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Gordita and the Compensator. Dixie DIY. We got this new One Yard Wonders book in stock at the store a couple weeks ago.

Dixie DIY

At first I thought it was just an updated version of the original book but then I took a closer look. I finally decided to buy it because so many of the projects piqued my interest. This new book is in the same vein as the old one - 101 projects all using just one yard of fabric (plus other notions like buttons, zippers, interfacing, of course). This book is different not only because it includes projects for 9 types of fabric but also because it's so thick! Look! I like that the book offers so many fabric options because quilting cottons can get boring and with this variety I can utilize more of my stash. The spiral binding helps make the book stay open - a must for a craft book! The book also includes introductory sewing basics near the front along with helpful descriptions, recommended needle sizes and tips for sewing each fabric type in the beginning of every section.

(Shaggy Chic Chenille Clutch) (Jet Set) Vintage Details: Surface Cording Tutorial. One of the proudest moments for any sewist is finally flaunting the creation that so much time, energy, and love went into making.

Vintage Details: Surface Cording Tutorial

Who doesn’t cherish that cheerful moment when a compliment is tossed your way, giving you the opportunity to boast that you (yes, you!) Created a gorgeous, expensive looking garment completely from scratch?! Cue the “Ohhhs” and “Ahhhs” and “Oh la las” that make slaving away worth it! This tutorial may have three parts, but it surely won’t disappoint. Of course, cording can be added as an embellishment to an already existing garment, but it’s also really fun to start by sewing a blouse from our pattern, Sencha.

You will need: -a blouse made from the Colette Pattern, Sencha (version 1 works best) -a long strip of 1″ fabric made using steps 1-7 of the continuous bias tape tutorial (avoid fabrics that fray heavily, because the seams will likely split while you construct the cording.) -1/8″ thick cord that is twice as long as your strip of 1″ fabric. Making of the Form Part 3 of 4 – The Stand. You can find everything you need for the stand at your local hardware supply store.

Making of the Form Part 3 of 4 – The Stand

I went to Home Depot and the total cost of the stand was $22. Supplies... 2 inches of wide VelcroCardboard a little larger than size of the form baseMasking tape1 - 1 inch by 10 feet PVC pipeCut into sections: 4 - 4 inch | 1 – 2 1/3 feet | 4 – 8 inch Attach all the parts together as shown in the image. Use PVC cement to secure them together. Let it dry. Trace the pipe on the cardboad and cut a hole [1 inch diameter]. Insert the tube with the form and trace around the cardboard, positioning the form so that it is perfectly vertical. Cut out the traced lines, place the cardboard back onto the form and secure it with masking tape all around. The stand is complete. Making the cover for the form coming soon....

Update - 07.16.11...Velcro alone did not do a good enough job of holding the form securely onto the stand. Clone Yourself A Fitting Assistant. David Coffin Duct-tape dress form (above) uses ordinary duct-tape as both the body-casting material and the final form.

Clone Yourself A Fitting Assistant

Another version of this Duct-tape dress form (not shown) is a bit more difficult but produces a closer fit. Check out this updated method for creating the ultimate fitting assistant. Sloan Howard by David Coffin A few years ago I had a custom-fitted body form made for myself, which totally changed the way I fit clothes and alter patterns. What's so earthshaking about having a clone in the sewing room? Minor adjustments become so easy and obvious when you're looking at the actual problem in fabric on "yourself" that you often don't even need a muslin or a corrected pattern.

Teach Yourself to Sew 2 - Make Your Own Dress Form: Part 1. Off The Cuff ~Sewing Style~ Fun with Fitting - SKIRTS.