Saturday, November 22, 2014

Visitng Savannah, Ga

Well I arrived in Savannah, GA on Thursday afternoon to visit with my sister, niece, and nephews!  is beautiful.  I checked out a couple of downtown fabric stores.  Measures was very small, but had some very nice garment fabrics including some nice leather pieces,  and a bit of notions too!  Fabrika had some luscious fabrics for garments and quilting, and some great notions.

I love her sign!!!!

I also had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Jim!  He was in the middle of a pants class, and I got to sit in for a few minutes and picked up a few great techniques!!!

Well I'm heading back to Maryland in the am!  I had a great time in Savannah, GA...until next time!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Retreat sewing!

We had an awesome time again at our annual sewing ASG Maryland Sewing Retreat!  This is the ninth retreat I've planned and this one was pretty darn perfect!  The friendships that form are awesome!!!  Everyone just plugs away at their various projects and no one is too busy to lend a helping hand or a bit of sewing advice!
a sample of the delicious food!!!!!

Our sewing space!

I took way too many projects again this year.   I was smart in that I took a lot of UFOs (unfinished objects).  This snow man oven mitt was cut out some years ago at retreat, but not completed.  It will be a lovely Christmas gift for my mom!   It's a project from an old Creative Embroidery magazine.  The snowman face was a free download.  It's made with wool felt, flannel, and insul-bright.

Next up is the very popular McCalls 6844!  This jacket was popping up on tons of blogs, Pattern Review, and Facebook sewing groups.  Everyone was right, this jacket is fabulous and very easy to sew up!!!!  I put it together entirely using my serger!  This will not be the last one I make for sure!!!!  The are the first selfies I've taken using the timer on my new IPhone6!  Love this phone!!!  I used a sweater knit fabric...not sure where I got it...if I search my blog I probably blogged about it when I purchased it.  I cut the edges using my pinking shears which gave a perfect no-sew finish!  I've worn this already and received tons of compliments.  I LOVE the peplum back!!!!  So chic and flattering!!!!

That's all for now...I do have some more items to post.  

Has anyone started sewing for the holidays...on the last day of the retreat, I cut out some gifts.  Now I can pull them out and sew them at my leisure!!!  

Happy sewing guys!  Until next time!!!

Monday, October 20, 2014

I'm back

Hello blog land...thanks for keeping my company during my recuperation!  While surfing the Net, I found these beauties!!!  Now I just need a cute bracelet to put hem on!!! 

My surgery went really well!! The doc gave m the ok to resume normal duties as I feel comfortable.  So I did a bit of embroidery on Saturday!  These are shirts I sold at a recent event.  Pretty cute if I say so myself:
I currently planning my sewing projects for my upcoming retreat in November!!!  My goal is to complete some of my UFOs and to make a few winter pieces---all using fabric and pattern from my stash!!!    My plan is to cut out everything and place the notions, etc. in 2-gal bags beforehand!!!  Then when I arrive, I can sew, sew, sew!!!  

We have 24 folks signed up for the retreat!  It's our ninth year and  by far the largest group!  So looking forward to some quality time with my sewing buds!!!!!
Thanks for dropping by!  Happy sewing folks...until next time.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Carpel tunnel...again!

Hi everone!  This is my current status.  Taking it easy so I'll be ready for my sewing retreat next month!!!!  I'm enjoyimg all the wonderful blogs while I'm on the mend!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Here Comes The Bride...

I had the pleasure of making a friend's gown.  She was married August 15.  It was a lovely ceremony, and I must say she was a BEAUTIFUL bride.  She made my gown come to life!!!  I'm so happy to share in photos my journey in making her gown.  Enjoy!

Here is the inspiration pic

lots of bobbins, all ready to sew!

As I posed earlier...I used Vogue 2931 and drafted the mermaid bottom fuller.  Here's the bride at her first fitting after the muslin.  She had lost 12 pounds so I had to re-fit.

This is the gown after the re-fitting. The gown is a silk satin from Manhattan fabrics in NY with a lace overlay.  Believe it or not the lace is from Joann Fabrics bridal collection.  I underlined the lace with the satin and hand basted around the edge of each piece and treated them like one.  The gown is fully lined  and I attached  petticoat tulle to make the bottom stand out.  I hand hemmed the gown after sewing horsehair braid to the hemline.  I am very pleased with the outcome! 

You may be wondering, what the heck is she standing on!  Well that's my newest sewing gadget.  I saw this on another seamstresses' blog and new I had to have one.  I was very fortunate to have my sewing friend's husband build this pedestal for me!!!  I love the handle he put on the step/stool.  It makes it very easy to carry.   I have to paint it and cover the top with carpet.  It makes pinning and hemming gowns so easy, really saves my knees from wear and tear!!!  My husband rolls it into the dining room when not in use.

 My new pedestal!  I love it!!!

Here I'm hand basting the lace overlay to the satin front.  Because the front was not cut on the fold I had to treat this lace piece differently.  I didn't want the lace to have a center seam so I cut the lace on the bias and attached it after the front center seam was sewn and then treated it as one piece.  It turned out great!!
Here she is all complete!  Do you call your garments he/she?

 This is the gown foundation....not sure what happened to the rest of the inside pics of this.....I made the foundation out of muslin and cotton satin.  It is boned at all seams and has a waist sty and separate zipper.  I made sure that gown didn't budge on her!!!!

This is the's made out of a ivory sheer silk gaza from Mood Fabrics!!!  I sewed the center seam and gather and pleated the neckline to fit, then added the sequined trim.  I hemmed it with my serger threaded with wolly nylon.

May they live happily ever after!!!!  Amen!!!!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Happy Anniversary

On this beautiful day 10 years ago, I married the most wonderful man.  We became one under God's holy sacrament of marriage!
 Grateful for the blessings thus far!