Thursday, February 5, 2009

More Sewing Than Showing

I have been sewing quite a bit - but have been slacking in the photo department. In fact I completed several UFOs but never got around to taking any photos so I didn't submit them in the UFO contest on Pattern Review. Right now, I'm feverishly sewing from my stash and will definitely be making time to photograph and review these items. I need to get this done over the weekend because I will be out of town on business all next week.

It has come to my attention that I don't have a pair of black dress slacks. Who doesn't own a pair of basic black slacks? (Apparently, I don't.) How did this happen? Anyway...guess what's at the top of my list of things to make when I get back in town.

I received my copy of Cool Couture by Kenneth D. King. Has anybody read it yet? What do you think? I just flipped through it briefly, and I noticed that many of the photos are from his old book, but I am hoping that the information is new/updated.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Long Weekend

I hope everyone enjoyed Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

It has been so cold here for the past few days that I have just stayed inside, except for extreme emergency like picking up the grandkids - that's always important. One good thing about staying in the house I can tackle some things on my sewing list.

First up, is a nice knit top (V8534) that I really like. One tip, the pattern instructions leaves the neck edge raw/unfinished, but that just doesn't work for me - so I hemmed the neck first, them sewed down the pleats. This top is pretty versatile - it can be worn belted or even with a turtleneck underneath when the weather is really cold (like negative 20 degrees - you know what I'm talking about Cennetta).

I also made this nice burnt orange tweed skirt from V8505. The pattern didn't call for a lining, but I added one anyway.

I have a jacket for this skirt, but it is still a UFO that I will finish during this month's contest. I just have to figure out how I want to finish the sleeves. I was thinking of some dias binding trim.

I made another printed knit top (B3438). The pleats at the center front and just under the armholes make this top very comfortable. And I really like the colors in the fabric.

Yeah, more knits.... This is a 3-piece ensemble that was very quick and easy.

Last one for now (And guess what? No knit.). A while back I upgraded my KitchenAid mixer to the 600 watts with the 6 quart bowl...

- but I kept putting off upgrading my cover. So I still had the same old, dirty, stained cover over my new mixer; and it didn't even fit.

I saw a larger cover in the store for over $20, but that seemed a little too expensive. So I made one.
That it's for now. I will do proper reviews as soon as possible. Unfortnately, I don't even have time to include my Monday's Meditation today, but I will add it later.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Where Have I been?

That's what I'm asking myself.

Firstly, Happy New Year to everyone - let's make this one better than ever.

I have been very busy since I last posted (which has been quite some time). I have been working on my fall/winter wardrobe as previously mentioned. Unfortunately, I don't have time to post any photos tonight, but I will real soon.

I have joined two contests on Pattern Review (Stash and UFO's) so I should be posting some of those items soon as well.

I recently picked up embroidery software to go along with my Husqvarna Viking Diamond Sewing Machine - the 4D Professional and it is fabulous. Expect to see lots of embroidered stuff.

Yeah, I'm noticing a theme here. You can expect to see a lot, but right now I gots nothing to show.

I plan to upload photos this weekend. See you then.