What Fabric are you?

LingerieI LOVE, LOVE, LOVE lace!!  There are so many different types of lace, so I can’t say that I have a favorite.

Lace can be very elegant for wedding gowns, lingerie, evening wear, or it can be dressed down. Lace can be mixed with all types of fabric including velvet, denim or leather.  It can be made with cotton, silk or wire.  I don’t care what it is made of as long as it is lace.  Ahh, Lace!

Lace is romantic, provocative and sexy.  Lace can be the whole garment, appliquéd on, as a decorative accent, or it can just peek through.  It can be plain, simple or embellished with beads, sequins or feathers. It can be country, victorian or royalty.  Lace can be sweet, demure and innocent.

I think lace is the most versatile fabric there is, because there are so many options on how to use it.

If I had to describe myself in the use of fabric I would probably describe myself as a piece of French silk lace hand embellished with exquisite beads and sparkling gems.

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What Is Your Fabric Saying?

Coat

Fabric speaks to me, LOL.  Sometimes I have an idea and I search for fabric, other times fabric jumps out at me and inspires me or challenges me to come up with a design just for it.  That’s what happened with this fabric.

I don’t know what the fabric is called, or what it is made out of, it was a remnant I bought many years ago at an American Sewing Guild event.

The fabric is very soft, kind of spongy, stretches, and has a unique gimp looking pattern.  When I looked at it, I thought hand cut fringe.  I decided on making a coat out of it that would allow it to flow as I walked.

When I wear this coat, sometimes for special occasions and sometimes with jeans, I get a lot of compliments on it from people I don’t even know, asking where I purchased it.  To me, that is one of the greatest compliments a seamstress can get.

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Preview of Things to Come

IGarden Party Jacketn this gallery article I want to give you a little preview of some of the things that I will be blogging about throughout the years.  I will not limit us to only these creations, they will be filling in, between other new designs, ideas, organization, and thoughts I have along our journey.

I love to sew and I tend to sometimes think outside the box.  I like to push myself to try to out do my last project.  I also like to just make something easy and simple, kind of like cleansing my sewing pallet.   I am not in competition with others but with myself.

I love the appreciation and admiration that the sewing community have for each other’s talents.  We are all at different levels and we all have a different flare for fashion, but yet we all inspire and help each other “grow” our sewing skills and our confidence in our sewing and confidence to wear our creations. I hope I can be an inspiration to you.

Let’s have some fun together creating! Remember to laugh at your learning mistakes, making them into a creative challenge, and to dance at your victories and throughout the sewing process.

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Gail Patrice Yellen Workshop

Felted SkirtI had a great opportunity last weekend to participate in a Gail Patrice Yellen Workshop, sponsored by the Atlanta Chapter of the American Sewing Guild.  What a fun time I had. Gail is very talented, fun, knowledgeable, and she was very well prepared.

Friday night was a trunk show where she showed us her beautiful embellished fashions.  Saturday, was a full day of serger techniques, and Sunday was a hands on day where she shared some of her unique techniques while we made samples.

Here is a picture of her felted skirt made from sweaters. I love, love, love this skirt; I am on the lookout for some sweaters now so I can make one too. I also took pictures of some of her other embellished skirts that I will share with you.

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Ruffled Scarf

Scarf 1One thing I like about sewing is being inspired by others.  At American Sewing Guild meetings we have what we call Show N Tell, where members bring in things they have been sewing.  At my last meeting one of the members brought in a beautiful ruffled scarf that she had crocheted.

It really inspired me and I do not even know how to crochet, I thought, I can do this. ( Now my mom has done some incredible crocheted masterpieces that I will share some other time. They need to be in a museum )

There is a video by Maggie Weldon called Crocheted Ruffled Scarf on You Tube that shows you step by step how to make this scarf. It is very informative and she gives some great tips, especially for someone that doesn’t even know how to crochet.

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Dress for a Prom Queen

Prom DressI was so excited when my grandaughter asked me to make her prom dress. I knew it had to be perfect, especially since she was nominated for Prom Queen.  But where to begin?!

First, I had her email me some pictures of dresses that she liked, then I looked through patterns, vintage and new, to see what I could start with to create our custom design.  She wanted something above the knee, with a full gathered skirt that would stand out, corset style top, and of course sparkles. Continue reading