Friday, April 27, 2012

Quick Ottobre Top and Chez Ami Pants

Here is a little tee shirt I made to go with some purchased pants from Chez Ami. The tee is an Ottobre pattern I had traced but did not label--so I know it is Otto but not sure of the issue.  I did purchase the pants online, but they were too long for my peanut DGD.  She will be 10 in September, but these size 8 pants were too big when I bought them for birthday #8.  Still too long, so I finally cut them off.  The tee is a coordinating fabric from the same source.  I love the ability to purchase fabrics that were designed to coordinate by a ready to wear designer.  I don't duplicate the same style of garment, but I know the colors will match and/or compliment one another.  Easy project, but a sense of accomplishment as I am almost done with the sewing studio!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Fabric Donation

Whew!  As I was moving fabric and folding fabric, I quickly realized that there were many pieces of fabric that no longer needed to live at my house ;-).  Earlier this year I subbed as the principal of a K-12 school and had mentioned to the home ec teacher that I might have some fabric to donate if she was interested.  Today I finally got around to delivering the said fabric!  She was tickled pink and so was I.  I hated knowing it would go to the rag merchant if I donated the fabric to GW.  Win-win.  Here is the delivery!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Sewing Room Progress!

We are moved in--our home is very comfortable and the sewing room/fabric cave is coming along as well.  I have a large bedroom dedicated to my vices.  LOL.  The large closet has been outfitted with a closet system for storing sewing things, especially fabric.  I have been going through my large stash of fabric and folding much of it for the storage system.  Many pieces will be donated as they are no longer of use to me.  I bought different things when I was working, when my sons were young, etc.  Now I sew for fun, not for economy.  I sew for personal fulfillment and for the challenge.  I also sew for my 5 grandchildren.  So, I have a lot of stuff.  I will share some photos of the stuff still in the process of being stowed.  I like my new closet because I can see the fabric.  I can find things even if my "system" is not one any other person would use or understand.

Lucky for me, DH has been a trooper and helped fold most of what you can see in the photo.  Thanks to Carolyn ( and Shannon ( for their inspiration and example!  I am more than halfway done and hope to actually sew soon!  I found a CJ funnel neck tee and some LH Euro pants all cut and waiting to be made as I unpacked.

Happy Easter and happy sewing everyone.  I have enjoyed reading blogs while I have been on hiatus.  Lots of lovely examples and inspiration out there!