Archive for November, 2009

UPCOMING EVENTS – Girls, Pearls & Diamonds

Monday, November 30th, 2009


We can’t wait for our special event ‘Girls, Pearls & Diamonds’ this weekend on Saturday 14th November with Sam the jeweller!

We’ve been busy doing our pre-event homework and Sam has just released a special VIP event after Girls, Pearls & Diamonds which includes a whopping $1450 worth of bonuses!

There are only 6 seats available for this extra VIP event so if you know it’s for you be sure to call me on 03 52641 666 immediately to secure your spot!

Spoil your eyes and watch Sam’s you tube video here: EskaeJeweller

There are many other events on to attend this month such as:

  • Health, Healing & Well-being with Ian Gawler – be informed and inspired in a full day workshop in Geelong $110 Saturday 21st November for more info go to:
  • Stratum – Materialise: A Journey In TEXTILE ART Thursday 12th – Saturday 28th November for more info go to:
  • Inspired by Nature in Geelong Botanic Gardens 12th – 19th November for more info go to:
  • Mad Quilters Hat Party – 20,21,22 November Deakin Waterfront Campus Geelong $7 10am-4.30pm daily.

Happy Sewing,

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Maree Pigdon
T: +61 (0)3 5264 1666

How To Sew Invisible Zips – Learn To Sew – Online Sewing Classes

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009

Invisible zips can be tricky but not when you know

how! Perfect for dresses, summer skirts and formal wear.

Invisible zips are more popular in my sewing school than ever before. My beginner sewers are loving invisible zips and sewing them with great success.

Here is a You Tube video demonstration to see exactly how it’s done:

My tip is to ensure you lightly press the zipper prior to stitching to unroll the zipper coil. Do this before tacking. NOTE: Use invisible machine foot.

I also recommend tacking your invisible zip before sewing with your machine especially when you have bodice seams. Ensure you match seams so they are aligned.

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Christmas Tree Skirt

Monday, November 16th, 2009


Another fantastic Christmas sewing project is the ‘Tree Skirt’! Marilyn’s is featured here.

The tree skirt is ideal to cover the pot of a living or artificial Christmas tree. Marilyn saw this skirt in a quilting magazine and just had to make it!

Marilyn used the foundation quilting method on alternating panels and matched it with a variety of patchwork and appliqué panels. Marilyn also used a variety of Christmas prints, ribbons and braids and finished off her tree skirt with a fully lined gathered ruffle on the scalloped hemline. To add the final touch Marilyn stitched a beautiful satin bias binding around the neckline to tie around the trunk of her Christmas tree.

To make the tree skirt simply cut and sew together the following:

  • Panels approx length 53cm with a narrow end of 8cm and wide end 44cm
  • x4 Green Panels
  • x4 Xmas Patchwork Panels
  • Finished scallop circumference approx 3.36mts outer circle
  • Ruffle: 10cm wide x8mts – folded in half and stitched between skirt and lining

You may vary your size and hemline shape according to your preference.

For more pictures of Marilyn’s gorgeous tree skirt, my Australian Kissing Christmas Ball, Lois’s Christmas Stocking & Christmas festivities at Rosewood

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Maree Pigdon
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