Saturday, January 28, 2017

Crafting| Works in Progress January 2017

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Hi friends.  January 2017 has been "The Month of Works In Progress!"  I have not posted much on the blog this month but I wanted to share with you what I have been working on.

I have been taking small, very slow steps working on my very 1st Archer Button Up!  To complete the project I need to attach the collar stand/collar, the sleeve cuffs, add buttonholes and buttons.

Pink has become my color of choice for 2017 and that is reflected in the Caron Cake Crochet Cowl I am making.

Cross-Stitch has become a major love of mine! I am making small victories in learning new stitch patterns with this Cross-Stitch Sampler.

Last but not least, I am halfway through crocheting a Twilight Woven Stitch Scarf to match my hat!

See you in Feburary 2017.  Happy sewing and crafting to all!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Needlecraft Wednesday| Twilight Blue Basket Weave Crochet Hat

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Hi Friends!  Here's my Twilight Blue Basket Weave Crochet Hat!  The weather has been so windy that I need this hat to keep my hair from flying all over the place.  Hahaaa!

What I Used

What I Did

  • Stitches - Front Post Double Crochet, Back Post Double Crochet, Half Double Stitch Crochet
  • Skill Level - Easy
  • Finished Size - Fits 21 inch head circumference
I'm currently working on the scarf to this set.  Hope you are doing well and happily crafting!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Monday's Minute| Sewing Thread Weights

Welcome To Monday's Minute: Sewing Thread Weights

I love collecting various types of sewing thread.  I recently learn that sewing threads can classified with a weight number.  If you look at the label or the rim of the thread spool you can often find the weight number listed.  The higher the weight number the thinner the thread.  The lower the weight number the thicker the thread.  The most common thread weight numbers are 60wt, 50wt, 40wt, and 12wt.

  • Polyester 50 Weight: Used for sewing garments, handbags, furnishings; common brands are those you most often see in the big thread display cases in fabric stores such as Coats & Clark Dual Duty XP.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Sewing Plans| January 2017

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Hello friends!  Today I am sharing my Sewing Plans for January 2017. The sharing of sewing plans will be a new monthly feature of my blog. 

Project Shirt: The Archer Button Up, View B, by Grainline Studio using Gertie Collection Fabrics, Chambray Pink Roses.

Project Shirt: The Archer Button Up, View A, by Grainline using Red Tartan Plaid Flannel.

Project Apron:  McCall's Pattern 6132, View C - Shoe Apron using 100% cotton fabrics, which I will list on future post.

Project Skirt:  Singing the Blues Drawstring Skirt from Sew What! Skirts using Buttercream, Stella Collection Cotton Fabric, Large Floral Metallic.

Please return to Handmade By Regina to see my sewing progress throughout January 2017.  Wishing you a happy month of sewing!

Monday, January 2, 2017

Monday's Minute| Fitting A Muslin

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Welcome to Monday's Minute: Fitting a Muslin

Tips for Fitting a Muslin
  • Use cheap, stiff muslin. I buy it by the roll.
  • Accurately take your body measurements: high bust, bust, waist, hips and select paper patterns based on those measurements.
  • Use carbon paper, ruler and tracing wheel to transfer pattern seam lines, darts and markings to muslin.
  • If you know you need extra room in an area (such as the hips) leave extra seam allowance in that area so you can let out for adjustment.
  • Baste together all the major pattern pieces in muslin and press the seam allowance and darts as you would with the full garment.
  • Try on muslin with well-fitting undergarments.  Go to mirror and inspect garment.  Look for tightness, baggyness, wrinkles and foldlines. 
  • Remember to check for ease.  You should be able to move around, walk, sit down and raise your arms in the muslin.
  • Make adjustments gradually and try on muslin again after each change.
  • Once you have made all the alterations to muslin, transfer your changes back to the paper pattern!