Thursday, December 18, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
I got the pattern from Pochee Sewing magazine:
Someday I want to make that dress on the cover too.
Here is the magazine's version of the purse:
And here is my version:
Made from Japanese cotton and Japanese "Bark" fabric (a nice heavyweight fabric with a lot of body). I finished the purse off with a sakura pearl button and fixed a loop to go over that for a closure.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Made with Japanese cotton/linen in a bee print.
I also made a handkerchief out of Japanese cotton fabric that is soft and hopefully absorbent. I embroidered it with the word, "snot." I packed it in a pouch that I made from a kit from Blissful that I got at the You Bazaar craft fair. The green zipper pull and bias tape trim were added by me.
Friday, December 12, 2008
from her book, "Little Stitches for Little Ones"
It is made from corduroy, and has nothing that can come off. I oped to not put the contrasting feet on it. It is another part of the present for the gal that is getting the baby booties. Since a lot of people may be having babies in the next couple of years, I can get a lot of use from this book making gifts.
Thanks, Dixon, for the pattern!
I want to enlarge this a little more than the 200% that the magazine suggests. It is a little hard to sew and get it turned out at it's current size, and I think maybe 250% or even 300% would be a good size. It's a pretty slim lamb too. I might redraw the neck and chest to give it a tad more girth. I made this from a Gap wool skirt that I got at a yard sale for only $1.
Friday, December 5, 2008
The flowered pouch has a grey nubuck lining. The green dotted pouch is made from laminated cotton and the lining is Michael Miller Dumb dots in brown and green. This would be great for cosmetics or travel!
Next we have the tall standing pouch made from Japanese cotton, chidori print:
Look at the cheery red dotted lining:
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
I picked up a few new Japanese pattern books recently:
I got this book on hats.
This book has a lot of nice dress patterns. The patterns are designed especially for kimono fabric which is only about 14" wide. I am kind of reluctant to cut up my kimono, but I won't use them otherwise.
For my birthday, my friend gave me Zakka Sewing. The three reviews on Amazon are not helpful. The book is a delight to look at, but in my opinion, not accessible for a beginner.
First off, you get this book, and unless you improvise, you really can't make anything from it right away. Why? Every pattern requires that it be enlarged 200-250% (depends on the pattern). Furthermore, there are no tips on enlarging the patterns. If you photocopy them, you need paper larger than 8.5x14. I was eager to make the squirrel teapot cozy on the cover, and I had to free hand most of the pattern using my french curve in order to get immediate gratification.
Next, the materials list for the teapot cozy says, "thick wool felt." Well, I used thick wool felt and after completeing the pattern as the book instructs, my cozy is floppy and won't stand up, nevermind that it doesn't fit on my teapot. I will need to improvise, use interfacing, and I think I will even add batting to insulate. That's all okay, but c'mon, for the hard earned $24.95 that my friend spent, I expect a little more! If the purpose of this book is to make Japanese style patterns more accessible to those who do not read Japanese, why do I feel like I get so much more from the Japanese craft mooks that give me full size patterns and excellent drawn instructions (though, admittedly I can read enough Japanese to help me along) for the same price?
And just because we need a pic:
My kayak at Courtright Reservoir last summer.
Monday, November 3, 2008
I picked up two zippered pouch kits from "Blissful" (check out her etsy shop).
It comes in a plastic pouch with some cut fabric, a zipper and some interfacing - oh and some instructions.
I did have a little issue with the instructions. They weren't easy for me to follow, and the photocopied pictures had been copied too many times to provide any assistance. I might suggest that Blissful try diagrams instead. I'm not trying to be too hard either - I like making things myself and she was one of the few vendors that had kits to do so. (Thank you.)
So what did I do? I disregarded the instructions and did my own thing. I added piping and a beaded pull to the zipper.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Have I gotten a little carried away? No, I don't think so! I've been making fruit. It's productive! I can give all of my friends a little fruit!
I shrank the Heather Bailey, "Fresh Picked" pattern just a bit..and made a persimmon out of the tomato pattern.
I think they'll look nice for a fall cornucopia.
Super K got me a special gift of some felt from Daiso. The felt is made in Korea, and it is so soft! I may make some strawberries, but also should think of some other options for it.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
-notice that I staggered the yellow seeds. I personally think this is a little more pleasing than straight lines.
The other fruit is made from felt off of the shelf (basic polyester). I got some golden orange heathered felt and plan to make persimmons out of the tomato pattern, for a fall fruit bowl.
In other project news, I finished my Camisole & One-piece top and wore it with a black t-shirt underneath and black pants.
It was comfortable. I had material left over and decided to make another sew-U a-line skirt. This time I made the waist smaller and this skirt fits a lot better than the first edition.
I think I'll be trying out the "Almost Pollini Dress" pattern from Ale-B on the Burda Style website. I plan to use my new kokka fabric and I will alter the pattern so that the yoke fits at my waist. I'll also have to do an fba. I also plan to make elbow length sleeves.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
On the mannequin, this doesn't look half bad (haven't hemmed or sewn the side seams yet) - but I'm not certain this is a look I should sport.
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Weekender bag #2:
-exterior and lining: Michael Miller dumb dots laminated cotton
-pocket lining, trim & handles: Moda laminated cotton
-special additions: brown webbing attached to sides with u-ring to attach shoulder straps.
I've got to stop choosing fabrics that are really hard to work with. It gets discouraging fast. I also had to experiment with needles. In the end, the #16 seemed to work the best. The Moda fabric was easy to sew through compared to the Michael Miller. I have enough of the Moda left over for a coordinating make-up bag or something.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
So I'll leave you with a photo of my small Japanese Maple tree collection on a fine day in late spring:
Sunday, June 1, 2008
I'm making this in a brown water repellent shell that I purchased at the same time as some softshell. I didn't know what it would be like. It is 2-layer, one an impervious membrane, so it has to be lined. I chose a pink, cream and brown stripe cotton for the lining.
This fabric is really hard to work with and can't be ironed. I got burned out after only a short time. =/
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
I'm also working on the Heather Ross slipper pattern from Home Companion magazine. I'm using scraps of ultrasuede from my weekender project. At first I was rushing along, but realized that if I want to make them nicely, I needed to step back and think about the process. I might have a few tips...I'm also altering the pattern slightly as I have a wider foot that the pattern foot.
Monday, May 26, 2008
Friday, May 9, 2008
I still have to make the bias binding and hem the lining and dress. Wouldn't this be pretty for a spring gathering with a pretty hat? I kind of like not having the contrast upper bodice pieces, especially with a busy pattern like this.
Here you can see how much smoother I got the pivoted corners:
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Monday, May 5, 2008
Friday, May 2, 2008
I cut the pieces for the lining, and put the back darts in. Hopefully Sunday I'll have some time to start sewing it together.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
After that, another lightbulb went off and I added a piece of ultrasuede with my initials. Voila! The bag is mine.
Monday, April 21, 2008
I put in an invisible zipper. I plan to make this a dress, rather than a tunic.
the lighting is really dark, sorry!