Thursday, October 20, 2016

I Have a New Hobby!

And I probably need a new hobby like I need a hole in my head! 

Last Sunday I took an all day workshop and learned nuno felting. By the end of the day, I was exhausted, but so very happy with my new skill. Our workshop chairman for the Haute Couture Club of Chicago had arranged a class with Natasha of Esther's Place. We had the opportunity to take a 2 1/2 yard length of silk, apply the nuno felting technique, and turn it into yardage that we could then use to make a garment. My original intention was to use my piece to make a skirt. I've changed my mind. Once I got my piece home, I rinsed it as I had been told, and then left it to dry overnight on my dress form. When I came down the next morning, I decided that I loved the piece just as it is and so it will remain a shawl.

As I worked on my piece, I decided to leave peeks of the silk throughout the felting.

Developing the fabric was quite interesting. I had chosen a piece of sage green silk as my base. The silk was hand dyed by Natasha. Once I had the silk in my hands, I saw that there were also red and blue bits of color in the silk. For my first layer of wool, I did alternating strips of red and blue, which you see below on the left side.

I then used the green as my second layer. I was a little unsure of how it would all work out.

The final application was our embellishment. Like I said, I initially thought I would use the yardage to make a skirt, so I left a ruffle edge of the silk and I wanted a border along the edge. I wanted the border to have an impressionistic feel to it, so I used bits of red yarn, green bamboo yarn, a glitter yarn, tiny little felted balls, and some ribbon to create my border. Finally a very fine layer of the wool is placed over the embellished layer and then the felting begins. Cups and cups of  warm, soapy water are poured over the wool. Once the piece is wet, we then began the rolling and felting process.  

As I also said, I was exhausted by the end of the day, but I was excited about how my piece turned out and all that I had learned. The colors melded together beautifully. I can't wait to make my next nuno felted project! 

This is the very talented Natasha.  

Below is a skirt that she made with the nuno felting process.

Natasha and her mother Donna are the team behind Esther's Place. They raise their own sheep, sheer the wool, and then provide their customers with the best products that they can offer. 
They also offer a wide range of classes, weaving, knitting, felting, dyeing, and even canning classes.

Esther's Place is just a 1 1/2 hour drive west of Chicago. If you are in the Chicagoland area, by all means, take a look at their class page and plan a day out in the country. You'll be happy that you did :)

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Monday Morning Inspiration on Tuesday/Carolina Herrera

I just couldn't skip another week without a Monday Morning Inspiration post. Although it's no longer Monday, inspiration is good on any day of the week :)

The Spring/Summer 2017 ready to wear collection from Carolina Herrera is, at least in my opinion, spectacular. There's just so much that I love about it. She has taken very basic fabrics like denim and gingham and made them over the top gorgeous. I've left the pictures their original size as I wanted you to really be able to see the details.

Love the draping and the top-stitching on this denim gown.    

I'm in love with this blouse.

Love the tied sleeves.

Beautiful use of stripes.

Another great use of stripes. This looks like a striped denim.

This isn't your grandmother's gingham!

Another fabulous sleeve.

I even love what Ms. Herrera is wearing. Take a close look at the pockets. Simply sensational. Oh, and the belt!!!

There's so much more to this collection. I just pulled out a few of my favorite pieces. I've added the video below so you can see the clothes move and enjoy the rest of the collection. It's just a little over 11 minutes long. Well worth the time :)

Hope you enjoyed the pieces as much as I did!

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Ginger Jeans Sew Along Begins!

Just wanted to let you all know that my first post for the sew along is upon the Sew News blog and you can find it HERE.

This week we talk a little more about the jeans and some of the subtle details that make them so very special, like the curve of the back pockets.

We also talk about notions, like the proper zippers, needles and thread.

If you would prefer not to shop, Heather has put together a nice package of the notions that you will need. It includes a metal zipper, rivets, jean buttons, and denim needles. You can find the package HERE.

Heather has also put together a wonderful Ebook on sewing your own jeans. One chapter is devoted to fitting and pattern adjustments. The Ebook has some fun extras like;

Inserting ankle zippers
Turning your skinny jeans into flared jeans

You can find the Ebook HERE. I think it's a great addition for your jean sewing toolbox.  

So pop over to the Sew News blog, check out the post and by all means gather your supplies so we can get started on our jeans next week!

If by chance you have not purchased your pattern, you can find it HERE at Shop Sew It All.

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Dreaming In Blue Jeans/The Winner of the Ginger Jeans Pattern

Blue jeans, the magical garment that transcends time and fashion. Yves St. Laurent was quoted as saying, 

"I wish I had invented blue jeans. They have expression, modesty, sex appeal, simplicity....All of which I hope for in my clothes."

I hope that you'll join me over the next 4 weeks as I sew up my next pair of Ginger Jeans from Closet Case Files, and hopefully guide you through the process of making a fabulous pair of jeans. 

As always, I wish I had a pattern for each and every one of you, but sadly, there's only 1. 

The winner of the Ginger Jeans pattern form Closet Case Files is...


Congratulations! Be sure to email me at sewbussted@yahoo.com with your mailing info so I can pass it along.

The first post for the sew along should be up soon. I'll let you know as soon as it hits the internet airwaves :)

In the meantime, if you would like to grab a pattern of your own, you can find it HERE at Shop Sew It All.

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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Sunday Night Reflections

Pressure can burst a pipe,
It also makes diamonds.

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Monday, October 10, 2016

Magazine Winners and a Free Pattern!!!

Rather than our usual Monday Morning Inspiration post, I have something fantastic to share. Be sure to scroll on down, because I think that many of you won't want to miss this opportunity :)

Last week I posted my Ginger Jeans. I won't tell you how many times I wore them before they finally made it into the washing machine. Shame on me! On the positive side, I REALLY love wearing the jeans, so a great example of what a wonderful pattern it is. 

Our first order of business is to announce the winners of the October/November issues of Sew News. 

And the winners are...

Christine C

Be sure to email me at sewbussted@yahoo.com with your mailing info so I can get the magazines out to you.

AND NOW.....THE BIG NEWS!!!!!!! 

I have a Ginger Jeans pattern to give away!!!!!!!!!!!

If you don't own the pattern, but think you might like to give the jeans a try, be sure to leave a message on this post.

The winner will be announced next Monday, October 17, 2016. So you have until midnight on October 16th to enter the drawing.

A BIG THANK YOU to Heather Lou, the designer and master mind behind Closet Case Files Patterns for giving me the opportunity to give away a pattern. Such a wonderful way to kick off a sew along.  

Good Luck!!!

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Sunday, October 9, 2016

Sunday Night Reflections

The risk of love is loss,
And the price of loss is grief.
But the pain of grief is only a shadow
When compared to the pain of never risking love.

                                                                                                    Hilary Stanton Zunin

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