Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Coming Up On The Blog

Good Morning Everyone and Happy Tuesday!! I'm feeling more myself once again. Amazing what a little extra sleep can do for you :)
I just quickly wanted to give you a little idea of the projects that will be coming up on the blog in the next few weeks.
1. Ribbon Weaving

The class on ribbon weaving went very well. I was so happy that everyone was able to leave with their sampler pieces. They all asked for a written tutorial, so I thought that if I am going to do the tutorial, it would be nice to share it with everyone.
2. The Collar Drafting Tutorial

So many messaged me about this collar and said that they would love a drafting tutorial. I'm really looking forward to this particular post.
3. Bias Cut Blueprints

A few years back, I was asked to judge a contest for the Association of Sewing and Design Professionals. I came across a dress that was cut on the bias and it had these incredible insets. The dress was absolutely perfect. The judging is blind and the initial round is done on the internet, Finalists are chosen and then the final decision is made at the conference. We were supposed to have a dressform for judging, but for whatever reason, we didn't, so the editor of Threads magazine looked at me and said, "you can wear all of these garments so we'll use you as a model." When I put this bias dress on, I was in LOVE! What an incredible dress. I fought hard for that dress to be a winner. Little did I know that it belonged to Julianne Bramson of Fashion In Harmony. As fate would have it, we met at a class in San Francisco a few years later. Since then we have become friends. She has recently published a book, Bias Cut Blueprints and she gave me a copy to critique. I am SUPER excited. I already know which project will be my first.
4. Our Pant Drafting posts.
Finally....I'm so happy to be getting back to this project. The next post will be up later this afternoon. Once we draw in the darts and true the legs, we'll be ready to cut out the pants and start fitting.
5. The new issue of Sew News is out and I have a new sew along that will be coming up. I think you'll like it, it's another really great bag. I'll announce it tomorrow and of course there will be a give away attached, so be sure to check back.

So, a fairly full agenda :), but a good one I think.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Me Made Mondays

I'm finding more and more that I like structure and it feels so good to get back to a normal routine! I'm all for spontaneity, and I think it's great for creativity, but there's something to be said for routine.
As I shared with you last week, Marina of Farbjous Couture will no longer be doing the Me Made Monday posts and link ups, but she gave me permission to take over. So for the next year, I'll be doing a Me Made Monday post and I invite you to link up. The rules are simple, just wear one garment each week that you've made and post it. Simple! The garment doesn't even have to be worn on Monday! I really like this idea as it will give us all an opportunity to share our Me Mades through our the year and if you want to do the marathon Me Made Made...all the better! So I hope you'll join along. 
You may remember what I'm wearing today from this Fabulous Free Pattern Friday post. It's basically just a rectangle with rectangular arms. 
The dress is very comfortable to wear and yes, I do have matching shoes!!
The ties are a faux stretch leather and I also trimmed the hem of the skirt with the faux leather. I thought it worked with the animal print.
Be sure to click on the link and add your pictures. I look forward to seeing what your wearing!

She's ALIVE!!!

Well, for the most part anyway ;) But I'm home and in the words of Dorothy(Wizard of Oz), "There's no place like home!"
So I thought I would just quickly check in this morning and share a couple of pictures from the expo. I was so busy and just forgot to really take any pictures. So sorry. It was a great experience. I had some of the most wonderful women take my classes. This is not being nice, just honest, I truly enjoyed everyone in my classes. Just such an energetic group and so eager to learn something new. So encouraging for me. The only problem that I had was with my voice. Thankfully I didn't lose it. I had pneumonia when I was in my early 20's and my voice has never been very strong sense. On Friday night I talked to my husband and he could hear that it was going and going fast. I had planned to have dinner with Connie Bontje of http://couturesmith.com/  and Kristine Balinski  of http://kbdesigns74.blogspot.com/, but I decided it was wise to stay in and rest. As I said, I made it through, so all was well in the end.
This picture was taken on Thursday evening by Rhonda Pierce of Schmetz Needles. This is Becky, the Tim Gunn of the American Sewing Expo Passion For Fashion contest. She is truly the mentor extraordinaire! She could give Time Gunn a run for his money!! You may recognize the top I'm wearing. It's from this Fabulous Free Pattern Friday post. I was told that while I was standing in line for lunch, people were taking pictures of my top from behind. Hopefully they weren't for the "don't wear this" file!!
As you walked in the door to the expo, this was the poster that greeted everyone. How incredible is that??? This was the garment that I designed for the Passion For Fashion Contest 3 years ago. It won the Audience Choice Award. My beautiful model Gabriel is standing along side. I think we both felt very honored.
And finally, a little something funny. The convention center is quite large. There are actually 2 large halls. On Saturday and Sunday there is a gun and knife convention in the second hall. A friend of mine shot this picture and I thought it was priceless :) The way the sign reads, you would think there's a gun and knife class at the sewing expo!! Well, in all honesty, I think there are many of us who have at times wanted to use a gun on our machines ;), or at least a knife on a project that has given us fits.    
I'll be back later this afternoon with our Me Made Monday link up post.
Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

I'm Speechless!!!

Well, almost speechless anyway ;), but very shocked!!
Late yesterday afternoon, I was putting the finishing touches on my projects for my upcoming classes at the American Sewing Expo when I decided to take a quick break and check my email. Here's what the message said,

 Hello and Congratulations!
The votes are in, and the BurdaStyle community has voted you one of the Top 50 Best Bloggers for Sewing Enthusiasts. A winner’s badge is attached. Please feel free to post this on your blog, social media, email signature, etc.! A PDF will be going live shortly on the site announcing the winners, including a brief description of your blog and your URL. We’ll keep you updated so that you can direct your followers to the BurdaStyle blog.

How did this happen????? I had no idea that there was a contest or any type of voting. I'm just overwhelmed, excited, appreciative, shocked and a little speechless ;) So however this happened, thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!

There will not be a Wednesday Showcase post today, so sorry. I have been putting all of my energy into getting ready for the expo. A new class has been added for me to teach, The Power of Spandex. The woman who was supposed to teach the class is ill and had to back out at the last minute. Since I have a background in costume designing, I was asked to fill in. I put together a fabulous pair of footed tights to show the class. I'll blog about them next week. I wish, I wish I had this pattern when I was doing costumes. I was very impressed with how it was drafted and especially the fit. Like I said, more next week. 
Tomorrow, I'll share some pictures of my finished dress that I will be teaching tomorrow. As it turns out, the class is quite small, bad for the expo, but great for me and the people taking the class. We will be drafting the great big sleeve that I showed you last week. I also did a sleeve that is much more wearable, but will beautifully translate to costume work. And I have other surprises in store for them, so we'll be hopping tomorrow, but I think it will be a lot of fun. I hope so anyway!!
If by chance you are coming to the expo, I will be in the social media lounge from 10 to 12 on Friday and I think I will be back again later in the day with Sew News. So please look for me, I would love nothing more than to have the opportunity to meet you. 
Come Monday, everything will be back to normal. I will get back to the pant drafting on Tuesday, so stay tuned for that. 
So my day begins with a big bang!! Thank you for coming by the blog and for supporting me. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Colette Patterns Clover Pant Sew Along and a Compliment

Happy Tuesday Everyone!! I hope your week is off to a great start.
My exchange student and his family left yesterday evening. I came home and cried. I'll share more of the story this Sunday evening in my Sunday Night Reflections post. Needless to say, it was a very nice visit.

Too often, we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.  

I received this compliment from Ginger this past weekend and it was so welcomed,
"I uploaded a picture of my Summer Breeze top made into a dress to the Sew News Flickr group. Thought you might like to see it. I made it to wear to my brother's weeding yesterday. Thank you so much for making the sew along videos. I would have never figured out the gathering step if it wasn't for you."
Thank you Ginger!! Sometimes I feel as though I am talking out into the great black void, so it's nice to know that you've actually been helpful and appreciated :)
Here's a picture of Ginger in her lovely dress.

The final week of the Colette Patterns Clover Pant Sew Along is up on the Sew News blog. You can find it here.
And here's the video just in case you might like to take a look :)

As I said in the post, I have now made 3 pairs of pants. I really do like the pattern. But something to keep in mind,each pair that I've made has just a little different fit. The first pair was made out of a cotton and lycra blend, The second pair is wool with a little lycra and the final pair is also a cotton and lycra blend, but the fabric is heavier than the first pair I made. Depending on the weight of the fabric, the type of fabric, and the percentage of stretch, there are always going to be small adjustments to make. So if one pair fits well and the next needs a little tweaking, it's not you!!! Sometimes I think sewing is all about constant tweaking :)
Good luck with your pants and be sure to check out the Flickr page and post your pictures. You can find the Colette Patterns Clover Pant Flickr page here.    

Monday, September 22, 2014

Me Made Mondays

About a month or so ago, Marina of Frabjous Couture began  Me Made Mondays and invited people to link up. I thought it would be fun as I really enjoyed participating in Me Made May a year ago. I like the idea of posting one garment that I've made and worn during the week and I like the idea of being able to take the journey throughout the year rather than just the one month marathon. Sadly, Marina feels that she will not be able to continue. So rather than completely ditch the project, I asked Marina if she would mind if I would pick up the posts. She was quite happy for me to take on the posts and set up the link party, so for the next year, I will be doing Me Made Mondays. There are very few rules, just wear a garment that you've made during the week, you do not have to wear the garment on Monday. Take pictures and then link to my posts. That's it! From time to time, I would like to showcase your Me Mades during the year. I think it's fun to see what others are doing. So I hope a few of you will link up and take on the challenge of wearing at least one of your beautiful handmade garments every week over the next year.
My entry for this week is a dress I made a while back. It's a knit dress
 that has a godet on one side.
 The dress is asymmetrical..
I took this picture of the dress on the carpet in my bedroom and it blends in a bit, but I think you can at least get an idea of the shape of the dress. It's reminiscent of something you would see in the Japanese pattern books. 

If you would like to join along, just click on the InLinkz button and link up. I look forward to seeing what you're wearing!!  

Sunday, September 21, 2014

And The Winner Is.....

Happy Sunday Everyone!
So sorry to be missing in action the last few days. I've had quite a bit on my plate with my guests who are visiting from Italy.
I missed posting the winner of the Sew News 1 year subscription yesterday, so I quickly wanted to get that done.  As always, it breaks my heart that I don't have one for everyone one, but who knows, there may be another in the up coming months, so don't lose hope. I will be announcing the next sew along later this week and I do have a magazine to give away. so be sure to check back.
So without further ado, the winner is....

Congratulations Lisa!!!!!
Please be sure to email me at sewbussted@yahoo.com with your mailing address so I can get your subscription in.
Have a wonderful Sunday!