Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Block printed Davie Dress in Spice

I'm loving doing block printing. This one was done on a knit fabric.
I used the Davie Dress pattern from Sewaholic Patterns http://www.sewaholicpatterns.com/davie-dress/

 I changed the pattern by taking out the keyhole in the front and brought the neckline down.

 It was surprising that it took me several versions to get the sleeve area fitting well. 
"There is so much magic in life, in these colors, in theses shapes, in this drop of shinning light in the gigantic dark universe." Robert Muller

Pneuma Tank and knit skirt

Pneuma Tank  and a knit skirt I made up.
I made a lot of changes to Papercut's Pneuma Tank http://papercutpatterns.com/collections/all/products/pneuma-tank

 I made two layers of the under shelf bra so that I could add bra cups.
 The skirt is a simple knit fabric that I did block printing on. I love these skirts and end up wearing them all the time.
 I also added fabric to the sides and back of the Pneuma Tank so that it does not have the gaps in the back or on the sides.  

"We can only do small things with great love". 
Mother Teresa

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Heart Back Dress

I LOVE this  dress! 
 I used the Deer & Doe "Belladone" bodice with the hear"t cut out. https://shop.deer-and-doe.fr/en/sewing-patterns/8-belladone-dress-pattern.html
I changed the front bodice a lot! I cut the neck into a sweetheart neckline and took a lot off to lower it. I cut the sleeve line different. And I used the Skirt from the Sewaholic's Hollyburn Skirt http://www.sewaholicpatterns.com/hollyburn-skirt/ 

 I also changed it to have a side zipper.
 I LOVE having pockets! AND this fabric is fabulous Cotton and Steel! the little blue birds are adorable! 
"What is called in her rises from the ground
and is found in her body,
what she is given is secret even from her."
David Whyte

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Blue Horse Nicola Dress

OH YES! A flying blue horse Nicola dress!!!!!!
 This is the Nicola Dress from Sewaholic http://www.sewaholicpatterns.com/nicola-dress/
 So comfortable!

 I actually stuck to the pattern which is unusual for me!
 I LOVE Sewaholic Patterns. They fit my body well and her instructions are great!
"I step into the painting of the four blue horses.
I am not even surprised that I can do this."
Mary Oliver Blue Horses

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Woodblock Printed Oakridge Blouse

Completed a hand woodblock printed Oakridge blouse!

 I am LOVING woodblock printing! This is Sewaholic's Oakridge pattern. http://www.sewaholicpatterns.com/oakridge-blouse/
I used a fabulous brilliant colored raw silk!

 I really did't make any changes to the pattern.
 I used silk bias ribbon for the neck binding.

 Printing with woodblocks allows for a lot of freedom of design.  
 For more information on the woodblock printing technique see Colette's blog post at: https://blog.colettehq.com/inspiration/creating-a-block-print-lily-5-tips-tricks
"The oak tree 
loves patience,
the mountain is still looking"
Mary Oliver

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Black Ginger Jeans

YES!!!! I complete a much needed pair of black Ginger Jeans.
I love black and red so it was fun to use red topstitching on the stretch black denim. 
 Heather is truly a master! Her instructions are clear and she takes all the stress and fear out of making jeans!!!
 It is very difficult to get good pictures jeans. 
 They feel GREAT! a lot better than they look!

My new Janome 1600 professional I use for all the top stitching and goes through the difficult seams as smooth as butter!  But she is only a straight station' machine. I used my sweet little Bernina 350 for  seams and the fancy decorative stitches. Bernina 350 is the cutest little work horse you ever did see! Lets not forget my good old trusty Juki MO735 serger. These there ladies are like the magic 3 legged stool! they can get any job done that I put to'em!!!! It really helps in making Jeans to have one machine set up for stitching and one for top stitching and one for serving - changing threads and stitches on every seam would take forever!
Walk in Beauty!

Saturday, May 7, 2016

My Hummingbird Ribbon Shirt

 She speaks for herself!!!!!!!!

I used the Oakridge Blouse bodice from Sewaholic Patterns: http://www.sewaholicpatterns.com/oakridge-blouse/
And I used the Sleeve from Bruyere from Deer and Doe Patterns;  http://shop.deer-and-doe.fr/en/sewing-patterns/21-bruyere-shirt-pattern.html
It has taken years to learn these thread painting techniques.  
I used the most luscious red stone washed silk!!!!!
She is fabulous to wear!!!!!!!
Like wearing a flutter of wings!!!!!!
"The Hummingbirds
In this book
there are many hummingbirds-
the blue-throated, the bumblebee, the calliope,
the cinnamon, the lucifer, and of course
the ruby-throated.
Well, that's all you can do.
For they're swift as the wind
and they fly, not across the pages but
like many shy and otherworldly things,
between them.
I know you'll keep looking now that i've told you.
I'm hungry to see them too, but I can't
hold them back even for a moment, they're
busy, as all things are, with their own lives.
So, all I can do is let you know
they're here somewhere.
All I can do is tell you
by putting my own hunger on the page."
Mary Oliver