Thursday, May 17, 2018

Vacation Sewing Not finished


Vacation Sewing plans not finished ๐Ÿ˜‚
I had many plans for garments to finish before leaving town , but didn’t get them all done . 
I was feeling blue & disappointed in myself earlier . As with most of us I had too many irons in the fire. But I have cleaned up my sewing room and finished a few embroidery projects . 
I don’t feel I’m as productive as I think I should be , but have to remember Sewing is a fun,relaxing hobby that I am very privledged to enjoy .
A new skirt & a new top will be fun to wear !! 
Happy Sewing 

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Meeting Rhonda Buss !!!Haute Couture Club of Chicago



The Haute Couture Club of Chicago held it’s annual luncheon & fashion show this past Sunday .
It was truly a highlight for me to attend . There was so much nspiration in the 60 plus garments made by the members . The top left picture shows a 97 yr old member who made the coat she’s wearing !!!
I attended with a friend Andrea Birkan  . I met Andrea last year at Susan Khalje’s class in Houston. 
Andrea took the day on Thursday to take me to her favorite Chicago fabric stores .
Andrea modeled several of her amazing Couture garments ! She is such a generous friend !!

Cenetta Burrell was also in the show with numerous garments . I follow her on IG as well as her blog -They Mahogany Stylist . 
She made many wonderful garment for herself & her family .

The highlight for me was meeting Rhonda Buss . I have followed Rhonda’s blog -Rhonda’s Creative life since I first returned to garment sewing about 8 years ago. She has such great style & her blog is always so positive & full of helpful sewing tips & inspiration .

I was also able to visit my sister ,her kids , cousins & 2 -90 yr old aunts .
It was a memorable weekend !! 
Time to Sew 

Friday, April 13, 2018

The Tunic Bible & Blackwood Cardigan - Stylemaker Fabrics


Lots of sewing , just not much blogging ! 
My second Tunic Bible is a 2sided knit from Stylemaker Fabrics . It’s a cotton /poly & sewed up like a dream . It has an eyelet look to it . I’m glad I was able to incorporate both sides in this dress . I’m looking forward to dressing it up & down . I love the tunics from Tunic Bible & love the fact that this pattern is now my TNT . Once you fit it , endless options open up ! 
A while back I finished my first Blackwood Cardigan . I also loved this pattern . My fabric was mostly poly so  topstitching was a major challenge . I love the length . I didn’t love that DH called it a lab coat.  But what do men know about fashion . It’s a wonderful sweater ! 
I have fabric ready to cut out for both of these patterns - they are keepers ! 
Happy Sewing 

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Sewing Pickle Pie Designs ITH embroidery ❤️

I LOVE ,LOVE,LOVE making pickle pie Designs Bags in the hoop ! The first picture shows the ones I made for an MPS Society fundraiser. My friend Kris Klenke is hosting her 20 th Anniversary Klenke Bowl in memory of her beloved son Kraig. As you may know I have an MPS angel niece who died from the same disease. 
Research is the name of the game for this devastating disease .

The second picture is a tablet bag I made for my darling Granddaughter. She requested a bag with kitties . 
HPpy Sewing & Embroidery 

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Sewing with Friends

I had a wonderful day on Thursday sewing !
I’ve been giving sewing lessons to my great niece for about a year now. She is 6 so they have been quick projects .
I invited a girl friend & her granddaughters to join us last week. I let Sofia pick the project as she is the “expert” . She wanted to make St Patrick’s Day scarves & “purses” .
Sofia was very patient with letting the other girls use her machine . My friend & I had to guide the fabric but they loved pushing the pedal . Sofia cut out some green felt & sewed 3 sides . We added green ribbon for handles. 
They had a great time .
I pretty much let them look like 3-4-5-6 yr olds made them .
It’s great that Sofia has been interested in sewing for so long . Of course they loved the snack part of the morning also๐Ÿ’•.
It’s been hard coming up with projects so any ideas are greatly appreciated .

I have sewn for myself just need to get some pictures taken ! 
Happy Sewing 

Thursday, February 22, 2018

2018 RTW Fast -NYC & Charleston

It’s been a wonderful month 
It’s my birthday month , Valentines & travel 
We spent 5 Days in NYC visiting our Son. DIL & DGD
Such a treat to spend time with them & at 4 1/2 she really knows us now . 
I was able to wear a make a made in NYC in 
January - another of my TNT Sandra Betzina tees. The fabric is a cotton/poly blend from Stone Mtn in SF . It’s so soft it really feels like wearing my pj’s. I have lots of future plans for this pattern including a dress . When I’m on a roll I like to make the same item to really make sure the fit is good & I will remember the steps to make. I’ve really started the year working on a sewing journal in earnest. I’ve actually made notes on Patterns , fabric etc. 
I’m also continuing something I started last year of writing down every single thing I’ve made in a year. Boy it adds up . I used to think I wasn’t a very productive sewer until I started documenting my makes - I include the numbers of charity items I make so it’s a true picture .
Having a great time in Charleston!! Not even tempted to buy clothes . 
I’m loving the RTW challenge . But I was frustrated a few weeks ago when there was a lot of negativity in  The Facebook group. I understood the rules when I signed up but some were asking why such & such an item should be excluded . It’s on your honor , but people received very clear rules when they signed up - just saying 
Happy Sewing 

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Gift sewing


I recently finished some gifts . The trivet & coasters were a thank you gift . Machine embroidery in the hoop . 
The valentine pillowcase was mailed to NYC to a special GD . 
We leave next week for a visit & I have the mermaid doll set finished . 
I also finished a top & embroidered a denim jacket - need to get pictures !!!
I have another top & the Blackwood cardigan to finish before next week.
Since I’ll be gone during the next distribution for Layette I’m busy making baby mitts to place in the Layette Bags . They are fast & quick & use up our knit scraps . 
Happy Sewing 

Sunday, January 14, 2018

zipper repair for a son !


The past week & 1/2 I’ve had a very bad head cold . I’m very lucky that’s all it is with so much flu going around . But it has sidelined my sewing especially the garments I had planned to work on .
I replaced a zipper in a jacket for my #2 son . It was an oiled leather jacket . I offered to wash it for him, but he said NO - you hose it off . WHAT ??.. indeed that’s what the label said so I mailed back a dirty jacket & said good luck hosing that off in Denver.





I finally completed 2 little  purses for a silent auction for my charity sewing group .
Happy Sewing 

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

RTW fast 2018 - let’s go !



I’m so excited to be participating in my second RTW Fast with Sarah Gunn of GoodbyeValentino blog.
I believe I only made 5 items in the 2014 RTW Fast but I didn’t buy any clothing either so it was a huge success on my part. 
This year I have many goals of items to make . I’ve actually been cleaning the sewing room & making lists of fabric &patterms I want to complete. 
I love sewing & usually sew a bit every day , but I get scattered in many directions & need to focus on garments .
It’s not that I need a lot of clothes but I want to sew garments I like ,will wear & challenge my sewing skills .
I will still do my charity sewing - in fact I made 75 sets of baby mitts for local hospitals this week. I also love machine embroidery, but another goal is to incorporate embroidery into my garments. 
So I’m ready to get started . 
I found 3 unfinished garments that will get me going ! 
Happy 2018 
&
Happy Sewing