Sunday, January 8, 2017

Ironing can be entertaining!!







I don't know about you, but listening to either a football game or great music on a rainy day  calls out to me as the perfect afternoon to do some preshrinking of fabric and pressing it so that it is ready to sew.


This afternoon after doing a few errands this morning, I decided that it was time to finally iron the piece of muslin that I bought for $5.00 at the local Goodwill.  It turned out to be a major bargain! Over two yards of 47" width cotton muslin.  That is not going to happen at Joann Fabrics, ever.

Still feeling inspired, I ended up taking care of a gifted piece of cotton linen blend. It ironed like a dream!






It is so perfect for a simple little sleeveless or cap sleeved  button down.

Then,  after that, I pulled out this gorgeous and funky Liberty of London cotton lawn that I purchased last year on sale.  The intention was to make a pair of gorgeous pillowcases/pillow slips.

Here is the link that I am going to use, when I finally get around to making the  pillow cases, or dare I make a blouse??

http://thecottagemama.com/2011/12/15-minute-pillowcase-with-french-seams/


The current project that I have been working on is in the final stages- a knit shell, that is part of this Kwik Sew pattern.










Still am debating if I want to do the same old boring basic stitches for the armscye and neckline hem.

So, I started to experiment with some of my machine embroidery stitches.

First I tried some stitches on a muslin scrap.




 This is more true to the real color of the cotton jersey knit. It is not such a bright guava color as it looks in the previous shot.  It is a real blend of guava fruit and an orange rose coral.



      Then here are the samples on the real deal!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Simplicity Pattern 8050 Vintage 1940s Dress Pattern

Simplicity Pattern 8050 Vintage 1940s Dress Pattern: This vintage Simplicity button front dress pattern from the 1940s features a view with seam details and braid trim on hem, bodice and collar, and a view with belt and contrast collar.

8242 A beautiful vintage pattern!!

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Here is a new beauty of a pattern that I really adore!!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

The new and improved nightgown!!

 Well, I have started working on making my own version of the classic Hanro nightgown.  


https://shop.hanrousa.com/product/hanro-valencia-long-sleeve-gown-76988/?color=



So I ended up buying the closest styled nightgown pattern- Kwik Sew 3980.


https://kwiksew.mccall.com/k3980





So, I decided to use some 4 way knit from my stash and am working on the muslin of it along, with a nice lace lingerie elastic.  I cut out the large size.









Did not need the darts on this at all. It's way too big!!


So, now I have pinned out the side seams on it and have started marking the adjusted side seam, with a sliver of soap.




As you can see, after marking the RSS, I have thread traced on top of the new line..

Monday, June 27, 2016



Feeling excited to get to work on finishing up the bags for the belated Birthday present. I am inspired after reading Shams latest blog entry on the most delicious jacket ever!

I even have the blouse pattern all cut out and queued up to get groovin.

Especially after going to LA, to visit with friends to go fabric shopping, museum viewing and pondering the ways of how to become more creative.


http://www.musee-lalique.com/en/discover/collections/drawings#.V3HajWPv_2E.facebook



Rene' Lalique has been an inspiration of mine ever since I discovered him as a kidlet. The illustrations for jewelry design as well as the perfume bottles are sheer perfection!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

The Doctor..

 

 

 Yes, it was all about the Doctor..

 


 No, no, not this one!





However, any one of them will do..

In my travels last weekend, I was on the search for a gift for a knitting bud, he goes by the nickname, D.D. (a.k.a Doily Dude) and I wanted to find the perfect inspiration for a good giftie..

Hurrah! Eureka, I found the most perfect fabric,  already made up into do rags. 

At this point I am sure that you are wondering, what the heck does Dr. Who have to do with the do rags, right??


 Well, here is what the fabrics looked like.

 So I quickly came up to a great idea of making some needle bags for D. D.'s Birthday gift! Shhh, he has no idea what I am up to..


Sunday, February 23, 2014

Oh dear pup!

Well I am finally returning to sewing again.  It has been a long time.. Last year I bought some fleece for the dog in my life. Her name is Pika.  She is a chi - mix, chihuahua and basenji.  What a sweetie!
Well, last year I bought some Tiffany Blue fleece with the intention to make her a coat.  It is finally finished.

                                                        The adorable one


I was inspired by Miss Celie, who has a dynamite style and a most adorable Chi named Linus.


Using the same pattern, Simplicity 3939 I bit the bullet and cut out a medium. Pika has a rather large chest, so I knew that I needed this size.  I did change the sleeves a bit. My boyfriend and I joke,"Pika, you have Tyrannosaurus arms!"  I posted a review at Pattern review, so that is where you can find the details.