Burda 6912

New tops are in order.  I have this pattern from Burda – it is a simple sleeveless top, with buttons and a ruffle in either a top or a dress… I like the simplicity of view A – but I can do without the ruffle.  Surely I do not need the extra fluff around my hips.

Burda 6912

I have just started using Flickr – I am hoping the links below work…
I sewed it up in this blue check charmeuse –  My first buttonholes – of course the machine does all the work.  I just had to practice on fabric until I got it just right.  I would highly recommend the practice, otherwise I would have had buttonholes that went the opposite direciton.

sewing

sewing

This was a very easy and fun project.  Now all I need is warm weather! (and a class on taking good pics of myself)

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Have a lovely day!
Ciao – Deb

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New York City – Feb 2014

Earlier this month I went to NYC for work.  I had a 5 day gift show to attend as a vendor, which means I am in a booth, at the show from 9am – 6pm.  The show took place at the Javits Center and Pier 94 – which just happens to be adjacent to The Garment District!

I was dying – Mood Fabric was less than 5 blocks away, not to mention half a dozen other stores that were mentioned thanks to my fellow 2014 RTW Challengers…  I just had to get away!  Good thing I have an understanding co-worker who knows my inability to stay focused on something while my mind is elsewhere.

I took off down 37th, starting with Metro Textiles, then Mood Fabrics. I could have spent the entire day at these two stores. I picked up light weight jersey, silk, matte jersey, knits and linen.

Mood Fabrics

Mood Fabrics

I went with complete abandon – I have a few things in mind to sew but nothing is set!

NYC Shopping

The next day I managed to fit in the Spandex House, M & J Trimmings & B & J Fabrics.  Overall, I would say Fabric Shopping was a success – even my co-worker (non sewist) was having a great time.

One big needle and button!

One big needle and button!

I now have lots of fabric in my stash to keep me out of trouble for at least 3 months –  Maybe!

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Re-fashioned Mark Shale

I found this XXL Mark Shale Men’s cashmere sweater at the Goodwill for 2 bucks and thought it would make a super sweater dress. the fabric is way cozy and warm.  I did a quick gentle cycle wash and let it lay flat to dry.

Mark Shale goes on Tilda

Mark Shale goes on Tilda

Once it was dry I decided to cut off the sleeves and took off close to 5″ on each side.

Mark becomes Marcy

Mark becomes Marcy.

The sides were sewn up and finished off with a zig-zag stitch to control the raveling and leaving room for the new sleeves.  The sleeves were cut to a mid arm length, taken in a bit and inserted into the holes with little gathering.  I hate puffy sleeves.

This was a super easy re-fashion – I am hoping that I don’t have too many opportunities left to wear it this season since I am anxious to have some warm weather back in St. Louis.

New dress

New dress

what do you think?

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Burda 7220

I took advantage of a recent sale at JoAnn’s to buy Burda patterns for $2.49 each.  I have all this fabric from my recent trip to Dallas and no patterns to choose from.  I need tops/tunics so I started looking with that in mind.

Not to being much of a tunic girl – I decided to give it a whirl.  I am 5’2″ and stocky.   I chose the blue and green charmeuse.

The pattern is quite long in the back, like “touching the back of my knees” long, I shortened it close to 6 inches.  I took my time sewing and finishing the edges with a zig-zag, I wont have a lot of fraying. The little gather in the front adds a little interest.

The fabric is rather sheer so I need to wear one of my tank tops or fashion a slip-like thingy so all my girl parts stay well covered.

Here it is on Tilda

Burda 7220

Burda 7220

I am worried about it looking like a maternity top… If it does, I will hand it over to one of my pregnant nieces!  The temperature is supposed to be in the 30’s today, maybe I will don a sweater and tights with it – I can do this!

So I added a black skirt to the look.  I am just a bit self conscious  about my bootie hanging out.

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~deb

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The Mystery Quilt Club – January 2014

I’m in a Club.  It is the Mystery Quilt Club at my local Quilting Shop – Heyde Sewing in St. Louis, MO.    We meet once a month and are given a hand out of quilting steps to finish before our next Club Meeting…If we don’t get our steps completed before the next meeting, we pay a fine of $1.00.  At the end of 6 months we use the cash to have a little party and show off our completed quilt tops.  Last time we had a donut party, these ladies are good…

Fabric is chosen in recommended combinations – light, medium, & dark.  It is cut and sewn together all the while not knowing what you will end up with until close to the end of the 6 months.

The name of this Mystery quilt is Pieceful Times.  When finished the quilt will be a twin size approximately 72″ x 96″.  I have chosen black check, yellow/gold and black & white polka dot for my 3 fabrics, light medium and dark.  I am using the black check as my light selection and the yellow as my medium.

Fabric selection

Fabric selection

Month 1 had me cutting strips of my medium and dark fabrics and sewing them together in long strips.

Strips cut and sewn together.

Strips cut and sewn together.

Cut these strips into 2-1/2″ pieces – 34 pieces, press the seam allowance to the dark side.

34 pieces finished

34 pieces finished

It helps to keep everything neatly organized throughout the process.  The finished pieces go back to “The Club” to show my work so I don’t have to pay that hard earned dollar.  It is fun to meet the other quilters and chat about fabric selection and techniques… we vary in ages from 20 something to 70+

Pieceful Times-wk1

Pieceful Times-wk1

I enjoy the surprise at the end.  It is also quite fun to see what fabrics the others have chosen – everyone has such diverse taste.  I will keep you posted.

~deb

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Hello Dallas!

My trip to the big D has been a win-win for both my business (Heartland Fragrance) and my sewing.  I was in Dallas for a gift show at the Dallas Mart and I managed to sneak away for an hour or two three to go fabric shopping.

Let’s just say shopping was a success.  I went to Golden D’or and found silk charmeuse at $6.99/yd at 25% off.  Three warehouse stores with many lovely selections including linen and knits at $3.50/yd.  one store had 50% off many selections.

Shopping in Dallas

Shopping in Dallas

Now I need patterns for everything, and time.  I am looking for top patterns and would really like to find a drop waist dress.  If you have suggestions, I am all ears!

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NYC – Fabric – Food – Fun

I am heading off to NYC at the beginning of February for a week of “work”. I just managed to book a room 5 blocks south of The Garment District.
My plans for fabric shopping include Mood, Metro Textile, B & J and NY Elegant. While I have been to Mood several times (pre-sewist) I have never been to these other stores.

My stash is nothing to brag about so I am looking to add fabric for tops, skirts and maybe a dress or 2.  Living in St Louis leaves plenty to be desired in the fashion fabric world – we have JoAnn’s & Hancock Fabrics.

I am looking for recommendations on Fabric Stores,  Food,  &  Fun….

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Vogue 8896

It’s a wrap!

Holy Cats!!! – I can’t believe it – I made a wrap dress!  A pile of knit fabric, a pattern, pins & needles, new scissors – sew it all together and voila!  A DRESS!

Project #2 RTW fast – I would never go for this print in RTW – you see, my style is basic black, grey, white, off-white.  I can see that this challenge will help me step out of my comfort zone.

Wrap Dress

Wrap Dress

January is a busy month for me – traveling for work to Atlanta, Dallas and NYC!  This dress will be perfect for all three locations… A camisole, tights, sweater & boots???

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The challenge begins

Today is day 1 of the RTW Fast found here: http://goodbyevalentino.com/2014-rtw-fasters/     The rules are easy-you are not allowed to purchase any RTW for 1 year.  You can make your clothes or re-fashion something.  You are allowed to purchase shoes, socks & undies.

So far, so good!  1 top down, many more to go.  This was an easy Burda pattern from the Winter 2014 issue of Burda Style magazine.  #119-102013.  It calls for a lightweight stretch jersey… My local fabric store is really low on lightweight jersey.  I don’t know if they will ever carry it.  I ended up using a heavy knit which does not show off the lovely drape.  I am pleased with the results.

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If you have signed up for the challenge, drop me a line and let me know what you are making…

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Good scissors are amazing

Christmas scissors

Christmas scissors

I was pleasantly surprised on Christmas Day with 3 pair of Gingher scissors.  These beauties are just amazing.  They glide through material like a hot knife in soft butter.  Super sharp, very shiny, heavy, well balanced. These will last a life time if cared for properly.  I know that for a fact, since I have Virginia’s pair of Gingher pinking shears that could be 50 years old.  (Virginia is Joe’s 90 y.o. mom)

After everyone opened presents on Christmas Day, I snuck up to my sewing room to try each pair out.

Happy sewing! ~debra

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