My New Blessing

Hi, Friends,

A few weeks ago, my coworker, crafter & friend told me about a sewing machine that was left behind at her home. She wasn’t sure where the foot pedal was located at time, but she would search for it. Well, I prayed that she found it and she did! She blessed my sewing course/school with it…for free! I received it today and after minor cleaning and maintenance, she is ready to rock & roll. My coworker was like, “It’s not brand name, so I hope that doesn’t matter much.” Uh, no! A free machine!?! Ok, here are the particulars: Brand – White Classic 312. I Googled it to find a free manual and when I called the 800 #, I found out that White is the sister company to Singer. White went out of business in 2009, so their products manuals & support is over on Singer’s site. I have never heard of this brand, but it has great reviews. I am so happy…the Lord has blessed me. \o/ So now I have the manual (downloaded for free). Here she is…

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All accessories were in place –button foot, zipper foot, extra needles, bobbin (which is metal), felt circles (?), screw driver, machine oil.

The stitches are BEAUTIFUL! They look better than my Brother stitches. See…

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My plans for this baby is to make her a loaner outside of class. She can be temporarily loaned to a student that have yet to purchase their own machine. And returned the last week of the class (without damages). That way they can practice techniques at home like the others. Then again…she sews so good! Maybe I will swap one around…

Happy Sewing,
Jai

Things Tied Up

Hi, Friends,

I’ve had a great weekend and I pray that you did as well! The “Say Sew” class completed their pencil skirts! Yay! One was a bit too fitted, so I quickly in 20 minutes whipped up one for her. I know, nice right? She was ecstatic. Here are the others:

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The fabric was just an inexpensive cotton. One, during her free time, created a bow tie to match and headband without any guidance. She had a vision and brought to life. Exciting! I am so proud of them. 🙂

After class, I rested then tackled my Sunday outfit for me & hubby. He asked first thing Saturday morning, “So what are you making us for church tomorrow?” US… Hmmm… A bow tie for him & skirt for me.

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At church

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Friday night, I made my 1 yr old niece and 4 yr old nephew a set.

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I  will only custom make adjustable bow ties & hankies for the store: jgovandesigns.bigcartel.com. The pillowcase dress will be SPECIAL order for toddlers.

Let me know what you think!

Happy Sewing!
Jai

Successful Resurrection Day Wear

Hi, Friends,

Resurrection Day 2014 has come and gone, speeches has been memorized and (for some) eggs hunted. I hope that yours went well. My weekend leading up to the big day was super busy! Once again, after I said I wouldn’t, I stayed up late working on my something new to wear. It actually had me in Wal-mart searching for fabric @ midnight! Thank God for that option. For some, once the fabric stores are closed, they are closed! So what did I make, you’re wondering?

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I made myself a peplum top (my 1st one!)with black lace overlaying a red peplum, pinstriped pencil skirt and a matching vest (my 1st one) for my hubby. We color coordinated our look by adding this cool red/black tie on him. Honestly, I was a little unsure of how the look would come off because of my curves ;). But when the first compliment from an elderly lady was given, I beamed and said, “Thank you, I made it!” Then it trailed off into a conversation.
Here’s a closer look:

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Happy Sewing!

Jai

Resurrection Day Style

Hi, friends!

I had a successful day with Say Sew! The Sewing Studio. The girls started their 30 minute pencil skirts today. Did they finish in 30? 45? Not at all! They have to complete the waist and hem to be done. They weren’t too happy with having to use the seam ripper. He’s their new friend. You must have perfect straight stitches… I do believe that next week, they will be more careful and slower. I can’t stress it enough.

I also received an almost last minute order for a lap scarf for tomorrow. So excited about it! It is a beautiful off-white with white lace.

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If you haven’t yet, please visit my online shop: jgovandesigns.bigcartel.com

Happy Sewing!

Jai

Tulle Tuesday

Hi, friends!

I decided to wear my tulle skirt on this rainy day. I feel pretty….oh so pretty! 🙂

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Yes, and to top off my morning, the May Sew-a-long from Pretty Girls Sew is none other than the Tulle Skirt! Simplicity Pattern 1427.

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Happy Sewing!
Jai

Liebster Award Nominees

As promised, here’s my continuation of my nomination from Pretty In Gingham.
Here are the rules of the Liebster Award:

1. Answer questions from the blogger who nominated you. Previous post
2. Nominate 11 new blogs with 500 followers or less.
3. Post 11 new questions for your nominees to answer.
4. Tag your nominees and leave a comment on their blog letting them know they have been nominated.

Questions for nominees:
1. What/who inspires you?
2. Where do you like to travel?
3. What does your mate/husband/family do to support your vision?
4. What are your goals for your blog?
5. Where are you located? (City, state and/or country)
6. What are some challenges while bringing your vision to life?
7. List some hobbies other than blogging.
8. Do you have fashion/art school experience? From where?
9. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
10. How often do you update your blog? 11. What’s the last book that you read?

My nominees are:

La Catera
musingrunner
Cristina
thenoveltyknitter
Tracey
givelovehope
http://susieddesigns.wordpress.com
http://justsewbyrickmarsh.wordpress.com
http://sewingwithscoobys.com
Melisa R
Terin

All of the nominees have something we can benefit from. Check them out! I am excited to learn more about them.

Happy Sewing,
Jai