Friday, December 8, 2017

Another Jacket

 I have a lot of fun with Marcy's patterns. Most of the time they are a challenge with all of her pieces. I had some cotton knit and then purchased another cotton print knit in Scotland and they matched. I didn't have enough of one, so combining them worked. The pattern was not meant for knits, but it worked well. I didn't use the facings and just served the edges.

I used variegated thread on the serger and a friend gave some buttons from her stash.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017


I actually made this last winter, but never got it photographed. I had a piece of wool that I had gotten from a  estate sale and it fit perfectly for this vest.
 I had some trim that I had bought in France that I used on the front and the pockets.
 I had some gold braid that I added to the shoulders and back seam.
 I put the pockets  welts in not the same place on each side, so added buttons to the top of one side and the bottom of the other side. Then I hoped the viewers eye would go to the buttons instead of noticing that they were not in the same place on each side. Our mistakes do push us to get out of our boxes.
 I made my own bias for the inside seams and armhole.

The pattern comes in at the bottom and I brought it out about two inches so it wouldn't fit so tight around the legs.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Camp Shirt

 I used this pattern which I have used before.
 I shorten it.
 Has a nice pleat in the back.
 Used a accent fabric for the inside yoke and collar band.
 Added a sleeve tab.
Added a couple of pockets.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Kantha Jacket

 I used Kathryn Brenne's Vogue 9217 pattern again. I really like this jacket. I used the pants as well in some raw silk that I dyed.

 Here is the back.
 The collar and front facing with buttons.
A turned sleeve.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Paris T-Shirt

 This is the Mandy Boat Tee from Tessuti which is a free download. I bought this fabric from Marcy Tilton's Fabrics.
The pattern runs small. I had to add 2" on the sides.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Another Purse

 This is a purse that a friend made and I love it so much.
I copied the pattern and made up my own version. You will have to click on it to see more detail.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Diane Ericson's Raven Bag Pattern

 My version of Diane's bag. I used some of my dyed fabrics and my hand painting on silk.
This is the back and put a pocket inside. I think it will be fun to use.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

New Tunic Top

 This is a Tessuti Pattern Olga Tunic Top that I downloaded from the internet and taped together. Viktorya Allen suggested it on Facebook in the wearable art group.
 This wasn't that bad to tape together as it is pretty basic. I would say that it runs small. I had to add a couple inches to the sleeves and inch and half on the sides. I shortened it a inch. It has two other views and I hope to try those as well.
 I didn't have enough material to make the sleeves as long as I wanted. So this is the add on.
 Adding a bias stripe around the neck really makes it pop.
I didn't have fabric to make a full pockets so had to piece that as well. Added a couple of buttons. I really like this pattern.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Another Dress

 I decided to try the same pattern in another fabric. I was disappointed because the fabric that I chose this time wrinkles easily, so I probably won't wear it much.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

A nice summer dress

 This was a vintage voile fabric that I had in my stash. It was only 36" wide so I had to put a steam in the front to get the width of the front of the dress. I shorten the pattern 2". I lengthen the sleeves and then was able to turn them up and sew a button at the top of the fold.
 I like the ruffle in the back. I lined the dress with a white muslin. I found some old buttons that my Mother had saved and it gave it a nice detail.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Silk Flowers

 I took a workshop from Sue Keys in making silk flowers. Sue Keys is a very talented artist in my PenWAG group. It was so inspiring. This is the one that I made. She had a crimping machine that she would do some of the silk ribbon with a wire edge for us.
 These are some of the examples she brought along for us to get some ideas from.

I enjoyed learning this method of flower making.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

It is time for the Cactus to bloom

 This one is from my yard.
 These are just beautiful and are in a neighbors yard.

Then another neighbor has some sunflowers blooming.
So fun to enjoy the blooming flowers of plants.