Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Wednesday Showcase

Good Morning Everyone!! I realized recently that I talk a lot about the weather. Well, maybe not a lot, but I do seem to weave it into my blog posts. It's a bright, sunny day here in Chicago...but it's cold, like below freezing cold. Oh well, the days are getting longer, and the birds wake me up every morning, so I really can't complain, but I am ready for a little warmer weather!
Tonight I am doing something fun. There's a knitting group that meets once a month at a restaurant in my neighborhood. They eat a little, drink a little, talk and even get a little knitting in! This will be my first time to join the group and I am really excited about meeting a whole new group of ladies. I'll share more about it tomorrow.
The Wednesday Showcase...I continue to be amazed by how this little weekly post continues to enrich my life. Sometime ago, I showcased, a great blog written by the lovely Lisa. I've enjoyed watching her bloom as a sewist. Yesterday, I received a note from her with a link to a post that she did and I was delighted when I saw what she had done. Last week I did a post on drafting the Mandarin Collar. The post was done as a request from a follower who lives in Sri Lanka. Amazing, right?!!! Anyway, I received a note from Lisa saying that the post came at just the right time for her. As it turns out, she was working on a refashion project for a client and she wanted to draft a Mandarin Collar for the jacket. So here's what she did.
She is so happy with how the jacket turned out and she should be. Fabulous job!!!! You can find her post about the project here, Nothing warms my heart more than knowing that I had at least a small part in helping someone learn a new skill.
Recently, I was shocked and honored to learn that Marcy Tilton had begun to follow my little blog. REALLY honored actually. Hopefully, there's not a soul out there who doesn't know about Marcy Tilton, but in the off chance that there is, I know that you will be very happy to learn about this incredible woman. She's a fabulous designer. You can find her patterns here, By the way, they are all on sale for $4.99, so get them while they're hot!!!! Here's a sampling of some of her designs,

Marcy has an incredible eye for some of the most incredible fabrics. You can find her online fabric shop here, Here's a sample of some of the things you will find there,
 I love this double faced piece for summer.
Gorgeous silk print.
On Marcy's blog,, you'll find loads of inspiration, like the pieces below from her own wardrobe.

 I especially like the detail on this top.
If by chance you have never checked Marcy's world of designs, fabrics or her blog, please do so. I think you'll end up on inspiration overload!!!!
So that's it for today :)
Wherever you may be, I hope that you're day brings something new and special into your life!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Sew Liberated Clara Dress Sew Along Begins!

Good Morning Everyone! The sew along for the Sew Liberated Clara dress has officially started. If you would like to join along and you have not purchased your pattern, there's still time, as this week we are just talking about fabric choice and a few tips on cutting.
The pattern is out of stock in the Sew News store, but you can easily purchase the pattern directly from Sew Liberated, . When I purchased my pattern, I bought it directly from Sew Liberated. The ordering process was easy and my pattern arrived within just a few days. All around, a very nice experience.  
You can find the this week's blog post here,
Next week I'll show you the finished dress I did for the videos. I will be making the dress again for the sew along and I will be using the cotton voile that you see above. Be sure to see the blog post as I will be adding a few features to my sew along dress that I did not do in the video.
If you would like to take a look at the video, I've posted it here for you.

I'm so happy that the weather is finally beginning to warm up so I can wear my dress again. I made the original dress last August. Before I sent it off to Sew News, I managed to wear it twice. Now, I do not have a shortage of clothes to wear ;), but I found the dress so comfortable and easy to wear that it was difficult to let it go. By the way, the dress works well with a sweater on days that are a little chilly. As you can see, I really like the dress and I hope you'll like yours as well.
If you are participating in the sew along, be sure to post your fabric choice on the Flickr page, I know everyone will enjoy seeing what you've chosen. 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Zoe Top From Tessuti

A few weeks ago I made the Zoe Top from Tessuti Fabrics, one of their free patterns and I was very happy with how it turned out.
I had promised a picture of me in the top. Although I've worn it a few times, I have not been able to get a picture taken. Thankfully, we've had another warm day here in Chicago, so I wore the outfit, and got a picture taken!  
I made a matching straight skirt to wear with the top. In the above picture I showed it belted, but with the straight skirt, I like how it flows and moves, so no belt. I think that if I pair it with pants, I will belt it, maybe, like I said, I like how it moves when I move. The top is so comfortable and easy to wear. You can see my original post about the top here, and you can find the free pattern on the Tessuti website here,
By the way, if you find a free pattern that you think I might like, let me know!

Monday Morning Inspiration

Until a few weeks ago when I came across this picture, I had never heard of Gary Harvey. I thought his take on a baseball jacket was interesting, but then I read that the piece was created with recycled parachute fabric. At that point, I realized that there is more to the man than just creating fashion.  
Finding pictures of his work is a bit difficult, but I was able to find a few. His collections are about raising awareness  of limited natural resources and environmental issues involved in placing unwanted clothing into landfill and generating respect for the craftsmanship in recycling/upcycling.
 The gown on the left is made from recycled raincoats. On the right, denim jeans.

Recycled Hawaiian Shirts 

 The Wall Street Journal
 Plastic Frozen Vegetable bags.
 More denim.
I found his work to be interesting as well as fascinating. If you would like to take a look at more of his work, you can find it on his website here, Just click through on the various pages and you'll be able to see his collections.
Not many of us want to wear plastic vegetable bags, or take the time to create a gown from recycled raincoats, but it's interesting to see what is being done to bring awareness to waste and recycling.
Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Sunday Night Reflections

"Fashion is what you buy, style is how you wear it!"

Happy Easter!

For those of you who do not celebrate Easter, Happy Sunday and I hope you are having a lovely day! 
I promised a few pictures of me in my  new outfit, and here they are.  They aren't the best, we just couldn't seem to find the right light, but at least you can get an idea of what the outfit looks like on me.
I received some very nice compliments on the outfit. Especially nice when the compliments come from strangers! 
I was asked to take a picture of the back. A direct picture of the back doesn't show much. From the side you can see the underneath portion of the jacket.
My husband caught this picture of me and said that I should include it. It's not a very good picture, but to appease him, here it is. Knit Machine Queen once did a post about the perils of trying to get her husband to take a decent picture. As I read her post, my sides were splitting!!! I think I need to get a tripod and relinquish my husband from his job as master photographer. I think he'll be very happy to give up the job!!!!  
Once again, I hope you are having a lovely day. Miracle of miracles, we are actually having a beautiful day here in Chicago! Such a gift :)

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Fabulous Free Pattern Friday

I can't believe it's been a month since I've done a FFPF post. My apologies. Thankfully, life is beginning to get a little more back to normal and I am beginning to catch up, so I am hoping to be back to my normal schedule this upcoming week. Fingers crossed anyway!  
As I'm sure you all know, Easter is tomorrow and I love having a new dress for Easter. I didn't have time to do the dress that I wanted to do, so  I needed to do something quick and easy, and here it is. I'm calling the jacket
Wrapped in Circles 
The jacket is just one big circle, basically a big circular skirt. The jacket is laying flat and folded in half in the picture below.
I'm sure you've seen the jackets that are a big circle with circles cut into the piece for armholes. But we really don't need armholes, one circle in the middle will allow the piece to act as a halter.
The piece without the belt.
Below you can see the opening, basically a halter type of a fit.
To determine the radius of my interior circle, I measured from one shoulder to the other. My shoulder width is 14". I'm showing this with a piece of paper, but of course you would do this with fabric.
Fold the fabric in half.
Fold in half again.
Since my shoulder width was 14", I will divide that measurement in half and that will be 7".
Measure down from the point, 7" from one side to the other.
Determine how long you would like your jacket to be. I measured 18" out from my interior circle. From the first picture, you can see that this gave me a jacket length that is just below my hip.
Cut out both circles. I used a double faced knit fabric for my jacket. To finish the edges, I simply bound them. You could also just turn under the edges and stitch if you like.
With minimal effort, I am all ready for Easter. I'll try to get some pictures of me in the outfit tomorrow so you can see how it looks on me.
In an upcoming post, I will show you how to take the same concept and turn it into a wrap halter dress. Perfect for summer!