Friday, May 8, 2015

Fashion Show

 It was very nice to meet Rhonda Buss. She had several garments in the fashion show.
 There was a silent auction and I was able to win two of them. I found it interesting to see the pattern designers and instructors that influenced the mid-west. The women's garments were beautifully sewn. The women coordinated the color and textures of their garments so very well.
This group has been together for fifty years. They have a fashion show every year. There was a 1 1/2 hours of show of garments. Some of them must sew constantly. I was very impressed with what I saw.

Saturday, May 2, 2015


Look what they had for me to look at. 

I remember when my Father planted tulips every year in Minnesota. Their trees are beginning to bloom and leaf out. So pretty. Nothing like a beautiful spring in the mid-west. 

Friday, May 1, 2015

Haute Couture Club of Chicago

I am so excited. I am flying to LA today to be able to fly to Chicago tomorrow so I can see this Fashion Show and meet Rhoda Buss. 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015


 Really like this vest. I made it in a drape fabric so it will look nice when I put it over a knit top.
 It is easy to make and it goes fast. I have a black and white top which I think it will compliment. I made a small. I found that it runs big.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Ericson's Patterns

 I used Lois's vest pattern
 and Diane's pants pattern
 I know my eyes are shut which seems to be a common thing I do on picture taking.
 I used Japanese silk to piece the vest with and lined it with vintage kimono silk that I iced dyed. I used washers and little brass connectors from the hardware store for the ties on the front of the vest.
 I hand stitched designs on the front and back with black #5 pearle cotton thread.

 The pattern has several suggestions to inspire you into making your own pockets. I used some leather on the pocket and the legs.
Now I want to make another pair of pants and design some more pockets.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Diane Ericsson's New Jacket Pattern

 This a very fun jacket to make. I had some wedding silk satin which I dyed black. Amazing how with black you never know what color you will get. I liked the blue look. I also didn't iron the silk so it has a wrinkled look. When I went to the Outside the Lines Retreat with Diane, she had several examples made up. A vest and one out of a man's wool jacket. One was totally hand sewn. Stenciling ideas. Certainly enough to inspire the brain.
 Has attractive cuffs which I did in a complimentary fabric.
 I used perile cotton #5 to hand stitch the tucks.
 Diane's stenciled bug.
 Love the collar. I added a facing which included the collar, so the fabric would be the same as the outside fabric.
Added a little piece of stenciled fabric and a vintage button. This has a hidden pocket on one side. There are oppositional ties inside. I would like to try a vest next.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Telephone Book

I have never seen such a fancy phone book. We received this the other day. We live in many strawberry fields. They will be having their strawberry festival in a couple of weeks. I have never gone, but they have it at our local fairgrounds and sell many things made with strawberries.