Monday, March 1, 2010

Welcome to Made By You

Glad you found me :) I am very excited to share my talents with you. My name is Nancy McGuire and I would love to teach you or your daughter how to sew. I learned how to sew from my mother and have many, many fun memories of her and I staying up late finishing a Christmas present or designing a new dress for an upcoming dance. There is something very satisfying about being able to say "I made that." Sewing is a great way to show your creativity and save a ton of money in the process.

I can teach you how to read a pattern, construct clothing, topstitch, make a buttonhole, put in a zipper. ...pretty much anything you want to know. I can also show you some simple tricks to alter ready- made clothes to make them fit better or make them more modest.

Following is a list of beginning projects to get your imagination going. Each month will highlight one of these and could easily be finished during the two class periods. Classes are every other Friday afternoon for two hours and are limited to four people. If you have your own machine you can bring, your chances of having a spot in the class are pretty much guaranteed. Also, if you just need supervision on a project you've already got going bring it and let me help. See you soon!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Fleece Hats

This project takes 1/2 yard of fleece. If you want to combine contrasting fabrics buy 1/4 yard of each. If you're good at watching sales, or using coupons, each set can be made for less than $5.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Adorable Aprons

Sassy Skirts

Baby Blankets

This is a very quick and easy gift. Each blanket takes 1 1/4 yards of coordinating fabrics in order to make it square. Grand flannel is my first choice for the back because it is extra soft. There are lots of really cute jersey knits that make up really nice and seem to be more suited for warmer climates. Easily under $10/blanket.

Perfect Pajama Pants

Christmas is the perfect time for new pajamas. This is a great opportunity to turn your creativity loose....matching flannel pajama pants for you and your friends or fleece pants for staying warm after playing in the snow. I have even seen flannel backed silk fabric for a more elegant touch. Alyssa made the pair that Rick is wearing in two days! Not bad for someone who doesn't think she likes to sew. The only caution to this project is make sure you buy enough fabric....especially for adults and teenagers. Kids pants take about 2 yards and adults need 3 depending on the width of the fabric. Flannel always goes on sale the day after Thanksgiving. Save your coupons for fleece. The yardage can add up in a hurry and take the fun out of it.