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.
http://www.connieandteri4animals.org/


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.
http://www.connieandteri4animals.org/

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     <http://www.afabricoasis.com>
Acme Country Fabrics     <http://www.acmecountryfabrics.com>
Apple Annie Fabrics     <http://www.appleanniefabrics.com>
Aurora Silk     <http://www.aurorasilk.com>
B. Black & Sons     http://www.bblackandsons.com>
Banksville Designer Fabrics    http://www.banksvilledesignerfabrics.com>
Beacon Fabric & Notions    <http://www.beaconfabric.com>
Britex Fabrics    <http://www.britexfabrics.com>
Buttons 'n' Bolts    <http://www.buttonsnboltsfabrics.com>
Christine Jonson Patterns    <http://www.cjpatterns.com>
Curran Designer Fabrics    <http://www.currandesignerfabrics.com>
Delectable Mountain Cloth    <http://www.delectablemountain.com>
Designer Fabrics Online    <http://www.designerfabrics.ca>
Denver Fabrics    <http://www.denverfabrics.com>
Dharma Trading Co.    <http://www.dharmatrading.com>
Discount Fabrics USA    <http://www.discountfabricsusa.com>
Distinctive Fabric    <http://www.distinctivefabric.com>
D'Leas    <http://www.dleas.com>
Dollar Fabric    <http://www.dollarfabric.com>
Emma One Sock    <http://www.emmaonesock.com>
eQuilter.com    <http://www.equilter.com>
Fabric Club    <http://www.fabricclub.com>
Fabric Depot    <http://www.fabricdepot.com>
Fabric Direct    <http://www.fabricdirect.com>
Fabric.com    <http://www.fabric.com>
Fabrics-store.com    <http://www.fabrics-store.com>
Fashion Fabrics Club    http://www.fashionfabricsclub.com>
Fishman's Fabrics, Inc.    <http://www.fishmansfabrics.com>
French Connections    <http://www.french-nc.com>
Gayfeather Fabrics    <http://www.gayfeatherfabrics.com>
Ginny's Fine Fabrics and Support Group   <http://www.ginnysfinefabrics.com>
The Grapevine Collection   <http://www.sewitup.com>
Haberman Fabrics    <http://www.habermanfabrics.com>
Hawaii Fabric Mart    <http://www.fmart.com>
The Hide & Leather House    <http://www.hidehouse.com>
High Fashion Fabric Center    <http://www.highfashionfabrics.com>
JCaroline Creative    <http://www.jcarolinecreative.com>
Josephine's Dry Goods    <http://www.josephinesdrygoods.com>
Kaplan's Fabrics    <http://www.kaplansfabrics.com>
Lacis    <http://www.lacis.com>
Main Street by Mail    <http://www.mainstreetbymail.com>
Manhattan Fabrics    <http://www.manhattanfabrics.com>
Martha Pullen Co.    <http://www.marthapullen.com>
Mary's Productions    <http://www.marymulari.com>
Michael's Fabrics    <http://www.michaelsfabrics.com>
Mill End Store    <http://www.millendstore.com>
Montana Leather Company    <http://www.montanaleather.com>
Monterey Mills    <http://www.montereymills.com>
Mood Designer Fabrics    <http://www.moodfabrics.com>
Nancy's Notions    <http://www.nancysnotions.com>
Nancy's Sewing Basket    <http://www.nancyssewingbasket.com>
Online Fabric Store    <http://www.onlinefabricstore.net>
Oriental Silk Company    <http://www.orientalsilk.com>
PM Organics    <http://www.pmorganics.com>
Paron Fabrics     <http://www.paronfabrics.com>
Peak Fabrics    <http://www.peakfabrics.com>
Rain City Publishing    <http://www.raincitypublishing.com>
The Rain Shed    <http://www.therainshed.com>
Rockywoods Outdoor Fabrics    <http://www.rockywoods.com>
Rose City Textiles    <http://www.rosecitytextiles.com/>
Sawyer Brook Fabrics    <http://www.sawyerbrook.com>
Seattle Fabrics      <http://www.seattlefabrics.com>
Sew Sassy Fabrics    <http://www.sewsassy.com>
SewZanne's Fabrics    <http://www.sewzannesfabrics.com>
The Sewing Place    <http://www.thesewingplace.com>
Silk Baron    <http://www.silkbaron.com>
Silk Connection    <http://www.silkconnection.com>
Spandex House, Inc.    <http://www.spandexhouse.com>
St. Theresa Textile Trove    <http://www.sttheresatextile.com>
Stonemountain and Daughter Fabrics    <http://www.stonemountainfabric.com>
Stretch House, Inc.   <http://www.stretchhouse.com>
Super Silk  <http://www.supersilk.com>
Tandy Leather Company    <http://www.tandyleatherfactory.com>
Thai Silks    <http://www.thaisilks.com>
Trim Fabric    <http://www.trimfabric.com>
Vogue Fabrics    <http://www.voguefabricsstore.com>
Waechter's Silk Shop    < http://www.fabricsandbuttons.com>
Wazoodle    <http://www.wazoodle.com>

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Chiffon scarves!

I haven't talked about it much, but I have been working on costumes for a local theater group for the past year or so.   Then, my sister asked me to make chiffon scarves for my nieces for the musical they were doing in Ohio.  So now I have done costumes in 2 states!   Here's the scarves:




It took a bit of fussing to get my serger to do the rolled hems on chiffon, but I finally got it working, although the purple was the most difficult.  It's amazing how the same fabric in different colors reacts differently on a machine!   The corners aren't great, but I did my best. They are in the mail to Ohio now.