Monday, April 07, 2008

Creamsicles and purple cows

This darling apron arrived on my doorstep the other day - a gift from Gaylen. Wasn't that sweet of her? When she announced she was participating in the sassy apron swap, and I lamented that I had missed the deadline, she offered to sew up a second sassy apron and send it my way.

The colors are yummy! Makes you crave an orange creamsicle doesn't it? Maybe I'll wear this apron and make my own orange dreamsicle bars (recipe here).

Or maybe I'll just flip it over and whip up a purple cow.

No matter which I choose I'll look sassy in my new apron. Thanks Gaylen!

Now if the weather would only warm up long enough to actually enjoy some ice-cream... Pin It

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Sewing at seventeen

Not niece.

When I asked if she'd help me with a summer dress design I'm working on, she not only said "yes" but said mentioned that she misses our weekend get-togethers from her childhood. She and another niece would spend the night and, among other things, I'd help them with a sewing project.

You know what? I miss that those get-togethers also. I figured when she hit her teen years there were more important things to do than hang out with your old auntie. I'm glad to find out I was wrong.

To prepare for our weekend get together - as of yet unscheduled while both nieces find time in their busy social lives to spare a weekend away from friends and school activities - I asked her to choose some Amy Butler fabrics she found appealing.

The beauty of the Internet! I sent her a link to Amy Butler fabrics, she emailed me her choices, and with printed copy in hand I purchased three of them from Treadle Yard Goods. (The bottom fabric with the large floral print is mine ... you didn't think she's the only one that gets to sew on these did you?)

I'm not sure which one of us is more excited about resuming our weekend get-together tradition. Probably's exciting to have a chance to encourage another young member into our circle of sewing. Pin It

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Spring sewing wish list - a vintage dress

I too have been bitten by the spring clean-up-the-sewing-studio bug. One of the first areas to be attacked is my pattern collection.

As this collection has grown, I've grown lazy about putting patterns away in their correct category. As I began weeding patterns, I found this treasure buried in a pile of 70s era patterns.

Isn't this dress lovely? It's a McCall's pattern from 1953 (McCall's 9239).

If you look closely at the waist and bodice you'll notice that there is gathering under the bust as well as a front inset. The illustrations don't show this, but there is also an underarm gusset.

The full skirt is gathered and sewn to the dress top at the waistline with a waist stay sewn in as a final step. The buttonholes are bound buttonholes, plus there is a lapped zipper at the side seam. A fabric covered belt completes the look.

It's amazing the amount of detail in this simple dress as well as the instructions included on the instruction sheet of this vintage pattern.

This dress is going on my sewing wish list. If I can figure out how to size this up and find appropriate fabric this baby will be finding a home in my closet. Pin It

Go listen to the latest Sew Forth Now podcast

The latest Sew Forth Now podcast is online - this one includes an interview with Cheryl Weiderspahn - the author of Low-Sew Boutique. If you thought my reversible apron with the detachable bib was clever and cute, you should check out Cheryl's pattern line. She's the queen of versatile clothing.

The Sew Forth Now podcast has reached its one year anniversary and to celebrate Lori has three gifts to give away. All you have to do is leave a comment stating what country you are from, why you listen, and if you listen a few episodes at a time or keep current. You have all month to enter. Details here.

Now, I'm off to download the podcast. Pin It


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