Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Fleece Neck Pillow from Sew4Home

Well, it has been a rough week. My serger is out for repairs. It's 23 years old so I'm not sure if it can even be repaired anymore. I bought it when my oldest daughter was 9 months old because I thought it would speed up my sewing. And it did!! So maybe it is just time to buy a new one. Any suggestions?

I went to my monthly ASG meeting today and we made these cute little neck pillows - no serger required! This is one of the many free projects from Sew4Home, one of my favorite websites for easy projects with clearly written instructions. The fleece is left over from a pajama pant project that I made for some of the U of L fans in my family. The ribbons on the ends came on a purchased blanket. I saved them because I save everything related to sewing that I can use again. What a fun project this is!

Sew4Home neck pillow

I'm off to find more projects that I can make without a serger.  Any ideas???

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Sorbetto Top #2

I can't get this Sorbetto top off of my mind. I have worn my first one several times in the last week or so. It's a great top pattern to use when you only have about a yard of fabric. I've had this linen remnant for several years. I didn't store it properly and there was a little fading on the fold. No problem since I planned to cut open the front and make a button band instead of the front tuck.

Sorbetto top

I used the Venetian hemstitch on my Bernina to stitch along each side of the button band. I added 1/2 inch shell buttons from my stash. I love this look on linen! I didn't use a wing needle because I didn't want the holes large enough to see through.

I made the same adjustments to the back as I did to my first Sorbetto top. I cut off 1/2 inch from the back side seams and added vertical darts to make the back a more flattering fit.

Sorbetto top

I'm already digging through my stash to find another yard of fabric for another Sorbetto. I love this top!