Sunday, December 30, 2007

My daughter's skirts

Shahidah's gray skirt is done. The fabric was was similar in feel to crepe, very soft. A soft cotton was used as lining. The lining provided body and warmth. Stay tape was added to the waist to keep it from stretching and a self lined waistband was attached. The front has a side seam and buttons down the front of the skirt. Shahidah likes her skirts long.

The plaid skirt was made out of a beautiful red wool. The color is earthy and vibrant. This fabric was a gift from my coworker. I know there are many ways to shrink fabrics. My preferred method is washing and then letting the fabric dry on a rack. Once the fabric was almost dry, Shahidah steam press the wool. the feel and texture of this wool is beautiful. The skirt is a simple straight skirt with two darts in the front and back. The skirt was hand basted before I sewed the seams, to ensure that the plaid will lined up. The zipper was sewn in by hand, this was the first time i hand sewed a zipper. The fabric responded beautifully. The lining is black cotton batiste. It is almost done, I will be attaching the waistband and hemming the skirt.

I drafted a basic skirt sloper for Shahidah and from this sloper I made the skirts. Now I have a lot more sewing to do. I put together window treatments for the kitchen, dining room and family room. I used pins to hold the treatments together and hung them up, except for the family room. I sewed the curtains. Will be posting those pictures soon.

Now, I am planning to get some sewing done tomorrow and New Year's Day. Oh one more thing I am working on my sewing New Year Resolutions

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Xmas and Happy New Year


Merry Xmas to all and a Joyous, Happy, Peaceful and Prosperous New Year.

Well, my home is decorated, my friends and family had Xmas eve dinner last night. We had a fabulous time. This morning my family and i exchanged gift and now i am going to sleep and spend the day watching TV with my hubby.

I am hoping to get back to sewing once i recuperate from all the cleaning, decorating and cooking........

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Xmas and Sewing

Well, Xmas is near. I am working very hard to get all the decorations up, finish xmas shopping and get xmas eve dinner ready. My goal is to complete 4 skirts over the xmas holiday to finish the first phase of my swap.

My daughter has decided that she wants me to swap for her. I need more timeeeeeeeeeeeee

Monday, December 10, 2007

Swap and the gift of fabrics

A few months ago, my co-worker's husband mom, moved in with them after living in her home for 30 years. My co-worker affectionately called her "Mom". She is one of us. A wonderful sewer who created beautiful masterpieces. Just imagine if the Internet was available when Mom was sewing. Mom no longer sews, and this morning my co-worker gave me some of mom's fabrics.This was an honor (although i would have like to be the first one in line for the goodies (LOL) ). I never met mom, however; just looking at her fabrics i can tell that she sewed beautiful clothes and she is a lady of style. The fabric gift bag had knits, wools, jersey knits, linens and a precious piece of green Ultrasuede. Here are the photos:

Take a look at this, these fabrics will fit nicely into my current swap- black and white.

This fabric is a knit. It has dark brown and silver stripes, its beautiful

This one is similar in feel to a jersey knit. Take a look at the geometric design, beautiful, black, white and red

Thank you Lauren for this wonderful gift. It will be put to good use

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Sewing With A Plan

Hello: here is the wrong side of my black skirt. In the previous post, i wrote about using an unconventional fabric to lined my black skirt. Here is the front of the skirt. Its a little sideways, oh well..

and here is the back view of the skirt. Nylon is very slippery, however it worked great for this skirt.

Back to sewing. I have two more skirts to sew to complete phase 1. Since this is my swap, i am planning to make a total of 6 skirts. I have 2- black jackets and 1 gray jacket and plenty of sweaters. What i really need is skirts and slacks. Ohhhhh slacks, that's a challenge for me.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Sewing With Plan

Here is skirt #2- a simple black skirt made out suiting fabric. I bought the fabric five years ago. Skirt #1 and #2 were made using the same technique I described in my previous post, except that i used an unconventional material for the lining, nylon curtain panels that i had store among my fabric collection. I was inspired to use this unconventional material for two reasons: first, i joined a sewing chat group last week and one of the ladies is the moderator for a project " recycling old clothes into something new". This is where i got my idea to reuse this unconventional material as a lining. Second, the black fabrics has a beautiful feel and it really did not need a lining, however i feel that lining a skirt (depending on the type of fabric) takes your sewing to the next level and it gives it a couture feel. The result was great. I gave me the comfort i wanted and the unconventional lining fabrics did not change the feel, weight or look of the fabric.

I am going to take pictures of the wrong side of the skirt so you can see it.

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