Deedle&Thread

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BOOtiful in Black

I think this is a great use for those old, plain black buttons. I will be sewing tonight. No great costumes to share with you this year. On prior Halloweens, I have been Raggedy Ann (my husband as Raggedy Andy much to his chagrin and NEVER to be repeated), a mermaid, a cat, but not […]

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Crazy Shoes From Fashion Week

These examples of shoes are just too wild. Thought you might enjoy a smile. Color Blocked Wingtip-ish. The socks and tights are a nice touch. Ruffles hide a bad pedicure. That’s a lotta’ boot going on. Hot, sweaty foot? Allow a little more time to get out the door with all that lacing up to […]

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Loes Hinse Sewing Seminar

I debated back and forth with myself about writing this post because although I had a great time with my mom at this seminar, my little point-and-shoot camera was new to me and I wasn’t in the habit of taking commemorative photos of the event.   I hope the photos are enough to give you […]

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Pantones Fall 2013 Color Chart

Fall Colors 2013

As you may know, Pantone is the well known authority on color and provider of color systems and leading technology for the selection and accurate communication of color. It is one of the “go to” system used to help create consistency in color in a variety of industries, such as fashion, interiors and paint manufacturers. […]

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Scarf Tying-All Options

Using a pant hanger, arrange all your beautiful scarves at a glance so they are easy to grab when getting ready in the morning. This video is brilliant!! It doesn’t take much time and the ideas are wonderful. The scarf seems to have worked it’s way into our wardrobes as a year round accessory. I […]

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McCalls 6398 Cream and Gray Knit Tunic

I read an article some time ago that addressed how to stay looking stylish without succumbing to every new fad. It was addressing the contentment that comes with accepting the styles that work for your body proportions and lifestyle. Having just crossed the 50-year old threshold, I want to dress my age, be appropriate, and […]

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Snap Bag Tutorial

What you can’t see here is that this bag stays closed by recycling a used tape measure from a home improvement center. Fortunately, my husband had one he was happy to donate. The measurements are 8″ Width x 6″ Height x 2″ Depth. As with any sewing project, there is room to personalize and modify […]

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Ethnic Print Maxi Dress

This is McCalls 6700 out of a wild ethnic-looking print I found at my local mill end store SAS Fabrics. It was very easy to sew up although a made a few changes: 1.) In hindsight, I need to add more length to the bodice since most bodices run a little short on me. I […]

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The photogenic group

Sit and Sew 2nd Anniversary

It has been 2 years since I started hosting our little gathering on Friday nights. I am so grateful for the time we spend together. Our lives are busy and we still make time to sew our individual projects while laughing and sharing bits of our lives together. Check out how tis all began here. […]

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  • Blue and purple knit finished width= 9

    Blue and purple knit finished width= 9", 60" fabric

  • Rainbow chiffon-finished width= 9

    Rainbow chiffon-finished width= 9", 45" fabric

  • Rust and brown knit-finished width= 14.5

    Rust and brown knit-finished width= 14.5", 60" fabric

  • Blue and white stripe knit, finished width= 6

    Blue and white stripe knit, finished width= 6", 60" fabric

  • Leopard chiffon, finished width= 12

    Leopard chiffon, finished width= 12", 45" fabric

  • Multi Stripe knit, finished width= 5

    Multi Stripe knit, finished width= 5", 60" fabric

  • Brown and Tourquoise leopard knit, finished width= 5

    Brown and Tourquoise leopard knit, finished width= 5", 60" fabric

How To Sew An Infinity Scarf

This may be one of my easiest tutorials on this site…..talk about addictive! These can be made in 30 minutes once you get the hang of it. The fabric can be a knit or woven, which means the width can vary from 45″-60″. I prefer knits because they are soft on the neck, don’t wrinkle, […]

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Big Girl Panties Quote

You must do the thing that you think you cannot do"
~ Eleanore Roosevelt ~

This is a daily reminder for me to tackle any little annoyance, pay a bill, learn a new task, exercise, have patience for technology. For me, it helps me get stronger by keeping procrastination at arms length. I’m sure there is a long post that could be written about the deeper meanings of procrastination, but […]

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Make Do and Mend-Then and Now

This thimble is commemorative of Clothes Rationing; a time hard to imagine by today’s standards. My mom found this thimble years ago while in Australia at the Imperial War Museum. In the early 1940’s, “Make Do and Mend” was a WW2 wartime slogan to encourage everyone to not waste anything. It was so extreme, clothing […]

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Hancock's receipt showing pattern savings

6 Ways to Sew Affordably

A question I get often is “Why bother sewing when fabric/patterns is/are so expensive?” or “Clothing is so cheap now so why would I bother taking the time to make something if I can just go buy it?” The pressure to answer this question convincingly is strong; I’m about to attempt to sell the positives […]

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How To Do An Easy Updo

I receive a lot of compliments and questions about my updo so I thought I would give you the details and demystify what looks like a time-consuming hairdo. It looks complicated, but with a few items, I hope to show you how easy it can be. Okay, a little disclaimer; I have a cosmetology licence […]

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Color Consultation: How It Helped Me

Years ago in the early 90’s, I had my ‘colors done’ by someone who worked for Beauty for All Seasons. At that time, my hair was my natural shade of dishwater brown with blonde highlights. My eyes are green, and I was unaware of to what classification my complexion fit. This concept intrigued me and […]

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Fourth of July Sewing Day

It is a day off and I get to sew! Today’s project is to whip up a quick dress for the sweltering heat. Does a dress with pockets ever get old? Never. I chose Project Runway Simplicity 1803. This is a very comfortable dress for the heat we experience in the desert. Fabric is a […]

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One Necklace 4 Ways

This is an easy necklace to make. Wear it in the way that best suits your neckline and proportions. Simple stringing with a lobster claw clasp and chain allows the necklace to be lengthened or shortened and worn any way you want. Supplies were beads I had in my stash. Frankly, I just started stringing […]

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Eye Shadow Rescue

Do you have broken eye shadow containers that should be thrown away but you keep using them because the colors are still great? I had 16 broken containers and was tired of the shadow powder spilling out and making a mess. Easy trick: Combine like-colors, add isopropyl alcohol, and voila! Saved shadows with new colors. […]

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Sewing Bee Causes Buzz

If you area fan of Project Runway, but want to see a different take on it without the drama and outlandish personalities, check out the Great British Sewing Bee. It is a BBC production but airs on You Tube. I highly recommend it. There are four episodes to Season One and Season Two will be […]

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Thermal Iron Cover Tutorial

What do you do when you have to pack a hot curling iron? Well, my mother gave me a thermal cover for either a flat iron or curling iron and I thought it would be great to make some for my Sit and Sew ladies for Christmas. They make great gifts, or make one to […]

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