Saturday, March 12, 2011

Spring/Summer 2011

I have been inspired by the ladies at The Sew Weekly to create a Spring/Summer Palate. I can't even pretend that I can sew a garment a week, but I have my goal set at 2 a month. My goal for the next few months:

  • wrap dress (or two)
  • shirt dress
  • ruffled top
  • teal and purple plaid tunic
  • white linen pants
  • dark indigo skinny jeans
  • coral long cardigan

It's not really a collection, more assorted separates. I believe I have everything I need to make each item, maybe more interfacing and a zipper or lining fabric. I hope to be able to do a me-made September or so.

Friday, September 4, 2009

the Sketch

So I was thinking of adding a little hardware, two silver rings to attach the purse strap to the purse body. I'm also planning on doing contrasting stitching the color of the lining along all seams. I had originally planned to use some of this "invisible thread" I bought (it looks just like very thin fishing line) but my sewing machine HATED it. It made lots of noise and a huge "invisible" knot.

Sunday, August 30, 2009


I envision more of a three dimensional feel than a flat purse. I also would like it to flow, no corners or hard edges.

After a few paper tries, I ended up with a 4 piece pattern for both the purse and the lining, plus the strap piece (not sure yet the best approach for that).

Saturday, August 29, 2009


With the fun, colorful purse in mind, I have had my eye out for material that seemed suitable. I actually found something in the discount section of the fabric store, it was from last halloween...

it's a red pleather, thin but very shiny.

For the lining, I wanted a high contrast color, something to make it more versatile (and even more fun!) so I found a teal raw silk-like lining fabric.

Can't wait to get started.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009


I am in dire need of something to hold my stuff. I'm very particular about purses, so I always have quite a hard time finding anything I LOVE enough to purchase. So I shall make one!

My inspirations are the hobo style bags. I want something larger that will manage a notebook or two and fun, bright colors.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Rainbow in the Apartment

I loooove Half Price Books, I do my book shopping from there exclusively. If I had my way, I'd go once a week. And I have a peculiar way of shopping for books. I go by color (because the hot pinks and vibrant greens and turquoise blues always have the most exciting stories) and refuse to read the backs (because it's typically like a bad movie preview and gives away the best plot twists).

So I found it appropriate to turn one of my bookshelves (the one in the living room) into a pretty display. I think it needs more blues and purples...