Saturday, February 27, 2010
Brother-in-law received a freebie shirt for participating in a golf tournament but never wore it so sis Rikki Tikki Tavi gave it to me to add to my thrift store drop-off but I had an idea for it. Remembering a sewing revamp online, I cut it into an easy and casual skirt.
With the remaining fabric, I made a This Mama Makes Stuff baby gown and sent it to Baby Cutie, son of Ernest and Eileen.
Eileen told me that Baby Cutie wore it as a small baby and just today sent me a pic of him (9 months) wearing it as a shirt with jeans.
Hey, exactly what is Cutie sneaking out of that wine 'frig? He's a quick learner, I tell ya!
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Spied my favorite color green in a big roll of string at Hobby Lobby. Not sure what the string is used for . . . found it near the yarn aisle. Anywho, rummaging through the Skitzo Leezra Studio craft stash and somehow pearls and green string ended up in the same idea bubble above my head.
How does one string pearls onto string without a correctly sized needle? So glad you asked because I took photos! How serendipitous!
Cut your string longer than your finished project, usually 10" or so. (String is cheap. Your time and effort is priceless.) Tie a knot to end of string so beads won't fall off. You'll trim that knot when you complete your project.
1. Grab some beading wire and cut about 10". Fold in half and mash the center with your fingers for a crisp fold. Pull your string to rest in that center fold. Run a bead onto wire toward the string.
2. Slide bead to end of wire and butt it up to the string.
3. Hold the string with a 4" or so tail. Slide bead from wire to string. You may need to use some force.
Once you get the hang of it, you can stack lots of beads on the wire and slide a whole row of beads onto string.
Monday, February 22, 2010
Quilting fabric* pulled from my mom's stash. Fabric pre-washed. Fabric ironed. Fabric cut from pattern view "A" (sleeveless blue dress) at blouse length.
- missed my opportunity to do complete French seams at shoulder so folded under the seam allowances and topstitched. This is when I realized I needed Michelle's instructions.
- Shoulder seam interior - tacked bias tape edge to inside to stabilize interfacing piece. (I skipped the iron-on interfacing step because I didn't want it to be too stiff. Shame on me. It was too wimpy so had to hand tack at shoulders, front and back.
- For front neckline, made small tack stitches to back of pleats to hide threads.
- Same thing for back of neck - hand tacked down to center back seam allowance.
- Fashioned my own split seams.
- Serged raw edges.
Why did it take so long to post? Well, at some point, I realized the bust was entirely too large so tailored to friend's size. There is no way I am gonna "waste" all my time on a throw away practice muslin; someone is gonna wear the quilting cotton blouse, dammit all. Believe it or not, it looks cute on my friend. Gave it to her but forgot to take photos. Visited the shirt this week and took the snaps. Not sure I'll revisit the pattern again but I learned alot.
Thanks for your help, Michelle!
*The Selfish Seamstress says nothing screams "homemade" like clothing made of quilting cotton and I must admit the wrinkled shirt on hanger photo isn't fantastic. Visualize it under a cute brown jacket, styled with leather cord necklace. It kinda has that Ralph Lauren or Hilfiger vibe.
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Figured it out yet?
Inside Tampax multi-pack boxes!
Friday, February 19, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
- Print 4 copies of template and cut each size petal for pattern. (I printed on cardstock weight paper.)
- Iron fabric.
- Starch for extra "petal loft". You can always scrunch it if the fabric is too stiff.
- Pin each size petal template to prescribed layers of fabric and cut all layers at one time instead of tracing each.
- If you find the bottom layer is too large for your flower, fold it under and whipstitch it.
- Use pinking sheers on bottom layer for frayed finish.
- Try different weights of fabric for unique looks
- Layer tulle or organza with your fabric for extra flair
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
She loved it, she was good at it and there was nothing she couldn't do; be it cheerleader uniforms, ballet costumes, formal gowns, Halloween costumes, quilts, you name it. Her things were well made and fashionable so I didn't even know "did someone make that for you?" could be anything but a positive question. Heck, Mom could look at a dress at a store then go home and make it without a pattern.
Since then she has dabbled and excelled in other interests: photography, drafting, painting . . .while the sewing machine no longer calls her name, she had a bounce back recently, thanks to me, perhaps.
While scouting the department store's place mat inventory for my organizers, she found pretty Ralph Lauren prints and made an overnight bag, make-up bag and tote for flat iron and blow dryer from place mats! She's still got mad skills, I tell ya.
Monday, February 15, 2010
My mom is a fabulous oil and watercolor painting artist so when she invites my input on matting and framing, I am always surprised because I am quite vehement in my opinions. If you ask for my take on decor or apparel, my answer is usually to remove extraneous detail.
Today, she and I considered several different styles and cropping options when I reiterated my typical advice - white, ecru or very neutral mats. I hate color mats!!!!!! Hate 'em, I tell ya. Double mats in color? ------> Double the hate.
It is just my aesthetic or curse of good taste but only today did I finally realize why color mats irk me so.
Use of color mats seems to be an unsophisticated desire to force art to match the sofa instead of loving the artwork as it is. Too matchy matchy. Be it photography, water color, oil or children's art, let the neutral mat be your friend.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
So, when gathering glitz and glam for Dawn's Solid Gold karaoke party, I purchased a "gold" multi-chain necklace that worked with the revamped neckline of the shimmery gold sweater. Since 1980's Solid Gold was the theme, I added a big honkin' teardrop shape "diamond" pendant that I found in my stash and rocked it out like I was on "Dynasty".
After the glitter and shine wore off and I unpacked my party shame, I removed the "diamond" and replaced back to the shiny jewelry part stash.
Then my shiny lovin' eyes stared at the multi-chains and wondered . . . . .would I wear that "in real life"? Attached my mom's cool vintage turquoise embellished watch pendant from my recent jewelry grab and decided I liked the mix. Wound the watch and guess what? It works!
Have received a few compliments on my new jewelry find and love that it cost me a whopping $2!
Thursday, February 11, 2010
If ya ever watched "Hoarders", you will recognize the gathering cycle at the critical mass stage with old folks and their rusting crap hidden under grass, being ruined with each passing day and unwilling to sell anything. It's just plain crazy. By contrast, the folks that actually let go of dusty junk seem incredibly balanced and sane.
Wondering if the Picker show might be dangerous viewing to a budding hoarder. Would seeing all those hidden treasures increase a hoarder's compulsion to collect more? Yikes.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Was the dog scared of her own image or mad that her likeness was sporting boy's clothing?
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Monday, February 8, 2010
That day was cold and rainy so suppose the gingham happy spring colors didn't grab her. Instead she grabbed 2 yards each of 2 tan and black print fabrics. One check, the other plaid. Love plaid and tartan, don't ya know.
Cut 8 scarves 2 yards in length and about 8 to 10 inches in width. In little time, all scarves were fringed and I had a large ball of thread on my lap. My fringe tips:
- use a straight pin
- stick pin in the middle of fringe edge
- separate 1 or 2 threads
- drag pin away from fabric until threads are free
- repeat repeat repeat
- match fringe length on opposite side
Instead of following the directions and folding over the long edges twice, I simply ran a straight stitch. It kinda disappears when the edges roll over while wearing.
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Considering a try myself.
Friday, February 5, 2010
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
The dispenser idea was a bastardized version of a Martha Stewart project I remembered from her magazine's "Good Things" column.