Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Another Amy Butler Bag

Well I changed course on my sew-cation projects.  I whipped up this Amy Butler reversible market tote found in her Style Stitches book.  

This is a cute little cosmetic/accessory bag I whipped up using the remnant pieces.

My friend, Annye, loves Betty Boop and wanted a bag with her as the theme. 

Although the directions call for adding fusible fleece, I only used Pellon Shape flex fusible interfacing. 

The fabric is from Patches Quilt Shop, Mt. Airy, MD.  I'm sure Annye will love the bag as well.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

One skirt down

  Well the snow finally stopped and one skirt finished so far! Self-drafted with box pleats, unlined, with a side zipper.  I purchased this fabric from A Fabric Place in Baltimore, MD.  It's an Italian silk brocade. The picture doesn't capture the iridescent shimmer in the fabric. 

 The Feds are closed tomorrow so I'll continue my sew-cation.  Hopefully the plow will come through my neighborhood so that I can dig out my car and drive to the main road!

Friday, January 22, 2016

Snow weekend!! Sew-cation!!

Well it's snowing in Baltimore!  I know you've seen the weather reports!  Taking a minute to blog.

I started this blouse McCalls 6750 while on retreat last weekend and finished it yesterday.  Love how it turned out.  The Palmer/Pletsch patterns are great for fitting issues.  I took their tissue fitting class once and it was really helpful!  I don't do it much for others but it helps me immensely when sewing for  myself!!!

I'm stash busting so this Silk Dupioni has been in my collection for a couple of years.  I found it on the remnant table at Joann's.  There were 3 or 4 rolls and I bought them all.  My intention was to use for bridal gifts (pillows, bridal bags, etc.).  I needed a blouse for work that I could wear with lots of things so this fabric was perfect.   I love how it turned out.  I know one thing--- I need to loose some of this Christmas weight though.....better start walking!!!!!  I sewed all of the seams except the armhole using french seams.  I serged the facing and hem edges for a clean finish.  Can't wait to wear this blouse.

Here's what I plan to work on during the snow....a little me-time sewing!!!

I purchased this gorgeous fabric from Metro Textiles in NY.  It's a satin/spandex poly med weight.  I plan to make the 2-tiered skirt, View A.  This pattern is from my dear friend, Marie's stash.
I made this jacket years ago in an African print and my GD loves it.  She picked out this fabric for hers.  It supposed to be for Christmas...I ran out of time.  She turns 17 on Feb 6, so it will be a great birthday gift.
This will be a simple box pleated skirt with a waistband and zipper.

These will be made into hat/scarfs for the youth to give to the homeless next weekend. 

Off to the Sewing Center.  My co-worker, Nona, read my blog a couple of years ago during a snow storm and thought I was actually leaving my house and going to another location to sew! 

Did you get snow....what will you be sewing this weekend????  

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Draping a skirt

This past Saturday, I, along with fellow members of our ASG Neighborhood Group, Baltimore Threads, had the pleasure of attending a skirt draping class with Sally DiMarco, Director of the Fashion Pogram at Stevenson University, Maryland. Her beautiful assistant, Farrah, was there to make sure we had a great time!

This is Sally's book, it's available on Amazon.http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/1563677369/ref=dp_olp_all_mbc?ie=UTF8&condition=all

Armed with a dress form, pencil, pins, bias tape, 1/4 inch gingham, and rulers we were walked through the meticulous steps of the skirt draping process.  Her wonderful assistant, Farrah, was amazing.  She was so eager to make sure we had what we needed and jumped right in to Len a hand with her expertise!  We also learned about darts and ease.

 The pictures were taken by our mutual friend, Erica Yuille!  She did an excellent job capturing the images, they literally jump right off the page!   The written instructions are also very clear!  I look forward to learning the art of draping!   This book is excellent! 

If you want to learn to drape on your own, I recommend this book!!!!