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!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Jackman's haul

These are my purchases from Jackmans' in St. Louis.  I love the Wizard of Oz!  I purchased 1/2 yd cuts of this quilting cotton.  They had Vogue patterns on sale for $4.99.  To my surprise, I got 3 for $4.99!!!!!  I purchased the vests for potential prom date clients.  I've been wanting to get this particular Vogue peplum top for awhile.  It was out of stock last time I checked in JoAnns.  I've seen it on several other blogs and can't wait to make it.  I have an animal print sweater knit I think will look great in the long-sleeve version.  Until next time...happy sewing!!!!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

American Sewing Guild 2014 Conference

Grateful to be home after five fun-filled days at the 2014 American Sewing Guild Conference in St. Louis. It's like being at a family reunion!   

I wanted to share some more of my experiences.  I took some interesting classes.  I usually take a lot of hands on sewing classes.  This year I took a different approach.  

Lyla Messinger taught a fun fabric-dyeing technique.  We drew designs with Sharpie's on white silk scarves and then sprayed them with alcohol!  Yes, plain old alcohol! The scarves were ironed onto freezer paper to provide stability.   The results were beautiful!!!!  I used a fabric marker to write the Ts and sign my name!  Do you like my designer signature!  LOL.  I can't wait to share this technique with my Guild members!
scarf #1

Scarf #2

Louis Cutting-Industry Fitting Techniques - we learned some neat tricks on fitting and making adjustments on the pattern.
I took a very interesting bag making class from Cheryl Kuczek.  She has the most beautiful bags.  The thing I liked about her bags is they are soft on the outside and structured on the inside.  She uses bold home dec fabrics.  Check her out in the latest specialty Threads magazine on bags. 

Our meals at conference were delicious!!!  I know I gained a few pounds.

Nancy Zieman was this years' conference speaker.  I was so honored to have heard her story.   I got to speak to her after the luncheon and she really is a nice lady.  She is holding a dress she made in 4-H.  She is such a humble person.  If you haven't read her book, it's a must read.  Seams Unlikely.
I also took a class on dart manipulation lead by Professor Hisako Nakaya.  Hisako Nakaya, owner of Professional Sewing Supplies of Seattle, WA, sells her extensive line of sewing notions and tools via mail order only.  She demonstrated various techniques to transform a bodice using darts.  I can't wait to try this on a real garment.

Joe Vecchiarelli gave a great demonstration on padding up your dress form.  His company does the costumes for Dancing With The Stars!  He explained that because of all the weight loss associated with dancing, the actors costumes were constantly being resized. So he starts off with a smaller than true size dress form and pads it up to the correct size.  He then removes the padding each week as needed.  His company sells a European dress form. Show price was $399, his web price was $799!   I am going to try this on a dress form I already have.

I also took a very good photography class.  I learned a lot of neat tricks that should help me to take better pics.  The first thing I must do is take a look at the DVD that came with my camera.  Our instructor said it is usually chock full of software and tips!!!

I also took a class on splitting designs using PE/Palette Embroidery Softward. Penny!  She is the greatest teacher when it comes to PE/Palette.  Check out her website.  I purchased her new book and will be devouring it over the next few weeks!

On Monday we visited Tacony!  What an interesting place.  They gave us an extensive tour of the facility from the training room to the warehouse.  We learned that they hold sewing retreats and dealer training at this location.  No dealer can sell Baby Lock without first attending this training.  The warehouse distributes Singer, Juki, Koala, Mederia, and several other sewing-related products.  At the end of the tour we each received a gift bag filled with sewing goodies.  Photo courtesy of Ramona Baird, ASG website.


One of the workers left this sign on her desk!!!
These pictures are embroidered, not painted.

Here's my 3rd place winning look!

I can't wait until next year!  The conference will be in San Diego, CA.  Until next time, Happy Sewing!!!!