A Britex Fabrics Guessing Game

Before I can dip into all of that super delicious fabric I posted about (which has the added bonus of reminding me of the lovely company I had every time I look at it) I have a bit of housekeeping to do. This cold snap is just the thing to get me moving on finishing my Britex project!! I’m super excited about it (I put it on partially finished and I felt FABULOUS in it) and I want to get you all excited, too!

And play a little guessing game.

You might know that I’m using some lovely wool fabric.

Britex WoolIt is so, so, so, SO beautiful in person!

I hinted on Twitter that I would be dipping my toe into dum-dum-DUM

OUTERWEAR!!

And I mentioned, once upon a blog post, that I felt ready to rock a specific type of outerwear.

So….

who wants to guess what type that is?

{Sew} Treat Yo’ Self

treat-yo-selfLesley Jean is my ambassador of Treat Yo’ Self! Not only did she send me, unsolicited, lovely vintage sewing patterns, she recently posted about the masterpiece that is Treat Yo’ Self from Parks and Recreation.

Being a sucker for a good skit, and an even bigger one for a catch phrase, I was immediately hooked!! Making the discovery of this concept even more serendipitous: the arrival of some sewing peeps, my fave NYC gals and a planned day of basking in each others ambiance.

{Sew} Treat Yo' Self 2013

Sallie (!!), Oona (!!), Ginger (!!), Latrice (!!), Kelli (!!)

{Sew} Treat Yo' Self 2013

Puu (!!), Heather (!!), and the days’ official photog, Jennifer (!!)

{Sew} Treat Yo' Self 2013

It was fun!

It was lovely!

It was life giving (I LOVE talking to smart women)!!

We basked, you guys. We BASKED!

It was {sew} a fucking treat!!

I further ramped up the day’s Treat Yo’ Self theme by adding some of the most beautiful fabric I’ve ever purchased to my collection. Shopping with ladies with great taste is tough on your budget, but fantastic for your sewing! Just look!

Jamie Jeans Denim

Stretch Denim

Emerald (trust me) Silk Crepe de Chine

Silk Crepe de Chine

Gold & Navy Silk

Navy& Gold Silk

Black Wool Jersey

Black Wool Jersey

Anna Sui Silk Crepe de Chine

Anna Sui Silk Crepe de Chine

Navy Cotton Jersey

Navy Cotton Knit

I am overwhelmed with good feelings. The positive influence blogging has had on my life continues to grow!

We are all so lucky!

Treat Yo’ Self!

Pantone Time

With the Sew Weekly deadline fast approaching, and a headache from hell that refuses to go away, I’ve got to do something to light a fire under my ass. One thing that pushed me a bit, realizing that the fabric I planned to use for the Fall For Cotton sew-along has more than one Pantone color!

SCORE!

Pantone Fall 2013

Sew Weekly & Fall For Cotton

I see some Mykonos Blue, some Linden and Deep Lichen Green, a little Samba. Yes?

Now, for the motivation to SEW! I’ve got four days to make the Sew Weekly deadline. Can I do it?

Scout Woven Tee Sew-A-Long :: Size & Fabric!!

Scout Sew-A-Long @Kollabora!!

Hiya!! Thanks for all the lurve for my sleeveless Archer!! It’s so damn cold here today, I think sleeved and ruffled Archer might get some wear. Hmph!

It’s JUNE, DAMMIT WHERE IS THE SUN?!?! Ahem…

About the Sew-A-Long, I’ve posted some tips on choosing the perfect size and fabric for your Scout Woven Tee over on Kollabora.

So, grab a measuring tool, or four ;)….

Choosing The Right Pattern Size

Measure a top you like the fit of…  IMG_7598

Measure your pattern piece…

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And make a Scout to fit!

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It’s time to go stash diving…

Choosing the Right Fabric for your Pattern

And meet me at

Kollabora!!

Brazillian Beauty

So, we all know that the sewing community fucking rocks. Right???

Right!!

Today, I received something beautiful from Brazil, from a beauty from Brazil!!
Thanks, Rachel!!!
It was just the thing!
Sewcialist friends are the best!!

Something #beautiful from #Brazil, from a beauty from  Brazil!! Thanks @houseofpinheiro xoxo #fabric #sewing #sewcialist #friends are the best!!

This gorgeous knit has maxi dress ALL OVER IT. Which gives me the perfect excuse to buy the Mission Maxi pattern ;)

NYC Colette Events!!

First published over @ Handmaker’s Factory

Also, check out another example of how awkward I look in candid shots.
You’re welcome for that laugh ;)

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In the world of independent sewing pattern proprietors, Colette Patterns distinguishes itself through the quality and professionalism of its products. This is not to say that other indie pattern sellers fall short, but that Colette Patterns excels. They manage to maintain a pleasing, uniform style and aesthetic throughout its range of products, tutorials and website that trickles all the way down to designer, Sarai Mitnick.

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Sarai @ Brooklyn General Store

I couldn’t have stated the above with such certainty had I not had the chance to meet and interact with her, and her husband, in person. During their west coast tour, Sarai taught a class on sewing with silk at Mood that I attended. This was my first Mood sewing course, so I was uncertain of what to expect. You go into the experience knowing that there will be no practical demonstrations during the class due to a lack of space. I know that despite that, many sewing bloggers rave about their experiences. I’m happy to say, Mood and Sarai did not disappoint!

Selection of silk @Mood.

She began class with a bit of information about silk and its various types and constructions. For budding textile experts, which I feel all sewists are at heart, the info was useful and much more interesting than I expected it to be. Starch recommendations and silk pre-treating techniques were discussed. Then came a very thorough explanation of silk types and the best way to handle them complete with large, expertly executed samples of stitch finishes and types (Hong Kong, French, serged, overlocked and on and on) which were passed around for close inspection. This may have become overwhelming if not for a handy, and thoughtfully put together, handout that each attendee took home.

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Here is where that professional distinction shows itself. The time that this handout took had to be considerable. It was neatly put together with nine swatches that were sewn onto cardstock. When you lift the swatch you reveal type written details of how to handle each fabric. This is an invaluable resource for new and intermediate seamstresses alike. Along with the detailed answers to questions that she was asked, I walked away with enough information to handle sewing silk with confidence!

I was unable to stay and chat with Kenn and Sarai that evening, so I felt fortunate to make it to a party held in their honor at Brooklyn General Store. The store itself is beautiful and was further decorated with Colette Pattern samples for the occasion.

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There was a nice discount for sewists who donned their Colette Pattern makes (I wore my Sencha and bought some really pretty, coral colored linen/cotton I wanted to make a Laurel with, but the pattern had sold out!!) and the relaxed atmosphere was a great setting to talk with Sarai and Kenn and the beautifully dressed party guests. I am continually stunned by how easy it is to converse with people in the sewing community. Sarai is so approachable and friendly! It was a really great evening. I reconnected with some sewing friends and left feeling great about investing my time and money with this indie company!

Silk selection image from Mood fabric’s blog http://www.moodfabrics.com/blog/?p=1610
Brooklyn General Store- http://brooklyngeneral.com/
Colette Patterns- http://www.coletterie.com/

Doe, a Deer, a Little Mood Deer

First, let me tell you a story…

This post comes after a day of consoling my oldest son about the, rather abrupt and shocking, death of a pet. Don’t be alarmed. It was not a well loved dog or cat, but Herman, the hermit crab who’d just come home with us on Sunday. Not only did he climb OUT of his shell, he also (because he was really small) climbed OUT between the bars of the cage and somehow got over to the middle of the hallway were he was….squished.

I shit you not.

My husband and I exchanged a lot of incredulous looks about the odds of something like this happening and worried looks about our kids’ reactions to this really bizarre event. But with a promise to replace him (and an additional promise to let my son keep his empty shell AWWWW) they were OK. So, we took a rainy walk to the pet store after school and brought home a new crabby friend.

Story over.

NOW, you wanna know about that Mood (MOOOOOOOD) fabric, amirite??!?

LOOKIT’
In the MOOD for Fabric

Silk/Cotton!! With deer!! Are you dying?! Lie to me if you aren’t.

The print is super sheer, look how my hand shows up below it.

In the MOOD for Fabric

This next one shows it layered with the striped one, which is how I plan to use them. It’s also silk/cotton, which will make whatever project they become the most expensive one I’ve ever made.

In the MOOD for Fabric

Let’s talk about this Cotton/Lycra blend, shall we. Isn’t it fucking awesome!! I can’t decide which side I like best.

In the MOOD for Fabric

It absolutely BEGS to be made into something that utilizes both sides. Something with a princess seamed bodice, yes? It needs to be fabulous so I’ll stop feeling bad about the beautiful Mood employee who nearly threw her back out wrestling the bolt off of the rack.

In the MOOD for Fabric

In the MOOD for Fabric

I didn’t do nearly, not even CLOSE to, the damage that some other meet-up members did. But for my first time shopping with the big dogs, I think I did OK, lol