3.11.2015

I am back!!!

Hope everyone's New Year is off to a wonderful start.


Well, I have to admit that I have been on a sewing hiatus. But not for lack of desire. Instead I wasn't sure of the direction I wanted to take my sewing.  Lately, things have been changing for me.  Suddenly, I no longer like my wardrobe, the living room furniture doesn't look or feel like me.  I could go on, but I won't. Just feel like my surroundings no longer reflect me.  A good friend share with me, this usually happens when you're about to turn 50. My response was just hmmmmmm.


But as I reflected, I realized that maybe there is some truth to her statement. I feel your 30's are about responsibility and acting like an adult. I feel your 40's you go on a journey of discovering who are and begin to settle in with yourself.  I realized that at 50 you are comfortable and cool with yourself.  With that, some changes may come.
 

So how has this impacted my sewing?  Well, I realize I need to take the restraints off my sewing and just take the journey.  No longer be concern with sewing a collection, should I incorporate Pantone's color of the year, how many garments should I make this year, what's the trend this year, etc. Instead ,just sew and let the rest follow.



My first project for the year is a pair of trouser jeans.  I absolutely love wearing jeans. They are my go to pants for casual wear. However, I want my jeans to have a sophistication and I think trouser jeans fits that bill. So, I will have a post on my trouser jeans this weekend.




In my last post, I shared a scarf that I had knitted.  Well it didn't stop with the scarf. During my sewing hiatus, I was knitting up a storm. This is so unusual for me.  Mainly because I have an on/off relationship with knitting.  I usually knit 2-3 items then I break up with knitting for a couple of years.  This is not happening this time.


I was in need of hats, so I decided to take a hat class on craftsy. Voila, I knitted myself 5 hats. Those hats came in handy with the winter were having. Then decided to invest in knitting needles. So now I have the tools I need for projects I may want to knit. Then, I decided I wanted to learn to knit socks. A new LYS opened in our downtown area.  They offered a beginners sock knitting class. All I can say is I'm on my second pair of socks. I'm beginning to understand why knitters fall in love with knitting socks. 


Just like with sewing, I like that I have control over the whole process.  For example, I wanted my hats knitted from fibers that would not pull my hair nor take moisture away from my hair.  So I knitted my hats with merino wool, cashmere and silk blend yarns. My socks are superwash merino wool, nylon and cashmere blends. My feet feel so wonderful in my socks. Here are pictures of some projects I knitted.



My blog is primarily my journey with sewing.  However since knitting and I have not broken up, I will be sharing some of my projects on my blog from time to time. 


Until next time...........keep sewing!!!




































10.26.2014

I Knit A Little

This time of the year, I almost always get the desire to knit. Whether I knit something is a different story.  However, this time I really wanted to complete a project.  But, wasn't sure what to knit. I wasn't keen on another scarf because frankly, that is all I knit. See, I haven't graduated from scarves yet. So, I decided I need to add to my knitting repertoire.
 
I ended up enrolling in Stephanie Japel's Knitting Lab and Hats Four Ways on craftsy. Side note, I am becoming a craftsy junkie.  I'll tell you more about that later. One of the projects in the knit lab, is a key hole scarf. This project introduces you to lace, which is something I want to learn.  So, I knitted another scarf. But it's different from what I have knitted in the past. Simple garter stitch scarves with novelty yarns.
 
                              
 
This scarf went fast. Working in small amounts of time, I had it completed in a week.  I have to say, I feel fulfilled. LOL!!  Next, I plan on making a matching hat. The yarn I selected comes in a bulky weight. This is the weight I need for the hat in the Knit Hats 4 Ways class.
 
Here are a few stats on the scarf.
 
Yarn: Swish Merino Wool from knitpicks 
Needle: US 7
Stitches: knits, purls and yarn overs.
 
On the sewing front, wrapping up my navy pants.  One of three pairs I want to make for the Fall.
 

Until next time..........keep sewing!!

PS..Sorry about the different fonts. I started this post on my IPad and finshed on my laptop. For some reasom Blogger isn't converting the fonts well.


10.22.2014

Fabric Shopping in New York!!!

There is nothing like having a best friend who also has a love for sewing.  Well, I'm blessed to have such a friend.  Each year Kelly and I plan a fabric shopping trip.  This year we choose NY.  In my opinion there is no place that compares so far to fabric shopping in NY.
 
Now,this is not our first time fabric shopping in NY.  Our first trip was with Patternview about 2yrs ago.  We had the best time meeting fellow sewer's, the workshops and of course the fabric shopping.  However, on that trip I made 2 mistakes. First, I did not pack the proper shoes to fabric shop at that level.  Second, I did not put together a list.  Therefore, the fabric that I brought didn't have a purpose other than being pretty.

This trip to NY, I was totally prepared.  I made a list of items I wanted to purchase. I packed minimal gear because the goal was to get my purchases home without paying extra for a heavy suitcase. Of course there was a backup plan, FedEx.  Now, here is what you should know about me.  I always pack too much.  If there is a packing 101 class, I should be front and center. Also, this is the first time in my adult life that I have ever traveled with only two pair of shoes. What an adjustment for me.  But, I was proud that I was able to adapt for this fabric mission.

Instead of staying in NY, we decided the stay in Philadelphia (Philly) and commute to NY via train each day.  We decided to do this for cost and just to experience something different. 

So, Thursday we arrive in Philly.  We got settled and headed to Fabric Row.  Fabric Row was interesting to me. It reminded me of the family store fronts I saw growing up in Chicago. You can tell at one time this was the hub for textiles.  Unfortunately, we arrived late in the afternoon, so we only made it to a few stores. 
  
Friday we headed to NY.  The agenda for Friday: Daytona Trims, Sil and Threads, Parons, Metro Textile, NY Elegant Fabrics, Mendel Goldberg Fabric, B&J's and Rosen & Chadick. Saturdays agenda,Mood fabrics. Yes this was an aggressive schedule.  But, we made it to all the stores except Mendel Goldberg.  In a way I'm glad we didn't make it to Mendel's. With all the beautiful boucle's and printed silk charmuese, I probably would have ended up transferring some funds and having to eating PBJ for the next month.  Ok, here is what I brought home.

Beautiful wool plaid from Philly's fabric row.  For the life of me, I can't remember the store.  I think it was Albert Zoll, but not sure. Anyway, I remember that the fabric prices were not marked. You had to negotiate the price.  I negotiated $10/yd. For this piece, I thinking a sheath dress with faux leather trim.

Supplex was on my list. Spandex House had what I wanted. I've begin an exercise regimen and I decided that is not a reason to look bummy.  So, I'm planning to make a couple of exercise outfits.
Paron's was having a 40% off store wide sale. Oh my goodness. But I think I did pretty good. From left to right, a beautiful silk ombre, a cream lightweight wool, a semi floral silk crepe and a printed silk charmeuse. 

Sweater knit from Metro Textile. My thought is a cardigan style sweater coat with faux leather trim.


The next set of pictures are from Mood's. I purchased knits for tops and worsted wools in basic colors for pants.  I've wanted a red wool skirt and found the perfect piece. I was also looking for cotton for another trench coat. I also found a unique piece of wool denim. The cream and plaid were mentioned above.


Then lastly, I brought picot trims from Daytona Trims and seperating invisible zippers from Sils.
 
Before we said farewell to Philly, we had cheese steaks from Jim's. Absolutley delicuous!!
 
Well, I did make it home with everything, no extra fee's and stayed on budget. (just barley) WooHoo!!!
 

 What's next on  my Fall sewing list?  Wool pant's in the wool's I purchased from Moods.
 
Until next time.......keep sewing!!!