August 20, 2011


...Good SELFISH SATURDAY morning dear hearts!!!  Just wanted to peek in to share some more of my weekend antics and thoughts with you.   Allow me to preference this post by saying, "I DON'T KNOW EVERYTHING", although I've often been mistaken as a know it all.    It's just that being the life-long-learner that I am, there is lots of information stored in my head and it's my nature to want to share.  But, I don't know everything.  Matter fact, what I don't know could easily fill an Olympic sized swimming pool or some other large reservoir I'm sure.

I've only been involved with mental sewing this week.  I've just finished my third week of back to schoolness, and a sister has been tired.  I have; however, been seriously contemplating my next project. Today I want to share something I learned during lunchtime sewing related reading,  something that prompted an aha moment for me.  I'm probably the last sewist to add this book to her library...
Although I wanted this book for a long time, I kept procrastinating purchase. 
RE:  pages 106-107 Stitches and Seams - Darts in Interfacing and in Underlined Garments.  I can't EVER remember adding a dart to interfacing - I just ironed the fusible interfacing right over the dart in the fashion fabric.  Does it fit the garment piece afterwards - NO IT DOESN'T!  I just trimmed the excess interfacing off.  The book gives three methods of dealing with darts in interfacing.  As for dealing with darts in underlining, I always stitch the darts in separately, although I've often wondered about stitching through the two layers.  I just didn't think it would be right to do the latter.   Learned something new here! I also learned that I should baste the underlining to the fashion fabric prior to stitching in place.  Doing this would keep the underlining from shifting while stitching to the fashion fabric.   Pretty sure a lot of you already knew these things - BUT I DIDN'T KNOW THAT, and I will underline a garment in a minute - I love the results it produces, now I can get even better results.

I'll be sticking close to home today.  Can't go out shopping carousing every Selfish Saturday as it would kill my budget.  I will; however, be making my one day trip to the

Bronner Brother's Summer Hair Show tomorrow.  Got to meet my Professional Development requirements in as well as pick up a fresh supply of hair care products for my personal needs.


  1. I LOVE that book. It is a wealth of information. Enjoy the hair show!

  2. You have a great blog and I check in daily to see what is going on. I notice you have a wish list of sewing books. I also have read your book reviews on a few others. Do you have a list of must have books? I am interested in seeing what you like, what you don't and why. Thank you!!

  3. That's the wonderful thing about sewing - there's always new things to learn and new techniques to try!

  4. That's my go-to book if I want a refresher on a technique.

  5. It doesn't matter that you didn't have the book before, it just matters that you have it now. I've had this book in my library for quite some time now. I've still not gotten through the whole thing yet.

  6. Well, I hope you didn't come away with blue lipstick. That's just freaky looking. But I do hope you had fun.

    And I never thought of darting interfacing either. You gave me an AHA moment, too!

  7. Oh my dear Faye!!! I've always wanted to go to the BB Hair show!!! I'll have to get on the mail list somehow so I can go sometime in the future...sure hope you had fun!!

  8. Faye, Guess what? I don't own this book. But I do own several others that teach the techniques you've mentioned here. There are so many ways to execute a sewing process. The goal is to get the best result and hopefully learn something with each project. You do beautiful work. And that's an grand accomplishment. So keep doing what you do.

  9. Thanks for sharing these tips. I wish I had more time to read sewing books, so I always appreciate short tips people post!



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