Saturday, December 3, 2011

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

70's Dress redo

So, not only do I sew a pile of lovely things to sell and share with everyone, I also have this terrible need to make something new for me to wear when I do a show! This time around I made a retro 70's McCall's #2008 brown linen dress that was fine but, well, it was brown and, in case you haven't noticed, my fabrics are usually quite bright and quirky. And my good friend T said "you can't wear BROWWWN to the Cranberry!!!". Rightly so. I made dress number 2, a 70's McCall's #2004 with a really fun streets and cars and trucks fabric that was meant to be quilty pants. It is very comfy and nicely fitted, the belt detail across the back is really nice, I cheated and skipped the back zipper - not the smartest, but time was tight and I didn't have one "in stock"!! I think I'll be making another one of these soon! A note to sewists out there, retro patterns may look groovy but man, they really made their lives difficult if you follow the construction instructions. There are faster, smoother techniques in garment making in our modern patterns, so, if you are making a vintage pattern, read it through and if you think you can skip a step or do a step in a different order to make your life easier than do it!

60's Dress redo

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

3 vintage wool blankets

I've had these blankets for a few years, hoping to remake them one day into embellished blankets and pillow covers. Finally, that day arrived and they were ready for the Cranberry Fair. All the pillows have new homes and one blanket remains (the pink one). The pillow covers turned out sooo nicely. They are so warm and heavy, really nice to cozy up with. I'll have to keep my eyes open for more wool blankets! The Fair was great fun by the way! Lots of people and lots of beautiful handmade arts and crafts. The Yukon is full of very talented, hard working folks. I'm also thankful that my good friend R was my helper! A month ago I foolishly told her I would be ok and do it alone, luckily she was available to join me when I called her last week! Thanks R! I had a great time and look forward to next year!