I’m excited to announce I have a new article, Animal Instinct, published in Creative Machine Embroidery, September/October 2015 issue. The six page article covers the steps to create an embroidery technique I created, called Ghost embroidery.
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Published Again Excitement
This has been an exciting year for me, I am excited to announce I have been published again. This makes three times this year in Threads Magazine and one time in Notions, a magazine for ASG, American Sewing Guild, members only. I am truly blessed!
Prom Dress in Threads Magazine
I am so proud to announce that the gorgeous prom dress I made for my granddaughter is featured in the Reader’s Closet of Threads Magazine issue # 178, May 2015.
How exciting it is to see something you made in print. Check it out in Thread’s Magazine.
To see all the exquisite details of the dress and the process I went through to make it, read With Love – Prom Dress.
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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.
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.
Fashion Show Invitation
Anyone 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.
Red Silk Sheath
There 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.
March Madness – Sewing Style
I 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.
Jacket Pattern Alterations
I 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.
What Is Your Fabric Saying?
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.
Gail Patrice Yellen Workshop
I 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.