So let's begin!
This has been the year of learning to sew my own clothes with my personal statement starting out the year 2013.
A comfy outfit was completed. Pants and cardi out of oh-so-soft pink knit. Note how my photo skills began with the garment hanging on a hanger on a hook on a closet door.
Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice included a flannel receiving blanket, a couple of personalized quilted baby nametags of my own design and a notecard for a friend's new granddaughter.
Pinwheel Quilt Block was my first ever quilt block. Completed 6 of these that were mailed off to be included in a charity quilt for a very sick young girl.
an easy Cherry Cheesecake recipe I made with strawberries.
a new swing cardigan. Notice the photography skills have moved to garment on me photograph of reflection in mirror. Well, that looks a little better than a garment hanging on a hanger!
sewing room makeover.
Wrote a ruffled scarf tutorial. My daughter, Melissa, models it well. :)
a new outfit - sleeveless top and simple skirt. Now learning how to take a self-timed shot of myself and how to 'pose for the camera'. Kinda' fuzzy here and pose is a little 'off' - but it's an improvement over a garment hanging on a hanger!
How I fringe my Prayer Shawls.
Wrote a tutorial How to make a Burlap Wreath inspired by Ballard Designs Burlap Wreath
A new skirt adding a lining. Moved outside with the camera and tripod for more natural shots around our property.
Burda skirt from BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook. Another first tracing a pattern, adding darts and modifying the pattern for a custom fit. Love this pattern. Slowly but surely the photography is getting better too I think?
Another comfortable knit, lined elastic-waist skirt. This is one of my favorite photographs with the contrast of colors and textures out by our chicken coop/barn.
Refashioned a top's sleeve to make it wearable for me. Who knew just by modifying a sleeve's hem it would change the whole 'look' of a top?! A quick, fun project.
Made a new skirt from one pattern, then completely re-made it from another pattern. Ah, much better the second time 'round.
Stripes was DONE!
Linoleum Quilt Block from Sew Many Ways BOM Club instructions
Flying Geese Quilt Block from Sew Many Ways BOM Club instructions
Shoo Fly Quilt Block from Sew Many Ways BOM Club instructions. and after completing 4 quilt blocks, not sure the traditional piecing is for me.
A Loving Memorial was shared
Puff Pillow Pattern and Puff Pillow from my family's files.
Completed a personalized quilted wallhanging for my daughter Melissa. Incorporated free-motion quilting, applique, crochet and tatting.
Leopard linen Burda skirt from BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook. Second skirt from this pattern. Realized I needed to make better notes when I customize for fit, as I confused myself with my previous notes! Still working on the photography.
purse and bag for Jenn, my oldest daughter. What a learning curve learning how to insert zippers, pockets and magnetic snaps in a purse.
Make a Garment a Month Challenge and set high goals and standards for myself.
plan your garments. Seems like that would be a no-brainer, but not sure I've ever really set down to 'plan' my wardrobe.
Another Prayer Shawl story shared. The Trinity Stitch Prayer Shawl pattern, written January 2012, is the most viewed post(s) to-date.
lime-green purse for Melissa. Zippers, pockets, magnetic snaps and contrasting thread in the topstitching.
Another new sleeveless draped neck top.
flashback of an outfit made c. 1991 for my oldest daughter's first Halloween. I enjoyed digging out this photo that had been squirreled away all these years and hope to unearth more photos of some of the things I made for my girls when they were little. Back then I didn't always take photos of the outfits I made for them. Not sure why..... wish I had..... but hopefully I'll be able to find more and it's nice to remember them as 'little'. They are both now young adults.
Fabric draping fun! with 'ShapeShape: Sewing Clothing Patterns to Wear Multiple Ways' by Natsuno Hiraiwa. Thought one of our wood racks would make an interesting 'backdrop' for a photo. This is when I learned about the continuous self-timer shooting. Wow, that goes a lot faster than taking one-at-a-time-then-re-set-the-shot...!
Garment planning with pencil and paper a great way to organize your thoughts.
Learned that it's sometimes best to modify best-laid plans.
'Alabama' Quilt - began end of November, completed beginning of December 2013. This was for a child in a children's home in Alabama. Will definitely participate again next year. Also discovered I LOVE strip quilting.
handwritten note included with the Alabama Quilt that was well received by the special young girl who chose my quilt. This turned out to be a great idea.
mini 'how to' creat a bokeh lights effect with your camera.
Davy Crockett Bars and Peppermint Meringues. I tried to be more conscious of the natural lighting and how it 'falls' on the subject matter when taking this photograph.
2 - in - 1 Christmas Pillows and discovered that what I thought would be a miserable failure, turned out to be our favorite.
my new sewing companion and a new sewing machine cover...