New Bundle of Joy

I welcomed a new baby into the fold about 2 months ago! This new baby is not really new, just new to me! Actually, it’s decades older than me! A few months ago, I had a conversation with my sewing machine guy, Mr. Bill (aka the genie). I told him I wanted a walking foot machine for sewing leather. This was an idea I concocted after watching every You Tube video of Arthur Porter who is a master leather craftsman (IMO)! http://youtu.be/xjbgkaCA8Cc A walking foot! Poor delusional me! My budget did not and does not allow for this type of machinery! Mr. Bill, with his infinite wisdom, knew of a cheaper but just as reliable alternative for this home sewist and being the Genie that he is, set out to find me a Singer industrial straight stitch machine that would do exactly what I needed at a fraction of the cost!

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Isn’t she purty? She was owned by some company (probably several companies) and was well taken care of! Mr. Bill cleaned her up, dropped her (gently) in a newer table and put in a new motor! She even has a knee lever to raise the presser foot allowing me to keep my hands free!

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Inquiring minds need to know so I took to the Internet to learn what I could about the model. Some other savvy researcher made my search so much easier by posting a link to the operations manual. Not so newsworthy I know, but what is fascinating is that the link is to the Smithsonian Institute! My new baby actually has been referenced in the Smithsonian! In the words of Maximus from the Gladiator, “Are you not amused?” Love that movie!

I don’t know if you can see the date in the upper left hand corner, but this model is circa 1916!

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Just for S&G, I thought it would be cool to look up events from that time period and here are just a few: the first football game was played at the Rose Bowl; the PGA was formed; women were allowed to attend a boxing match; Mary Pickford became the first female film star to get a million dollar contract; and lastly, Albert Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity was presented! So cool!

Mr. Bill said it would last another 50 years easily! Who knows what other world events she’ll see along the way!

Stick To The Plan

I admire sewists who formulate a wardrobe plan, assemble all their patterns and sew according to that plan! I on the other hand, haven’t been able to stick to my plan! There’s always a new pattern sale to derail my plan! For instance, this Burda pattern I picked up and had to sew immediately! I really love the silhoullette! It has the illusion of separates but it’s actually a dress!

I used a black and cream rayon for the skirt from my favorite local fabric store, Habermans. I used a peachskin from Joanns for the top.

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The first one turned out so nicely, I decided to make it again!

For the next version, I had a yard of waxed cotton I bought a few years ago at a sewing expo. I had no idea what to do with it and thought it would be worth the experimentation! I paired it with an orange linen blend for the top. A very unexpected color combo, but I like it!

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I forgot to alter the skirt making it straight instead of a-line as I did with the first version. I may redo it later.
This is a nice, easy straightforward pattern. The only mild dislike would be the 2 pleats at the rear hip line area. They seem to call too much attention to that area! All in all, I really like the outcome!

With a Heavy Heart

I’m literally sick to my stomach this evening! I just found out that the beautiful and talented Tamisha Ridge aka Tamisha Glashen, was killed in a domestic violence situation! Although I didn’t start sewing by watching her videos, I did learn a lot of techniques and developed a lot of confidence in drafting my own patterns! She was the reason I really started using Facebook because her’s was the first Facebook sewing group I joined which led to other sewing and purse making groups!

Sewing sounds so trivial to the real story! Domestic violence! She was allegedly killed by someone who used to love her! And killed in front of her 3 beautiful children! How is that love? Although I didn’t know her personally, my heart aches for her, her children, family and every other woman suffering at the hands of their abuser! There’s a FB campaign to wear purple on Friday to honor Meesha! I hope she feels the love and support that she gave so freely to the sewing community! May she rest in peace!

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Palazzo flow

I had been on the hunt for some interesting fabric to make some palazzo pants and of course, Habermans was reading my mind again! How do they know to have exactly what I need on my weekly visits?? I found this beautiful, multicolored jersey knit that was screaming to be made into palazzo pants! I used McCalls 6571, which is a one piece pattern! It doesn’t get much easier than that! The only design change I made was that I used a 1 1/2 inch elastic in the waistband instead of the 1/4 inch suggested. This was mainly to raise the crotch which was practically at knee level! And since I have a few color options, I made an orange top and a white top to maximize my wearing enjoyment although, the white top is not shown here.

Although I love my summer dresses, I will definitely be making more palazzo pants with this easy pattern!

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Wearable Wednesday Christopher Kane

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Your post never disappoint!

Originally posted on Pretty Grievances:

Fashions deadliest assassin- code name: Ribbon Candy!

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A design brought to you by the Home Insulation Council- reminding you to only look for recycled materials in your attic insulation planning!

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Shut up! My Grandmother made it! It matches the one the spare roll is wearing!

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Thelma was getting to be such a bore at parties- she was totally obsessed with pictionary…..

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This makes a better vacuum cleaner bag than a dress…did you scope the hoof covers yet?

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Ardella is very concerned about whether or not the place she put her keys was really a pocket….

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Burda Lovin

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Well, I am in love with my latest completed project (insert Cheshire Cat grin). To think, it all started with a downloadable (DL) Burda sleeveless waistcoat pattern! http://www.burdastyle.com/pattern_store/patterns/long-fur-waistcoat-102012 And since Burda DL’s don’t include seam allowance, I thought it wise to make a wearable muslin first! After a little tweaking of the muslin, I was ready to dive into the gorgeous faux shirling I bought at Joann Fabrics with my 60% off coupon! The total coupon price for 2 1/2 yards was $22.00! There’s just something magical about fabric, sewing and coupons! Said like the true addict I am!
So let’s start with the muslin. The fashion fabric used from my stash was from Walmart for a mere $1.00 per yard! Didn’t need a coupon for that! The fabric is a sturdy denim that probably is more upholstery than fashion but it worked wonderfully for this project and if it failed (not I, but it), I would have only lost $2.50 of the $4.00 paid for 4 yards! Piece of cake! The fabric used for the sleeves was also purchased from Walmart for a $1.00/yd. it’s the most awful mystery knit I’ve ever used but perfect for sleeves! Awful because it kept breaking my thread even after many tension adjustments. image
The real star is the faux shirling coat! Since I can’t do much with a sleeveless waistcoat, especially with the winter we’ve had in Michigan, I paired it with upcycled leather sleeves that were originally skirts I purchased from the Salvation Army for less than $10 bucks total!
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I originally wanted to go with an animal print lining, but found this instead in the clearance section of my favorite fabric store Habermans for $4.98/yd.
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Since the neckline is wider than an average coat, I made a fleece infinity scarf/hood which allowed me to get some animal print in!
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And since I had the entire top half of the tan leather skirt leftover, I made a purse with animal print lining!image

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I left the skirt zipper and fashioned it into a pocket to keep my cell phone or keys.

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For those still reading this rather lengthy post, I say thank you! Now off to continue admiring my handy work!

The Jungle January Anniversary

Although I’ve been MIA for a bit, I couldn’t let January pass without unleashing my offering to the jungle January fever over at Pretty Grievances! I and apparently many others, had a blast last year with makes ranging from feathery foul to slithery snakes and everything in between! So in honor of the everything in between, this fabric is a mashup of snakeskin and leopard print. Hey, i’m sure there’s an animal out there somewhere that looks like this! Gotta love nature!

I wanted a pattern that would show it off in all it’s glory so I chose New Look 6803 view D.

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Thanks Pretty Grievances for allowing the animals to strut our stuff once again!