Hugs

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hugsLife has been in some turmoil here at Chez Thunderpaws.  Lots going on with my family and Prince Charmings.  Lots of the Life is Short / Don’t Wait until Tomorrow variety, in fact.

Consider this post a Public Service Announcement.  Do It Now.  Don’t Wait!

Don’t wait to call that long lost friend.  Pick up the phone.  Dial.  Now.  Send a Tweet. Text.  Message in a Bottle if that is your preferred venue.

Before you know it, life changes.  People are gone.  The To-Do items on your bucket list are no more.  Or you can’t remember you have a List to begin with.

There’s that old saying, when life hands you lemons:  make lemonade.  I think by year’s end, between myself and Prince Charming, we’ll have made gallons!

Hug your Honey: whoever or whatever they may be.

Jalie 968: Basics

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IMG_3665What can be better to sew than a basic pair of jeans?

Pretty much nothing, unless it’s a basic T-shirt.  Or basic something else.

And by basic, I mean a wardrobe staple that will get lots of use, using a Tried-And-True pattern that doesn’t require fitting, tweaking, muslins and the like.

That’s what this Jalie pattern (alas, now discontinued) has become for me.  It’s my go-to whenever I just want to sew, and not think too much.

There are notes scribbled all over the pattern envelope, and the actual pattern…  Let’s just say it’s been tweaked, taped and “adjusted” to account for it’s many years of use.

The fabric is (I think) from Fabric Mart or maybe it was Fabric.com.  Either way, it’s aged to perfection and long gone from inventory.  I would call it a mid-weight twill.  Not too heavy.  Not too light.  A real Goldilocks of a fabric.

IMG_3671I know, the front looks simple and plain.  It is.  The back, on the other hand, well, I couldn’t leave that unadorned, now could I?

Once again, Bobbi Bullard and her wonderful embroidery designs stepped front and center (or would that be back and center?) to provide the necessary bling.

The design set is called “Chain of Jewels”.  I would have put a link, but couldn’t find it on her web site.  I’ve had it for a while, so it may be discontinued.

I used a variegated Sulky thread for the lines, and a nice periwinkle for the jewels.  The rhinestuds are much closer in color to the periwinkle, they just don’t photograph that way.

These are sure to see a lot of wear once the weather cools down.

Marianis

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IMG_3672A bead crocheted necklace fit for an Empress.

Deep dark matte green beads highlighted with a pop of gold make up the body, while the carved jade pendant sets the whole off with boldness.

The creation of this piece was fairly straight forward.  In fact, it’s been finished for several weeks.  I just couldn’t for the life of me think of what to name it…

My usual pun-inspired ideas weren’t working.  This necklace has depth and weight; something cute just wouldn’t do.

It reminds me of the deep dark ocean depths.  Probably because the pendant is a carved fish.

It’s a nice fish though, no spikes or sharp teeth like the actual denizens of the Marianis Trench.

Marching to Marrakesh

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IMG_3655Now that it is officially summer, the weather has been getting warm.  Not Cactusville hot by any standards, but toasty and a bit roasty too.

What better attire to don on these warm summer days than a pair of seersucker Marrakesh pants?  They’re great to lounge around in, but stylish enough to turn coyote heads when I saunter down the road to fetch the post.

What’s that, you say?  Yes indeed.  Even the coyotes around here have a sartorial opinion.  At least in my mind they do.

So, courtesy of Hot Patterns, another pair!  In fact, I think this is probably my sixth pair.  I know there are at least three in the current rotation.  Other pairs have worn out, or succumbed to the Great Stain Ogre in the sky.  This has to be one of their longest running patterns; I remember it was one of the first introduced in the Wong-Singh Jones line.

Anyway, nothing new with the sewing.  Made them the same as I’ve done previous pairs.  The fabric is great – a comfy cotton seersucker that is both cool enough during the day, and warm enough after sundown.  There are pockets, of course.  I even followed pattern directions, and stitched the pocket bags to the front, so no flopping about.

Nice & Breezy

You are my

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IMG_3659Sunshine,
My only Sunshine!

Similar to Ursa Major, I dyed this face with strong black coffee to take away some of the shininess.  The nubbin above the left eye is an artifact of the flash; the surface is actually unblemished.

I suppose I was on a bit of a yellow binge, combining so may various shades.   They work pretty well though.  The ruffle is created by doing peyote increases every couple rounds.  It can get a bit difficult to follow the stitch path after a bit; attention to detail is required.

A sunny brooch for summer days!

Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch Cherry Bomb

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IMG_3650The last of the digital cherry print.  There are literally bits and pieces left, not even enough to make binding.

The pattern is Colette’s Moneta, which was introduced last year.

I made up a wearable muslin a while back, then decided this print would be great fun for summer.

The catch (somehow there always seems to be one when I get these ideas): since the fabric is primarily white, it would have to be lined.  No problems lining the top.  I had enough other white knit to do so.  The skirt was another story.

First, I tried using the same generic rayon knit I used in the top.  Nope.  That created a clingtastic disaster.  Then I went hunting for some tricot knit I used ages ago to make slips.  Found the fabric, no digging.

But you know, 25 year old tricot knit is not so good as when it was new.  Tossed the old stuff, as it wasn’t even worth donating and ordered some new.  That did the trick, and I no longer have to worry about the skirt riding up, down and all about.  It stays put and swishes nicely.

I made two pattern alterations.  Omitted the pockets (sacrilege!) and used the front bodice boat neck for both the front and back, instead of the scoopier back that is called for.  Everthing was sewn on the serger and hemmed on the cover stitch.

Parfait anyone?