Monthly Archives: February 2007

Accessorize

Sometimes I get so caught up in sewing garments that I forget it’s important to accessorize your outfit. I generally wind up wearing something that’s been in my jewelry box for some time. However, after loosing one of my favorite pairs of earrings last week, Bret offered to take me out shopping for jewelry!

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Oscar 2007 Fashions

I have to admit, I skipped watching this year’s Oscars – they have just gotten to be way to long to watch. However, I still love to see the red carpet arrivals! One of my favorite dresses of the evening has to be Cate Blanchett’s Giorgio Armani Prive gown. It’s amazingly beautiful and is extremely flattering.

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Magazines

With a renewed interest in sewing in the past year, it’s nice to see that there are more magazine options available to the home sewer. Yesterday, I got a copy of the premier issue of Sew Stylish. For those who haven’t seen this issue yet, the publisher of Threads has produced a quarterly magazine geared toward the beginningnovice sewer or someone who’s interested in increasing their skills but is not ready to dive into some of the advanced or couture techniches typically found in Threads.

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Friday?

Wow, where has this week gone? It’s Friday, already? Yesterday was a whirlwind of activities – dentist appointments, parent/teacher conference, hosting the teacher dinner…… I had no time to sew, let alone think about it – and my sewing area is still in the same condition as the photo from the other day. However, some of my resin pieces are finally complete. Unfortunately, I had to make a small batch of resin to finish up 4 pieces and I think that I didn’t mix it properly since they are still sticky. Here’s what I have so far:

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My First Onion & 100 Reviews

I have to say, when Shop Onion opened up a while ago, I was intrigued. I had seen an occasional review of their patterns, but had shyed away from them since they weren’t in English. However, since Shop Onion not only offered the patterns themselves, but a translation of most designs, I decided I would at the very least sign up for their newsletter. Then last month, I could resist no longer – I placed my first order. So after getting them in the mail, the knit top went to the front of my ‘must sew’ list. I searched my stash and found a nice stripe cotton jersey that I had been storing for several months and a solid black interlock for a contrasting neckband – I was so excited to get started, I forgot to pre-wash….. I hope that doesn’t come back and haunt me after I launder this top for the first time.

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Messes & Resin

The weather outside yesterday was beautiful – no wind, temperatures in the 50’s, and lots of sunshine. After a bit of housework, my resin curiosity got the best of me. So working outside, wearing gloves and mask (I’m sure my neighbors were wondering what I was doing), I started playing around with Easy Cast. The picture on the right is what I’ve done so far. Some molds are completely full, some have glitter, some have inserts, some are ‘marbled’ (which I think will turn out horribly). I’m letting these cure overnight and will finish them up tomorrow (weather permitting).

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Shirred

If you can look past the fact that I look absolutely horrible in this picture, you can see that I’ve made a new spring top! This is the pre-shirred material that I got from Joann’s on Saturday – which I decided to turn into a haltertanktunic. When the weather turns warm(er) I plan on pairing this with a pair of white capris, shorts may get burried under all the material and I don’t want people questioning if I’m wearing a micro mini dress!

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My Mess

The other day Carolyn had asked to see a (better) picture of my sewing area. First off, let me tell you, it is a MESS! A reall mess. You see, I’m a pile maker. If I don’t have time to put something away it goes into a ‘specific pile’ it may be patterns (one in progress, one that I want to get to in the future, and one that just needs to be put away), or a fabric that hasn’t been put into my shelving unit, or a book(s) that I’m in the process of reading or doing a project from…. you can see where this is going, right? Well, at the moment, my piles are no long confined to my table, it’s now on my sewing chair, the floor around my sewing area, and now the coffee table.

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