Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Debi Cournale Sewing Studio

So school is out. What are your kids doing? Swimming? Art? Or sports camp? How about sewing camp? My neighbor, Debi recently opened her sewing studio teaching kids during the summer. Her first session has started this Monday, but more classes are available. And adult classes will be offered this fall. So contact her for more detail. Let's sew girls! Debi, I'm out of your cards...

A skirt on a mini dressing form by Debi Cournale...

Monday, June 14, 2010

Happy Monday

Enjoyed your weekend? We had the gorgeous "true" summer like weather. I was really jealous of you who didn't have to work :-) But, after work on Sunday, I followed the sun...just lovely to be outside.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

A New Project

Just picked up the fabric. Washed it. Ironed it. Ready to cut...

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Sew & Tell - Dianne's Birdie Apron

The day Dianne came to pick up the water lily tunic she was wearing this apron. I gasped when she walked in. I loved it! It's just so happy, isn't it? With the scallop stripe print, it's perfect for the vintage style apron. I think we should wear an apron more often outside the kitchen too. When is National Apron Day? Or is there such a thing? Anyways, cooking will be more fun for sure. Oh, the apron is on display at the shop if you want to see it in person. Thank you, Dianne!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Water Lily Tunic in Action

Okay, here is an update on the water lily tunic. It fits Dianne perfectly! Yay! After all, the fabric wasn't heavy. I was worried that the front pleats might look too bulky on her, but no, they drape very well. She looks very cute with the loose pants and sneakers. I love it, and most importantly Dianne loves it too! Thank you Dianne for being patient.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Water Lily Tunic

Finally, really finally I finished this tunic for Dianne. I washed and cut the fabric before my Japan trip in March. Then the cut pieces were transported to my new home and spent a month at my dysfunctional sewing corner. The pattern looks very nice as shown on the cover of the book. I really love this pattern. It's just that you have to pick a right weight fabric so the front pleats drape well. I love this water lily print from the Lotus line a lot (sorry, this is the only print available from this collection. Wasn't it the best? ), but it might be a bit heavy for this pattern. Hopefully it fits Dianne well and gets soften later on. I think it will.

A lovely book with lots of cute patterns...isbn978-4-579-11185-5

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Sew & Tell - Marilyn's Dress

Do you have a grandma who sews for you? I don't, and I am jealous of a little girl who is receiving this lovely birdie dress in the mail soon. I don't know where this lucky girl lives, but her sweet grandma Marilyn lives nearby Peapod. It just makes me smile when a grandma makes something and sends it to someone special who lives a long distance away. Marilyn used one of the McCall's patterns (sorry no luck finding it, maybe an out of the print pattern). I love this teeny tiny birdie print on gingham. It's classic! I mean both the choice of fabric and style. To me this is the classic "a-grandma-makes-for-a-little-granddaughter dress." So who wants a grandma like Marilyn? I DO! Thank you, Marilyn!

Love the detailed pockets...just so cute...

Curb Apeal

It's been a busy week as usual. An old friend was in town. So good old friends got together at my place which is still a mess. Good friends, good food, good wine. It's always good even in a messy home. Then on my day off, I went to pick up some flowers for my windows. Well, they are still sitting by the door, but don't they look pretty? I'm sure I've said this before, but I just love daisies.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Sew & Tell - Jessica's Tiered Skirt

I'm glad that some people asked me how to make my layered skirt on the top page of my website. Jessica is one of them. But, I don't think she needs my instructions. Look at this skirt! Isn't this cute or what? She made this three tiered skirt for her little girl, Presley. And this is her very first skirt. I see mushrooms, birds, pebbles, and they are all in pink, just as little Presley loves it. A tiered skirt is a little trickier to make, so if she could make this, my layered skirt, which she will make next, would be a piece of cake. Thank you Jessica and Presley!