Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Rosa in White

This is the Rosa shirt from Tilly and The Buttons.
 I think I found my perfect shirt pattern!
 I love three-quarter length roll-up sleeves with button tabs.
 Excellent opportunity for pretty top stitching along the seams.
 Flattering princess seams.
 Cute small pockets
 I also love pearl snaps!
"The oak tree
loves patience,
the mountain is
still looking...."
Mary Oliver

Friday, June 16, 2017

Ginger Jeans -Eagle

Ginger Jeans with eagle feather embroidery.
Heather Lou's Ginger Jean pattern is exceptional! https://store.closetcasepatterns.com/products/ginger-skinny-jeans-pattern
 WOW! The eagle decided to bless these jeans! I just saw her in the sky of this photo! can you see her above the mountains?
I have been using Heather Lou's ebook  for the instructions on these jeans- it is fabulous! https://store.closetcasepatterns.com/products/sewing-your-own-jeans-ebook
 I decided to make this pair of jeans a little looser fitting because my last pair is a little too tight but than I lost weight so now these are a little too loose! Ah! the fickle finger of fitting!!!!!

 I do love how the eagle feathers came out!

 And the eagle on the back pocket!
"Forgive Me

Angles are wonderful but they are so, well, aloof.
It's what I sense in the mud and in the roots of the
trees, or the well, or the barn, or the rock with
its citron map of lichen that halts my feet and
makes my eyes flare, feeling the presence of some
spirit, some small god, who abides there.

If I were a perfect person, I would be bowing
I'm not, though I pause wherever I feel this
holiness, which is why I am often so late coming
back from wherever I went.
Forgive me."
Mary Oliver

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Blue Heron Boots

YES!!!!!! I completed a pair or embroidered blue heron boots!
 This is free hand embroidery that I did on a pair of my boots.
 Some people also call the technique thread painting. That really describes the art of it.
 I love doing it and even more I love the result.
 It is very time consuming but worth it to have a pair of boots I love and will wear forever!!!!
 It's spring and the cranes and herons are migrating now. I am blessed when I get a chance to see them!
 They are so long and gangly and yet the most graceful birds ever!
"I don't care how many angles can
dance on the head of a pin. It's
enough to know that for some people
they exist, and that they dance."
Mary Oliver

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Two Boylston Bras

My first two gorgeous silk and lace Boylston Bras!!!!!!
 I have never had such beautiful, luxurious, elegant & sexy bras!!!!!!!!
It is as satisfying as making my own jeans!!!!!!!
I used the most amazing sandwashed silk and stunning lace. This silk was scraps from my Hummingbird Ribbon Shirt. http://www.sewgadenzia.com/2016/05/my-hummingbird-ribbon-shirt.html
Again I am grateful to Lauren's Boylston Bra sew-along that I followed step by step https://lladybird.com/?s=boylston&submit=Search.

I changed the pattern in several ways by; making two pieces of the upper cup so that I could add scalloped lace only to the inside of the upper cup. This is more comfortable because it leaves no lace to rub on the underarm. I shortened the fabric part of the bra strap because I had the feeling that the strap would slide off my shoulder when I lean down to one side.
I changed it so that ALL the seams are hidden inside by adding a lining of the same unbelievably  sumptuous feel of sandwashed silk on my skin.
I  used a bra cup but did not add underwires because I do not like how they feel. And I took an inch length off the frame and added it to the back band to give it more room for power mesh so that it has more stretch capabilities.
The pink Boylston Bra I made first and thus it has all the mistakes I made on it so that in the end it is too small!😞
I used beautiful hand dyed silk so you can imagine what a bummer it was to find out it didn't fit in the end. The red one is a size bigger and has all the changes that I learned by making this one. NOW I will PIN ON THE BAND and HOOK & EYE, HOLD IT ROUND MY CHEST to see if it fits BEFORE  sewing the band on. If it appears like it will be too small I can always lengthen my power mesh pieces.
"There is some kiss we want with
our whole lives, the touch of
spirit on the body."

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Owl Blessing Dress

I made a dress to bless the owls!
 I designed a simple princess seam knit dress that is comfortable and flattering.
 With block printing.
Here is Colette's inspiration and tips on block printing:https://blog.colettehq.com/inspiration/creating-a-block-print-lily-5-tips-tricks
 Also with side pockets because I always need to carry the cell phone.
"Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet
confinement of your aloneness
to learn
anything or anyone
that does not bring you alive
is too small for you."
David whyte

Saturday, January 14, 2017

First Ever Bra - Watson!

I an SO EXCITED about my first bra I ever made!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
My dear Watson http://clothhabit.com/watson-sew-along/ !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 I am in love! I didn't even do a muslin! But I couldn't have done it without Lauren's GREAT HELPFUL blog posts https://lladybird.com/2015/09/15/completed-blue-lace-watson-bra/ and her tips on bra making https://lladybird.com/2015/08/28/bramaking-tips-tricks-ive-learned-along-the-way/ !!!!!!!!! Lauren has been my inspiration and so so so helpful as I have learned to sew!!!!!!!!!!! 
It fits me perfect! Much better than it fits my red girl! And, still I did make some alterations; 
The sewing is far from perfect but I had to do some figurando in order to make it to my specs. I have always hated the scratchy feel of lace, seams, and some elastics so I covered the cradle seams and side seams on the inside with a nice soft strip of white knit fabric. This is why you can see two rows of topstitching on the cradle instead of one row. 
I put in bra cups and covered that with the opaque stable bra lining whichI also used for the cradle lining. 
 I didn't have the proper underarm elastic and so I used a decorative elastic and folded it over the seam. My seam would have been too fat folded over (as is in the directions) because of the bit of bra cup that was in the seam. 

I got my bra making supplies from Bra Makers Supply https://braandcorsetsupplies.com.
AND I just ordered some more supplies from https://www.etsy.com/shop/TailorMadeShoppe?ref=pr_faveshops  and beautiful stretch lace from https://www.etsy.com/shop/LingerieFabrics?ref=pr_faveshops for my next bras.
Sweet Darkness
"....The night will give you a horizon
further than you can see.
You must learn one thing.
The world was made to be free in.
Give up all other worlds
except the one to which you belong."
David Whyte