A few close-ups to keep up my interest for the next phase of the French connection soft furnishings project. . . .
. . . . whilst awaiting squidgy package . . . . 😬
A minor achievement this week: 2 small pillows stuffed, sewn up and completed.
Ta-dah ! ! !
These are the fronts.
Love that hat, but ain’t too keen on the corset. But it’s red, so that’s okay.
A bit of searching round t’internet and I found this panel is actually part of an entire quilting series. Hmmm . . . . . 🤔
A bit more thinking about it, as we know we do with something we really want to enjoy to its’ fullest potential . . . . . 🤨
Taking a deep breath, ignoring my fierce promise-to-self not to buy any more fabric, I decided to acquire just a teeny bit more.
But only so’s the whole rest of the original purchase could be used and enjoyed to the full, instead of always regretting I hadn’t used x or y instead — y’know what I mean? 🙄
Next week a small squidgy package is due . . . . .
There’s more to come, Lovelies! 🤣 😆 🤣
It’s been severe storm warnings this afternoon and yesterday, with morning temps into the extreme range.
Am not complaining about the storms, as they do cool us down considerably. Phew!
But one does avoid phones, and most electric appliances… Reading from a real book is definitely safe!
As promised, here’s that recipe for the chocolate cake.
Happy baking, everyone! Be sure to let us know if you try these out!
First off, my apologies to Sandra (Wild Daffodil) for not getting this up Tuesday.
Her Textile Tuesday is the first Tuesday of the month, and all are welcome to join in.
How are you?? I hope you’re all safe and well and bearing up under our worldwide extremities. There’s so much good going on I try to focus on that. It helps put the other junk into perspective.
This is a little long, so you might want to collect your favourite brew and settle in for a bit. Hope you enjoy. 😉
June included Sewing Weekender 2020, online for the first time this year, and available to sewers across the globe.
Close to 2,000 people bought tickets, and over £26,500 (UK) was contributed to charities.
There were numerous videos for us to watch, and a Zoom chat session at the end of both days (Saturday and Sunday).
All-in-all, it was a wonderful experience that is still benefiting many of us!
For my part, I didn’t get much sewing done, and I understand that’s not unusual. It can be a time for making new friends, learning new techniques, listening to favourite designers or meeting new ones ~ all things sewing!
There was also a HUGE virtual goodie bag. How they managed to pull it all together in such a short time I’ll never know. Mind-boggling. Seriously.
Also in June I finally ordered fabric I’d been wanting since 2018, and am now the proud possessor of two additional pieces of Ankara fabric.
Yes, I ordered two pieces from AKN Fabrics in New York, each are 6 yards. That’s a lotta fabric!
Both are 100% cotton, with the orange (above) slightly less weighty than my Shweshwe (top photo), and the red (on left) about the weight of quilting cotton.
Both have almost no differentiation between right and wrong sides. I decided to wash each (separately) in cold water in my machine, and they came out beautifully.
The Shweshwe that Anne (Compulsive Seamstress) sent me (top photo) is in daily use as a stole when I’m sitting at the computer under an air con vent. It just doesn’t seem to want to be anything else at the moment, so I’m not arguing.
Given all the happenings here in the U.S., I’ve been doing my research to find out more about what’s appropriate usage for this fabric, and what’s not.
In case this gorgeous fabric has also caught your eye, but you’ve not had time to get your questions answered, I’ve made a little list… 😉
Here’s the very instructive video Juliet’s done —
Phew! Still with me? I’m gonna continue with books I’ve read/am reading and current sewing projects in another post.
Thank you sooo much for sticking with me. I do hope you’ll take another look at Ankara fabrics for your wardrobe, and put some sunshine into your closet!
P.S./ Yes, you can also use it for quilts!
(The above piccies are repeated here from a 2015 post that is referenced below.)
In the 2015 post I was mumbling on about swapping out winter clothing for spring, and showed some of the sweaters and fabrics involved in my musings. (See above.)
Below is a photo taken just now, showing how I combined the green corduroy and the upholstery fabric into two 20″ pillows.
I could have done one all-green fabric and one all-upholstery fabric, but chose to make them identical, so half-and-half they had to be. Now they match.
I generally show the green in summer and as they’re corduroy, have the nap going down so the shading matches. The upholstery pattern side I use in winter.
That reminds me… still have some of that green cord . . . 🤔
Never realised this blouse had such vibrant colour until I looked at it in decent light.
This is rayon, my favourite fabric!
Happy New Year, everyone, and thank you Sandra for continuing the series❣️
Over on the left is a photo of a much loved, 10+ year-old tunic (nightshirt? minidress?) I’d love to re-create. It’s never piled, feels absolutely wonderful, but has developed holes along strain areas—elbows and sleeve head, etc.
Last year I tried shortening the sleeves and adding a remnant, but the fabric just didn’t work. I couldn’t face making a new version, but I kept the original.
After resurrecting it again during Autumn’s Wardrobe Review & Grand Purge I thought again about recreating it. If only I could find a similar fabric. So the search began.
There’s no fashion fabric store nearby, so online is my only option. After searching a few sites, I got to Vogue Fabrics in Evanston, just outside Chicago.
After finding an option or three and procrastinating for weeks as we do, just to be sure, I finally tried to order swatches. Paypal seems to be permanently blocked, or their system can’t handle my having used two different emails over the years, so I called the store a couple of days later.
In talking with the office I realised they sell past copies of their seasonally-curated collections—$3 for over 40 swatches, some of which would be out of stock, but not the ones I wanted. And they also had a swatch card of all their combed cotton-Lycra knits (17 swatches for $5).
The downside was waiting a week before these were mailed, and 3 more days before receipt; however, no postage fee. If memory serves, they didn’t list a faster service unless I wanted to fly to Chicago & pick up in-store. Not!
What else is new? Two full bags of donations waiting for a few more additions before being dropped off at Goodwill… Finished another great Louise Penny book and am in the middle of her A Rule Against Murder… A nice holiday on Thursday followed by a long holiday weekend, lots of wonderful fabrics to be grateful for and continue sewing, and some of the nicest sewing friends all over the world.
Do you love denim?
Guess you could say I love the colour, but not the heavy fabric itself.
I’m all into soft and flowy fabrics. Perhaps part of my non-appreciation of denim is due to not seeing good quality denim fabric, but a lot of it is sheer ignorance. You can find anything on the web, but you gotta know what to look for, right?
So curiosity, and knowing I would get solid facts presented intelligently by women that know their fabrics had me listening to Love to Sew’s latest podcast on denim.
And I got all the info and links anticipated, plus a lovely surprise that had me looking at denim fabric, just out of curiosity, you understand… . . 😉
How long have I been a fan of Helen and Caroline, the hosts of Love to Sew? Probably not that long, considering they’ve been presenting a podcast a week for two years. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY ! ! ! 🥂 💐 But I’ve done a lot of listening to older podcasts, and have recommended some to friends, too.
The photo (she said we could use it) is Helen wearing a dress she refashioned in 2016 from three pairs of her partner’s old jeans. Her blog post details how she did it. Definitely a woman who knows her way around some denim!
But the best news for denim lovers is Caroline (who owns Blackbird Fabrics in Vancouver) is doing a Denim Drop tomorrow. Yep. FRIDAY! (Now you know why I went browsing. hehehehee!)
Earlier this summer I ordered a bit of non-denim lusciousness from Blackbird but am caught in August’s intense heat so haven’t made it up yet. Blackbird’s U.S. shipping is good, and all you lovelies in U.K. and beyond should check their rates before automatically turning away.
Blackbird is a Canadian shop, and they know how to make it all happen for sewers around the world. Their packaging is well thought out and recyclable.
See you Lovelies tomorrow at the sale?!
My tablecloth of the week, from . . .
Cannot remember when I found this fabric, but it might have been California days.