Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Five Uses for White Vinegar for your laundry and sewing room

I recently discovered how to use white vinegar on my laundry.  I read at a Children Clothing Forum that Vinegar works wonders when doing laundry on children clothes.  Some clothes bleed when washing them, not just red and I was using just Shout Color Catchers.  Since I started using white vinegar I see that the clothes look just as new after each wash.  Using vinegar is even easier to use on High Efficiency Machines.  Just pour 1/2 cup of vinegar where you would usually add the fabric softener liquid. 
So, after my great discovery I started looking for other ways to use this wonderful "liquid".  Here are some that might be useful on your laundry and sewing room:
1.  Use white, distilled vinegar as a natural bleaching agent.  Add 1 1/2 cup to the rinse cycle to keep whites white.
2.  Use 1/2 cup of white, distilled vinegar to wash new clothes to remove the stiffness and manufacturing chemicals associated with them.
3.  Pour a 1/2 cup of white, distilled vinegar into a load of laundry to protect colors from fading. Using white, distilled vinegar with dark fabrics in this way can also protect them from becoming dull
4.  Use 3 caps of vinegar in the washer and treat your new fabrics (for quilting and any other projects).  This will set the color of your new fabrics and prevent fading.
5.   To remove creases from jeans or use before hemming jeans, mix two-parts white vinegar to one-part water in a spray bottle. Spray white vinegar liberally on the crease.  Then wash, let dry before hemming. 
I buy a big gallon of vinegar at Costco for less than $5.  :) 


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Simplicity Pattern 5695

I know.... This is about another dress I made for my daughter.  I just can't help not sewing for her. 
I had this project sitting on my sewing "project basket" for ever thou.

The pattern was really easy to use and I love how the dress turned out.  One of the reasons why I wanted to do this dress was because there are so many people selling custom dresses done with a similar pattern or maybe they used this same pattern, but since I know how to sew I would never pay $40 for someone to make me a dress for my daughter.  There are so many uses for this pattern.  You can make Disney playground dresses (I will explain when I get to do a Toy Story inspired dress using this pattern in the future), you can make a seasonal dress by mixing different type of fabrics.  If you learn how to make dresses with this pattern you will never think again about buying customs on Etsy or any other site.  You will save $$$.

 I used view D.  I had to modify the ruffle.  The pattern asks to cut more than is actually needed.

Here is my daughter wearing the dress.  Not the best pictures but the dress can be appreciated.

Another view from the dress.  I bought the fabrics at

Monday, May 27, 2013

My new facebook page

Today I opened a page on Facebook for my blog.  I am just trying to get more excited about blogging again and I thought Facebook might help.  I can upload pictures there of my projects too and make it more fun for me and my followers. 

The page address!/BackToSewing?fref=ts

Monday, May 6, 2013

Sewing room in progress

Finally after almost six months at my new house, my sewing room is starting to look organized.

My husband built me a craft table that I will use to cut my fabrics.  We found the instructions thanks to Pinterest.

Here are some of the pictures of how it looks now. I still need to add some decorations to make it more cozy.

I have more than one hobby.  I sew, do jewelry and sell bows on my Etsy store.  So everything is combined on this room.