Monday, August 29, 2016


 This is the top on V9193 done from Marcy's blog. I followed the directions from her blog to make the top into a jacket. I also used her fabrics that she suggested. So it has a knit on the top and a linen on the bottom. I added extra width through the sleeves so that I could wear it over another top. I had gotten some trim in Paris which worked well to add some detail to the jacket. I found some grosgrain ribbon which worked well to run down the front for the buttons.
 It has the pocket on one side which I think adds some interest. It made up as a nice light weight jacket.
You can see that the linen does wrinkle, but it doesn't bother me. Like how this jacket turned out. It was fun to see if I could follow Marcy's directions and convert the top to a jacket.

Thursday, July 28, 2016


 I got going on the pants from Marcy's pattern after she published what she had done with these pants on her blog. They looked nice and cool for summer.
 The first pair I shorten five inches as Marcy had done. Then decided I would like them to be shorter so I went to seven inches. I really like these pants. They are comfortable and very easy to make. I went through my stash to see what would work. The blue ones is a light weight cotton fabric I was saving for a shirt, but works very well for these pants. Then the black pair is some rayon and look a little bit dressy.
I have had some red hat cotton fabric that I have been going to make up for about ten years and never get to it. This being fast fit the bill and I was able to wear them to our last meeting. Then the green is a old vintage linen that I got at a estate sale and I tried adding the top part in a piece of knit as Marcy suggested and it does make them even more comfortable. I would definitely recommend making a pair of these and see if you can only make one. I bet you can't.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Little Bags

 I found this pattern at the Sewing Expo.
 I like the slider clasp. They easily can be out of remnants. There were two different sizes in the pattern.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Katherine's Vest

 This is Katherine Tilton's long vest.
 A friend gave me some silk taffeta. I washed and twisted the fabric so it looked wrinkled.
 I love how it turned out. I ran some black piping in a few places to show a few of the style lines. I did a size 16 and it worked well for me with a 38 bust measurement. I added a 1/2".

Thursday, June 2, 2016

New Top

 I really like this top. I put a thin layer under the top layer and that worked out well. I think it would of been too heavy if I did all the layers in the same fabric. I actually didn't intend on doing it that way, as I didn't buy enough fabric and had to come up with a way to add to the fabric that I bought. Our mistakes often push our creative spirit to a better place.
 The neck is designed somewhat low, so I brought it up a 1" and I think if I make this again I would bring it up more.
You can't see it very well, but there is a second layer under the back too.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Back From Paris

 Here are our fabulous leaders. Marcy and Katherine did such a good job of introducing us to Paris. We shopped our hearts out and ate all the best foods.
 This was my first t-shirt, thinking this would be it.
 Then this one just talked to me and it was just needing to go home with me. The hat is a Stetson and made of linen. I was used to seeing men's hats in that brand but never one that was so much my style.
 Some cool socks and Trippen shoes.
 Some more shoes.
 Some leggings.
 Some poke-a-dot socks.
 More shoes.

 This beautiful silk and cashmere tye dyed sweater.

 A shibori scarf.
 A French pattern.
 Some notions. Glass buttons from the flee market from 1920's.
 A piece of denim.
Some more fabric.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Off to Paris

 this Diane Ericsson's pant pattern. I really like it.
 I made it up in black silk fabric and the cuffs and trim on the pocket are some old silk from a kimono.

I drew the pocket to add. I think the next one that I make I will make capri style. I leave this afternoon on my first let to Paris. Really looking forward to it.