Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Alabama Chanin

 The business has grown so fast. From a personal house to a huge ware house in a industrial park. She has a opened a cafe that offers events to the locals.
 I spend a week at Alabama Chanin's School of Making last week. It was very inspiring.
 This was the breakfast that was served each day. There was a healthy lunch as well. Toward the back of the picture is a retail store where she sells some hand sewn, but mostly sewing machine organic cotton knits. She has started in the last year a line of wedding dresses as well. She has gourmet kitchen tools and dishes and cook books. She serves some of her family recipes like Grandma's buttermilk biscuits and gravy.
 This is the first shelve of the tunic that I am making. It has a top layer of natural organic knit cotton and the under layer is pewter knit. The stencil was sprayed on with pearl paint. You can't tell from the picture but pewter, a grey has a lavender cast to it. Everything is done by hand. Even the sewing of the seams. Those of us that like detail, it is a perfect match. Perfection comes in handy too.
 These are a couple of samples of hand stitching that caught my eye.
 This one I decided to make a swing skirt in the natural color knit and cotton ribbon embroidered. This will layer very well with my tunic.
This was a shirt sample that shows the use of several of the embroidery stitches that can be hand sewn on garments.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Sandra Betzina's Harlem like Pants

 Really like these pants. I made them twice out of knit jersey.





Monday, May 28, 2018

Marcy's Pants

 I have made two pair of these pants and love the way they turned out. One is black and another grey.



 The black pair.
 Tried to show you the design lines, but I don't think they show up that well. You can see the design lines in the line drawing on the pattern back.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Katherine Tilton's Jacket

 My friend Nancy gave up on this jacket and gifted to me. I finished it and love the way it turned out. It is a OOP Butterick pattern.
 I love the accessories that she found to secure the front of it. I have worn it several times and have compliments on it.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Some more for the Trip

 I added a skirt to wear under the Tina Given top. Found a silk scarf that I had to wear with it.

 I just added a 13" wide piece of fabric to a a cotton tank that I found at Target.

 I made this top out of a piece of silk that I dyed and stenciled on.



 This was a vintage silk piece that I got at the estate sale. It is light weight and be good for the weather I expect in South America.




 This is a piece of silk velvet that was just enough for this jacket.


 The pants I made out of a linen. I like the pockets on each leg. I cropped the pants.


Sunday, April 1, 2018

More Clothes for the Trip

 I found this old pattern at the Goodwill and it fits the kind of shorts I would like.

 I made them out of some linen I had.

 Drawstring waist.

 I wanted some crop pants and I think these will be nice and colorful.


 Elastic only at the top of the waist band.
Some detail on one leg and a cuff.