Designing Creations

Admin during the day, student in the evening, and a procrastinating sewer/designer the rest of the time.

SOLD!! Knipmode Magazines for sale!

For Sale! November and December Knipmode Magazine 2010

$45 includes shipping via USPS.

Please contact me if you are interested.

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Purchased glasses online

I heard about a site where you can purchase your glasses online.  After doing some research I made my purchase this past weekend.  The site’s name is  The great thing about it is that you can upload a photo of yourself and try the glasses on to see how they will look on you.  The prices are extremely reasonable compared to the store chains. It takes two weeks depending on your prescription to get to you. Shipping is one flat fee of $4.95!

I can’t wait til they get here!

Here is what I bought:

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More Posts to come

I have busy and lazy, mostly lazy.  With all the holidays, vacation days, inclement weather, who wants to post pictures… well it wasn’t me.  Over my vacation break I made two jackets and one dress for New Years.

I’ll give you a preview of what’s to come since I don’t have any pictures of them to post right now.

From the January 2011 Burda Style Magazine # 126A

From the December 2010 Burda Style Magazine # 126A

I also will have an update on the bags and pillows that I made as Christmas gifts.

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Hope is not lost!

As mentioned in yesterday’s post.  I was stumped about the bleeding of the paint in my fabrics.  The good news is that I think that I have found a few solutions to the problem.  1.  When I pre-treated my fabric I have used fabric softener.  Well this is a no no.  I honestly can’t remember what i didn’t when I pre-treated this fabric back in September.  Pre-treating over 20+ yards of fabric can tire the brain out a bit.  2.   There is a solution called No Flow made by Jacquard.  This solution allows you to saturate the fabric and dry before you apply the paint.  I was able to find these products at a not so local art supply store but a store that I’m familiar with none-the-less.  The other good thing is that I the prices are not expensive as the foolish fabric spray that I bought at Joann’s this past Sunday, which will be going back to the store (the unopened containers of course).  That money will be used to get the new items.  I’m excited about my finding through extensive research (lol).  Seriously, I read a lot and watched a video so I feel better.  I’ll just be re-washing the bags that are already completed again to make sure they don’t have any fabric softener in them and then do the same for the ones that will be completed in the next day or two.

I’ll keep you all posted.


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Christmas bags

My sewing is coming along ok. I’m moving a lot slower than anticipated. I ran into a problem with the fabric paint bleeding through the stencil. So today I’m going to be doing more research on that to remedy the problem before d- day.

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Moving can be tiresome! Lol!

Hopefully I can do better about blogging even if i’m not sewing at the moment.

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Class Project

We had two projects that were due in class. One was the tote bag and the other was a skirt. For class we could choose a straight skirt or an A-line skirt, as long as they both had front and back darts and a seam for the center back. For my pattern I chose Simplicity 4401.

I have to say that I learned a lot of things in this class. A few NEW ways of doing things differently never hurt anyone in my opinion. My instructor was an absolute dream to work with.

I have to apologize in advance because my pics are not great. The sun was bright and I was using an amateur photographer for the day. Maybe I’ll do more photo tweaking later.

I am wearing with the skirt the cardigan that I made last year Simplicity 2603.
I removed the sleeves because something happened to them in the wash and the color wouldn’t come out! So I turned into a vest and wore it a long sleeve T-shirt that day. You almost didn’t notice that they were two separate pieces.

I will take better pics of the skirt another day.


It’s still sewing even if it is for school right?

Looking over the course syllabus before the quarter started left me a bit wary. Our first class project was a tote bag. I’m thinking OK….. seriously? Then I had to remember that this class was for those who didn’t know how to sew. So then my next thought was to test out of the class. Well I drug my feet on doing that and came to conclusion that there was nothing wrong with getting an easy A. So we’re in week 8 right now of a 10 week quarter and the tote bag is done and we are working on a skirt. I have to say that learning the technical names of the machines parts is a whole lot better than calling them “thingies”, LOL! I liked the tote bag so much i made one at home.

This project gave me the idea of what I was going to do for Christmas gifts this year. I bought around 30 yards of twill fabric. I’ll need a 1 yard for each bag. this includes a lining for the bag.
I have already pretreated the fabric and separated them into the sizes that I’ll need for each bag. I have straightened the grain of the fabric pieces to ensure they are properly aligned. And they are folded neatly waiting to be sewn for Christmas. I am making these for the ladies in my family. They younger ladies will have a smaller bag. Everyone will have they initials on the bag. Still haven’t decided if i’m purchasing the iron-on letters or using stencils and fabric paint.


Burda 7501

This dress was very easy. Considering it took me two weeks to finish.
I used a canary yellow knit from the last year’s Vera Wang Lavendar Collection.

the neckline treatment was a last minute idea. It really added some extra pop to the dress.
I chose view C. I didn’t do the gathered sleeve. I also did add a ribbon belt. I used my own belt.

I would recommend this dress to others because it’s so easy however, the directions made it seem more difficult that it really was. After a while I stopped looking at the directions.


School is going great!

I am really enjoying school. I am currently taking Fashion History and Intro to Fashion. Not sure whose idea this was but taking these two classes together is awesome. They really coincide with each other. No sewing still. I actually had a weekend (a couple weeks ago) to sew because I finished all my homework early. Well I blew it on the couch watching TV. So there! I was tired though and was trying to recoup from all the reading and homework. This week is mid-terms and I have one down and one more to go. I am enrolling for the summer break. I’ll just be taking one class, Algebra, and hopefully I’ll have time to sew.

I can’t help but look at all the wonderful things that all my cyber friends are doing on their blogs. I am following you guys, just quietly. I have tons of things that I desire to sew but as soon as I can get my new room straightened out and my old cleaned out, I’ll be ready.

Keep up the good work everyone! I’m still here.