odds & odders

odds & odders

These are mostly photos I’ve had sitting around for a bit, waiting for time to post. Decided the time was now.

Below ~ I’ve become a great fan of Mr. & Mrs. Murder, a 1-season series from Oz. Very entertaining. Reminds me of Nick & Nora Charles from the 1930’s. Costumes are contemporary, so am not watching for those. When they showed this scene, I had to grab my camera.

But should qualify this by saying, lest you discover how really weird I can be, that I’m acting under the influence of a midnight fire alarm that went into extra innings… for over an hour. And this is after Saturday night’s 2 a.m. episode. So if the “tone” sounds a bit wonky, maybe you’ll understand. I’m wondering if it’s safe to undress yet. And try to sleep.

AGH ! ! ! ! !

Baked a batch of my double chocolate cookies last week, and they do ease the pain a bit.  😊 click for recipe

Baked a batch of my double chocolate cookies last week, and they do ease the pain a bit. 😊 he-he!

memorial day

memorial day

This table topper was washed & put on last week in preparation for today.

Although many on the western side of the pond consider it the unofficial beginning of summer & time for pools to open, that’s not the reason for this national holiday.

In many places it began in the 1860’s, during the Civil War, as a day to remember those who died during that war.

Gradually it took on a wider significance, and today it is a day for remembering all those who’ve died in the service of their country.

  • More information is available here and here.
  • Here’s a 3-minute YouTube of Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, often performed on Memorial Day.

Hope everyone has a peaceful, reflective Monday.

tangled textures = broken filing system

tangled textures = broken filing system

Bro”ken, a. [From Break, v. t.]1… divided into fragments… 2. Disconnected… 3. … disunited…

Not having much space, I had resorted to keeping fabrics in large plastic tubs, sorted by seasons. That didn’t do too well. Fabrics kept getting mixed, and I never knew how much of something I had. Which meant measuring it every time I wanted to know how much I had.

I tried stapling or pinning little tags on each piece, but they’d shift around, and I could never find those tags once the fabric had shuffled about for a bit.

Then I got smaller drawers, but still had the same problems. Everything seemed to always be in such a tangle.

And that made it impossible to any those unimagined colour combinations. Talk about creativity needing to be unleashed – geesh!

Then some plastic bags went on sale. And you could write on the bags. I started thinking about straightening up my fabric stash. Again. (Thank you, Lubbygirl, for inspiration!)

For the last several weeks I’ve been slowly washing, measuring, bagging, and gradually getting fabrics sorted. Am finally feeling order emerging from the fragmented, disconnected & broken collection of colour and texture.

It’s inspiring!

For Ailsa’s travel theme

For WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

renfrew: done

renfrew: done

decided to add the bottom band after discovering there was enough fabric for it.

Delighted to have this completed, and ready to cut out a batch more, with & without a back centre seam, determined by how much of each fabric there is.

Won’t give this a proper wear test for a few months. Temp’s a bit too high right now for an almost fleece weight cotton. . .    .    .

just wish I could find those directions. . . . . . .

 🔦    👀     🔦

wherefore art thou, renfrew….

wherefore art thou, renfrew….

Last night’s efforts ~

After much reading, research, soul-searching, cutting, re-cutting, and a bit lots of procrastination, this first renfrew is aaaalmost done.

Not that the pattern was difficult. No way! Getting my head around how to fit me was the bump in the road.

Several times I searched & read everything I could find on renfrews & FBAs, then just renfrews. Finally decided, as this was a re-cut from a different pattern, to think of it as a muslin, and get on with it.

I’ve read about making a horizontal FBA and easing the extra in on the sides, but decided not to go there because I didn’t have enough fabric. Instead, I cut the existing shoulder smaller, and merged out into the larger size. Turned out that decreasing around the upper shoulders was enough to ease out the underarm creases. Also helped a lot with the too-large neck.

Thank goodness for Sewaholic’s great online tutorials! Reading through them I realized I’d originally wanted to eliminate the bottom band & just cut the additional length as part of the front & back… but then forgot to cut the front longer.  :-(

Luckily I did have enough to cut new bands for back & front. My remaining task for tonight is attaching them, and doing the hem.

Then I’ll look up sleeveless renfrews … I’ve a couple of 1-yd knit fabrics. . . .

subtle reincarnations

subtle reincarnations

subtle luv ~ ickle hang loop!


subtle luvin ~ skinny elastic waist & oh-so-easy, no-sew “hem”!

“a photo that feels understated, suggestive, subtle in its use of colour”     Ailsa’s travel theme

Maybe I’m straying a bit from Ailsa’s original challenge, which was all about colour. This is more about texture and detail, other  details that can make or break an item of clothing.

Last year’s subtle green flowered dress has held up well. And for me, the paler green is subtle!

As to texture – the rayon hasn’t pilled or stiffened, and is still buttery soft. Time to use that extra fabric for the shorts I’d thought about making last summer.

But, wait. There’s enough fabric for trousers. Why not? If they don’t get worn, I can always chop them off.

So I made the long version, and have been wearing them ever since.

Just as the subtle drape and texture of the fabric & style makes the dress so easy to wear, they continue with the trousers.

And there’s still a bit of the fabric left… a cami?

about the pattern
They’re a front and a back from a pair of old flannel pjs from L.L. Bean, bought years ago whilst living n a very windy, cold city. Last winter I realized I wasn’t wearing them because they were so worn. Bit how to reincarnate??

After much debate with self (why is it so hard to cut into RTW???), I carefully cut out a front piece & a back piece. And used them as the pattern for the darker green flannel pj bottoms sewn earlier this year. (Being worn as I edit.) And used again for these comfy summer pj bottoms. How’s that for reincarnation!

creativity as a force of nature

creativity as a force of nature

Na”ture, n. [F., fr. L. natura, fr. natus born, produced, p.p. of nasci to be born…] 5. The sum of qualities and attributes which make a person or thing what it is…; native character…

fabric haul from june 2011 chicago had 4 stores in my area

fabric haul from june 2011
chicago had 4 stores in my area
this is the haul from visiting 3 of them

the culoutte-now-skirt got hemmed and i guess the stretch caused it to ripple. looks kinda flirty!

the culoutte-now-skirt got hemmed and i guess the stretch caused it to ripple. looks kinda flirty!

Is creativity a force of nature?

I think so! We could go all metaphysical and talk about the creation of the universe, but let’s go somewhere else instead, okay?

Using the above definition,  couldn’t sewing be a creative force? (You knew I’d go there, didn’t you,he-he-he!)  :-)

Some people are creative with math (Einstein), some with music (Mozart), or painting (Picasso), or sculpture (Brancusi), or management (Drucker). And some of us do it with sewing.

Now, take a closer look at that upper photo. Don’t some of those fabrics look familiar?!

The green stripe is currently a dress, and the red on the far right is now a skirt. And plans are afoot for that other red, too…

Creative solutions are part of everyone’s nature. Appreciate & exercise yours!


Original WordPress post

happy mother’s day!

Exhibit number one (A). Crépe silk rayé

Exhibit number one (A). Crépe silk rayé

The New York Public Library’s Digital Collections have revamped their web site, and made it easier to search.

Exhibit number one (B). Crépe nouveauté

Exhibit number one (B). Crépe nouveauté

After seeing this lovely exhibit from 1904, I knew it had to get used, and what better time than today.

Click either to go to the NYPL source, and scroll down for details.

At my best guess, Exhibit B (left) relates to the girl’s blue dress fabric, with texture of woven fabric at the top, and colour on the bottom.

Having looked all thru the Collection, the dress fabric on the left in each Exhibit A is at the top of the Exhibit B page; the dress on the right (Ex. A) refers to the sample at  the bottom (Ex. B). As for why the colours are so different: fading? not concerned with matching? Anybody know?

If you move on down the page, you’ll see a clickable reference to “wash dress fabrics.”

That takes you to all the exhibits in this Collection, which appears to be of washable fabrics. I wonder if this one was actually a very early rayon….

If anyone has time, and discovers more, please share!

Hope you enjoy 💝