Meet Katie {My Dressform}

Since I’ve been out of blogging practice, I have a few things to catch up on. If you read my mom’s blog (Blog, She Wrote), then you might know that we moved last summer. A lot of my crafty things were boxed away for a time- the time it takes to pack it, move it, and unpack it and somehow crafty goodness does not make the top of the list when it comes to unpacking!

Just before we started packing to move, two of my brothers and I had our birthdays and almost right after, we had to start packing up the house. So, I didn’t have the time for a proper introduction.

Meet Katie! My official birthday dressform!

After helping to make my civil war ball gown, I fell in love with the idea of having my own dress form. I am still growing into it both size and skill wise, but I have used it to easily mark the hemlines on some of my skirts. *Note to parents- if you choose to get a dress form, make sure it’s the same size as your girl! When my mom ordered this one, size small was not available. This one is a medium and although it is the same size used to make my ball gown, it is not easy to make things for myself with this dress form- it’ll get easier as time goes on though I’m sure.

Two of the books in my sewing libraryHow to Use, Adapt, and Design Sewing Patterns along with How to Make Sewing Patterns are two great resources for me to learn how to make patterns for my dress form.

You might have noticed the scissors around Katie’s neck. This is my favorite way to remember my scissors while I’m doing any sewing or crafting at all. It’s a little tip I picked up at 4-H. Now I never have to search for my scissors!

The tape measure and the scissors on a lanyard are two of my favorite sewing tools and it makes me think it would be fun to share with you a list of my other must have sewing items. That will be my next post!

Sewing Library {Additions}

Since the last time I posted about my Sewing Library, I’ve been able to add some titles. Would you like to hear about them?

How to Make Sewing Patterns by Donald H. McCunn
Stitch Magazine- select issues
How to Use, Adapt, and Design Sewing Patterns by Lee Hollahan
All Dolled Up by Joan Hinds
Sew Serendipity Bags by Kay Whitt
1000 Great Quilt Blocks by Maggi McCormick Gordon
Kanzashi in Bloom by Diane Gilleland

Usually these are gifts and sometimes we get them at our local sewing shop. I use the books for reference. Sometimes I make projects from the books and sometimes I use the ideas in the book when I’m making something similar.

My favorite sewing books right are: my new one since Christmas, Kanzashi in Bloom and All Dolled Up.

My Sewing Library

I’m excited to share with you my sewing library. I get to use these books to find projects I like to work on. Some are easy books for kids and some are a little more advanced, but I always learn something when I read them.

This is one of my newest additions to the library.

This is really a combined library. Some of the books are mine and some of them are my mom’s that she has been using for a long time. She used to sew more (when kids, homeschooling and blogging were not past times so much!) and had started a small library when she got her sewing machine. Now that I love to sew we’ve added on. Everyone knows I love craft and sewing books so it’s an easy gift! We also get them from library book sales and with discount coupons. Mom says we rarely buy a book at full price.