Monday, February 6, 2017

Sharing a Sewing Tip on Fixing Waistbands

Here we are statring a new month and I still can't get to my sites at webs. They have deleted them as far as I can tell. I even tried to sign up for a new one and got a glitch (st least that's what they call it) message saying to try again in 15 minutes. 15 Minutes later same thing. They seem to be really messed up.

Ok now that I"ve updated you on that mess here's what this post is really about:

Last summer the local Kmart closed (why can’t somebody run this business right!). I was there going through the racks of clothing marked down to $3, $5, and $7. Not one to pass up a super fantastic bargain I stocked up on t-shirts, turtlenecks (wish I had bought more), jeans, sweats, and even some shoes. With all the shopping points I had I ended up getting half the stuff free.

But there was a problem. Of the 5 pair of jeans I bought 1 pair was my size, 2 were a size big, and 2 were 2 sizes too big. I thought they’d probably shrink so it would be ok and would be great to wear around the house. With the spandex in them they’d be as comfy as sweats. You may wonder why I didn’t get any jeggings/leggings if I wanted something stretchy. I’m just not comfortable wearing them. Even with a long tunic top I feel too exposed so it’s sweats and stretchy jeans/pants for me.

After washing and drying the jeans a few times I found they didn’t shrink at all. The ones that were 2 sizes too big could be pulled up and down without unzipping! I had to wear a belt to keep them up which I hated because I’m not a fan of belts. That’s when I started thinking about adding elastic to the waist. It was such a coincidence that one evening I thought up how I wanted to do it and the next day a sewer I follow on Facebook shared a quick video of just what I had thought up. I thought it was such a great tip I wanted to share it with you. The elastic is added just to the back but you could put it wherever you like. I put Fray Check on the cuts in the waistband. After sewing the elastic in place, I trimmed off the extra elastic, hand sewed the opening closed, then covered it with a piece of seam binding. Ribbon would work too. This would also be great for waistbands on skirts.

Here’s the link to where you can see the video by Beth Huntington :

How Beth fixes a too big waistband

There are other videos, too. She has a lot of great sewing ideas.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

As far as I'm concerned the web site at webs is gone...

I've tried to get to my web site at since my last post and still no luck. They aren't answering messages when I can post them. Others are complaing about the same thing so I'm guessing they've been hacked, getting rid of the free users, or are closing up.

They were a good site when I first built my site there but this is just crazy.

SO if you saved the link PLEASE remove it since I don't know what's going on there. If they've been hacked you could end up with a virus or worse!

Friday, January 20, 2017 site acting up again, sorry

Just to let you know I did updates on my 2 web sites but the one at wouldn't let me upload the 2 calendars I made to share with you. I waited about 4 hours and tried again but now I can't log in at all. Apparently there's something wrong there today as others are complaining about the site, too.

If you want the free calendars to print go the the tripod site and click on the Free Patterns link. They're at the bottom of the list.

Tripod's a pain because of all the ads which is why I started a site at webs. Now that they've become unreliable I guess I'll have to shut it down.

You can see all my patterns here at the blog and see all the links for where I sell. You don't have to go to either of the web sites unless you want free patterns. I'm sorry for any problems this causes you.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Time to Welcome a New Year....

Time to put away the holiday dec and get back to work.

I sprained my ankle and had to shut down the Etsy store right after Christmas. I also let all the listing expire at Ebay. I planned on re-opening last week but once again while out feeding the birds I lost my balance (was wearing smooth soled shoes, bad, very bad on ice) and landed in the snow. Unfortunatly it wasn't enough to cushion me so I was feeling pretty bad for a few days.

Now that I'm feeling better I'll be relisting at Ebay, including listing some Valentine dolls and the I'll opening the Etsy store. 

This is a pic I meant to share last fall. I won the tote in a contest writer Laura Levine had. Last year I won books, a calendar, and other fun stuff from contests writers hold. This year I only entered Lauras, one Kim Harrison had, and two for Janet Evanovich books. I took the pic in front of one on my book shelves. This one's fill to the edges with books to read.