Quality Time with My Significant Other

Sewing for me is like a selfish, needy child that takes up most of my free time! Don’t misunderstand, I love to spend time nurturing my craft child but the problem is, I have another love too and that’s making jewelry which I haven’t been able to do very often since I started sewing! I’m always amazed by other people that can multi task creatively!

The boutique owner who graciously allowed me to display some of my jewelry has asked several times if I’m planning on bringing in more. Even the possibility of making money has not motivated me to turn away from my beloved sewing machine and box-o-fabric!

Well, I’m happy to report that I put my sewing projects aside long enough to create a few jewelry pieces!

Since Pantone chose emerald as the color for 2013, I decided to create a subtle way for me to incorporate emerald into my wardrobe.

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Since I don’t see myself running out to buy green shoes,

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Not even these!

I plan to use the color for accessories.

By the grace of a good clearance sale, I found this wonderful leather purse a year and a half ago that is right on trend!

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This will look great with a nice white outfit or i may even try it with a coral color skirt I made last year.

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I’m so glad I got a chance to spend some quality time with my other love! In the words of Michael Buble…and I’m feelin good!

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Call of the Wild

There’s some exciting events happening over at Pretty Grievances http://wp.me/FMjW that I just had to get in on. Jungle January! Where gamey sewists tear enthusiastically thru their stash (or newer acquisitions) in search of that animal print fabric that we’ve been saving for just the right occassion! Well, wait no more, Prettynpink has created that just right occassion! And the submissions so far have covered every species in the jungle! You’ve got your lions, tigers and bears (oh my!) Couldn’t resist!, sorry! Your birds and bees, big cats, little cats, snakes (eeew!) and lesser known species too!

While I’ve been known to sport a few snakes in my day (dating and wearing! Although, I much prefer the latter!), I knew exactly what animal in my stash I wanted to unleash! Okay, enough puns already!

Not too sure what type of fabric this is: possibly a polyester who cares, the most interesting part is that it’s an animal print with eyelash fur! I found this lovely find at my favorite fabric store, Habermans, when I first started sewing 3 to 4 years ago.

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I’d take it out every so often to ask what it wanted to be and finally it said, “I want to be a vest” Using Simplicity 2285 view c, that’s what it became!

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It was kind of a no brainer considering the pattern illustration even featured this view in an animal print! How appropriate for the Jungle January fun!

I love the way it turned out! It’s a fun walk on the wild side and gets lots of attention! How Purr-fect and I don’t even mind the occasional petting!

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Freebies

Okay, I have to confess, among lots of other things, I’m hooked on the Craftsy site! Who doesn’t love a one stop crafting site that offers classes on everything your heart desires to know about! I’ve purchased classes on pant construction techniques with Betzina, drafting an a-line skirt, and handbag construction. Then there’s the free classes I’ve signed up for like basic bag making. I have yet to actually start any of these, but I’ll get around to it. Having said all of that, finding a freebie trumps even Craftsy!

Here is the info:

Baby Lock has partnered with Miriam of Mad Mim and Miranda of One Little Minute for “Stretch Yourself,” a two-week series that will cover everything you need to know about working with knits. From choosing the right tools and fabric selection to patterns and construction, “Stretch Yourself” is chalk full of information about working with knits.

Miriam and Miranda have a lot of fun stuff in store for you, so pull up a seat! To get started, head over to One Little Minute to get started with fabric selection and Mad Mim for knit cutting techniques.

http://totallystitchin.net/articles/stretch-yourself-learn-to-sew-knits?utm_source=Baby+Lock+List&utm_campaign=866f08466e-Consumer_Enews_130111&utm_medium=email

Burda Leather Odyssey

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It’s finally done! No more reading and re-reading the instructions. No more hand wringing and worrying about ruining my leather. I finally finished this massive project. So many mis-steps (although minor) along this process…first, I should have completed a FULL mock version of this project first instead of only partially completing a mock. Big, no HUGE mistake! Although, I’ve developed a great deal of patience since I’ve been sewing, I still have no patience when it comes to doing a full muslin. The very steps I didn’t do on the muslin are of course, where I encountered my issues! Like topstitching the side seams too early! All other seams in previous steps instructed (me) to topstitch immediately after sewing. So, of course, I ASSumed I needed to topstitch immediately after sewing the side seams WRONG! Right there in black and white, a few steps ahead, it states to topstitch sides after attaching lining to bottom panels. Then, topstitch all in one continuous seam. Damn! lesson learned! This mis-step created unnecessary bulk where the panels and side seams meet.
Next issue: the pattern piece shows the lining cut on a narrower angle than the leather. This time I should NOT have followed this instruction because my neckline and shoulder edges did not line up. I ended up having to add approximately four 6 inch inserts to the lining!

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The panels actually look like a design element or at least that’s what I’m calling them! After the panel addition, the neckline and armhole edges are now aligned.
Another issue I encountered: the pattern calls for faux fur but I was using the real stuff so it was difficult to figure out which way to attach it to the lining (right side to right side, right side to wrong side, fur inside out on right side of lining). After attempting all of the above, mom and I figured out it was the last option!


Treading on, I had to decide what to do about the neckline since I wanted the fur collar detached. I didn’t want the raw edge of the neckline showing so I added a facing.

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In hindsight, I wish I would have left the raw edge because it’s way too much bulk around the neckline.

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There’s no way my machine would topstitch that thickness. I took it to a local shoe repair thinking they would have a heavy duty machine but they didn’t. I may take it to an alteration shop next. I think it would give it a more finished look.
In the meantime, I’ve given it a test run and it feels amazing to wear! The fleece (unfortunately, I couldn’t find a brown fleece) provides warmth against the elements and its stylish. I am so full of myself right about now! Fair warming, I will be posting this project on Pattern Review, Burda Style, Sew Much Talent, Face…

A shout out to Cliobklyn for her amazing review on her leather project which I studied like a Holy Grail!

Sewing Patterns – Pattern Reviews for BurdaStyle Magazine Pattern – 07-2010-118 Peplum Jacket – Sewing & Sewing Pattern Reviews at PatternReview.com.

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