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Need to Reschedule LA Shopping Day to June 25th

2014 June 17
by elizabeth_admin

Sorry sewing peeps!  I need to reschedule this Wednesday’s LA shopping day to next week, June 25th.  I am sorry to disappoint if you cannot make it next week.  But don’t worry, there will be future LA trips I’m sure.

image from The Examiner.com

image from The Examiner.com

 

The schedule for June 25th will remain the same, as follows:

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25th

10:30am          Mood Fabrics

12:00pm          Lunch at the cafe next to The Fabric Store (down the street from Mood)

1:00pm            The Fabric Store

2:00pm            Leave for the Garment District

2:15pm             Reconvene at Michael Levine’s and Loft

3:15pm             Ad Hoc Garment District stores

Hope you can make it!  Let me know in the comments.  I promise not to bail again.  Pinky swear!

LA or Bust! June 18th

2014 June 9
by elizabeth_admin

Hiya!

So Sherril and Jeanette are down for some fabric fondling on Wednesday, June 18th.  The little boy and I will drive up that morning.  Who’s in???

image from The Examiner.com

image from The Examiner.com

The tentative schedule is as follows:

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18th

10:30am          Mood Fabrics

12:00pm          Lunch at the cafe next to The Fabric Store (down the street from Mood)

1:00pm            The Fabric Store

2:00pm            Leave for the Garment District

2:15pm             Reconvene at Michael Levine’s and Loft

3:15pm             Ad Hoc Garment District stores

Please let me know if you would like to join us in the comments of this post.  And yes, I am aware that there is already a shopping day that someone has organized on 6/14, unfortunately though, I can’t make that date.  I hope to meet some new sewing peeps on June 18th!

See ya!

M6559 Tank Dress: My New Favorite Dress

2014 June 8
by elizabeth_admin

After my wadder last week, I really needed this win.  Truly.

I knew after making my first maxi dress last year that I wanted to make another and that I had definitely found a winner in McCall’s 6559 dress pattern, as so many others have found as well.  What I didn’t realize was how awesome the shorter version is.  Like incredibly awesome.  I used FOE again to bind the neckline and armholes but will never do that again.  I can’t stand the stuff.  So un-user friendly.  From on I’m going to use Karla’s trick to finish the neckline.  Gonna try it out tomorrow on my mom’s dress.  I’ve already cut out her dress and another one for me today.

I made yesterday’s tank dress in a few hours.  It would have been quicker had I not had to wrestle with the FOE (dangnabbit!)  But the finished dress is super cute and flattering (if I do say so myself).  My trusty photographer (the little boy who lives with me) was extra nice and obviously used the “thinnerizer” when taking my pictures.  Love that boy!  I wore it out for a dinner and a movie last night and it was just perfect for a night out on the town.  I felt pretty, comfortable and stylish.  Can’t beat that combo!

Here’s my new dress…

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Can you see why I love it?  The fabric I bought with Sherril and Jeanette in LA on my last trip up there.  It’s a textured knit.  It has just the right drape for this dress.  Couldn’t have been more perfect for the pattern.  For realz.  I think Sherril bought some of this too, so I’m sure she’s gonna be whipping something up with it soon.

FYI: I have had to postpone my next shopping trip up to LA.  I just can’t make it up there before June 16th.  I will keep y’all updated on my plans.  Would love to see/meet some new sewers when I’m up there.

Happy sewing!

A Wadder and a Possible LA Sewing Meetup?

2014 May 31
by elizabeth_admin

So, I had not sewn a stitch since the evacuation.  My machines were still packed up and my sewing room was in disarray.  Apparently I don’t have that neatness gene and am completely incapable of putting away patterns after using them.  But yesterday I scraped a clear space on the cutting table and cut out some bibs for friend and a maxi skirt for myself.

The bibs came out okay, but the skirt is a complete and utter wadder.

The fabric was so pretty too, but just too look at.  It was one of those clingy knits.  And I tried to force it into being a yoga waistband skirt.  So wrong on so many levels.  In addition to being a failure, I have come to the conclusion that this kind of skirt does not flatter my figure.  A yoga waistband treatments demands a yoga stomach, a flat one.  I do not have that kind of stomach.  Never did, even before I had the little boy.  Sigh.  That skirt was kinds of wrong on me.  And as much as I loved the print, it didn’t look good as a skirt.  I think I will save it to use as a drapey top.  That is, as soon as the sting of the wadder has worn off.

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Anyhoo, at least there was some sewing.

In other sewing news, I’m thinking of going up to LA for the day sometime in the next two weeks before Jack gets out of school.  Anyone game for a shopping meet up?

Still no sewing, but…

2014 May 20
by elizabeth_admin

All the fires have abated.  All the evacuees have returned home.  School is back in session, but my little boy got strep throat this weekend, so he’s still at home sick.  Thank you for all your kind words of concern over the fires here last week.

Today, although the little boy who lives with me still did not feel well, we did a little painting together.  I could not start a new painting without finishing my subway woman portrait, so I did.  Finish it, that is.  I was inspired to finish it after attending another painting class yesterday evening with some friends.  We  painted a snowy mountain scene.  It was so much fun!  Here’s how it turned out.

Our fearless teacher at PaintNVineyard

Our fearless teacher at PaintNVineyard

 

My snowy mountain

My snowy mountain

 

And here’s what Jack and I did today.

Jack's masterpiece

Jack’s masterpiece

 

Woman in a NYC Subway Car

Woman in a NYC Subway Car

 

The face was very difficult to do and doesn’t match the original photo exactly, but I’m ok with that.  I did my best.  And I’m happy she’s done now.  I love her.

I hope to start  my Mom’s maxi dress tonight or tomorrow.  Hopefully Jack will be back in school tomorrow.  *crossing fingers*

Happy painting!

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