Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Pics as Promised

I decided to take some pictures yesterday since I had a willing photographer.

My DD photographer said not to take this picture because I quote, "it looks like you're sticking your butt out" no need to that where it stays I just wanted to show how well the pants fit.

It looks like "smile" lines on the pants in this picture but it's just the way I'm standing.

I wore this to work today and got tons of compliments, Caron Spa yarn is an awesome Spring/Summer choice.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Playing it Safe

I played it safe and went with the off-white linen pants. The pattern is Butterick 5221 I made the capri's last year and really liked the fit. You can always use a pair of linen pants for summer.

These came out great, the only issue is an old one the pocket showing through. I should have used the lining fabric for the pocket facing.

I also made a tank top to wear under the sweater, I've put the pattern away and I don't remember the number but it is just your basic two pattern piece tank I did reduce the shoulder width so they wouldn't show and lowered the neckline. The fabric is 1.00/yd Wal-Mart stretch knit, it's very thin but worked well for this purpose.

The pants are wide leg which I like for summer, I hope to get a picture tomorrow.

I lined them with this dark beige cotton fabric, both were purchased from JoAnn's.

I do plan to make the skirt but it probably won't happen until next weekend. I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day weekend.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Lets Vogue

I finished the striped top from the Spring/Summer Vogue and I'm very happy with it.


Instead of finishing the neck edge with single crochet I slip stitched in the back loop to bring in the neckline.


You have no idea how many different seaming techniques I tried before I finally just machine stitched it, duh.


I was really worried because if the stripes didn't match taking the seam out would have been a nightmare, thankfully they matched up nicely.

See the skirt the model is wearing I really like how it doesn't match and wanted a similar look without looking ridiculous.

I've been looking for a coordinating print fabric FOREVER and found this but I'm just not crazy about it and I really think it would be bordering on ridiculous. Maybe I should just take Julia's advice and go with a pair of neutral linen pants.

The garden is in, this year I did tomatoes, red, yellow and green bell peppers and green beans. We've had an awful lot of rain but everything seems to be doing ok.


Two seams on this sweater didn't really satisfy my need to sew, we'll have to see what else develops.

Chicago Take Two (Very picture heavy)

I was in Chicago again last weekend for my friends daughter's graduation. Here's little Ms. Ashley with all her senior attitude showing.

Here's the cute little girl I know, all grown up. Her dress was gorgeous, I'm sorry that I didn't get a picture of her prom dress it was red-carpet beautiful. The girl has style.

The family.


Proud Papa.

The graduates, they didn't do cap and gowns, the girls all wore white formal dresses.

Proud Mama, the sun was in her eye's she should have borrowed some sunglasses from the Diva.

Proud and crazy Aunties.



I had a great time in Chicago, these people are like family to me they adopted me when I moved to Chicago almost 30 yrs ago and have never let go. Then I had to get home.....
The bus broke down about 40 miles from Indianapolis and we had to wait 4 hours for them to send another bus from Chicago. I think this picture of the bus driver pretty much sums it up. BTW she was great. What should have been a 5 hr. trip turned into 12 hrs.


This is what the middle of nowhere looks like. Actually the bus driver was smart enough to pull into a truck stop that had a Subway so at least there were bathroom facilities and we could get something to eat.


I told everyone to smile and say "stranded". Everyone on the bus was great for the most part there were a few people who blew a gasket, a few people that were only going to Indy were able to have someone come pick them up but this was the fate for the rest of us, four hours at a truck stop in the middle of nowhere.

There was a couple that have been married for 61 years on the bus and a baby who became quite cranky, when she started to cry everybody on the bus would start to sing. Now when I hear a baby cry I break out with "Wheels on the Bus go round and round". At least I received a full refund and met some really great people.

After two weeks with no sewing I'm feeling a little twitchy I NEED to sew, hopefully I will get some done.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

PR Weekend Review (pic heavy)

PR Weekend in Chicago was cold, wet, rainy and the most FUN I've had in a very long time. The goody bag was just that, full of great practical and useful gifts. I love the bag design.


Believe it or not I didn't buy any fabric. Since I didn't arrive until 7:30 on Friday I missed the shopping day which I was okay with because I really don't need any more fabric but I did go to my very first yarn shop.


I showed great restraint because I really don't need any more yarn but couldn't resist these purchases. The Snuggly baby bamboo was on sale for half price and I've wanted to try cascade yarn for quite awhile so I splurged on the two balls on the right. I've been trying to find the Eucalan no rinse wash forever, I was very happy to find it and PR Weekend attendees received a 20% discount.


I also didn't buy any fabric because I will be back in Chicago this coming weekend for a graduation. I took the MegaBus and got my tickets for PR Weekend for $10.00 each way, couldn't beat that, next week's tickets cost $15.00 each way. If you book far enough in advance you can get some great deals.


I can't remember this lady's name but she had the most amazing quilts, isn't that gorgeous.



I apologize that this picture is so dark but I just had to get a picture of Tina Wong's Halloween costume, she was an ear of corn, I loved it.

The pattern swap, someone said it was like feeding pigeons the women were quite excited. I got a few myself even though I didn't bring any as you can see there was more than enough.


Me and Deepika, she's a sweetheart. I had a lot of cute summer outfits planned for this weekend but the weather changed that, the Barney jacket held it's own against the windy city.

Andrea and Cenetta talking to the speaker-Angela Wolf, she was excellent. Very informative and personable. She answered all questions without any hesitation even when someone asked her how much she charges for her services. A question that I'm sure was on everyone's mine.

Andrea getting all the details. She is such a fun person I thoroughly enjoyed hanging out with these ladies and meeting so many new people. Everyone was so nice, it was just an awesome weekend. I really hope to be able to attend next years.



Connie Bontje with Angela. Connie won her ribbon for attending the most PR Weekends.

Karen (Karen6790 on PR) I had to get a picture of her skirt. She's Andrea's co-worker, Andrea wore an Anthropologlie skirt to work, Karen took a picture and recreated the skirt and wore it to work after only 3 days, incredible.

Angela's hand beaded wedding jacket, it was beautiful.


Here are my pics from the pattern swap.


These were free patterns included in the goody bag.

I just want to say thanks to all of the wonderful, creative, talented, kind and funny women I met on Saturday for making PR weekend great. First I have to give a big old shout out to Andrea she really reached out to me and made Saturday a great day, along with Cenetta, Connie, Robin Martin(RobinMCPA on PR), Karen and Kyle. Kyle Burkhardt had the cutest purse the fabric is black and white with different patterns pieces it's from Alexander Henry's fabric collection it was just adorable as was the dress she was wearing I forget the pattern. I also had the chance to speak to Sheila of Sheilaz-CTK, Andrea called her while we were having lunch and we all got to say "Hi, wish you were here". I'm sure I've forgotten some names here but please forgive me I truly enjoyed everyone's company.

And most of all thanks to Deepika for having the wonderful idea to start PatternReview.com an invaluable resource for seamstresses everywhere.

If you ever have a chance to go to PR Weekend all I can say is DO IT.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day

No sewing but I'm almost finished with the Vogue (Spring/Summer issue) #20 striped top. Not much to say about this pattern, easy to follow and so far I like the results. I love the coral with the vanilla.

Now if I could just find some coordinating fabric. I may take Julia's suggestion and go with linen pants.

These solved my blocking dilemma, so far so good. I did put a towel over them because if those colors bled onto my knitting it would be a very bad thing.


Last year I posted about "the best Mother's Day gift ever" well it's only fitting that you finally meet Tulip. I had her name wrong in the post. She's always the topic in every meeting and one day we were talking about how popular tutu's are and I said Tulip needs a tutu. I made this for her purely for the picture. Her "Mom" said she was dressed for the Royal Wedding but I think she needs a hat. BTW the rat freaked out when she tried to put it on her, she said it was really hard to get a good picture, I guess rats don't like tutu's after all.


I hope everyone has a great Mother's Day and no one gets a Tulip, unless that's what you want.