Monday, March 26, 2012

Better Edges and Clearing the Clutter

Just wanted to thank those who gave me such great ideas to improve my sewing! I have been sewing like crazy again, all week but now I zig zag along the raw edges and if it doesn't affect the look of the garment, I do a little French seam as well. (This is basically folding the edge and sewing it so there's no way it can fray!). Things have really improved and I can happily say I'm pleased with how everything is turning out. I decided not to try to sell the things I had made without zig-zagging/ French seaming the edges. Quality is so important as Kirsty kindly reminded me, and I really need to make sure everything lasts. Rhonda has kindly offered to lend me Bernadette's over locker so I'm looking forward to trying it out. Kirsty, I think you are right that some people will exaggerate about how hard they are to use. I'm pretty good at following instructions so as I long as I can find them on the internet I'll be fine.

Anyone interested in what my sewing machine is like?? Well, here is my little dinosaur beauty!

Heehee it's an oldie but a goodie :) My mum passed it down to me, I believe it is from the late 50's or early 60's. I have kept it oiled and looked after it and it usually treats me well in return. (We have had the odd argument over the years...)

Anyway, wanted to give you a sneak peak of what I've been working on! I'm really excited as I've had a fair bit of interest in these. I'm thinking of calling them 'Bibdana's' short for bandana bibs. While not exactly an original idea (just google bandana bibs and you'll see), I haven't seen anything EXACTLY like what I do so I guess that's a good thing.

Boy's range so far

I've used snap buttons instead of velcro, I think it looks alot nicer and there won't be any scratched necks. It's so much quieter too when I need to remove Alex's bib when he goes to sleep.

Just started on some for the girls. Cute lacey edge and as with the boys', the back is super soft flannel.

Do you spread out all over the place when you're being crafty?? This kind of drives me nuts but I am the messiest crafter. I don't have the luxury of a spare room for crafts in this unit, so I am using the kitchen bench for cutting etc, (thank goodness for the big bench here). The clutter is frustrating, but I need everything within arms's reach. I found a good way to clear the clutter when visitors are coming over, by using containers. Once again, I really, really love containers!!

I had these boxes from Ikea in the cupboard knowing I would find a great use for them. And I have, when I need to tidy I throw eveything into a couple of the boxes, quickly sorted of course into 'like' objects. One for ribbons lace etc, one for tools, buttons etc.

Here's a cute outfit I made our nephew Jamie for his 1st birthday. I can't believe he is turning 1 already!! The bibdana looks so cute with this outfit :)

Another couple of orders I have completed this week

I have so many more ideas and just not enough hours in the day for all the sewing I want to do, but that's how it goes isn't it :) I just get done what I can, in the evenings.

How do you deal with your clutter when you're being crafty?


  1. I'm so proud of you, Sarndra. These little outfits are just so cute and practical. We'll see you on Saturday and I'll bring the overlocker with me. I also have a little package of fabrics from my stash you might be able to use. Love to you all.

  2. your mil is so lovely....

    I think your stuff is SUPER CUTE :)

    To answer your question, I'm very messy (I spread my stuff out a lot) but I have to clean up afterwards. I can't stand a mess and it seriously makes me twitch...

  3. I am SO glad that the zigzag stitch is working for you! Yay!!! And all your items are GORGEOUS my friend! I join with Rhonda; I'm so proud of all that you are doing! Can't wait to see more and more creations being pumped out from that cute machine of yours and being modelled on your beautiful Alex!
    All my love,
    Lus x

  4. Oh my gosh, those sailor pants are so adorable! And clever! Well done! (I'm envious!)

  5. These are all gorgeous. Where did you get your patterns from? Or is that a trade secret? I have been sewing for myself for years but can't seem to find decent children's patterns.

    In terms of how I stay tidy when sewing, I sew at a friend's place. She is very generous to lend me her overlocker and teach me as we go. But it means at the end of every sewing session, I tidy up my stuff and put it in a bag for next time.


  6. the bib-danas!!!! (Bity Bibdanas?)

    You will love the overlocker Sandra! You be amazed at how quick it makes things. Didn't you know that you cannot be creative and tidy all at the same time? Impossible!! It's good to have a creative channel :)

    Looks like you've got a natural poser there for your fashion shoots....Jamie's outfit is soooo cute!

    x Chrissy

  7. Your bibdanas are so cool - gorgeous bright colours. Tidying up is always the tricky part in a hurry - not my strength! You have a real eye for colour combinations. Good luck with your sewing adventures.

  8. I too have those little white boxes from Ikea in my cupboard for well over a year ... just waiting for a use. They look so fiddly to put together!! :)

  9. My favourite is the red paisley bibdana you've made, which looks great on your little son too. I think you're on to a great idea there!