Archive for January, 2012

Student Sewing News – women’s wear & cushion making

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

Hi Everyone,

I just love seeing the final results of what my sewing students make in class with me at Rosewood Cottage.

Here are just a few I have put together on this blog post to share with you today!

As you can see Margaret (below) is very pleased wearing her black trousers which were made from a Burda pattern. They feature a high waist and eight gold buttons on the front panel. Well done Margaret!

Shirley (below) came to class one day with a grey knit fabric and wanted to make a top but had no idea which pattern or style. So this gave us a fun challenge!

What we decided to do was to re-design a basic t-shirt and create an off centre panel. Shirley stitched a shell trim into the seam and added some black buttons. Then to balance out the design Shirley stitched the shell trim into the opposite shoulder seam. With the piece of trim left over Shirley decided the perfect place was to add it into the sleeve! Shirley finished the hemlines with a stretch twin needle.

Shirley loves this top that she created and it always attracts lots of admiring comments! Great job Shirley!

Julie (below) made this gorgeous top for herself which is made from a printed jersey knit for the body and lace netting for the sleeves and hemline.

Julie finished the edges using the rolled edge on the overlocker. She also finished the neckline with a frilled edge elastic which both stabilised the neckline and gave it a soft finish.

See below how Julie teamed her top with black trousers and shoes and accessorised with her jewellery!

Fiona (below) bought some coordinating fabrics to match her chaise lounge. She also included a blue silk organza wrap which she cut to make handmade roses.

Fiona made a set of cushions which perfectly matched her decor. Two of her cushions are shown below. Fiona just loves to be creative by re-cutting and re-cycling as she did with this silk wrap – Well Done Fiona!

Well done girls!

If you have been inspired to sew from one of the sewing projects above, perhaps you have made something similar or would like share a comment on these projects below we would love to hear from you!

Happy Sewing,

Maree Pigdon Sewing Classes

For more information contact:
Maree Pigdon Sewing Centre
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Benefits of using a Sewing Machine Mat

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Hi Everyone,

This is one of my favourite sewing tips – the benefits of using a sewing machine mat!

* Reduce wear and tear on your table top
* Decrease noise and vibration (particularly when using under an overlocker)
* Create a smoother sewing experience

Watch my video below where I demonstrate how I use sewing machine mats for all of my sewing machines in the sewing school.

Please leave me a comment below, I would love to hear what you have to say about this sewing tip!

Happy Sewing,

Maree Pigdon Sewing Classes

For more information contact:
Maree Pigdon Sewing Centre
T: +61 3 5264 1666
E: maree@mareepigdon.com
W: www.mareepigdon.com

Sewing a summer dress for little Poppy

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Hi Everyone,

In today’s post I feature a video of my daughter Jacqueline who made a sweet little summer dress for our little Poppy.

Jacqueline used an Olive Ann design called the ‘To Tie For Dress, Top & Doll dress’.

Jacqueline made this dress from a stretch print fabric and re-designed the hemline to feature a ruffle band. In this video Jacqueline also demonstrates some pattern matching and Poppy wearing her new dress!

If you liked this video, perhaps you have made a similar dress or are now inspired to do so please leave a comment below, we would love to hear from you!

Happy Sewing,

Maree Pigdon Sewing Classes

For more information contact:
Maree Pigdon Sewing Centre
T: +61 3 5264 1666
E: maree@mareepigdon.com
W: www.mareepigdon.com