Tuesday, November 24, 2009

MOT goal complete!

I have finished all 6 of the tops I wanted to complete for Faye's Month of Tops sew along!!!!! Go to the blog to see my tops.....Month Of Tops Blog

I have/am making 3 skirts to go with my MOT sew along challege to! I got like a whole little wardrobe outta this!!!

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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Yarn just for me!

Look how pretty! My mom hand spun this yarn for me! A wool\silk blend... Perfect color match for a lacey shawl or bolero to go with my long black dress! [the dress with the large flower appliques!] Thanks mom!

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

ALL kinds of Projects!!!

I have been on the ball lately in the sewing room and working my crochet hook....
First to see the first 2 tops I made for the Month of Tops sew along click here: My TOPS

Now.... I took this pic last week. I actually fished it TODAY! I have never quilted before... not really.... which is kinda wrong since my mom is a quilter! But I've always been more into clothing and I would have never made this if it wasn't our project/class for Pfaff club at sewing Machine etc. here in Knoxville. You know what... I loved making it! It was fun! Relaxing, even!!
Here's a closer look at my sad quilting! But its good for a 1st timer!! I think..... lol!! We embellished the pumpkins using decorative stitches, couching, buttons, rhinestones... whatever! Lots of fun! I can't wait till our next class!
Purses... I was in much need of purses this year. As you know if you've been reading my blog for long I'm not a fan of making purses... but the purses I want to buy cost stupid money. So yeah, I make my purses!
The purse below is the L2 Bag by sewing workshop. Made from upholstery fabric I bought... somewhere ;-) embellished with beads and chains from jo anns.
I wanted a purse big enough for my laptop, a crochet project and all my other purse essentials.. this purse fit the bill.... perfect for traveling! plus I think its cute. Its full of all different sizes of pockets!!

This purse is Circle Bag from Square Rose. I was looking for this shape of bag after seeing a few Chanel bags from the Couture winter collection. Karl's bags were a bit bigger and made of faux fur (which I would like to do before winter is over!) they had a draw string appearance on the runway but without seeing up close and personal I have no clue if they were! But this pattern fit the shape I was looking for. Good pattern too!!

CROCHET! How I LOVE my crochet! Some nights I crochet until my hand hurts (which is a really really long time! ) and I still can't stop (Bald Man says theres something wrong with me...)

I finished this a couple of months ago... it was meant to be worn this summer.... on cool nights on a patio somewhere... It didn't quite make it. But next spring/summer.. it'll be ready!
This pattern is from the March 09 Interweave magazine but I changed it alot!

Now this is part of my fall/winter wardrobe! AND I made up this pattern!!! and I have no ideal what I did..... because I didn't write anything down..... but still I'm extremely happy with this! And though I hate cold weather I am looking forward to it being cold enough to wear this!!! Its really cute with a tank top or turtle neck

I've also finished 3 more tops for Month of Tops! Countless crocheted dish clothes and doilies!
I'm currently crocheting a scallop shawl from a vintage crochet book I won off ebay and hairpin lace (which I have no clue what its going to be but I love making it!)
In the sewing room I am still pondering the costume.... working on yet another top... which will have some embroidery on it, just not sure what embroidery yet! AND my Thanks Giving weekend outfit.... ok now... back to work!
You all have a BLESSED week!!!!

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Monday, November 9, 2009

Knocking it off dress

I feel in love with this Chanel look last spring.... so instead of making a Chanel jacket I decided to put that time toward knocking this off the best I could....
I am pleased with my results! Fabric from Miami's Rex Fabrics for the top..... and ofcourse fabric for the jacket and skirt... I found a close to perfect match at walmart! Of all places! Add so hip chain belts and here is my knock off! I made the skirt longer than the original.... and no collar on the little jacket... lower neckline on the top... and a bit longer on it too.... I have several other Chanel outfits I want to knock off too... soon as I can find similar fabrics for them! I had fun with this outfit and fun wearing it! Next V8489.... I bought this fabric on a trip to Panama City, Panama. This was an easy pattern and I will use it again in the future.
I added a personal touch to the dress but it didn't photograph at all... asymmetrical from shoulder across the waist and to bottom I hand beaded swarvoski crystal beads and black shell disk beads... nope can't see them at all... it took along time. It looks much better in person. I saw a dress with similar fabric and the hand beading ideal in an old Australian stitches magazine.

I'm working on lots of projects lately... tops, a quilted walk hanging, the belly dance costume...
Just finished a crocheted jacket!!!! and 2 tops!!!

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Faye's month of tops sew-a-long

V8534 Making View C.. in lace and black knit. Never made this one before but it looks super simple.

S3634 Making the long sleeve view here...multi color stretch knit and I want to make it in a plain purple knit too. I've made this top countless times! I love it! Def one of my TNT patterns.

M5709 I loved making this top! I think it will be a nice dressy 'out to dinner top' in this dark pink and black knit with sparkles!

Faye over at Faye's sewing adventures (her site is listed on my blog roll) has a month of tops sew along going on! Inspired by her speed sewing of tops last November! I'm know I will not be able to make as many as she did but its sure put my butt in gear to sew up some much needed tops for the colder months to come. So far here are 3 of my future tops... Being cut out right now!! I love simple comfy knits tops for winter... Plus this should make a dent in my stash! (which is important because we're going to Atlanta for Thanksgiving and New Years... you know what that means.. Gail K's!!!)

I have 6 tops in all picked out to make this month plus 3 long simple full skirts to go with them... I'm in much need of long skirts also! More on that later! All of them are simple, most I've made before... so hopefully I can get it done.. atlest the tops!

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Monday, November 2, 2009

Catching up! V8353

As you all can see I've been messing around with my blog templete and such..... and lost my blog roll!!!! amoung other things!!! I'll get all put back together though... I think this templete is cute though... love purple!
I made and took pics of this dress about 2 months ago! I'm so far behind on blogging its ridiculous!!! But here is V8353. A simple yet time consuming dress... time consuming because all around the waist are pleats! And I mean ALL around! Made from a beautiful stretch woven, black with lilac polka dots (wal mart $3 yd!!!! and this is nice stuff!!!)... and the lining/contrast fabric is a lilac linen (from moms stash! Free!!! whoohoo!)
It completely opens in the front with buttons. I love full dress skirt like this.

To go with it... I made a necklace and a bracelet....using strips or a floral chiffon (wal mart) velvet and organza ribbon.... topped off with swarovski AB crystals and a cross charm on the necklace.

One of my 'goals' this year was to learn to paint on silk.... it was replaced with learn to make cool (trendy even!) jewelry! My jewelry wardrobe was getting kinda sad and old... I'm a lover of costume/trendy stuff... but the jewelry I was wanting was as expensive as if it had 'real' stones and precious metals.... so I've learned to make my own (yes knock off my own!!!lol!!!) jewelry.
Tip: If you've not been...Micheals Craft store makes it soooooo easy to make on trend jewelry check out their new beads section... Its amazing!!!
Halloween pics coming soon...
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