Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Cocoa Knit Sweater Shrug

Completed my third Cocoa Knit Shrug from Cake patterns sewingcake.com.
 This is an easy make and important item for my wardrobe. I LOVE these shrugs and wear them a lot with dresses!!!!
 I used the most wonderful wine colored wool interlock from Natures Fabrics http://www.naturesfabrics.com. I LOVE their wool knits and their bamboo knits - they have good quality fabric! 
 This is like a bolero but the pattern is made for knit fabric. The changes I made were to lengthen the sleeves and add a cotton knit lining. 
 I really like linings on everything wool!
 Of course, I needed this little shrug to go with this Gertie Dress. It has been so great to have these shrugs because these days I get hot and cold a lot so I need layers!
"It's possible that while sleeping the hand
that sows the seeds of stars
started the ancient music going again

-like a note from a great harp-
and the frail wave come to our lips
as one or two honest words."
Antonio Machado

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Sweater skirt and bamboo tee

Completed an easy sweater skirt and Bamboo tee shirt.
 After Gertie's fitted dress I had to do some quick and easy things!
 Reality is I will wear these all the time! In fact I am wearing them now as I write! 
 I LOVE this rayon sweater knit!!!!!! It came from a thrift store find! I wish it came from a store so I would know were to find more!!!!
It already was a skirt but it was too long and too tube-like. 
 I cut off about 5 or 8 inches at the top, took off about 2 inches on the sides at the top grading to the full width at hips and made a waist band with the sweater knit on the outside and a very stretchy swimsuit type fabric on the inside (I think I used the mabel skirt's waistband for this).
 I LOVE LOVE LOVE my new bamboo tee shirt - sooo soft and the right color!!!!! I made 2 other tee shirts from my TNT pattern at this time because I really needed them. Sometimes, I got to just make what I need not only what I want! or make what I need BE what I want!
"To free your heart of ballast
So that the compass of your soul
Might direct you toward
The territories of spirit
Where you will discover
More of your hidden life."
John O"Donohue

Monday, December 29, 2014

Gertie's Butterick 6094

Completing Gertie's Butterick 6090 was a big deal!
 I don't usually make such fitted dresses as this one. It took a long time of making many MANY muslins in order to get the fit right on this dress!!!!!!!! But in the end I am very pleased with Gertie's Butterick 6094!!!!!!! You can find this at www.blogforbettersewing.com or any place that sells Butterick patterns.  
According to the package my size would be a 12 to 14 so that was the size I cut out at first. It was much to big so I ended with a size 6 at the bust and size 12 at the hips. 
 The back of this dress is SO COOL! 
 YAH!!!!! Check that out!!!!!!!
I love love love love the design of this dress!
 I used a wonderful wool twill which, to my surprise, has a lot of stretch! The stretch makes this dress so comfortable! I am in love with this fabric it has a lot of colors in those stripes. 
  The alterations to the pattern were many. I made a small bust adjustment,  lengthened the bodice about one and a half inches, and I lowered the armpit about an inch and a half.  
More alterations were: a sway back adjustment and making the darts in the back wider and about 2 inches longer!

I did a little thread painting and top stitching. This dress reminded me of tulips.




I lined this dress with a wonderful stretch silk charmeuse so it is luxuriously soft and stretchy!!!!! 
Clearly, I need to bring down the line where the bodice and midriff meet. I do love wearing this dress so I am sure I will make it again and make a few more changes. 
 "As twilight harvests all the day's color,
May love bring you home to each other."
John O"Donohue

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Deer and Doe Anemone Skirt threadpainting

YES! A new skirt from Deer and Doe patterns that I did thread-painting on!
I Love this skirt from Deer and Doe http://www.deer-and-doe.fr/?lang=2
I added quite a few inches to the bottom width of the front 3 panels and less to the back panels in order to create a more flared skirt. I finished with a scalloped hem.
The high waist makes it so graceful with a smooth transition from waist to hips! Often I feel the waistbands cut into the waist and cause bulging in the stomach which I hate! This is the PERFECT skirt for a high waist and no waistband!!!!!!!!!!! YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I did some free hand thread-painting of a hummingbird and hibiscus flower. I am very pleased with the way that worked out!
I am not so pleased with this rayon Hawthorn Blouse from Colette Patterns https://www.colettepatterns.com/‎ 
I love the Hawthorn pattern but I do not understand why it came out  baggy in the midriff area which is not at all what happened the first two times I have made this pattern. Could it really be that making it in a rayon caused such a big difference? 
I made a long sleeve version of the New Look #6935 blouse. 
 I think this designer organic quilting cotton is beautiful but as all quilting cottons go it was too scratchy for me. I lined it with a beautiful soft silk cotton blend and I love the feel. But I also had difficulties with this blouse. It seems that in adding sleeves they are not sitting right at the shoulder so they pull the neck apart more causing bra strap peekage which drives me nuts! I am amazed I am continually inspired to sew even with these setbacks!
All those years
forgetting
how easily
you can belong
to everything
simply by listening.
...........
So let this winter
of listening
be enough
for the new life
I must call my own.
David Whyte

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Outfit for my Niece!

COOL! The outfit I made for my niece fits and she loves it!!!!!!!!!Oh! She is so CUTE!!!!!!!! She loved the chance to sport her new boots! The Tee is Gertie's Sweetheart tee! I used a great soft bamboo knit which she loves! 
This totally cool Tee is from Gertie's new book "Gertie Sews Vintage Casual" which you can find on her blog or on Amazon http://www.blogforbettersewing.com/. This book is amazing! TONS of great information, excellent drawings, photos, plus 10 different patterns in the back of the book which are all pretty easy. She then gives 4 or 5 different ways to alter each pattern which really gives you 34 patterns!!!!!!!! Gertie's first book "Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing" is also great and inspirational but seems like it is for more advanced sewing that I have not reached yet.
 The Skirt is the Mabel from Colette Patterns https://www.colettepatterns.com/sewing/mabel.
 The leggings are the Oh La Leggings from Papercut Patterns papercutpatterns.com/.We Both agree that the sew lines of the leggings DO NOT WORK with the mabel! Oh well she will wear them with other things!
"An unconscious gesture
Could echo an ancestor,
And the look of us stir
Recognition of belonging
That is ours alone;"
John O'Donohue

Gertie's Sweetheart Tee

 Here is Gertie's Sweatheart Tee! 
The skirt is something I started sewing years ago and I just reworked it in order to make it fit.
This totally cool Tee is from Gertie's new book "Gertie Sews Vintage Casual" which you can find on her blog or on Amazon http://www.blogforbettersewing.com/. This book is amazing! TONS of great information, excellent drawings, photos, plus 10 different patterns in the back of the book which are all pretty easy. She then gives 4 or 5 different ways to alter each pattern which really gives you 34 patterns!!!!!!!! Gertie's first book "Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing" is also great and inspirational but seems like it is for more advanced sewing that I have not reached yet.
I Love this Gertie's Tee pattern! I did add about a half inch to each side of front tee which made the neck a little more narrow and brought it up a little higher. This keeps my bra straps from being visible on the sides.
I had to take out about one and a half inch at the back top of the tee tapering off down the back.
I LOVE this sweetheart neck line!!!! and I needed red so I dyed this fabric and I am happy with the color! 
I also needed a stripped tee!
The gathers on the bodice are so cool!!!
I LOVE that this skirt does not have a waist band! And it is pretty high waisted which I like!!!!
I LOVE this fabric I used for the skirt -it is a linen with embroidery on it!
To let your body
love this world
that gave itself to your care
in all of its ripeness,
with ease, 
and will take itself from you
in equal ripeness and ease,
is also harvest. 
Jane Hirshfield

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Zinnia Skirt in Turquoise Gauze

Oops! I just realized that I should have taken the photos with the zinnias in the background!
 Well, here is the Zinnia skirt in front of the cosmos!
 I have been working double time harvesting the garden and puttin' up food. I have not had much time to sew. This is one of the reasons this skirt was so satisfying to make - it was easy and FAST!
 Colette did it again with a great simple pleated lined skirt https://www.colettepatterns.com/‎!
 I added two inches on the length of the pleats, made up the short version and added a lining because the gauze is sheer and I have some other sheer fabrics in mind for the next one. Yep, this was my muslin! Mostly my muslins are not worthy of the camera and blog time!
I LOVE my sewing machine and her fancy detailing, and my serger and her great rolled hems!
"The flute of interior time is played weather we hear it or not.
What we mean by "love" is it's sound coming in.
When love hits the furthest edge of excess, it reaches a wisdom.
And the fragrance of that knowledge!"
Kabir