phooey free sewing!

Happy Sewing and Happy Mother’s Day!! While sharing info on a doll Facebook page recently I stated my two main goals in pattern making.   This happy comment came from Linda Goehres Sevanick: “Rate yourself HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL at achieving your goals, Miss Jane! I made 6 of your bathing suits yesterday and I did not yell “PHOOEY” even once!” SEW….That’s my new… Read more »

Jots from jane -Goals versus Plans

I’ve heard that Americans, in particular, are very good at the immediate but not the important. What does that mean? It means that we rush right home to see our favorite TV show but we haven’t scheduled a health physical in three years. OUCH! John Lennon said: it’s easy to set goals. Goals are vague. ‘This year I want to have plenty… Read more »

Pink and Polka Dotty! Mini Tutorial on simple, fingerless gloves

 I stitch up many custom requests for Cheer Uniforms and Dance Costumes like this one: made to match these photos: Girls costume photos from the Weissman dance costume company website which you can find here: https://www.weissmanscostumes.com/ This one looked fun! I got started on pattern work and made this garment first. Pretty close! But… I was disappointed that the bodice was… Read more »

Notes on gathers – to drape? or pouf!

A recent topic of conversation on one of the facebook doll pages I favor had a variety of questions about GATHERS. We covered a variety of ideas. Just to recap my preferences: I generally do take the time to run 2 rows of machine gathers one on the seamline directly, and another in the seam allowance. If it’s a very… Read more »

Miss Karlie gets a face up!

Remember Miss Karlie? I found her naked and abandoned in a thrift store display case last year. She was a bit dirty and had a head full of neglected curls. Here’s what she looked like after intensive work on her hair. I thought she was cute. She looks about 6 here. I put her to work in a modeling job,… Read more »

New Pattern Coming Soon: The Triple Axel Skating Dress

Apologies for the neglect of my blog posting. I never wanted to inundate you with too many posts but guess I really need to remind you that I’m still out here, right? I’ve been busily working on the next pattern. Soon to release: The Triple Axel Skating Dress. Here are some sneak peak photos of what’s going on in this… Read more »

Super Quick ‘Cheater’s Fudge – time for Christmas!

Don’t we all get super busy at the holidays? I hope you’ve been busy sewing! I know I have; so many custom cheer uniform orders this year! I scarcely have time to make any goodies but I was intrigued by a recipe idea I saw on Pinterest. Here is the first pin link I found: http://www.just2sisters.com/2-ingredient-peanut-butter-fudge/ Only 2 ingredients to… Read more »

oh, my goodness! It’s the busy Christmas season!

I’ve woefully neglected my blog of late! So many craft shows in the month of November. Here I am working one of them… I’m working on a dream dress tutu dress there… and here I am at another, goofing off! Craft shows are a lot of work, but also a lot of fun! You meet wonderful people, and a few… Read more »

Mix ‘n Match – the Ezy Underall meets the Love U Bunches Jumper

I just love a versatile pattern! I also love it when garment separates are useful for lots and lots of outfits! I recently launched the Ezy Underall It’s been very popular for a variety of reasons. It’s quick to sew and it looks great all on it’s own. It also looks great underneath just about anything! Voila! the Ezy Underall… Read more »

Chocolate Chip Cookies – We can’t sew ALL the time!

I’m not much of a cook but every now and again you just have to make yourself some treats! Just as I specialize in easier methods in sewing I also appreciate recipes in which the end product is more than the sum of the parts! A recent chocolate chip cookie recipes fits the bill. With just a few little tweaks,… Read more »