Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Sewing Group preview...

My sewing group* is meeting tonight and I am planning to give a little mini lesson on gathering.  I was planning to highlight 3 methods - traditional, elastic thread, and clear elastic.  I wanted to have  little project to show the methods with, but not anything too complicated or large.  It hit me on Sunday - Barbie clothes!!  They're small, and hey - Barbie likes her ruffles, right?  I decided to make two items, a "sundress" with a hemline ruffle (traditional gathering) and a shirred bodice (elastic thread) and a full skirt with the waistline gathered with clear elastic.
Here is my first trial run.  I didn't get too fancy with the edge finishes - they're just overcast.  Funnily enough, we don't actually have any Barbies around here, so I had to look up her measurements online.  Have you ever googled "Barbie measurements"?  Pretty funny stuff...

*For those who might be wondering, my sewing group is a bunch of ladies from my church who are interested in and/or like to sew.  We all get together every other week and work on projects.  We usually have a brief lesson that I teach and then we work on whatever we want, and are all there to help out when we get stuck.  I love it!!

9 comments:

  1. Sounds like a nice group. Barbie idea was a good one!

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  2. I applaud you for taking the time to make samples and teach sewing. I belong to several sewing groups, and know it's difficul to get volunteers. Have you checked out your local ASG groups?

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  3. That sounds like so much fun!! My oldest has Cub Scouts tonight. He hasn't had it for several weeks due to snow!

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  4. You are so funny! I used to make Barbie clothes - made a beautiful wedding dress out of white eyelet (these were for my sister). Now do all the ladies bring their sewing machines or do you demo on one? So cool...

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  5. I do love my group! Gwen - My mom is an ASG member, and I keep meaning to look them up around here, but haven't ever. I should!
    Sister - We all bring our machines, but I demo on mine. My church group also owns an old Pfaff that we use if someone wants to sew, but doesn't have a machine.

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  6. Looks like fun! One had better not google "Barbie measurements" from work, I think.

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  7. That is really cool that you have a sewing group at your church. When I was little, I so wished my mom would sew Barbie clothes for me. Instead, she handed me the pattern, her scraps and a needle and thread and told me to "have fun!" They were just too small and fiddly for her to work on. Heh. ;)

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  8. If you make Barbie clothes, you are going to get a "mother of the year" award.
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