Tuesday, March 30, 2010

be still, my beating heart

new fabric, oh new fabric, how I love you so.....

and it's all for a new spring/summer season of dresses and pants and rompers...yup, that's right...I am officially re-opening my own personal sweatshop (I say that with a lot of love...really) and will start making clothes to sell again....May 1st Trunk Sale...I'll keep you posted on the details!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Cool Skirt

Between me being crazy sick (pneumonia) and my poor father in law spending so much time in the hospital there has not a lot of time around here to do much blogging...OR sewing...but I did manage to get my skirt done for the Kitschycoo Design it Yourself Sew Along...whew! just a day late! and yes, this skirt is probably a dollar short :( Kind of too big, kind of too ugly...but it's a start. And I have some very beautiful Amy Butler fabric that I am going to use to try again...hopefuly this week I can sew during the little one's naps again and get back on track...see you soon!!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

done and on my way...

spring bag....finally finished

Cool Girls' Club Sew Along
skirt...in progress...not as difficult to make up the pattern as I'd been imagining...but disconcerting...that's my body shape?! it's an official fact...I am built like a tube...the instructions for the pattern keep talking about allowing for one's curves...and dealing with the difference between waist and hip measurement by using a curve to soften it...I have no discrepancy...just a straight line...one less step , I suppose ;)

Friday, March 5, 2010


....finally, some time to spend alone, in my sewing room...between sick and hospitalized Father and Father in law, teens who require SO MUCH driving around and a two year old who is just being who she is, I have had very little time to pee, never mind sew! But, I did get an hour or so of peace this afternoon and boy, does it make me feel better to just MAKE something. I think sewing is my yoga...the hum of the machine, the putting together of disjointed pieces to create a beautiful whole...aaaahhhh...much better. The very poor photo above is my progress on a new bag for myself for spring. I used a bit more of the Amy Butler fabric donated by onlinefabricstore.net (I PROMISE I will have photos next week of the beautiful projects my students are sewing). I used some pink and tan tweedy, woven fabric that I have had for ages as the lining...love it so far! Oh and if you haven't checked out onlinefabricstore.net, you should (very reasonable prices), and click on their blog too...some really good info on sewing for the home and just a lot of useful technical sewing tips.

On the sewing class front, April should be very busy! Through the Salem, MA Parks and Recreation I will start offering a Monday night sewing class series. The first one will be a 4 week series beginning April 19th and the project will be a Tote bag. I will also be offering two workshops for kids during April school vacation week. One workshop will be sewing a felt IPod holder and the other will be a felt paper doll class. I will post the exact dates and times and who to register with very soon!