2nd Issue of “You Can Sew This!”

Tonight’s newsletter featured heirloom sewing projects, tips, and ideas! Let’s chat about it!

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27 responses to “2nd Issue of “You Can Sew This!”

  1. Nancy Brumfield

    I love to smock!!! I have a 2 year old boy and a 3 month old girl. I smocked both of their comiing home from the hospital outfits. I have smocked 5 other outfits for my son and have made I think 5 other outfits using french heirloom sewing. As for my little girl I have smocked her probably 10 dresses. I have also french sewn her 3 dresses. I don’t know why but smocking for girls seems so much easier!!!! I have also made my son 1 twin size quilt that has 126 pictures of him on it fand 3 other quilts. The quilts are his favorite. When I finished his Cars quilt he took it to daycare with him and wouldn’t let anyone get near it. He also loves the pillowcases I make him. The latest one was spiderman. He carried it around all day after I finished it.
    I haven’t tried pintucks yet. I am a little intimaidated by them, but I have done growth tucks on dresses and a slip. I haven’t done lace insertion yet but I have a dress I just finished socking and when I put it together I plan on doint a lace insertion on it. I can’t wait to try it!!!

  2. I love all types of heirloom sewing and I am learning to do it all. I have a pleater to make the pleated panels for smocking and lots of hand smocking designs too. I also want to learn smocking by machine also. I make heirloom items for the 15″ and the 18″ dolls and I also am going to make items with heirloom techniques for myself and others too. The one technique that I have tried that was not mentioned here is sharks teeth which is a technique htat is created from tucks and markings and that are cut and folded under to form a point. I have done some lace insertion.

  3. Heirloom sewing is sooo beautiful! I tried to smock once but, ummm, yeah… not so great! Lol! But, I know I will try again in the future. It is just too grogeous not to!

  4. Through the years I have smocked many things, done some shadow embroidery and madeira applique. One of the projects I enjoyed was a bishop style smocked dress in white with blue and white microcheck shadow embroidery along the hem in a scalloped design. I also made a white jacket with the blue and white check collar and bows down the front done in shadow embroidery. Although I like working on projects that are quick and easy for instant gratification, I do occassionailly like a more detailed and time consuming project.

  5. Kim

    I have not smocked but would love to learn how. I love the outfits that I see that are smocked. I mostly sew for barbie dolls and bratz dolls. I have just started to sew outfits for my grandchildren and I love it. Sewing is my stress reliever. Anytime I am really stressed I can pick up my sewing and all my cares leave me as I sew. What could be better.

    Love you website
    Kim

  6. Tiffany G

    I am so excited about the new e-books for smocking, I have been searching everywhere for one that will teach me how to start, and finally my dreams have come true!!! Thanks a bunch!!!

  7. Judy Mazzari

    This is great I’m like so many who want to learn heirloom and it always seems to overwhelm me.. Your e books make things more understandable for this OLD gal.. Thanks so much your site inspires me…

  8. Melanie

    Thanks for the super lace insert instructions. I love the beauty of heirloom sewing but have not yet tackled it. I am hoping to have the time to learn smocking. I love all my ebooks and all the “I Made This!” pics keep me inspired. I love the new newsletter. Thanks!!!

  9. Wanda

    I love to smock, both by hand and by machine. I have 3 granddaughters. I always tried to make them matching dresses. Now they are getting their own personalities and requesting what they want.
    Neither of my daughters like the lacy heirloom look. I love to make the heirloom designs. So when make them, I have to really cut down on the lace.
    My daughter in law loves the pin tucks. Pintucks are very easy on the Pfaff. You simply insert the pintuck foot into the groove and sew over it. It makes the most precious pintucks. With my Husqvarna, you have to fold the fabric. Naturally, I prefer to use my Pfaff for pintucks.

  10. Tamara Sanchez

    I am teaching my self the techniques, I am a big fan of Martha Pullen. I did sew my daughter’s Easter dress last year. I was alot of work but I learn alot about heirloom sewing. I work forward to learning and creating more. Smocking is something I want to learn. Thanks for the insertion instructions, the pictures very clear. It will be helpful with my next project.

  11. Betty Davis

    I have operated my smocking and heirloom shop for years and love to make anything heirloom. I am teaching a smocking class later in the month and making heirloom dresses that I sell on eBay and locally. Your instructions are very good and I look forward to seeing more.

  12. Sarah

    I love the look of a smocked outfit – not too sure if I have the patience for that though. As for pintucks, Santa left a couple of pintuck feet and guides in my stocking at Christmas and I can’t wait to try them. My only question is how much of an allowance do I add to the pattern to compensate for this (or do I make the tucks and then cut the pattern?) I’m a little confused – but that’s not hard to do!

    Keep up the great work!

  13. carrie

    I really have not done any heirloom sewing but am anxious to learn. I would like to learn to hand embrioder and to smock. I just love smocked dresses for my little girl and my goal is to able to make one for her for next easter. I do have some beautiful vintage hand embroidered pillowcases that I have made into dresses, and I think that is an easy but beautiful way to achieve an heirloom feel.

  14. Somer

    I have done some smocking and lace insertion as well as embroidery. I made dresses using vintage linens and imported lace. I love the way they feel! I made heirloom Easter dresses a couple years ago with lace insertion and hand embroidery. Someone asked me if they belonged to my grandmother. That might be the best compliment I’ve ever received.

  15. Mindy

    I would love to learn smocking! However, I just started learning to sew! Smocking is beautiful and that will be my next obsession, I mean hobby!

  16. Vicki Arnold

    I love using french seams in my sewing. It gives such a clean, finished look to my seams. I have also found it to be a strong way to finish my seams since I don’t have a serger, yet. 🙂

    I can not wait to try the lace insertion from the newsletter. I downloaded the instructions so I can do it once we finish “finishing” our basement. Thanks!

  17. Jennifer

    I LOVE the look of heirloom sewing and it is something I have always wanted to try but have been too intimidated to do so! I was really thrilled about it being featured in the newsletter and I love reading all of your posts; it gives me courage to try! My goal: I would love to do a real, honest to goodness Christening gown. My babies are 3 now, but it probably won’t be too long until these teenagers of mine start making me a grandma! It could be good to get a head start! Thanks!

  18. Kelli

    I have done a little embroidery, but all of the other heirloom sewing seems a little intimidating to me…in other words, I’ve got so many other projects, I’m afraid to try something else new! Smocking and pintucking are definitely on list of things to conquer though!!! Thanks for the encouraging newsletter. Keep it up!!!

  19. theresa

    I WAS SOOO EXCITED when i opened my newsletter and saw the lace insertion, that i completed it that morning! I have had fabric that was just so sweet but needed something to make it extra special for easter. The insert was just the thing it was needing. Thanks for the tip! Everyone loves the blouse I made! I wish I could include a picture so you could all see it too.

  20. lorieatyoucanmakethis

    Hey Theresa–if you’d like to submit a photo, send it to my email address: lorie@youcanmakethis.com. I’d love to see it!

    Thank you,
    Lorie, Newsletter Editor

  21. Kristina

    The lace insert instructions seemed so basic I was impressed! I tried it myself for the first time and was amazed! So far I’ve just done practice lace insertion, but I have a great pattern idea in my head. I am definitely going to use more of this technique as it so painless, and looks so beautiful! I was also thinking about making straps for a dress have lace in between two pieces of fabric. In my head it looks adorable, but I’ll let you know when I get it posted.

    I also tried pintucks using a twin needle and cord on my sewing machine (just specifying in case there are other methods of doing this, but this is the only way I know how to do). I’ll admit it did not come out the way I hoped it would (the cord kept slipping). About half way through I realized I had never readjusted the tension from my previous project! I called it quits at that point. So it was pretty much my own stupid mistake. I’m going to try again though. My grandma used to do this on pillows and it came out so adorably heirloom quality I can’t wait to perfect this technique myself… or at least do it semi-decently. 🙂
    ~k

  22. Charity

    I love the heirloom and smocking look but I don’t even know where to start. I have to say though that I’m more of a machine girl. I don’t like hand stitching at all. I LOVE my machine. But if there were a way to do heirloom and smocking on my machine, I’d love to learn. I recently bought a pintuck foot and played with it. I think the foot made it relatively easy to make them. I wasn’t quite sure on the spacing though…

  23. Jennifer

    Before my daughter was born I took a class to make an heirloom style baby quilt. I am so glad I did. It turned out beautifully. Lace, ribbon, pintucks – it had it all. I know she will treasure it. I have tried to make a few things that my children, or grandchildren some day, will keep as an heirloom. Before she became too ill, my own grandmother made all of us quilts to be given to us as wedding gifts. She passed away when I was 16, and several years later that quilt became my favorite gift. I treasure it, as I hope my children will treasure the quilts I have made for them.

  24. I’d love to try the pintucks this way! Last summer I learned some old fashioned embroidery stitches that were so pretty – I just need to sew them on something! I have a new baby so maybe I’ll get a chance to make her a special little baby church dress for the summer our of some light linen. I have all these ideas in my head that this newsletter inspired and hopefully she’ll take a nap so I can try some of them out! Thanks!

  25. kathy

    pintucks? you can use a twin needle in your sewing machine and tighten the bobbin thread to make a little tuck effect. the wider the distance between the twin needles the deeper the tuck will be.
    Or you can fold the fabric and stitch 1/4″ from the edge. it all depends on what effect you want!

  26. vicky dereign

    I made a christening dress for my granddaughter. She was to be baptized on a Navy carrier so my daughter wanted something with anchors. I was fortunate to find an insert of anchors(white on white). On the skirt I did pin tucks above and below the insert. The insert also went on the yoke. The dress was made out of voile and was simple but lovely. It was well worth the effort.

  27. Doris

    I’m new……I can’t find the instructions for the lace inserts. Help me if you can! Thanks, Doris

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