Making Lacy Ruffles by hand

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I have been gone way too long, my sewing machine decided to retire early with out notice. It took me 2 months but I purchased a new one. (I will post about my new machine soon) Right before my machines untimely departure i received an order for my first commissioned apron.( right after she purchased one from me ) she wanted lots of lace and ruffles on apple/rooster fabric. Now I hate making ruffles, I don’t have a ruffler foot nor am I experienced in gathering, but this is my third ruffle I have ever made, ruffled by hand, I think im getting pretty good at it. I cant wait to share more!

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Red Rose/Black Floral Purse

red-rose/black floral purse unfinished

red-rose/black floral purse unfinished

I started making myself this small purse, and while its unfinished, I wanted to share this with you. I have been considering making a pearl beaded handle, but have yet to commit to it. The red roses are actually two pockets and edged in this beautiful antique cream lace that I have been  referring to as buttermilk. I received the lace as a gift and  was found in a small shop in  Wisconsin along with 10 yards of forest green lace that you will be seeing a lot of soon.  The lining is a tiny white dot on a red background. I did a top stitching in an apple green thread. My favorite is the little red rose decorative button, its the cherry on top.

This bag is very similar to the first project I ever tried to sew on a machine, I completely butchered  it;  I wanted to quit but my husband encouraged me to finish no matter what it looked like, so I could see how far I  had come once I was better at sewing. I cried during  most of it with him at my side. He was so right when I came across that first bag recently I was amazed. that’s when I decided to make a new one, I altered it greatly cause the other was too small, and pockets that were mostly decorative. I’m very happy with this new one.

I highly suggest if you have had a project that almost defeated you ( or did )  to take it out, and look at how far your skills have come, and possibly try it again, at the very worst you can learn from it