I have been thinking about writing this post for a while now. I can look at a product and after a few minutes I manage to analyze how it was done. There is a blessing and a curse to that ability. I can also teach how to sew almost anything. Why can it be a problem? As a teacher I create my own syllabus and don't use somebody elses. I have thousands of ideas racing around in my head. I enjoy creating samples and writing tutorials. Many different ideas, many different fabrics,
I woke up this morning and decided that I want this tunic to be ready by this afternoon. I raided someone's closet and took a too small (for him) shirt and a remnant of fabric and cut and placed the puzzle pieces together on the table. The shirt was too short so I had to be creative. Pinned the pieces together Stitched and serged the seams The front back and sides joined with deep pockets - just like I like. I added the sleeve pieces that I had cut off the shirt and now to a
I have button necklaces in almost all the colors of the rainbow. teal was missing from the selection. This is what I found after sorting through the buttons as well as a few beads. Matched up with the ball of teal colored thread that I have. A nice selection. The order might look random but its not. I thread the buttons onto the thread so that the colors are staggered in order to give an over all teal wash and not see bunches of colors together. For example the apple greens o
I was given a camo colored button down men's shirt - great quality in good condition but it had a number of oil stains on it. I was loathe to cut it up for patchwork so after thinking about it for a bit and remembering that I had a few camo colored to shirts I decided to create another crop top or 2. The first thing that I did was to remove the chest pocket. I unpicked the seams, removed the pocket and threads and rubbed the holes that were in the fabric from the stitching.
I really wanted pockets on the tunic. I had originally thought of making hidden welt pockets with a zipper and the finished patchwork fabric was not as thick as I had originally thought it would be but it was still too thick. I was left with the option of making pockets set in the seams but I wanted large pockets. So i looked at my sweatshirts and came up with the idea of sewing my version of a kangaroo pocket. I was told yesterday in one of the facebook groups that this was
I decided to make a second one as well, a sleeveless version, lined with buttons and kangaroo pockets for a casual comfortable feel. Its fully lined and the edges are topstitched as well. I wanted casual, comfortable pockets so I chose to make kangaroo pockets. It was not as heavy as I had thought it would be and the sleeveless vest version came together very quickly. So now I have 2.
I really want to see the tunic so I have been sewing for hours and have made much progress. I think it will be finished this week. I found a sheet in a rich berry wine which I will use for the lining. I haven't completed the purple over stitching yet but this is the back piece. 2 front pieces 2 sleeves And a collar I had debated whether to make a hood or a collar. I think I will stick to the collar but I will make my final decision after piecing the tunic and trying it on. I
This week I worked with all of my autumn scraps and while sorting saw some beautiful rose colored scraps. I always end up working on a number of projects at the same time. I also found some plaid and checked scrap pieces to coordinate in the mix. A beautiful piece of new textured fabric made from scraps. It can be used to create a multitude of products, beginning with an abstract art piece as is to a pouch to a bag and even to wearable art, a bracelet a hat or a vest.
I have constructed the patchwork fabric pattern pieces. And now have to top stitch to secure them all in place. I will be washing the tunic of course, but will do so on a low temperature non-agitating wash as I don't want the pieces to fray. The topstitching thread gives the pieces an overall wash of color. Here for my vest, I used pale orange for the top stitching thread So after thinking about it and placing threads on the fabric to see what they looked like, I decided on
I am having so much fun creating new fabric from scraps. I am also finding interesting items to make from these fabrics. I had an idea to make a quick machine stitched fabric bead. so I cut strips from the fabric and then cut them into rectangles of approximately 8 x 5 cm The back side of the fabric towards me Folded up so that the decorated side is facing out. Machine stitched as close to the edge as possible on the open side And made a row of beads. The fabric is thick so t
Now that I have the pattern I want to see the tunic finished! I am doing it very systematically. I chose to begin with the center front and center back panels. I will first piece all of them. I am creating all the pieces with mosaic patchwork and will then heavily overquilt all the pieces. I will have to choose some music while I do this as it is quite repetitive. Finished piecing the front and back panels. Trying on for size. I love the colors. Working on the pockets next an
Yesterday I was deliberating between a tunic and a coat. Using the mosaic patchwork technique to create fabric, creates a relatively stiff fabric. The fabric is strong and warm but I wanted pockets and sleeves. My original idea when creating the fabric was to make a coat. I already have 3 coats and I wanted something that I could wear a lot. After all its going to be an art piece and I dont want it to sit in the closet for most of the year. I asked myself which of my tunics I
I have a goal. To complete my mosaic patchwork tunic/coat before this winter finally gets to us. I have a short mosaic vest and want a midi legth tunic/vest. It is the same pattern as my vest pattern just extended beyond my hips. Its a project that I have been working on in bits and pieces over a number of years. Its not that it takes that amount of time to create it, I just got side tracked and kept putting it aside well this year its going to be done. I have some pieces and
This morning a friend on facebook asked in a post what our obessions are. I was just thinking about that! Standing with a cup of coffee in my studio and looking at all the things that I have created this week. Making new fabric from scraps is what I would call my obsession. It is the technique that I connect with the most. I have downsized my fabric supply, given away 200 boxes of fabric and the thought that I might need some of it in the future had crossed my mind while sort
Every time I create with small pieces I wonder how I can work so small and then I go even smaller. I have a number of techniques that I have created for working with small pieces and then when I go smaller I find that I need to adapt and create even yet another technique. For these small pieces I initially began by using my mosaic technique and then discovered that the pieces were way too small for that. I turned the sewing machine off, made a cup of coffee and sat and though
Last week I wanted to create a little bag to carry a mini sewing kit in my bag. I didn't want a zippered pouch I wanted something much smaller than that. And I wanted it to be flat. After many experiments I came up with the idea of creating a small pocket which could fit very easily into my bag. I made one - success. And then I thought of all the other little things that I carry in my bag. Some of them are wrapped in fabric and some are in nylon bags. I carry a lucky stone, a
I am working on a new tutorial for fabric buttons. Everytime I create I work on a number of different projects in parallel I looked at all my summer scraps this week and decided to create new fabric using my ScrapFabric technique. So colorful! I had lots of scraps left over so that got me thinking of what I could do with them. Of course fabric beads came to mind, they always do when I have lots of very small scraps. I added some more orange scraps to the mix and made some fab
This is what I was busy with this morning I had gifted the neighbour 2 small sewing machines, actually mini ones for her small children to play with. Neither of them worked, so I told her to bring them over this morning for a check up. I had been working on my industrial and it was cute to place them next to each other to see the difference in size. I threaded with read thread so the threading route was easy to see. And started sewing. Tension problems, so that was the first
I always enjoy finding ways to use up all of the remnants and scrap pieces when working on a project. While sewing I place 3 bowls next to the sewing machine, I don't throw ANY of the pieces away, they are sorted into three different piles. The first is for the very narrow strips which will be used to create fabric beads and those that are really tiny I will move to the pillow/doll stuffing box. The second, for the slightly larger pieces which will go into the mosaic fabric b
I love it when students come over and tell me what they are going to be doing in the lesson.I have a lesson plan in place before they come but some of them have their own very definite ideas. We discuss lesson plans for the following lessons but they go home and get other ideas. That tailored jacket that she had made a few weeks ago has been used a lot and she finds it very comfortable and versatile so she decided to create another. This time the base jacket was a linen that