Tuesday, February 21, 2012

...back at it!

Yes! I did get a chance to sew this month.  After catching up on the pile of non-creative projects...ya know, hemming pants, returning rouge buttons to their shirts and bits of mending, I finally found some time to get things rolling on a sewing project.   Awhile back, I blogged about New Look 6892.    I resurrected the project.   Here's a photo of the work in progress.   The pattern is going together quite quickly and so far I'm pleased with the results.  Usually when I'm making gathered sleeves I sew the elastic directly to the fabric, this time I opted to follow the pattern instructions and create a casing using bias tape.  I was very pleased with the results, no bulk.

And a bit of non sewing fun to share...snowshoeing.   We're so lucky to live a short drive from the Rocky Mountains.   A couple of weeks ago we ventured a hour west to Kananaskis Country.  Winter in Kananaskis Country - Simply Spectacular. In 1955 the Pocaterra Dam and Hydro plant was constructed in Kananaskis country. The wooden penstock (large pipe) that carries water from the dam to the power plant leaks and sprays water. In the winter these amazing ice sculptures are formed. The utility company has determined that the penstock has reached the end of it's useful life and will be replacing it with one that doesn't leak this spring. So good bye ice sculptures...

Sunday, February 12, 2012

It's been a while

Yes, it has.  When it comes to sewing, the past six months hasn't been fruitful.   Somehow the rest of my life seemed to overtake my sewing space.   Today I made it into my sewing room and cleaned the pile of stuff off of my sewing table.  Most of it non-sewing stuff.  It's amazing how other things seem to migrate there.     I recently purchased a few new patterns for upcoming projects, a trip to the fabric store is still in order.   Here's some of the patterns I've picked out.   Butterick 5638,   I'm wanting to make a nice simple sleeveless dress that I can dress up with heels or casual flats.   I haven't picked out a fabric yet, but my thoughts are to find a nice shade of purple or blue in a solid fabric with a bit of texture.

Next on my list is McCalls 6116, view B in a chambray or lightweight denim for summer. Perhaps jazzing it up with some metal buttons or contrasting buttons.  It's February, enough of winter....time to think about summer. 

I'm not in need of a new Jean Jacket, but I really liked  the look of McCalls 5860 in a print.  Perhaps I'll find the perfect print for this.   Thinking of something an abstract or geometric print.   I'd like to be able to pair it with either jeans or black capri pants.

I love handbags and totes!  And so I couldn't leave Butterick 5658 behind.  I definitely want to try out both styles.   I like the stripes with the floral print in view B.   We're off to Hawaii in March and I'm hoping that I can bring back some funky Hawaiian print fabric to make one of these cute totes.   If anyone has any recommendations for places to find traditional Hawaiian print fabrics island of Oahu, let me know.

Happy Sewing!