Hot Patterns: Plain & Simple


img_4207It’s amazing how many T-shirts one can make from 2 yards of wide fabric.

I think this knit was 54 or 58 inches wide, and it’s yielded two (count ’em, Two) long sleeve tops.

Granted, they aren’t fancy, ruched, gathered and oddly patterned LS tops, but they’re tops all the same, and will get a lot of wear.

Not much to be said about the sewing of this one.  It’s my TnT Hot Patterns Plain & Simple T with the boat neck option. I have the older pattern, not the newer Redux version, though I’m sure they are pretty much the same.  There’s turquoise binding on the neck for some winter pop!  3/4 length sleeves, so I don’t risk dunking things into my coffee.




img_4197Halloween and Day of the Dead are right around the corner.  Every year about this time, I get the desire, nay compulsion, to make something to celebrate.

This year, I’ve used a wonderful scrimshaw bat button (say that three times fast!) as a focal.  The bat is hand carved with a bit of battitude, don’t you think?

When I purchased the button several years ago at the Bead & Button show, the vendor  told me the woman who carved them had passed away.  So there wouldn’t be any more, and I was basically getting “a good deal”.  I suppose the button has gone up in value over time, though I’ve not done any research to substantiate this.img_4198

I had originally thought to make this into a brooch, but didn’t want to mar the back gluing on a pin finding.  Instead I kept the button intact by creating a peyote bezel around it.  No removing the shank on the back for this beader!

The poor little fellow looked a bit forlorn with only the bezel, so sparkly beaded fringe was added.  Last but not least, a way to wear it.  So a necklace strap was joined to the bezel.

Various gunmetal, purple, lavendar, grey (you get the idea) beads were auditioned until I was happy with the outcome.  It’s amazing how many shades of purple there are!  A little chain making (purple jump rings), a lobster clasp and a sugar skull dangle finished everything off.img_4194

Tangled Jammies


img_4206Not to be confused with tangoing in your jammies.  Which I am sure would be a wonderful way to start the day.

A drifting bunch of ginko leaves on a T-shirt, with a pair of lounging pants to go with.

Each leaf has a different tangle in it, with shading and a background color of bright teal.  Different sizes too, but you can see that.

So, what makes these jammies?  Once I finished the tangles, I realized the T-shirt was too thin, well, too thin for me to be wearing in public.  And I needed jammies.

The bottoms are morphed from Jalie 926, a very old pattern long out of print.  The fabric a nice ponte knit, which hasn’t yet (keep your fingers crossed) pilled in the wash!

As we start to transition to cooler weather, these should see a lot of wear.  In fact, I’m wearing them now.  What’s that?  Doesn’t everyone blog in their jammies?

Vogue 8793


img_4188Even though it continues in the 80s here in the Sierras, rumor has it that Fall is on the way.  OK, we’ve already passed the first day of Fall, and the weather pundits assure me that cooler weather is right around the corner.

In preparation for this Momentous Event (should it ever happen) I stitched up another long sleeve T to wear.  This is the pattern that Marcy & Katherine Tilton offer in their Craftsy class, The Ultimate T-Shirt.  Once you get the fit adjusted, it’s a lot of fun to play around with.

This time I opted to change up the collars and cuffs with different colors.  The shirt body and sleeves are all the same fabric.  Speaking of fabric, this is another one of the Nicole Miller knits from Joann fabrics.  The solid knits were in the stash, probably from when the Evil Fabric Queen was offering luscious rayons.

Wow!  Now that I see the photo, I did a darn good job of placing the design.  Wish I could take credit for actually thinking about that, but I didn’t.  Pure happenstance.

Garden Greenery


IMG_4167I’ve found with beading, after every project that involves a lot of thought and experimentation, I need to do something simpler.  Not always easier, or less involved, but simple in the mental sphere.  Where I don’t have to work out technical problems.

That’s what sparked this bracelet.  It’s similar to the other D-ring cuffs I’ve made, in that the whole is peyote stitched, then embellished.  The D-rings close with a bit of velcro.

The newness was using 8° hex beads instead of triangles.  The hexies work just fine, though I had to be careful their sharp edges didn’t cut the thread.

Bright white “O” beads form the flower buds, while the centers are pastel delicas.

This garden ripples when you wear it!