Working with linen and Tina Givens

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Today I am starting my first Tina Givens pattern, “Plinka Pants”. It’s a free download of very cute pants. So far I’ve printed the pattern, taped it together and cut out the template. Very easy so far.

This is the first time I’m working with linen fabric. I am a little concerned because it is a little more pricey and I know it can fray easily. That is why I’m glad I found this tutorial, Washing, Drying and Cutting Linen by Ilsa Starling. ┬áIn it she explains all you need to know to deal with linen for the first time. Now I’m off to wash and dry my new fabric!

Artfully sewing,

Angela Jean

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Falling Leaves Apron

I finished up a few more aprons yesterday. I keep tweeking the pattern as I go. They all turn out differently which keeps it fun. I really dislike making the exact same thing over and over again. That’s probably why I seldom use the same pattern twice! Here’s the first one:

Apron of Falling Leaves

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This apron is made from one of my hubby’s worn out work shirts. The color is very nice, so I cut it up and used the back of the shirt for the front of the apron. With the leaves falling outside as my inspiration, I matched up an embroidered tablerunner to use as the pocket. The pockets are accessed through the side instead of the top. In fact it’s just one big pocket, nice and generous in size. Isn’t the edging on this embroidered piece gorgeous?

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The other side of the tablerunner will be saved for a future apron. After cutting the pockets, a nice sized middle section was left over. I couldn’t waste that beautiful crocheted remnant! By cutting it in half and sewing the edges together I created a nice skirt edging for the bottom of the apron. It felt a bit bottom heavy, so I found some leaf-like lace in my scrap bin that matched the leaves in the embroidery.

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The back of this apron has a tie and suspender type straps. I’m hoping that this style will accommodate many sizes. The straps are made from the sleeves from the shirt as usual.

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This photo also shows off my recently made dress form I constructed from chicken wire, a wooden hanger, a broom handle and the base of a broken office chair. It’s become a very handy tool in my studio!  Check out the post here to see how i made it.

Now the apron feels finished and happy. I will post more aprons throughout the week.

What is a good price for handmade one-of-a-kind aprons? What would you pay for this apron? Let me know you opinion below. Thanks!

Artfully sewing,

Angela Jean

Repurposing Pants into Shorts

My daughter, N.J. is in a growth spurt. It seems that as soon as I buy her clothes she grows on the way home from the store and they’re too small. That’s what happened with these jeans.

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N.J. only wore these a couple times before she outgrew them.

Of course we discovered this when we were in a desperate place, packing for vacation. N.J. needed pants and shorts for the trip. Although these fit in the waist, they were snug in the thighs and were already turning into high waters. I had bought them at Goodwill based on size only. Lesson learned. Between the two of us, we brainstormed and decided these jeans should be sacrificed and be transformed into shorts.

I started by cutting them off just above the knees. To give her more room in the thighs I took out the outside seam up to the bottom of the pocket. N.J. picked out a very cute piece of cotton fabric that I inserted into the side seam and I hemed them up. We both squealed with delight when I pulled them off the sewing machine.

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Sew easy! I bet it took me 15 minutes. I repurposed a pair of jeans AND saved us money on new clothes PLUS saved time shopping.

Do you have any ideas for repurposing clothes? Please share them with me and keep sewing!

Artfully sewing,

Angela Jean