Free Pattern from Burda

Today I found this cute tote bag pattern from the good folks at Burda. The bag is adorable! The pattern calls for leather strips and a scarf (if you can part with one of your scarf…fabric is always good).

Click HERE for the pattern.

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You’re welcome.

Happy Sewing!

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Cutting Knit Fabric

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Good Morning! Eileen here from GoofingOff Sewing with something to share.

Everyone has a challenging moment when it come to sewing and, for many, cutting knit fabric is one. Here is a good tutorial from Tilly and the Buttons to use.

In the tutorial a rotary cutter is used. Someone commented that she has a problem using her cutter and wasn’t sure if it was due to a dull blade. Unfortunately, rotary blades dull quickly (or at least it seems quick). On a personal level, I struggled with my cutter until I treated myself to a new blade. What a difference a $6 purchase makes……Just a thought.

Another thing she recommends is pre-washing the fabric. Please, pre-wash your fabric if it is washable (you folks who work with silks, rayon, and other fabric that hate water might want to ignore this). Some fabric shrink and “act up” when washed so pre-washing will be one less aggravation when you have your finished product….as in puckering where you didn’t plan to pucker.

So, check the tutorial. It is worth a look-see. Happy sewing!

Vintage Pattern Listings at Goofing Off Sewing

With the weather as crazy as it’s been, it is hard to believe it is still February and should be cold….as in winter snow and ice cold. I realize I live in the southern US but we do have a winter, albeit a short one. This year  is shorter than usual, though, so I thought it would be a good idea to list some spring and summer patterns. If it’s still cold in your part of the world you’ll have time to get ready for summer wear.

This is such a light, easy to wear dress. Great for around the house or a take-along.

Ok, not quite spring like but I love this look! The jacket is gorgeous and I’m sure not every spring evening will be warm.

This is the kind of jacket quilters love! The pattern even includes instructions to make a Courthouse Steps block.

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Pigs in three sizes, 12 inches, 9 inches, and 6 inches. Make the little squealers in calico or whatever color suits your fancy.

Two sizes of lambs, 5 inches and 7 inches tall, a lamb and heart wreath and tiny hanging lamb. Lots of possibilities with this pattern.

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A bit more realistic looking than the last lamb and bigger, too. Great Easter or Passover gift for the little ones.

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I love crazy quilting and there are others like me. So much to add….embellish to your heart’s content! This pattern is multi sized and uncut.

Well, that’s it for GoofingOff Sewing for the moment. Lots of ideas for spring sewing. Remember, Easter and Passover are coming soon…..Easter is April 16 and Passover starts April 10. I’ll be having a sale, too. Further details coming.

Plus Size Listings in GoofingOff Sewing

Today I am listing “new” plus size patterns in the GoofingOff Sewing shop. I feel like I hit the mother lode and you will, too.

Each of the patterns have a timeless, classic look.

Happy Sewing!

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New Clothes for Baby Dolls

Doll lovers rejoice! I am listing new, uncut patterns in the  GoofingOff Sewing shop for doll clothes. The patterns are for 18″ dolls (read that as AMERICAN GIRL dolls). Here’s a peek:

 

 

The clothes are so cute and ready to take a little girl’s imagination where ever she wants to go.

 

Hope you enjoyed the sneak peek.

Got to get back to stitching. See ya’ soon!

Getting Back to Stitching

For me to say “I’ve been away for a bit” is a huge understatement. Like most folks, I’ve had quite a year, and this has nothing to do with politics. Over the last year I have 1) retired from my away-from-the-house job, 2) took part in a medical mission, 3) found out and was treated for breast cancer, 4) helped care for my uncle before his death, 5) cared for my dog after his stroke then buried the little guy six months later. Needless to say I’ve been preoccupied. Each of those things can be life-changing but when put one on top of the other, all I can say is “Phew! Break time! I’m ready to do some stitching.”

For me, retirement was like changing jobs. I still have three shops on Etsy, GoofingOff Sewing, Miss Eileen Vintage, and Pattern Haus, so I never stopped working, nor did I intend to. Retirement allowed me to focus on one less thing and do that from home.

I did two sewing related things after retirement.  I joined the Springhouse Quilters Guild in Trenton, Florida (yes, Florida, not New Jersey), and the stitching group that meets on Wednesdays at the Suwannee Valley Cross Stitch, also in Trenton.

I haven’t done much quilting yet….I talk more at the meetings than I stitch but I try new things. One step at a time. As for the stitching group, I found I like to embroider. Stitching ornaments got me through radiation fatigue and helped raise money for the medical mission.

Well, that’s all for now but there’s more to come.

For now….

Eileen

 

 

It’s About Big Buttons at GoofingOff Sewing


When out thrifting I am attracted to sewing stuff, especially vintage sewing stuff. supplies. I can sniff them out better than an old coon dog on a trail….which leads me to this post. Buttons. Lots of buttons of all types, colors, and sizes. Today it is about these big, beautiful buttons.

Big buttons are more than closure devices. When buttons are big they have the ability to show off, to shout out on their own. They become a focal point of a design. They are much more than a way to close a coat.

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Tan shank buttons with copper inset, 1 1/2 inch diameter

These buttons were most likely a rescue from an old coats that had seen better days. I found them in the most adorable sewing basket at an estate sale. I will share that later. Today, it’s about the buttons.
The buttons are big, 1 1/2 inches in diameter. They are made of a plastic material, maybe Bakelite. The round brown insert is copper. The buttons have a metal shank.

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Black textured buttons

These buttons are big, thick, and textured. 1 1/2 inches in diameter. A heavy button that would stand up to the thickest wool. The hole is recessed in the back.

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Jade green buttons 1 1/4 inch diameter

These lovely jade color buttons are 1 1/4 inch diameter. A small mark on the side of one. Still, lots of vivid, beautiful color.

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How to Darn with Darn (ing) Cotton

While I listed this vintage darning cotton, I realized most people have no idea how to darn or way. Something that was once a necessity is now an almost cuss word.

Once a upon a time, socks were special and repaired when they developed holes. In the throw away society we live in today, darning is seldom done. In fact, most people don’t know what darning is or how to do it, but once learned it can save money and reduce waste.

To darn you need a large needle, matching thread, and a darning egg, if you can find one. If you can’t, a light bulb will work just has well.

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Darning is a sort of weaving with needle and thread. In this tutorial from Bea Johnson of Zero Waste Home, she shows how to darn a sock and thereby saving it from the trash bin.

First place the darning egg inside the sock positioning it is under the hole.

Run horizontal stitches over the hole, making sure that they cover an extra 1/2″ on all sides

Weave rows of stitches perpendicular to the previous ones.

End your last stitch inside your garment and cut the yarn. When fixing socks, do not make a knot (comfort).

Pat yourself on the back! You’ve saved a piece of clothing and your budget!

Thank you , Bea, for the tutorial.

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Vintage Atomic Age Buttonholer and 3 Ways to Look Great

I love to sew AND get inspired by surrounding myself with beautiful things. The buttonholer case does that…and good to have for those vintage sewing machines around the house. As for the patterns…What’s not to love about 40’s style, long evening dresses, or slinky skirts with a slit to there? All I need is a Glen Miller playing “In the Mood.” So kick your shoes off and enjoy!

Vintage Singer Buttonholer with atomic age case in dusty rose. Complete set with buttonhole templates and instructions. Excellent condition. So the case looks great….great enough to use for trinkets if you don’t have the machine anymore. Can’t believe I said that.

Simplicity 2442 Misses' Evening Dress in size 14-16-18-20-22, Bust 36-44 inches. UNCUT

Simplicity 2442 Misses’ Evening Dress with Bolero

Simplicity 2442 Misses’ Evening Dress with Bolero. Dress in three lengths with neckline variations. Size 14-22, bust 36-44 inches. UNCUT Great thing about this pattern is the variations….different lengths and necklines to make something individual…..and a bolero for cooler evenings or air conditioned venues.

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Simplicity 1587 in size 14-22

Simplicity 1587 Misses’ Dress in 1940’s style, size 14-22, bust 36-44 inches. UNCUT This dress is so cute! So 40’s!

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Vogue 9959 Misses’ Skirts size 6-10

Vogue 9959 Misses’ Skirts in size 6-10, waist 23-25 inches. UNCUT. Elegant and slinky.

That’s the latest sewing round-up at GoofingOff Sewing.

The Big Costume Sewing Pattern Sale is still going on for the month of September and the patterns are going fast. The costume patterns are reduced  40% off.

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Almost September

Almost September

What is it about September? September was always a big deal for me. When I was young it was the first day of school and all that goes with that….the new clothes, school supplies, and meeting new people.

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My sisters and I. I’m the one in the middle…with the necklace. Oh, so fashionable.

September was, and still is, the anticipation of the Jewish New Year….wearing your best and getting together with family…..and hearing the shofar blown at the synagogue.

In NY September is the return of cool air and the smell of apples in the air as the first of the apple crop came in from upstate.

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 NY State produces lots of apples, like Cortlands and MacIntosh, two of my favorites and they are very good for you. Love them.

September’s still special now. The kids are back in school and the buses are on the road with their precious cargo.

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First day of school courtesy of School Bus Driver.org

It’s hurricane season in this part of the world and the hubby watches the weather faithfully (old fisherman).

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The remnants of Tropical Storm Erika….we dodged that one. Good thing because we’ve had a lot of rain….almost over the road. Picture courtesy of the Weather.com

So…Halloween is about 2 months away and the 5th Annual Costume Sewing Pattern Sale starts Tuesday. All costume sewing patterns at GoofingOff Sewing will be 40% off for the month of September. There’s over 100 to choose from with more being listed. The patterns will already be marked down.

See, September is still a special month.

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