Saturday, May 31, 2014

My biggest project yet!

This is another entry in the 'I can't resist a challenge' test.   And it was nearly my undoing.   A very nice gentleman asked me to make him a kilt.  A real kilt out of a plaid wool that he and his wife bought in Paris.   It was a beautiful plaid wool.  This is the original plaid.

Then I pleated it.

Then it sat for months while I agonized over the rest of the construction.  This was terrifying work! (In case you haven't noticed by now, I'm plagued by massive self-doubt)
But, I had to get it out of my sewing room and back to the original owner.
Continuing, the front edge had to be fringed.  
The inside edge was just finished.

Then I had to sew on straps and buckles (by hand!) and make a buttonhole on the other side for the inside strap to come through(not shown).  Here's the buckles.
And finally, the kilt was finished!  The blue kilt behind it is the one that I used for a sort of pattern.
At long last, the client himself came and tried it on, and allowed me to take pictures.  Brian's a handsome devil, isn't he?   He and his wife were very pleased with the kilt, and it fit perfectly.  I was so thrilled.
He even gave me a twirl so we could see the kilt in action!   Just fantastic.
 Another accomplishment to add to my collection!  I'm very pleased with how this came out.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

A few little projects

There was a dinner at my church, and I realized that while I had made casserole carriers for other people, I didn't have one of my own!  So I had to make one.  I like this pattern because it is custom-fit to my exact casserole.  I found the pattern online somewhere, a long time ago.

I have a really nice blue leather purse that I picked up from a DC street vendor, but it's basically a giant bag.  Nothing really useful in the way of pockets inside, so I bought a purse insert.  Yeah, it was cheap and lasted about a month, so I found a pattern and made one.  This is a Portapockets pattern, and I really like it.  I made the large-sized insert, and it took me the better part of 2 days to figure it out!  But the end result is well worth it.  Now I can actually find stuff in my purse!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Hats and other warm stuff

My mother was an excellent knitter, and we always had hats, mittens, scarves, and the whole shebang when growing up.  My father used to say, 'Need mittens?  Wait an hour; your mother will knit you a pair'.   She was That Good.

Well, I don't knit. (sorry mom).  I do sew, however, and I like to sew polar fleece, so I make hats.  The problem is, I keep losing my hats!  I just had to make another one today.
Somewhere out there, there are a lot of people wearing the hats that I've dropped or left behind.  I hope their heads are warm.  I'll just make another one.
Here's the latest.

So I made a couple of them this time.  All of these hats come from the first two Polarfleece Pizzaz! books.  They have wonderful patterns for all sorts of fantastic polar fleece items.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Happy New Year 2014!

I started out my new year by sewing again for the shelter animals.

Here is another picture:

Monday, October 7, 2013

On Furlough AKA unplanned, unpaid vacation

As most of you know by now, the government is on furlough.  No work, no pay.  Time to check out the stash!  err....collection.  I am an artist and this is my collection!   Yeah, that's it. 

I bought this fabric a few months ago with a gift card that my sister sent to me.  It's aged enough, so time to make a shirt!   The 2nd picture is a detail of the fabric. Cute, isn't it?  I saw cats and a sewing room - it's like they created it just for me!
The shirt pattern is my favorite Connie pattern - the old baseball shirt pattern.  Raglan sleeves, pockets, and it fits well and feels comfortable.  What's not to love?

Monday, August 5, 2013

What I did on my Saturday afternoon

I volunteered to work with a group that make stuff for the local shelter.

Connie is a very fun lady, and she delivered  a whole box of cut-out cat beds to my apartment.  In one marathon sewing session, I sewed all 20 of them together, then copied the pattern and made one for my own cat (she likes it!).   Here's the pile of un-stuffed cat beds.

And here's a picture of the Princess Rita, sleeping on her own personal cat bed.  I put it down on the couch where she usually sleeps, and she poked around on it for a bit, then settled right down for a good nap.  Good kitty!

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Online Fabric Sources

I found this list awhile ago on my computer, and took the time to check every link, delete the ones that no longer worked, and add new ones that I knew of.  Here's the result, just for you.  Enjoy!

A Fabric Oasis     <>
Acme Country Fabrics     <>
Apple Annie Fabrics     <>
Aurora Silk     <>
B. Black & Sons>
Banksville Designer Fabrics>
Beacon Fabric & Notions    <>
Britex Fabrics    <>
Buttons 'n' Bolts    <>
Christine Jonson Patterns    <>
Curran Designer Fabrics    <>
Delectable Mountain Cloth    <>
Designer Fabrics Online    <>
Denver Fabrics    <>
Dharma Trading Co.    <>
Discount Fabrics USA    <>
Distinctive Fabric    <>
D'Leas    <>
Dollar Fabric    <>
Emma One Sock    <>    <>
Fabric Club    <>
Fabric Depot    <>
Fabric Direct    <>    <>    <>
Fashion Fabrics Club>
Fishman's Fabrics, Inc.    <>
French Connections    <>
Gayfeather Fabrics    <>
Ginny's Fine Fabrics and Support Group   <>
The Grapevine Collection   <>
Haberman Fabrics    <>
Hawaii Fabric Mart    <>
The Hide & Leather House    <>
High Fashion Fabric Center    <>
JCaroline Creative    <>
Josephine's Dry Goods    <>
Kaplan's Fabrics    <>
Lacis    <>
Main Street by Mail    <>
Manhattan Fabrics    <>
Martha Pullen Co.    <>
Mary's Productions    <>
Michael's Fabrics    <>
Mill End Store    <>
Montana Leather Company    <>
Monterey Mills    <>
Mood Designer Fabrics    <>
Nancy's Notions    <>
Nancy's Sewing Basket    <>
Online Fabric Store    <>
Oriental Silk Company    <>
PM Organics    <>
Paron Fabrics     <>
Peak Fabrics    <>
Rain City Publishing    <>
The Rain Shed    <>
Rockywoods Outdoor Fabrics    <>
Rose City Textiles    <>
Sawyer Brook Fabrics    <>
Seattle Fabrics      <>
Sew Sassy Fabrics    <>
SewZanne's Fabrics    <>
The Sewing Place    <>
Silk Baron    <>
Silk Connection    <>
Spandex House, Inc.    <>
St. Theresa Textile Trove    <>
Stonemountain and Daughter Fabrics    <>
Stretch House, Inc.   <>
Super Silk  <>
Tandy Leather Company    <>
Thai Silks    <>
Trim Fabric    <>
Vogue Fabrics    <>
Waechter's Silk Shop    <>
Wazoodle    <>