Sunday, November 15, 2015

It's been such a long time since I have posted anything new. Can we blame Facebook, and life in general? Most recently I have been teaching sewing, and enjoy it. Also, I have been commissioned to make some bags for a friend to give as gifts. It's generating a much needed income for me. Stay tuned because I will post more frequently, and welcome your visits and comments.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

My Son's Design: Bandana Print Embellished Dockers Work Shirt

For the past few months I've neglected to post these pictures of a work shirt that I modified for my son. He was the designer, and not surprisingly a lot of help with the actual modification. The modifications included adding bandana print to the color, and the breast pocket flaps. Here he is modelling the shirt, and of course he is also wearing the bandana print cap that I found for him.

I have no idea what happened to this picture. Do any of you much more graphics savvy views have any idea? Is there anyway to correct it, other than cropping, and lining it up correctly?

Friday, October 7, 2011

I WON!!! held their Fall Festival Ginger Scissor Package Giveaway
contest.  I entered the contest, and subsequently won.  What an honor, and I am grateful!!!  Thank you so much

As well as their own site they list countless giveaways from other sites.  You should enter, too!!!  GOOD LUCK!!!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Sewing Students from the Boys and Girls Club of Venice CA (Sew What sewing club) at the 2011 American Sewing Guild Annual Convention Fashion Show.  The convention was held August 2011 at the lovely Bona Venture Hotel located in downtown Los Angeles CA.

The fabrics, and notions for the garments, and accessories that the students designed and made came a variety of places:  our stash, Joanns Fabrics,Lincoln Fabrics, and Fabric Planet.


All of the students made their own garments.

Esyten modelling his stylish dark blue linen shirt.

Christina modelling her black rayon vintage dress.

Somone in her beautiful black silk blouse, and the clutch she designed, and made!!!  The clutch is made of the same silk as the blouse, embellished with silk 3-dimensional roses.  That silk rose fabric is to die for, and was purchased at Lincoln Fabrics located in Venice CA!!!

Ivette in her beautiful black rayon with red flower print dress.  The messenger bag she is carrying she  designed, made, designed and embellished a Hello Kitty motif made of leather.

June in her black silk dress, with leopard print bodice.

All of us sewing instructors and mentors were so very proud of our students.  The students did an excellent job with their creations.  Two of the students have received scholarships to attend the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) located in downtown Los Angeles.  I have no doubt that someday soon we will see creations of their's on the Paris, Milan, and New York Runways in the years to come.

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Friday, September 16, 2011

New York Fashion Week - Celebs Get Ecstatic at 2011 New York Fashion Week (PHOTOS)

Celebs at 2011 New York Fashion Week
Rose McGowan (L) attends the Monique Lhuiller Spring/Summer 2012 show;
 (M) Actress Malin Akerman arrives to attend the 2012 Project Runway show; and
(R) Actress Elisha Cuthbert smiles before a showing of the BCBG Max Azria
Spring/Summer 2012 collection during New York Fashion Week.

American Sewing Expo 2011

Passion for Fashion Sewing Challenge
2011 Design & Sewing Competition

Sunday, September 11, 2011

SewFit: Sewing Skills??

SewFit: Sewing Skills??

I just happened to find this blog today, and read a heart-warming post.  Today was my fortunate day for finding this story when we are constantly bombarded by so many negative pieces of information.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

The Truth about Sizing in the Garment Industry

So your man asks, "What size do you wear"?, you respond, "Well, depends....sometimes it's a 12 sometimes it's a 3, sometimes it's an 8".  He then looks at you like you have 3 heads.  Click on the title above, or the "links to this post" link. This article tells all.

All the more reason for you to learn to sew so that you have your own unique wardrobe that only fits you!!!  And, yes it is less expensive to sew your own clothes. 

Friday, June 17, 2011

Lately I have been a little busy knitting. 
I'm a little rusty, but in these past few years I have gotten better.  

This particular sweater pattern has short raglan sleeves, and in a solid color.  
For this particular sweater I decided to vary it by
adding stripes on the bodice and on the sleeves.

Here's another - same pattern as above, but done in a different yarn.
  I love this yarn because it has so many colors.

While going through the computer folders of pictures I came across this one.  
It's one of my favorites from a few years ago of my son and his son CJ, Jr.  
It seems to be that they are having a very intense and intelligent conversation,
which doesn't surprise me because they both have what it takes.

Volunteering as a Sewing Instructor

For the past few months I have been volunteering at a local Boys and Girls Club - teaching sewing, and I am truly enjoying providing instruction to them, and they are so interested in sewing and making useful items for themselves and as gifts.  

Here are a couple of students starting on their individual quilts.  They were very excited to learn how to make a quilt.   We mostly work from donated fabrics, supplies,  and equipment - because our resources are limited.  If you have any items that these young people can utilize to hone their skills in sewing, please contact me.  They are in need of fabrics, patterns, thread, sewing machines, and notions. books, and DVDs.  Basically - any and everything that relates to sewing.

Here's the finished quilt.  Notice her beaming with pride!!!

Almost finished!!!

More cutting...all the fun of making a quilt, right?

Here's Danyelle cutting out her fabric.
Here's a layout of Danyelle's quilt...let the sewing begin!!!

This young lady started her quilt, and make a nice arrangement of the blocks.
She was't able to finish her quilt, I believe her family moved,
and it wasn't convenient for them to have her continue the class.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Knitting Socks

No pictures to share yet, but I am working on my 2nd pair of socks.  I am enjoying knitting socks, and trying my best not to buy more sock knitting patterns!!!  Help me, please.  LOL

Lena Horne

What a wonderful lady, may she rest in peace.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

My grand daughter in her dress.

Here are a few pictures of a dress for my grand daughter. She loves the dress and receives many compliments on it, and even a couple of custom orders for dresses.  Of course with a hem like that I had to have her twirl a little bit.  Initially she saw the fabric while I was making a top for me and she said, "mmm...I'd like a dress out of that material".  So...I pretended not to pay attention and surprised her with the dress.

The fabric is a polyester jersey, and for the life of me I can't remember wehre I bought it online and I got it a a very good price - as I recall I purchased 5 yards because I like the design of the fabric. I used a New Look pattern that is at least a few years old.  I used a size 10, but used 1/4 inch seam allowances to allow for a larger size.  Hopefully the pattern is not out of print because she likes the style and wants another dress made with a different color scheme and design.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Knitting's a Privilege - Mo Rocca - Does It Again - (CBS Sunday Morning)

Mo Rocca eats crow, but learns the valuable art of knitting... as long as it he doesn't confuse it with crocheting.