When I was in North Carolina in June, there was this great mall art exhibit of recycled materials. This quilt was in the exhibit and I'm sorry I don't have the artist's name. I think it is a really interesting use of reused fabric, especially jeans details.
It made me want to start saving old jeans to cut up, but then I realized I save too much stuff and really shouldn't add any more clutter. Maybe I could save one or two pairs of jeans...
This is the Classic Blouse #600. I absolutely fell in love with this peacock print. It has a great drape in a herringbone weave. Darts give the blouse fit and shape while still being loose enough to be comfortable. I left the front pockets off.
Button close up- plastic and very washable.
Collar and band cut in one. Quick and easy construction.
As you may know, I love using stuff I just happened to have already. So here is a blouse from fabric that I just happened to have (no idea where it came from!). It is a synthetic crepe in a diagonal dot pattern. It looked a little plain when I finished so I added 3 bias flounces to the front neck. I didn't hem them, so I'm hoping my hunch is correct that raveling shouldn't be a problem.
I am so happy to have finally finished my Hawaiian dress from fabric sent to me from my sister in Hawaii! I started it back in June. I used New Look 6053. I chose to underline the whole dress since the back ground is white and I want to wear it in the summer without having to wear a slip.
It is knee length with a back zipper. The fabric has a design running down the middle of it as you can see and both selvidges have ferns.
A customer of mine from at least 20 years ago, asked me to copy his old vest that I had originally made for him. It was fun seeing it again and seeing how my methods have evolved over time. The new vest is pictured here with Alice.
I like the back lacing because it makes it adjustable.
My current machine makes nice eyelets so I used them instead of buttonholes.
Summer has been a whirlwind and I haven't been able to sew or blog as much as I would like. On this last day of August, I look forward to more sewing and blogging and less excuses! Son will be in 6th grade in middle school and daughter will be home schooled (8th grade). This is something new for us. I'm feeling optimistic. Even though I feel like I haven't done much in the way of projects, my daughter has been busy! Here is a link to her charms or kawaii. Now, after I clear off my sewing table, I can finish that summer dress I meant to sew back in May...
Glitter Shoes and kitties! These are both my daughter's projects from directions she found online (sorry, I don't know where she got them from). The shoes were bronze and she decoupaged glitter on them. They are lined with blue painter's tape to protect them. She sewed the kitties on the machine out fleece. Hopefully, I'll have a project from me soon.
Kitchen chairs! Here is husband working on the chairs. These chairs and the kitchen table are from my grandparents farm-1930? The top is enamelled metal. They were looking rough, especially compared to the freshly painted walls!
I wanted to paint them like they were originally.
I am so happy with how they turned out! And I'm happy they are not on my sewing table any more! And the kitchen is done!