Monthly Archives: June 2012

Princess Addie’s Dressmaking Adventure

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“I like pretty things.”

               princess Addie

I think I’m a teacher at heart. I really like the idea of introducing children to new experiences outside of their everyday lives and with that in mind, my Sewing Adventures has come into being.   The Adventure provides a child with the opportunity to experience the various steps in the process of dressmaking.  We begin by searching pattern books for the perfect dress, followed by measurements and size selection.  Then we peruse the array of beautiful fabrics narrowing down our choices to of favorites. Then it’s off to visit the notion department for necessary threads and zippers, etc.

It is wonderfully creative for the kiddo and a whole lot of fun for me.  I have found that children are refreshingly free of preconceived rules about color and design and go in all sorts of directions that I might never think of.  It’s always a delight to set my fashion sense aside and let the princess take the lead.

I knew I was in for a good time when we first arrived at the fabric store; Addie looked around at the huge display of color we were surrounded by and then looked up at me with her sparkling eyes and said, “I like pretty things!”  I smiled and answered, “Hey, me too!”  And so began Addie’s Dressmaking Adventure.

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Sewing Decorator Pillows

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I saw a great blog entry by Bleak Midwinter on a table runner and pillows.  It inspired me to make more pillows, but sadly I have too many pillows already.   Here are a few that I particularly like.  I have a peculiar habit of giving them each names, like they are children.  As you can see, I love braided tassels and exquisite trims.  These are just a few of my favorites.  Enjoy!

Toiles des Empire

Sewing With Fine Fabrics

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Completing my fuchsia linen dress has inspired me to make another one in black. With that in mind I decided to visit one of my favorite fabric places for apparel fabric, Mill End Store.  Mill End claims to have the largest display of fabric in America and between their Beaverton and Milwaukie stores, I can believe that may just be true.  Mill End really is an incredible textile resource; I’ve spent many happy hours perusing their beautiful fabrics, trims and notions.  If you ever visit Portland, it’s a definite go to place for fine fabric aficionados.

So, off to the store to see what I could find.  These are a few of the options I was presented with.

               

OMG, look at this trim!                                                                 And more trims!

     

I adored the black and white trim and started visualizing how I could use it, but stopped short remembering that I was going to be making a little black dress which implies simplicity, elegance and restraint.  Argh, I resisted temptation and walked past the gorgeous trims counter.

After enjoying a quick look around to see what was new, I selected a medium weight black linen and rayon lining which Maureen graciously cut for me.

     

I picked up an invisible zipper, some black thread and headed for the register.   Success!

Now all I have to do is find the time to make it.

Sewing – Summer Style

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As they say, third time’s a charm.  I’ve made this pattern twice now in cotton florals and I decided to step up my game with a piece of hot-fuchsia linen.  I must say,  I am very happy with the results.  I like the understated sophistication of a linen dress for summer; it’s easily accessorized up or down making it extremely versatile.  A pretty summer sandal, the right jewelry and it’s perfect for an evening out.  Or, slide into some comfy flip-flops and go grocery shopping in style.  Either way it works, making it a great addition to my summer wardrobe.

I’m seeing a little black dress on the horizon.