Tag Archive: fabric

Grey Twist

Welcome Back!  I really am excited about all of the sewing I have been doing lately.  My new job (with typical business hours) has really helped out my own personal timing and scheduling.  Now I can have sewing time on the weekends and at night!This fabric I bought online at fabric.com it is super comfy, soo…

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Do Ya like Dawgs?

There’s sewing for yourself, which is the best: there’s sewing for others, which is nice: then there’s sewing for dogs! Now, I’m not a dog-person; I like the things well enough but having never owned one, I suppose I don’t … Continue reading

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Little Black Dress with Lace

This dress has been half made for a very long time.  I made it originally back in July and just now finished. Originally this dress was going to be completely laced out with a stripe of lace down the sleeves.  But I was not really liking the way the lace was reacting with the thick…

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The Confessions of A Fabricaholic

If you’ve been reading along for any length of time, you know that I LOVE fabric.  To some it’s an aspirational goal, to others I’m obviously using my funds wrong and to some people it’s a headscratcher. Then to those who love fabric as much as I …

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Wearin’ Designin’ December

The A/W O collection is nearly complete so I turned my sewing attention to knocking off a few Issey Miyake Pleats Please pieces. This was driven, inspired and encouraged by Linda, Nicedressthanksimadeit.  for her annual Designin’ December event. “Why buy … Continue reading

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Plaid Pants

Hello again!  Last week we saw pleated pants, and this week we are looking at some new regular pants!This fabric is super comfortable and are made with a knit material.I used Simplicity 8056 as the pattern, but I really had to alter it a whole bunch.  I had to taper in the legs about 5…

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Pleated Pants?!

Pleated pants are making a comeback in the women’s fashion world, and I figured I would give it a try. Ideally tank tops and leggings would be considered business attire, but that is not the world we live in.  With that in mind, wearing something that has a lot more fabric to it is different…

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Designin’ Miyake

Here’s a new thing for me although I have watched from afar for a few years: choose a designer garment and shamelessly copy it. Very well organised and the brain child of Linda, nicedressthanksimadeit, there’s still time for you to … Continue reading

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A/W ’17 O4

Not everything I make is successful or wearable or makes me happy: outfit number 4 of the O Collection falls into this category. Tops – Hemlock T . Underneath is brown poly jersey and top one is dark green, knitted jersey. … Continue reading

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A/W ’17 O Collection Add-ons

It’s all very well having a few well sewn and well fitting trousers as part of my O collection (check out the last few blog posts for an update) but they are quite useless without tops. I am in Hemlock … Continue reading

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A/W O3

Just bear with me here for a wee minute……….look at these images…….nice? Used as inspiration for colour matching, co-ordination options, pairings, etc. the Oska website displays images (mostly from nature but not always) that perfectly capture the tones, tints, looks … Continue reading

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all about fabric grain

Liesl tells you almost everything you’ll need to know about fabric grain as she covers lengthwise grain, crosswise grain, and bias grain.

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Saturday Morning Quilt Break: Geographic Fabrics

Many years ago (or at least that’s how it feels) before I met my husband, I had a job that sometimes required traveling overseas, which I loved. On a couple of occasions I stayed in a town called Bad Homburg … Continue reading

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Fabric for Traveling Quilters

This past summer my husband, daughters and I spent a week with extended family in North Carolina’s Outer Banks. It was the first proper vacation-for-vacation’s-sake we’d taken in a few years, and it was perfectly lovely. As I wrote in … Continue reading

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A Wednesday Hello

Yesterday was a busy, busy day, a mammogram in the morning, followed by my aviation physical. Then, lots and lots of writing. Finally, off to see my niece in the evening about a project that she has been helping me with. I literally fell into bed last …

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A Wednesday Hello

Yesterday was a busy, busy day, a mammogram in the morning, followed by my aviation physical. Then, lots and lots of writing. Finally, off to see my niece in the evening about a project that she has been helping me with. I literally fell into bed last …

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A/W ’17 O2

Sewing like a demon for the last few weeks has produced another outfit for my intended A/W ’17 O collection. This one focuses on navy and mustard but, of course, not limited to these two colours. Reversible jacket can be … Continue reading

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Same but Different

A little diversion (or two) from my own personal A/W wardrobe which features some sewing for others. Based upon the available evidence I have come to the conclusion that I do not make subtle quilts! Well, maybe one, but all … Continue reading

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how to pre-wash your fabric before sewing

Have you ever wondered when you need to pre-wash fabric and how best to do it? Liesl explains the reasons why pre-washing is important and gives suggestions for different types of fibers.

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O1 Jacket

As promised, here’s the low-down on a few of my pieces for O1 specifically, the reversible jacket made as part of my O autumn/winter collection and the doubled layered top. My first outfit has the really imaginative title of O1 … Continue reading

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New Office, New Dress

Finally I am out of retail and in an office environment. So I have decided to update my wardrobe and my sewing game.This fabric is from Joann’s it’s an awesome comfortable and warm knit, perfect for fall.  I used Butterick’s 5780 pattern but changed the bottom pleats.  I took off 2 inches from the waist…

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Fabulous Finds

Happy Thursday!I’m back home after an absolutely delightful time in Kalamazoo, MI. I taught a bag workshop and everyone did such an amazing job! I’ll share pictures in just a few days. The color combinations were incredible and each bag was so very uni…

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Custom Lace Bolero

This custom bolero is for a mother of one of my clients that I have been helping with all of their wedding alterations.  As I was altering the mother of the bride’s dress she asks if I can make a custom little jacket because everything that she has tried on in stores never fits the…

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Adventures in Sewing with Voyager

Please Enjoy our Sewing Inspiration VIDEO for Voyager! One of our newest In House designed and printed fabric collections celebrates the spirit of adventure and the boundless optimism that can keep your dreams afloat. With its cheerful palette and buoyant mood, Voyager will set a course for creative inspiration wherever…

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Vintage Sewing: The 70s dress

Over summer, a good friend of mine turned 40, and had a 70s themed birthday party to celebrate.  I had a rummage through my vintage patterns and found these… …and a search through the online treasure troves of Minerva resulted in me finding this completely mental fabric that was very much the right price for […]

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Flower Explosion

So this fabric I believe I have had for at least 3-4 years because I loved the pattern but never really figured out what I wanted to do with it.  First I thought I would make a dress but the pattern just seemed too bold for that. So I finally got around to doing something…

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Flower Explosion

So this fabric I believe I have had for at least 3-4 years because I loved the pattern but never really figured out what I wanted to do with it.  First I thought I would make a dress but the pattern just seemed too bold for that. So I finally got around to doing something…

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Blue Carolina Unconventional Mini Quilt Tour

Hi friends Today I am so excited to share my unconventional mini quilt using a dear friends new fabric line – Blue Carolina! Chris Thompson aka The Tattooed Quilter’s first line for Riley Blake fabrics is a beautiful combination of […]

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Green Peplum

Hello!  I have always been interested in peplum shirts but I never really thought that they were for me.  So to test it out I used leftovers to make this shirt.  For the fabric I used the yard I had left from my 1940’s Green Slytherin Dress. And as for the pattern, I used the…

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Vlog #14 – September 24th 2017 – New Fabric (and a lot more besides)

Hey, here’s my latest vlog! I bought a few fabrics lately (more coming in the post) and finished the Bear in the Log Cabin quilt, plus I made good progress on Banana Candy and I know the dates for my next classes too…

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