Monthly Archives: January 2012

Project Update: Fluevog Ad

So here’s an update on what’s been keeping me busy these days: I’ve designed & submitted an ad for Fluevog’s spring campaign! πŸ™‚

If you have a sec, Please take a moment to go ‘like’ my submission for the Fluevog Spring ad campaign – thanks! πŸ˜€

http://www.fluevog.com/code/fc_gallery.php?brief=23

This is my ad, for visual reference :

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Meringue skirt

Meringue skirt


The U.F.O. Challenge

At the risk of getting myself in over my head, I’ve decided to join Frabjous Couture’s UFO Challenge – the goal being to finish unfinished projects that have been sitting there mocking us LOL.

After having “finished” sewing the blue chiffon blouse, I have one UFO left… the Black Pants. (I’ll get back to the blue blouse in a bit)

The Black Pants started out as an ambitious goal of mine last spring when I decided I needed to start making my own garments in order to get exactly what I was looking for out of clothes, namely: style, quality fabric, and a perfect fit. I chose a nice lightweight linen fabric, and a “perfect fit” pattern, as I am totally new at pants. Alas, I wasn’t ready for a commitment yet and Black Pants got to the point of being cut and there they stayed.

So my commitment is to conquer Black Pants, once and for all LOL

Then…. I have some secret plans for the blue chiffon blouse to make it into something I’d actually wear. It’s a shameful atrocity hanging in my closet, and I’m gonna turn it into something chic and fabulous… it just doesn’t know it yet πŸ˜‰


My (tiny) Fabric Stash Organized!!

Thanks to the encouragement of my fellow sewists, I have put together a table of my meager fabric stash! I couldn’t help but think all along the way that my stash probably would have been the new kid in school, maybe feeling a bit intimidated by the other, more substantial stashes of its peers LOL.

Anyway, I’m a designer, and a Mac girl, thus Excel drives me to states of wanting to pull my hair out and stab myself in the eye so i used InDesign, and created a nice neat little table, then made a pdf so I could share with you πŸ™‚

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Sew Colette

I am so darn freaking excited to announce that I have joined (I think) my very first sewalong!!

Hosted by Miss Crayola Creepy Β and Rhinestones and Telephones, this sewalong is for anyone who wishes to join in sewing the projects from the Colette Sewing HandbookΒ which as I have noted, I received just recently and have already read at least half a dozen times, and had already planned to make everything in there at least once!

I am proudly displaying my button on the right hand side of my blog – my very first of its kind, I started a Flickr account for my project photos, and I’m so excited to participate in this sewalong, and to make lots of new friends in the sewing community πŸ™‚

Cheers, and happy sewing! πŸ™‚


Meringue and my Fabric Stash

Well the Meringue came to life yesterday (almost). All was going swimmingly until I got to the hem. It wasn’t til I turned the facing and began attempting to press the scallops that I realized the fabric was a little too drapey to hold them. Still I pressed on (ha, pun) and got about halfway through the catchstitching before I admitted this was not going to work.

Ok so now I have a rough game plan to save this otherwise lovely skirt:
– first, unpick the catchstitching (sad but at least I’m getting really good at it!)
– second, try to trim down seam allowance in the points more to get more definition
– third, sew a second line of stitching along the scalloped edge to reinforce the shape
– fourth, if all else fails, remove the facing, cut and sew a straight hem

If I have to resort to that, I’ll make a second Meringue in stiffer fabric so I can have that pretty hemline on one at least πŸ™‚

On another note, at the wise advice of Joanne from Stitch & Witter, I created a list of my meager stash and a table to organize it, despite the fact I had to guess at a few yardages, and didn’t know the widths on most lol. She was right though – better to start now before it gets out of control!! lol

I’ll be trying to save the Meringue tonight so updates are soon to follow πŸ™‚


2011 – The Year in Review, and Looking Ahead to 2012

I thought I’d take a few minutes to reflect on the year past, as it occurred to me I have been focused so much on my goals ahead that I rarely ever take time to reflect on the things I’ve accomplished.

I don’t subscribe to the traditional New Year’s Resolutions idea – what I do is make a long term list of goals, similar to my ongoing t0-do list only on a larger scale. In 2011 however, there was one big goal for me to achieve and that was:

“To acknowledge and recognize my unique beauty the way God intended me to be instead of self-deprecating. To be the best I can be the way God made me, not how society wants me: to be a beautiful healthy vessel for HIS spirit, not the world’s”

I realize not everyone has the same beliefs, but for me, in order to overcome a crippling sense of self deprecation, and debilitating body image issues, it was essential for me to focus on my spiritual nature, and the nature of my faith and beliefs. That was my main goal for 2011, and while I am always learning and growing, I think I can say I have more or less achieved that one πŸ™‚

Once this was accomplished, I was in a place where I could focus on healthy self growth. I focused whole heartedly on my art, rekindled my desire for fashion, and to take up sewing again, and finally, to determinedly pursue better health and wellness.

Since the fall of 2011, I’ve taught myself a few new and ambitious recipes, started a painting for the first time in years, bought a serger and taught myself how to thread and use it, completed a blouse (during which I learned several new skills), started and maintained this blog, started and maintained taking vitamins again, started and maintained a regular exercise regime, and have lost ten pounds total so far (even over the holidays!) πŸ™‚

For 2012, I have many goals in mind. I’d like to continue the things I’ve started and see them through. I also want to make a more handmade tailored wardrobe, planned carefully and made with care and attention to detail. There are many things I’ve never done and would like to try, such as making at least one jacket (i have a fetish for jackets!!), making a corset (i also have a fetish for corsets LOL), learning the fine art of correct fitting and maybe even getting it down, as well as participating in sewalongs, contests, and community challenges.

To all my fellow sewists and artists out there, I hope to see you in some of the same forums, challenges and sewalongs – may 2012 be a year of peace, growth, learning and accomplishment for all of us!!! πŸ™‚


Book Review: Colette Sewing Handbook

Over the holidays I was very fortunate and extremely excited to have received my copy of the Colette Sewing Handbook which I had pre-ordered back in October, from Amazon.

I had high expectations of this book because I’m an avid follower and fan of Sarai Mitnick and her Colette line of patterns. The book did not disappoint; it’s everything I had hoped for, and more. First let me just say this, that if you think you are too advanced a sewer to need this book, you are WRONG. EVERYONE needs this book!!!

I am not technically a beginner; as aforementioned in an earlier post, my history with sewing is long, but my experience is limited, as I haven’t really done a whole lot of projects, especially lately. So while there are several techniques explained in the book that I am already familiar with, it is incredibly helpful to have them laid out step by step with pictures, for easy reference when needed (YAY!).

Also, and possibly much more importantly, Sarai has a number of very helpful ways of making the boring parts of sewing much easier and more pleasant. I have already tried out a few new ways of marking my patterns, and have wholeheartedly embraced the idea of using large washers for pattern weights instead of that time consuming, insufferable way of pinning pattern pieces to fabric…. UGH! I’ll NEVER go back to doing that again LOL.

I have been completely inspired by this book. I’ve never thought about actually PLANNING my wardrobe before, and I have totally been inspired to do so now, and have already began conjuring preliminary ideas for my spring mood board and wardrobe plan.

I’ve also never made a muslin before, so I decided to make a muslin for the meringue skirt, simultaneously using it to try the new pattern weights, and marking techniques which I promptly fell in love with. I’m totally sold on the muslin idea now – before this, I thought I didn’t have to do one so I never did…. it’s incredible how fast one can make a muslin without worrying about finishings, linings, facings, closures, etc…. and how much one can learn about fitting and potential pitfalls by doing so. It’s well worth the extra time put in and makes you excited and more confident about making the garment from your actual fabric.

I plan on making every garment from this book, some more than once. I am all set to do the meringue in my actual fabric – a gorgeous royal blue silk noile – and I also have fabric purchased for the next garment in the book – the cover dress, Pastille. Stay tuned, and I’ll keep posting with my progress!