March Madness – Sewing Style

Vortex Quilt 1I love March Madness, but not the same way that sports fans do.  I have my own March Madness, every March I attend the Original Sewing and Quilt Expo in Atlanta. It is an expo just for sewing and quilting enthusiasts, where you can shop, take classes, watch fashion shows, view the beautiful quilt exhibit, and just absorb all the energy from all the friendly sewing people walking around.  It is so much fun.  If you don’t live near Altanta they also have the expo in many other states, just visit their website above to see their schedule.

The Expo offers a variety of classes and workshops, some years I take classes and some years I don’t.  This year I decided to take four workshops spread out over three days. From past experiences I have learned to take a maximum of two workshops in a day, otherwise my brain gets tired and then I can’t truly enjoy the third workshop.  I like to only take workshops where we are actually sewing, these are called “hands on”, because I am taking the class to have fun, if I learn at least one thing than that is an extra bonus. You don’t have to bring your own sewing machine, the sponsors supply them, so I got to sew on a Pfaff, a Viking and a Brother, which was great because I sew on a Bernina at home.

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Jacket Pattern Alterations

Pink JacketI think the reason most people give up on sewing fashions for themselves is because of fit.  Fitting yourself can be quite a challenge, especially if you don’t have someone to help you pin, measure, take a tuck in, etc.  To be honest it can be quite a hassle, depressing and a very long process. But if you would take the time to get that perfect or almost perfect fit it can be so rewarding.  It makes you feel and look great in your well fitted outfit, much better than a store bought fashion. Also the more you fit yourself, the easier it becomes, then the more enjoyable the sewing process will become.

In this article I am going to show you some of the steps I took to alter the jacket pattern for my Reversible Jacket.  We are all made of different shapes and sizes, so I know you won’t have the exact altering issues that I have, but I hope you can learn from these examples and apply them in some sort of way.  Example, if I had to add to a curve, you might have to take away from a curve.  Same basic process, I add and you subtract, basic math and geometry.

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Reversible Jacket

Rev Jacket DualAbout 25 years ago I found a vintage Forstmann 100% wool bouclé jacket that was my husband’s grandmother’s.  It was about to be thrown away and I saved it.  I had it cleaned and I wore it a couple times, and it inspired me to want to make a more modern version of the jacket.  It took 25 years but I finally made one. Forstmann jacket

Forstmann labelI am not a “wool” person so I knew I didn’t want to make the new jacket out of wool.

One day while fabric shopping for another project, this beautiful synthetic faux Persian lamb jumped out at me. It came in three colors, and I fell in love with two of them.  I couldn’t make my mind up which was the prettiest, so I thought, why not make a reversible jacket, then I can have them both.  Here is the process in making this extremely soft and comfortable jacket.

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Christmas Decorations 3 – Boudoir Tree

This is my last article on Christmas decorations for this year.  I hope you enjoy some of my decorations on the main floor.  I really edited my photos a lot, so you won’t see everything I have made, otherwise you would be bored to tears, I will just show some of the main things.

I will also share my most favorite Boudoir tree, the best way to describe it is to quote a song from the movie Burlesque, ” …a little bit of naughty is a little bit of nice…a whole lot of glam, sweat, sugar, sex, spice..”.  LOL  I created this tree out of my mind, I personally have never seen one anything like it.  I am sharing my secret tree so that you can create your own, if you dare.  The camera really does not do it justice, but I did the best I could to capture it. I truly hope you enjoy it.

This is my living room tree and fireplace.  I decorate this tree with a little bit of a Victorian feel.  The reindeer on the fireplace are those brown papier-mâché deer you find at craft stores.  I spray painted them gold, then decorated them with garland, ribbons, flowers, beads, and misc. (The cat is real, LOL)

This is my living room tree and fireplace. I decorate this tree with a little bit of a Victorian feel. The reindeer on the fireplace are those brown papier-mâché deer you find at craft stores. I spray painted them gold, then decorated them with garland, ribbons, flowers, beads, and misc. (The cat is real, LOL)

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Christmas Decoration 2

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at our house, I have the bottom floor of our home finally finished so I wanted to share these Christmas decorations and tips with you.  You will see a 10′ tree, a stuffed animal tree and fireplace mantle along with a few easy to decorate swags.  I hope you enjoy them.

Our family room tree is 10' tall and it is a pain to decorate. I use two ladders so I am not having to move the ladder so many times.  I use fabric as my garland because it is soft and flexible and kind of floats where you want it.  I always have to put the fabric on twice until I get it positioned right.  This tree takes a lot of energy and PATIENCE.  I love color lights, but this tree is for those that only like white lights.  I do love this tree because I buy kooky ornaments for it, so when you see it live it is fun to look at.  It really is much prettier in real life.

Our family room tree is 10′ tall and it is a pain to decorate. I use two ladders, one on each side, so I am not having to move the ladder so many times. I use fabric as my garland because it is soft and flexible and it kind of floats where you want it to. Unfortunately, I always have to put the fabric on twice (UGH) until I get it positioned right. This tree takes a lot of energy and PATIENCE. I personally love using color lights, but this tree is for those of you that only like white lights. I do love this tree because I buy kooky ornaments for it, so when you see it live it is fun to look at. It really is much prettier in real life.

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Christmas Decorations 1

I love Christmas and so does my husband, therefore I go crazy with my decorations.  I have to start decorating before the season even begins so that I can get it all up in time to truly enjoy it.  I will be posting several articles sharing my decorations as I decorate the house.  I hope you enjoy them.  If you have any questions feel free to ask.

I love flower arrangements, so I thought it would be fun to do a tree that was nothing but flowers.  This is one of my favorite trees.  (I have many favorites, LOL) If you look closely you will find birds, bird nests and butterflies too.

I love flower arrangements, so I thought it would be fun to do a tree that was nothing but flowers. This is one of my favorite trees. (I have many favorites, LOL) If you look closely you will find birds, bird nests and butterflies too.

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