Sunday, May 29, 2011

Sewing Inspiration I

I have loved the posts that I have seen that are based on our heritage as it relates to sewing, so I decided to write my own! I have some amazing people in my life that have served as my inspiration for sewing!

Aunt Uarda was a professional seamstress, who sewed from 1950-1989 at a Woods Manufacturing Co. branch in Dublin, TX, with the headquarters were Waco, TX. Her starting pay was .75/hour which increased through the years to about $6/hour. She sewed clothing based on contracts that her company had. This American apparel ranged from making Army Raincoats (sewing on rubber...yikes!) and pants, both kids (Billy the Kid) and adults which also included different styles of blue jeans. Her contract also served Sidron of Dallas and Nardis of Dallas which were very expensive labels at that time. Later, Panhandle Slim took over and the factory made western apparrel. The jeans/pants contract came at a time when her kids were having hard times. That Christmas, she made each of her 6 grandchildren 4 pairs of jeans! She bought some of the fabric on her own and obtained some of the fabric pieces from scraps at the factory bins. She cut her patterns out at home, and went to the factory before and after hours to use the factory machines for personal use, per the company policy. When she brought the finished jeans home, her husband commented on how they looked "factory made", to which she replied, "They are!" She also made her daughter Jamie's wedding dress and her all of her granddaughters' bridesmaid's dresses. When the Dublin factory closed down in early 1980's, she bought the factory serger and is still using it!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Teacher Gifts using Silhouette

I am in LOVE with my Silhouette cutter! I cut these vinyl letters out to make each teacher their own customized "stash" of their favorite candy! The canisters are stainless and plastic and very kid proof ($6/each at Big Lots). I used premium black vinyl and cut the vinyl in Cooper Black font. I also cut the kids' initials and year in a smaller size Cooper Black. Then I just followed the instructions using transfer paper and the scraper tool. Then tied a bow around it and filled it with their favorite candy! So fun, cheap, and beautiful!

Bezel Bracelet

I do NOT do jewelry! Very intimidating and un-fun! But when my MOPS moms were requesting a jewelry item for the spring, I googled "cheap easy bracelet" and this tutorial came up from Anngela's Pretty Little Things. I was so happy to see a full stock of Hobby Lobby bracelets and we were able to embellish them using scrapbook paper and leftover photo squares from another project. I pretty much followed the tutorial step by step with the exception of using sun and moon glaze for the adhesive and top coat. The secret is to fill the entire bezel with glaze so that it has a glassy finish! Thanks, Anngela, for your tutorial which literally saved me on this one!