Thursday, July 23, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Not sure exactly when, but don't worry, I'll get to it. It's in the queue! ;)
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Needless to say, this blouse will be with me for the rest of my life. Beyond the undeniable beauty of the handiwork, the beauty of her friendship shines strong and powerful. :)
If you have a wonderful story to go with the oldest piece of fabric in your stash, please share it with me and Cindy in the comments to my Friday post. If you'd rather share it on your blog with photos, then let me know and I'll add a link in my "Talk Back Thursday" post next week.
Friday, July 10, 2009
Today's guest question is from Cindy of Learn2SewFlorida. She would like to know more about your stash. In particular, she asked if you would tell about the oldest piece of fabric in your stash and the story behind it. I need to think about this one. But I'll add my story to the comments too. In the meantime, we're both looking forward to reading yours! :)
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Many of the people who expressed a strong preference voted for natural fibers, such as linen, silk, wool, cashmere, cotton, rayon and bamboo, over synthetic fibers. The most commonly cited advantages included: easier to sew, easier to press, breathable and cooler in hot weather. Uta also pointed out that natural fibers are “greener” and age better than synthetics.
But it wasn’t a completely one-sided chorus. Several people appreciate blends – such as a touch of polyester or lycra with cotton – and others pointed out that there are certain types of clothes that pretty much require synthetics, such as bathing suits. A couple of “pros” to synthetics were called out as well – such as being wrinkle resistant and coming in a wide variety of colors and prints.
Finally, there were a few folks who don’t have a strong preference either way. For example, Cindy enjoys working with all kinds of fabrics, CarlaF will buy a fabric if she likes the way it feels, looks and it seems easy to work with, regardless of the content, and Elaina keeps an eye out for bargains.
Thanks again to everyone who took the time to talk back to us! :)
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Last year she and I made it together in a stiff cotton - pink with angels and sparkles. (She also made the shorts that she's wearing in this picture!)
All I have left to do is add the trim - a strip of silver sequins along the bodice. Not sure how I'm going to attach it - I'm afraid the machine needle will shatter the sequins. :(
Next week I'll show you what the 8-year-old picked out. I haven't started that yet...but, don't worry, I'll get to it. It's in the queue! ;)
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Pillows! Lots and lots of pillows! (Note: a key component of this plan involves sending the pillows home with the girls at the end of the day!)
And here we are enjoying the fireworks from the best seat in the house:
I hope you and your family had a wonderful weekend! :)
Friday, July 3, 2009
This week we have another guest question from Gwen of All My Seams. Gwen would like to know your opinions on natural fibers vs. synthetics; specifically, which you prefer to use and what you think are the major pros and cons of each.
Photo credit: Sukanto Debnath
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Photo credit: John-Morgan