Welcome to D's Threads Down South

Thank you for coming to my page. I have many items posted so feel free to take a look.

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These are just items I have lately made-If you have any suggestions on maybe a piece I can do feel free to ask!

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Email Me at: d.sthreadsdownsouth@yahoo.com

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

As you can see by the last time I wrote in my blog, I'm not much on daily writing. I would like to take this time to invite any of my readers to vist my FB page at d.sthreadsdownsouth. I also sell my clothes on 2 different websites, For Sale Wanted or Free in Lex, and then the other one is under the same name only for Columbia. I have an "album" with the clothes that I make and you can locate it by using the looking glass in the top right corner, and put the name, d.sthreadsdownsouth and click on the little magnifying glass and it will take you to my album.

Anything in my album is either for sale or can be made to your liking as far as size or color or any little twist you may have in mind, I will do my best to make it like you see it in your mind. Once you visit my fb page or the other sites, if you have any questions you can send me a pm and I will do my best to get back to you in a timely manner.

Once again thanks for stopping by and I hope you check out my fb page at d.sthreadsdownsouth or visit the other 2 websites I mentioned, For Sale, Wanted or Free in Lex, or Columbia.

                   Doreen Lewis

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Merry Christmas


I wanted to take this time to wish everyone who follows my blog a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

I'm afraid I have been very slack in keeping up my blog over the past few months. I've been going through some personal things that have taken most of my attention. Unfortunately the issues are not resolved yet, and may not be for awhile, but I will try to keep this updated as best as I can.

I'm still sewing quit a bit for my granddaughters, not so much for the public, but I'm ok with that. It was mostly a dream of mine to be able to do that, and honestly I have'nt put in the time it takes to get my "things" out there for the public to view. Maybe in the upcoming year I will try to do better.
I do want to share this coat and dress outfit that I made for McKayla, mainly because it turned out really well. I'm not one to sew much with plaids, simply because I don't want to take the time to match up the plaids, but I got this material at such a good price, I could'nt pass it up. The dress is a short sleeve with pipping around the hip area, that's the red looks like ribbon, and then the coat has the red pipping around the pockets and the collar. Surprisingly it went together very easy and I was quite pleased with the way it turned out.
I've done a few other "firsts" but I will save those for a future post.
Again I wish every one has a happy holiday and a safe one.
dsthreadsdownsouth out for now

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Holiday Extravaganza

Nov. 11, 2010

I just wanted to share a little proud moment of a mother. I'm attending a Holiday Extravaganza as a vendor today and my Mckaya and Zane's school. We had to set up last night because they are also having a Veteren's program there and to keep the traffic down somewhat they asked us to set up the night before.

I had 4 clothes racks, plus 4 totes with my clothes in and tables and all the other stuff that you take when you are trying to sell your hobby to the public, anyway, my husband helped me load it up and went with me to set it all up. My daughter-in-law had said that she would come to the school and help, but I told her that we could do it, not to bother.

So me and my husband get to the school figure out where we needed to park to unload all this stuff, and go inside the gym to see where my spot will be and I hear someone call my name and say "your over here". Yup, you guessed it, coming towards us is my daughter-in-law and the 2 kids.

Of course the kids think it's pretty cool to be at their school at night, and they want to help unload so grandpa gives them the lightest of things to carry in, and they are happy to be helping. As were bringing in and trying to decide how we should set it up, I turn around and their is my son coming in and he's coming straight from work, work clothes and all.

Thanks to my family, an hour and a half later we are all set up and ready to make some sells today. Of course it took several opions and stepping back to see what will look best, but it's really nice to know how much my family loves me.

I think what I'm saying is you know that your family loves you, but it's great when they take time out of the own lives to help you in your life when it means that much to you. So I wanted to take time out and just say Thank you to Tracy and Brian and the kids, oh yea, and my husband John for their help and support and mostly for their love. I love all of you, and I have to say that if my other 3 kids would have been here they would have been right there to and it's a good feeling to know that.
So that's the good thing about having my own blog, I can write whatever I want and I wanted to share my family with you.

dsthreadsdownsouth out for now.

Friday, October 29, 2010

DSC01608 (1 photo), by samantha evans

I wanted to share with you my other granddaughter, this is Kinsley, 4 years old, and they live in Ok. so I don't get to see her very often, and I miss her so much. She's a little cutie,and a pistol, if you can't judge that for your self. Her mom sent me these pic. so I thought you might enjoy them.
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DSC01659 (1 photo), by samantha evans

I'd like to share my Snapfish photos with you. Once you have checked out my photos you can order prints and upload your own photos to share.
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DSC01672 (1 photo), by samantha evans

I'd like to share my Snapfish photos with you. Once you have checked out my photos you can order prints and upload your own photos to share.
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DSC01669 (1 photo), by samantha evans

I'd like to share my Snapfish photos with you. Once you have checked out my photos you can order prints and upload your own photos to share.
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Thursday, October 28, 2010

What I've been up to

Oct 28,2010

I know I've been missing lately from my blog, so wanted to show you why. My daughter-in-law informed me that it is gonna be getting cold here soon, and my granddaughter is still wearing the summer clothes that I made her, hinting that she needs some winter ones.

In the first picture is a purple fleece caplet that I made for both of my granddaughters, Mckayla, and Kinsley. I think it turned out really cute, being that I have never used fleece before, super easy to work with. This one goes up to a size 6, but would'nt be much of a problem to make it bigger.

In the second set of pic. is my 6 year old grandson, Zane, who is modeling a Carolina hat I make, mostly for girls, but he was being silly and wanted to model something.

In the 3rd set of pic. is a Mckayla in a blue stripped Capri set with pleats in the front of the shirt, very wash and wear outfit. She was trying to pout in the 2nd pic.but she's 8 so we'll give it to her anyway. The pattern for this outfit goes to a size 6, but McKayla is 8 and most of the patterns run big. I make her a size 6 except in the length shneeds an 8, so it's very easy to make alot of these fit a lot of different size girls.
The next dress is an oriental print with black pipping going across the ches area and the sleeves. I did'nt get a pic of her in this, but she absolutely loved this after I got it finished. The skirt of the dress is fuller and a little longer, goes right below her knee. Like I said she loved this dress, we went to out to eat, she wore it, had to wait a few minutes to get seated and she kept looking at her self in the window, twirling back and forth. This pattern starts at a 3 and goes up to an 8.
The next set is a jersey knit, with contrasting pink knit sleeves, with a little flounce at the top of the sleeve. The bodice is a mock wrap around and the skirt is full. I've never worked with knits before either, so it was a learning experience also, and I learned that knits are very forgiving so this probably could have been made a size smaller, this pattern starts at 6 and goes to 14.
The next is a pattern form Daisy Kingdom, and has 3 different materials in it. If you look close the pockets, bottom trim, the bow, and the belt are made of one material, the neck line, and bottom part of the sleeves, and the second bottom trim are made of another material, while the main part of the dress is yet another material. I had a lot of "firsts" making these dresses, I have never put 3 different materials in 1 outfit before. She said this was another one of her favorites. This pattern is from 5 to 8.
The next dress is made out of soft flannel, another material I have'nt made dresses out of, but love the way it came together. This has buttons all the way down the front, 2 front pockets, long sleeves with buttoned cuffs, also has the tab and buttons on the sleeves that you can roll up and secure, with a ruffle at the bottom. This is 7 to 14.
Mckayla is very funny, she does'nt really like wild colors right off the bat, they have to grow on her, so this next one she was'nt to crazy about at first. It's multi colored crepe and really has a nice flow to it. It's 3 quarter sleeves, with a gathered bodice and a ruffle at the bottom. The neck line is a cut v needing a shirt worn under neath. This one I was worried about the length cause I only had it to a size 6, but with some leggings it will be really cute. This starts at size 3 to 6.
The next dress is actually for my other granddaugher, Kinsley, but she tried it on anyway. Kinsley is 4 but she wears a 6 only shorter length. This is pink corduroy,with a pattern of butterflys and zigzag material for the 2 bottom flounces. The inside is lined down to the flounces. I cut some of the butterflies out of the left over material and appliqued them onto the top part of the dress, just enough to tie them into the bottom of the dress. This was also one of her favorites, so guess I will have to make her one like it.
So has you can see I have been a busy little bee, also made 3 dresses and the purple caplet for Kinsley, but she lives in Ok. so had to send them to her, she called when she got them and said "I like my pretty clothes", gotta love those grandkids.
I know this is rather a long post, but figured while I was here I would put them all together at one time. I gave you the sizes that the patterns come in and a little idea how they fit, so if you want something recreated it is possible, these are just ideas that I've made for my girls, you can chose any color combinations that you want. If interested e-mail me at d.sthreaddownsouth@yahoo.com for complete pricing and details. I will look forward to hearing from ya'll.
That's it for me , dsthreads out for now.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Success at City Market

Sept 21, 2o10

If ya'll recall a few weeks ago I told you about a "city market on Main" that they were having in our downtown area. It is held at the museum courtyard every Friday in the months of Sept. and Oct. You basically take what you want to sell and set up the booth and hope that you make enough to at least pay for you to set up there.

It is smack in the middle of our downtown area, and I thought it would be a good place to get some exposure and hopefully some sells. Now mind you it is still in the 90's here so you really have to have some kindof shelter, a canopy, and of course you have to have the things you are trying to sell.

So I have to carry this canopy and 2 big totes with my clothes in it plus my chair, a table so I can set out my oven mitt sets and the buisness cards, and the 3 racks to hang the clothes on so people can see them.

You have to move your car to a garage a block away, walk back and proceed to set all this stuff up, sweating like nobody's business and the collapse in the chair and wait for the money to roll in. You are set up for 4 hrs. and after you had a fablous day, you have to take down what you did'nt sell pack it all up, walk a block to get your car, load it back up, and on the drive home, think "AM I TOTALLY CRAZY".

The first week I did'nt sell a thing, not one thing. The second week I sold an oven mitt, which didnot cover the price of setting up. Last week I actually made a profit, which I was so happy about, I felt success at last. Now on the 2 previous weeks I had alot of people stop and look and they said that my clothes were really cute and made very well, but no buyers.

I can't tell you how happy I was to actually sell some of my things, it made the day alot better even knowing all you have to go through to get to that point. I will be going back this Friday, even though it will be 90 again, I'm so ready for cool weather, and hopefully will have more success. The one thing my kids keep telling me is " Your getting out of the house" so it is worth it.

I hope ya'll have a great week and I will let you know how it goes.

dsthreadsdownsouth out for now.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

What I've made for myself

Sept. 9, 2010
I told you in an earlier post that I was going to make something for myself for a change, have'nt done it in quite awhile. So I got them finished and was so thrilled with them that I had my son take a few pic. of them so I could share them with you.
Let me start off by saying you can't really tell how old you are getting till you see your self in pictures. I really do not like seeing pic. of myself, but I thought it would look better than hanging on a hanger. This top, I have to say, I love it. It took only about 2 hrs to make, the material was on sale, always love that, and it's just a fun top. The two top sides drape down the front and make a cool feature, then the back is longer, covers the butt, which I like. I love the colors, it reminds me that fall will be here soon.
Now for the winter suit. I have to admit something right off hand. When I look at a pattern, if it has a lining, or cuffs, or zippers and waistbands, I have to think twice before I try to do it. I saw this pattern and loved the way the jacket was made, it just looked like with the right material it would be really snugly in the winter.
I'm not the best at picking out the right material for the right pattern, but I was looking and saw this chocolate brown tweed, on sale, and thought that it would really be "rich" looking. So I put my fears aside, bought the pattern and material, took them home, started reading the instructions and thought I had lost my mind! There was like 11 pieces for the jacket alone, but I knew it would really be a nice winter outfit when I got done. So I started at the beginning and just kept plugging away at it, and I'm very pleased with the way it turned out.
You can't really tell what the material is like, but it is a dark brown tweed with light brown threads running through it. I could have made a few adjustments to it, like the cuffs are a little long, the waist is a little high, I forgot that I usually cut the top of the pants down a little, but all of this was after the fact and it still works for me. The jacket really is'nt as bulky as the picture made it seem, I think that's from me posing. As you can see the butt of the pants fit really well. My son kept saying just don't stand there, pose or do something so I did.
Let me just say that when you work with tweed it is a BIG MESS it ravels like nobody's business. I have carpet in my sewing room, and I had to vacuum a total of 4 times by the time I was finished. I had to be extra careful in handling it just to keep the raveling down. I forgot to mention that the jacket is lined, thank goodness, and that was a challenge to me also, but as far as the fit and the look of the suit, I could'nt be happier or more proud of it.
Thanks for sharing in my accomplishments with me, and the more I venture out the more I will be able to make any and all future customers happy.
dsthreadsdownsouth out for now.