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JanMade

Bowling Green, KY, US
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I am a 50 something wife and mom. I have been sewing my entire life, starting as soon as it was safe to hold a needle. I took it for granted for years but finally realized that it is my gift and that I need to use it to benefit my family and others.

craft interests: crochet, embroidery, fashion, gifts, holidays, knitting, paper-crafts, quilting, sewing

my personal website:
http://www.janmade.blogspot.com

Member Since: 07/27/2011

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Good Luck at Goodwill!

I bought a shopping bag full of fabric at Goodwill for $5.75 which contained 38 yards of assorted fabrics! I made this simple straight skirt for my daughter with about 3/4 yard of a poly/cotton blend...


recent comments

Re: Book Giveaway: "Creating a Successful Fashion Collection"

Thanks for a great giveaway! I'd love to create a versatile line that can be dressed up or down with accessories. Maybe with linen, one of my favorite fabrics.

Re: Magazine Giveaway: The Best of Threads Fitting

Pants! I am determined to learn to fit my pants and get the extra fullness removed from the back below the seat. Thanks for the great giveaway!

Re: Book and DVD Giveaway: Claire B. Shaeffer's "Couture Sewing: Tailoring Techniques"

I haven't tailored a jacket in years. I'd love to re-learn these skills and treat myself to a new jacket (or two). Thanks for sharing about the great book and giving one away to a lucky sewer.

Re: Book Giveaway: "The Big Book of Flax"

Oh how I love linen! I just finished a summer linen sorbetto and have another one started. I would love to read more about flax!

Re: Giveaway: SewStylish Spring 2012 Fashion Sewing Guide

I'm interested in copying designs. 'Copy That' sounds like it would be extremely helpful! All the articles look great.

Re: Sew Simple

I think this is a great idea! The patterns are perfect for those looking for a simple, quick project. They are less intimidating for beginners. A beginning sewer should not have to sort through all the different pattern pieces, layouts, etc. Thank you, Simplicity!

Re: Turning Pillowcases Into Dresses

grannyg60....this is the pattern that I use for the dresses. It includes instructions for making the dress with fabric and also using a pillowcase.

http://www.nancysnotions.com/text/pdf/LittleDressesforAfrica_pattern.pdf

The dresses are very cute, a very timeless design. It is also very quickly sewn together which is why it is the perfect pattern for this project. I have made so many that I can usually make one in 30 to 40 minutes. There are also many variations of the pattern available from the commercial pattern companies.

I try to buy the bias binding when I have a coupon for notions at the local fabric store. I have been thinking about buying the bias tape maker. I need to read some reviews first because it is somewhat pricey.

Re: Turning Pillowcases Into Dresses

I have been sewing with a group recently to make "pillowcase" dresses for an orphanage in Haiti. We have completed over 100 dresses in the past month. We made most of the dresses from fabric which we bought on sale at various places. However, I also keep my eye out for pillowcases. All the dresses are adorable but the pretty patterned pillowcases are some of my favorites!

See the post on my blog which includes pictures of some of the dresses.

http://janmade.blogspot.com/