Sunday, December 30, 2007
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 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
My daughter has decided that she wants me to swap for her. I need more timeeeeeeeeeeeee
Monday, December 10, 2007
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
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
I am going to take pictures of the wrong side of the skirt so you can see it.
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