Saturday, January 01, 2011

Notes from my Sewing Machine

Well it's the first day of a new year and I'm right where I want to front of my sewing machine!   I'm sure to some people that would be strange but not to us right?!  In front of our sewing machines is where we create and make dreams come true, where we beautify not only our bodies but our living spaces and where we turn fabric into things only dreamed of...*sigh*

Yes, I'm getting poetic as I sit in front of my machine...*LOL*  So here are a few more thoughts!

First I would like to thank everyone who commented on the "I'm Grateful!" post!  All of your comments were appreciated especially since I was very hesitant about posting those thoughts.  And to Paula...I do remember you from the PR NYC Shopping Day and it was a pleasure to meet you! :)

Have you seen the new issue of Threads magazine (Jan/Feb 2011)?  I swear they are reading my blog and the blogs of my fellow sewists because two of their recent articles are called, "Slow Sewing" and "Channel Your Creative Energy".  And then there is the article called "Piggyback Pockets" which emphasizes a pocket design that is on one of the jacket patterns I want to use for my 12 Jackets in a Year Challenge.  I guess there's just a synergy in the sewing world right now.  We ALL are striving to be the best sewists that we can...and Threads is doing their part to help us along.

So what's up with the fact that the Big 4 pattern companies can't manage to get their websites to coincide with the delivery of the books & patterns to the stores?  You would think that people wouldn't have to take their cell phones to the stores to take pictures of the new offerings to share?  Or is this the latest marketing technique?  Stir us all up to "want" the new offerings but not make them available to everyone at once?  If that is so, this sucks...seriously!  Don't forget the backlash that this can create...we want to see the new patterns so badly that we are overanxious...and then when we finally view the new collections, we are disappointed because they are NOT as amazing as we we don't buy anything.  See, backlash ~ You know what I'm saying!  *LOL*

I don't need fabric.  Truly I don't but I wish that would get in another great shipment of designer fabric because I'm sewing with the Vera Wang Lavendar collection wool jerseys that I purchased last year or is the year before, now?  Anyway, I've made some amazing garments from those fabrics and would truly love to get some more like them...

Which leads me to the Giorgio Armani's that are presently on Fabric Mart's site that are teasing the mess out of me!  I'm in love but I just can't justify buying some of those pieces...hell's bells I can't justify buying too much more fabric as it is...the fabric closet is bursting at the seams.

Going in another direction...I loved my Christmas presents this year!  Claudine ~ I got the box set of The Tudors!  All four seasons...I am IN heaven!  Gotta figure out how to incorporate some of the lusciousness of those costumes into my wardrobe.  *LOL*  Right how do I make 15th century England work in today's business world!?!  I don't know how now but it does set the creative mind whirling...

I also received three new sewing books.  The Sewing Bible Clothing (The Ultimate resource of Techniques, Ideas and Inspiration) by Wendy Gardiner; Jackets for Real People by Marta Alto, Susan Neall & Patti Palmer (thank you Gigi, that was a late addition to the Christmas list!); and The Dressmaker's Handbook of Couture Sewing Techniques by Lynda Maynard.  I've only browsed through them but I'm sure that you will hear more about them in the future.

Lastly, I am sewing as the title of the post states.  However, I still haven't started work on The Pinstripe Follies Collection.  It's still simmering in the back of my mind.  I know those garments will start showing up here soon...piece by piece.

Okay ~ I'm headed back to my machine.  I'm finishing off the DVF Inspired Dress, as well as, a pair of pants.  I have a wearable musin cut out of a jacket that I want to make a lot of this year...but this will be my first version of it and a BurdaStyle top to cut out...yes, I traced the pieces from the magazine! *LOL* 

I've got a little grouping going on there will definitely be more to share...later!


  1. happy new year! :-) I'm tucked away at the sewing machine as well. Aaaah.... so relaxing!

  2. Happy New Year, Carolyn! Sounds like you got some awesome loot for Xmas. Can't wait to see all the inspiration that comes from these new acquisitions.

    Here's hoping 2011 is the best (sewing) year ever!

  3. I agree, that Threads magazine is really excellent. After a few years of indecision they've really hit their stride. They have a point of view again and it is fantastic.
    Happy New year

  4. Happy New Year Lady! It's great you're so pumped up and ready to set off yet another great sewing year. I love it---just out the gate and ready to run!!! I wish you all the best. Great score on the books. I love the PP Fit for Jackets---the DVD is great too. The others look great and I need to check them out. Happy sewing to ya. Can't wait to see what you churn out.....

  5. A very happy new sewing year to you Carolyn. Your enthusiasm and exciting plans have got me all inspired and raring to sew too!

  6. Happy New Year. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with this year. I'll be spending time in the sewing room this afternoon.

  7. Happy New Year! I'm so glad to hear you loved the Tudors too. I've been thinking about getting the set. Henry Cavill made life worth living as I waited for Netflix! Did you watch Pillars of the Earth? Same intense drama, but the costumes weren't as lush. Happy sewing!

  8. Have fun watching the Tudors while sewing! I hardly ever wear my Tudor skirt, but I still love it. I really liked that Threads issue as well. Happy New Year. Claudine

  9. hmmm, now you've got me curious about The Tudors. And I looked at those Armani wool fabrics, oh they are soooo sweet.
    Happy New Year Carolyn!

    you are right, I know I'm in front of the sewing machine today and bet most of us are. (and hopping online during sewing breaks :)

  10. I totally get sewing on the first day of the year. I'm doing this, too.

    I don't subscribe to Threads and have rarely bought it in the past, but I loved their last issue so much that after browsing, I had to buy it. The Jan/Feb 2011 issue is another winner? Thanks for the heads up. I'll definitely have to check it out.

    Happy New Year!

  11. Happy New Year! You are truly an amazing person with an incredible eye for clothing. You have indeed sewed with a purpose and have been a big inspiration to us all!

  12. Happy New Year, Carolyn! I so enjoy your blog. :)

    I went to the fabric store this morning and spent the afternoon altering a tricky Burda jacket pattern. Will I have the energy to muslin it tonight?... We'll see.

    Here's to a fabulous 2011. :)

  13. I will see if I can grap a copy of the new thread per your recommendations. I would hope that the magazine and Big 4 pattern companies have people how's job is to find out what sewer's want. Using social media and blog reading. That seems like a no brainer to me.

  14. There's too much on sale to tempt me to make a decision. Have a great new year.

  15. Those books look fantastic!

    Here is a confession...I never had sewing books until just last year. Everything I learned was either from the instructions in the pattern, or I went and tried to find it online, or I would just "wing it."

    The year I started trying to make pants was the first time I ever purchased a sewing book! But some of your choices might well make it into my tiny collection!

  16. I just picked up the new Threads yesterday. Thanks to you, I can't wait to read it. It has been a pleasure reading your blog this past year, and finally meeting you as well at PR Weekend. You are an inspiration.

    Happy New Year.


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