Showing posts from April 27, 2008

Baseball and sewing - a logical combination wouldn't you say?

I love reading entrepreneurship stories involving sewing. When the story includes sports and highlights the fact that its a guy doing the sewing ... well, even better. Read for yourself how the blending of baseball and sewing inspired an invention called the "Rag Arm". Off-the-cuff invention may be destined for dugouts By Tom Moran, Star Tribune During the middle of a baseball game, Ed Hadash's life changed with seven words from his catcher "Eddie, I think you've got something there." Since then, he's been a man possessed by his own creation. During the past two years, Hadash, 43, has worked in the "sewing laboratory" of his Burnsville home to develop a sleeve for baseball players. Hadash's "Rag Arm" is a sleeve that is easily slipped onto a player's arm, intended to keep them warm while sitting in the dugout. The sleeve, intended mainly for pitchers, slips on and is held in place with a strap that is attached to the sleeve

Another patternaholic is born...

Remember I mentioned how I excited I was about my 17-year-old niece wanting to sew again? After purchasing the Amy Butler prints she liked, I asked her to browse the Simplicity pattern site to pick out a few favorites. I figured she could pick them out online and I'd purchase them when Joanns or Hancocks had a pattern sale. Well let me tell you - someone had a whole lotta fun picking out patterns. To begin with, she choose a few tops that she'd like to use with the AB fabrics. All very cute ( 4127 , 3956 , 3750 and 3918 ) but I'll suggest she begin with either 4127 or 3750. Okay, so here's where it gets even better. She picked out 21 one more patterns that she wants to sew! Yep, that's right. She plans on using money from the summer job to purchase sewing patterns and supplies. I think that 's a pretty good start on a pattern stash wouldn't you say? I wonder how many she would have chosen if I would have sent her the link to McCall's and Butterick patte

Just another Betzina Sunday

Finally! A few hours of sewing time was squeezed out of the day. I figured with so little time to sew I'd work on something quick - something I could cut out today, sew today, and wear tomorrow. Hmmmm, what should I sew? Oh! I know! I've been wanting to sew something from this bold knit - Fuschia Orbits - purchased from Fashionista Fabrics. It needs to be something simple and something versatile. Ah, yes, a skirt and matching knit top. That way I could mix and match the two with other pieces in my wardrobe. Remembering a spread in a Vogue Patterns Magazine, I pulled out Vogue 2911. Without that photo spread in the magazine I would never have thought about this skirt pattern. It's a great bias skirt pattern. It has nice wide (1-1/2") seam allowances, plenty of ease, and a separate elastic waist band. The skirt can be sewn in an hour or less easily. Well, except for the hem because it's bias and you need to let it hang in case the bias stretches - but you alre