a binding. Bias tape can be made in different widths with the 1/2" being the most popular.  Bias tape can be 1/4' wide, 1/2" wide, 3/4" wide,  or 1" wide. There is a single fold and a double fold bias tape. Double fold bias tape can folded in half to apply around edges. Single fold bias tape is used as a stay on a seam so that the seam does not give or stretch on knits after sewing. Double fold bias tape is used more than single fold most of the time.

Bias tape is predominantly made from cotton fabrics used for quilting, however, you can use your choice of fabric type for your bias tape as long as it is cut on the bias to give your fabric some stretch. Bias tape can made from silk or polyester as well. What I like about Do It Yourself Bias Tape is that is can e made from any print of fabric you like such as small florals, plaids, solids, geometric prints, and stripes for example. Whatever project you are sewing can be beautifully coordinated with the bias tape print or solid you have created yourself.

Bias tape is used on quilt bindings, bib edges, children's clothing to finish neck edges and sleeve edges,  adult clothing for sleeve and neck edges, tote edges, pot holders, straps on a garment, blanket edges, tablecloth edges and any else you can think of to use for finishing edges in style.  Bias tape is made from fabric cut on the bias grain of the fabric, or at a 45 degree angle, so that the bias tape has some give or a small amount of stretch to it so that is can be applied around a rounded neck edge or sleeve edges with ease. If bias tape is cut from the selvage or straight of grain side of the fabric there will not be any give or stretch to your bias tape for a neck edge, but can be used as a stay on stretch seam. The straight of grain bias tape is perfect for a stay on a seam.

You will need two things to make your bias tape, your fabric or a fat quarter used in quilting and a bias tape maker such as shown in the image at the beginning of this article. You will want to cut 2" strips from the bias of the fabric you have chosen for your bias tape. You can use scissors or a rotary cutter and ruler to cut your strips of fabric.  The 2" strips may be cut in portions that can be sewn together with a 1/4" seam allowance. This 2" strip of fabric will make a 1/2" double fold bias tape using a 1" tape maker.

You will want your bias tape portions sewn together to make a complete straight piece of tape, not a tape with an angle to it like an elbow seam or to look like a V shape, but a straight tape. If you see that your strip of fabric looks like a V, apply both sides of the strip of fabric together going opposite directions so that you end up with a straight piece of fabric strip. After you have completed the construction of your tape of fabric, you will want to insert it through the tape maker that folds both edges of the tape. As the folded edges of the fabric come through the tape make you will want to press the folded edges in place with your iron. You will continue in this way until the complete length of the fabric strip has folded edges all the way down.

Now that you have both edges of the strip of fabric folded you will want to fold the fabric strip in half  to make a double fold for your bias tape. You will want to fold the strip so that front side is slightly shorter than the back side of the fabric strip and then press in place with your iron. This is so that when you sew your bias tape on to your garment neck edge there are no gaps or holes from missed stitching on the other side. After you have completed making your bias tape you will want to wrap it around a piece of cardboard, or plastic strip to organize your bias tape and to keep it neatly in place until you use it for your sewing needs.

There is an income opportunity with making bias tape. Making bias tape from many fabrics and prints is very profitable by selling it online to those who need bias tape who are otherwise too busy to make their own bias tape. Many seamstresses would love to be able to purchase one of a kind original bias tape to save them time and effort in their own sewing, especially if they are professional seamstresses who sew for the public. The working woman who sews on weekends would love to be able purchase a one of a kind bias tape, as well as the weekend quilter. It saves these ladies time so that they can finish their projects on the weekends. Not only can you make your own bias tape to suit your needs, you can make it as a part time income to sell online. It is actually very relaxing and simple to make bias tape.

If you are a seamstress who would prefer to purchase your bias tape there are many choices you can choose from online or at a fabric store for bias tape. Bias tape can be purchased in bulk or in small cards. You can find ready to purchase bias tape here. There is also a bias binder presser foot you can purchase to snap onto you sewing machine, designed to sew bias tape easily to insure a perfect stitch line on your bias tape. You can purchase the bias binder foot here. You can find a complete kit with all sizes of the bias tape makers along with a bias foot binder here. Your bias making tools can be in one place with this bias tape kit. You can also give bias tape as gifts to your sewing friends.

Below is a video demonstrating how to DO It Yourself bias tape.


Bias Tape Maker Kit - http://goo.gl/l9aqWW
Purchased Bias Tape - http://goo.gl/E4jyJX