Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Baby Lock SErger Pattern for Dress a Girl Around the world

So this is the dress that I have made for "Dress a Girl Aournd the World" It is a wonderful organization that tries to ensure that every girl around this globe can have a dress. How awesome is that! I have taken the pattern from their website http://www.dressagirlaroundtheworld.com/ and adapted it for a Baby Lock Serger. This pattern goes together quickly and smoothly. 

To see serger tips go to my video on youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vIgG4NMESk

Skill Level: BEGINNER

Pattern adapted from instruction on website.
Baby Lock - Evolution or Ovation
Ruffling Foot
Baby Lock Embroidery Machine (optional)
Baby Lock Sewing Machine
4 Spools Madeira Aerolock serger thread
1 Spools Madeira decorative embroidery thread (optional)
1 yard of cotton fabric.
10.5” x 5.5” piece of Fabric for Pocket (contrast coordinate will have embroidery design)
14” elastic (3/4”inch)
1 yard bias binding
Wonder Clips

Cut Instructions:

Focus Fabric
Cut the dress form 25” X 44 (WOF).
Cut two 5” X WOF
Cut 2” X 36” for bias strips
Pocket and Elastic
        (After you embroider on pocket design) cut two 5”x 5” squares
Cut two 7” lengths of elastic

1.     Fold the 25” X WOF in half lengthwise.
2.     Put the armhole template in place and cut. (template is placed on the side of fabric away from the fold.


3.     Attach the two 5” pieces together with an overlock stitch.
4.     Attach this long strip to the hem of the dress with the ruffling foot.     
       Serger Setting - 4 Thread Overlock
       Differential Feed set at 2
       Legnth of Stitch 4

5.     Use 4 thread overlock stitch close the seam up the side of the dress.
       Serger Setting - 4 Thread Overlock
       Differential Feed - N
       Legnth - 3.0

6.     At top edge of dress fold and press the fabric over 1/4”.
7.     Fold top edge of fabric over 1 ¼”. Press and sew closed with a chain stitch.  
8.  Put safety pin on one end of elastic. Put an anchor stitch at this and run elastic through opening to other end. Run another anchoring stich.
9.     Repeat steps 5-7 on back of dress.
10.  Create two double fold bias strips.
11.  Fold a strip in half and mark the midpoint. Use this midpoint as placement at the bottom of the armhole. Put the bias strip in place with wonder clips. Stitch bias strip with the cover stitch – right narrow

12.  Finish the hem of this dress with a 3 thread overlock - Narrow Hem.

13. All dresses should have at least one pocket that’s an appropriate size for the size of the dress with a minimum finished size of 5x5 inches. Cut 2 pieces of measured fabric for each pocket. One will act as the facing. If you wish to add lace, ribbon, rickrack, or add embroidery design etc., sew it to the front piece. With right sides together, start above the middle of one side and sew a backstitched 1/4” seam around to a point 2-2 ½” from where you started (you’ll use this opening to turn the pocket). Trim seams, clip the corners/notches on curved seams. Turn pocket right side out and push out the corners with a point turner, chopstick, etc. Press.
14.  To place the pocket on the dress, find the halfway point from the top casing to the hem. Move the pocket 1 - 2” above that halfway point and about 2” from the side seam. The turned opening should face the dress’s side.
15.  Attach the pocket, stitching close to the edge and backstitching at both top corners.
16.  Stand Back and admire your creation!


Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Quilt top that I have been working on is finally off to the Barb Sorenson to quilt for me. She is a new person I am trying out. I met her through the Issaquah Sewing and Vacuum Center. She does custom work and I am excited to see how this works out. 

The pattern was written by Joe at ThimbleCreek. The idea is to use up all your French General left overs. I had so many pieces left over after a block of the month...This was perfect and is now my new favorite.

Now I am off to try and complete a hand embroidered Christmas Quilt before May. It is going to be a challenge, but should be fun. A Crabapple Hill design.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

A few photos

Straythreads has the most beautiful quilt that is being raffled off in June.  I am completely honored that hey asked me to help. I did a row and a corner block. Here is a photo of the row. So awesome. The finished quilt is stunning.

 So it was about a year ago I finished the Asteria Quilt for my son Eli. It was one of those projects that makes me think I lost my mind. It is 110" wide. King Size. Crazy green...

Thursday, February 26, 2015

I have been busy at work. My wonderful mother-in-law, who I just love, sent me a challenge. It was a challenge to design a pin cushion. Funny thing that I had been dabbling in miniature pin cushions at that very moment. So I began to investigate and create a pin cushion that required crafting wire.

I created the wonder and lost it. I pulled th whole house apart looking for it.... Then about 48 hours later I hear a noise at 4 AM. It is our puppy Remington throwing up. You got it...the wool came up but the wire did not. It led to a series of Xrays, endoscopy and two surgeries to finally recover the wire out of his liver. So traumatic.

This did not stop me from entering the contest. I will post a photo once I know if I am accepted into the competition.

Our guild is having the applique group create our next raffle quilt. It was quite the honor for them to let me create a portion for them. I will post the quilt as we complete it in May.

My next move is to complete a quilt for the American Heros. Red White and Blue!! Yeah!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Here we go! We are on our way to the Superbowl!  I was really into the whole notion of winning in the last three minuts. Winning in a clutch. So it led me to creating this purse

I made a few of this and put them at Gathering Fabrics for sale! They are fun.

The first Thursday in February is the Quilter's College at the Guild meeting. Some of us are to teach a technique to the crowd. So I have elected to teach Prairie Points. Two types, nestled and traditional points. It has been fun getting this organized. But I will say I procrastinated until the last moment. Here are some of the items I am going to demo.

Mug Rugs

This snowman block will be in the center of a Christmas quilt. It will probably take years for me to finish... But all full of points!

Oh and wait... I seem to also be obsessed with miniature pin cushions. I have made quite a few. So sweet. I hot glued a machine bobbin at the base of one and it sits atop my machine while sewing. Perfect spot for a pin cushion.  Love them... 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

So don't tell... I got the pattern for this quilt from Quiltmania.
I made this quilt for Luke. He has been hunkering down under an old thread barren throw. It is so embarrassing to have SO many quilts around the house and he rests under something barely holding it together.
The challenge was to create something as soft as the beloved throw. This quilt has been created from Maywood flannel. The backing is a minky like fabric called Fireside by Moda. It is so so soft and shows off the quilting. Which by the way was done by the talented KAthleen Wragg Baker.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Baby Quilt

Sarah Riley is having a BABY GIRL. I am so thrilled for her and PAtrick. I went to a baby shower last weekend and it was a fun event. That little girl is going to come into this world wanting for nothin'.

I am hoping they stick with the name Scarlett Mae because I LOVE IT! So I am showing you the wall hanging that I made for that little babe. I got the embroidery Design from the Golden Needle Designs. The idea for this quilt came from a pattern called Party Bags.

Really fun to put together. I thought that that little babe could learn animal names, colors and play find the missing toy inside the bags.