Monday, April 28, 2008
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
I know its redundant, probably a little excessive but it works so well in my wardrobe that I will continue to make more of these tanks. Hopefully, you will find a pattern that you love, that works well in your wardrobe ~ whatever your lifestyle, and will bring you as much sewing joy as this one has brought me!
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Lately spring/summer sewing ideas, thoughts and plans are showing up on a lot of the blogs I read. And it is wonderfully stimulating to read about each sewist's process and what they hope to make and achieve this season.
However, all of this makes me think about my own plans...and it hit me...I don't really have any plans. Yes, there are some things written down on a piece of paper that I would like to make but if I get to them fine and if I don't fine. Also, I've noticed that when I post an entire list of plans or do a blog entry about what I want to make, it seems like it doesn't all come to fruition...almost like I was satisfied just making the list or writing the blog entry...strange...
So this spring/summer season...I am going to sew as I feel it...wherever the sewing muses take me...whatever inspires me...whatever I feel I need to have in my wardrobe THAT's what I'm going to make...I am going to be the anti-planner! *LOL*
Seriously though, I think I spent so much of last year planning, following a plan, abiding by a list that this year my creative spirit is just crying out to be free...to sew whatever it wants! So...I will be avidly following what others are making! Cheering you on as you check off item upon item on your list! Unabashedly admiring your determination, your progress and your new wardrobes...while I will sew as the spirit moves. I will make whatever I need to fill a hole in my wardrobe. I will wander down a path I never took before because it wasn't a part of my plan...and I won't make a "sewing list!"
Yeap I'm free-stylin' it! Stay tuned 'cause I haven't the faintest idea what happens next!!!! *LOL*
Monday, April 14, 2008
Sunday, April 13, 2008
And congratulations to all of you who have finished your SWAP garments! I can't wait to see the unveiling and what has been created!!!!
Friday, April 11, 2008
and I came home with nothing...nada...zippo! Now, Gaylen who I went to Metro Textiles to meet can't say the same! *LOL*
I first "met" Gaylen, author of the blog, GMarie Sews, on the now defunct Sewing World. We met in the Sharing and Inspiration folder that started there and migrated to Stitcher's Guild. But we really bonded over what Gaylen calls "the Carolyn Skirt." I forget why it ended up being named for me but it's really Simplicity 5914.
Several of us made the skirt then, encouraging each other to use new sewing techniques or to try different fabrics...I don't know why but at the time Gaylen and I just clicked. Once Sewing World disappeared we've mainly kept in touch through our blogs, but I promised her that if she ever came to New York we would go fabric shopping together.
(Okay this really bad picture was taken by JB with my camera. And I had to use it because I only took a few shots! Hey I thought it was a big deal that I remembered the thing!!!)
She still ended up with quite a few amazing pieces and I promised her husband that I would encourage her to sew it ALL up...he was trying to give time limits but we weren't falling for that one! *LOL*
After a wonderful dinner filled with great conversation and alot of laughter, I sadly headed to the Port Authority to catch a bus home and Gay and her DH wandered around NYC before meeting up with "The Princess"! I had a wonderful evening. It was fantastic to finally meet Gaylan and to put a face with a name!!!
Thanks Gay and JB for sharing such a great evening with me and I hope that when you speak of me, you will do so kindly! *LOL* What was the word? Oh yes, lovely! ROTFLOL!
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
f. Next I topstitched the opening edges through all the thicknesses. I used my foot as a guide to get a well stitched pocket. Isn't it kewl how just a little of the lining fabric peeks through the pocket!
Monday, April 07, 2008
- Cut a circle of fabric the size of a small spool of thread
- I changed this to a slightly larger spool because I was using snaps larger than pictured in the example.
- Punch a hole into the fabric with a stiletto and place the lining over the base of the snap.
- Sew a basting stitch around the circle of lining; draw up the thread and fasten neatly on the underside.
- This took a lot of hand stitches on the first ones but I figured out how to draw the basting stitches tighter on the subsequent snaps.
Sunday, April 06, 2008
After carefully checking the comments section, I used this high-tech manner in which to pull the winners names:
My DD#2 gladly volunteered to pull the names...and the winners are:
Valerie for March 2008
Congratulations to the winners! Please send me an email at cnorman underscore 98 at yahoo dot com with your mailing addresses and I will get the issues out to you right away!
On a different note, I finished up the Easter Suit 2008 Jacket and will have details and pics either later today or tomorrow! Hope you had a wonderful weekend!
Saturday, April 05, 2008
- "You have to move for one year to a very small space that does not have access to retail or internet pattern sources. You have only room to take 12 TNT patterns with you. So, what patterns would you take to meet any wardrobe needs in the next year?"
10. Vogue 2285 Jacket