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| Posted by April Henry

Christmas Jammies 2006

Well, I did it. I accomplished the task. I wondered if I would actually complete it, but I did. Despite the busy-ness of the season, despite the last-minute-rush of eBay Christmas listings and client purchases and wrapped for shipment, despite the shopping that needed done, and decorating, etc... Granted, the jammies weren't totally completed until the "second" Christmas Eve we spent as a family, but nonetheless, they turned out darling, and I am quite pleased. I even ventured into new sewing territory by creating ALL felled seams. Now here is the BIG question (attention all sewing gurus): What is the...

| Posted by April Henry

Mixing Business & Practical Pleasure

If I find something fun, unique and interesting, I enjoy sharing it with others. I'm that way about most things, actually. Quite honestly, that is how our business started. Finding the right vintage Singer Sewing Machine - the Featherweight, in particular, and the discovery of their accompanying attachments and learning how to use them applicably. That process of learning, led to collecting, which led to sharing, which led to demonstrating through photographs, which eventually led to an eBay business and then a bona fide website. A demonstration sample is not totally applicable unless it is actually put to real-life use....

| Posted by April Henry

Strawberry Faire

I was recently asked by my online sewing friend, Dawn, to sample her recent Olabelhe debut, the Kirstin Skirt.I didn't quite know what fabric I was going to use, but another friend of mine surprised me with this pretty Kaufman strawberry print and it coordinated perfectly with the Urban Chicks Red Picnic Swell gingham I had on hand.   Unfortunately, SweetPea didn't have a top that matched (or should I say that fit properly and wasn't stained from last season) so that provided me the opportunity to try yet another pattern, which incorporated two new things that I had not...

| Posted by April Henry


Today I had a bit of fun embellishing my daughter's latest uniform jumper. As you know, SweetPea and Cowboy are required to wear uniforms at the school they attend. So, to make the sewing and wearing a bit more fun, using the Oliver + S Tea Party Dress (jumper) pattern, I added some embellishments and a "secret" lining. (SweetPea picked out "Sleeping Beauty" as the fabric for the lining - let's just hope she doesn't decide to use it as the subject for her next show-n-tell.)       I used a designer cotton sueded twill fabric throughout. The size...

| Posted by April Henry

Infant Baby Gown

  This was a shower gift I made for a friend from church. She's due in May and having a little girl.  The pattern is a Kwik Sew 3090. If using binding I recommend trimming the seam allowances by 1/4 to 3/8 of inch first. I'm in love with my Babylock Coverstitcher. in. love. I am no binding expert, believe me. I'm not even all that experienced with knits, but just look at what this machine can do!!!!! It makes me feel like a professional! Thank you little Babylocky - I love you for it and must give credit where...