Corded Bowls

Decorative edges

Making a corded bowl is Fun and Easy to do whether you are a beginner sewer or an expert.  You decide how the bowl is formed, you choose the colors, and if you make a mistake, who cares it just adds a unique character to your creation.

There are many videos on YouTube demonstrating how to make the corded bowls, so I am just going to show you some of the techniques and things that I learned from making them.  The picture above is my second bowl I made, I thought the bowl needed a creative edge so I just played around with it, and this is what I came up with.  It was easy and it was fun.

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Fashion Show 2014

The Atlanta Chapter of the American Sewing Guild celebrated September, National Sewing Month, in style with a Fashion Show. All the fashions were designed and/or made by our talented members. Anthony Williams, Designer, and known from Project Runway Fame, was our guest speaker and MC for the show.

What can I say about Anthony, he is extremely talented, professional, endearing, and HILARIOUS. We all had so much fun!

For those that didn’t see the show, and for those that want to relive the fun, enjoy the following pictures.Anthony Williams

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Fashion Show Invitation

Fashion ShowAnyone in the Atlanta area, you are invited to the Atlanta Chapter of the American Sewing Guild Fall Fashion Show.  September is National Sewing month and we are celebrating in style. Anthony Williams from Project Runway is our guest MC.  All the fashions are made by ASG members, students, and future designers.  I am currently working on a fabulous outfit to model and I will blog about it in the future. For tickets go to this Atlanta Sewing Guild link. The deadline to purchase tickets is this Friday, August 29.

I hope to see you there.

Martina

Red Silk Sheath

Me 3There is something about a simple sheath dress that states sophistication.  The classic sheath can be dressy or casual, but even in a casual fabric it is still classy.

One day at Gail K’s, I was shopping for fabric to make a prototype for one of my husband’s inventions, I found this beautiful red tone on tone silk.  I love silk so I just had to have it, my immediate thought was to make a simple sheath dress, and this is what I came up with.

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Marfy Patterns

Cat 2Not too long ago a friend from ASG sent out an email about a free downloadable pattern from Marfy Patterns.  I had never heard of them before so I thought I would check them out, who doesn’t like something that is free.  Right?  On the website there were three free patterns, a top, skirt and jacket. I felt like I had hit the mother load. LOL I downloaded all three of them and decided to make the cute top.  In this article I will show you the steps in how to tape the downloaded pattern together, because there definitely were some challenges that I will explain. I will show you the solutions I came up with, and the link to the free patterns, if they are still available when you read this.

What I have learned about Marfy from their website is that they are an Italian pattern making company. They hand make each pattern and are known for their workmanship, styles and precision.  Find out more about them here. I personally can’t wait to try one of their actual patterns (not a downloadable one).  Their styles are fabulous!!!

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Fashion Ladies Skirt

Me 4I love embellishments and little decorative details on fashions and that is why I love embroidery.  I have a Bernina 200E/730 that I bought years ago and I still love this machine.  It has the capability to do hundreds of decorative stitches and to do machine embroidery so I can create one of a kind fashions.

One year when I was at the Original Sewing and Quilt Expo in Atlanta I discovered this embroidery company that does their own designs, which have an Asian design flare and not a lot of stitches per inch so the embroideries come out light to the touch and not stiff, which makes their designs perfect for flowing fabrics, light weight fabrics and knits.  Momo-Dini Embroidery Art is owned by two sisters, Momo and Dini, Fine Art Professors originally from China, they do their own artwork and sales and they have won many awards for their paintings and designs.

Momo-DiniI look forward to seeing Dini Yan at the Expo every year not only to see what new designs they have created but because she is so nice and friendly.  This year I was really excited to be able to show her what I created with their embroidery designs.

One year they came out with these designs called Fashion Ladies and I immediately knew what I wanted to make to show off these designs.  Unfortunately the design CD went into my “stash” like so many other fabrics and embroidery CDs do, but this year I made this skirt a priority on my sewing list. And I am so glad I did because it is beautiful and fun to wear.  For some reason I feel like a little doll wearing it.  It makes me happy.

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