Thursday, September 18, 2008

Wow it has been a long time...

Here it is, half way through September, wishing that I did have more time to sew, cook and do everything else I would like to be doing.

The next project I am planning to start is a costume, based on the Tenniel illustration of Alice in Alice in Wonderland. I am planning to do some preliminary sketches and have all of the fabrics and trims. My goal is to recreate the scene of Alice and the screaming baby turned into the piglet. I have the piglet, but need to make the appropriate bonnet and baby blanket as well as Alice's dress..

I think that my students will really be surprised by the costume!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

bye bye June, Happy July

Everything seems to be moving fast, so fast! People( family members) moving, putting things into storage and slowly getting ready for my new classroom. Sewing?? Of course, there has to be some sewing! And of course the official adoption of the two bunnies that I am fostering- Sparley and Mike! Really it is Marley and Spike.

My latest sewing project entails embroidering ( by machine) English netting. So far the samples are okay, but.. not quite what I have expected. I am making yet another shrug out of the netting so that I can wear it over other shrugs or alone. I will have to post some pictures of the samples.

Last week, I picked up the attachment for my machine to do the circular embroidery, I have yet to get it to work.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Well, it has been a while..

Now that the school year is over, I can finally return to sewing for myself. Over the course of the past year of teaching, I have lost about 20 pounds. So, that means I need to make some new clothes and finish the swap that I started in January. Oh and refit some of my favorite tops to fit the newly slim body.

My plan today is to go through my pattern stash and reduce it a bit. I need to finish a couple of the tops that I cut out and then make either one of my vintage dress patterns, a new robe, a couple skirts and a coat. I just don't know what to make first.

Monday, January 21, 2008

more progress with the skirt..

Well, after making the sable cookies I felt inspired to go back to the skirt in progress. I was a little bit baffled on how I was going to attach the lining, since I had already attached the facings to the skirt. So, I improvised on how to attach it- success!! I could not follow the directions completely from the Connie Long book, so I attached the lining by sewing it to the top of the facing, 3/8 of an inch away from the raw edge. It looks lovely!! (Well especially with the bias binding edge of the facing and seeing the lining out of the same fabric. It looks so chi chi!

There is not too much left to do with the skirt- hem the lining, attach the lining at the zip and add the glorious satin ribbon to the front of the skirt!

Sables on a Monday...

Well, I finally made the time to try one version of a sable cookie recipe. This version is from the Joy of Cooking. I am really curious to see how they turn out this afternoon.

I did my big experiment- making my own powdered sugar- one cup of granulated sugar with one teaspoon of corn starch... oooh what a mess!! Next time I better do this in a regular blender and not use the hand held blender. It was pretty funny to see clouds of corn starch and sugar, floating around me.

This is the recipe that I am testing and going to make with my students this week. Boy, I hope that they turn out.

The next version is going to be a more authentic version called punitions. They are not quite as sweet as these.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Well, I finally am working on the voile lining for the skirt. This time I am trying a new technique for sewing the lining - the quick and easy method that is in the Connie Long book- Sewing Linings from Taunton Press. It is a slightly different process and I want to stretch my skills.

I will post a picture after I finish the lining of the inside..

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Sunday is a good day!

Well, today I did end up cutting out the lining for the skirt. Not only did I cut out the lining, I ended up going on a cutting spree! Five tops were cut out and now there is no excuse for me not to do some sewing. Hopefully I can get the lining finished next weekend.

I did not make the sables today, but that's okay. Maybe tomorrow after work when I get home.

It has been a really great Winter Break. Tomorrow is back to work.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Tonight's the night

This entry has no reference to the song by Rod Stewart at all! It just seemed apropos that I finally had the opportunity to make the new version of the cauliflower soup that I found online. I wanted one that has minimal dairy in it, so if I wanted to I could make a vegan version of the soup.

DH loved the aroma, as it simmered. Success!! We both loved this new recipe. For the first time I did use butter and tried it with a smattering of bleu cheese. DH chose to not try his serving with the cheese.

Here is the link to the new recipe!,1330,RC.html

It was the perfect dinner on a cold and rainy night.

Onto other great foods- there is nothing like a wonderful piece of candy or pastry treat.

There are two amazing stores here in San Francisco called miette. If you are ever here and you adore pastries in the patesserie tradition, find this shop!!

Of course I would mention this since I do love food!