Monday, September 7, 2015

New Sewing Project Started (a big one)

This is a new project I have picked out to make from This darling short coat. I just love the look of it. 

here is the fabric it's a Italian Nassau blue wool-cashmere with a viscose lining in the same shade from Mood Fabric.

The coat has an underlining, an interfacing, and a lining. So there is a lot going on there. Cutting out here today is the underlining.
My student Autumn is going to be making this with me and we both can watch a video on my laptop in the sewing room of the steps how to. makes it very easy for you if you've never tried a class please do.
Here I am in the jacket I made with silk from Montmartre when in Paris last Sept. I used a really pretty black vintage glass button on this. The jacket is also lined on the top half in a white silk. The pattern was quite the nightmare and I'll never use one of those again from Nancy's Notions. 

Friday, August 21, 2015

Sewing, Family, and Beaches

I finally finished this silk jacket. Had at first black velvet on the waist facing and decided it was too bulky and went with the silk. That is a really pretty vintage button there. I also lined it in silk which it didn't call for. The pattern was terrible to follow, never again.
Next is a blouse pattern by Burda I printed off the net and put together, a real pain. I made a black small yellow rose bud blouse first for fit and then this one. It's fits well maybe a bit on the large size and I had to make the neckline higher. The fabric is a heavy cotton. Vintage pearl buttons.

This is a Gertie pattern from her book. You have to trace them out and pieces overlap making it quite a task in concentration. So far it's gone together fast. I have here two fronts just pinned on the model. Now I'll work on the back. My one student Emily is leaving for Spain the end of the month. I let another one go for not calling me if she had to miss a lesson so I'm down to my star student Autumn. She is taking a bit of a summer break but does show up to sew with me at times. Soon she'll be back weekly as she figures out her school schedule. 
Family was here in July. From L to R that is my daughter, daughter-in-law, my son and me.

In addition to my Zumba Gold classes I've taken to walking with a friend once a week. Here we walked on the Homer docks.

We also walk on the beach when the tide is out in the afternoon. We have huge tide variations here in Kachemak Bay. 

We took the boys out today to this stretch of beach.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Paper Dolls and Silk Sewing

Just a few paper dolls from a friend. I love to collect the vintage ones.

This sweet selection is from the same friend. I bought this darling German wooden 8" doll from her and she sent the other items knowing I would like them.
This is my new student Emily who has been coming for a month now and she has made a set of napkins, pillow cases, and this simple apron with pockets and also started her table topper with 4" squares.

This is what I'm working on in Dupoini silk. It's a pattern called a Flounce About Jacket. This silk is gorgeous I bought it while in France. I am trimming this out in black velvet. It's coming along. That is some bead work you see on the inside. The hem called for machine stitching but I used Petersham Ribbon and hand work. I can't see machine stitching on silk!

This is a taffeta silk bolero lined in 100% cotton silk like fabric. It has vintage green buttons. Lots of hand work on the lining.

The boys say thanks for the visit and come back soon. 

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Valentine Wreath

My student Autumn was crafting today with me and made this wreath for her Mom for Valentine's Day.

Monday, February 2, 2015

The Crafting & dog show Continues

Just a few photos for you this month. 
We have Pan and Kalen in their cute matching coats. We've had temps in the teens so when they go in the car they must wear coats. They are helping my student Autumn sew here. She put ties on their necks. She is making a cherry Valentine dress to wear on Valentines day. 
 This project is from my friend Rena she made as a Valentine gift. I love this!
I made this little bunny, he has a felt heart you can't see here.
Some older photos of my Nancy Drew collection.

Betsy McCall
A Toni doll I made clothes for.
Happy Valentine's Day.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

January 2015

Late last year I was talked into going in a senior fashion show at the Senior Center in town. I wore a vintage outfit I had made. My friend on the right is Kathy and she wore a wedding dress that was made for her. She was so sparklie in this stunning gown she won the award for the most glamorous. 
Right now I'm working in this.
This is a pattern I've been threatening to make since 1966  when I bought it. A Jackie Kennedy coat. No kidding that long! I've also had this periwinkle blue cashmere wool fabric for 20 years. It's so special I was afraid to cut it but decided what the heck what do I have to lose at this late date! It is going to be lined in the same color of silk. 
I'm working on the under collar right now after a nightmare of putting in those welt pockets. 
My hens have been doing so well and laying on their best days 6 eggs. One is a very dark green and those two beside it are a light bluish green. I take very good care of them, keep the coop clean and provide all I can for them since they have to stay in a fenced yard due to predators in the area. 
This is a photo from Paris my DIL took, framed and gave me for Christmas. That's my daughter Ingrid on the left, her brother Bobby on top left, and my grandson Michael there in the middle. That's me in the yellow.
I leave you with a sleepy photo of Kalen sleeping on his Dad's pillow. He knows comfort when he sees it. 
* Thanks for all the old and faithful readers of my blog to check in every so often and leave a comment I appreciate you still remember me. 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas 
Bob, Nan, Kalen and Pan
December 2014

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Crafts and Chickens

 Well I love colors so I had to order colored egg cartons! Since they will not ship to Alaska it took some round about ways but I got them. I'm having enough eggs right now to sell 2 dozen a week and eggs for us to use. I get shades of brown, blue, and green eggs.
 Taken this morning in the frost. We have no snow here yet which is a bit unusual. It was in the 20's and during the day in the 30's. 
 My girl St.Mere a Buff Orpington
 My girl Dotty a Silver Laced Wyandotte. They are all so tame but for one Easter Egger who had trouble laying her first egg and I don't think she has laid one since. Perhaps she will be a late bloomer or a non layer. 
The coop this morning. I have a red 40 watt infrared light in the coop. We had a pink sky. The water is inside the coop sitting on a tin box heated by a bulb inside so it doesn't freeze. Below the view this morning at 9:13am.

 This shelf Bob made me for my Xmas vintage items to get together all in one place. I really am happy with this. The shelf will come down and be stored after Xmas.
 A close up

A couple felt peacocks I made. I've been doing a lot of crafting here for Christmas. 
Below a few more things I've made lately.


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