Friday, October 28, 2011

Autumn Harvest Table Runner

Made this autumn harvest table runner just in time for Mr. Darcy's dinner party.

(Cotton fabric from last weekend's clearance sale at Joann's. Grainy photo due to spur-of-the-moment point and shoot with my phone's camera - you can't miss a candid photo op like this, folks.)

Monday, October 24, 2011

Sewing Through the Decades: 1920s Tulip Kimono

Guy: So, what are you up to lately?
Me: Sewing.
Guy: What are you sewing?
Me: (cheery) A 1920s robe!
Guy: Ah .............why?

I guess that does come off kind of random.

But, hey, now I have a robe to stylishly drink mint juleps in on the front porch.......this winter. Though I have to say this keeps me quite warm, which for some reason surprised me but I'm not complaining!

Pattern: 1920s Tulip Kimono from Decades of Style
Fabric: "Van Gogh" rayon and chambray for the contrast, both from Sew L.A. Fabric
Size: Group A, 32" bust
Pattern Level: Beginner
Paired with: My favorite pair of blue suede shoes! (Sofft brand Mary Janes, sooo comfy)

Monday, October 10, 2011

New Trinkets and Fabrics

Our trip to Florida last week included a stop at the Japan Pavilion at Epcot in Disney World, and there I found some fun cotton fabrics to take home with me! They're not fat quarters but they're sold in small amounts. I had no idea you could buy fabric in Disney. 

I should say, the bottom 3 fabrics are from Epcot and the top brown one is from Sew L.A. Fabric. I said I wasn't going to buy more fabric until I completed 5 projects, which I haven't, but I can't actually make a garment from these so I'll give myself a pass (and I was on vacation!). 

Friday, October 7, 2011

Sewing Through the Decades -- Joining In!

Better late than never! I've decided to join in on the Sewing Through the Decades fun, a challenge that Sarah from Rhinestones & Telephones and Debi from My Happy Sewing Place started way back in January. The idea is to pick patterns from a range of years (whether in consecutive order or across several decades) and sew each one at your own pace with no deadlines to worry about.

While late in the game, I thought it would be a fun project as I get myself back into sewing. And since scheduled sew-alongs don't seem to be my forté this will be a nice no-pressure way of joining in on a community challenge! 

...The Challenge...
So, for my Sewing Through the Decades challenge, I plan to sew the 7 patterns I own from the Decades of Style Pattern Company. I bought 5 of these at a trunk show in Los Angeles a couple of years ago (can't resist discounted prices!) and am looking forward to finally sewing them up. The 1930s-50s patterns were some of the first patterns I ever bought.